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A trek to tranquillity

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Anahera Hale, Ben Purua and Quinn Morgan are the finalists in the 2021 Ahuwhenua Young Maori

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The award is designed to recognise

up-and-coming young Maori in the

dairy, sheep and beef and horticulture

industries, with this year’s competition

focussing on the dairy industry.

Judge Aaron Hunt says the standard

of entrants in the competition was very

high and reflects the number of young

Maori who are making successful

careers in the dairy sector.

“The sector has natural appeal

to young Maori because it offers an

outdoor lifestyle and a significant career

path,” says Judge Hunt.

“It is also good for those with young

families and allows them to have a

supportive environment in which to

work. The judging panel found all

the entrants passionate about the

industry and enthusiastic about their

future prospects.”

The Ahuwhenua Trophy management

committee chairman, Kingi Smiler, says

it is great to see another cohort of young

Maori from the dairy industry entering

this event.

“The Young Maori Farmer competition

is very important both for Maori and the

dairy sector because it helps foster a

Ben Purua, from Tokoroa, is a 2021 Ahuwhenua Young Maori Dairy Award finalist

new group of potential leaders and role

models for the future.

“Since the award was inaugurated, it

has proven to be very popular and has

attracted high-quality entrants, many of

whom have gone on to take leadership

roles in the wider agri sector.”

Twenty-five-year-old Anahera is the

2IC farm assistant on Rod and Jacquie

McPherson’s dairy farm near Whakatane.

They run between 340/345 cows and

winter about 360 cows. Anahera says

she loves her dairy farming career —

especially the fact that she can work

outdoors and with animals.

Ben Purua is 26 years old and

currently working as the 2IC for a

contract milker at Trinity Lands farm

near Tokoroa, which runs 900 cows.

He recognises that the dairy industry

has helped turn around his life. Quinn

Morgan, also 26, is very new to the dairy

industry and is in his first season of

farming, working as a farm assistant for

Sam and Kate Moore on their 155ha

farm in Otakiri near Whakatane.

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I was born, my dad

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He pops up to our meets when he can.”

Ange travelled overseas in 2000, and

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had started racing cars himself in 2003.

“We met through a mutual friend. I

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“Getting out on the track is a huge

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“There is a competitive side, but it

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Ange Nash enjoys every aspect of racing at the Dargaville Speedway and says

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“You can have a plan on the day, but

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Craig had been asking Charli if she

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his back lawn. He gave it to her to turn

into a race car. Charli and Craig worked

on it together. They dismantled it, built

the roll cage and put it back together.

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“Charli is in the novice grade, which

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6 March 2021 WAIKATO FARMING LIFESTYLES

A TREK TO

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Deep in the central Waikato, Nicole Singh has created a thriving

tourism business alongside the productive farm she and

her husband Shaan live and work on. Balancing equestrian

adventures with innovations in livestock, Stone Hill is a place of

natural beauty and surprises.

Growing up in rural Germany,

Nicole lived in a town that has

more in common with her current

Waikato address than the cities one

often associates with the heart of

industrial Europe.

“I came from a small village where

everyone knew everybody else,” she

says. “It was a remote location but

perfect for owning and riding horses.

Before I came to New Zealand, I was

living in Berlin for my career, but I always

wanted to go back to the countryside,

and I wanted to have horses again.”

A backpacking tour, working in Kiwi

cafes provided one of those unexpected

twists which make life interesting.

Meeting and marrying Kiwi Shaan,

Nicole moved to the Waikato, to a place

near the green forests of Sanctuary

Mountain in Pukeatua. Half a world away

from the centre of Europe, this was a

place of similar rural tranquillity to her

hometown. It was also a place with a

rich equine history.

Shaan and Nicole represent the third

generation of Singhs to farm Stone Hill’s

rugged and rolling pastureland, where

weathered remnants of old volcanoes

thrust through the turf to create walls,

pinnacles and a unique landscape.

“We’ve had visitors comment that it

looks like Lord of the Rings country,”

says Nicole.

However, the reality of farming there

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To patrol the 1,500 acres of Stone Hill,

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Riders set off on the trail from Stone Hill’s

farm base to the picturesque hinterland

Picking horses with the right temperament

and personality is all part of creating the perfect team

and a bit of company while mustering

and droving.

Soon Nicole began to offer horse

trek adventures through the interesting

scenery of Stone Hill. She found that

people were very interested in coming

and exploring the landscape. Some were

also there to explore the very concept of

horse riding itself; people from big cities

and foreign lands where getting in the

saddle was never a day-to-day option.

“Before Covid, when our lives were

‘normal’, about 70 per cent of our

guests were from overseas, places

like Australia, France, England and

Germany,” says Nicole.

“About 30 per cent were Kiwis. Now,

of course, it’s 100 per cent locals

enjoying the experience, but we have

not slowed down on the weekends due

to Kiwis exploring their own country.”

Those numbers mean it’s necessary

to keep a large stable of horses onsite.

Nicole has a herd of 10 currently

living at Stone Hill, each with their own

personality and temperament.

“I think I have a good sense of

choosing the right horse for my team,”

says Nicole. “They also get a lot of

care, training and attention here. They

live together as a herd, which is very

natural for them, and meet new people

all the time.

“Sometimes we have people returning

who ask to ride the same horse as the

last time because they have made a

bond over the few hours of the trek, and

that’s a wonderful thing.”

Some treks take only a couple of

hours, while others can last up to five.

A favourite route allows riders to stop

on a hilltop, drink from a natural spring

of clear, clean water, and enjoy a picnic

before riding back to base. Sometimes

the working farm is as fascinating as

the ride or the landscape, says Nicole.

“We love educating people from the

city about the real New Zealand farming

experience. We get compliments,

some of surprise, as to how clean and

ecologically friendly everything is, from

our clear streams to our happy livestock.”

Building a functioning tourism

enterprise next to and around a working

farm with one-third in dairy and the

rest in sheep and beef has been hard

work, but good work. Nicole always

has time for the next innovation; she’s

thinking about glamping opportunities,

and how to create a cabin or campsite

for overnight trek-and-stay adventures.

This is one of the few places where

you can come on holiday with your own

horse, and that’s an avenue of possible

future expansion.

Meanwhile, Shaan has brought

45 water buffalo to Stone Hill, an

experiment in cheesemaking with an

Auckland mozzarella maestro.

“The best part is that some of our

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Sir Geoffrey Peren and Professor William Riddet check

out a possible site for the new Massey Agricultural College in 1926

in the formation of the Perendale Sheep

Society of New Zealand.

Horowhenua sheep farmer, Gilbert

Timms, is a former president of both the

Cheviot and Perendale Sheep Societies.

His involvement with Perendales

stretches back more than half a century.

It was while working for sheep farmer

David Law as a teenager that he met

Sir Geoffrey.

“He was a very enthusiastic man with

sheep and did a great job for Massey,

the Perendale breed, and every breed

really,” said Gilbert.

“He had a saying ‘keep the water

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the years.”

Perendale Sheep Society of New

Zealand president Warren Ayers said

Sir Geoffrey was the father of the breed.

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Sir Geoffrey was awarded a CBE in

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Police are supporting a repurposing initiative with a New

Zealand-owned woollen mill to turn old jerseys into unspun fibre

and then into blankets for official police use only.

The blankets are initially due to

be trialled with Wellington’s maritime

policing unit and in patrol cars.

The current uniform policy states

that all obsolete or faulty items of

police uniform must be returned to be

destroyed and disposed of at a landfill.

Since June 2019, 17 tonnes of uniform

items have been returned for disposal

in this way.

“Working in partnership with other

groups to explore ways to achieve

broader positive outcomes is important

to us, be they environmental, social,

economic or cultural,” said manager

procurement and contract management

Ged Callaghan.

“We’re hoping that this initiative

to recycle what would have been

destroyed and sent to landfill can be

a springboard into other recycling or

repurposing initiatives.”

In July 2020, a call went out for old

jerseys that could be used for the first

test run. Procurement worked with

Response and Operations Group (R&O)

to ensure this went smoothly.

Staff answered the call, and 145

old jerseys were returned to Lockheed

Martin, who manage police uniform

supplies. The jerseys were sent on to a

team at The Information Management

Group (TIMG), who manage police secure

document blue bins. They removed and

destroyed the police coat of arms and

anything else on the jerseys that was

not wool.

These leftover jersey pieces were

then sent to Woolyarns, a 74-year-old

Lower Hutt- based mill that’s usually in

the business of turning natural fibres

like wool and possum fur into yarn.

“This is certainly a different project

for us, and we’re literally breaking down

the jerseys and turning them back into

woollen fibre that can be repurposed

into a new product,” said Woolyarns

general manager Andy May.

Old police jerseys are being repurposed and

turned into blankets for official police use

“The test run was a success, and we

have proved police jerseys can become

yarn once again.”

In collaboration with police R&O

Group, a prototype hand-knitted beanie

was initially produced, and consideration

was then given to other types of woollen

products before deciding on a blanket.

Staff at Police National Headquarters

were canvassed for a name for the

blanket. The winner was Ahurutanga,

meaning warmth, comfort and security.

Staff are encouraged to hand their old

jerseys in to be recycled.

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Inflammation

Is your body hot, cold or lukewarm? I am not talking about

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Some inflammation we can feel and

see. There is also silent inflammation

that has no symptoms but can

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Inflammation is an amazing part of

our body’s healing systems. It is an

essential part of how we fight infections

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are heat, swelling, redness and pain,

including loss of function.

Inflammation is a process where our

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coordinate the process of removing

the cause of the problem and then

clean up the mess to complete the

healing process. These processes

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wide range of cell types and a variety

of messenger compounds. Many

infl ammatory problems are caused

by overactive messengers triggering

unwanted inflammation.

The infl ammatory process is like

your kitchen tap. When working well,

you get cold water when you turn the

cold tap and hot water when the hot

is on. Unwanted inflammation is like

turning the cold tap and getting warm

or even hot water instead.

A common cause of unwanted

inflammation is when our body tries

to repair a problem that it cannot

fix. That is typical of osteoarthritis.

The problem is caused by cartilage

erosion. However, most of the pain

is caused by immune cells inflaming

joint tissue in an attempt to repair it.

All this does is cause unnecessary

pain, swelling and loss of function.

If you are affected by arthritis

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A sharemilker, a Dairy Business of the Year recipient, and a

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year’s finalists for the Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year award.

WAIKATO FarMING LIFESTYLES March 2021 13

Belinda Price, a sharemilker based in

Whanganui, joins Ashburton dairy farmer

Rebecca Miller and Chevon Horsford, a

contract milker, farm consultant and

Maori farm adviser in Whangarei, in the

running for the respected industry award

managed by Dairy Women’s Network.

Already a celebration of leadership

inside and outside the farm gate, this

year’s award shows a strong focus on

people and highlights the work of the

three finalists in leading and mentoring

others through their farming journeys.

Dairy Women’s Network trustee and

award judge Sophie Stanley said the

three finalists were recognised by the

judging panel as representing a wide

range of diversity in leadership within

the industry and for their commitment

to supporting people as well as dairying

as a whole.

“Belinda showed strong focus and

determination to not only improve

her own farming business through

continuous learning but to nurture

and mentor others in the industry and

contribute back to a wide range of

industry organisations,” she said.

“Chevon’s passion, purpose and

vision for encouraging and supporting

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shine through her nomination, which has

enabled her to give back to the industry

in a number of varied roles.”

The finalists were selected by a

judging panel comprised of Sophie,

2019 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year

Trish Rankin and representatives from

Fonterra, Global Women and Ballance

Agri Nutrients.

Sophie said the award and the judging

process shine a light on the work these

women do for the industry behind

the scenes to encourage the next

generation of dairy women to follow in

their footsteps.

“What excites me the most is being in

the presence of incredibly hard-working,

passionate and inspiring women who

every day wake up to make the dairy

industry a better place for their families,

peers, the environment and New Zealand

as a whole.”

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Gas axed in proposed plan

The plan is in from the central government; no new natural gas connections to the network or bottled LPG connections after 2025.

Ailing gas heating and hot water systems may have to switch to electricity or biomass when replaced, and existing natural gas

supplies might be phased out as early as 2050.

The story of natural gas begins

millions of years ago, with the mass

extinctions that ushered out the

dinosaurs. The end of that story looks

likely to be written by government

legislation, starting in the present day.

Proponents are in favour, for green

reasons, preventing what is being

called the Anthropocene extinction,

the climate shift that could wipe out

life as we know it. Detractors point to

the almost universal use of natural gas

for barbecues, restaurants, welding

and more.

The end of gas is part of the Climate

Change Commission’s report on how

New Zealand could go carbon neutral

by 2050.

While many of the suggestions made

in the report are focussed on agriculture

and transport, the gas phase-out came

as a shock to small businesses in the

hospitality industry, where 95 per cent

of restaurants are gas-powered. It’s also

prompted a rethink by building firms

looking at future-proofing their designs,

and consumers considering the end of

califonts, gas hot water heaters and gas

fires, gas ovens and hobs.

“We can’t continue to postpone what

we need to do to reach our goals,”

said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

“The government will not hold back,”

she reiterated, saying that future

generations should not foot the bill for

current inaction.

The cost of this is estimated at one

per cent of our national gross domestic

product each year, or roughly $2 to

$3 billion.

However, those in the gasfitting

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homes and restaurants, and those who

sell heating, cooking and water heating

appliances will feel a much bigger shake

up coming.

Already gas products have seen a dip

in sales, based only on the revelation

Government proposals to reduce carbon emissions include the recommendation that gas could be

turned off for good, starting with no new installs in just four years’ time.

that there’s 29 years to go before the

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Apprentice stars sought

New Zealand’s building industry is searching for its top rising stars, as the 2021 Registered

Master Builders Apprentice of the Year competition gets underway. Applications are open now for

young builders to have their chance in the spotlight.

‘As an apprentice, you are

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involved. ‘The competition

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management, business and

presentation skills as well as

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The competition tests

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Fostering this kind of talent

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leaders of tomorrow in an

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nationwide housing shortage.

Applications are open from April 1 and

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middle of the year will see practical

tests laid down and judging taking place

region by region.

Thomas O’Brien, 20 from the

Northern region, employed by Beacon

Construction and trained with BCITO,

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New Zealand’s Master Builders, BCITO and Carters are proud to

team up to foster young talent with the apprentice of the year awards

Carters Apprentice of the Year. The

competition runner-up went to Matthew

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from the Upper South Island, employed

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AG CONTRACTORS & SUPPLIERS

Technology offers a helping hand

The days when a farmer needed to walk the paddocks to check on pasture growth and see where a renewal programme was needed

are still valid and a part of normal farm operation. Technology is also at hand, which makes the job quicker and less tiring perhaps.

Technology is opening up handsfree

pasture assessment. DairyNZ has

established that in the past few years

some 50 per cent of farmers are using

this for pasture measurement, with

the balance surveyed still using visual

examination on the land.

There are improvements on the

old favourites: plate meters, sward

sticks, and tow-behinds with Bluetooth

connectivity and apps to automatically

upload paddock data to software.

Some of these tools come with global

positioning systems (GPS), so you can

link paddock pasture data to your

farm map.

Also, emerging recently has been

pasture measurement by satellite or

using a robotic tow-behind to populate

your feed wedge or farm map with

the data without slipping on the

gumboots. Drones have also been

found increasingly effective in remote

assessment of far-distant paddocks.

Of course, that doesn’t mean getting

into the paddocks to check pre-grazing

covers and post-grazing residuals are

any less important.

Pasture management software is

getting simpler to use, DairyNZ says.

With a growing number of options, from

simple to advanced, it’s easier than

ever to find something that fits with

your decision making. Using tactical

tools like a Feed Wedge and DairyNZ’s

Drones are providing a farm overview

Spring Rotation Planner will help keep

you on track when pasture growth

rates and covers fluctuate. Comparing

whole-season paddock dry matter

(DM) performance will lead to paddock

improvements, including pasture

renewal rates, drainage and soil fertility.

The value of closing the gap between

current annual pasture harvest and the

farm’s potential, around $300 extra

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The importance of renewal

Pasture renewal is important for increasing productivity and long-term farm profitability, particularly in the dairy sector.

While grasses can grow indefinitely,

factors such as drought, pests,

and pugging damage will cause

deterioration. Total DM production

drops, weeds increase and feed value

is therefore reduced.

Renewal can see increased total

pasture yield (one–eight tonnes DM/ha/

yr) and gives control over seasonality

of production. It makes pasture

management easier by using late

heading varieties to minimise the drop

in pasture quality as seed heads appear

in late spring.

New pastures produce, on average,

0.5–0.9 MJME/kg DM more. Reasons

for this include higher proportion of

desirable species, later and more

uniform flowering, leafier sward, with

fewer seed heads produced and less

dead leaf material.

Most new perennial ryegrass cultivars

are available with new endophytes

developed to solve particular problems

in different regions.

Thus animals are fed better. Cows

on new pasture graze more grass, and

that grass is leafier, higher in ME and

more palatable.

That will be reflected in more milk

solids production, faster live-weight

gains, higher stocking rates, and

at the end of the day, much more

contented cows. Replacing poorproducing

pasture is profitable. It is

one of the simplest ways to invest

on-farm for a significant and relatively

predictable rate of return.

Although the rate of pasture renewal

is often set by historical practices or

the budgeted levels, the most profitable

rate of renewal for an individual

dairy farm is best determined by an

analysis of paddock performance, and

from this, the cost/benefit for gains

through renewal.

Analysis of your pasture growth data

will help you plan the most profitable

renewal programme. While you may

instinctively know your best and

worst paddocks, without measuring or

assessing pasture growth, paddocks

cannot be accurately ranked to identify

worst performance.

The best paddocks to renew are the

poorest producers as these have the

potential for the greatest improvement.

For example, where the yield can

be increased by two tonnes of DM/

ha, the return is around 130kg MS/

ha. The return will be greater if the

extra growth occurs at a time of the

season when animal demand exceeds

pasture growth.

Renewed pasture has benefits

The highest producing paddocks on

a farm indicate the property’s overall

potential. Under-producing paddocks

highlight the opportunity for extra

pasture growth.

Use grazing and yield records to

identify your best and worst paddocks.

The more measures and assessments

you have to compare, the better (and

easier) the decision will be.

If records are unavailable, use the

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your farm at least six months before the

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The work is almost always carried

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business of getting the best spread for

the farm they are engaged on.

Today, contractors must be skilled in

many facets of their operation, abiding

by increasingly tight regulations in

several areas of their business, so it is

incumbent on their employers to make

sure they are fully accredited.

WorkSafe New Zealand provides

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Farmers, contractors and workers

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These contaminants can be

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Higher nitrogen levels contribute

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WAIKATO FarMING LIFESTYLES March 2021 23

Winter is time for stock care

New Zealand’s codes of animal welfare generally require that livestock have access to areas that are free of surface water and

mud, have protection from adverse weather and are able to lie down and rest comfortably for sufficient periods to meet their

behavioural needs.

Of course, it goes without saying

that stock requires feeding. As winter

approaches, farming thoughts are

concentrating on good feed sources.

Two main risks with winter cropping are

that animals can get sick from changing

their diet from pasture to crops too

quickly, and paddocks can quickly get

muddy during long, wet periods. These

problems can quickly become welfare

concerns. Mud happens. However, it can

be managed; some resources to help

are available online.

The Winter Grazing Action Group,

established in early 2020, is made up

of 15 representatives from industry

organisations, government, vets, farmers

and other rural professionals. It’s tasked

with implementing recommendations

to improve animal welfare in winter

grazing systems.

The group has put together guidance

for farmers. Short-term expected

outcomes for animal welfare will help

farmers understand what they’re doing

well, highlights where improvements can

be made, offer advice around planning

during the year and has some important

winter grazing management practices.

Following the guidance will be good

for the animals’ welfare. The group says

the practice changes are realistically

achievable by spring 2021.

Action group chair Dr Lindsay Burton

said it’s important everyone worked

together to ensure farmers had the

right tools to get through winter on

MPI’s website.

“Ensuring you follow a gradual

transition plan when moving your

animals from pasture to crop and back

again will help prevent issues. This is

particularly important for cattle wintered

on fodder beet.

“For farmers, the focus heading into

winter should be on providing the right

feed at the right time, as well as shelter

and easy access to drinking water. Doing

this should have the flow-on effect of

limiting stock movement and help

reduce damage to crop and soil.”

Farmers and rural professionals

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good winter grazing practices and specific

recommendations for transitioning stock

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