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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.
2 MINUTE FARMER -- NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY
Flower power: The Ellerslie International Flower Show opens on a warm and sunny Canterbury day on Wednesday. Sun Flower March by Jane Downes is in the sculpture garden.
Photo: THE PRESS
Ballance grows business
Fertiliser co-operative Ballance has
stepped up its investment to full
ownership of animal feed company Seales
Winslow and farm
The co-operative had
held a majority
shareholding of 51 per
cent in both
businesses since 2011.
Chief executive Larry
Bilodeau said the co-
operative was better
placed to support
growth in both
business units with
New boar stud
The newest boar stud has opened in the
small Canterbury township of Hororata.
The Gene Transfer Centre is set to become
the largest pig semen collection and
processing facility for the pork industry.
Centre facilities carry the latest semen
diagnostic technology and computer-
assisted analysis. The centre is owned by
the Pig Improvement Company, a
privately-run franchise. The centre has a
capacity to hold 100 stud boars, drawing
on top imported genetics from Canada and
the United States.
Dairy exports safe
Livestock exporters say mortality rates of
0.2 percent for live dairy cattle exports
prove it is safe, but animal welfare
advocates disagree. Ministry for Primary
Industry figures reveal that between
2009 and last year, 68,248 cattle were
shipped to China, roughly equivalent to 90
South Canterbury dairy herds. During that
time, 137 deaths were recorded, or 0.2 per
Biosecurity not fool proof
Officials responsible for managing New
Zealand s biosecurity admit there are gaps
in plans for dealing with serious breaches,
including an outbreak of foot and mouth
disease. A report by the auditor-general
found that while the Ministry of Primary
Industries had largely been successful in
dealing with past incursions, it was not
properly prepared for potential
incursions of high-risk organisms.
Turners & Growers loss
Fruit and vege firm Turners & Growers
has posted a full-year loss of $15.3
million. The loss was an improvement
on the previous year s $18.9m loss,
also due to asset writedowns, and
better than the $16m to $19m loss it
forecast in December.
The NZX-listed company, about three-
quarters of which is owned by German
firm Baywa, said revenue for the year
to December 31 rose 3.7 per cent to
Celebrity chef Josh Emett will be
returning to his Waikato roots in June
with four days of cooking
demonstrations at National Fieldays at
Emett, who is on television screens
across the country in the fourth
season of Masterchef New Zealand,
will be providing several cooking
demonstrations every day in Fieldays
Kiwi s Best Kitchen.
The hugely popular Kiwi s Best Kitchen
occupies a prime location at Fieldays
and provides visitors with a unique
New Zealand food,
from New Zealand
and features a
grandstand seating plus a Kiwi s Best
Kitchen cafe and bar.
Emett appears at Fieldays as the 2013
Kiwi s Best Kitchen Celebrity Chef and
will also be exhibiting his own range of
slow cooked meats, Chef Series, in the
Kiwi s Best Kitchen marquee.
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