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Dog training – the final muster

We ended last month’s column emphasising the need for a definite change of direction when teaching run-out side. You will usually find your young dog will oversteer initially, but will adjust accordingly once they learn how these commands apply to the work situation. The good aspect regarding oversteering is that you can be confident that they know their sides and recognise the need to change direction on instruction. Once ... Read More »

From milking pit to podium

On first look Vincent Capes is like many of the other uniform-clad boys at Rathkeale College. On weekends he helps out on his family’s Eketahuna dairy farm, and he attended the All Dairy Breeds Youth camp in Manawatu in late January. It might come as a surprise to know he holds the New Zealand record in power-lifting for the squat. ... Read More »

It’s better with balance

Emma Dangen always wanted to be a vet. So she was more than disappointed when, after six months doing the preliminary course at Massey University’s Albany campus, north of Auckland, she didn’t get accepted. “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a vet,” she says. “But here was someone telling me I couldn’t do that.” Not ... Read More »

Plants hold promise

Finding a replacement for iodine and chlorhexidine in teat-sprays is giving University of Otago research fellow Adam Heikal at least one year of work and maybe many more. Microbiologist Heikal was awarded a $126,988 Agribusiness Innovation Grant from AGMARDT (Agricultural and Marketing Development Trust) and teat-spray manufacturer Deosan earlier this year to identify new antimicrobials that might be used for ... Read More »

Training your heading dog

The third and final stage of training your heading dog involves teaching your dog steering gear, which allows you to send it and keep it running in the right direction by using run-out sides. In conjunction with run-out sides a run command is an important component, allowing you to keep the dog running hard but changing direction when required. I ... Read More »

Making it work

Returning home to the family farm, Fiona Ramsden has found a way to incorporate her love of design and textiles with farming and create a diverse business. Rebecca Harper visited to see how she’s making it work, her way. The bright lights of London’s fashion industry are worlds away from life on a coastal hill country sheep and beef station ... Read More »

Harvesting USA

At 21 years old, Tim Garrick’s career has already taken him from a lifestyle block, to big-country shepherding, to driving enormous combine harvesters up and down the United States. “If I take a liking to an opportunity, I make sure it happens,” Tim says. He left Whangarei’s Christian Renewal School at 16 when family connections landed him a shepherding job ... Read More »

Meet the Meat Maiden

Food blogger and Come Dine With Me favourite, Kimberly Mayhead, spends office hours at a slaughterhouse. The 27-year-old Hawke’s Bay farm girl is Auckland Meat Processors’ (AMP) quality assurance adviser, and she loves the meat industry. “What I want to do is promote something I’m passionate about, that I know lots about, and that we as New Zealanders should be really proud to produce. It’s our commodity and no one ... Read More »

Notching-up Far North successes

Josh and Stacey Williamson have packed a lot into their five years in the Far North. While Josh has been manager of Paua Station it’s been big productivity and environmental gains onfarm that let it reach the finals of last year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy Excellence in Maori Farming Awards. The young couple have also had the birth of their second son Campbell, and reaped many rewards from personal development. ... Read More »

Training your heading dog – Stage 2

PULLING SIDES As mentioned in last month’s column, this stage is about “off-balance” work, which requires teaching your dog sides so that you can push them out of a position of balance to allow you to drive stock or push stock away from you. Over the years I have tried many different methods of teaching dogs pulling sides so I will explain the one that I find ... Read More »