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THE KNOCKOUT DRENCH
Southland police are reminding farmers to
keep an up-to-date record of their stock
numbers and to keep a keen eye out for any
people acting suspiciously near their
The message follows four incidents of stock
theft from farms on the outskirts of
Invercargill within the Lorneville, Mabel
Bush, Kapuka and West Plains areas.
Detective Constable Scott McConachie said
all the offences had occurred within
paddocks that were adjacent to the road
and had easy access.
He believed the stock may have been stolen
to be slaughtered for food and possibly for
Mr McConachie said the police have
located items of interest in relation to one
of the recent thefts and were considering
having these items forensically examined
''The offenders appear to be rounding up a
larger number of sheep or lambs and then
selecting a small number to steal,'' he said.
Mr McConachie said it was critical that
farmers reported any stock thefts or
suspicious activity which would enable
police to build a picture of the extent of any
illegal activity that might be taking place.
They should also let neighbours know if
they were away, he said.
Contact the police on 03 211 0400 or provide
information anonymously via the Crime-
stoppers phone line 0800 555 111.
Ewe contest attracts best
Excellence: Sheep farmers are being urged to
enter the 2013 New Zealand Ewe Hogget
Sheep farmers are being urged to enter the
2013 New Zealand Ewe Hogget Compe-
National convenor Stephen Rabbidge said
entries were now being accepted in the
nationwide competition and he urged
farmers to ''give it a go''.
''I urge all farmers with sound manage-
ment skills to seriously consider involve-
ment in this year's competition,'' he said.
The ewe hogget competition, now in its
17th year, gives farmers the opportunity to
benchmark their flocks against others at
both local and national level as well as
giving them the chance to compare
different farming systems and learn
from other competitors as well as the
members of the judging panel.
Mr Rabbidge said he was pleased that the
competition was gaining momentum and
it now played a major role in the
promotion of excellence within the sheep
Entries close on March 21 with judging
taking place the following month while
the national final judging takes place from
The overall winner of the ewe hogget
competition will be announced at a dinner
presentation at the Forsyth Barr Stadium
in Dunedin on May 29 where radio host
Jamie Mackay will be master of
For an entry form contact Greg Burgess at the New Zealand Sheepbreeders' Associ-
Add a block
to the runout
By DIANE BISHOP
Farmers are being urged to enter a
competition to ''win a free paddock''.
The Pasture Renewal Charitable
Trust, which encourages farmers to
renew their runout pastures, is
running the competition from Janu-
ary 20 until the closing date of
Around New Zealand the total
percentage of pasture renewal falls
well behind the 10 to 12 per cent
annually recommended by the Trust.
Dairy farmers renew about 6 to 7 per
cent each year and the sheep and beef
sector 2 to 3 per cent.
The ''Win a Free Paddock'' campaign
is open to all farmers from the dairy,
sheep, beef and deer sectors, and there
are three prizes values at $8000 each
which will be drawn on March 5.
The prizes consist of products and
technical advice used in the pasture
renewal process and may be redeemed
direct from the winners' nominated
On-line entries are accepted at
Winners will have the option to
undertake their pasture renewal in
either autumn or spring depending on
their farming system and location.
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