Fixed Grid Irrigation a versatile cost efficient option - 2nd Aug 2021

Rough Ridge Farm in Ida Valley east of the Manuherikia Valley in Central Otago has almost been drought-proofed, says Fraser McKnight who owns the farm in a 50/50 partner ship with his parents Murray and Sharon. The family has been slowly adding in fixed-grid irrigation as funds allow and it now covers 30ha of the farm with plans to expand an extra 70ha over the next five years.
“It’s like a meccano set,” describes Fraser. “This means you don’t have to outlay a lot of money up front if you don’t want to as you can just keep adding to it over time.

Did you know we are on Facebook? - 18th Dec 2018

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Farmers applauded as M.Bovis threat weakened - 18th Dec 2018

Farmers applauded as M.Bovis threat weakened Some positive news on the M.Bovis front, the government believes it is on track to eradicate M.bovis from the country.

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Number of Mycoplasma Bovis infected farms jumps to 30 - 13th Apr 2018

Two new farms have been confirmed  with Micro Plasma bovis in the Ashburton area. See the attached link to Stuff for the full article

The first velvetleaf of the season has been found in Otago - 2nd Mar 2017

The first velvetleaf of the season has been found in Otago

The first velvetleaf of the season has been found in Otago and a Teviot Valley farmer is being praised for his vigilance in reporting it to the authorities.

The discovery of the 1m-high plant next to a fodder beet crop on the Teviot Valley property last week highlights the need for all landowners in the region to be on the lookout for the pest plant, the Otago Regional Council says.

Council director environmental monitoring and operations Scott MacLean praised the farmer for contacting an ORC contractor and said the plant was swiftly removed and destroyed.

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Lucerne beats leaching cap at Taupo - 12th Jun 2016

Lysimiter being installed as part of trial Landcare Research is proving that the age old practice of growing lucerne can help farmers.
Dr Malcolm McLeod, a soil scientist at Landcare Research has found that N leaching from cut and carry lucerne is 5kg/N/ha/year when previous estimates were up to 26kg/N/ha/year.
Read more about this article in the 6th June NZ Farmer.

Environment Plans identifies profit opportunities - 12th Jun 2016

A farm environment management plan has been done for this 1125 ha property as part of a trial by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council. Among other things the plan identified 17 soil types when the owners thought they had 5. Read more about the benefits to the owners of this Hawkes Bay farm.

Dairy compliance progress steady - 2nd May 2016

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The yearly review of the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord (SDWA) shows steady progress for dairy farms in environmental matters.
The achievement with more than 25000km of fenced and measured waterways  and nearly 43000 regular stock crossings that have bridges or culverts. Waterway exclusion for livestock is now a given.
One of the toughest challenges for the industry is collecting nutrient budget data.


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