Farmers move to prepare properties for fire – Sophie Malcolm:
Farmers near the Grampians in Western Victoria have been moving stock and preparing their properties as a bushfire burns in the area.
Some farmers say the fire has already damaged their properties, with fencing and some pasture lost.
Green Lake farmer Glenn Mibus has been working at this brother’s farm since late Thursday night.
“A few hours sleep and I was back out here at half past five this morning, just the same stuff, blacking out and trying to get some edges done, so it doesn’t flare up again,” Mr Mibus said on Friday morning. . .
Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) is taking the task of recruiting school leavers into their own hands.
The group that represents the interests of rural contractors is looking at the possibility of establishing several three-day or four-day training courses throughout the country this winter.
This would enable more local people to develop the necessary skills to work in the contracting industry and meet contractors’ staffing needs.
This comes after Southland RCNZ members held a field day near Invercargill last year, which attracted over 100 people. . .
Nature’s free irrigation helps – Andrew Ashton:
Farmers using North Otago irrigation schemes are well placed to work through any future dry spells this year, after some parts of the region received almost double the usual amount of rain last month.
In December, 114mm was recorded at Kauru, 22% above average for the month, Waikoura, near Duntroon, received 111.2mm, 91% above average, while the 111.2mm recorded in Oamaru was 102% above average.
Waitaki Irrigators Collective policy manager Elizabeth Soal said the wet start to the summer had resulted in irrigation schemes across North Otago and lower South Canterbury reporting a reduced demand for water. . .
A youthful lift for the face of Saskatchewan farming – Morgan Modjeski:
The face of Saskatchewan farming could be getting younger.
Organizers of the Western Canadian Crop Production Show say they’ve seen more young people at the 2014 event than in the past, and believe it’s a result of a changing climate in agriculture.
“Agriculture is thriving in Saskatchewan and family farms are getting larger,” said trade show manager Lori Cates, who has been with the Saskatoon event for 10 years. . .
Youth in Agriculture:
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