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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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NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY -- TWO MINUTE FARMER
Drying up: The drought is impacting milk and dairy prices.
Come the raw pork: Cheaper pork could soon be on the menu after a court dismissed a challenge
to the health standards that will allow raw pork to be imported from countries where a disease
potentially fatal to pigs occurs.
Fruitful: A global apple shortage is keeping prices high.
Milk and meat prices to climb
Milk and meat prices are tipped to climb,
and rural economies are being hit hard, as
the ripples of drought spread. Some rain
fell at the weekend, however, it s not
thought to be enough to break the record
drought. Officials now believe the drought
could carve as much as $2 billion out of
the economy, slashing 30 per cent off
economic growth forecasts. One bank
economist expects milk prices to rise 20
per cent and is not ruling out prices lifting
to record highs. People could soon be
forking out $5.75 for a two-litre bottle of
Cheaper pork on menu
Cheaper pork could be on the menu after a
court dismissed a challenge to the health
standards that will allow raw pork to be
imported from countries where a disease
potentially fatal to pigs occurs. The Pork
Industry Board, which took the case to the
Court of Appeal, has two weeks to decide
whether it will appeal against the
decision. The board, which
represents producers, has spent
more than $1.5 million since 2006
fighting against the imports, which
it said posed an unacceptable risk
to the industry, chairman Ian
Dairy auction soars
Prices at Fonterra s latest online
dairy auction have soared to new
five-year highs, as supply issues
caused by drought in the North
Island push prices upwards.
The GlobalDairyTrade TWI Price
Index surged a massive 14.8 per
cent compared to the last sale two
weeks ago, marking the seventh
straight gain for the basket of
It now sits at its highest point since
The average winning price at the
auction rose to US$4683
(NZ$5685) per metric tonne, up
Neudorf Dairy has again performed well at
the annual New Zealand Champion of
Cheese Awards, winning three gold medals
for its sheep milk cheeses. The Upper
Moutere boutique cheesemaker won gold
for its Mt Arthur, an alpine-style wax rind
cheese. It also won with two new cheeses,
a mellow Mt Cobb gouda and a French
farmhouse-style cheese called Richmond
Rougette, a younger version of its popular
Richmond Red. Neudorf, which entered its
full range of 12 cheeses, also gained three
Apple crisis keeps prices up
A global shortage of apples should keep
prices firm this season, helping offset the
impact of higher exchange rates, says
Pipfruit New Zealand. Services manager
Gary Jones said New Zealand growers --
many of whom have been under pressure
from low returns in recent seasons -- were
well-placed to capitalise after lower crops
harvested by most of their main
Because of adverse weather production
was down 14 per cent in the United States,
8 per cent in Europe and Chile, he said.
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