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AGRICULTURAL CONTRACTORS say vehicle law
changes will be easier to comply with and easier for
police to enforce.
Spokesman for the rural contractors, Chris
Satherley, said the changes will benefit farmers and
The two-tier system means there is a distinction
between vehicles such as tractors which use the road
and travel below 40kmh and those which go above the
Those that travel and do less than 40kmh have to
be registered only (roadworthy), but a warrant of
fitness is needed for agricultural machinery that
travels over 40kmh.
Mr Satherley said the new regulations were a good
We were under the same regulations as truck
drivers, filling out log books with work restrictions
and time limits. Unlike truck drivers, we are weather
It restricted agricultural contractors too much, he
Satherley said those laws were introduced in 2007
and it has taken until now to get the changes.
He said the contractors have found the agencies,
such as the transport ministry, police, the Land
Transport Agency and the Government great to deal
Contractor and farmer Ross Collier said the new
regulations had made it simpler and easier than the
old ones. He said if someone is doing more than
40kmh and they are only registered for that speedthey
will get the book thrown at them, rather than just
being ticketed for going too fast.
There are always some fly-by-nighters who don t go
by the rules, but most farmers and contractors will.
The new rules came in force at the beginning of this
Lamb returns lean
GOING DOWN: Lamb prices are set to drop further.
Stocks have gone through and we
know scanning results will be down
a bit because of the drought. The
lamb crop will be fewer in number
but it's too early to make a big call.
FARMERS CAN expect at least a 25
per cent drop in lamb returns from
last season s $113.50 a head.
Beef+Lamb New Zealand econom-
ists are working out an estimate for
the average lamb price for this season.
The original outlook in February
was $85 a lamb but lambs are lighter
than predicted because of the drought
and this could be lowered.
Beef+Lamb economic service econ-
omist Rob Davison said farmers were
up against a difficult year because of
the drought. He said a drop of more
than 25 per cent should be expected as
lambs were lighter and prices lower
than last year. Many farmers would
not get $85 because they had drafted
lighter lambs, he said.
Last year we averaged $113.50 a
head for the season ending September
and that was for lamb at a record
weight of 18.6kg average and this year
we will be back to 17.8 or 17.9kg due
to the drought.
He said southern lambs, which had
a dry summer but not to the same
extent as the drought-declared North
Island, are expected to weigh 0.3kg
The difference in average weights
between the islands with the north
down three times more than the
south, emphasised the drought s influ-
ence on farming performance.
So far meat companies have proces-
sed 17.3 million lambs and are 10 per
cent ahead of last season when many
farmers held on to lambs to put more
weight on them during a good growing
season. At one stage, lamb processing
was 20 per cent ahead in March.
Lamb prices in the early winter
meat schedule are down from a year
ago but have come back from their
low. Farmers were making about $5 to
$5.10/kg last month in the North
Island and a bit less than that in the
South Island. This is up on the
$4.40/kg for an average-sized lamb
last March in the North Island as
should be expected because of the
seasonal difference when lamb is tra-
ditionally in shorter supply. But it
remains back from $5.60-$5.70 a year
Mr Davison said lamb prices had
firmed as they usually did at this
stage of the year but he was unable to
predict if they would improve greatly.
Stocks have gone through and we
know scanning results will be down a
bit because of the drought. The lamb
crop will be fewer in number but it s
too early to make a big call.
Most people have their fingers cro-
ssed for a warmer winter after a dry
summer because there is not the feed
farmers wanted in most districts.
Ruled out is a repeat of the $8/kg
offered by meat companies in late
2011 when lamb was in short supply.
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