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Olive’s garden a colonial steep pitched roof peers above old roses — a 1906 homestead surviving under newiron.

Tony and Olive built their home in 1964 on their farm that had been divided out from the Shepherd block. “When we came in the old cowshed was falling down. We built our shed on the site and started milking 40 cows,” says Tony. Valley flats were drained,

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Tony and Olive Shepherd

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might be considered tradition — “Blocks have swapped back and forth between family members since Samuel Ebenezer, known as the first Shepherd farmer here, handed on land. He didn’t marry,” explainsTony.

Tony was one of the last farmers in the valley dairying. It was somewhat of a wrench to the family selling the herd but economies of scale necessitated it. “Fifty years ago virtually everyone here dairy farmed,” says Tony. From running some dairy beef he moved completely to dry stock in2005.

The Shepherds have 240 acres of flats and moderate hill country. Several bush blocks have been fenced off and kauri planted into them. It is now well into spring and most of the cows have calved. For beef animals Black Polled Angus is the terminal sire. However Tony’s father had a Hereford stud and Tony has put a Hereford bull across some of the Friesian cows he kept. He has also introduced Meuse Rhine Issel (MRI) a rare breed, and Murray Grey crosses. He is aiming towards his

cattle eventually having a uniformcolour. There is also the farm’s multi-coloured sheep flock. Tony has bought several Dorper rams and is exploring a market for thewool.

Olive and Tony are often reminded of the history of the farm. “We’re always finding pieces of crockery,” says Olive. Occasionally a resilient rose comes to light which she coaxes back into viability. The Waitangi block track runs close to old cart trails to arrive at Touwai Bay, Whangaroa harbour, where the family cemetery stands and James and Harriet Shepherds’ resting place. Nearby is the site of the Waitangi Mission house and their early home. James held horticultural interests and figs, grapes, and fruit trees survive from hisplantings.

James died in 1882. The 100 years since have been observed by Tony’s father making a concrete cross and the family erecting a cairn here. Hopefully this will mark another 100 years of Shepherds living and farming in the Tauranga Valley anddistrict.

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The farm has had a good winter with the oats crop well grown. Nathan is busy sowing 10ha of maize ready for harvesting late autumn to help see the

herd through next winter. The Gardners have averaged around 22 to 24 tonne with their maize crops. Any surplus grass becomes silage also. With all the feed produced on-farm, Nathan stores enough for 12 months to cope with anyadversity.

In recent years, the Gardners constructed a herd home which can house 230 cows over the cold and wet — invaluable for easing pugging and pasture management. The cows can be fed there and the grated floor allows effluent to be stored in the bunker below to be then applied onto maize and croppingareas.

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The success of their efforts has been enhanced by the securing of a nearby market, Whangarei’s Grinning Gecko cheesemakers — it’s a winning association. The company’s award cheeses and yoghurts are all made from organic milk, much of it from Totara CreekFarm.

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Similarly, managing a vineyard is no easy task, and operating a top-rated gourmet restaurant is no job for the timid — just ask GordonRamsay.

Now imagine the willpower and optimism required to do all three — while still raising a family. It may sound like an impossible mission, but it’s the lifestyle which Mahurangi farmer, vintner and restaurateur Shelley Trotter has embraced, combining all three strands into a vibrant and acclaimedbusiness.

Shelley is proud to be a fifth-generation farmer, following on from her ancestors, who settled in sunny Mahurangi in her great-grandfather’s time, farming a 70-acre block to support the family.

In those days a 70-acre farm was considered ample, and only the cream from their cattle was sold — the skim milk went to

nourishpigs!

Fast forward to the early 1990s, and Shelley took over management of her parents’ 170-acre farm, then working as a dry-stock beef operation. Change came in 1995 when a neighbouring deer farm came up forsale.

“At the time the beef schedule was down, the venison schedule was up, and I loved the piece of land,” says Shelley. “When the owners asked if I would like to also buy their deer, I said — let’s go for it!” While many of the skills learned through a lifetime of cattle

raising transferred across to deer, there were new disciplines to master. The deer population at Mahurangi River is raised solely for venison, not for velvet, so instigating a breeding programme was part of that learningprocess.

In 2008 Shelley’s ability to learn and adapt was put to the test again, when she decided to add a winery to herportfolio.

“It’s definitely been a lot of work,” she says, “but once again, those skills translated across. Being a primary producer, though there are a lot of big differences between deer and grapes, there are many things the same, too. Knowing how to read a soil analysis, knowing about nutrients and conditions — all of that knowledge has transferred from growing pasture to growinggrapes.”

The first vintages put down have proven to be stunning — Mahurangi River Winery’s 2011 chardonnay gained four and a half out of five stars, and their 2012 offering gained the full five. A gourmet restaurant on site has also gained rave reviews, with popular website TripAdvisor giving it top billing in thearea.

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“Some of it is down to skill, some of it is down to the weather gods,” says Shelley, speaking of the success of her chardonnays. “We also have a new winemaker who we are delighted with, who is also our vineyard manager — WarrenKnudsen.”

As one would assume, help from skilled people like Warren, along with Shelley’s partner Gary Heaven, Chef Kahui Cassidy and farm manager Tony Ward has been key to the success of the Mahurangi River ‘family’ of enterprises. With a core team like this, Shelley is confident that the future will bring more great reviews, and furthersuccess.

“We work so hard, so we’re delighted that people enjoy our wine and our food,” she says. That enjoyment is translating into awards and accolades from imbibers, critics and diners alike, while the deer farm continues to produce top-quality venison aswell.

With so much on the go, consolidation and building on that all-important reputation are Mahurangi River’s main future goal. Shelley also has plans for an ambitious local tourism project — a scenic walkway connecting Warkworth to the picturesque coast of Snells Beach. On this walking trail, the winery and restaurant would sit at a comfortable halfwaypoint.

“The planned path crosses private land as well as DOC land, and there’s also the small matter of the Mahurangi

River itself which would need crossing,” says Shelley. “But we won’t let little things like those slow usdown.”

Just the attitude one would expect from a multi-skilled entrepreneur who has already achieved so much.

And with this kind of vision, it’s likely to be not long before patrons are sipping a chilled 2015 Mahurangi River chardonnay as they take a break from their seasidewalk.

Not the Loire Valley or the Rhone — this is pure Northland wine country, nestled in the seaside hills of Mahurangi

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Last month I discussed that a new Trust Act was recommended by the Law Commission and if the changes were accepted there would be implications for families with trusts. In this article I will deal with what would happen if there is a valid trust, but one to which matrimonial property has found its way into.

As the law currently stands, unless the property enters a trust in bad faith the transaction cannot be unwound. The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 states that if relationship (matrimonial) property goes into a trust the person who has lost out can be compensated by receiving money from their partner or spouse or requiring trustees to pay income of the Trust to the person who has lost out.

The problem is that usually all the property is in the trust (the partner or spouse not owning anything of value) and at the same time the trust usually simply owns land and therefore has no income.

The recommended change is that this provision be amended to provide that the Court make an order requiring the trustees of the trust to pay to one’s spouse or partner a specified sum of money from the trust, or to transfer any property of the trust. As can be seen by considering these two approaches, this is a big change. While previously there was no ability to get at “the assets of the trust”, the recommended changes would do just that.

So, in a situation where any joint property (potentially income, loans, cash assets, other investments, real estate etc) is put into a trust to protect it at the start of the relationship from a new partner or spouse, the Court will simply say “too bad” and take those assets right out from the trust. There will, in this case, be absolutely no protection.

The recommendation also includes a change to the Family Proceedings Act 1980. Under that legislation the Court can currently vary the terms of a trust and when a “marriage or civil union” is “dissolved” the Law Commission seeks to change that to include de facto relationship and to change the triggering event from when a marriage or civil union is dissolved (two years after separation) to simply when the parties separate. This means that even if a couple has created a trust for legitimate purposes and has agreed to property going into it, as soon as they separate the Courts can vary the trust(s), that is, break the trust(s) apart into various pieces. This will obviously have massive implications for families who wish to structure their affairs to protect interests for future generations.

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Whakatane supervisor of two dairy farms of 500ha, also running horses emus goats poultry and drystock, has learned 40 things about fertiliser, soil and organic principles and he runs his land on these. He says he thinks this is the only answer for a sustainable future.

Fertiliser40 things I’ve learned

1SOIL is the stomach of the plant: please don’t feed it chemicals. We are a

reflection of the soil’shealth.

2EIGHTY to ninety-five percent of plant yield comes from the atmosphere,

while only 2–5% comes from the soil (sourcesvary).

3FERTILISER programmes must be based around the calcium content

of your soil. If base saturation calcium is below 60%, you will virtually have to purchase fertiliser ad infinitum. Urea and other soluble fertiliser products are deadly to soilfungi.

4SOIL fungi are responsible for retaining 100% of available calcium in the soil.

It is a fallacy that one tonne of lime, or another product, is required to move soil pH by one point. The soil microbes have the ability to move the pH of your soil without the physical input ofcalcium.

5NOT all N, P, K, Mg, S etc is the same. Organic forms are far superior to

chemical forms, and some chemicals are worse than others. The bio-available forms of nutrients are the only healthyoptions.

6THE correct base saturation figures for pasture are: Calcium 68%, magnesium

12–15%, potassium 3.5–5% and Sodium 0.5–1.5%. Many New Zealand soils are well below these figures. For tree crops, vines and berries, including strawberries, increase potassium to 5–7.5%. Once these conditions have been met fertiliser requirements will drop substantially, and soil pH will auto-correct to about 6.4 when the above conditions arefulfilled.

7SOLUBLE phosphorus products kill vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi

(VAM). Mycorrhizal fungi can increase the roots’ effectiveness by up to 1,000 times, and plants grown with VAM have superiornutrition.

8IT IS extremely important to get functional calcium levels up. Calcium

is responsible for carrying other minerals into the plant, however too much calcium can tie up other nutrients and cause deficiencies. Limit applications of agricultural lime to 500–1000kg/ha for one application. Limit fine lime to less than 400kg/ha.

9IF LUCERNE, oats and similar crops have hollow stems, calcium is lacking

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10ADEQUATE calcium also translates into better stock growth rates and

weightgain.

11AN organic fertiliser programme must feed the microbes first, which

will then feed the plants. Microbes include bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes, protozoa, nematodes, algae, ciliates, arthropods andearthworms.

12BACTERIA have a carbon — nitrogen ratio of 5:1 which means

for every six bacteria eaten, five parts of N are released. Nematodes are 100:1, so for every 20 bacteria eaten, 19 parts of N are released into the soil. This is why it’s so important that the soil is inbalance.

13MOST chemical fertilisers kill or reduce microbes,

causingimbalances.

14THE number of earthworms in the soil is an excellent visual sign of a

healthy soil, and they can produce 30–300 tonnes/ha of casts per year. Worm casts from 20 worms per spade square contain 5xN (1.2t/ha), 7xP, 3xMg, 11xK and 1.5xCa, far more than ordinary soil (62 earthworms per square metres). Sulphur, iron, zinc and trace elements also increase. Pasture fibre increases by over100%.

15THERE are about 2,240,000kg of soil in a 1ha paddock, down to 150–

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16SIXTY percent of the sugars manufactured in leaves are dumped

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17FIFTY percent of that sugar is exuded into the soil to feed the microbes.

Microbes in turn make minerals available to the plant. The nutrient responsible for that happening is boron. Boron, along with selenium and cobalt, is commonly deficient in New Zealandsoils.

18CALCIUM and boron are synergists so lime is more effective with

boronadded.

19FERTILISER and lime are more effective with carbon added. Carbon

is food for the microbes, and carbon sources are aged sawdust, aged bark, rock dust, humates, charcoal, compostetc.

20BRIX levels are a measurement of soluble solids (superior

nutrition). Urea-fed pasture tends to have low Brix readings. The minimum reading for pasture to be able to resist pests and diseases is 12, while an excellent pasture will measure 24. A bee will not work flowers/nectar with a Brix level below seven, otherwise it will expend more energy in collection than it will getback.

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Septic tanks and multi-stage septic systems are delicately balanced environments. It does not take much to upset them. Common practice is to ignore the septic system until problems occur. Good and best economical practice is to always keep your septic system well maintained.

A malfunctioning septic system can become a health hazard. When a system is not maintained or operated as a delicately balanced environment, problems occur. These problems include nasty odours, leach line blockages, untreated liquid rising to the surface, toilets gurgling and taking time to empty. At this stage your septic system is a serious health hazard to you and your children. Human waste produces faecal coliform bacteria, a source of viral and bacterial gastroenteritis as well as Hepatitis A and other diseases. Hepatitis can be a debilitating condition and cause long-term harm to children.

There are only three remedies. One: stop using the septic system until it recovers. This can take over a month and is not normally practical. Two: excavate your septic system and relocate it. This is very costly and time consuming, sometimes requiring new resource consents and different systems. Three: treat your septic system with Septi-Cure™ every six months.

Septi-Cure is Cost effective. By far the most cost effective solution is to pour one litre of Septi-Cure™ down each toilet bowl every six months. This simple action will help keep your system working at top efficiency by reducing solids and scum. Instead of emptying your tank frequently, the reduction in solids and scum saves you expensive pump out costs. Your irrigation field and leach lines will become clear of slimes and blockages so nature can handle the gradual seepage and evaporation for you. When this is happening your system will be

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A gift of graftingIt all sounds a little like science fiction, but garden centres in Northland are joining their counterparts in the rest of the country as they field enquiries for a new plant that grows potatoes in the soil, underneath a tomato plant in the airabove.

The Potato Tom brings double the fun and productivity to the home gardener by combining a juicy Gardeners Delight tomato and a crop of the popular eating potato Agria from the oneplant.

As both potatoes and tomatoes are from the same family the two plants are graft compatible and can therefore be joinedtogether.

It’s the perfect combination that produces a good crop of both potatoes and beautiful cherrytomatoes.

Aptly named DoubleUP, the Potato Tom comes from an innovative Kati Kati nursery Incredible Edibles, and as yet supplies are limited. The double species works because potato (Solonaceae tuberosum) and tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) belong to the same plant family, Solonaceae, and are closely related, sharing a common basic chromosome count of 12. Although the tomato was previously listed in a separate genus of Lycopersicum (L.

esculentum), in recent years it's been re-classified as a Solanum, the same genus as potatoes and indicative of their close relationship, botanicallyspeaking.

Tomato seedlings were used for the top, or scion, part of the plant, then grafted on to the emerging shoot from a potato tuber to produce the dual purpose plant, described as a predictably cropping, easy-to-grow plant, perfect for pots andpatios.

Grafted plants though are nothing new and a search of the Internet reveals eggplants and both sweet and chilli peppers are often grafted as are cucumbers, melons andwatermelons.

Grafted trees have been around for many years and are the basis of most commercial orchards. Roses too are also produced in never endingvarieties.

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Summer tasks for garden successWith Labour Day past and the long hot days of summer on the horizon, it’s time to tackle some of those garden chores to ensure a bumper harvest in the months tocome.

harvesting your spring crops it’s a good idea to follow suit. Sweetcorn will grow well with a little irrigation this time of year, as will leafy plants such as lettuce and spinach, root veges such as turnips and swedes, and all manner of useful herbs. Tomatoes are a must for the sustainable home garden — there are simply so many recipes which call for them, and they’re easy to preserve. Remember that not only do they combine well with sweet basil in a pasta

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And while Halloween is now past as well, don’t be fooled into thinking that pumpkin season is over. There’s still time to grow gourds, pumpkins and squash for a late harvest, and some varieties actually enjoy more sunlight hours — just so long as they are well tended to in terms ofwater.

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Pahi racing enthusiast Ken Subritzky has a healthy respect for the drivers who pit their skills against Australia’s challenging Bathurst circuit. But it’s not just an admiration born of years of V8 fandom it comes from racing the twists and turns of Mount Panoramahimself.

And he is offering the same chance to anyone who wants to experience thrills behind the wheel in complete safety, by bringing the racetrack to your next show or corporatefunction.

Ken doesn’t even have to leave the Kaipara to get behind the wheel of his own Holden racing machine. The fitter, turner, welder and toolmaker has deftly sidestepped the need for airline tickets, expensive pit crews and tons of tyres by building his own V8 supercar simulator — a labour of love which has consumed over seven months and is valued at more than $60,000.

Ken had plans drawn up and he managed to source a genuine Holden police car, unfortunately crashed in the line of duty but still able to be stripped

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Ken and his wife Faye intend to take their simulator to motoring events — hot rod shows, new car launches, race meets — as well as making it available for parties, corporate events and fundays. They are currently seeking sponsors who may wish to ‘wrap’ both the simulator car and its caravan housing in their own ‘racing team’ colours, and a suite of minor improvements such as an

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New names take on the MountainThis year’s battle of the V8s on the ‘sacred tarmac’ of Bathurst came down to the classic showdown of Ford versus Holden, despite the inclusion of new names Erebus Racing (Mercedes Benz) andNissan.

But the up-and-comers challenging the legendary red and blue rivalry on Mount Panorama may very well hit their stride next year, with a wealth of technical data gleaned from running against the well established Ford and Holdenteams.

Certainly, Mercedes will be looking to up their game — the German marque have been monstering motorsport events since the days when they took on Auto Union speedsters in the 1930s. And Nissan’s spirited attempt to recapture the glory of their ‘Godzilla’ victories with the powerful new Altima was only cut short by a tragic kangaroo strike — not something any racer can planfor.

Next year both teams will have the benefit of many races under their belts, and another returning brand nipping up behind them. Volvo return to the hallowed ground of the Mountain after a more than 20-year hiatus. In 1986 Kiwi driver Robbie Francevic won the

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Ford, too have changes on the horizon, as the run of the beloved Falcon badge comes to an end. More wins like that delivered by Mark Winterbottom this year will see the Aussie icon off in style, but what will replace it on thetrack?

Rumours abound that a specially prepped Mustang is waiting in the wings — thought the fact that the Mustang is a two-door in its current format might mean a change of rules isneeded.

Certainly, the design of the current crop of cars adheres to tight guidelines, a fact which has led to some race fans wondering exactly which of the sleek, sticker-wrapped machines is actually carrying German or Japanese hardware under the hood.

Holden are currently keeping tight-lipped about the future of the Commodore, though if Ford’s famed ‘pony car’ is homulgulated, perhaps we’ll see a Camaro, or, if the racing gods are merciful, a Stingray on the starting grid.

One thing is for certain — variety, and a range of different brands of car competing at Bathurst will make the event more interesting for the non Ford- and-Holden-obsessed. My personal pick — bring back the mighty Charger!

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Last month we talked a bit about some of the things you as a farmer can do to minimise lameness on your farm.

We looked at preventative hoof trimming. This month I would like to look a bit more at what you can do once the cow is lame.

In reality this is often the only time a cow is being trimmed in New Zealand, so effectively most farmers are being the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff all the time when it comes to lame cows. Trimming lame cows is always reactive management and trimming cows only when lame doesn’t make good business sense, but you now have a lame cow and she needs to be treated.

What do you do to help this animal? Obviously just looking at the hoof is

not going to fix it so more is needed. Assuming that the cow is lame in her claw then by trimming her well we can usually help her tremendously.

The principle of good hoof trimming is that we need to reduce the weight bearing of the sore claw and let the air get to it.

A cow is most commonly lame on her lateral claw because the lateral claw is often overloaded when the cow is walking or standing still on a hard surface (refer to last month’s article).

So, in this case, we don’t just level the two claws to the same height, we actually trim the lateral claw thinner so more weight is transferred to the medial claw. The more weight we can get off the lateral claw the more rest this claw is going to get.

Rest is one of the most common pieces of advice you hear from your doctor and it is also very effective for lame cows. Some people are worried about making the lateral claw thin.

It feels like you make the cow even more tender when she has a sole thickness not much more than the thickness of a piece of paper.

The thing is that we are reducing the weight on the claw with a thin sole. If we make both claws thin we are possibly going to end up with a problem.

However, cows are very resilient. Having thin soles is not necessarily a problem to them unless we make them walk long distances over rough tracks.

If we have made the lateral claw thin and yet we don’t have a lot of height difference between the medial and lateral claw we can artificially raise the lateral claw by gluing a wooden block under the medial claw. The other thing we need to do is let the air get to the wound. We do this by opening up the wound. We trim away all loose horn so that live tissue is exposed.

Try not to make the claw bleed because it makes it a whole lot harder to see what you are doing and the healing process only takes longer. It all seems very easy when you read this. The principal is straightforward but putting it into effect requires a lot of practice and instruction.

Northland farmers will gather together on Thursday, November 14 at Toll Stadium for the BNZ Northland Dairy Development Trust’s annualconference.

This year speakers include industry leaders: Fonterra chairman, John Wilson, BNZ economist Doug Steele, DairyNZ strategy and investment leader Rick Pridmore and LIC general manager — genetics Peter Gatley as well as prominent Northland farmers Greg Gent and Ann Flood. The six speakers will give updates and advice

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But why do weeds appear? Well like it or not, soil is a natural ecosystem with complex species interactions, checks and balances, and weeds are a part of this. Everything we see in nature has a purpose, and weeds are no exception. If we really want to deter weeds effectively we better � nd out what their purpose is and intelligently manage them rather than waging chemical war againstthem.

Why do weeds appear? Weeds appear because the soil environment favours their germination and growth. So an infestation of Californian thistle is actually signalling that the soil environment favours this weed species over the desirable pasture species and even other weed species — that is, soil fertility has deteriorated.

This is mostly due to deterioration of the soil mineral balance, the plant-availability of key nutrients, as well as the balance of soil food-web microbes, the function of which are to feed plants. Weeds are not the problem — unbalanced soil is. Nuking weeds with herbicide simply amounts to suppressing symptoms, which will continue to reappear until the real cause of their presence is addressed.

Californian thistle is favoured by low Ca and high K availability — low soil humus, compaction and anaerobic soil conditions. Killing weeds with herbicide simply interrupts the process of restoring the nutrient balance and further degrades thesoil.

Some farmers know that weeds are nature’s caretakers — they rebalance nutrient-de� cient soils by mining the missing nutrients from deeper in the soil and bringing them back to the surface where they are released for pasture growth when they die. The particular weed species present indicates which nutrients are missing.

While weeds differ in their function, as a rule of thumb most weeds indicate a shortage of plant available Ca and P and an excess of plant available K. Other de� ciencies or excesses may also apply, depending on the species. Weeds and Why they Grow, by Jay L McCaman, is a very informative book that can help you to � nd out what function a weed is playing in your pasture.

From a farmer’s point of view weeds take up valuable ground space where productive grass and clovers should be growing so they are tempted to remove them withherbicide.

Our attitude towards weeds needs to change if we are to preserve our soil fertility for the bene� t of future generations. Chemical farming and pesticides are destroying our soils and ourhealth.

Recent research carried out in Maine, USA, showed by applying the nutrients missing in the soil (calcium, phosphorus and trace minerals) with two solid fertiliser applications, they were able to change the species composition of their paddocks over two years without spraying, cultivating or re-seeding.

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Well, I was tryin’ ta werk out wot Boss ment wen ‘is gerfrend, Sharlene piped up: “Wot got up yer nose now CHARLES,” shesed.

Uh Oh, eye thort, wen she says CHARLES like that, she’s not happy. Then I saw she wus reeding the newspaper witch had a big picture ofa Mare of Orklind ona front. “Typikill,” sed Sharlene.” Men. Ya just can’t trust ‘em.”

Boss had look at me an’ give me a nod, an’ we sidiled outa tha house an Boss startid up the quad bike. “You an’ me betta hava look over the back block, in case there eny late lambs. Sharlene’s gotta bee under her bonnet ‘bout that Len Brown bein’ unfaifill. Well, beggar me Dog, enyone wood reckin it wuz my fault, tha way she goes on. That’s why I sed we’d be betta withoutpollys.”

Now I git it. Boss meens politishings wot he sez he pays for withtaxis.

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The dog’s tail …

She’s a mess out there eh?“Ya no Dog, tha werld wood be a lot betta off if we cood get rid of them pollys,” sed tha Boss.

quad an’ lissind, keepin my eye out ferpotholes.

“Not only did the Mare git all us men ina cactus, that Jon Banks bloke hadda give up his polly perks cos it seems he’s bin cort out by havin’ a badmemry.

But its not juss’ here. Then pollys in Merica got bluddy sheeps branes if ya ask me. Blimmin’ Merica runnin’ out of munny cos the pollys havin’ a tee party and getting’ at each othas throats. Shuttin dona govmint’s services an’ suchlike.

Gotta hole werld being held ta ransom. Okay, so finally they opened tha perse so tha munny can flow agen, but gess wot, only for a few munths, then they gunna ague all ova agen. Make’s ya wonder dog eh? We shood have mere decint politishins, like me mate Chippa, wot’s servin’ the lokil intrusts here inaKypra.

Well readas, I gotta be honist. It’s orl a bit komplicatid fer me to unnerstan.

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But its not juss’ here. Then pollys in Merica got bluddy sheeps branes if ya ask me. Blimmin’ Merica runnin’ out of

Gotta hole werld being held ta

But I sertinly can unnerstan’ about that pore o’l Mare in Orklind. I dunno wot tha fuss is aboutenyway.

Mattra fact, its givin’ me a reminda. That new lifestyle block downa road gotta blimmin ladyLabrador.

Mite jus’ slip me collar tinite. HehHeh!

See ya, Billy

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This fungus (FE) can cause lower milk production and occasionally death from liver damage. The damaged liver is unable to rid the body of wastes and the breakdown product of chlorophyll build up in the body causing sensitivity to sunlight, which can then lead to in� ammation of theskin.

The � rst signs of FE usually show up as a drop in milk production soon after the intake of toxic spores (sub clinical FE). Other signs may include cows being restless at milking time, seeking shade and licking their udder. As facial eczema becomes more obvious, another drop in milk production may be seen and exposed un-pigmented skin may thicken and peel. Especially prone are the white areas on cattle, teats and udder and inside the hind legs may also be affected. It is important to remember that not all animals may show physical signs of clinical facial eczema, but some may have had liver damage occur (sub clinicalFE).

Facial eczema spores are produced when minimum grass temperatures are above 12° for two or three nights and humidity is usually high — this can occur in the months (January to May). The fungus grows on soft matter in the base of the pasture, so hard grazing during this period of increased spore activity may also increase the risk of spore uptake bycattle.

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It’s the end of an era in Northland, the � nal Northland � eld-days will signal the end of the monitor farm programme in theNorth.

Over the past three years we’ve followed two Northern farmers as they’ve been working to improve their farming systems. This is your last chance to see theresults.

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Topics we’ll review include winter cropping, practical beef systems, improving lambing percentage, beef cow management and two years of pasture growth and qualityanalysis.

This is a great opportunity to see top performing sheep and beef farmers at the end of their three-year journey. Final field-day: Friday, November 15 from 1pm–5pm, followed by barbecue and refreshments, 301 Komokoriki Hill Rd,Ahuroa.

The Beef + Lamb New Zealand Far North Monitor Farm at Stephen and Jane Hayes farm will review lessons from

the farms we visited over the past three years and progress made ontheHayes’farm.

Has the programme achieved the goal of farm development without taking on more debt? Topics include practical and simple beef systems, low-cost policy changes, the two-year parsley dropwort (carrotweed trial) and plans for thefuture.

Final field-day: Friday, November 22 from 1pm–5pm, followed by barbecue and refreshments, 3835 State Highway 1,Kaeo.

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Dairy award fosters leadership valuesTo many people, the image of the Kiwi dairy farmer remains the same as it was thirty years ago — a rugged, rural bloke who's a bit Barry Crump and a bit WalFootrot.

It's a misleading stereotype, not only because the modern farmer is actually a business leader at the helm of what is often a multi-million dollarenterprise.

The old image of a swanndri and gumboot wearing fellow is wrong because our dairy industry is no longer a man's world — the industry thrives thanks equally to the skills and abilities of dairy farming women. There's a good argument that this has always been the case — even the

earliest pioneer families had to work in partnership to break in the land. But the valuable contribution of women in dairying is at the fore right now, with a new award honouring thebestof thebest.

The Dairy Women's Network and industry giant Fonterra are bringing the Dairy Woman of the Year award into its third nomination process for 2014, seeking future leaders not just for dairying or for farming in general, but on a truly internationalscale.

The prize in this prestigious contest includes a $25,000 scholarship to attend the Women in Leadership programme, run by Global Women. Instigated to promote equality at the highest levels of business and diplomacy, this programme enjoys world-widerenown.

Fonterra, of course, needs no introduction to New Zealand dairy farmers — they are, after all, the industry leaders both here and on the global stage. The Dairy Women's Network was established in 1998 by New Zealand dairying women, following the 2nd International Conference for Women in Agriculture held in Washington, DC. The Network's purpose is to develop and educate women, to add value to the business ofdairying.

Inaugural Dairy Woman of the Year Barbara Kuriger graduated from the Global Women programme this September, and has returned armed with new skills and knowledge, determined to coach and mentor others as well as to further her own career goals. 2013's winner Justine

Kidd will graduate in2014. Organisers and judges of the Dairy Woman of the Year stress that this is not a competition of academic achievement, financial success or technical farming.

It's about fostering leadership, a quality which often shines through in community involvement, hard work on the front lines of farming, and a commitment to dairying through thick andthin.

If you know of any outstanding women in dairying who should be nominated for this prestigious award, nomination forms can be downloaded at the Dairy Women’s Network website: www.dwn.co.nz.

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100g capsicum

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1 red onion

2 cloves garlic

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5. Heat your fry pan, add oil let warm up, add your red onion and let them become soft. Then add the chilli, garlic and lemongrass paste let fry off for a minute. Add prawns and let cook through until they’re coloured.

6. Once prawns are cooked take off the heat, drain the soba noodles, add to the pan and mix soba noodles and prawns together, then add to the bowl and toss together.

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I like to make things look pretty so put the noodle mixture into a bowl, then add snowpea shoots and pull out a couple of prawns and put them on top then drizzle over the dressing.

Enjoy!

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And, as students continue on to the Diploma in Sustainable Rural Development they get to study crop ecology, sustainable livestock management, soil management for sustainable use and an introduction to alternative technology to harness energy, treat waste water and evaluate alternative buildingmaterials. Klaus, who practises what he teaches by growing bananas and cherimoya for the market on his permaculture site at Matapouri, says learning SRD allows students to becomeinnovative.

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EARThWORKsDIGGERsTRuCKsBOBCATs +more

LANDCARESERVICES

Dave Hyndman

KAIWAKAP: 09 431 2302M: 021 431 238

• LANDSCAPING• 4 IN 1 BUCKET• TRENCHER

• POLE HOLES• ROTARY HOE• COMPACT ROLLING

FARMERS – How clean is your water?Would you drink the water out of your troughs?

Now is your best time to service your water system… Give us a call and let’s check it out.

PHONEPHONE 09 438 9103 (24HRS)

CALL FREE 0800 McQUINNCALL FREE 0800 McQUINNCALL FREE 0800 McQUINNCALL FREE 0800 McQUINN0800 627 8466

www.mcquinnpumps.co.nz148 Lower Dent Street, Whangarei148 Lower Dent Street, Whangarei148 Lower Dent Street, Whangarei

mixing and placing of rammed earth

for a quote ring: steve 0274 966 799www.coastlineecobuild.co.nz

Mobile service & partsTractors & machinery

Servicing all diesels021 998048

[emailprotected] Brierly

Ring AndrewRing AndrewNo job too smallCovering the Kaipara! Cell 0274 557 750

ProPertyMaintenance

& rePairATS• Fences & Repairs • Flooring Repairs • Decks

• Kitchen/Bathroom Fit Outs • Wet Wall Lining • Water Blasting & Chemical Washes

• Windows & Latches • Plus Much More

ELEMENTLANDWORKS

Bevan Harper0274 965 [emailprotected]

-Mulching & Slashing-Tree & Stump removal-Cattle race works-Site clearing-Rock gardens/walls-Farm work-Tip truck hire-Metal

-House sites-Retaining walls-Driveways-Cartage-Demolition-Landscapes-Horse arenas-All bobcat work

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NORTHERN FARMING LIFESTYLES November 2013 35

NORTHERN FARMING CLASSIFIEDSReach 33,300 Rural Homes — Phone 0800 466 793

For SaleATV MATS from $89 — Come in & see us at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800963636. www.atvtyres.co.nz. Be quick offer ends 31/11/13.

ATV SAFETY HELMETS — from $119 accessories from $15. The law has changed! Have you got yours? Come & see us at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636.www.atvtyres.co.nz. Subject toavailability.

BACK 2 Wood Demolition. We buy & sell renovation materials. Servicing Northland — Auckland. Specialising in Windows, Doors, Ranchsliders, Kitchens, Vanities, Roofing and More! Check out our website back2wood.co.nz or Phone 0800109877.

BOAT TRAILERS, full range to suit 12ft to 27ft boats, very competitive prices and immediate delivery for most models now. Call us to discuss freeon0800 162 500 XpressTrailers.

BOX TRAILERS, single and tandem axle trailers at very competitive prices, full range of sizes, 7x4 $1895, 8x4 $2195, 8x5 tandem $2895, 8x5 single $2295, 10x5 tandem $3495, 10x6 tandem $3895 Ph 0800 162 500 Xpress Trailers.

CHAIN & SPROCKET KITS DIRT OR FARM BIKE. SAVE 10% off RRP If you get them fitted at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800963636. www.atvtyres.co.nz. Be quick — offer ends 31/11/13.

DOG TRAINING Products – SportDOG remote trainers, Anti-Bark Collars and Containment systems. Trainers with up to 1.6 kms range and can work up to 6 collars. Completely waterproof and rechargeable. Call 0800 872 546. website www.innotek.co.nz

NEED NEW ATV TYRES? GET 20% OFF RRP & FREE FITTING at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz. Be quick — offer ends 31/11/13.

For SaleNEW YAMAHA FARM ATVs — 5.9% interest & 3 year warranty. Only at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi — phone 0800 963 636 & Yamaha MC Whangarei. Phone 09 438 0804. Offer ends 31/11/13.

PLYWOOD 19MM H3 treated 2.4x1.2m $66 incl gst. Scooters Plywood, 43 Commerce St, Whangarei. We stock a wide range of plywood inlcuding 2nds, marine, claddings for sheds. Cutting service. Phone 09 4386565 or [emailprotected] BRAKE PADS — for MX and FarmBikes — from $39 at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636.www.atvtyres.co.nz

WEED EATERS & CHAINSAWS — GET 10% OFF STOCKED ITEMS at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz. Be quick — offer ends 31/11/13.WINDMILL WATER pumps by Ferguson Windmills Company. Phone 09 412 8655. [emailprotected]

Nurseries & PlantsPOLY HOUSE for Lease - located at Kauri, 15 minutes north of Whangarei Centre. 2500 square meters and an attached 91 sq meter packing house. Email [emailprotected].

SUBTROPICA NURSERY. A wide range of subtropical fruiting and ornamental plants by courier throughout NZ. Bananas, cherimoya, casimiroa, kava, lucuma, pineapples and much, much more. Visit www.subtropica.co.nz or catalogue $5 from Subtropica, Massey Rd, R.D.2,Waipu.

Northern Rural Marketplace

Pat’s Healing Centrewww.animalherbs.co.nz — We courier to your door!

A big range of Health Solutions for you, your family and animals

Ph 09 432 0820 Visit our Waipu clinic and shop, or website to buy online

Solutions for control of fleas, ticks •and worms with WashBar products, Diatomaceous Earth and Flee FleaHerbal and Homeopathic remedies •for you and your animals

Himalayan Salt Lick with •80+ mineralsOrijen Organic Dog and Cat •Food — no grains

EARTHWORKS ○ PIPELINES ○ FARM EFFLUENT SYSTEMSOLD & NEW HOUSE SITE SEWAGE SYSTEMS ○ FARM WATER SYSTEMS

PHONE ADAM GARDINER 021 747 248AFTER HOURS • Kerikeri 09 407 9649 • Whangarei 09 434 7666

www.pipeitdrainit.co.nz

WE COVER ALL OF NORTHLAND FROM KAITAIA TO WHANGAREI SOUTH!

REGISTERED DRAINLAYER

SB Steve BowlingCONTRACTING LTDC

“Laying the foundations for your future”P.O. Box 4025, Kamo, Whangarei

SAM WATSONProject Supervisor

Mobile 021 272 2663Email [emailprotected]

www.sbc.co.nz APPROVED CONTRACTOR

QUALITY • INTEGRITY

ROOFING SPECIALISTS

021 026 322 86 • [emailprotected]

Ph 09 439 5065 Dargavillewww.newmanengineering.co.nz MARGARET & JOHN BISHOP

Newman Engineering (2004) LTD

•  Pipe & Steel Supplies  •  LTNZ Approved Workshop•  General, Agricultural & Structural Engineering•  Mobile Welding Services  •  General Repairs & Maintenance•  2 Ton Gantry Crane  •  Plate Roller, Profile Cutter & Press Brake•  de-CRAP-it®, Landplane®, Serious Incinerator®•  Field Rollers, Water Carts  •  Kumara Gear

Make Your Life easier! use our services now!

Doug Wilson ManagerPhone: 09 430 2934Fax: 09 430 2936Mobile: 0274 302 934Email: [emailprotected]

Specialising in Fertiliser and Metal cartage.30 Tonne units available.We cover your country!

All Services & Maintenance Available

PO Box 1174, WhangareiPh 09 434 7741 • Mobile 027 273 6865

1279 S/H 14, MAUNGATAPERE

Northland Laser Drainage Ltd

027 273 6865

Neil Carter Trading as

Subsurface Drainage Specialists (Nth)

TravelNORFOLK ISLAND, Jazz Festival Escorted tour, 1-8 December 2013. Incl fares, accom, some meals, five jazz concerts and more. Skylark Tours, 094328065. www.skylarktours.co.nz.

NORFOLK ISLAND, Country Music Festival, Escorted tour 18-25 May 2014, Incl fares, accom, rental car, five concerts and more. Skylark Tours, 094328065. www.skylarktours.co.nz.

Energy EfficiencyDO YOU LIVE IN A WINDY SPOT? 3 phase wind turbines starting at $2,200 includes 450 watt turbine, 6m pole, charge controller and inverter, Batteries not included. Ring Colin at Windpower Waikato Phone 0274831041 A/H 078437983 Email [emailprotected]

HEALTHY HOMES - Tai Tokerau. For all your Heating, Solar Water & Solar Power Needs. Northland’s largest and locally owned insulation & energy efficiency company. See our advert on page 17.

Water ServicesTANK WATER TESTING. Find out what harmful ‘bugs’ are present in your drinking water. Samples tested for Coliforms, a written report supplied and remedial actions suggested. Contact Simon at 094229345 or at [emailprotected].

Water Tank Cleaning ServicesTHE WATER TANK CLEANING COMPANY. Tanks can be FULL or LOW on water. Best Advice. Best Service. Great Rates. Sanitising. Leaks Repaired. Water Tests. NZ Health Board recommended system. Northland, 0224021964, A/H 094323264

Rural ServicesGOODS2GO - CARTAGE anywhere, anytime. Short or long distance. Farm equipment and implements a speciality. Long 7.3 mtr deck. Carries 4,000kgs. Competitively priced, honest and reliable, friendly and experienced. Free quotes given. Phone Andrew Kevey 021714660, A/H 094387141, [emailprotected].

FURNITURE MOVING Around NZ or around the world. Single items or house lots. Pro Packing, moving, insurance. Via trucks, containers, shared loads. Ph 0800 496 753 www.worldmoving.co.nz. “Experience & Advice You Can Trust”.

ATV SERVICEReceive 10% discount off RRP

for standard service parts* with this voucher when you get your ATV serviced

at Rouse Motorcycles,

King Street Hikurangi Phone 0800 963 636 | www.atvtyres.co.nz.

*Conditions apply, offer ends 31/11/13.

MX FARM BIKE SERVICEReceive 7.5% discount off RRP for standard

service parts* with this voucher when you get your

MX / Farm Bike serviced at Rouse Motorcycles,

King Street Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636.

www.atvtyres.co.nz

*Conditions apply, offer ends 31/11 /13

ATV FARM BIKE MX SPARES INTRODUCTORY OFFER

New Customers Receive 7.5% discount off RRP for all stocked items with this voucher at Rouse

Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi.

Phone 0800 963 636 www.atvtyres.co.nz

Be quick – offer ends 31/11/13. Conditions apply.

Farm ServicesFARM BRIDGES Phone Pat now 0800222189, visit www.bridgeitnz.co.nz. Bridge It NZ Ltd.

Property MaintenanceHEALTHY HOMES - Tai Tokerau. For all your insulation solutions. Residential and Commercial insulation and soundproofing. Wrap up your home in NZ made polyester insulation by the experts. See our advert on page 17.

Animal Health ProductsAPPLE CIDER VINEGAR, garlic & manuka honey. 200L - $450 or 1,000L - $2,000 + gst, with FREE DELIVERY. Black Type Minerals Ltd. Phone 0211851501. www.blacktypeminerals.co.nz.

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www.polaris.co.nz

WORK HARD. RIDE SMOOTH.

ROUSE MOTORCYCLES LTD1 KING STREET, HIKURANGI.

PH: 0800 96 36 36

MAUNGATUROTO MOTORCYCLES LTD

117 HURNDALL ST, MAUNGATUROTO.PH: (09) 431 8555

KUMEU CHAINSAWS & MOWERS LTD

MAIN ROAD, HUAPAI.PH: (09) 412 8109

CA MOTORCYCLES LTD725 POUTU ROAD, DARGAVILLE.

PH: (09) 439 0170

*Offer ends 31/10/13 or earlier if stocks run out. Only available at participating Polaris dealers. Not valid with any other offer. Excludes fl eet clients.

ON-DEMAND TRUEALL-WHEEL DRIVE

KG165/680

TOP CARRYING / TOWINGROLLED INDEPENDENT REARSUSPENSION

ACTIVE DESCENT CONTROL ANDENGINE BRAKING SYSTEM

ELECTRONIC FUEL INJECTION

$10,430 SAVE $1500*

OUTLAW 90OUTLAW 50

$2,169 $3,039EX GST

EX GST

EX GST

LOW RATE FINANCE OFFERS COMING SOON

*Offer ends 31/10/13 or earlier if stocks run out. Only available at participating Polaris dealers. Not valid with any other offer. Excludes fl eet clients.

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