Covid-19: Level 4 lockdown in the middle of calving ‘not ideal’ – Lawrence Gullery:
Dairy farmers are hoping this week’s snap Covid-19 lockdown will be “short and quick” as most are still in the thick of calving or lambing.
Waikato Federated Farmers president Jacqui Hahn said some farms remained short-staffed from last year’s lockdowns and so the physical drain was even greater this winter with fewer people around to help.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the alert level 4 lockdown on Tuesday night and Hahn said it would mean even more isolation for those working on the land at a time when they needed to stay connected.
”So really not ideal but hopefully we can be out of lockdown quickly.” . .
Farmers are doing their share – Rural News editorial:
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has delivered a sobering assessment of our planet’s future.
And like after most climate change reports, the blowtorch is put on the New Zealand dairy industry to do more.
Farmers are required by the Government to reduce methane emissions by 10% from 2017 levels by 2030.
And to deliver on the Zero Carbon Act commitments there’s a lot of work underway to help farmers reduce emissions, through He Waka Eke Noa – a partnership between the primary sector, government and Māori.
Have policies in place now to protect farms from weather events – Peter Buckley:
I don’t doubt the climate is changing as it always has and that all the current policies and plans the politicians want to implement aren’t going to fix their concerns.
As usual, we continue to see flooding, weather bombs, fires affecting not only New Zealand but the world.
Why don’t these politicians think how can we support our people, communities, towns cities at the local level to adapt to the ever changing climate?
The recent flooding event in Canterbury is an example of where the politicians could have planned to prevent these types of events turning into disasters of this magnitude. . .
Smashed it! Country Calendar couple find the perfect avocado – Melenie Parkes:
It’s an all-too-familiar feeling for avocado fans – chopping into their favourite fruit only to be confronted with brown, blemished or stringy flesh. But that disappointment could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to David and Judi Grey.
The couple, who own Avogrey Avocados in Gisborne which features on Country Calendar this week, have developed three premium products that they promise always deliver perfect texture, great flavour, are larger than your average avo and also won’t oxidise once they are cut open.
“You might think it’s an exaggeration but we have never cut into one of these new varieties and found a blemish,” says David.
“They’re just superb quality. People who try them just won’t go back to any other varieties as long as we’ve got those available. They know the quality is there and the reliability is here. And we’re getting really, really good production from the trees from quite a young age.” . .
Whanganui-based NZ Hempress to release new cosmetic range – Logan Tutty:
A Whanganui-based hemp company is on the verge of revealing its latest product range and has big plans for the future.
NZ Hempress is set to release its first cosmetic line in the coming weeks, called Herbeauty.
Company owner Lisa Gadsby is keeping the finer details under wraps for the time being.
“We are about three weeks out from launching a face mask and will be moving onto a couple of other additions to that range,” Gadsby said. . .
Farmers forced to use their own tractors and trailers for harvest transport because of the current shortage of lorry drivers have been told to ensure safety by regularly checking brakes and hitch mechanisms.
Farmers have been issued advice by NFU Mutual to ensure that tractors and trailers are correctly matched and maintenance schedules are in place to minimise the risk of accidents.
The warning comes as the UK faces disruption to road transport because of a shortage of lorry drivers which is affecting deliveries to supermarkets, hospitality, the construction trade and agriculture.
NFU Mutual has also recommended that all tractor drivers take regular breaks to avoid fatigue and that routes are chosen which avoid congested roads as much as possible.
The warning comes as the UK faces disruption to road transport because of a shortage of lorry drivers which is affecting deliveries to supermarkets, hospitality, the construction trade and agriculture. . .