Rural round-up


Alliance expands greenhouse measuring programme:

Alliance Group is expanding a green-house gas monitoring programme to all of its suppliers after a successful trial.

The meat co-operative introduced the web-based Hoofprint programme late last year and tested it with farmers supplying meat for Sainsbury’s supermarket chain in the UK.

It’s a software system that farmers can use to measure and monitor agricultural greenhouse gases associated with beef and lamb production on their farms and improve their productivity. . .

Lean manufacturing helps Tru-Test Group become first to achieve NZQA certification:

Tru-Test Group is bucking the trend towards outsourcing manufacturing to lower-cost economies overseas. The world leader in electric fencing, milk metering and animal weighing and recording, has chosen to keep more than 80 per cent of its production in Auckland.

Reflecting this commitment to the local market, Tru-Test Group has become the first New Zealand company to achieve a New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Level 2 Certificate in Competitive Manufacturing for its entire production and stores staff.

The NZQA qualification allows factory operators to become actively involved in developing systems that improve productivity and quality. . .

Beef + Lamb NZ has photos and presentations from the Red Meat Sector conference here.

Among them are:

Opening address – Wayne McNee, Director general of Minsitry of Primary Industry.

NZ political environment  – Colin James.

The International Meat Industry – an update  – Murray Johnston General Manager Merchandise  Progressive Enterprises

An Australian perspective – market development, access and outlook – Scott Hansen, Director, Meat & Livestock Australia

Domestic trends and measuring progress against the Red Meat Sector Strategy  –  Rob Davison, Executive Director Economic Service, Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Best practice implementation – tertiary institutions, crown research institutes and industry working together – Dr Andrew West, Vice-Chancellor, Lincoln  University

Dairy sector – best practice in action – Dr Mark Paine, Strategy Investment Leader for People & Business, Dairy NZ

And from Facebook:

Uni’s not supposed to be easy


NZUSA is criticising changes made by NZQA which will make it a little more difficult for people to gain entry to university.

The NZQA’s deputy chief executive (qualifications), Bali Haque, said the changes were not designed to restrict student entry to university, but to ensure the standard was set at an appropriate level for entry in 2015.

“The new requirement, while not a radical change, does raise the bar for university entrance.”

He believed the changes, which stemmed from a periodic review last year, would have a “motivational effect and lift achievement”.

However, a spokesman for the NZ Union of Students’ Associations, Max Hardy, said the requirements followed an “erosion of access to tertiary education” over the past few years and would shut even more people out.

“We are very concerned that students, as a result of this change, who could have done very well at university are being shut out.”

It is possible that some people who didn’t do well at school will, with a little more maturity and focus, succeed at university.

But what’s the point of lowering the entry bar only to have students who haven’t got the required academic ability waste money and time failing?

University isn’t supposed to be easy and getting there shouldn’t be either unless participation rather than success is the aim.

If success in tertiary study is the goal, as it should be, then the requirement for entry should be related to the standard required to succeed once you’re there.

Who is NZUSA working for in opposing this – it ‘s members or its own interests? While student union membership is compulsory anything which increases participation works in NZUSA’s favour but not necessarily in the interests of its members.

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