Newsletter 12.07.15

Animal Health
Lifestyle farmers are being urged to take note of when lambs and calves are due and to ensure they know what to do in an emergency. Nick Page from Rolleston Vet Services says a number of lifestyle farmers forget that ewes need to be treated with gentleness when being assisted in giving birth and that cleanliness and lubrication are both very important when dealing with emergences. He says there’s a lot of things that can go wrong so professional help is vital if in doubt
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Horticulture & Cropping
The dry conditions means herbicides will not have the effect that is desired by producers so farmers should either wait for serious rains to come, or wait until spring and use a serious knock down herbicide. Jim Grierson from Grierson Horticulture says weeds need moisture in the soil to take up herbicides and if there isn’t enough moisture, the plant can’t take it in.

Organic Phosphates are on their way out and will be totally gone in a few years. They will be replaced by other tools that will be more effective and safer.

There’s confusion over the Global GAP and the New Zealand GAP. Jim says the criteria is the same but the Global GAP gets priority. He suggests all produce should come under the same heading but until it is ratified the two qualifications will work side by side and mean different things to those buying the produce.
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The dry winter has had one fan; Vegetable growers have had a great year and produce is the best possible. Robin Oakley says they are totally up to date with harvest and everything is looking great, however the dry is about to catch them out as next season’s planting need moisture to establish them, and he is contemplating using irrigation despite the cold weather.
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Community
Rural crime rates are rising farmers are being asked to start locking sheds and vehicles. Kerry Maw from Rural Women NZ says her organisation is focussing on awareness and hoping to reduce the crime rates. She says for many farmers it is foreign for them to lock things away but the reality is that they now need too.

If you are a woman doing business in the rural sector, go to the Rural Women New Zealand website and check out the enterprising women contest. Entries open next month, and like and contest of its kind, contestants learn lots from just being involved.
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Events
The Young Farmers national competition is the passport to the organisations future. At this year’s contest a range of enthusiasts aged from 8 years old to 30 years old competed to become the top in their age groups. CEO Terry Copeland says it was full on but the youngsters are as keen as the older contestants and with more schools, primary and secondary, taking on club status numbers are growing very quickly.
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Commerce
Greece is in survival mode with the likelihood of becoming bankrupt. John Walley talks in an extended web only interview about how it happened and options open to the country plus the effects on you living and working here. 
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Domenico Salvagnin