Horticulture and Cropping
There's light at the end of the tunnel for our fruit and vege growers as a long dry summer in the east of Europe has meant small amounts of produce coming onto the market there. Jim Grierson says Western Europe has been able to produce their usual levels of produce, but there is a void in the east. He says hopefully NZ will be able to fill some of that. (Watch Interview)
Event & Profiles
Owners and trainers of the nation's top thoroughbreds have got eight weeks to get their horses accepted for the Cup week carnival main races. Tim Mills says only 18 will start the prestigious events and with more than 100 entering in some cases, owners and trainers need to get their horses to perform extremely well to get into the final line up.
Young Farmers are becoming a test bed for new innovations. Terry Copeland says as farming becomes more technical there’s a raft of new inventions and innovations being developed and many are being used by his members to fine tune the development and to prove their worth. He says young people grasp new technology very quickly so they are an obvious channel to do the testing. (Watch Interview)
It isn't just meat and veges that have to have accountability, Malcolm Ching from NZ Wool Services says the wool industry now has to explain what animal health chemicals have been used and even reports on how and when the shearing takes place. He says they even have to assure importers that no child labour was used in the process.
Calf rearing has a few rules that if followed can lead to healthy calves, ignored and deaths will be the result. Nick Page from Rolleston Vet Services says be careful where you buy calves from, ensure they get the right colostral intake, keep age groups separate, hygiene is vital, plus good airflow and dry bedding. (Watch Interview)
Education - brought to you by Lincoln University
Feed your ewes properly and reduce the worm burden in your lambs. That’s the focus on work being done by Lincoln University. Tony Bywater says the right diet for the ewes can mean they shed less worms for the lambs to pick up so they will obviously do a lot better. Naturally it will also mean less exposure to drenches and therefore the risk of resistance. (Watch Interview)