Criteria “too tough” on migrant workers – Federated Farmers – Tess McClure:
Farmers facing labour shortages say immigration criteria is “too tough” for migrant workers plugging the gap.
High numbers of farmers had approached Federated Farmers Southland with concerns about visas for their migrant worker employees, regional president Russell Macpherson said.
The shearing community is mourning the loss of New Zealand woolhandling legend, Joanne Kumeroa, who has died after a three year battle with cancer.
The 45-year old had been living in Australia but returned home to Whanganui just before Christmas, and died yesterday.
Ms Kumeroa was regarded in shearing circles as a New Zealand icon, winning more World, Golden Shears and national wool-handling titles than any other competitor in her 24 year career.
Friends said she used her battle with cancer to raise women’s awareness of the disease. . .
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has launched a new project which will further strengthen and future-proof New Zealand’s biosecurity system.
The project, Biosecurity 2025, will update and replace the founding document of New Zealand’s biosecurity system, the 2003 Biosecurity Strategy, with broad input from stakeholders, iwi and the New Zealand public.
“Government and industry have set a goal of doubling the value of our exports by 2025, and an effective biosecurity system is fundamental to achieving this,” says Mr Guy. . .
Peta’s mutilated lamb campaign sparks backlash (graphic content) – Rosanna Price:
The picture above has been captioned by PETA with: THIS is what most sheep used for wool look like after “shearing”.
But many people, including animal-activists and sheep shearers, disagree.
The image of an Australian musician holding the explicity graphic and mutilated body of a lamb was animal rights group PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’) way of advertising their latest expose on sheep shearing. . .
Dairy Woman of the Year 2015 Katie Milne hopes to use her new profile for the wider good of New Zealand farming.
Katie Milne hopes winning the Dairy Woman of the Year title will be a good platform to push messages about farming as “the rest of New Zealand do not understand us well”.
“They need to understand us better so we can be allowed to grow our industry, and to do that New Zealand has got to back us,” Milne told Rural News. . .
Questions for Fonterra – Andrew Hoggard:
A lot of shareholders were disappointed with the interim results Fonterra announced last week. Many feel they are not seeing a return on their investment.
I think we might be asking the wrong question. It shouldn’t be about where’s the return on our investment, but rather where do we see the value of being part of a co-op.
At the moment the milk price we are paid is based on the Global Dairy Trade result. It is averaged across the season – less manufacturing costs – in a very crude simplistic sense. The reality is that all the other companies should be achieving this anyway with their products. . .
An event organised by DairyNZ aims to advise famers and landowners on how best to manage their property in an environmentally sustainable way.
People in the Waipā River catchment are being encouraged attend the Kaniwhaniwha Stream field day, which will offer information on funding sources for environmental initiatives along with other resources.
Hosts Denis and Felicity Ahlers have worked with industry body DairyNZ to develop an environment-focused sustainable milk plan. They have also identified work that can qualify for council and Waikato River Authority funding. . .