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Study could lead to resource sharing
By TERRI RUSSELL
Humbled: Athol farmer Stephen Wilkins has
been awarded one of five prestigious Nuffield
New Zealand Scholarships.
A Northern Southland farmer has been
awarded $35,000 to help find out more
about resource sharing between grain
and dairy farms.
Stephen Wilkins, of Athol, has been
awarded one of five prestigious Nuffield
New Zealand Scholarships.
The scholarship includes an overseas
conference and study programme that
contribute to a final research report.
He has worked for his family sheep, beef,
dairy and deer farming business for
about 30 years.
''It's quite humbling to be offered it,'' he
Mr Wilkins said he would look at ways
that grain and dairy farms could work
together to become more productive and
more environmentally friendly.
Grain farms could use nutrients from
dairy farms, and dairy farms could use
feed from grain farms, he said.
Both types of farms tended to share the
same geographical areas, he said.
He would also look at ways to transfer
effluent from dairy farms on to grain
farms, to complement imported artificial
There was a need to make sure it was
both economically and environmentally
viable, he said.
''It's about finding ways that we can trim
our environmental footprint, while still
remaining profitable and not decreasing
As part of his overseas research he would
visit parts of Europe and the United
States where these practices were
already in place, he said.
Nuffield New Zealand director Richard
Green said more scholarships had been
offered this year to help grow the
programme. ''Nuffield and our sponsors
have identified the opportunity and the
need for more emerging leaders with the
global vision and international con-
nections that can be gained through a
Nuffield scholarship,'' he said.
Get your Glammies entries in
Entries are now open in The Glammies, also
known as The Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden
Lamb Awards. The competition is open to all New
Zealand sheep farmers who breed commercial
Entries cost $75. Phone 0800 733 466, or contact
Our wool in the spotlight
On tour: His Royal Highness Prince Charles with Prime Minister John Key at Government House.
As the year draws to a close,
now is a good time to take
stock, look ahead and plan
The Government has a target
of increasing New Zealand's total exports
from 30 per cent of GDP to 40 per cent by
2025. To meet this, we need primary
industry exports to double in value
during that period.
This may seem a daunting task in the
current economic environment but I am
confident we can get there.
History is on our side. Primary sector
exports doubled in real terms between
1990 and 2003 and in the past decade
primary sector exports have grown by 47
To realise growth we need to innovate
more.We need to build on our strengths
as a high quality, sustainable producer.
We are rich in natural resources and we
sit on the doorstep of the world's fastest-
We are experts at food production, and
the growing middle classes of China and
India are increasingly demanding better
quality food products.
New Zealand has the potential to fill
pantries and fridges, not just in Asia but
throughout the world.
Yes, there's a lot to do, but the bottom
line is that people all round the world
trust us -- New Zealand is an
We have world class biosecurity, food
safety, animal welfare and fisheries
management systems. We are driving
and supporting innovation through our
Primary Growth Partnership and
Sustainable Farming Fund schemes.
But there will always be ways we can
improve on what we're doing.
One sector that hasn't performed to its
potential and needs improvement is the
wool industry, particularly strong wool.
Earlier this week I had the privilege of
accompanying His Royal Highness The
Prince of Wales to the Shear Brilliance
Expo in Auckland during the Prince's
visit to New Zealand.
This event showcased wool and the
creativeness of New Zealand's wool
It was of particular interest to The Prince
of Wales who is Patron of the Campaign
for Wool, an initiative that encourages
Commonwealth sheep farmers to grow
wool and restore profitability to the
This campaign mirrors New Zealand's
efforts to get our strong wool industry
back on track.
During the week, I also accompanied him
to the Manawatu district to visit a
Feilding farm and meet with local
farmers. This was a wonderful
opportunity for the Prince to see New
Zealand farming at true grassroots level.
His Royal Highness and The Duchess of
Cornwall wound up their trip with a visit
to the 150th Agricultural and Pastoral
Show in Canterbury.
It was a real pleasure to accompany them
on this important occasion for my home
city of Christchurch.
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