Kiwi farmers 'not afraid to push boundaries' - UK farmer

Rural Exchange 08/12/2018

Fifteen farmers from the United Kingdom have been travelling around New Zealand on a farm tour after they won the study trip to New Zealand.

The trip, comes at an important time, ahead of Brexit, and whatever it might hold for the UK and their farmers.

It also comes just ahead of a new cereal fungicide that BASF is launching next year, an important addition for UK farmers that is already assisting with disease control in wheat crops and barley in New Zealand.

Ollie Blackburn from Dillington Farm & Estate, one of the farmers here on tour, says one of the biggest things he's learnt is that 'it's good to have a go'.

"Speaking to the New Zealand growers, you guys are not afraid to have a go, push the boundaries and try something different," he says.

"I'd like to try and lower our seed rate on the wheat. We seed double and a half to what you guys are sowing."

The group of 15 also got to enjoy New Zealand off the farm.

Mr Blackburn says his favourite spot was Milford Sounds, which Loey found great amusement in due to the absence of farmland.

Watch the full interview with Ollie Blackburn above.

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