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2018 Zanda McDonald award shortlist announced

A record number of applicants have been narrowed down to a shortlist of seven for the prestigious agribusiness badge of honour, the Zanda McDonald Award. The trans-Tasman award, now in its fourth year, recognises agriculture’s most innovative young professionals. The four New Zealand and three Australian finalists for the 2018 award were selected for their strong leadership skills, passion for ... Read More »

Prime cuts

Anne Hardie For Georgie Moleta’s 21st birthday, her parents gave her a great wooden butcher’s block. It’s a creative piece of artwork made from aged posts and the different timbers found on the farm, but more importantly, it’s a sturdy work bench for her fledging home-kill butchery business. Two years on, her small business is capable of vacuum-packing cuts of ... Read More »

Learning with the lease

Leasing the farm next door to where Willy Jenkins works has served him and wife Claire well. Glenys Christian reports. The opportunity to lease a neighbouring sheep and beef farm for the past six years has given farm worker, Willy Jenkins, a greater belief in his own abilities. “It’s been confidence building,” he says. His wife, Claire, describes him as a ... Read More »

Drawn to the lifestyle

As a youngster Sam Olney just wanted spend time on a neighbour’s dairy farm. Now he’s onfarm business manager and looking to have his own farm. Jackie Harrigan reports. Sam Olney cried when he rode his bike home from the neighbour’s dairy farm, when they told him he couldn’t come and help anymore. He was 10 and had been hanging around ... Read More »

Batty about the beauty

Karen Trebilcock In the United Kingdom it’s usually routine fertility visits and monthly health reports that fill Hannah Batty’s day but in Southland it’s been calvings and metabolic problems. The Yorkshire-born and bred dairy vet flew into Christchurch in mid-July and after a week’s road trip to Winton started working at VetSouth just as calving was about to start in ... Read More »

A volunteer adding value

Northland sharemilker Sheila Russell likes making a difference as a volunteer. Glenys Christian reports. The adage that if you want to get a job done you should ask a busy person is certainly correct when it comes to Tomarata sharemilker, Sheila Russell. Not only is she the co-convener for the lower Northland Dairy Womens’ Network (DWN), she’s also been chair ... Read More »

A trial of sheep and shepherd

Anne Hughes It pays never to be too confident on the dog trial course. A rogue sheep, disobedient dog or a misjudged command can turn a winning run into a crash course within seconds. Hamish Parkinson reckons he’s got the same chance at the New Zealand dog trial championships as the almost 300 other competitors having a crack at this ... Read More »

A system to grow better calves

Anne Lee Suz Wyborn was pretty happy with her calf-rearing system. A busy mum and Canterbury sharemilker milking 850 cows together with husband Joe, she’d refined her system so she could rear more than 200 calves and come out the other end of calving in one piece and sane. So she admits she was pretty sceptical when she was asked ... Read More »

Fieldays Rural Bachelors have been found

Southern charm, rural know-how, a love of the land, and single. Yes, you can rest easy New Zealand, the Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year finalists have been found. After scouring New Zealand and Australia in search of the eight most eligible rural bachelors, we’re glad to announce they have been found and will soon be embarking on a whirlwind ... Read More »

Country Wide Editors note: A rough Ride

The past five weeks have been a physical and emotional rollercoaster for me. One minute I was driving along, hale and hearty, the next I was struck by a thunderclap headache behind my left ear. It felt like someone had hit me with a fence batten. Eventually a scan at Dunedin’s Emergency Department showed the pain was caused by bleeding ... Read More »