Meat bonanza – Alan Williams:
Hang on for the ride, New Zealand – the African swine fever disaster breaking down pork supply in China is creating a huge opening for sheep meat and beef producers, special agricultural trade envoy Mike Petersen says.
The Chinese need for protein will push up both demand and thus prices there and for other customers.
Pork is easily the number one meat protein in China and research indicating the swine fever impact could create an 8.2 million tonnes gap in total protein supply there this year. . .
MPI raises restrictions on farms to stop spread of Mycoplasma bovis – Gerard Hutching:
Farmers will need to brace themselves for a surge in the number of properties that cannot move stock off their farms as officials grapple with controlling the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.
The Ministry for Primary Industries said 300 farmers who had high risk animals move on to their properties would be contacted, of whom 250 would have notices of direction placed on them. . .
Exploring potential of dairy sheep, goats – Yvonne O’Hara:
The Sheep and Goat Dairy Project (SGDP) is to hold a workshop in Invercargill tomorrow to explore the potential for dairy sheep and dairy goats as an alternative income stream for farmers and others along the supply chain.
The national Provincial Growth Fund-funded project was launched in January and will continue until March 2020.
Project leader John Morgan, who is also the manager of the New Zealand Food Innovation Network (Fin) at Lincoln University, said there had been pockets of interest and activity to do with sheep and goat milk in the past. . .
Truly outstanding in their fields – Peter Burke:
The East Coast of the North Island features prominently in this year’s Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award for Sheep and Beef.
Two of the three men work on farms on the East Coast, the others in the South Island.
The three finalists were selected from entrants NZ-wide:
Outbreak delays bee project – Yvonne O’Hara:
The Southern Beekeepers discussion group has completed the first two rounds of sampling southern beehives at sites in Mosgiel and Lake Hawea for the American Foulbrood (AFB) research project, Clean Hive.
However, a major AFB outbreak in the North Island is keeping the laboratory they are using busy with samples, so the results have been delayed.
The sampling is part of the beekeeping industry’s research project to trial three different methods to detect the disease in hives before symptoms become visible or clinical. . .
Celebrating women in agriculture – Sonita Chandar:
Words spoken during a panel discussion at the Women of Influence Forum in 2016 struck a chord with Chelsea Millar from Grass Roots Media.
The panel consisting of several high-profile women from various sectors was discussing how women don’t get enough recognition for their work, whether it be equality, pay parity or so on.
“It struck me that this was true in the agriculture sector,” Millar says. . .