Tackling water resource conservation with modern agriculture – Craige Mackenzie:
As I sat in a board room in Minneapolis, I used a break in my meeting to check the moisture of the soil on my farm in New Zealand. I didn’t walk into a field and dig a hole or stick a meter into the dirt. Instead, I pulled out my phone, looked at its screen, and saw what my sensors were saying.
Fellow Global Farmer Network board member V Ravichandran was checking his phone as well. Ravi was looking at photos of his cotton crop that had just been sent to him from his farm in Tamil Nadu India. Ravi checked the photos and sent a reply e-mail to India with his observation and actions required.
This is what modern agriculture looks like: It’s global, it’s high-tech, and it’s all about sustainable conservation. . .
Diversifying in the Catlins – Sally Rae:
Enterprising Catlins farmers Carey and Tracey Hancox have diversified their busy farming operation near Owaka with an accommodation venture and an on-farm butchery, processing their homegrown lamb. Agribusiness reporter Sally Rae pays them a visit.
Carey and Tracey Hancox make the most of opportunities as they arise.
The couple have a simple philosophy when it comes to their business — “no-one gets anywhere without hard work”.
“It’s just a fact of life, really. It’s not easy. People look happy once they’re successful but I think it’s reflected in how hard they have to work.
“That little bit of happiness is the payment for the stress and the worry. It balances itself out,” Mr Hancox explains. . .
One enterprising rural woman – Yvonne O’Hara:
When Debra Cruikshank left school, she was not sure what she wanted to do.
She grew up on a sheep and beef farm in the Catlins and at the very least knew she wanted to do physical work.
She thought she might try art school.
Now, at 37, she has her own vineyard and winery and a successful business, DC Wines, that is growing each year.
After leaving school and the farm she chose to spend a year in Central Otago. . .
New ways of working at board and management levels have led to a change of culture at Westland Milk Products, with a brighter outlook and growing shareholder confidence in the company, said Chairman Pete Morrison in the company’s 2017 Annual Report released today.
Commenting on the 2016-17 season, Morrison said extensive new thinking had come into the company with new management, a revised board structure and better ways of working.
“The 2016-17 financial year for Westland Milk Products was characterised by challenge and change,” Morrison said. “We began the 2016-17 year under considerable financial pressure. Shareholders, quite rightly, were demanding answers and calling for both the board and management to do much better and reverse the loss making result of the year before.” . .
When you lied on your CV abut having previous sheepdog experience – NZ Farming
Reda eyes Australia to secure supply – Annabelle Cleeland:
AN exclusive long-term contract has whet the appetite of a European fabric maker who is appealing to the very best Australian superfine woolgrowers to partner with them to help feed the growing demand for luxury and active wear fabrics.
There are only 20 members in the current Reda Future Project, set-up by 152 year-old Italian fabric maker Reda, who meet the quality standards of set by the country’s largest integrity scheme, SustainaWOOL.
Last year, Reda chief operating officer Francesco Botto Poala said the company acquired 1500 bales of 15.8 to 19.2 micron wool from this exclusive group, and they are hungry for more. . .