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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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Working smarter brings great rewards
Over the past 30 years agriculture
and the primary industries have
been the star of New Zealand's
economy in more ways than one.
These industries are now 21G2 times
more productive than they were
What this means is that not only
are we working harder, but
smarter as well.
For example, we now produce the
same amount of lamb meat today
as we did in the early 1980s but
with half the number of sheep.
We know that an annual 1 per
cent increase in productivity
means an extra $4 billion a year in
exports by 2025.
Farmers have made great use of
science, technology and inno-
vation over the years to become
world leaders. This doesn't mean
we can rest on our laurels -- in the
future we need to do even better.
This is why the new Lincoln hub
is an exciting development,
creating a world-class agricult-
ural research and education
facility near Christchurch.
The hub will bring together
scientists, researchers, acade-
mics, students and the private
sector into one place to share
The plan has been put together by
Lincoln University, DairyNZ,
AgResearch, Plant and Food
Research, and Landcare
It will help tackle the challenge of
attracting young people into the
The average age of a New Zealand
farmer is around 57 and we need
to get the best and brightest of our
young people involved.
This capital investment by
AgResearch and Lincoln Univer-
sity will help to attract the best
students into our pastoral indus-
tries and complement the links
that Massey University has with
agriculture. As a Government we
have the ambitious goal of
doubling our primary sector
exports from $30b to $60b by 2025.
This won't be achieved through
business as usual -- we'll need to
make the most of new technology
A total of $650 million is being
invested into the Primary Growth
Partnership with half of this
funding coming from industry
players themselves. This is fund-
ing 13 research projects that have
the potential to generate major
returns in areas like forestry, red
meat and fishing.
Some of the partners in these
projects are involved with the
Lincoln hub, which will create
even more synergies.
On top of this, the Government is
budgeting $60m to tackle some of
the biggest scientific issues facing
New Zealand. One of these areas
will be finding ways to boost our
productivity on land while protec-
ting our waterways.
I'm convinced that agricultural
and environmental science can
help us find new win-win
solutions for these big challenges.
Back in the 1980s many commen-
tators, including David Lange,
claimed that farming was an
unskilled, old-fashioned ''sunset
They couldn't have been more
wrong. I'm excited about our
future in agriculture.
Drought and price drops plague sheep and beef farmers
By DIANE BISHOP
Half of New Zealand's sheep and
beef farmers are worried about
their farms' ongoing viability as
the impact of drought and a sharp
fall in lamb prices over the past
year take their toll, according to
the latest quarterly Rabobank
Rural Confidence Survey.
The survey has found that while
overall farmer confidence has
shown some improvement from
the lows of last year, 50 per cent of
sheep and beef farmers consider
their business to be ''just viable''
Sheep and beef farmers lagged
considerably behind their dairy
counterparts in terms of confi-
dence, investment intentions and
While overall rural confidence
showed some improvement this
survey -- with 28 per cent of the
country's farmers expecting the
agricultural economy to improve
in the next 12 months, up from 18
per cent last quarter -- this was
essentially driven by an uplift in
dairy farmer confidence.
Rabobank New Zealand chief
executive Ben Russell said the
survey results accurately reflec-
ted the mood of sheep and beef
farmers, given the very tough
business conditions they had
faced over the past year.
Mr Russell said many farmers
were voicing their concern about
the need for change in the sector.
''While this debate is positive, it
should focus constructively on
change and evolution along the
entire value chain, including on-
farm, not just at the processor
level,'' he said.
Mr Russell said while the
solutions to the challenges faced
by the red meat sector were not
simple, there was cause for
optimism for the long-term future.
Dairy farmers remained the most
optimistic of all the country's
agricultural sectors, according to
the survey, with 37 per cent
expecting an improvement in the
agricultural economy over the
next 12 months, up from 25 per
cent who had that view in the
The survey showed one in three
North Island farmers considered
their farm had been severely
affected by drought.
Beef cattle performance to be tackled
Beef + Lamb New Zealand and
Performance Beef Breeders New
Zealand are running workshops
for farmers aimed at improving
beef cow performance.
The day-long workshops will
cover topics including the
relationship between body compo-
sition and calving rate, and
scoring cattle for structural
soundness, using the beef class
structural assessment system.
The workshops are being held at
Barry McDonald's Winton prop-
erty on Monday, May 6, and
Trevor and Karen Peters' Millers
Flat property on Tuesday, May 7,
at 9am. Registration is essential.
Contact B+LNZ extension
manager Paul McCauley on
027 522 3499 or email paul.
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