Any business succession can pose challenges.
With farming, where the business is also the home it can be particularly problematic.
The Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) shows how it could be done:
Any business succession can pose challenges.
With farming, where the business is also the home it can be particularly problematic.
The Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) shows how it could be done:
Beef + Lamb steps up farm plans push – Yvonne O’Hara:
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) is ”on a mission” to continuously improve its Land and Environment Plan (LEP) programme as a key part of implementing its environment strategy, which was released in May.
Environment capability manager South Island Matt Harcombe said a survey of LEP workshop participants was carried out from October 2017 to March this year, and the findings would help improve the LEP resources and how they were delivered to farmers.
”We want to continue to build farmers’ confidence in the process of developing farm plans and understand how we can work with others to co-ordinate better support for farmers as well as encourage them to work together at a larger catchment-scale,” Mr Harcombe said. . .
This week is World Water Week and 3,000 decision-makers, scientists and experts from over 130 countries are converging on Stockholm, Sweden to develop plans to preserve this precious natural resource. In New Zealand, the health of our waterways is receiving similar levels of attention.
Our streams, lakes, wetlands and rivers have suffered over the last 150 years because of the effects of rural and urban development. While efforts to improve freshwater have mainly focussed on limit setting and development rules, we’re now seeing a rapidly growing grass-roots movement driving waterway restoration initiatives. These community efforts have developed because New Zealanders know the task of reversing the impacts is too big for a single owner or sector, so working together is the only way forward. . .
Change of dairy chairman for Federated Farmers – Ella Stokes:
If you have a passion about something get involved with it, says the newly appointed Federated Farmers Otago dairy chairman.
Dairy farmer Mathew Korteweg recently took up the role after previously being the sharemilker chairman for two years.
Mr Korteweg and wife Catherine, along with son Beau (1), have been 30% sharemilkers on Mr Korteweg’s family farm which has had a herd of 550 cows for the past five seasons.
For the past two seasons, they have taken on a neighbouring farm where they were contract-milking a herd of 550 cows. . .
Synthetic wine and whisky soon to go on sale – Gerard Hutching:
First it was fake meat, cheese and milk. Now it’s pretend wine and whisky.
Forget about terroir, centuries old grape vines and peat-infused single malts from the famed island of Islay. San Francisco-based Ava Winery has shown it’s possible to create sauvignon wine and whisky in a laboratory.
At the Bragato wine conference in Wellington this week, winegrowers sniffed and sipped a molecular whisky and sauvignon blanc and handed out their verdicts. . .
Why lamb is the most ethical meat to eat – Lizzie Rivera:
Forget Easter, now is the best time to eat British lamb, which is one of the most naturally reared animals, says Lizzie Rivera in the final instalment of our series investigating the myths and realities of meat production.
The importance of us knowing where our food really comes from has been highlighted by yet another food scandal, with the country’s largest supplier of supermarket chicken allegedly tampering with use-by dates.
This suggests it’s time for us to eat less meat or at the very least spread the load of our carnivorous diets by buying from smaller producers and varying our choices, perhaps even by rediscovering our love of lamb – and now couldn’t be a better time.
“The time to eat lamb at it’s absolute best – the highest quality eating, beautiful, flavoursome lamb – is in the autumn of the year. It’s just fantastic,” says Richard Smith, senior farms manager at Daylesford.
IFMA22 Congress opens $2500 bursary for ‘next gen’ farm managers – Johanna Baker-Dowdell:
Tasmania’s two major industries – agriculture and tourism – intersect at the next International Farm Management Association Congress.
Organisers are expecting a switched-on audience full of up to 400 farmers, educators, researchers, consultants, government staff and businesses, but they are particularly interested in the agricultural industry’s next generation.
The 2019 congress will be held at Launceston in March and the theme is Growing Agriculture @ 41 Degrees South. . .
Kindness is the best way to train a cow, dairy leaders say – Esther Taunton:
Dairy farmers were quick to condemn the “training” methods of a Northland sharemilker filmed beating cows with a steel pipe, saying kindness and positivity were more effective.
The hidden camera footage, released to Newsroom, shows the sharemilker repeatedly hitting animals with an alkathene pipe, a stick and a steel pipe during milking.
When asked if he hit the cows, the sharemilker told journalist Melanie Reid he did, but only to train them and the best approach was to be “kind and firm”.
“You’ve got to train your cows. You can’t let your cows rule you,” he said.
However, dairy industry leaders rejected his methods and said brute force was never warranted.
Federated Farmers sharemilkers’ chairman Richard McIntyre said training dairy cattle was about making them want to do what the farmer wanted. . .
Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand, with the interview available as both audio and a transcribed excerpt. This week Simon is joined by Bridget Hawkins, CEO of Regen, an app helping to drive efficiency on farms.
We love a good chat about the things being done to improve farming practice on this show. And today’s guest is the CEO of an app that helps farmers use less water and more efficiently use nitrate fertilisers to only irrigate at times the soil is ready, meaning less runoff of fertiliser and effluent – meaning less crap getting into our waterways.
Sounds pretty good already. But it also helps farmers save money and keep to their council water usage consents – so it is a tool that you don’t have to be a big greenie to want. . .
New technology finds a greener way to improve NZ’s crops – Charlie Dreaver:
A new research project that’s underway has the potential to give New Zealand’s horticultural industry a bumper crop.
Hot Lime Labs, through Callaghan Innovation, has created a way to use wood chips and limestone to pump CO2 into greenhouses.
They say it will increase crop production and is cheaper and greener than the current alternative.
It’s no secret in the horticultural industry that pumping extra CO2 into greenhouses can significantly increase crop growth.
But Tomatoes New Zealand’s general manager, Helen Barnes, said giving plants an extra dose of CO2 could be difficult. . .
Farmers are known for their ingenuity and the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) is asking them to bring ideas to the table.
The Red Meat Profit Partnership, which is a joint project between government, Beef + Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) and the Meat Industry Association, is offering funding to farmers in the form of action groups.
BLNZ southern South Island extension manager Olivia Ross said RMPP was established to increase profitability across the industry. . .
After little movement in wages in recent years, people working in primary industries have made gains in what they earn according to the latest Federated Farmers Rabobank Remuneration Survey.
The report released today was developed following the survey conducted in late 2017 and early 2018.
Responses were collected from 940 employers on 13 separate farm positions across the dairy, sheep and beef and arable sectors. In addition to information on salaries the report also provides a range of other data including weekly hours worked by employees, employee age, length of employment and recruitment ease. . . .
Synlait Milk is pleased to announce Leon Clement will join the organisation as Chief Executive Officer from mid-August.
The appointment is the outcome of a global recruitment search undertaken following co-founder and inaugural CEO John Penno’s announcement in November 2017 of his intention to stand down.
“Leon has led major businesses internationally, specifically in Vietnam and Sri Lanka, and has deep experience in the branded dairy sector,” says Graeme Milne, Chairman. . .
Synlait Milk has committed to reducing its environmental impact significantly over the next decade by targeting key areas of their value chain.
The commitments were revealed at Synlait’s annual conference in Christchurch on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June to staff, dairy farmers and partners:
• Reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 35% per kilogram of milk solids on-farm (consisting of -50% nitrous oxide, -30% methane and -30% carbon dioxide) and 50% per kilogram of milk solids off-farm by 2028
• Reducing water consumption by 20% per kgMS both on-farm and off-farm by 2028
• Reducing nitrogen loss on-farm by 45% per kgMS by 2028
• Significantly boosting support for best practice dairy farming through increased Lead With Pride™ premium payments, including a 100% PKE-free incentive . . .
A major national conference on forest safety practices is set to showcase how our forestry leaders have delivered both safety and productivity benefits for people across a range of workplaces.
“Some of our most inspiring forestry leaders have developed safety improvements in both crew culture and harvesting technologies,” says Forest Industry Engineering Association spokesman, Gordon Thomson.
“We’re delighted to have skilled industry leaders outlining their teams’ experiences – especially people who know that safety and productivity can be improved simultaneously. It’s an intriguing line up of case studies for this year’s conference,” he added. . .
Applications are now open for Silver Fern Farms Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships. In their second year, the scholarships award six young people around New Zealand $5000 to assist with developing their careers and capabilities in the red meat sector.
Silver Fern Farms Chief Executive Simon Limmer says the response to last year’s inaugural scholarships indicate a bright future for the red meat sector. . .
Forget the Hunger Games, greet the driverless tractor – Marian L. Tupy and Chelsea Follett:
If you are a sci-fi fan, then you have probably noticed the dystopian character of movies about the future. From the classics, such as Soylent Green and Blade Runner, to modern hits, such as the Matrix trilogy and District 9, Hollywood’s take on the future is almost invariably negative. The story lines tend to centre on depletion of natural resources, like in the Mad Max movies, the emergence of highly stratified societies, like Elysium, or both.
In Hollywood’s rendition, the future consists of a few people at the top, who partake in the good life and enjoy what’s left of earth’s resources, while the much more numerous masses suffer some form of enslavement and destitution. That is, until one day, a messianic figure emerges to overthrow the existing order, slaughters the oppressors, liberates the untermenschen and ushers in an era of peace and prosperity. . .
A small Tararua farming community has told the agriculture minister of the uncertainty facing it because of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.
Damien O’Connor visited the community of Makuri near Pahiatua today as part of the government’s Mycoplasma bovis roadshow.
Tararua district mayor and farmer Tracey Collis was there and told Checkpoint there was a lot to be learned from the Mycoplasma bovis scare.
“Watching the uncertainty in farmers in the district – it’s not something you wouldn’t wish on anybody,” she said.
“I think we need to tidy up our practises. [Husband] Mike and I spent five years as organic dairy farmers and within that system anything that came onto the farm was cleaned.” . .
The costs of the attempted eradication of Mycoplasma bovis will be borne unevenly, although economists say the full extent of the costs has yet be calculated.
The Government chose to attempt to eradicate the presence of the bacterium, noting the current estimates of eradication costs were smaller than the estimated costs of management.
No country has yet successfully eradicated the disease, but the Government does not want to regret not trying. . .
Decision made but important to find the cause – Allan Barber:
The Government decision to eradicate rather than contain Mp. Bovis has the merit of drawing a line under the first stage of the disease outbreak. There were three options under consideration: eradicate, manage or do nothing; the third was clearly not seriously considered, but there must have been a serious debate between the first two. In the end the eradication course of action was chosen because it gives ‘the best shot’ at eliminating the disease to the benefit of the New Zealand agricultural sector, particularly the dairy industry, and the economy.
The other factor which weighed in favour of the chosen option was MPI’s cost estimate of $886 million in contrast to $1.2 billion from attempting to manage the disease, although at any point along the way it may prove necessary to accept eradication is not possible and management will then become the default option. The likely first trigger point for a change will come in October/November after calving when cows are at their most stressed and liable to show signs of Mp. Bovis. The third option of doing nothing has been estimated to cost $1.3 billion in lost production over 10 years as well as continuing productivity losses. . .
ANZ Bank today announced an assistance package to help Mycoplasma Bovis-affected cattle farmers meet their short-term cash-flow requirements and ultimately re-establish their herds.
The ANZ Mycoplasma Bovis relief package is in response to this week’s Government announcement stating it would work with farming sector leaders to attempt to eradicate the disease, which is not harmful to humans, over the next few years.
The package will be effective immediately.
ANZ also acknowledges the efforts of the Rural Support Trust and will make a $20,000 donation to support their important work with local farmers on the ground. . .
Tararua and Southern Hawke’s Bay sheep and beef farming couples are among the first in the country to be offered a new programme to help them plan for long-term business success, developed in response to strong industry demand.
Launched recently, the programme equips farming partners to decide their business and family goals together, then use that to plan for, and lead, their teams.
Funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) PGP programme, Future Focus, is initially being offered in seven rural centres, involving more than 100 participants.
Designed and delivered by the Agri-Women’s Development Trust (AWDT), each two-day programme will be held over two months. . .
It’s been a positive start to 2018 for the global beef sector – with production and consumption up and prices generally favourable – however, building pressures in some of the world’s major beef-producing nations have the potential to change export market dynamics, with implications for New Zealand, according to a recently-released industry report.
In its Beef Quarterly Q2 2018 – Production continuing to Grow, but Supply Pressure Starting to Mount, agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank says supply pressure is growing in global beef markets due to dry weather conditions in the US, a surplus of animal protein in Brazil and changes in live cattle trade out of Australia.
Report co-author, Rabobank New Zealand animal proteins analyst Blake Holgate says the degree to which these supply pressures continue to build will determine the extent of their impact on global markets. . .
Plenty of rural folk have jumped at the chance to respond to a Federated Farmers survey on the quality of telecommunications connectivity out in the provinces.
There were close to 500 responses within 24 hours of the launch of the survey.
“It’s hardly surprising because we know from member feedback that broadband and mobile blackspots cause considerable frustration,” Federated Farmers Vice-President Andrew Hoggard says.
“Technology is a huge and increasing facet of modern farming. If the apps and programmes on farmers’ digital devices drop out or run at crawl-speeds, they simply can’t run their businesses efficiently.” . .
The survey link is https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/a09e7cdf97874d85b722169fc6649d4f . . .
• Government and farmers agree phased eradication plan
• Swifter compensation for farmers promised
• Estimated cost of $886m
Government and farming sector leaders have agreed to attempt the eradication of cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand to protect the national herd and the long-term productivity of the farming sector.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor say we have one shot at eradicating a disease that causes painful, untreatable illness in cattle.
The decision was taken collectively by Government and farming sector bodies after months of intense modelling and analysis to understand the likely impacts of the disease, the potential spread and the costs and benefits of eradication versus other actions. . .
Today’s decision of phased eradication over two years of the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis will bring a significant level of certainty to the farmers around the country, National’s Agriculture Spokesperson Nathan Guy says.
“I’m pleased a decision has finally been made and that an agreement has also been struck to share the costs of this response between industry and Government,” Mr Guy says.
“This disease has caused enormous stress and anxiety for farming families. The financial and emotional toll on farmers has been significant and the Rural Support Trust has done an outstanding job supporting those in need. . .
There is no doubt the decision announced today to continue to attempt to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand is going to cause pain and anguish for more farmers, Federated Farmers president Katie Milne says.
“But industry has always, from the beginning of this, been committed to working with the government to eradicate, if the science said it was feasible,” she says.
Federated Farmers believes getting rid of this insidious disease is preferable to living with it, for years on end, probably without any compensation available for farmers in future when it does hit and can’t be controlled. . .
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) supports the decision announced by the Government to attempt phased eradication of Mycoplasma bovis (Mp. bovis) from New Zealand.
“This has been a difficult decision to reach, and we acknowledge that it won’t please all farmers,” says B+LNZ Chairman Andrew Morrison.
“As a Southland farmer near to one of the epicentres, I am well aware of the impact of this response on farmers, their families and our communities. . .
M bovis: A ‘tricky disease’ that’s ‘not easy to tame’ – Dr Helen Beattie:
As a veterinarian working on the foot and mouth response in the UK, I’ve seen the misery that outbreaks of serious infectious diseases can bring down on the agricultural sector – animals, farmers and their communities. Containing these outbreaks always involves hard choices and significant consequences – there are seldom any easy solutions.
So, I don’t envy the government ministers who will make the call on how New Zealand will respond to the Mycoplasma bovis (M bovis) outbreak. They have to choose between trying to eradicate the disease or accepting that it has taken hold in New Zealand and opting to manage it.
M bovis is a tricky disease and whatever option is chosen, it will not be easy to tame. Which ever way the decision goes, there will be no going back to business-as-usual on farms. . .
Pupils get taste of farming life – Sally Rae:
Oamaru Intermediate School (OIS) went to the dogs last week — with a few sheep thrown in as well.
The school’s 280 pupils visited Fraser Farm, at Waitaki Boys’ High School, as part of the Agrication project. It aimed to put pupils from 100 schools on to sheep and beef farms and, over the past two weeks, 1100 children had been on farms nationally.
Funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership and delivered by New Zealand Young Farmers’ school engagement team, the aim was to help pupils and teachers understand the wealth of career opportunities available in the agri-food sector. . .
The offer of 1.8 million free manuka seedlings by Te Uru Rakau (Forestry New Zealand) in partnership with Manuka Farming New Zealand has proved hugely popular with applications totaling 5.2 million seedlings.
Manuka Farming New Zealand (MFNZ) General Manager Stephen Lee says they were overwhelmed by the huge interest for the seedlings. The initiative contributes to the Government’s One Billion Trees Programme.
“We had 1.8 million manuka trees available, which would cover about 1,635 hectares in plantings across New Zealand. Within a week we had 70 applications, totaling 3.6 million seedlings, and covering around 2,841 hectares. . .
(BusinessDesk) – First NZ Capital has cut its rating on Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund units as the dairy cooperative’s seeming inability to convert capital investment into earnings growth and poor track record in adding value raises questions over its ability to retain domestic suppliers.
Analyst Arie Dekker lowered his rating on the units, which give investors exposure to Fonterra Cooperative Group’s earnings, to ‘underperform’ from neutral, and sliced 17 percent from his target price to $5.09. The units recently rose 0.9 percent to $5.38. . .
Ballance Agri-Nutrients, in partnership with leading SAP and technologies provider Soltius, has won a prestigious global award for its new omni-channel farm management system, MyBallance.
MyBallance – “your farm at your fingertips” – connects multiple data sources to provide real time information and analytics to Ballance customers across all devices; helping inform on-farm decision making as well as simplifying business processes.
The digital solution, which leverages multiple SAP HANA applications, stood out amongst 170 entries to win the Best Run Award at the SAP Innovation Awards 2018. . .
New independent research findings continue to highlight the nitrogen mitigating effects of Ecotain environmental plantain, with one study showing it halved the concentration of urinary nitrogen in cows.
In September 2017, proprietary seed company Agricom announced major research findings that showed Ecotain can significantly reduce nitrogen leaching from urine patches on livestock farms. Most nitrogen leaching from livestock farms comes from the urine patch, an area containing high concentrations of nitrogen from animals’ urine.
Agricom’s lead scientist Dr Glenn Judson says the new independent research findings, which have come from several post-graduate students’ PhD theses, continue to demonstrate the benefits of Ecotain. . .
One of New Zealand’s foremost breeding studs has begun selling some of its land as a residential subdivision – supplying the high demand in and around Cambridge for large quality sections.
The land now encompassed by the Oaks Stud has been the home of legendary mare Sunline who won $13 million in prize money during his illustrious 32 win career in the 1990’s.
The Oaks Stud also produced New Zealand’s Horse of the Year, Seachange, who won a world title along with $1.7 million in prize money. . .
Farmer plagued by rabbits in life and grave – Sally Rae:
Sarah Perriam finds it ironic her late grandfather spent his lifetime fighting rabbits – and he is still plagued by them in death.
Looking at signs of rabbits digging on Charlie Perriam’s grave in the Cromwell cemetery yesterday, Ms Perriam recalled how the Central Otago farmer, who died in 2009, even had a team of ferrets to try to keep numbers down on his Lowburn property.
Her own earliest rabbit-related memory was the illegal release of the rabbit calicivirus in 1997, when she was about 12. . .
Spreading of virus to begin – Hamish MacLean:
The groundwork has begun for the release of a new strain of rabbit virus now approved for use in New Zealand.
A Korean variant of the rabbit calicivirus will be released across the province in about three weeks.
Otago Regional Council staff have started laying the first tranche of pre-feed carrot in select locations around Otago with landowners’ full co-operation and permission.
None of the council’s 100 doses of RHDV1 K5 have been released yet. . .
Defection disappoints – Annette Scott:
A decision by Alliance not to adopt a nationwide meat industry farm quality assurance programme puts the industry’s integrity at risk, Anzco agriculture general manager Grant Bunting says.
Alliance will use its own programme in preference to the red meat industry’s collaborative Farm Assurance Programme (FAP).
The FAP, established to enhance customer confidence in the NZ supply chain, is funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) under a Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme. . .
Sheep run riot as Hilux Rural Games begin in Fielding – Sam Kilmister & Bethany Reitsma:
Sheep, working dogs and bales of wool stumbled down Feilding’s main street in a celebration of all things rural.
The Manawatū town heralded the start of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games on Friday with an array of events, including the “running of the wools”. The America’s Cup was also paraded by hometown hero Simon van Velthooven, whose pedal power helped drive Emirates Team New Zealand to victory in Bemuda last year.
People came out in force, crowding the barrier-lined streets, while a mob of the area’s finest woolly residents made their way from the saleyards to the clock tower in Manchester Square and back. . .
For Ashley Wiese, who owns and manages 5,000 hectares in Western Australia, sustainable farming is the smartest way to secure optimum output and food quality, but also to survive as a business in a challenging industry.
Ashley Wiese started off working as an accountant in Perth. However, he always intended to use those skills in agriculture and soon decided to go back to his roots, a farm in Western Australia first established by his great-grandfather. Today, Wiese is the Director of Yarranabee farm. Together with his wife Jo, he farms 5,000 hectares in total: 4,000 hectares of grains such as oats, barley, canola and lupins, and 1,000 hectares of sheep for lamb and wool production. . .
How New Zealand can meet the challenge of feeding some of the predicted global population of 10 billion by 2050, will be a major focus at a Techweek event in Tauranga in May.
World-leading meat, dairy and horticultural industries have established New Zealand’s reputation as a producer of food.
But NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says the country’s collaborative agricultural ecosystem is shifting its efforts to developing sustainable ways to feed the world. . .