Miles Hurell says Fonterra top job was never a done-deal :
The Country’s Jamie Mackay always thought Miles Hurrell would be a shoo-in for Fonterra’s chief executive position but the man himself says it was never a done deal.
“Far from it. They gave me an opportunity to see what we could do in that six months [as interim CEO] and clearly it’s worked. The board have liked what they’ve seen,” said Hurrell.
Fonterra’s new chief executive told Mackay he is well aware that he has a big job ahead of him. . .
Years of work ahead to eradicate M. bovis, programme director says – Brianna McIlraith:
More than 80,000 cows have been culled around the country as part of the effort to stop the spread of the Mycoplasma bovis disease, but eradication is still a long way off, the man in charge of the programme says.
Geoff Gwyn said another two years of ‘heavy lifting’ lay ahead before the Ministry for Primary Industries was confidently on top of the bacterial disease, and experts had advised that eradication could take between five and 10 years. . .
Potentialseen in double-muscled Beltx sheep breed – Sally Rae:
A Southland farming family has invested significantly in the Beltex sheep breed, believing it will be of ”major benefit” to the New Zealand sheep industry.
Brent and Ann-Maree Robinson, and son Michael, who farm at Glenham, near Wyndham, last year paid $12,000 for a ram lamb at the inaugural Beltex sale in Canterbury.
Last week, they bought the second top-priced ram lamb for $21,000 at this year’s sale at Mt Somers, a 2-tooth ram for $11,500 and some Beltex ewes to help build their breeding programme. . .
Woman claims inaugural female shearing crown – Ellen O’Dwyer:
Emily Welch still remembers the time a fellow male competitor refused to shake her hand for out-shearing him.
That was in 2007, when Welch came second in the senior finals at the Golden Shears.
Now the Waikato shearer is the first to have her name etched on the women-only trophy after taking first place in the inaugural event at this year’s Golden Shears competition in Masterton. . .
Community rallies to support Cambridge wetlands project :
A Cambridge school’s planting project not only assisted local farmers’ environmental efforts, but also attracted plants and sustenance from local businesses.
As part of an environmental initiative between DairyNZ’s education programme and the Student Volunteer Army, 26 rural schools were matched recently with 26 farmers to carry out riparian planting projects around the country.
Two farmers taking part were sharemilkers Stu and Leah Gillanders, who teamed up with a class from Cambridge Middle School to plant a wetland on Merv and Marion Hunt’s Karapiro farm. . .
Dannevirke TeenAg award winner’s passion for Hereford cattle :
Dannevirke teenager Niamh Barnett knows first-hand how nerve-racking bidding at a livestock auction can be.
The 17-year-old bought some Hereford cows at the Woodlynd Polled Herefords dispersal sale in Gisborne in February 2018.
“I went with a price I was prepared to pay for each animal. I just hoped I didn’t get outbid,” she laughed. . .