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OSPRI SAYS TBFREE PROGRAMME MAKING PROGRESS

OSPRI SAYS TBFREE PROGRAMME MAKING PROGRESS

OSPRI – the operators of the TBFree programme – says farmers are making good progress in their fight against bovine tuberculosis.

OSPRI says herds throughout parts of North Canterbury, Otago and Southland will no longer require pre-movement TB testing, but will continue to be tested annually.

Nearly 3,200 herds across more than 937 hectares will benefit from reductions of Movement Control Areas and cattle and deer bovine tuberculosis tests from the 1st of March.

Environment Southland is working to reduce its large backlog of resource consent proposals – which has grown with the increase in proposals for dairy conversions in the region.

The council currently has 232 resource consent applications waiting to be processed – and has taken on four new staff to deal with the problem.

It says the applications for dairy conversions are more complex and take longer to process.

Environment Southland hopes to reduce the backlog to 200 with the help of its additional staff.

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DAIRY SECTOR BACKING FOR “ZERO PESTS” PROGRAMME

DAIRY SECTOR BACKING FOR “ZERO PESTS” PROGRAMME

Dairy Sector groups are committing $5 million over two years to the fight against stoats, rats and possums, destroying native flora and fauna, and carrying bovine tuberculosis.

New Zealand’s major dairy companies – including Fonterra, Westland Milks, Open Country, Synlait and Tatua – are contributing support to the Zero Invasive Predator’s programme, which is trialing its eradication system on the 400 hectare Bottle Rock peninsula in the Marlborough Sounds.

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LAB TESTING SIGNALS SINGLE FRUIT FLIES INCURSION

LAB TESTING SIGNALS SINGLE FRUIT FLIES INCURSION

The Ministry for Primary Industries says DNA testing on the Queensland Fruit Flies trapped in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn support the theory that they are dealing with a single incursion.

Laboratory testing shows the trapped flies are genetically similar to larvae found in fruit at the primary site of the incursion.

MPI has 180 staff working on the investigation and eradication programme in Grey Lynn – placing additional traps, laying bait, and inspecting fruit and vegetables to deal with the crop-destorying flies.

The Minister for Primary Industries says they could be on the job for another two months before it will be possible to determine if the eradication effort is a success.

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FONTERRA MILK PAYOUT DECISION PLEASES FARMERS – BUT…

FONTERRA MILK PAYOUT  DECISION PLEASES  FARMERS – BUT…

Fonterra Shareholders Council chairman Ian Brown says farmers will be relieved at the big co-op’s decision to hold its forecast milk payout to $4.70  a kilo.

Brown says on-farm conditions have been really tough nationwide, and the Shareholders’ council is urging farmers to be prudent in their financial planning to ensure they place their businesses in the best possible shape for next season.

He says the recent turnaround in global dairy prices is likely to have more impact on next season’s opening forecast in May than this season’s prices.

Meanwhile, Federated Farmers Dairy Group chair Andrew Hoggard isn’t so impressed with Fonterra’s decision to hold its forecast dividend at 25 to 35 cents a share.

He says the farmer shareholders he speaks to want to see Fonterra’s dividend rising – when its cost of production is falling.

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BEEF+LAMB WANTS FARMERS ENGAGED IN PLANNING PROCESS

BEEF+LAMB WANTS FARMERS ENGAGED  IN PLANNING PROCESS

Beef and Lamb New Zealand launched a programme this month to equip sheep and beef farmers to get involved in negotiating sustainable land and water management regulations in their home regions.

Beef and Lamb says there’s a growing need for farmers to be represented on their local catchment groups to work with regional councils between now and the 2025 deadline for the implementation of new long-term soil and water management strategies.

And it called in 70 leading farmers together in a conference at Welligton to help champion th effort to promote stakeholder engagement.

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MAJOR WATER STORAGE PROJECT FOR SOUTH CANTERBURY

MAJOR WATER STORAGE PROJECT FOR SOUTH CANTERBURY

A major water storage scheme is being planned for the parched South Canterbury Region.

The Rangitata Diversion Race management company plans to construction a storage pond capable of holding 30 million cubic metres of water – equivalent to 12,000 Olympic swimming pools.

The  company expects to fill the storage pond using water is already consented to take from the Rangitata River during periods of low demand for irrigation.

Company chief executive Ben Cutty says there’s a lot of interest in water storage and with its established infrastructure it’s in a position to meet that need.”

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Country TV Announces Increase In Viewers

As of January 19th 2015, Country TV will be watched by an estimated 130,000 people, equating over 40,000 household subscriptions. This hike in viewers will allow an ever-increasing, comprehensive programming schedule to include more local, relevant content, targeting rural-minded individuals around New Zealand.

Accessed through SKY channel 081, Country TV is New Zealand’s only dedicated rural channel, supplying the nation with agribusiness, farming, equestrian and rural lifestyle television. Increasing viewership means a higher volume of up-to-date information about local and international agriculture, farming, gardening, and more – all brought to the homes of rural-loving Kiwis.

The increase in viewers will give Country TV a better idea of which shows are attracting who, an understanding that will open doors for new programs and partnerships to further accommodate the demands of the market. Country TV aims to communicate directly with rural residents and/or those involved in rural industries to better inform and entertain the communities they support, and long term goals include being a part of every such household in New Zealand.

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Moline, Oliver and Nuffield Tractor Rally

Moline, Oliver and Nuffield Tractor Rally

Tapanui Show grounds  (West Otago)

West Otago Vintage Club (Inc)


AN INVITATION

The West Otago Vintage Club is planning a celebration of all makes, with special attention to Moline, Oliver and Nuffield Tractor Rally, on the 7th and 8th of March 2015 at the Tapanui Show grounds, and would like to take this opportunity to invite you/your members to attend.

Along with an array of tractors and machinery there will be;

Arts and Crafts
Children’s Entertainment
Parades
Food Stalls
Centre Ring Entertainment

For the Participants there will be;

FREE Camping on site
FREE entry each day
Saturday night BBQ (Charge) and Bar (pay as you go)

As Accommodation is limited we suggest early bookings will be required.

A Pre-Registration form can be obtained by contacting our Secretary Joan Black via email, mark.joan@xtra.co.nz Phone 03 208 7766 or by mail C/- W Brock, Merino Downs RD 5 Gore. All Pre-Registrations must be into the Secretary by February 1st 2015 to be included in the catalogue.

We look forward to a great weekend of Tractors, and Stories.