Environmental analysis role exciting – Sally Rae:
Mark Crawford is excited about his new role as a Ravensdown environmental consultant.
The fertiliser company has launched an environmental analysis and planning service, in the wake of increasing demands on farmers to meet environmental standards and regional regulatory requirements.
The adoption of stricter nutrient management regulations was being led by the Horizons Regional Council in the lower North Island, with Otago and Canterbury also nearing completion of recent plan changes. . .
Top of the south for Farmax consultancy – Sally Rae:
Simon Glennie reckons he does his farming vicariously through his clients.
Mr Glennie, a consultant at Dunedin-based AbacusBio, has been named South Island Farmax consultant of the year.
The inaugural awards honoured the top North and South Island consultants who used the farm support software. . .
Hundreds of women who work in the dairy industry will be tackling some of the big issues that affect today’s farmers including how to reach and sustain a level of performance that matches medal winning athletics and world champion sports teams when they get together at the Dairy Women’s Network annual conference in March 2014.
The line-up of high calibre keynote speakers includes Hamilton sports psychologist David Galbraith who has worked with the Chiefs rugby team, Magic netball team and Olympic silver medal winner Sarah Walker.
The two-day conference at Hamilton’s Claudelands Event Centre, starting on 19 March 2014, is themed ‘Keeping your finger on the pulse’. . .
Otago link highlighted in Fonterra book – Sally Rae:
Think Park Beede and basketball immediately springs to mind.
Dr Beede was heavily involved with the sport in Otago and coached the Otago Nuggets.
What is not so well known is that he was tasked with coming up with a name for the new dairy company that was to become Fonterra.
The story of the creation of the name – and the Otago connection – is highlighted in the new book Till the Cows Came Home by Wellington journalist and former Southland Times editor Clive Lind. . .
With the start of summer, farmers are starting to see large groups of paradise shelducks moving into their newly-planted crops or onto their irrigation lakes.
Fish & Game Northland says if farmers plan ahead, they can reduce the damage done by these flocks of ‘parries.’
“We encourage farmers to place bird-scaring equipment out before their grasses or crops emerge,” Fish & Game officer Nathan Burkepile says.
“And farmers with paradise shelduck problems on irrigation lakes should start scaring the birds off these lakes before the birds start moulting in January.” . . .
At least one dairy farmer won’t mind the summer heat – Milk Maid Marian:
Wayne has a reputation for getting stuck and he’s outdone himself this year by bogging a quad bike on the first day of summer. Worse, he left his helmet at the scene of the crime and by the time the kids and I came to the rescue, his gear had been given a beating by the local hoons.
Cows may be vegetarians but don’t for a minute think that this in itself bestows innocence. They are merciless with unattended vehicles. This time the helmet, fuel breather line and rubber boot for the brake assembly were squelched deep into the quagmire but I’ve seen much worse. . . .