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TWO-MINUTE FARMER -- NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY
New brood: Manawatu farmers Jill Martin and Nigel Lintott with some of their early lambs.
Looking for alternatives: Quad bike use will be limited by Landcorp.
Lower than expected: Rubber maker Skellerup
will report a net profit of about $17 million for
the year ending June, down from $20 million
predicted in February.
Burger boos: Mel Robinson, of McDonald's, with the lamb burger, which is now off the menu,
much to the disappointment of sheep farmers.
Early lambing start
There are about 50 early lambs
gambolling around a Kiwitea farm in
They are cute now, but they ll be gracing
dinner plates in Britain for Christmas,
owners Jill Martin and Nigel Lintott say.
They had planned to have early lambs at
two of their three properties.
This breed are dorset ewes, so they can
have early lambs, Lintott said.
In a couple of weeks the romney ewes will
start lambing, and by the end of next
month, Lintott said, they would have 1000
The survival rate of the lambs was better
than those born in August or September,
when there were often more storms.
Quad bike change
Government farmer Landcorp will not be
using quad bikes on its new farms, and is
limiting use of the vehicles elsewhere, as it
looks for a safer and more suitable
The move comes amid continuing
concerns about the safety of quads, with
Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment data showing that on average
each year 850 people are injured riding
quad bikes on farms, and five die.
Landcorp had 400 quad vehicles on its 120
farms where 500 staff farmed actively
every day, staff relations and training
national manager Al McCone told a
FarmSafe rural safety forum in Wellington.
Rubber products and industrial equipment
maker Skellerup has cut its full-year
earnings forecast a second time, after the
drought stifled spending by farmers.
The NZX-listed company said net profit for
the year ending June would now
be about $17 million, down from
the $20m predicted in February.
Its shares were trading down
11 cents to $1.37 following the
news. Chief executive David Mair
said the drought had affected
Skellerup s agricultural business,
with sales of its dairy liners and
rubber footwear below
Lamb is off the menu at
McDonald s, much to the
disappointment of sheep farmers
now looking at other countries to
pick up the lamb burger trade.
Slow sales resulted in New Zealand
franchises of the world s largest
chain of hamburger fast food
restaurants pulling lamb from
their domestic selection.
But McDonald s exports a lot of
New Zealand food to its overseas
restaurants and Federated
Farmers is pinning its hopes on the
lamb burger concept taking off in
countries with a tradition of eating
The Taranaki outbreak of bovine
tuberculosis (TB) has spread in the region.
The disease has been found in a second
dairy herd near Opunake, bringing to six
the number of infected herds in the
province. The Animal Health Board is
awaiting the outcome of tests of another
herd identified as potentially infected in
the Inglewood area, where four herds
already have TB.
The new infection and the potential
infection were identified by tracing
movements of animals from the infected
herds as part of the investigation into the
Christchurch-based fertiliser co-operative
Ravensdown is warning of a lower
bottomline result for the year to May 2013
with its revenues hit by the summer
drought in New Zealand. Last year
Ravensdown reported a $1.07 billion of
turnover for the year to May 31, 2012. It
also reported an operating profit before
rebates to owners and tax of $51.8 million,
down from $71.6m in the 2011 financial
year. Greg Campbell, who took up the
Ravensdown chief executive role on
January 1, said he could not give actual
guidance on numbers expected for the
2013 full year result, but results would be
affected by the worst drought in 30 years
and a poor performance by its Australian
Big cash prizes
A record prize pool of more than $150,000
in cash and prizes will go to the winners of
the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards
later this month. The New Zealand
sharemilker/equity farmer of the year,
farm manager of the year and dairy
trainee of the year will be announced in
Wellington on May 24 at an awards dinner.
National convener Chris Keeping said the
34 finalists were the winners of regional
competitions around the country and were
the best from the record 566 farmers who
entered the awards.
Greens want testing expert
The Greens are demanding an
independent expert be involved in a dairy
food testing initiative following the cover-
up over DCD in milk products. In January,
two leading fertiliser companies
announced they had withdrawn
dicyandiamide (DCD) from sale after
traces were found in milk powder. Even
though the level of the chemical -- which
can be applied to dairy pastures to reduce
the nitrates leaching into soil and
waterways -- was low, its presence was
reported in China and the United States.
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