Pomahaka river project hits half-way mark – Neal Wallace,
A three-year project to plant 230,000 native trees and shrubs and build 100km of riparian fencing on Otago’s Pomahaka River, is officially halfway completed.
The milestone for the Pomahaka Watercare Corridor Planting Project was marked with a function at the Leithen Picnic Area this week.
The $3.7 million project between the Primary Growth Fund, One Billion Trees Fund, 105 local farmers and the Pomahaka Water Care Group is designed to protect the Pomahaka River and its tributaries and offer employment opportunities post-covid-19. . .
Farmers urged to have a Covid plan – Gerald Piddock:
Dairy farmers have been told to make an on-farm plan in case themselves or one of their staff tests positive for covid-19.
That plan had to be easily accessible and documented and communicated to all staff members, DairyNZ covid project manager Hamish Hodgson said in a webinar.
This plan was crucial for the farmer to be ready for covid.
He said he knew of one farmer organising campervans to be brought on-farm if they needed to be able to isolate people. . .
The same technology used to detect Covid-19 in wastewater is now being used to help dairy farmers manage Johne’s disease in their herd.
Johne’s disease is a contagious infection estimated to cost New Zealand more than $40 million in lost production each year.
It is caused by a bacterium which infects the gut of dairy cows and other ruminant animals. Common side effects include lower milk production, difficulty reproducing and rapid weight loss.
Herd improvement co-operative LIC has developed a new test which detects whether the bacteria responsible for Johne’s disease is present in a farm’s effluent wastewater. . .
Hemp industry builds infrastructure to secure its future – Country Life:
New Zealand’s largest hemp grower says farmers around the country want to start growing hemp but, before more come on board, markets need to be developed and infrastructure secured.
Hemp New Zealand’s Dave Jordan says it’s a ‘chicken and egg’ situation.
“There are a lot of ideas around and it’s all very well to have the ideas but you have got to actually have action on the ground and show people the benefit of it (hemp) and get customers to buy it.”
The company is working with 100 growers who grow 1000 hectares of hemp.
NZ shearer with 100 wins to pick up clippers again this year – Sally Murphy:
A farmer who was first in the world to win 100 blade-shearing finals isn’t ready to stop competing just yet.
Tony Dobbs from Fairlie won his 100th title at the Waimate Shears Spring Championships last year and considered retiring after being diagnosed with cancer.
This year’s Waimate Shears starts today with some of the country’s top shearers and wool handlers going head to head.
Dobbs was set down to judge the competition so thought he might as well compete too. . .
On-farm quarantine the next step for ag workers – James Jackson:
After years of drought, farmers are finally facing an opportunity to reap the rewards of their hard work as bumper crops loom on the horizon. But labour shortages remain a significant and stubborn hurdle to reaching record-breaking harvests, and primary producers cannot afford to wait for the state to reopen to muster enough workers in time for their summer harvests.
NSW Farmers has joined forces with the National Farmers Federation to call for an immediate solution to get more workers to farms as quickly as possible. We propose a limited pilot of on-farm quarantine for 200 agricultural workers from low-risk countries, commencing when 70 per cent of adults in NSW are fully vaccinated.
A transition to on-farm quarantine arrangements in NSW as vaccination rates rise would alleviate a number of challenges the agriculture sector has faced in the hotel-quarantine model. The availability of hotel quarantine places in NSW is limited and further constrained by Sydney’s disproportionately high intake of returning residents, increasing the likelihood agricultural workers will miss out on a place. . .