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Riversdale farmer Gilbert Watt will have his
day in court on Monday. Watt was fined
$48,000 for the unlawful discharge of
effluent and will appeal his fine in the High
Court in Invercargill on November 5. He was
sentenced in the Environment Court in August
for discharging a contaminant, namely dairy
shed effluent, on to land in circumstances
which caused the contaminant to enter the
Sandstone Creek on or about March 30. Watt
was found guilty at a defended hearing on July
16 and 17.
Perendale farmers Tori and Preston Hope will
host a field day on their Deep Stream property
on Tuesday, November 20. The Hopes, who
won the 2012 National Ewe Hogget
competition, will outline their sheep breeding
practice and their ram, ewe and ewe lamb
selection policies. Keynote speakers include
ANZ chief economist Cameron Bagrie. Please
bring lunch and, if possible, four-wheel-drives.
The field day starts at 10.30am.
Kiwi songbird Tina Cross will be the master of
ceremonies at the upcoming CRT Ladies
Nights. She will join former supermodel
Rachel Hunter on stage at the sold out events
across the South Island. They will include
Alexandra, Balclutha, Oamaru, and
Invercargill in mid to late November. CRT
events manager Helen Shrewsbury said Tina
was an icon of New Zealand entertainment.
New council members
Telford Farm director Allan Gorton and
Tapanui farmer Fiona Hancox have been
welcomed on to the Southern Southland Beef
+ Lamb New Zealand Farmer Council. The
council had its annual meeting in Gore
recently where Mandeville farmer Russell
Welsh and Te Anau farmer Guy Bellerby were
Grassy gathering will bring
farmers and experts together
Grass check: DLF Southern South Island sales manager Garth Cleland, left, and Rural Solutions farm consultant Graham Butcher check pasture
growth ahead of the New Zealand Grassland Association annual conference in Gore.
A three-day conference in Gore offers a chance to share ideas, reports Diane Bishop
A prolonged cold snap may have affected
grass growth in the south.
But organisers of the New Zealand
Grassland Association annual confer-
ence in Gore next week are hoping the
good weather will prevail.
More than 300 people, including scient-
ists, seed company representatives and
farmers, have registered for the event in
Gore, from November 6 till November 8.
''It's a great opportunity for people to
share ideas and knowledge on the latest
developments in trends in pastoral
farming research,'' organising com-
mittee chairman Nelson Hancox said.
The theme -- Opportunities of Land Use
Change -- will be explored during the
technical sessions, which will be held at
the Gore Town & Country Club.
The conference will be opened by
Rabobank's Richard Copland, who will
speak on the conference theme.
Topics to be covered include the clean
crop brassica system, winter manage-
ment practices to optimise spring
pasture production, pasture pests such as
porina, the environmental performance
of six farms using different approaches to
dairy cow wintering and evaluating the
agronomic effect of fertiliser products.
There will also be a session on RPR
(reactive phosphate rock) revisited and
refining its role in modern pastoral
A conference highlight will be the field
trips to Nithdale Station, a traditional
sheep and beef farm which added dairy
cows to the mix five years ago, and the
Stewart family's deer farming and
trophy hunting operation in the Leithen
Valley, near Waikaka.
Organising committee member Garth
Cleland said both the field trips would be
''awesome'', but four-wheel-drives would
be required at the Stewarts' field day.
A third field trip was to be held at
Alistair Megaw's high-performance
dairy farm at Tapanui, but Mr Megaw
will now present a paper at the
The New Zealand Grassland Association
will hold its annual conference and
awards dinner at the Heartland Hotel
Croydon on Wednesday night.
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