ORC plan has far-reaching implications – Mark Patterson:
“Consultation on the Otago Regional Council’s new land and water plan has recently been under way,” writes Federated Farmers Otago president Mark Patterson.
The outcomes will set parameters for farming for the next decade or more.
Stage one is consulting the public on what are our shared visions for environmental outcomes in Otago. I would call it the kumbaya phase.
Everyone, farmers especially, cares about the state of our waterways and safe drinking water. While this phase is a necessary first step it’s hard not to see it as a box-ticking exercise given the outcome is heavily prescribed by the overarching national policy statement. . .
Don’t forget farmers when it comes to fuel prices – Jacqueline Rowarth:
Farming in New Zealand is under threat and overlooking the cost of fuel on-farm is yet another pressure, Dr Jacqueline Rowarth writes.
The reality of trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) was made startlingly clear this month.
When the price at the pump went up, the government announced a cut in fuel excise duties to allow people to continue life as usual.
The cut was an acknowledgment of the effect of fuel on the cost of living, which is part of the reason so many countries support fossil fuel subsidies. . .
Forestry rules about to be upturned – Keith Woodford:
More forestry upheavals are coming as the Government foreshadows big changes to the rules of the game. Sheep and beef farmers including iwi are the big prospective losers.
In 2018, the Government announced that it was moving towards a new regime for New Zealand forestry within the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). The plans included a new so-called ‘permanent forestry’ category for introduced species, also known as exotics.
The relevant legislation was passed in 2020 with regulations subsequently added for enactment on I January 2023. Industry has been moving forward on that basis. Things are now about to be upturned.
Over the last 12 months, the Government has been getting nervous about what it had set in place. It took a while, but Government now understands what some of us understood somewhat earlier, that carbon forestry has become the most profitable game in the country. That was not what they intended. . .
The parasitic mite Varroa destructor is a severe threat to New Zealand’s honey bees. Since the mite appeared on our shores twenty years ago, affected bees have not been able to survive without human intervention.
Effective treatment for varroa is essential for protecting our most productive pollinators.
More bee colonies are now being lost due to varroa mites than any other cause, according to the latest Ministry for Primary industries annual bee surveillance report. This was the first time in the survey’s history that the mite had been most frequently attributed to colony losses, with queen problems previously being considered the leading cause.
Agcarm chief executive Mark Ross says “Varroa wiped out wild bee colonies as it spread throughout the country, so it’s essential that beekeepers remain highly vigilant, check for its presence and treat hives with miticides – at the right time and with the right dose.” . .
The winner of the 2022 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Industry Awards is excited about the opportunities for career growth within the dairy industry.
Will Green was announced winner of the region’s Share Farmer of the Year category at Trott’s Garden in Ashburton on Tuesday evening.
Other major winners were Jaspal Singh, who was named the 2022 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Manager of the Year, and Peter O’Connor, the 2022 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Trainee of the Year.
Will has tasted success in the Dairy Industry Awards as the 2018 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Manager of the Year and was also awarded the National Runner-Up title. . .
Four agricultural organisations have jumped at the chance to support the New Zealand Young Farmers (NZYF) Tournament Series.
With a rich 80-year history, the NZYF Tournament Series now consists of the Hunting and Fishing clay target shooting, Goldpine fencing, NZ Farmers Livestock stock judging and Tavendale and Partners debating competitions.
NZYF Board Chair Kent Weir says these sponsors have made a world of difference to the Tournament Series which starts at grass roots club level.
“It’s fantastic to have these businesses on board to support our Clubs with hosting their tournaments locally and at a national level as well,” he said. . .