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There's a particularly nice feeling
being out and about at the moment.
The first lambs are afoot, many of the spring
bulbs and bushes have burst into flower, the
days are noticeably warmer, and the first of
the new fashions are in store. Even the sun is
starting to rise earlier and set later each day,
the latter tending to catch many off guard,
including me, with tea not prepared on time
and in some homes, the children put to bed
later than planned!
Spring is looming on the horizon and this
brings with it many different feelings and
changes, and you can almost smell it and hear
it in the wind.
What surprises me is the difference which can
be seen in this season across quite a small
distance as I travel. The flowers and spring
delights in Invercargill and Winton are far
more advanced than in the deeper regions of
Thank goodness copious bundles of daffodils
and jonquils are for sale in the supermarkets,
and with 'Daffodil Day' fast approaching, it's
a great reason to buy a bunch of flowers and
support a really good cause.
It's hard to believe that at this time last year
we were all counting down to the 2011 Rugby
World Cup and all the many events which we
were anticipating would happen.
The front page of the Southland Times had
begun the countdown which was charted
by youngsters as the kick off approached,
just like they do every year in the buildup to
The excitement was mounting and you
could hear and see it rumbling in the rural
communities. Many of them hoped to benefit
from the tourist traffic which was expected
to travel around between the games as the
World Cup progressed.
In the South, Venture Southland had worked
hard across the province with its 'Tidy Towns'
A Consortium of AgResearch Ltd and Beef + Lamb New Zealand
Involvement in some of Ovita's research projects is all about the benefits of
And the genetic gains for Andrew Tripp at Nithdale farm at Kaiwera in Eastern
Southland are often considerable.
Andrew runs sheep and beef alongside a dairy unit and dairy support, forestry and a
farmstay on the 1478 hectare hill to rolling and some flat country farm. The unit also
includes a Romney and a Suffolk sheep stud.
Andrew first started selecting sheep for resistance to parasites in the early 1990's, and
has now added dag scoring to the selection criteria. He's also introduced the Ovita
MyoMAX muscling gene into his Romney's, and is backcrossing them to produce a high
meat yield flock that is easy care, with high fertility.
"It's a long-term project, but we're starting to see the benefits now, not only in the stud
and the enquires from farmers wanting to see genetic progress in their own flocks, but
the payback from yield payments in our commercial animals as well," he said.
"We're using as much technology as we can to increase our ability to record - we've
always weighed and recorded pedigree information on our sheep, so adding other
measurement techniques like ultrasound and CT scanning and now DNA testing, is all
part of what we believe is needed to make progress. All the trial work and blood testing
we're involved in with Ovita and AgResearch over many years gives us the ability to pick
out the best and places us at the forefront of considerable genetic gains."
This technology is a result of New Zealand farmer investment in Beef + Lamb New
Zealand and Ovita.
Contact Eleanor Linscott 03-477-0697 for more information, or visit www.ovita.co.nz
Gore: (03) 208 4735
0800 746 364
Balclutha: (03) 418 1418
Central Otago: (03) 449 2502
Lumsden: (03) 248 7087
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initiative which successfully encouraged rural
Southland towns to embrace the Rugby World
Cup with several communities jumping on
board to give their towns a spruce up where
Of course, as we all know, this event is now
past history, but thank goodness we have
the satisfaction of our All Blacks winning the
event in the Host Country which has carried
us through to this latest round of test matches
which have just kicked off.
Wasn't that a great win last Saturday night --
But doesn't last year's World Cup Rugby all
still seem just like it was yesterday???
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