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10 years ago Shrek the sheep emerged from a corner of Bendigo Station in Central Otago wearing 27 kilos of wool on his back and now another heavily overgrown sheep has been found near Canberra.     Because it is carrying so much wool its life is at risk,  and its condition prompted calls from the RSPCA for shearers to come forward, and four-time Australian Shearing Champion Ian Elkins put his hand up for the job.

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Butcheries in Christchurch and Auckland have taken out the country's top awards for bacon and ham.   The 100% NZ Bacon & Ham Competition celebrates turning New Zealand grown pork into bacon and ham products.    Cashmere Cuisine in Christchurch won bacon of the year and Westmere Butchery in Auckland won ham of the year.

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Four new biosecurity x-ray machines have been installed this week at international airports in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown to ensure passengers don’t bring any unwanted pests or diseases into New Zealand.   The machines will be used to scan baggage from overseas travellers for plant and animal products that pose biosecurity risk to New Zealand.    MPI Detection Technology Manager Brett Hickman  says the new machines will provide better reliability and increased capacity and border staff will be better equipped to spot biosecurity risk items before they enter New Zealand.    MPI has now installed 19 new x-ray machines around the country.

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New  Zealand earned $2.3 billion more from exports than we spent on imports during the year ended June 2015.     Statistics New Zealand says in the year to June 2015, total exports of goods and services were $67.5 billion, while total imports were $65.1 billion.     Dairy remains New Zealand's largest export commodity, earning $12.0 billion in the June 2015 year but this was down from the $15.8 billion for the year before.    The  EU was our largest source of imports at  $8.6 billion of goods and $2.9 billion of services from there.    And cars from Japan ($1.9 billion) and the EU ($1.8 billion) remain our two largest imports by country.

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Suggestions that Fonterra is stockpiling product to keep up demand and prices is being denied.   The Co-op has been putting less product into the Global Auction and it seems to have worked to lift prices and morale.  While analysts  say the rises are because of the reduced amount of whole milk powder put up for auction, Fonterra says it is not stockpiling the product.     Volumes at the latest auction were down more than 1000 tonnes on two weeks ago and  21,000 tonnes below the amount sold this time last year.    Fonterra says it is putting all the excess into higher value consumer products like cheese and UHT longer life milk, or mixing the milk powder with vitamins or minerals for other customers.    AgriHQ dairy analyst Susan Kilsby says  prices are likely to keep rising, but the world is awash with milk and demand is being upheld by the significantly smaller amounts offered for sale.  She says product still has to be sold elsewhere in the market and as yet there is no slowdown in global milk production.

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Jason Te Brake is the new Chairman for New Zealand Young Farmers. Mr Te Brake takes over from Cole Groves who stepped down after two years in the role.  Mr Te Brake has been on the board for two years after joining Young Farmers in 2010.     The twenty-seven year old is a Chartered Accountant  and works as Sales and Marketing Executive at ANZCO foods.    Jason Te Brake believes the next five years is critical for the organisation, which has been running for 83 years.

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Internet access is crucial for rural communities, not just for running their farms and businesses but also providing ways for people to keep in touch.

Unfortunately rural broadband speeds and reliability in New Zealand, for the most part, has been quite poor.

Our Satellite Broadband network is fast and reliable and can already offer speeds of up to 10Mbps download. It’s modern and futureproofed so when faster speeds become available we’ll be able to offer them, in fact in Europe you can already get satellite speeds of up to 25Mbps at an affordable price!

Due to its location (it’s much closer to New Zealand than competing networks) the Optus D2 Satellite is less prone to rain fade, storms and other weather conditions. It also has a high look angle which means it is unlikely to be affected by tall trees, hills or buildings.

It’s available almost anywhere in the country (basically if you can get SKY TV you can get our satellite service).

We’ve overcome previous limitations of satellite by using smart data acceleration and caching technology which leaves users with a smooth and fast browsing experience.

According to TrueNet’s recent March-May speed test result for rural internet usage, satellite consistently outperformed traditional copper ADSL connectivity.

TrueNet is an independent organisation who have partnered with The Commerce Commission to measure broadband performance in peoples' homes.

Wireless Nation’s technical director Tom Linn says he is pleased the study offers demonstrable evidence of satellite’s advantages.

"We have known for a long time that satellite speeds are better in rural areas, so it’s great to have a study that proves this.”

If you’re a PGG Wrightson member or an ASB Rural customer, we have special deals so you get even greater value on your rural broadband. We also provide RBI (Fixed Wireless) at competitive prices.

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Hawke's Bay Royal A&P Show

Hawke's Bay Royal A&P Show

Hawke's Bay Showgrounds  (Hawke's Bay)

Hawke’s Bay A&P Society are delighted to host the Royal A&P Show, New Zealand from Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 October 2015 in Hastings, Hawke’s Bay as part of ‘Hawke’s Bay on Show’.
The Royal A&P Show is the premier Agricultural Show in New Zealand.

The 2015 Royal Show will be a modern A&P Show grounded on strong livestock competition, national entries, classic A&P features and a place for town and country to come together in celebration of rural life in New Zealand.

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