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FUN LEARNING: Participants at the community farm day in Culverden.
put to a test
ORGANISERS OF a community
farm day in Culverden are keen to
repeat the exercise annually.
The event, which took place on
April 12, was organised by Jo
Boocock and Lisa Bozhinoff from
AgITO and Alex Thompson, Lynda
Guiniven, Alan and Sharron
Davie-Martin and James Bourke
from the Culverden area.
AgITO's regional manager
Kevin Scannell said it was a huge
success, with 47 entries for a fun
six module contest.
Participants came from local
farms and Rangiora High School
and Amuri Area School
The idea was to run the day as
a Community Farm day combined
with a skills aspect, and for the
local community to have a sense of
ownership Mr Scannell said.
In addition to competition par-
ticipants another 40-50 people
attended to assist with modules or
to support their staff.
The modules included sheep and
beef, weeds and grasses, dairy
cups and condition scoring a cow,
quad bikes and tractors, irrigation
and troughs and health and
The event was held at Alan and
Sharron Davie-Martin's farm and
the couple even donated trophies
for the winners in each section
which was much appreciated by
Comments received at the end
of the day were extremely positive
with farmers saying they will be
encouraging a lot more people
from the district to take part next
Winners from the day:
Law firm hosting water
How it is: Michelle Mehlhopt will host an information session on water
management issues this month.
By CATE BROUGHTON
CHANGES TO the way water is
managed throughout Canter-
bury will have a huge impact on
The raft of changes has prom-
pted rural law company Wynn
Williams to hold a series of
information sessions this month.
Wynn Williams associate
Michelle Mehlhopt, who special-
ises in resource management,
hopes the sessions will help far-
mers consider the many issues
that will impact them.
There are so many changes
going on that people need to be
aware and think about what
changes they might need to
make to their operations.''
She said the approach to
water management was chang-
ing from a first in first served''
model to a whole community one
and farmers needed to consider
what effects this would have.
The proposed Canterbury
Land and Water Regional Plan
and a number of sub-regional
plans, would also bring changes
to rules around how land uses
and nutrient discharges are
The final form of the new
regulatory framework is still
being debated but Ms Mehlhopt
says it is clear that there is a
move towards farmers imple-
menting best practice.
This meant farmers would
need to assess the tools at their
disposal to help them reduce the
impact of their farming activi-
ties on water quality, she said.
Tools already available
included improved methods for
applying effluent to land, use of
restricted grazing strategies and
herd shelters, riparian planting
and protection, wetlands, imp-
roved nutrient balances in ani-
mal diets and nitrification
Rules around water storage
and resource management con-
sents required for water storage
could also change.
Ms Mehlhopt said farmers
would do well to employ people
who are experienced in this area
and involve them early so as to
avoid costly mistakes.
There are critical questions
that need to be asked at an early
stage in the process in order to
determine the viability of your
She hopes the information
sessions in Leeston, Rangiora
and Culverdon will provide an
opportunity for farmers to share
their concerns and questions.
It's an opportunity to have a
discussion and hear about con-
cerns -- and gauge how aware
people are of the issues.''
The information sessions will
be held from 4pm till 6pm in
Leeston on May 13, Culverdon
on May 14 and Rangiora on May
16.To register contact: marketin-
firstname.lastname@example.org, 03 379
7622 or book online at wynnwil-
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