Rural News with Farm Source


Sunday 29 October 2017 
The Ministry for Primary Industries has been dismantled… and Damien O’Connor is the new man in charge of the rural sector. He’s been appointed the Ministers of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety, Rural Communities and Associate Minister of Trade and Export Growth.


The Maxim Institute is adamant that the one-billion-dollar regional spending needs a coherent vision. CEO Alex Penk is calling for the Government to release detail on the Regional Economic Development Fund. He says it needs to be based on solid evidence to bring long term growth.


The Game Council is calling for hunters to kill Sika deer that’ve been illegally released. It comes after 1080 protesters let go more than 50 of the deer in a Taranaki Bush. Chairman Don Hammond says the hunting community can play a part in destroying the deer, and identifying the people responsible.


A recreational fishing lobby group insists there’s an urgent need to reconsider exporting fish. Legasea says sending them overseas with no added value for several dollars a kilo may not be good for our economy. Spokesman Scott Macindoe.says there’s more value to be gained… by growing our fisheries to abundant levels and enabling small businesses to take advantage, and develop jobs.


The Veterinary Association wants to see a ban on private fireworks. Chief Veterinary Officer Helen Beattie says every year they see too many injured and traumatised animals. She says the injuries are horrific and usually caused by the fear and panic from the fireworks. It also causes the animals anxiety and stress and the psychological harm is a huge contributor to their compromised  welfare.


This year’s Hunterville Huntaway Festival has seen a new Shemozzle winner crowned. In its 20 year anniversary, it drew in 200 children and 200 teenagers for the younger races. But it was Shepherd Angus McKelvie who took out the big win, with his trusty huntaway next to his side the whole way.


“May the better man win”. It’s a saying proved to be true in male salmon… with a new study showing they adjust the speed of their sperm when competing with a rival. The University of Canterbury study revealed the  adjustment of sperm velocity altered male reproductive success and fitness.


Saturday 28 October 2017
Federated Farmers and the Department of Conservation are staunchly condemning the release of up to 50 sika deer in north Taranaki forests. DoC’s director-general Lou Sanson has labelled the action eco- terrorism and Federated Farmers Environment and Pest Management spokesman Chris Allen is also criticising the move. The deer have been released in forest near to where farmers have been working with other agencies to get rid of rats, stoats and possums and help native forest regeneration to protect kiwi and kokako. It comes just three weeks after a letter was sent to DoC threatening the release as retaliation for 1080 native bird protection and TB eradication campaigns in the district. Lou Sanson says hunters have offered strong leads following a public plea for information to help catch those responsible. Deer already sighted, have been shot.


Sheep and beef farmers are being encouraged to have their say on a proposal to give the sector a direct say in readiness and response to biosecurity threats. Beef + Lamb New Zealand, DairyNZ and Deer Industry New Zealand, are launching consultation on a proposal to sign a Government Industry Agreement for the Biosecurity Readiness and Response Deed. Information packs outlining the proposal are due to arrive in the mail this week with consultation getting underway from October 31st. Chief executive of Beef+Lamb NZ, Sam McIvor, says the GIA is about working together to protect farmers from exotic pests and diseases, and it’s crucial farmers sign the GIA, to have influence over the decisions that affect their sector.


A local government leader's water declaration has been launched and acknowledges the increasing importance of water to New Zealanders. It follows a climate change declaration launched in July and recognises the interlinked nature of what are two major issues. President Dave Cull says councils manage freshwater quality and quantity, the delivery of drinking water and the provision of waste and storm water services. Mr Cull says Local government is already working with its communities to lift the outcomes for all of our waters and is seeing good success in some areas. But there are a number of challenges in achieving this, particularly around funding to deliver investment in the improvement communities want to see. Mr Cull says water, along with climate change, is a top priority for local government.


Fonterra has missed out on its bid for struggling Australian milk processor Murray Goulburn to Canadian company Saputo for 1.3 billion Australian dollars. The dairy giant says the deal was not a surprise, saying it will not affect its plans to grow milk supply and processing capability across the Tasman. Frustrated Australian farmers had jumped ship to rival companies after milk payout’s were slashed by the company. The deal was announced just hours before Murray Goulburn’s AGM on Friday, and received the full support of of the companies board.

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