Winner learned it all along the way – Nicole Sharp:
Debra Cruikshank is a woman on a mission, writes Nicole Sharp.
Winning the Supreme award at the Enterprising Rural Women Awards in Invercargill recently, Ms Cruikshank was overwhelmed.
The Tannacrieff Wines and DC Wines owner, as she puts it, sort of fell into winemaking.
From day one on her journey with her own business, she knew she had to create a niche market and she has done just that.
“Everything I’ve done, I’ve learned along the way.”
It is only a small business, so Ms Cruikshank puts her hand to everything and at busy times of the year turns into a bit of a superwoman.
Trying her hand with port, her most recent venture, she has had to teach herself a lot, she said. . .
Growers rapt about early fruit, weather – Tom Kitchin:
It’s looking like a bumper fruit season for Central Otago, and happy fruit producers may be in line to break some records.
Summerfruit New Zealand chairman and 45 South orchard CEO Tim Jones, of Cromwell, said everyone was talking about the record warm weather.
“We’re 10 to 14 days ahead of where we’d normally be. The only thing that would affect that right now would be substantial rain.
“It’s looking like a record crop for cherries.”
So far, his cherry orchard in Cromwell had plenty of people knocking on the door for work, he said, and that was fine, because he might need more workers than ever. . .
A record lambing percentage underpins a lift in lamb numbers, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) Lamb Crop 2017 report.
Research by B+LNZ’s Economic Service estimates the number of lambs tailed in spring 2017 was 23.7 million head, up 1.9 per cent (436,000 head) on the previous spring.
The average ewe lambing percentage for 2017 was 127.2, up 4.4 percentage points on last year and up 6.4 percentage points on the 10-year average (2008-09 to 2017-18) of 120.8 per cent.
Overall, this means 127 lambs were born per hundred ewes compared with an average of 121 over the last 10 years. For spring 2017, a one percentage point change in the New Zealand ewe lambing percentage is equivalent to 178,000 lambs. . .
Healthy velvet sales sought – Annette Scott:
The deer industry is embarking on a joint venture health project with one of South Korea’s largest pharmaceutical companies.
Deer Industry New Zealand had agreed to support Yuhan Corporation in its plan to develop and market a product with proven health benefits based on NZ deer velvet.
In a world first, Yuhan’s objective was to successfully develop, register and market a health food product containing scientifically validated components of NZ deer velvet.
Yuhan chief executive Jung Hee Lee and DINZ chief executive Dan Coup signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this month. . .
New Zealand needs to pull ahead of world on agri-innovation – Rebecca Howard:
(BusinessDesk) – New Zealand must pull ahead of the rest of the world in agri-food innovation in order to retain a competitive advantage, speakers told the Ministry for Primary Industry’s food and fibre innovation conference on Thursday.
“We need to be in a better position to respond to challenges like increased competition, potentially disruptive technologies such as synthetic alternatives and environmental and climatic impacts,” said Martyn Dunne, MPI’s director general. . .