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Last month Cropmark announced the release next
autumn of our unique new pasture endophyte
GrubOUT U2, which helps protect host grasses
against above and below ground insect pests -
including grass grub larvae, black beetle adults
and larvae, Argentine stem weevil and porina
From my experience, there are parts of the
region that regularly get a hammering from these
insect pests. Pasture yields and whole farm
production can suffer significantly. I read recently
that infestations of 300 grass grub larvae per
metre2 can cause pasture yield losses of 20% or
more, making it all the more important to reduce
their impact on your farm.
GrubOUT U2 will initially be available in just
one pasture pre-mix, called Barrier ComboTM, via
selected retailers nationwide. Seed supplies will
be strictly limited in 2013 though.
Since our announcement last month, we have
had huge interest from farmers throughout the
country wanting to put in forward orders for Barrier
ComboTM seed. We expect that supplies won't last
long given the expected demand.
My recommendation is to talk to your retailer
as soon as possible to secure your seed
requirements for next year.
For further information on GrubOUT U2, visit
our website www.grubOUT.co.nz or give me a call.
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Farm future: Andrew Tripp's grandfather Charlie Tripp said there would be dairy cows on Nithdale Station one day.
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Owners: Andrew and Heather Tripp
Hectares: 1478ha of flat to rolling hill
country at Kaiwera
3806 commercial romney ewes
1154 recorded romney ewes
375 recorded suffolk ewes
1090 commercial romney hoggets
803 recorded ewe hoggets
693 recorded ram hoggets
27 rising two-year beef
131 mixed-age breeding cows
68 rising one-year dairy beef
22 rising two-year dairy beef
250 rising one-year dairy heifers
167 rising two-year dairy heifers
717 mixed-age dairy cows
He decided dairy cows would
provide another income stream
and spread their risk, but the
conversion was not without its
''I could write a book about what
not do do in a conversion.
''We had budget overruns and
teething problems with the shed
and plant,'' Andrew said.
However, the Tripps have proven
that dairy cows can be success-
fully farmed in Kaiwera, an area
Andrew refers to as the ''Siberia of
eastern Southland'' because of its
Since their conversion, several
sheep farms in the area have also
been converted to dairy.
''There must be five or six dairy
farms in Kaiwera now,'' Andrew
Key to the success of the dairy
operation is their lower-order
sharemilker and Agribusiness
consultant Ivan Lines, who pres-
ented a breakdown of the costs
associated with the conversion at
the field day which was held as
part of the NZ Grassland Associ-
The conversion cost $2.8 million, which
was within the mid-price range, and
included the construction of a 54-bale
rotary cowshed, regrassing and lanes.
This season the Tripps expected to
produce about 360,000 kilograms of milk
solids on their 275ha milking platform.
The dairy operation is farmed as a
completely separate entity and pays for
the winter grazing and supplement, such
as silage and baleage, which is made off
the sheep farm.
Andrew, the son of an Anglican minister,
regards himself as a steward of the land
and views farming Nithdale Station as an
His grandfather Charlie Tripp bought
the property in 1924 when it was overrun
with rabbits and ''covered in tussock,
swamp and gorse''.
''Charlie developed the property and
farmed it through the Depression.
''We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for
- Though Andrew was brought up in
Christchurch he was always drawn to
the land and used to spend his holidays
on the farm. After gaining an agricult-
ural science degree at Lincoln University
and attending bible college in Auckland,
where he met Heather, he took over the
management of Nithdale in 1994.
In the 1980s the property ran about 6000
ewes and 400 cows, including a hereford
stud, which was later sold to the family-
owned Orari Gorge Station at Geraldine.
The Tripps bought into the farming
company in 2001, leasing the station off
the company, and in 2008 bought all the
land with the aim of creating a self-
contained, profitable, sustainable and
Employing a lower-order sharemilker
and sheep and beef farm manager
enables Andrew to focus on the sheep
genetics side of the business.
''I'm still passionate about sheep,''
Though sheep numbers have been
reduced to make way for dairy cows, the
property still winters about 3800
commercial romney ewes and 1000
In the early 1980s the Nithdale romney
stud was established but this has since
been added to with the purchase of
Murray Rohloff's Awareka stud in 2008.
As well as 1000 recorded romney ewes,
the property also carries 375 recorded
Since 1992 the Tripps have been selecting
for worm resistance and since 2005 they
have been breeding MyoMax genes into
This year's romney ram lambs are 13 per
cent MyoMax gold.
The Tripps were hit hard by the spring
storm of 2010 but have bounced back and
expect to tail 140 per cent this year
unassisted on the hill country.
''It is a challenge lambing on the hills and
some days there's not a lot of distance
between us and the south pole.''
As a result there is a strong focus on
Nithdale lambs perform well in the dry
and last season 40 per cent of their lambs
were killed straight off their mums in
Looking forward, the Tripps aim to
consolidate their dairy business, control
their spending and improve their
genetics while fine-tuning the sheep and
They hope to continue grow their
romney stud and supply the North Island
with Nithdale genetics.
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