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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 »

Annual milking machine testing on the way

Tim McVeagh NZCP1 is the Primary Indistries Ministry’s operational code for the design and operation of farm dairies. The latest revision, form December 1, 2015, includes requirements for milking machine performance and maintenance. What does this mean in lay terms? Milking machines must be tested by a registered milking machine tester at least once a season or at the frequency ... Read More »

Dairying South Africa the Kiwi way

Trevor Elliott’s father bought a forest area and started off with two cows 50 years ago. Today his operation is probably the biggest dairy farm business in South Africa, milking 15,000 cows. Erling Mysen reports.   On the southern coast of South Africa, in Tsitsikamma, a green belt with forest, pastures and dairy cattle lies between sea and mountains and ... Read More »

Crusader with a cause

Anne Hardie High school was a period of rebellion for Jack Raharuhi and his hassled teachers probably never expected him to be back a few years later on a crusade to inspire students to choose dairying as a career. This year he will have six Gateway students from his former Buller High School in Westport getting weekly work experience on ... Read More »

$40,000 smile for Veterinary Scholars

Veterinary students studying at Massey University have reason to smile with the announcement of a new scholarship that acknowledges consistently high grades, completing a degree and voluntary involvement in their local communities. Freemasons Grand Master Mark Winger today (subs 10 May) announced the Lawson-Smith Freemasons Education Trust at Parliament’s Legislative Council Chamber. The will trust provide $40,000 each year in ... Read More »