Wairarapa News : December 14th 2011
32 WAIRARAPA NEWS, DECEMBER 14, 2011 ATTENTION ALL FARMERS Back by popular demand... Win a T.V with Keinzley Agvet Ltd and Merial Keinzley Agvet Ltd has twelve 50 inch Panasonic Televisions to give away. Just purchase any Merial product over $100 and go in the draw to WIN. Free Christmas Hams available with certain Merial products. One entry per product purchased TV Giveaway to be drawn at your local Keinzley Agvet Ltd store: Masterton - 20th December 6.45pm Martinborough - 21st December 6.45pm Carterton (Martinborough and Carterton prizes to be drawn at the new store in Martinborough) Eketahuna - 22nd December 6.45pm. Must be present on the night to be in to WIN Kickstart your Christmas with a New T.V! Exclusive to Keinzley Agvet Ltd xclusive to Keinzley Agvet A SANOFI COMPANY Keinzley Agvet Ltd 33 Main St, Eketahuna / Te Ore Ore Rd, Masterton, 134 High St South, Carterton / 48 Jellicoe St, Martinborough 4223795AA KEINZLEY AGVET LTD Rural News 2571075AC SARGENT MOTORCYCLES PH 06 379 7887 • 239 High Street North • Carterton email@example.com Repayments from as little as $12.00 per week *Conditions apply 4085279AE Animal tagging costs Federated Farmers is resigned to a levy system going ahead to fund the compulsory National Animal Identification and Tracing (Nait) scheme, accord- ing to national board member Anders Crofoot. The scheme -- likely to cost $2.50 for each head of cattle -- is set to start for farmers and lifestyle block owners in July next year subject to a bill being passed by Parliament, with deer joining in March 2013. Cattle farmers are expected to pay for the scheme individually, and deer producers plan to pay the levy by a collective contri- bution through Deer Industry New Zealand. The views of farmers on the proposed levy amounts are being accepted until December 23 by Nait Ltd, the industry-owned company setting up the scheme. The Feds main view is it would be better to be a volun- tary system, but it s going ahead as a mandatory system. We are looking for it now to be as cost- effective and efficient as poss- ible, Mr Crofoot says. He says the scheme had looked at different options to recover costs, and seemed pre- pared to juggle a reasonably good system to get it right. The $2.50 cost was better than an initial suggestion of $25 a few years ago, he says. Mr Crofoot says good gains in farm management would come from electronic identification, with farmers already taking advantage of its benefits. His farm, Castlepoint Station, had placed tags on store lambs sold to a finishing farm, and was using the electronic information to measure meat yields at both farms. The tags would also help farmers to make fewer mistakes in weighing cattle, and were expected to modernise stock recording. Stock losses would be accounted for more accurately, and the tags could be a deter- rent against stock thefts. These benefits were on top of the scheme s core purpose of assisting with managing disease outbreaks or contaminated food products. Funding for getting rid of rooks Horizons Regional Council has won a bid for $20,000 worth of Envirolink funding, allowing researchers to take the first step towards improving rook man- agement nationwide. Horizons environmental man- ager Bill Martyn says current control techniques had signifi- cantly reduced rook numbers in the region, but research into better detection and surveil- lance would assist in getting rid of the remaining few. This is a major step, but it s just the first in a whole list of research items that will help us look at our needs and identify opportunities for improvement. Landcare Research scientist Phil Cowan says effective identi- fication of the location of rook eries and birds was crucial to cost-effective control. What impedes efforts to man- age rooks is the need to be able to identify where every single oneis. . . This research will look at the success of current methodologies and identify cost effective ways in which we can locate more rooks. Rooks are classified as an ani- mal pest. They feed in flocks and can cause hefty damage to crops.
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