Views
8 months ago

Selwyn Times: October 17, 2017

2 40 Tuesday [Edition

2 40 Tuesday [Edition datE] October 17 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Enjoying nature & talking to others can relieve stress For something so common among us, it’s a huge shame that talking about mental wellbeing is still regarded as a bit taboo, or somehow weak. We’ve got to get rid of that sort of nonsense attitude. Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week, with the theme being “Nature is Key – Unlock Your Wellbeing”. Not only during awareness week, but at any time, escaping stressful or ‘same old rut’ work and home environments, eating your lunch in a park or at the beach, taking the family for a weekend bush walk, etc. can lift spirits, put you back in touch with Nature, and get you thinking about your health, your priorities – and whether you may need to reach out for help or advice. Federated Farmers president Katie Milne said she welcomed the focus on mental health and talking through issues and feelings with others. “Our great outdoors can also be a wonderful tonic,” she pointed out. However, for rural people, Mother Nature can also be a source of considerable stress. Storms, floods, ailing livestock, droughts, etc., can ratchet up financial woes, relationship strains and the feeling “it’s all too much”. “We revel in our lifestyle in rural New Zealand – its beauty, and our role putting top-quality food on family tables here and around the world. But if you let it, farming can be a lonely job too,” Katie said. She said the real message of Mental Health Week was that if the stress is getting too much, it’s not smart to tough it out on your own. “Talk to your partner, a friend, a neighbour or reach out to one of the professional and confidential help agencies,” she said. Figures released recently by Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall show (provisional statistics) 606 Kiwis took their own life in 2016/17, up from 579 the year before. Men are dying by a suicide at a rate of three men to one woman. Other research shows the suicide rate in New Zealand’s rural sector was 20-50 per cent higher than in urban areas. The Mental Health Foundation, sourcing HEAT PUMP SALE NOW ON! Amazin’ spring Specials!! • We will offer you the best quality brands and option of heat pump for your home/business • Providing Heat Pump solutions for over 15 years to Cantabrians • We personally guarantee all our products & installs for 5 years (providing annual maintenance has been completed) Phone us today for your free consultation & quote 41A SHAKESPEARE RD, WALTHAM PHONE 03 366 0525 www.enviromaster.co.nz “A local team for local people” Ministry of Health data, reports that mental disorders are the third-leading cause of health loss for New Zealanders (11.1 per cent of all health loss), behind cancers (17.5 per cent) and vascular and blood disorders (17.5 per cent). “For something so common among us, it’s a huge shame that talking about mental wellbeing is still regarded as a bit taboo, or somehow weak. We’ve got to get rid of that sort of nonsense attitude,” Katie said. “We can’t solve every challenge by ourselves. Your loved ones will feel devastated if you never gave them the chance to understand how you were really feeling.” Katie, who is on the Council of Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand, also has a message for the incoming government: “It’s past time the inequalities of access to health services for the 600,000 people living in rural New Zealand were addressed.” LAwyERS We have over 40 years’ experience to assist you with… • Buying and Selling Houses and Commercial Property • Wills, Trusts and Estate matters • All issues facing you and your business; • Employment Law matters; • Traffic matters; • Advice regarding Retirement Villages • General Legal Advice on all matters Call John, Brendan or Andrew today 03 366 8996 Email. lawyers@mclegal.co.nz Airport Business Park 92 Russley Road, Christchurch 8042 unbelievable spring specials!!! Genuine $200 off normal retail price Don’t buy another vegetable! 20ft Greenhouse - 6.29m(L) x 2.6m(W) x 2.58m(H) Aluminium powder coated (green) frame & base 6mm Polycarbonate walls & roof with 5yr UV guarantee Wide opening double sliding door Fully adjustable roof vent Spread your own fertiliser! 300 litre corrosion free plastic hopper Spreading range - 10-30m Tractor mounted - PTO driven Recommended tractor HP-20-40 $16,995.00 GST incl. $795.00 GST incl. Tuatara Machinery Ltd • www.lifestyletractors.co.nz Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email. tractors@lifestyletractors.co.nz 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING Mon-Fri 6.45am-6pm, Sat 8am-12 noon (WOFs only) 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday October [Edition 17 datE] 2017 41 3 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Sheep & beef farm profits forecast to improve As the 2017-18 meat export season begins, Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s New Season Outlook 2017-18 report forecasts beef and lamb prices to remain similar to the previous season, despite an expected weakening of the New Zealand dollar. The report estimates farm profit before tax to increase 6.6 per cent to $90,200 for 2017-18 on average for sheep and beef farms. “This outlook sets the scene for steady meat prices and production in 2017- 18. However, strong improvements are expected in revenue from deer and velvet, as production increases, and from wool, which is coming off low prices,” B+LNZ chief economist Andrew Burtt says. Earnings before interest, tax, rent and manager’s salary (EBITRm) per farm, which provides a benchmark for viewing farms on a comparable base, is forecast to increase by 3.1 per cent to $158,800. “A slight drop in the national sheep flock was driven by a drop in breeding ewes, but this was tempered by a lift in the number of hoggets, particularly on the East Coast of the North Island.” A rise in the number of beef cattle (+2.8 per cent) was largely driven by weaner cattle being carried over into the 2017- 18 farming year in response to good feed conditions and firm prices, which were due to tighter availability and strong store cattle prices in 2016-17. “As beef cattle prices have continued at comfortable levels and production conditions have improved, some farmers have been motivated to increase the number of beef cattle they have because cattle are less labour-intensive than sheep.” Mr Burtt says much of the outlook depends on the value of the New Zealand dollar, which is expected to ease as major trading economies strengthen in 2017-18. The New Zealand dollar strengthened in 2016-17, to average 71 cents against the US dollar, up three cents on the previous season. “The US dollar is significant for New Zealand’s export-focused sheep and beef industry because 70 per cent of meat export volume is sold in USD-denominated transactions.” Total farm expenditure is forecast to rise marginally (+0.5 per cent) this season. Though fertiliser prices are expected to remain steady, a lift in spending on fertiliser is expected as farmers continue to focus on Attention all farmers If you’re in need of a resource consent, we can help. • Effluent discharge • Groundwater • Surface water • FEP / Land Use • Due diligence • Monitoring & compliance • Advocacy 92 Williams St, Kaiapoi. Ph: 03 375 5015 www.bowden.co.nz improving their soils’ productive capacity. The increase is expected to outweigh a reduction in expenditure on interest, and repairs and maintenance. Much of the 6.6 per cent increase in the average farm profit before tax on sheep and beef farms results from revenue of deer and velvet (+10 per cent), wool (+10 per cent) and cash crops (+4.8 per cent). Sheep and beef revenue are expected to remain similar as small increases in production and easing exchange rates counter softening export prices. Burtt says that while there were disruptions to the international beef market in 2016-17, demand is expected to remain reasonable this year, driven by China. Continuing tight sheepmeat supplies in Australia and New Zealand, particularly mutton, are expected to support prices, with exchange rates the prime uncertainty. Export lamb production is forecast to increase marginally (+0.5 per cent) in 2017- 18. While exports to the EU, including the UK, dropped in 2016 17, the EU accounted for 36 per cent of exports and remained greater than China. However, China remained the largest single country market for New Zealand lamb, accounting for 33 per cent of volume. New Zealand beef production is expected to be down slightly (-0.9 per cent) on last season as the average carcass weight is forecast to be lower. Canterbury C T H Timber & Hardware Visit us via our new entrance on Manion Rd We are here HOURS Mon-Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am -12pm Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch jason@cthl.co.nz P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 Welding & Engineering Services available: • Welding, metal fabrication • Engineering repair • Farm, factory and site work undertaken Well equipped workshop Widely experienced, many years Wilson Engineering Workshop, 486 Two Chain Road, Burnham. Phone 347 6760 or 021 329 605 GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz