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"Cow Barn Design & Building
Specialists with 13000 cows
Farmers with dairy wintering barns are reporting savings of
20 to 23% over outdoor wintering costs made up from: -
Savings on winter-feed costs because cows are warmer
and there is less feed wastage.
Savings on pasture damage, pugging, nutrient run-off
and the environment because cows are off the land
during the wetter periods.
Being able to milk longer at the shoulders of the season
and therefore increase milking days.
Less cow walking distance resulting in better yields and
less lame cows.
Fertiliser savings by being able to apply the retained
effluent at a time when the grass can best uptake the
Reduced feed supplement wastage and pasture damage
by using barn as a feed pad during milking periods.
"Turn-key packages for complete shed with
full fit out from $1600 per cow"
Talk to the builders with over 10 years of proven experience
in the business of comfortable and affordable cow housing.
After 15 years of intensive research, early next year
Cropmark will launch a new endophyte GrubOUT
U2, which gives host grasses above and below
ground protection against insect pests - including
grass grub larvae, black beetle adults and larvae,
Argentine stem weevil, porina caterpillar and
It is the below ground protection that makes
GrubOUT U2 unique. Other ryegrasses found in
perennial ryegrasses don't protect against root
feeding insects such as grass grub larvae and black
beetle larvae -- and it is the larvae that cause the
majority of the damage.
A key benefit is the improved pasture persistence
of GrubOUT U2 pastures. We are seeing
dramatically improved pasture persistence in trials
under insect pressure compared to perennial
ryegrasses containing other endophytes.
And GrubOUT U2 is safe for sheep, cattle and
deer too !
Next autumn we will be marketing a ready-to-
sow perennial pasture pre-mix called Barrier
ComboTM which contains the GrubOUT U2
endophyte. It will be available in limited quantities
in 2013 through selected retailers. My
recommendation is to get in quick to secure your
seed requirements -- supplies won't last long given
the expected demand.
For further information on GrubOUT U2, visit
our website www.grubOUT.co.nz or give me a call.
NEW PASTURE TOOL
AGAINST INSECT PESTS
2-MINUTE FARMER -- NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY
Well-eeled: Paul Decker, from the Mahurangi Technical Institute in Warkworth, with one of the breeding female long-
finned eels. Eel export earnings are expected to top $1 billion a year.
Reeling in the eels
A new partnership between two
teams of academics promises to
ensure that New Zealand
dominates the lucrative
worldwide trade in eels.
Export earnings are expected to
top $1 billion a year. Research
successes with eels at
Warkworth s Mahurangi
Technical Institute (MTI) are set
to guarantee an abundance of
this sought-after delicacy. Eels
are fast becoming an endangered
species in the wild and increasing
international demand for them is
sending prices soaring. Major
markets include China and Japan
and they also have growing
popularity in countries such as
Indonesia, which has a population
nudging 240 million.
Central Hawke s Bay deer
farmers Tim Aitken and Lucy
Robertshawe have been
recognised by a big British
supermarket chain for
environmentally safe farming.
They have been named the 2012
Champion of Champions in the
Marks & Spencer Farming for the
Future Award. The award, held
annually, celebrates those
farmers in the British retailer s
supply chain who are improving
the environmental sustainability
of their businesses. The couple,
who run 600 hinds at Tikokino,
were first named as the winners
of the award s International
section, before going head-to-
head against the winners of
Ireland, Scotland, Wales and
England. The ultimate winner was
decided by public vote, via the
Marks & Spencer website.
New breed launched
South Island salmon producer
King Salmon has launched a new
premium breed of salmon
targeting local and overseas
professional chefs and high-end
restaurants. The company says
that the product, Ora King, is
founded on more than two
decades of classical breeding. For
some months the company has
been testing the product in
overseas markets and it was
served at the Governor-General s
dinner in honour of the country s
Olympians in London in July.
Vine killing disease
Hawke s Bay has its first case of
the deadly kiwifruit vine killing
disease Psa-V. Industry
biosecurity organisation Kiwifruit
Vine Health (KVH) said it had
received a positive test result
from Hort16A, or gold fruit vines,
in an orchard near Taradale. KVH
chief executive Barry O Neil said
news of Psa-V s spread into
Hawke s Bay was very
Bonding young veterinarians
means 83 vets are working in
rural practices, says the head of
the Veterinary Association
(NZVA), Gavin Sinclair. The
Government s rural bonding
scheme for vets has brought
vibrant young vets to rural areas,
he said. They are highly skilled
young people and they bring the
latest science, techniques and
thinking to rural practices. The
bonding system attracts
veterinary graduates with a
taxable payment of $11,000 a
year for up to five years, for
every year in rural practice.
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