NEWSLETTER 28.08.15

Animal Health
There’s new technology to help reduce pain in farmers and their animals.Colleen Abbott who owns the franchise for Shuzi in New Zealand says the chip that is responsible has been developed in USA and is being fitted into a wide variety of collars for animals and jewellery for humans. She says it isn’t a magnet or crystal as people have used in the past. Initial research  is showing dairy cows are becoming pregnant faster and older small animals such as cats and dogs are eased of pain. Colleen also says the success rate with humans is very high with very positive feedback. 
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Horticulture and Cropping
Farm Environment panning and mapping is now vital. That’s the opinion of Dennis Carter of Carter Seed Management. He says with the new laws coming into effect throughout New Zealand farmers have to know everything about their properties and what has happened where. He says it’s a case of being able to know the answers to the questions the regional councils will be asking.

Perhaps you should not use your plough. The thinking is now that by ploughing you are burying the soil that is holding the best fertiliser reserves and activating seeds that were dormant. For that reason Dennis Carter suggests minimum tillage or if you do want to plough, keep it shallow.

As more chemical companies either merge or take others over there are concerns about world control of the seed industry.  Dennis Carter says chemical companies own the majority of the seed industry and with the likelihood of the top five chemical companies owning the majority of seed companies, it gives them a huge amount of control. 
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Dairy
Proposed new rules with respect to farm consents are going to be impossible to implement because of a lack of people to handle the work load. Richard Christie from Ravensdown says there simply aren’t enough people to get the work done. He says Ravensdown have set in place measures to help their shareholders but there’s a lot they can’t help with.
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There are ways of trading through the hard times and farmers suffering from a lack of cash flow should look forward to the good times because they will return.Enda Hawe, Sharemilker of the year in 2012 says he is still very focussed on the positives and admits that he wouldn’t want to farm anywhere else in the worldand he certainly wouldn’t do anything other than dairying.
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Horticulture and Cropping
The world will be holding it’s breath over the Chinese stock market crash, but there’s no reason for us to panic. Kerry Adams of DAA Chartered  Accountants says we can expect some volatility over the next few weeks or months but alreadythings have settled down with respect to our stock market and dollar value.

Our tax rates are tempting top business people in Australia to come to New Zealand. Kerry Adams says some Aussie big earners are paying around 50 cents in the dollar while our top rate is 33 percent. What such a move will do to house prices is still something we don’t know but cashed up top executives are likely to spend a lot on housing. 
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