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Wallaby pellet count shows decline
By GERALD PIDDOCK
Effective use of
a new poison
helps to reduce
A MONITORING process sug-
gested wallaby numbers for 2012
were, on average, down slightly
compared to the previous year,
according to Environment Canter-
However, this was not necess-
arily an indication of fewer wal-
labies, the council's biosecurity
team leader Brent Glentworth
On average the level of wal-
labies has reduced, but it's not a
true picture of what I feel is hap-
pening out there.''
He suspected numbers were
about similar to last year.
The regional council monitored
wallaby numbers by counting fae-
cal pellets on 38 areas around
On average the level of faecal
pellets has reduced, but this does
not mean there are less wallabies
on the ground.''
Good spring and summer
weather in Canterbury has meant
an abundance of vegetation for
wallabies to eat and they did not
need to travel further afield to
It also hid pellets and helped
their rapid decomposition, which
skewed some of the results.
Some properties had also car-
ried out effective poison programs
using a new poison called Feratox.
This dramatically reduced
numbers in those areas, reducing
the overall average.
There were three areas outside
the containment area that ECan
was trying to eradicate the wal-
They were in North Canter-
bury, on the south bank of the
Waitaki and near Mt Cook.
The containment area ranged
from the banks of the Rangitata
River down to Waitaki and in-
land to lakes Benmore and
Tekapo and covered about 900,000
'No plate waste' lamb
popular with the Brits
Pleased: Keith Cooper says the new
deal increases the potential to lift
supply of high value cuts into Tesco.
A NEW agreement between Silver
Fern Farms and Tesco is likely to
see supply increased to the British
retailer by four times.
The new deal heralds a deeper
relationship for SFF and Tesco
with Silver Fern Farms co-
branding on a new range of Tesco
Tesco buying manager, Adele
Davenall-Gabain, said they
expected this strategy to see
significantly increased volumes of
premium quality lamb available
through this partnership.
SFF chief executive Keith
Cooper was pleased that the new
arrangement increased the
potential to lift supply of high
value cuts into Tesco.
This is a change from
supplying under our own branded
packaging in a select group of
Tesco stores to supplying a new
Tesco branded healthy eating,
extra lean range in a greater
number of Tesco stores.
We wouldn't be in this enviable
position if we hadn't progressed
our strategy around new cuts and
the branding which promoted
them -- it's a significant upside for
us,'' Mr Cooper said.
SFF lamb has found favour
with consumers according to
market research with British
consumers noting the lamb for
being naturally lean'', pre-
portioned'', well packaged'' and
having no plate waste''.
SFF branded range of pre-
packed premium restaurant-
quality lamb cuts was launched
into a select group of Tesco stores
across Britain in October 2011 to
create value around a new range
of lamb cuts.
Our strategy of moving how we
market meat from large cuts --
like heavy legs, sides and whole
carcasses -- to modern consumer
cuts has been tested since we
launched in 2011 and this deal
has seen that strategy picked up
at scale,'' Mr Cooper said.
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