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Selwyn Times: November 07, 2017

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30 Wednesday November 8 2017 Latest Christchurch news at News Cultural values explained SELWYN FARMERS have taken the chance to find out more about their new responsibilities around mahinga kai and how those may affect their farming practices. Environment Canterbury held the second of two on-farm “shed talks” recently, on a Dunsandel dairy farm, to explain how provisions in the Selwyn Te Waihora Water Plan to protect traditional Ngāi Tahu food sources and cultural values will affect them. The shed talks were held on properties where farmers have already undertaken significant work to protect waterways and good management practice is minimising environmental impacts. Contract milker Brendon Glassford said the previous owners of his farm planted most of the length of the stream that flows through the farm. “We want to be compliant, we don’t want to wreck the Selwyn River (Waikirikiri). We have to look after the land – you want to leave it better than when you took over,” he said. The shed talks were lead by Environment Canterbury cultural land management adviser Mananui Ramsden. He believes most farmers, like LEARNING CULTURE: Environment Canterbury cultural land management adviser Mananui Ramsden. ​ Ngāi Tahu, embrace their role as guardians of the resources on their land. “People think Environment Canterbury have a stick and we swing it, but really, the Selwyn- Waihora zone delivery team, we work with you. We’re here to help you get your heads around the funding, potential restoration projects and to help with these land use consents,” Mr Ramsden said. “You can never say it’s too hard because you’ve always got support,” Mr Glassford said. He said there is ECan, DairyNZ and others to call on to help out if unsure about the environment and the regulations. More shed talks are likely to be held in the New Year to help bring more farmers up to speed with mahinga kai. •Reducing nitrogen through genetics, p31 Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Solid support for motor festival SELWYN TIMES MORE THAN $30,000 of sponsorship and donations of items from the community has gone into supporting the first Jones Road Auto Selwyn Motor Fest and Family Fun Day. District councillor Craig Watson (right) said that the organising committee was overwhelmed with the community spirit alive in Selwyn. “Of course our challenge now, and the challenge for the wider community, is to work together to match or even beat that amount in proceeds to support our local deserving St John service,” he said. Cr Watson said it wants to thank every business, every family and every organisation that has shown their support. “When we started out six months ago we never could have imagined the level of support that has been shown for this inaugural local event,” he said. Besides the hundreds of cars, trucks, motor-cycles and tractors on show, the committee have put a fantastic day together for the family. There will be exhibits from local emergency services, the New Zealand Trucking Association, vintage clubs, rally cars, district council and Selwyn Parenting Network. For the kids there will be bouncy castles, face painting, pony rides and more. With food vendors and 30-plus stall holders everyone is sure to find something to interest them. “We have worked extremely hard to ensure a wide variety of things on offer for the whole community,” Cr Watson said. •The Jones Road Auto Selwyn Motor Fest and Family Fun Day will run from 10am to 3pm on Sunday, November 26, at Rolleston College. •For more information email Crcraig.watson@selwyn. or phone 027 807 2097 DESIGNER FASHION AT OUTLET PRICES SMART BRANDS SMARTER PRICES HORNBY 409 Main South Road | Open 10am–5pm, 7 days

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday November 8 2017 31 News Reducing nitrogen through genetics MAKING IMPROVEMENTS: Leeston dairy farmer John Tanner is working on reducing nitrogen output on his farm. LEESTON DAIRY farmer John Tanner has been working hard to improve sustainability on his farm, Dunlac Dairies Ltd. The farm is located in the Selwyn Waihora catchment and is 20km from Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora, which is considered one of New Zealand’s most important wetland areas. On either side of the catchment are the Rakaia River and the Selwyn River. “In Canterbury we have to lessen our nitrogen footprint on the farm,” Mr Tanner said. He milks 730 dairy cows during the peak of the season on 260ha. “In our catchment, we farm on environmentally sensitive land,” he said. Mr Tanner is one of many farmers turning to genetic solutions to help him farm well. In recent years Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora has been plagued by water quality issues related to intensive farming practices. Nitrogen leached from farms on the Canterbury Plains will eventually make its way into the lake therefore farm activities in the catchment are regulated by Environment Canterbury, with set nitrogen limits per farm. The Canterbury Water Management Strategy, introduced in 2012, aims to rejuvenate and restore the ecosystem of the Selwyn Waihora catchment. It requires dairy farms in the catchment to reduce their property’s nitrogen limits by 30 per cent by 2022. Mr Tanner is making an effort to reduce Dunlac Dairies’ environment impact, and has made significant improvements with water management and fertiliser usage. The farm was a finalist in the Dairy Business of the Year 2016, and Tanner takes pride in doing his bit for the environment. However, like many farmers in the region, he is feeling the pressure. “We are trying to milk at our current numbers, but lessen our nitrogen footprint. So you are trying to do the same, but with less environmental impact,” Mr Tanner said. He believes science will offer a solution for farmers. When he heard about CRV Ambreed’s genetic discovery, and its LowN Sires bull team, Mr Tanner was very interested, purchasing more than 200 straws. In March, CRV Ambreed announced a genetic discovery, thought to be a world-first, which could reduce nitrogen leaching on New Zealand farms by 20 per cent within 20 years. CRV Ambreed identified and selected bulls genetically superior for a new trait related to the amount of urea nitrogen in milk. Farmers are now able to breed cows using straws of semen from CRV Ambreed’s LowN Sires, and those daughters will have reduced concentration of milk urea nitrogen. Cows bred for lower levels of MUN are expected to excrete less nitrogen in their urine which will, in turn, reduce the amount of nitrogen leached from grazed pasture. This could potentially save New Zealand 10 million kg in nitrogen leaching a year, based on the national herd number of 6.5 million dairy cattle. “When CRV Ambreed came up with their LowN bulls, we thought ‘we’ll have a go.’” “We have 730 cows and if we can lessen the nitrogen from the herd by 20 per cent, then that makes a big dent,” Mr Tanner said. He is interested to see how his herd’s genetics will improve over time. “I know it’s going to take a few years, but if it’s something that does improve nitrogen leaching from my cows, I will probably buy more straws in the future,” he said. Tanner was also pleased with the other traits. “We wanted the best in genetics, and CRV offered that,” Mr Tanner said. Canterbury regional councillor John Sunckell was also a big fan of CRV Ambreed’s LowN Sires programme. Mr Sunckell is a thirdgeneration farmer from Leeston. “Technology and information is vital; that’s why I’m so excited about (CRV Ambreed R&D scientist) Phil Beatson’s work and CRV’s work,” said Mr Sunckell. Mr Sunckell said dairy farmers in his catchment are required to reduce their nitrogen loss by 30 “which equates to getting rid of every third cow.” Kim’s Fashion Quarterly from Kim Taylor —Viva La Moda Casual Summer Dressing The sun is out at last and with the warmer weather comes the inevitable question – what shall i wear? There is plenty of casual everyday wear on offer now and no one does it better than the Australian label Elm. They offer well made, well priced, stylish casual wear and their fit is relaxed and on the generous side, so Elm is a great label to start with. We have pictured the Elm Harmonise cotton blend long cardigan in stunning block colours ($149.95). This is an easy casual garment to throw on over jeans or the new 7/8th pants length which is prevalent this season. This length of pant has come into vogue over the ¾ length as it is more flattering to most women giving the legs a more streamlined silhouette. Also by Elm are the ever popular Amalfi pants in navy & white stripes ($79.95). These pants are ultra comfy and look great when worn with a tee shirt, styley flats and a denim jacket. A must have in the wardrobe for those hotter summer’s days is the Elm Poolside Trapeze top ($89.95). This is fun, bright and cool. We need to be more like European women who are not self conscious about their arms! Ketz Ke is a fab New Zealand label which also does casual extremely well. We have pictured the Ketz Ke Envy top in tangerine print ($125) – which is also available in cobalt. This is a pretty and flattering style to wear with jeans, skirts or pants of any length. We have a great range of casual shoes to team up with all of your summer wardrobe and have photographed a selection here. Navy patent leather with punch holes – mollini $179.90 Funky White/ silver summer booties – minx $189.90 Rose gold slingbacks – Rollie $189.90 Black & white slip ons – minx $185 stunning navy with patent navy toes – mollini $189.90 Edgy black with white soles T-bar sandals – minx $195 Come on in to Viva La moda and get your summer wardrobe underway. see you soon. -Kim Taylor All of the fashion featured in the images is available from Viva La Moda Rolleston Shop 12, Rolleston Square, Rolleston. Phone 347 1151