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Robert Peacock of Orari Gorge Station has always been a big believer
in measuring and recording to monitor performance in his sheep, so becoming
involved in the 50K and 5K projects was a natural progression.
Mr Peacock farms 23,000 stock units on 4300 hectares in the South Canterbury
foothills near Geraldine. A fifth generation farmer, he has been working with
AgResearch and more latterly Ovita to measure "anything and everything" to improve
productivity and make the boat go faster.
In particular, there has been a major emphasis on genetic selection for parasite control
and dags, and the Peacocks have the only stud in the country to record both resistance
and resilience to worms on SIL. Now the farm is taking part in the latest parasite
technology, using the CARLA® Saliva test to prevent eggs from maturing.
He has also been taking part in Ovita's ewe efficiency trials, and is involved in progeny
trials for meat yield and meat quality. Now his sheep are being blood-tested as part of
the 50 K and 5K SNP chip trials, so analysis can be done on the "true genetics" of the
But his farm is not just in the business of selling rams, they are their own biggest client,
so are already seeing the benefits of the effort into genetic improvements - less input,
better lambs, and more profit.
He's hoping more and more commercial farmers will be reviewing their drenching
routine as a result of producing more parasite-resistant sheep.
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
When it comes to celebrating events and milestones, some places
manage to achieve this in spectacular style.
Looming on the horizon for Labour Weekend, are the four-day 150th
celebrations being planned around the golden town of Arrowtown.
These celebrations will be centred around numerous activities which
will include a re-enactment on the Arrow River which will bring
Riders, Wagons and Miners galore to the area and an exciting live
performance in the Chinese Village.
But under the spotlight this past weekend, was a celebration of the
'new gold of Central Otago' where 25 years of wine production by
Gibbston Valley Wines brought company management and directors,
past wine makers, staff and wine enthusiasts together to celebrate all
that the company has achieved from a vision that had its beginnings
with Alan Brady.
Out of former farm land, Gibbston Valley wines was planted and has
now evolved to be an acclaimed award winning winery with the name
of Alan Brady immortalised alongside Rolf and Lois Mills at Wanaka,
Anne Pinckney at Speargrass Flat, and Verdun Burgess and Sue
Edwards at Earnscleugh, as the visionary people to bring wine back
into the region -- it has been many years since Frenchman Jean Desire
Feraud produced the first grapes near Clyde back in 1865, initially
coming to the region in search of gold but on striking it rich, turned to
his real love of horticulture and imported many fruit trees and vines to
the area and built a winery called Monte Christo, producing wines that
won medals in both New Zealand and Australia.
Some 147 years later and we can now reflect on the new history which
can be written about the new gold of the region.
It has been an amazing and inspirational journey for 'Mr Wine' Alan
Brady, who put aside a media career back in 1977 after purchasing
land on the south ban of the Kawarau River the previous year. After
two years of keeping climate figures, Brady planted an experimental
half acre 'hobby block' in 1981, despite "expert advice" that suggested
grapes would not ripen and that Central Otago was too far south.
If only people had done a comparison they would have seen that
Gibbston's latitude 45 degrees South was on a par to the famous
Northern wine producing region of Bordeaux which is situated at 45
The season is short but hot and dry and the low humidity means little
fungal disease and the dry autumns mean good harvest conditions.
Roll on several years to 1985 and 1986 when the first experimental
wine making was initiated and then to 1987 when the first
commercial wine was released under the Gibbston Valley label.
Today, the grapes are sourced from Gibbston Valley's vineyards located
in Gibbston and Bendigo, with approximately 63 hectares of vines
planted in Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot
Blanc, with 70% of all these plantings in Pinot Noir.
In the interceding years, many awards and medal have been
won by Gibbston Valley Wines.
But no greater accolade can be given for Alan Brady's vision and
perseverance than the acknowledgement he received last weekend of
his achievements through Wine, which have not only put Gibbston and
Gibbston Valley Wines on the map, but were instrumental in beginning
another exciting 'GOLDEN' chapter for Central Otago.
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