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CENTRAL SOUTH ISLAND FARMER
GOT SOME DIRT TO SHIFT ?
Excavation, Cartage, Contracting
Daniel Sisson, 021 323 931
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CATTLE, CALVES, HORSES
AND ALL OTHER LIVESTOCK
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Great maps online
THE CANTERBURY farming
community can now gain access to a
full suite of maps and other regional
information at the click of a mouse,
following the launch of the new
Canterbury Maps website.
Canterbury Maps is a joint data-
sharing initiative developed in a
partnership between all the
territorial authorities in the region,
which went live online last week. A
map carousel and the map gallery on
the site s homepage link to a wide
range of available maps and
background data, including detailed
land and property information, data
on the region s water and air quality,
and council services and local
The project is the result of co-
ordinated information gathering by
staff at Environment Canterbury,
working with their counterparts at
Kaikoura District Council, Hurunui
District Council, Waimakariri
District Council, Christchurch City
Council, Selwyn District Council,
Ashburton District Council,
Waimate District Council,
Mackenzie District Council, Timaru
District Council and Waitaki District
Timaru Mayor Janie Annear
welcomed the initiative at the
website s official launch at
Canterbury s Mayoral Forum.
Canterbury Maps is a great way
to enable people in all walks of life to
view and use maps based on real
map data and to learn more about
our region, she said.
The site has a built-in map viewer,
which allows the maps to be manip-
ulated by the user. It includes zoom
and measurement functions, selec-
ting of areas and map layers, and
drawing and annotation of the maps.
Pop-up information boxes link to
the background data at council
websites across the region.
An advanced viewer is also
available on the site, suitable for
industry and professional users.
There are also useful links to
geographical information system
Rain has been feed saviour
Prices looking similar to last year
STABLE PRICES: Grazing contract
prices have been held to similar
levels as last year due to recent rain.
RECENT RAIN has helped keep
dairy grazing contract prices for
Canterbury dairy farmers at
similar levels to last year.
It has allowed winter feed crops
to recover, set themselves up for
the winter and offset any
potential effects the dry weather
had on contract prices, South
Island Dairy Farmers director
Paul Brown said.
There is grazing available and
I think it will be at a very similar
price to last year.
The contracts are a money
earner for sheep, beef and arable
farmers who graze dairy cattle on
their farms over the winter.
Dairy farmers were signing
contracts for 22-24 cents a
kilogram of dry matter.
There is a group that are
wanting more than that at 25-26
cents a kilogram and translating
that to dollars it s around $18-$21
for a heifer and $23-$25 a week
However, cash flows were
horribly tight for Canterbury
dairy farmers with advance
payments from Fonterra still low.
I just don t think there is room
for it to go up, frankly, Mr
While these crops had
recovered, they were not yielding
as high as they were last year,
PGG Wrightson South
Canterbury dairy specialist David
This had pushed contract prices
up slightly to $24-$26 a week, he
Although we have had the
rain, the crops are going to yield
nowhere near what they have over
the last two years.
Southland farmers also looked
as if they would be short of winter
feed. The lift was small and was
not unaffordable to dairy farmers,
SIMPLIFIED RULES: Rural Contractors New Zealand
have welcomed the changes to land transport rules.
CHANGES TO land
transport rules will
make life easier for
rural contractors, says
Rural Contractors New
The changes, signed
by the Associate
Minister of Transport
will achieve the object of
having rules that are
easy to understand,
comply with and
director of Rural
Zealand Roger Parton
We have been working with the
Ministry and NZTA for several years
on these changes and it is pleasing to
see them finally come into force.
Mr Woodhouse said the changes
would offer agricultural vehicle
owners improved compliance and
greater operational flexibility from
This Government recognises that
the primary sector remains the
powerhouse of New Zealand s
economy and we want to remove
unnecessary costs and red tape.
The changes were estimated to
bring a net benefit of $51 million
over 25 years.
Federated Farmers have also
welcomed the changes.
One of the most significant
changes for farmers, whose
agricultural vehicles spend most of
their life off-road, is that vehicles
operating below 40km/h will be
exempt from warrant of fitness and
work time requirements, Federated
Farmers transport spokesman Ian
Mr Parton said the changes had
been a long time coming and were
The changes recognise the unique
operating characteristics and
environment in which agricultural
vehicles have to travel on the road.
While mainly operated off road, it is
important that there are clear and
understandable rules for on road
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