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Contractors flat out after slow start
picked up after a slow
start to the season.
IT HAS been back to a typical
season for baleage and silage con-
tractors, after a slow start before
warm December weather saw
grass growth take off.
Contractor Lionel Dobbs said
the last month had been busy, as
farmers try to capitalise on the
summer pasture growth by stor-
ing it as baleage and silage.
Work picked up just before Chr-
istmas, when warmer tem-
peratures saw grass growth rates
soaring, he said.
A fortnight before Christmas,
things really boomed away.
We have been quite busy with
those warm nights. We have cho-
pped some big tonnages.''
Yields were slightly down on
last year, although last season
was his busiest in 12 years.
It's down a wee bit, although
the quality is up, as there is more
clover in it this year,'' he said.
The lack of a traditional spring
flush in October and November
also meant there was not the
same level of work on dairy farms,
as farmers tried to maintain the
quality of their pasture.
Another contractor, Grant Kins-
man, said there was a horrible''
start to the season thanks to the
cold spring conditions.
Work picked up substantially
from mid-December and he was
currently as busy as he was this
time last year.
It never really got going until
the middle of December and now
we're flat out.''
Water body on hunt
to appoint member
THE KAIKOURA Zone Committee is
looking to recruit a new member in
the next few weeks, to replace depar-
ting member, Sarah Beardmore.
Since forming in July 2011, the
committee has attended numerous
meetings and field-trips, and
engaged with the community, to
come up-to-speed on water manage-
ment issues in the zone.
The outcome has been the develop-
ment of a Zone Implementation Pro-
gramme (ZIP) that provides recom-
mendations to councils on how water
should be managed.
Kaikoura Zone Committee
facilitator Laura Beck said the com-
mittee is looking for people who want
to make a positive difference to
water management in the zone.
This is an exciting and busy time
for the committee, as it looks at
working towards implementing the
recommendations made in the ZIP to
meet the targeted outlines in the
Canterbury Water Management
Strategy (CWMS),'' she says.
The committee is specifically
looking for people who have a pas-
sion for the region and a real interest
in working collaboratively to develop
innovative and sustainable solu-
The ideal candidate will have
experience working collaboratively,
engaging with communities, and be
competent at dealing with technical
and often complex issues. They
should also understand the need to
balance the competing demands for
water,'' she said.
The successful applicant will need
to be available to attend monthly
meetings, as well as community
engagement meetings as required.
Meetings are typically held on the
last Wednesday of each month, in
Interested candidates should
contact the Kaikoura Zone Committee
facilitator prior to February 15 or visit
the Kaikoura page at: ecan.govt.nz/
canterburywater for more information
and a downloadable expression of
Greens come down hard
on live animal exporting
CRUEL: The Green Party says live animal exports
need to be much more tightly controlled.
Photo: ROBYN EDIE
THE GREEN Party has come
out once more in fierce
opposition to live animal
exports, such as the recent
shipment of 7200 dairy cows
up to China.
MP Julie Anne Genter went
as far as accusing the
government of being content
to let thousands of animals
We can sell our good stock
to other countries through
exporting genetic material.
We shouldn't be sending
the animals themselves,'' she
The current review of the
Animal Welfare Act must include
stronger restrictions and a real focus
on minimising exports of live
She said the criteria by which
animals are exported also need to
include the welfare of animals in the
Once these cows get to China, we
have lost control over their welfare
and how they will be treated. And
mechanical or customs problems can
even keep animals stuck on ships in
terrible conditions too. Last year,
22,000 Australian sheep were stuck
on a ship in the Persian Gulf for a
fortnight after the cargo was rejected
In the current review of the
Animal Welfare Act, the government
has proposed the long-overdue
development of enforceable
standards for live animal exports.
We support this proposal, but
they need to also include a focus on
reducing these cruel live exports.''
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