Ain’t no mountain high enough

Brian Dagg, aka Daggy, has always done it differently.

The Wakatipu man spent his first year after school working for his uncle and father on the 22,660ha Coronet Peak Station. He and his brother decided they wanted to buy the property.

Virus takes the top off rabbits

A new strain of rabbit-killing virus has achieved average kill rates of 34% in Otago and 40% in Canterbury.

Otago Regional Council environmental monitoring and operations director Scott MacLean said kill rates over the 100 sites in the province vary from zero to 80%, the range attributed to the degree of natural immunity in the wild rabbit population.

Plan change adjusts farm nitrogen losses

It might take till early to mid 2019 before farmers in the Manawatu-Wanganui region have their nitrogen leaching limits reset to the latest version of Overseer, after most were unable to achieve the original targets.

Nowhere for extra trees to go

The masses of extra land needed for the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on increased afforestation has some in the industry scratching their heads on where it will come from.

The commissioner recommends 1.3 million to 2.8m hectares of marginal sheep and beef country be put into forestry to help New Zealand move towards a zero-carbon economy by 2050.

Dry in south but wet up north

A mild, dry winter and a good start to spring has set Canterbury farmers up well but there’s concern of a big dry setting in.

Opuha Water chief executive Andrew Mockford said farmers have revelled in the great winter farming conditions but they have not put snow on the hills or water in the lakes and rivers.

Take care with kids and vehicles

MYTH 3: WorkSafe doesn’t want kids on farm vehicles.

My youngest is 25 now but it seems no time since I was stopping the truck so my kids could get out and pick the lambs up. 

Farmers Weekly NZ 10.09.2018

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Tough job to get staff

Labour hungry farmers and primary industry employers face stiff competition for school leavers with regional unemployment below 5%, secondary school teachers are warning.