Wairarapa News : June 12th 2013
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Rural News 2702031AB We design buildings and layouts to meet your specific needs C&F INDUSTRIES Dalefield Road, Carterton Ph 06 379 8431, Fax 06 379 8436, Email firstname.lastname@example.org • Bridges -- large and small • Feed Pads • Woolsheds & Covered Yards • Industrial Buildings • Wineries • Rotary & Herringbone Dairy Units • Lifestyle Farm Buildings • Fertiliser Bins • Equestrian Buildings C&F INDUSTRIES Farm and Industrial Building Specialists Bd d id l l l d d d l l ll l l 3701770CC Technology creates smart farms Future focus: Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy speaks at the Taratahi-owned Mangarata Farm. More than 100 farmers and agricultural representatives from across the lower North Island attended a FarmIQ infor- mation day at Mangarata Farm recently. Mangarata is a Wairarapa sheep and beef farm owned by Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre. In 2011 it was selected as one of nine farms across New Zealand to represent the region on the FarmIQ programme. Among those present were Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy, Taratahi chairman David Nelson, FarmIQ chief executive Collier Isaac and general manager Greg McSkimming, Taratahi sheep and beef manager and farm support Paul Crick and Jane Mur- ray, Silver Fern Farms chief executive Keith Cooper and Westpac economist Nathan Penny. FarmIQ s 7-year programme includes projects in governance, market, database, genetics, processing and productivity. Each area adds value to the supply chain. The potential for gain begins before livestock are born by having the right genetics matched with the right on-farm systems, then capturing information through electronic identification (EID) and using processing technology to feed this back to the producer. The final step is matching products to markets. In his speech Mr Guy said that the future of the agricultural industry depends on programmes like FarmIQ. You are the innovators. It s about measurement, management and ulti- mately making changes in behaviour. We need to re-boot our rural communities, to make sure we have a viable industry . Taratahi sheep and beef manager Paul Crick said their approach was a bit dif- ferent from most . We re focused on the maternal side of the sheep. We re looking at improving ewe performance. We can t necessarily finish all animals at Mangarata because of our dry summers, so we want all the ewes to have multiples and wean their own body weight in lambs. We re keen to progress tracking and data collection across the mobs. Having EID technology enables both the breeder and finisher to build longer- lasting relationships. The ultimate will be to work with finishers who are also involved with FarmIQ, giving better financial returns for everyone. As soon as DNA testing is commer- cially viable we d potentially build that into our breeding programme. FarmIQ s vision is to create a demand- driven integrated value chain for red meat that delivers sustainable benefits to farmers, processors and marketers. These benefits won t come about over- night, instead, they will be delivered through a series of technologies over six years. Poultry in fine feather Feeling clucky: Basil Arnott, of the Wairarapa Poultry and Pigeon Club, holds a barred plymouth rock rooster and a ancona hen. The club is holding its annual show on June 15 and 16, at the Solway Showgrounds. By PIERS FULLER Wairarapa s strong contingent of bird lovers ensures the Wairarapa Poultry & Pigeon Club Annual Show is a special event. Despite competition from other shows throughout the lower North Island this year, the club hopes to attract good numbers for the June 15 to 16 event. Club secretary Yvonne Harvey says they may get as many as 500 birds entered in the show, to be held at the Masterton A&P Showgrounds. The Manawatu Show, held last weekend, was very big this year and tends to affect the numbers that come to Wairarapa. Ms Harvey said bird owners pick and choose which events they attend because of the cost of travel, which can have an impact on numbers. Unfortunately there are going to be years when you are stuck right bang in the middle of what s happen- ing. You can put up bigger prizes but that doesn t always mean you are going to get the competitors there, she said. Each year the Wairarapa Pigeon and Poultry Club hold the Wairarapa Classic For Soft Feather Light Breed competition, which will be judged by Les Davey. This year they are also hosting the Duck Club. Hopefully we ll see a really good line-up of all the ducks that are around about, Ms Harvey said. They are expecting most of the entrants to come from Wairarapa, Manawatu and Wellington, but there may be some keen bird owners who come from farther afield. Two of the judges are coming from Hastings. Tracey and Trevor McLean are coming from Bulls. Mr McLean will be judging the hard feather fowl and the old english game, and Mrs McLean will be judg- ing the rosecombs, sebrights and pekins. Local breeder Sheldon Gunn is judging the waterfowl section. The competition is being held in the Poultry Pavilion at the Solway Showgrounds. This year a children s colouring competition is being run. See pre- vious issues of Wairarapa News.
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