Water is the lifeblood of farming and intrinsic to every aspect of food production.
It’s also of considerable significance to other users- iwi, environmental organisations and recreational users.
This resource has been the big focus for Federated Farmers policy and advocacy during 2014.
It would be almost impossible to operate a farming system in New Zealand without being aware of key topics like collaboration, nutrient management, water quality, limit setting and the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.
These are words which are increasingly on everyone’s lips and they’re here to stay. . .
Trout rescued as Canterbury rivers dry up – Thomas Mead:
Thousands of fish are being relocated from dangerously low rivers in North Canterbury as the region goes through a sweltering hot patch.
Fish and Game have been running rescue operations out of the Ashley, Cust and Selwyn rivers, along with parts of Lake Ellesmere, for two months following a sudden drop in water levels.
North Canterbury officer Steve Terry says about 3000 brown trout and salmon have already been relocated by his small team of staff and volunteers and the job will get harder in the weeks ahead.
Canterbury’s rivers occasionally dry up during the summer, with conditions forcing fish to retreat to deeper pools along the bank. . .
Environment Canterbury has approved another farm environment plan template under the proposed Land and Water Regional Plan.
The template was developed by environmental consultants Irricon Resource Solutions.
Environment Canterbury chief executive Bill Bayfield said Irricon had met all the requirements of Schedule 7 of the proposed Land and Water Regional Plan. . .
Seven people were recognized in the New Years Honours for services directly related to agriculture.
Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit:
Lucas has contributed to agriculture for more than 40 years.
He was a senior lecturer in the Plant Science Department of Lincoln University from 1974 to 2004. He created courses in tropical agronomy and ethno-botany to meet the academic needs of overseas students. . .
Foreign Minister Murray McCully says a third illegal fishing vessel has been discovered operating in the Southern Ocean during a patrol by the HMNZS WELLINGTON.
“The HMNZS WELLINGTON has intercepted a vessel, calling itself the Yongding, fishing illegally to the west of the Ross Sea,” Mr McCully says.
“This is the third vessel to be discovered fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean during this patrol.
“All three vessels claim to be flagged to Equatorial Guinea and we continue to convey to Equatorial Guinea our concerns about these vessels’ operations and request permission to board the vessels. . .
Federated Farmers Manawatu-Rangitikei is launching its own Farm Day program to educate the next generation and the urban community.
James Stewart, Federated Farmers Manawatu-Rangitikei provincial president says Farm Days are about educating people about the origins of their food in an entertaining way.
“This is a concept based off the national Federated Farmers Farm Day initiative, which was introduced seven years ago, with a more intimate feel. This year’s school holidays, kids can see first hand the influence agriculture has to the local region and wider New Zealand.” . . .
Spotlight on dairy efficiency – Shan Goodwin:
THE value of generating a cash budget and balance sheet was highlighted at the first workshop of the NSW dairy Focus Farm project.
The whole-of-business learning initiative, a first of its kind in NSW, will focus on improving operating surplus at the Lismore district farm of fourth-generation milk producer Andrew Wilson.
Over the next two years, a support group made up of fellow producers, financial and accounting experts, dairy industry consultants and advisers and livestock and pasture experts will meet regularly to put in place strategies for reducing fixed costs, maximising natural resources like home-grown feed and boosting productivity and profitability on the 250 milker farm “Torokina”, Woodlawn. . .