Ongoing battle for river draining experience – Sally Rae:
As the microscope continues to focus on the Manuherikia River in Central Otago and its future minimum flows, rural editor Sally Rae talks to award-winning Omakau farmer Anna Gillespie about the stress the rural community is under.
They are two farmers farming – literally.
Central Otago couple Ben and Anna Gillespie trade under Two Farmers Farming, running a 400ha property at Omakau comprising a dairy grazing and beef finishing operation.
It was a challenging environment to farm in, with an average rainfall of about 450mm, temperatures in winter as low as -10degC and summer hitting more than 30degC, Mrs Gillespie said. . .
Govt reforms ‘absolutely punishing’ – Neal Wallace:
Local authorities and industry groups warn they are being driven to breaking point by the volume and pace of Government legislation reforms.
One described the pace and scale as “absolutely punishing” and warned “it has the potential, unless managed very carefully, to break the system”.
Karen Williams, a former planner and current Federated Farmers vice president, says that pace shows no letting up, with parties given just one month to comment on the exposure draft of the first of three documents to replace the Resource Management Act (RMA).
“The RMA is 30 years old, so you don’t start looking at its replacement with one month of submissions,” Williams said. . .
Carbon-farming economics are also attractive on easier country – Keith Woodford:
Given current carbon prices, the march of the pine trees across the landscape has only just begun. The implications are massive
My previous article on carbon farming focused on the North Island hard-hill country. If financial returns are to be the key driver of land-use, and based on a carbon price of $48 per tonne, then the numbers suggested that carbon farming on that class of country is a winner.
By my calculations, sheep and beef farms on this hard-hill country provide an internal rate of return (IRR) of around 2%, whereas my recent estimate for carbon farming was 9.7%.
Here I extend the analysis, still using a price of $48 per tonne, by looking at the easier hill country that Beef+Lamb (B&L) categorise as ‘Class 4 North Island Hill Country’. This fits between their ‘Class 3 North Island hard-hill country’ and the ‘Class 5 North Island intensive finishing farms’. . .
Efficiency key to simple, profitable A2:A2 farm– Samatha Tennent:
A Waikato farmer has succeeded in creating a top farming business, as well as a career in the corporate world.
The desire to have a dynamic farming business as well as an exciting career off the farm, a Waikato farmer has come out on top in both.
And he got there by focusing on creating a simple, profitable farming operation with an efficient Jersey herd.
Zach Mounsey who is an equity partner and sharemilks 440 Jersey cows on 161ha at Te Kawa near Otorohanga on the family farm, which was the most profitable Waikato 50:50 sharemilker in Dairybase for 2018. He is also the general manager of milk supply for Happy Valley Nutrition (HVN), a new dairy processor aiming to produce high-quality infant formulas. . .
One of New Zealand’s largest buttercup squash growers is diving into Asia’s alternative proteins market with a plant-based milk.
Kabochamilk is a collaboration between Hawke’s Bay grower Shane Newman and Sachie Nomura, a Japanese celebrity chef who also developed a world first avocado milk.
Kabocha, a Japanese variety of squash, is a staple part of the Japanese and East Asian diet and New Zealand is one of the largest exporters of kabocha to Japan and Korea.
The Ministry for Primary Industries contributed more than $95,000 through its Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund to help boost Kabocha Milk Co’s efforts to formulate, manufacture, and market a shelf-stable kabocha milk recipe that would appeal to consumers in Japan, Korea, China, and beyond. . .
Commission publishes draft conclusion on base milk price calculation
The Commerce Commission has today released a draft report concluding that Fonterra’s calculation of the base milk price it will pay farmers in the 2020/21 dairy season is consistent with the requirements of the milk price monitoring regime under the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA).
Fonterra set a forecast price for the season of $7.45 – $7.65 per kilogram of milk solids according to rules set out in its Farmgate Milk Price Manual. DIRA requires the Commission to review Fonterra’s methodology for calculating the price and to conclude on whether the calculation is consistent with the purpose of DIRA and the rules set in the Manual.
The regime is designed to provide for the setting of a base milk price that is consistent with efficient and contestable market outcomes. . .