Newsletter 12.10.15

Irrigation by RX Plastics
It is a very hot and dry spring and irrigation is already vital for many crops.Tony Davoren from Hydro Services says producers are, in some cases, having to water paddocks before drilling and others to break the crust so seedlings can push through. He says the forecast is for a very long and hot summer with lots of Nor-West winds and very dry conditions. Tony admits that anyone on dry land will certainly be in trouble.

A marriage made in the paddocks is one way to describe the uniting of Hydro Services and Aqualinc Research Ltd. The two companies have united after being closely associated for many years. Tony Davoren from Hydro Services says none of his clients will notice any difference in service or advise, as both companies have worked so closely already. He does admit that there will be a wider range of services becoming available for clients. (Watch Interview)

This season filling in the gaps where centre pivots can’t reach will be vital andRX Plastics are expecting a rush on their G Set units. Phil Gatehouse says G Set is the obvious system to use as it can be controlled to deliver whatever volumes needed at whatever time it is most efficient. He reports that while the G Set is excellent on hills and hard to get to places, there is now a huge demand for the intensive pastures on the flat as well.
(Watch Interview)

Animal Health and Welfare
Breeding for resilience and resistance are two weapons being used in the fight to reduce drench resistance.  Nick Page from Rolleston Vet Services says there are a raft of other methods and system being used including cross grazing and faecal egg counts and he suggest farmers work closely with their vets to get the best out of their stock with the minimum of drench. (Watch Interview)

Be very careful when you get involved with a 90 day trial situation. Kerry Adams reports that many farmers are falling foul of the law because they aren’t following the rules. He says, for example, you have to give the prospective employee the conditions you are offering and give them time to get advice. He says the 90 day trial isn’t automatic and appropriate paperwork is needed. Kerry suggests you do need to talk it all through with your accountant and lawyers. (Watch Interview)

The meat industry should welcome Silver Fern Farms selling 50 percent to a Chinese buyer. That’s according to Brent Rawstron who exports beef and wine. He says the fact they sold just 50 percent means the local business has equal sayand gives producers huge benefits as far as markets are concerned. He admits that it is certainly a much wiser move than the processing company joining a stock and station company, a move blocked by the banking industry a few years ago. (Watch Interview)

Horticulture and Cropping
Don’t leave nature alone, keep a very close watch on your crops this time of the year. Dennis Carter says the changing season will bring with it aphids, grass grubs and porina plus a raft of other problems that can catch you out very quickly. Plus, he says, October is Ryegrass month so work done now will pay dividends at harvest time. (Watch Interview)

China remains our biggest buyer of New Zealand wool, and although the percentage may drop from 60 percent of our clip down to 50 to 55 percent, China remains vital to our producers. John Dawson from NZ Wool Services says the Chinese have a huge flock themselves, but they use our wool to upgrade their clip. (Watch Interview)

Education by Lincoln University 
Drones have been in the news latterly as dozens of amateurs fly them in the wrong places, but they are becoming a very handy tool for farmers. Stuart Chambers from Lincoln University says more and more of them are being used to check stock, fences and water supplies. He says the savings in time and money by using the devices is proving very successful. (Watch Interview)