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A right Shemozzle

Photos by Jasmine Makatea-Wood and Nicola Lilburn For the first time in the 19-year history of the Hunterville Dog Festival’s headline event, the Shepherds’ Shemozzle, all three of the race events were sold-out before the October 2016 race day. Two hundred primary school children lined up for the event followed by 150 teen participants, and one hundred shepherds with their huntaway dogs. ... Read More »

Asparations for success

Asparagus and dairying aren’t industries you think of as working hand-in-hand. But an innovative family has made it work and say the two businesses complement each other nicely. Geoff and Liz Lewis started growing asparagus in 1981 and their business, Tendertips, is now one of the main asparagus producers in the country, supplying major supermarkets and selling through their packhouse ... Read More »

Making milk and waves

Josh Kerridge is a young farmer reaping the benefits of working with family on their 120ha dairy unit in Waihi. He is in the enviable position of being able to fulfil his passions for surf lifesaving and competing at an elite level in surf rowing, while earning a living milking 300 Kiwicross cows. Josh, 20, is the only farmer in ... Read More »

The knowledge exchange

Earlier this year Angus breeder Georgia Davies took part in an exchange tour of Australian Angus studs. She is keen to prove it doesn’t matter where you come from to get into farm ownership. Sam Tennent reports. North Canterbury’s Georgia Davies spent last summer touring Angus studs in Victoria and New South Wales, learning much along the way. While the 23-year-old’s home farm in Oxford is only ... Read More »

Making the most of potential

When run-down Martinborough Station was up for sale, James and Janeen Bruce saw it as their golden opportunity. John Watson reports on the couple’s ride to farm ownership. Photos: Graeme Brown James Bruce understates his own skill and drive when he claims he’s got to where he is with luck. Described by those close to him as just a regular bloke, with the energy of about three, ... Read More »

Training your huntaway – Part I

In an earlier column, Starting your young huntaway, I mentioned aspects relevant to the first stage of training a young huntaway. The main objective is to build up a good level of confidence before training commences. Work on making your dog comfortable in front of you (ie: the pressure zone), promote good shepherding skills and don’t let bad habits develop. ... Read More »

The dawning of a New era

By his own admission the step up in range and complexity of challenges from regional to national grand final in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest suited this year’s winner. Athol New, a dairy business manager running four herds through three sheds for Purata (formerly Synlait) Farms in mid Canterbury became the 48th young farmer to take the ... Read More »

Hitting pay dirt

Bright and bubbly Stephanie Sloan has her fingers in many pies and enjoys the variety that the agricultural industry gives her. Her full-time role is North Island soil science technical specialist for PGG Wrightson and she’s also an avid multi-sport competitor. Sam Tennent reports. Stephanie (Steph) Sloan grew up on a station in northern Hawke’s Bay until her parents bought ... Read More »

Training tips mustered

Ross Nolly asked experienced shepherds and dog trialists at a South Taranaki dog trial what their one piece of advice would be to a prospective triallist or shepherd. Steve Murphy Be patient. It doesn’t happen straight away. To start with you have to learn how to get over your nerves. You need to watch people who have done a lot ... Read More »

On the bottle

It is best to assume all pet lambs have not received colostrum so ideally it should be fed on the first day. Colostrum sources include frozen ewe and cow or commercially available powder. Warming or thawing frozen liquid colostrum is best done by placing the sealed container in a warm water bath and allowing it to heat through slowly. Day ... Read More »