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In a world first, a pasture that is able to withstand
attack from New Zealand's most serious pasture
insect pests will be on the market from this
It's called Barrier ComboTM and it is a ready-to-
sow perennial pasture mix containing a unique
new endophyte, "GrubOUT U2". It withstands
attack from insect pests such as grass grub, black
beetle, Argentine stem weevil and porina.
The big advantage of the endophyte in practical
terms is improved pasture persistence potential.
For farmers who have become exasperated at
having grass grub and black beetle wipe out their
pastures after as little as 12-18 months, the
endophyte will be great news.
Full information can be found on our website
www.grubout.co.nz or www.cropmark.co.nz ; or
give me a call.
Interest nationwide has been huge since we
made the announcement back in October.
Being its first year of commercialisation, seed
supplies will be relatively limited.
If you are interested in this exciting new
technology you should contact your seed supplier
soon to secure supplies.
For those farmers who usually sow their
pastures in spring, we can hold seed over until
then -- but you will need to talk to your seed
supplier soon to arrange this.
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Sharemilking couple loving lifestyle
Move to 800-cow property next step
Working as a team: Mokoreta sharemilkers Kerry Campbell and Georgina Conlan.
Photo: DIANE BISHOP 627564504 Good result: The herd is on target to achieve 430 kilograms of milk
solids a cow this season.
By DIANE BISHOP
Few couples can spend 24 hours a day
But that's the reality for Mokoreta
sharemilkers Kerry Campbell and
Georgina Conlan, who live together and
work together on a 300-cow dairy farm.
It's a small herd by today's standards.
The average herd size in Southland is
over 500 cows, but the couple don't
necessarily abide by the ''bigger is
Kerry, 36, and Georgina, 28, are happy
doing most of the work on the farm
themselves which has enabled them to
get ahead financially.
Kerry has worked in the dairy industry
for the past 20 years.
Originally from Timaru, his mother told
him he could only leave school at 16 if he
got a job, which he did, milking cows at
He then took up a second-in-charge
position at Methven before moving to
Dunsandel where he met Georgina, a
born and bred farm girl from Waikaka
Valley, who was studying for a bachelor
of resource studies at Lincoln University.
''Kerry came looking for me,'' Georgina
jokes about their meeting 10 years ago.
It wasn't long before Georgina was
helping Kerry out on the farm and they
had moved in together.
They eventually returned to
West Otago where they
managed Georgina's parents'
760-cow dairy farm for two
years and then took up another
managerial position at Eden-
dale before shifting to their
current position at Mokoreta in
southern Southland five years
They signed up for a two-year
contract as 30 per cent
sharemilkers on the newly
converted property before farm
owners Bryce and Nicola Clark
offered them the chance to buy
the herd and become 50 per cent
''It was a good step for us.
''Bryce was very encouraging
about us taking up the 50 per
cent sharemilking position,''
As 50 per cent sharemilkers
Kerry and Georgina pay the
animal health bill and the
Clarks pay for the capital
fertiliser while urea and sup-
plements are shared expenses.
Kerry believes Mokoreta is an
under-rated dairy farming area
because of its reliable rainfall
because it is generally summer-
However, an unusually long
dry spell last season saw the
couple switch to a 16-hour milking
regime for five months.
Good pasture growth this season meant
the couple were on target to achieve
129,000 kilograms of milk solids
Kerry and Georgina are focused on
breeding a ''nice little black cow'' and use
KiwiCross genetics for the four weeks of
artificial insemination, following up with
Friesian bulls where they usually have a
less than 5 per cent empty rate.
The heifers are mated to Jersey bulls for
Georgina rears the heifer calves and
takes pride in the young stock which she
refers to as ''my babies''.
They employ relief milkers when needed
and aim to take at least one weekend a
month off the farm which allows Kerry to
race his street stock car at various
Three years ago they entered and were
finalists in the Southland Sharemilker of
the Year Awards.
''We wanted to see where our business
''We got a lot of positive criticism that
made us look at our operation,'' Kerry
They went on to win the Ecolab Farm
Dairy Hygiene Award in the 2010 awards,
of which they are particularly proud.
''It was an important award to win.
''We take a lot of pride in the cowshed
and doing things right,'' Kerry said.
Next season they are looking forward to
moving to a new farm at Menzies Ferry,
near Edendale, milking 800 cows for the
It will be a big adjustment for the couple,
milking twice the number of cows, but
they are looking forward to the
challenge, which will involve employing
staff for the first time.
''It will be a chance to help bring other
people through the industry.''
Within the next couple of years the
couple hope to own their own dairy farm
or at least have a stake in one.
''The opportunities are endless, but I'd
love to own a farm by the age of 40,''
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