Waikato AgriBusiness News May 2023

The publication profiling the best in agribusiness in Waikato. NZ businesses are helping Waikato farmers thrive through research, development and innovation – from identifying farmers’ needs to designing, developing and commercialising unique solutions to help them.

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Market<br />

gardener<br />

winning<br />

from the<br />

ground up<br />

For <strong>Waikato</strong> organic farmer Brittany<br />

Stembridge, the key to producing<br />

the best tasting vegetables with low<br />

environmental impact is all in the soil.<br />


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WAIKATO AGRIBUSINESS NEWS, MAY <strong>2023</strong> 3<br />

Market gardener winning from the ground up<br />

FROM PAGE 1<br />

Recently winning the<br />

Organic NZ Emerging Leader of<br />

the Year award at the Organic<br />

NZ Awards is validation for<br />

the hard work she has put into<br />

making her business Tomtit<br />

Farm a success.<br />

“The award recognises<br />

somebody working in an inspiring<br />

leadership role in the New<br />

Zealand organics/kai atua sector<br />

with under five years’ experience,<br />

and this year there was<br />

a particular emphasis on environmental<br />

protection and leading<br />

the way to mitigate climate<br />

change, and build a just society<br />

in harmony with nature and the<br />

planet. So that’s what we took<br />

away this year, which is really<br />

cool.”<br />

Being certified organic Brit<br />

says is all in the health of the<br />

soil and coming from a background<br />

of nutrition, she likes<br />

to think of the soil like a human<br />

stomach.<br />

“Our number one goal is to<br />

have really healthy living soil.<br />

For example, when a person<br />

has a diverse variety of foods in<br />

their diet with lots of different<br />

colours and different vegetables<br />

they build and fuel a healthy gut<br />

microbiome, and this results in<br />

a healthy person. It’s the same<br />

with the soil - if you have lots<br />

of different plants growing on<br />

the top of the soil, you’re going<br />

to build more life and diversity<br />

underneath the soil. So<br />

essentially we are building a living<br />

ecosystem in the soil, which<br />

builds healthy plants above the<br />

soil.” she says.<br />

Located in Matangi, just<br />

ten minutes out of Kirikiriroa,<br />

Hamilton, Tomtit Farm is the<br />

veggie patch Brit and her husband<br />

James created in 2019.<br />

Having worked in nutrition<br />

for many years, Brit was keen to<br />

use her knowledge in a way that<br />

would have more influence on<br />

people’s health and wellbeing.<br />





“I had been working in<br />

health research, and I wanted<br />

to make an impact at that grassroots<br />

level with my nutrition.”<br />

The opportunity to utilise<br />

a hectare of land on Brit’s parents’<br />

lifestyle block was the<br />

kickstart to their market gardening<br />

enterprise.<br />

“We thought - why don’t we<br />

have a go at growing good quality<br />

sustainable food. If we can<br />

get a few people to eat some<br />

local, healthy food that’s probably<br />

more than I can ever achieve<br />

in my whole life by just telling<br />

people,” she laughs.<br />

With the good life beckoning,<br />

the couple upped sticks from<br />

Auckland, found work in Hamilton<br />

and began gardening.<br />

For Brit this meant a part<br />

time job at <strong>Waikato</strong> University<br />

so she could put time into<br />

developing the garden, while<br />

James found full time work in<br />

Agri-banking utilising his financial<br />

skills in the business.<br />

“It was quite full on, trying<br />

to do a job and run a farm at the<br />

same time. We had to be quite<br />

smart about the way we set the<br />

business model<br />

up.”<br />

The farm offers<br />

harvest boxes of<br />

seasonal vegetables.<br />

Customers<br />

can choose to<br />

order weekly, fortnightly<br />

or for the<br />

season with a seasonal<br />

community<br />

supported agriculture (CSA)<br />

subscription.<br />

“We’ve always run it as a<br />

subscription base/veggie harvest<br />

of the week model because<br />

when we first started it was just<br />

me and I was still working part<br />

time. I didn’t have time to go to<br />

markets on the weekend.”<br />

Little did they know that<br />

the Covid pandemic was just<br />

around the corner when they<br />

first started and what this would<br />

mean for online businesses.<br />

“When Covid hit, it was kind<br />

of good timing because everybody<br />

slowed down. We were<br />

already set up online. It was<br />

good and bad because we were<br />

so small and new to growing,<br />

and we had so much attention<br />

and not enough food to feed all<br />

of the families who wanted to<br />

support us. Not that it’s a bad<br />

thing. We got our name out<br />

there and just did our best at<br />

the time.”<br />

At the end of 2020, Brit gave<br />

up her job at the university and<br />

went full time in the garden.<br />

“I found it really hard to<br />

focus on my other job when all<br />

I wanted to do was be outside in<br />

the garden. And it’s been really<br />

awesome working full time in<br />

the garden every day. I feel very<br />

lucky to have that opportunity.<br />

Don’t get me wrong when it’s<br />

raining and freezing cold, I am<br />

so envious of everybody inside,”<br />

she laughs.<br />

Sticking with the CSA model,<br />

Tomtit Farms has organically<br />

grown since Covid put some<br />

wind in their sails.<br />

The model is an important<br />

part of the young farmer’s<br />

ethos; it’s a way for Brit and<br />

James to build meaningful relationships<br />

with their customers<br />

that go beyond a basic sales’<br />

transaction.<br />

Tomtit Farm customers<br />

commit to purchasing a season’s<br />

subscription; where they<br />

are investing in the farm for the<br />

upcoming season, and in return<br />

they receive a share of the harvest<br />

each week.<br />

“This is a way the community<br />

can get behind and support<br />

their local farmer and<br />

local food system. Throughout<br />

the ups and downs of the season<br />

without any price fluctuations.<br />

Ensuring the farmer gets<br />

a fair price for the food they<br />

grow and allowing the farmer<br />

to focus on growing good quality<br />

food for families in their<br />

community.”<br />

Building those relationships<br />

with customers includes more<br />

than just selling them vegetables,<br />

Brit also has set up a Facebook<br />

community page to sell<br />

seedlings, share gardening tips<br />

and recipe ideas.<br />

“We’re trying to build that<br />

real community around food.<br />

Building confidence in cooking<br />

with seasonal vegetables, and<br />

just thinking outside the box<br />

and having fun when it comes<br />

to food.”<br />

As well as selling organic<br />

vegetables, herbs, salad greens<br />

and micro-greens, they also sell<br />

flowers and hold Pick Your Own<br />

Flowers’ days which usually run<br />

from December – <strong>May</strong>.<br />

“On our PYO flowers days,<br />

all you can hear is laughter, people<br />

enjoy being amongst nature.<br />

The rows of flowers are nestled<br />

amongst the vegetables to<br />

show how everything is grown<br />

and providing an opportunity<br />

for people to think about where<br />

their food comes from.”<br />

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Cambridge and Te Awamutu on<br />

Tuesdays.<br />

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4 WAIKATO AGRIBUSINESS NEWS, MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

Dreamview turns ‘food collective’ as two<br />

ventures relocate there<br />

Two enterprising couples who dreamt<br />

big for their chocolate and ice creammaking<br />

endeavours have now taken<br />

their start-ups to a new level – just 10<br />

minutes out of Raglan town to a dairy<br />

farm with a difference.<br />

By Edith Symes<br />

That farm is Dreamview,<br />

owned and operated<br />

by the Hill family who<br />

five years ago started bottling<br />

their own milk, a venture that<br />

became such a success they’ve<br />

stopped supplying Fonterra<br />

altogether.<br />

Recently they celebrated<br />

the arrival of the Hills’ new<br />

purpose-built creamery and<br />

the two fledgling businesses –<br />

Raglan Chocolate and Raglan<br />

Gelato – which now operate<br />

from their own factories on the<br />

farm.<br />

“We wanted to celebrate this<br />

food collective with everyone<br />

who has supported us so far,”<br />

creamery manager Jess Hill<br />

says.<br />

About 100 friends, family,<br />

stockists and tradies turned<br />

up to see the new creamery,<br />

Kathy Hill getting<br />

milk deliveries ready.<br />

the gelato-making factory now<br />

housed in the container which<br />

was the old creamery and the<br />

new poly-panel steel cabins –<br />

not unlike flashy shipping containers<br />

– where chocolate is<br />

made.<br />

Along with free tastings<br />

there was the more serious<br />

business of finding out just<br />

how these local sweet treats are<br />

being created.<br />

Raglan Chocolate’s Mike<br />

Renfree demonstrated how<br />

cacao beans are first made into<br />

very big blocks of chocolate,<br />

which are then melted down in<br />

a tempering machine to become<br />

small blocks.<br />

It’s all about the tempering,<br />

Mike’s partner Simone Downey<br />

explains, “getting the snap and<br />

the shine” just right.<br />

Simone wraps the blocks of<br />

chocolate, dealing with orders<br />

and emails along the way, from<br />

the couple’s home in Raglan,<br />

which is where the business<br />

started off five years ago.<br />

The couple recall being<br />

“blown away” by the interest<br />

when they launched their chocolate<br />

at Raglan’s monthly creative<br />

market.<br />

Mike had a background in<br />

food technology but wanted out<br />

of the corporate world to do his<br />

own thing. And now it’s just so<br />

The Dreamview collab team<br />

much fun, he says. “Chocolate<br />

sucked me in!”<br />

His vision was always to<br />

make chocolate that’s not only<br />

good but also ethical. So, the<br />

beans are sourced from the<br />

Pacific people – specifically<br />

from the Solomon Islands,<br />

Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.<br />

“It’s an amazing untapped<br />

resource there,” he says.<br />

Lars and Hanna Allouard’s<br />

story is also one of humble<br />

beginnings for their Raglan<br />

Gelato. Starting out in the Raglan<br />

Old School Arts Centre<br />

kitchen at the end of 2021, this<br />

German/French couple then<br />

moved their ice cream-making<br />

operation late last year to the<br />

20-foot container which served<br />

as Dreamview Farm’s first<br />

creamery.<br />

“We always came up here for<br />

our milk anyway,” Lars says.<br />

A former cabinet-maker,<br />

Lars reckons making ice cream<br />

is lots more fun. He decided<br />

to pursue his long-held dream<br />

despite also thinking it was a<br />

crazy idea.<br />

During the Covid lockdown<br />

of 2021 he tackled an intensive<br />

online course through the<br />

Gelato University near Bologna<br />

in Italy. The couple now delight<br />

in “making people happy”, moving<br />

their gleaming gelato cart<br />

around town and to festivals.<br />

For their part the Hill family<br />

– parents Dave and Bronwyn<br />

along with adult children<br />

Jess, Matthew and Kathy – are<br />

delighted at the collaboration of<br />

the three businesses now based<br />

up on the farm.<br />

The Dreamview team has<br />

grown to include 11 staff members,<br />

six refrigerated delivery<br />

trucks, the new creamery and a<br />

pasteurisation facility.<br />

Now with Raglan Chocolate<br />

and Raglan Gelato on site, it’s a<br />

dream come true.<br />

Brandt pitches<br />

big at Fieldays<br />

Brandt is going big for<br />

Fieldays this year with a<br />

massive line-up of products,<br />

seminars, recruitment<br />

drive and a hole-in-one green.<br />

Taking up the size of a rugby<br />

field, Brandt is on one of the<br />

largest Fieldays sites and they<br />

hope to pack a punch with their<br />

selection of industry-leading<br />

brands and extensive range of<br />

John Deere equipment covering<br />

agriculture, golf and turf<br />

and the construction and forestry<br />

range.<br />

A proudly customer-driven<br />

company, Brandt Cambridge<br />

branch manager Chris Hughes<br />

says Fieldays is a way to connect<br />

with customers and provide an<br />

in-depth look into what’s on<br />

offer at the dealership.<br />

“It’s the only time of the<br />

year when primary industries<br />

come together and directly<br />

interact with customers. Normally<br />

we go to customers’<br />

places and they invite us into<br />

their homes; Fieldays is an<br />

opportunity for us to host<br />

them, give them a coffee and<br />

talk about what they're up to.”<br />

At the heart of the Fieldays’<br />

experience, Chris says, is “good<br />

people looking after good<br />

people.”<br />

“What I love about a Fieldays<br />

is we get to catch up with<br />

our customers. It's exciting to<br />

see all these different primary<br />

industries coming together,<br />

customers interacting with our<br />

site, working with our people,<br />

our team and for us to provide<br />

a fantastic service for them.”<br />

The Brandt Fieldays’ experience<br />

is not just about showcasing<br />

their range of products,<br />

it’s also about delivering an<br />

informal, interactive encounter<br />

with all things Brandt.<br />

From seminars, refreshments<br />

and finding out what a<br />

Brandt career might look like<br />

to a range of merchandise and<br />

trying your luck at a hole-inone<br />

green, there’s something<br />

for everyone.<br />

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Brandt have bought in a<br />

range of speakers from within<br />

its Canadian and Australian<br />

businesses as well as John<br />

Deere Australia/New Zealand<br />

senior leadership team; both<br />

John Deere agriculture and<br />

John Deere construction.<br />

For the customers, this<br />

provides an opportunity to<br />

hear about how John Deere<br />

is supporting New Zealand<br />

industries with new product<br />

launches and a dive into<br />

technology in the agriculture<br />

and construction spaces.<br />

John Deere is making leaps<br />

and bounds in the autonomous<br />

machine space and this<br />

will be demonstrated with<br />

a one-off presentation by<br />

GUSS, an autonomous<br />

sprayer focussed on delivering<br />

automation and<br />

efficiency into high value<br />

crops.<br />

Field operations manager<br />

Peter Goodwin is<br />

excited about the Fieldays<br />

launch of the John Deere 644G<br />

wheel loader.<br />

A version of the ‘no frills’<br />

machine was launched in the<br />

US/Canadian market a couple<br />

of years ago but this is the first<br />

machine to make its debut in<br />

the Southern Hemisphere.<br />

“It's an 18-ton loader that<br />

has a 40-kilometer an hour<br />

road speed, but it's priced at<br />

a market below where we're<br />

currently offering our John<br />

Deere loaders.”<br />

The perfect machine for<br />

agricultural contractors, quarries,<br />

sand pits, landscapers and<br />

forestry, Peter says, the price<br />

point is very affordable.<br />

While it may be cheaper, it<br />

still comes with the full John<br />

Deere warranty, including JD<br />

link support.<br />

“We haven't taken any of<br />

the smartness out of it and it<br />

means we save a lot of downtime<br />

and return trips. It’s<br />

about working smarter, not<br />

harder,” he says.<br />

The technology allows the<br />

machine to communicate to<br />

the workshop to ensure the<br />

correct parts are delivered to<br />

operators around the country,<br />

some working in remote<br />

locations.<br />

Cabs on the mid-sized<br />

wheel loaders have been<br />

designed to provide different<br />

levels of comfort to operators<br />

depending on the application.<br />

Controls are ergonomically<br />

placed to provide both easy<br />

access to settings and features,<br />

while maintaining comfort.<br />

Peter says the wheel loader’s<br />

controls are designed with<br />

operators of all skillsets, making<br />

it easier to put the loader<br />

into action. Automatic shifting<br />

of the transmission occurs on<br />

the fly to enhance ease of operation.<br />

In-cab adjustable boom<br />

height kickout, return to carry,<br />

and return-to-dig can be easily<br />

activated from the SSM.<br />

“With the John Deere<br />

644G, customers are getting<br />

the versatility and ruggedness<br />

in a machine without any<br />

compromises.”<br />

The machines can be customised<br />

with a variety of<br />

base-level packages including<br />

options related to locking differentials,<br />

ride control, seats,<br />

radio and rear chassis work<br />

lights.<br />

Customers can also choose<br />

among pin-on bucket options<br />

or Hi-Vis/ISO or JRB style<br />

couplers, which are compatible<br />

with Deere K -Series, L-series<br />

and performance tiering buckets<br />

and attachments. Owners<br />

can add high-lift linkage to<br />

gain an additional 14 inches of<br />

hinge-pin height over standard<br />

linkage.<br />

Optional third and fourth<br />

function hydraulics allow<br />

the use of a broad range of<br />

attachments.<br />

A working prototype will<br />

be on display at Fieldays<br />

and Brandt is taking orders<br />

in June/July for delivery in<br />

November/December <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

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6 WAIKATO AGRIBUSINESS NEWS, MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

NZ tour provides<br />

Mongolian herders with<br />

life-changing skills<br />

After three months working in shearing gangs across New<br />

Zealand, four Mongolian sheep herders returned to their<br />

homeland with new knowledge and skills that have the<br />

potential to change their lives and reshape the shearing<br />

scene in their native country.<br />

Mongolian herders Ama, Budee, Khanda and Baaska with Share MongMongolian<br />

herders Ama, Budee, Khanda and Baaska with Mark Barrowcliffe and Paul Brough<br />

The four Mongolians<br />

herders - Budee, Baaska,<br />

Ama and Khanda –<br />

arrived in New Zealand in early<br />

January having done all their<br />

previous shearing using scissors,<br />

a time-consuming practice<br />

which limits the number<br />

of sheep that can be shorn in<br />

a day to about 30. With their<br />

trip wrapped up, each of the<br />

herders is now shearing competently<br />

using an electronic handpiece<br />

and all four have achieved<br />

shearing personal bests of more<br />

than 250 sheep in a day – a<br />

feat which has previously only<br />

been achieved by one other<br />

Mongolian.<br />

The visit to New Zealand<br />

was undertaken as part of the<br />

Share Mongolia programme –<br />

an initiative to introduce modern<br />

shearing techniques and<br />

equipment into Mongolia that<br />

took flight following a chance<br />

encounter between Rabobank<br />

agribusiness manager Paul<br />

Brough and local Mongolian<br />

farmers in 2019.<br />

“While I was trekking<br />

through Mongolia in 2019, I<br />

came across a group of farmers<br />

who were shearing a herd<br />

of about 900 using scissors and<br />

they told me it would take them<br />

about a month to complete the<br />

job,” Brough says.<br />

“This really blew my mind<br />

given how much quicker this<br />

Budee demonstrates how to shear with scissors<br />

can be done with electronic<br />

equipment, and I thought to<br />

myself, there must be something<br />

I can do to help. Once I got<br />

back to New Zealand, I had a<br />

few discussions with some work<br />

colleagues and clients, and we<br />

looked into running some training<br />

that would help develop<br />

Mongolian shearers skills with<br />

modern equipment.”<br />

With additional help from<br />

Zoe Leetch and Enkhnasan<br />

Chuluunbaatar from Golden<br />

Bay, and Roy Fraser from<br />

Colville – who have previously<br />

lived in Mongolia and provided<br />

valuable local insights – the<br />

Share Mongolia initiative was<br />

established in 2020 and an initial<br />

idea hatched to run some<br />

courses with visiting New Zealand<br />

shearers in Mongolia.<br />

“These courses first took<br />

place in 2022 and worked out<br />

pretty well, and then we figured<br />

it might also be of benefit to get<br />

some of the Mongolians over<br />

this way so they could develop<br />

new skills and then take these<br />

back home,” Brough says.<br />

“With funding support from<br />

the Rabobank Community<br />

Fund, we were able to get the<br />

four herders over here and tee<br />

them up with work, lodgings<br />

and shearing gear. And it really<br />

has been quite phenomenal to<br />

see how quickly their shearing<br />

skills have progressed over the<br />

last few months.”<br />

While the Mongolians were<br />

quick to adapt to their new role<br />

as international shearers,<br />

Brough says, there were<br />

some initial challenges given<br />

the language barrier and the<br />

significant differences between<br />

everyday life in New Zealand<br />

and Mongolia.<br />

“They come from a region in<br />

Mongolia that is one of the coldest<br />

places on earth – dropping<br />

to temperatures as low as -60<br />

degrees Celsius in winter – and<br />

is more than 1000 kilometres<br />

from the nearest coastline,” he<br />

says.<br />

“Prior to the tour, none of<br />

the group had been on a plane<br />

or a boat, used modern appliances<br />

like a dishwasher or<br />

washing machine and only one<br />

had ever been in water above<br />

their knees.”<br />

“The first few days here<br />

there was definitely a bit of a<br />

culture shock. But with the help<br />

of an interpreter as well as from<br />

local farmers who gave up their<br />

time to show them around and<br />

get them familiar with New Zealand<br />

woolsheds, they adjusted<br />

pretty rapidly.”<br />

During the trip, the Mongolians<br />

spent time working as part<br />

of shearing gangs in Piopio,<br />

Hawkes Bay and Wairoa.<br />

“The modern shearing gear,<br />

sheep size and wool quantity<br />

on the New Zealand sheep were<br />

very new to these guys, but they<br />

had great support from their<br />

fellow shearers and shed hands<br />

which helped them progress,”<br />

Brough says.<br />

“At the weekends they<br />

entered shearing competitions,<br />

including the recent New Zealand<br />

championships in Te Kuiti<br />

and, towards the last part of the<br />

tour, they achieved some really<br />

impressive results.<br />

“Another highlight of the<br />

trip was their visit to west<br />

Otago in early February where<br />

they participated in Shear 4 A<br />

Cause – an event run to raise<br />

money for a host of rural community-focused<br />

charities. They<br />

also got to experience a number<br />

of activities for the first<br />

time, including riding the luge<br />

in Rotorua and giving surfing<br />

a crack at Raglan as part of<br />

the weekly Surfing for Farmers<br />

programme.”<br />

Brough says he was really<br />

amazed at the Mongolians<br />

resourcefulness and how<br />

incredibly focussed on learning<br />

to shear and making money<br />

they were.<br />

“While here, they saved<br />

every cent they made with two<br />

giving up smoking when they<br />

found out the price of our cigarettes<br />

compared to the price<br />

they pay at home. They didn’t<br />

once complain and only one has<br />

missed a day’s work – due to a<br />

sprained ankle.”<br />

“With their families tucked<br />

up in their Gers (traditional<br />

Mongolian tent) back home in<br />

-40-degree temperatures, it was<br />

pretty clear at times they were<br />

terribly missing them. But they<br />

stuck with it, and they’re very<br />

excited about the opportunities<br />

their new skills will open for<br />

them and their loved ones once<br />

they are back in Mongolia.”<br />

Mobile shearing trailers<br />

Brough says the four herders’<br />

prospects on their return<br />

would be greatly enhanced by<br />

the construction of two mobile<br />

shearing trailers which are currently<br />

being built for them in<br />

Mongolia.<br />

“The Share Mongolia team<br />

are currently undertaking a<br />

fundraising drive to help buy<br />

shearing equipment for these<br />

trailers,” he says.<br />

“We’re hoping to raise<br />

$8,000 for this equipment,<br />

and the plan is to set the four<br />

of them up so they can have<br />

their own business as travelling<br />

shearers.<br />

“Even though the Mongolian<br />

shearing season is relatively<br />

short, they should be able<br />

to work for about 60 days per<br />

year making $100 a day – significantly<br />

more than their previous<br />

best day where they made<br />

just $15.<br />

“And, of course, there is<br />

potential for the farmers to<br />

further share their skills with<br />

local farmers so that they<br />

too can learn to use modern<br />

equipment.”<br />

Brough says the Share Mongolia<br />

programme would continue<br />

to support Mongolian<br />

herders and a number of further<br />

activities were planned for<br />

the coming months.<br />

“In June of this year, a team<br />

of Rabobank clients and staff<br />

will travel to Mongolia to hold<br />

eight more shearing courses<br />

funded by the United Nations,<br />

the NZ Embassy (Beijing) and<br />

the Rabobank Community<br />

Fund.”<br />

“The goal is to train and<br />

equip another 120 herders to<br />

shear using electric machines.<br />

Other goals are to introduce<br />

wool sorting and wool presses to<br />

improve wool quality and transport.<br />

And we’re also planning a<br />

trail to test if electric shearing<br />

machines can be used to shear<br />

camels in the Gobi desert.”<br />

Procuta Associates<br />

Urban + Architecture<br />


Contact us 07 839 6521<br />







NEWS, MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

2022<br />

7<br />

Sustainability to take centre stage at Fieldays<br />

A Sustainability Hub is one of the fresh<br />

new features set to capture attention<br />

when Fieldays returns to its winter<br />

dates at Mystery Creek next month.<br />

Fieldays remains the<br />

Southern Hemisphere’s<br />

largest agricultural<br />

event and the ultimate launch<br />

platform for cutting-edge<br />

technology and innovation.<br />

New Zealand National Fieldays<br />

Society Chief Executive<br />

Peter Nation says, “Sustainability<br />

is a strong focus for the<br />

Society, and it’s fantastic to be<br />

collaborating with the Environmental<br />

Protection Authority<br />

(EPA) on the Fieldays Sustainability<br />

Hub”<br />

“We’ve made a strategic<br />

decision to use the scale of<br />

Fieldays to help educate both<br />

visitors and exhibitors so that<br />

future generations will benefit<br />

from improved sustainability<br />

practices for New Zealand’s<br />

food and fibre sector.”<br />

The new hub will feature<br />

a select number of sustainability-focused<br />

organisations,<br />

including Toitū Envirocare,<br />

Wilderlab and RiverWatch.<br />

Paula Knaap, General<br />

Manager Engagement at the<br />

EPA, says visitors will be able<br />

to explore sustainable farming<br />

research and science, urban<br />

and rural waste management,<br />

as well as water management<br />

and renewable energy.<br />

“Embracing initiatives that<br />

protect and enhance the environment<br />

has a range of benefits,<br />

from longevity of land use<br />

through to resilience to changing<br />

climate conditions” says<br />

Knaap. “Not only that, but<br />

those who purchase our goods<br />

– from multi-national companies<br />

to individual consumers<br />

– are increasingly demanding<br />

evidence that they’ve been<br />

sustainably produced”.<br />

“We want to support farmers,<br />

growers, and the consumer<br />

on their sustainability<br />

journey. By showcasing<br />

some of the initiatives underway<br />

in Aotearoa New Zealand,<br />

we can help everyone see that<br />

together we can overcome the<br />

enormity of the challenges,<br />

with innovation and collaboration.”<br />

Alongside the hub, the<br />

Fieldays Sustainability Trail,<br />

accessed via the official Fieldays<br />

App, will lead visitors to<br />

other Fieldays exhibitors who<br />

are demonstrating sustainability<br />

practices, products,<br />

and initiatives.<br />

The Fieldays Sustainability<br />

Hub joins the Fieldays Innovation<br />

Hub, Fieldays Opportunity<br />

Grows Here Careers Hub,<br />

Fieldays Hauora Taiwhenua<br />

Health & Wellbeing Hub, Fieldays<br />

Forestry Hub and Fieldays<br />

Digital Futures, the latter<br />

two were launched in 2022, as<br />

key focus areas for visitors to<br />

explore during Fieldays.<br />

The new Fieldays Sustainability<br />

Hub will be located on<br />

site E38, on the corner of M<br />

Road and E Street, next to the<br />

Village Green.<br />

Fieldays commitment to<br />

sustainability includes building<br />

the internationally recognised<br />

ISO 20121 Sustainable<br />

Events Standards into its<br />

management procedures.<br />

Full details regarding the<br />

Fieldays Sustainability Hub<br />

are available at<br />


8 WAIKATO AGRIBUSINESS NEWS, MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

Severe weather events show the value<br />

of New Zealand’s rescue helicopters<br />

New Zealand’s Rescue Helicopters flew<br />

dozens of critical missions during and<br />

after recent storm events across the<br />

country, helping save lives and offering<br />

an ongoing lifeline to those trapped by<br />

floods and slips.<br />

The heroic efforts of<br />

chopper crews come<br />

after another recordbreaking<br />

year of missions in<br />

2022. A total of 9,847 rescues<br />

were carried out across the<br />

country, including 890 in the<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong>-King Country region.<br />

With Chopper Appeal<br />

Month having just finsihed,<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> Westpac Rescue<br />

Helicopter group manager<br />

Vanessa Richmond says public<br />

fundraising will ensure rescue<br />

helicopters are available<br />

to Kiwi communities during<br />

future disasters.<br />

“We sent multiple aircraft<br />

to support the Hawke’s Bay/<br />

Tairāwhiti relief effort in the<br />

wake of Cyclone Gabrielle,<br />

including one of the <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

Westpac Rescue Helicopters,”<br />

she says.<br />

“We worked tirelessly<br />

together with local rescue<br />

crews, to save or help<br />

as many people as possible<br />

while working in challenging<br />

conditions and with limited<br />

communications.<br />

“Our crews were involved<br />




in rescue missions, transferring<br />

rescue supplies, medical<br />

supply drops and bringing<br />

communications equipment<br />

into Gisborne that helped<br />

stranded locals reconnect with<br />

loved ones.<br />

“We’re proud to have been<br />

able to support New Zealanders<br />

during this incredibly difficult<br />

time, and are grateful for<br />

any donations that will allow<br />

us to continue to help people<br />

in need.”<br />

Westpac NZ chief executive<br />

Catherine McGrath recently<br />

visited the East Coast and<br />

Hawke’s Bay to see the extent<br />

of weather damage and the<br />

scale of the recovery ahead.<br />

She’s asking the public to give<br />

generously to support the rescue<br />

helicopters’ vital work<br />

both in those regions and<br />

around the country.<br />

“We love working with the<br />

choppers to make Aotearoa a<br />

safer, greater place – whether<br />

it’s during large-scale emergencies<br />

or helping people who<br />

get into trouble in their dayto-day<br />

lives,” McGrath says.<br />

“Recent events have highlighted<br />

that a chopper is<br />

always there for you, no matter<br />

where you are or what<br />

you’re doing, and our fundraising<br />

during the month of<br />

<strong>May</strong> really helps to keep them<br />

flying.”<br />

“We know there are communities<br />

struggling to make<br />

ends meet at the moment, so<br />

please give only what you can.<br />

Every dollar will go directly to<br />

your local chopper and help<br />

towards keeping them in the<br />

air.”<br />

Westpac funds the marketing<br />

and administration costs<br />

of the Chopper Appeal and<br />

distributes all funds raised<br />

back to donors’ local rescue<br />

helicopter trust.<br />

People wishing to make<br />

a donation or find out<br />

more information can visit<br />

www.chopperappeal.co.nz.<br />

Hot Tips for Successful Farm Succession<br />

Farming is a way of life, so it can be difficult to imagine handing over the reins, exiting from it altogether or<br />

selling a particular farming asset. For many, planning for rural farm succession doesn’t come easily, forcing<br />

you to think about the unexpected and plan ahead for what you want to happen. In this article, Gallie Miles<br />

rural farm succession experts Sue Garmonsway and Alex McIvor walk you through the rural farm succession<br />

process and share their top tips on having a robust rural succession plan.<br />

Consider the ‘what ifs’<br />

While you’re busy living your dayto-day<br />

of life, thinking about the<br />

unimaginable ‘what if’ scenarios<br />

of life can be difficult. Working<br />

through these is key to having a<br />

robust succession plan.<br />

“In life, things can go wrong and<br />

the unexpected can crop up,” says<br />

Sue.<br />

“A good succession plan requires<br />

consideration of all the ‘what<br />

ifs’ – death, separation, loss of<br />

capacity, family falling out, new<br />

in-laws becoming involved.”<br />

“As part of our succession<br />

planning discussions, we<br />

encourage you to have those<br />

difficult conversations and<br />

workshop through all the ‘what<br />

ifs’ so that you can be clear about<br />

what you want to happen.”<br />

“I’m like the pessimist in the<br />

equation. I come up with<br />

everything bad that could happen<br />

and derail the outcome they<br />

want and force people to think<br />

about those ‘what ifs’. They’re<br />

all relevant to the succession<br />

equation.”<br />

Get everyone in the same room<br />

Having a good professional team<br />

surrounding you helps you to map<br />

out your options and shape your<br />

plan.<br />

“Ideally, your lawyer, accountant<br />

and banker are all together in the<br />

one room when the plan is being<br />

discussed and formulated,” says<br />

Alex.<br />

“Each professional brings a<br />

slightly different perspective to<br />

the debate, which helps you to<br />

consider all avenues and options.”<br />

“What I think of as a fantastic<br />

plan may have disastrous<br />

tax implications. What your<br />

accountant thinks will work might<br />

not be legally robust, and what<br />

your accountant and lawyer come<br />

up with, the bank might not<br />

finance,” adds Sue.<br />

“It’s really important to have all<br />

those professionals involved<br />

at the outset to try to make a<br />

difficult process easier.”<br />

Every plan is different<br />

There is no one size fits all<br />

solution, or one single approach.<br />

“It depends on the assets,<br />

outcomes and personalities<br />

involved,” says Sue.<br />

“For the person leaving the farm,<br />

it’s about ‘how much do I still<br />

want to earn as a living,’ and for<br />

the ones coming in, it’s a question<br />

of ‘what can I afford to pay?’”<br />

“Managing expectations can be<br />

hard and everyone’s perspectives<br />

need to be considered.”<br />

It’s a commitment in time and<br />

energy<br />

Alex says the process takes<br />

time to get it right, and it’s a<br />

commitment in both time and<br />

energy.<br />

“It takes time and requires<br />

commitment from all parties,”<br />

says Alex.<br />

“Some people take longer to<br />

get onto the same page or<br />

come around to a succession<br />

discussion, and emotions can run<br />

high at times. Some are happy<br />

to take risks, and others want to<br />

mitigate every risk possible and<br />

don’t care what it costs.”<br />

Consider all structures<br />

Good succession requires<br />

consideration of all of the<br />

structures available, says Sue.<br />

“Each situation is different, and a<br />

company, a trust, or partnership<br />

may be appropriate,” she says.<br />

“Trusts add an extra level of<br />

complexity and were often<br />

drafted for specific reasons at a<br />

given moment in time. But they<br />

are still a useful way to achieve<br />

succession,” she says.<br />

“However the farming business is<br />

Alex and Sue<br />

being operated, documentation<br />

also needs careful consideration,<br />

including Wills, Enduring<br />

Powers of Attorney, Shareholder<br />

Agreement and Partnership<br />

Agreement.”<br />

At the end of the day, it’s<br />

about being thorough, seeking<br />

professional advice and having<br />

those difficult conversations to<br />

get everyone on the same page.<br />

“The biggest thing we can’t<br />

stress enough is the need for a<br />

really well documented plan. A<br />

lawyer is crucial to that,” says<br />

Alex.<br />

“When you look at the individual<br />

farm succession transactions<br />

in isolation, unless you have<br />

context, it’s really hard down the<br />

track to look into the reasons<br />

behind each decision made.<br />

Also if someone dies during<br />

the process, you need a legally<br />

enforceable document.”<br />

_ Hamilton/Te Awamutu/Otorohanga _<br />

Contact the Gallie Miles team<br />

to start your succession<br />

journey.<br />

Email: sue@gallie.co.nz or<br />

alex@gallie.co.nz<br />

Phone 0800 872 0560<br />

Visit www.galliemiles.co.nz

Wastewater<br />

recycled<br />

using Kiwi<br />

A small family-based company<br />

know-how<br />

in Matamata has showcased its<br />

ability in the overseas market to<br />

effectively recycle effluent.<br />

A small family-based company in Matamata<br />

has showcased Innovations, its ability The in the FORSI overseas effluent recycling<br />

system<br />

market<br />

owner<br />

to<br />

Terry<br />

effectively<br />

Hawes and<br />

recycle effluent.<br />

is broken up into<br />

FORSI<br />

his sons Darren and<br />

Craig, entered the water and<br />

wastewater FORSI filtration Innovations, industry owner<br />

in 2010, Terry Hawes after and branching his sons<br />

from Darren their parent and Craig, company entered<br />

the water and wastewater filtration<br />

industry in 2010, after<br />

AG-WORX (J.S Jobe Ltd). In<br />

12 years, FORSI has moved<br />

branching from their parent<br />

beyond company iron, AG-WORX manganese (J.S and Jobe<br />

effluent, Ltd). In 12 to years, installing FORSI water has<br />

recycling moved beyond systems iron, in manganese orchards,<br />

wineries, and effluent, laundromats to installing and water car<br />

washes. recycling systems in orchards,<br />

wineries, A dairy laundromats consultant, and who car<br />

assists washes. with major dairy<br />

A dairy consultant, who<br />

projects around the world,<br />

assists with major dairy projects<br />

around the world, was<br />

was looking for a specialised<br />

company looking for to deal a specialised with the dairy company<br />

to in deal a University with the on dairy the<br />

effluent<br />

outskirts effluent in of a Hong University Kong. on the<br />

outskirts After of Hong learning Kong. about<br />

FORSI’s After unique learning and about custombuilt<br />

SI’s effluent unique systems and custom-built in place<br />

FORthroughout<br />

effluent systems New in Zealand, place<br />

throughout New Zealand, the<br />

the consultant approached<br />

consultant approached FOR-<br />

FORSI’s Sales Rep Derek Piper<br />

SI’s Sales Rep Derek Piper and<br />

and told told him him about about the project. the project.<br />

This would be FORSI’s<br />

break into into the overseas the overseas market.<br />

market. The FORSI effluent recy-<br />

three end products - clean filtered<br />

water, dry matter and a<br />

concentrated cling system liquid is broken – just up what into<br />

was three required end products in Hong - Kong. clean filtered<br />

This water, resulting dry matter trifecta and cre-ates<br />

a sustainable system with<br />

concentrated liquid – just what<br />

was required in Hong Kong.<br />

very little waste. The clean filtereates<br />

a water sustainable can be system reused with to<br />

This resulting trifecta cre-<br />

wash very down little yards waste. or The stored clean to<br />

spread filtered on water pastures can be during reused dry to<br />

seasons, wash down the dry yards matter or stored can be to<br />

composted spread on pastures and the during nutrient dry<br />

rich seasons, concentrate the dry can matter be spread can be<br />

on composted pasture at and a low the nutrient rate where rich<br />

concentrate can be spread on<br />

it can soak into the soil and<br />

pasture at a low rate where it<br />

won’t contaminate water ways.<br />

can soak into the soil and won’t<br />

contaminate The system water would ways. meet the<br />

needs The of system 75 head would of stock meet and the<br />

filter needs an of estimated 75 head 5000litres of stock and a<br />

day filter (600litres an estimated an hour). 5000litres a<br />

day “The (600litres flow an rate hour). was minimal<br />

“The compared flow rate to was what minimal other<br />

FORSI compared systems to what manage, other FORSI which<br />

are<br />

systems<br />

around<br />

manage,<br />

10,000litres<br />

which<br />

an<br />

are<br />

around 10,000litres an hour,”<br />

hour,” said Piper.<br />

said Piper.<br />

Managing a lower lower flow flow rate rate<br />

was one of of the the many many challenges challenges<br />

as part as of the part Hong of Kong the Hong project,<br />

which project, gave which the gave FORSI Kong the<br />


9<br />

Wastewater Recycled using Kiwi Know-how.<br />

FORSI’s effluent recycling system installed and<br />

running at Hong Kong’s City University campus.<br />

team many opportunities to<br />

think outside the box.<br />

To have cows on site, the<br />

university was required to filter<br />

the effluent to drinking water<br />

standards before being released<br />

into the wastewater network,<br />

with 32% dry matter.<br />

The space the FORSI system<br />

was to be housed in hadn’t<br />

been built – so the team could<br />

only work from schematics and<br />

trust the space wouldn’t change<br />

FORSI during construction. team many opportunities<br />

of the to workable think outside space the would box. be<br />

Every inch<br />

used To for have not cows one, but on two site, identical<br />

systems. was required to fil-<br />

the<br />

university<br />

ter “Having the effluent two systems to drinking was a<br />

water requirement standards to act before as a failsafe. being<br />

The systems could work independently<br />

or at the same time.”<br />

released into the wastewater<br />

network, with 32% dry matter.<br />

They also needed to know<br />

what The the space cows the were FORSI eating, system<br />

how was often to the be housed yards were in hadn’t being<br />

been washed built down – so and the the team elements could<br />

only already work in the from water. schematics All this<br />

and information trust the provided space wouldn’t the basis<br />

change for how the during water construction.<br />

recycling system<br />

would inch manage of the the workable require-<br />

Every<br />

space<br />

ments<br />

would<br />

for the solid<br />

be used<br />

matter.<br />

for not<br />

Design and construction<br />

one, but two identical systems.<br />

of the two systems took over<br />

two<br />

“Having<br />

years to<br />

two<br />

complete.<br />

systems<br />

Despite<br />

was a<br />

requirement two COVID-19 to act as lockdowns a failsafe.<br />

The and systems other projects could work on the independently<br />

the system or left at the the same Matamata<br />

go,<br />

time.”<br />

based workshop and flew out to<br />

Hong Kong by deadline. Piper<br />

and filtration engineer Kevin<br />

Bayly followed closely behind<br />

to oversee the successful twoweek<br />

installation.<br />

The system is completely<br />

automated from New Zealand,<br />

with an on-site consultant overseeing<br />

any necessary hands-on<br />

issues.<br />

They also needed to know<br />

what the cows were eating,<br />

how often the yards were being<br />

washed down and the elements<br />

already in the water. All<br />

this information provided the<br />

basis for how the water recycling<br />

system would manage<br />

the requirements for the solid<br />

matter.<br />

Design and construction<br />

of the two systems took over<br />

two years to complete. Despite<br />

two COVID-19 lockdowns<br />

and other projects on the go,<br />

the system left the Matamata<br />

based workshop and flew out<br />

to Hong Kong by deadline.<br />

Piper and filtration engineer<br />

The FORSI System crated up<br />

Kevin Bayly followed closely<br />

ready to fly out to Hong Kong.<br />

behind to oversee the successful<br />

two-week installation.<br />

The system is completely<br />

automated from New Zealand,<br />

with an on-site consultant<br />

overseeing any necessary<br />

hands-on issues.<br />

“Alarms alert us to any<br />

“Alarms alert us to any<br />

problems, which through cameras,<br />

we can which assess through immedi-<br />

cam-<br />

problems,<br />

eras, ately. we can assess immediately.<br />

“All our systems have the<br />

latest “All cutting-edge our systems have technology.<br />

We cutting-edge never look back technol-<br />

– we<br />

the<br />

latest<br />

ogy. always We improve never look on back what – we<br />

always have done. improve We are on using what this we<br />

have<br />

system<br />

done.<br />

through<br />

We are<br />

the<br />

using<br />

automated<br />

this<br />

settings to try new things, with-<br />

system through the automated<br />

settings to try new things,<br />

without disrupting the process<br />

– it’s a cool learning opportunity<br />

for the team.”<br />

It’s this meeting of the<br />

minds that keeps Piper coming<br />

back to work each day.<br />

“There’s a lot to be said for<br />

how the FORSI system works,”<br />

said Piper. “I have been with<br />

the company for 17 years and<br />

I am incredibly proud of how<br />

far we have come and the different<br />

ways the FORSI system<br />

has been used.<br />

“Different industries are<br />

now coming to us and we<br />

out disrupting the process – it’s<br />

are evolving with them. I am<br />

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<strong>Waikato</strong> Region Ballance<br />

Farm Environment Awards <strong>2023</strong><br />

State-of-the-art cropping at Pellows Produce<br />

Winner of the <strong>2023</strong><br />

Ballance Farm Environment<br />

Agri-Nutrients<br />

Soil Management<br />

Hill Laboratories Agri-Science<br />

Award and the Norwood<br />

Farming Efficiency Award,<br />

Chris Pellow is the fourth generation<br />

of his family to farm on<br />

the Kaipo flats.<br />

Over the past 20 years, stateof-the-art<br />

cropping techniques<br />

have been adopted at this<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> farm to carefully protect<br />

and enhance its soils while<br />

maximising production.<br />

Pellows Produce Ltd has an<br />

effective area of 146ha, comprised<br />

of 122ha in continuous<br />

cropping, about 17ha in pasture<br />

and 7ha of pine forestry.<br />

The home farm has been in<br />

the Pellow family since Chris’s<br />

great grandfather purchased it<br />

in 1900, cleared the land and<br />

developed the farm. His grandfather<br />

and father continued the<br />

farm’s evolution – milking cows<br />

before it was converted to sheep<br />

and beef.<br />

Chris returned to the farm in<br />

1989 and changed tack again by<br />

growing vegetables for local and<br />

export markets. Maize grain<br />

was added to the mix in the late<br />

1990s and has been the business’s<br />

mainstay since the early<br />

2000s.<br />

Precision technology was<br />

introduced around 2005 and<br />

this guides the application of<br />

fertiliser and chemicals. This<br />

use of technology combines with<br />

the soil testing of every paddock<br />

on a three-year rotation – providing<br />

excellent data on which<br />

crops should be planted where.<br />

Soil is further enhanced via a<br />

no-tillage approach to all cropping,<br />

something Chris started<br />

trailing in the early 2000s.<br />

This is complemented by direct<br />

drilling, which reduces soil disturbance<br />

– maintaining the<br />

soil’s structure to an impressive<br />

20cm.<br />

To ensure the operation is<br />

sustainable and profitable into<br />

the future, Chris continually<br />

evaluates new crops and tailors<br />

farming techniques based on<br />

the previous season’s production.<br />

He has also undertaken<br />

extensive research – giving<br />

him a deep knowledge of the<br />

farm’s environmental footprint,<br />

including its greenhouse gas<br />

emissions.<br />

Miraka a little farm bucking the trends<br />

Winners of the <strong>2023</strong><br />

Ballance Farm<br />

Environment<br />

NZFET Biodiversity Award<br />

and <strong>Waikato</strong> Regional Council<br />

Water Protection Award,<br />

Graham and Tess Smith of<br />

Miraka Farm use tree planting<br />

to enable diversification.<br />

Miraka’s diversification<br />

means it’s a little farm that’s<br />

bucking the trend. While small,<br />

its varied revenue streams<br />

ensure it is sustainable – in<br />

terms of both profit and nurturing<br />

the environment.<br />

Dairying with trees to<br />

enable diversification is the<br />

foundation of Graham and Tess<br />

Smith’s farming approach at<br />

Miraka, and it is being guided<br />

by 34 years of knowledge.<br />

They bought the dairy farm<br />

in 1988 and the tree planting<br />

began four years later. In<br />

1994, they started planting<br />

Paulownia in paddocks around<br />

the cows, with the strong,<br />

light timber a valuable material<br />

for surfboards, musical<br />

instruments and fishing lures.<br />

In 2020, the Te Awamutu<br />

business registered with the<br />

Emissions Trading Scheme<br />

– enabling it to trade carbon<br />

credits which is complemented<br />

with forestry consultancy.<br />

Tess and Graham run 77<br />

cows across the 28ha dairy<br />

unit, forestry across 9ha and<br />

grow Paulownia on 7.2ha.<br />

Miraka Farm is the<br />

culmination of years of saving<br />

and staying true to their vision<br />

–resulting in a beautiful property<br />

that has no erosion and<br />

zero brown water leaving the<br />

property.​<br />

Graham uses his extensive<br />

knowledge of tree husbandry<br />

and earning carbon credits<br />

to ensure the right trees are<br />

planted in the right place. They<br />

are trialing grazeable tree varieties,<br />

including a tree lucerne – to<br />

feed the cows through summer.<br />

Tess and Graham have<br />

been supporters of the Ballance<br />

Farm Environment<br />

Awards since it began, and<br />

have entered to gain knowledge<br />

from the judges and to<br />

share what they have learned<br />

through their unique – possibly<br />

world-leading – approach.<br />

Miraka is Tess’s ancestral<br />

land which strengthens the<br />

couple’s connection to it. To<br />

help ensure Miraka stays in<br />

the family for future generations,<br />

Graham’s son Lance will<br />

return this year to help run the<br />

farm.<br />

Stonyford and Harapepe prioritise the environment<br />

Winners of the <strong>2023</strong><br />

Ballance Farm<br />

Environment Beef<br />

+ Lamb New Zealand Livestock<br />

Farm Award and the <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

River Authority Catchment<br />

Improvement Award, Megan<br />

and Phil Weir of Stonyford<br />

and Harapepe are continuing<br />

a strong environmental legacy.<br />

Stonyford and Harapepe<br />

farms have been in Megan’s<br />

family since 1953 and she is<br />

now working with husband<br />

Phil to continue their sustainable<br />

development.<br />

The Weirs bought Harapepe<br />

in 2017 and leased Stonyford<br />

in the same year – combining<br />

them into a 256ha (230ha<br />

effective) beef and sheep finishing,<br />

and arable operation.<br />

Protecting the environment<br />

is a priority, and the couple is<br />

grateful to be building on the<br />

back of the strong environmental<br />

stewardship of previous<br />

owners.<br />

Significant plantings were<br />

made by Megan’s parents Alan<br />

and Janet Livingston who<br />

previously owned Stonyford,<br />

along with the former owner of<br />

Harapepe, Guy Livingston.<br />

Megan and Phil are in their<br />

first year of not having any<br />

dairy heifers at the properties.<br />

They’ve replaced those cattle<br />

with maize for silage, and Friesian<br />

bulls to reduce labour and<br />

gain optimal stocking rates and<br />

feed production.<br />

Paddock sizes have been<br />

significantly reduced, while<br />

gullies and steeper areas are<br />

used for sheep grazing or have<br />

been planted in native trees.<br />

More than 40,000 native<br />

plants have been put in over<br />

the past five years, including<br />

about 12,000 in 2022. About<br />

12 per cent of the farm has now<br />

been retired.<br />

With a lot of hard work<br />

and strategic planning, it has<br />

become easier for the Weirs<br />

to manage their beautiful<br />

property creating more time to<br />

invest with their young family,<br />

environmental improvements<br />

and off-farm work.<br />

As they look to the future,<br />

they’re focused on diversification<br />

opportunities including<br />

horticulture. With a succession<br />

process now complete, they’re<br />

committed to setting up a business<br />

that presents options for<br />

the next generation.<br />

For the Weirs, Stonyford<br />

and Harapepe represent family,<br />

passion and opportunity.<br />

They enjoy protecting and<br />

enhancing the land which they<br />

refer to as their own piece of<br />

nature.<br />

A circular farming system at Wholly Cow<br />

Winners of the <strong>2023</strong><br />

Ballance Farm<br />

Environment<br />

NZFET Innovation Award,<br />

Tom, Carrie and Luke Andrews<br />

of Wholly Cow provide a brand<br />

that is truly reflective of a<br />

circular farming system.<br />

Tom and Carrie Andrews,<br />

together with son Luke, run<br />

the beef and sheep farm as<br />

well as an independent micro<br />

abattoir – all located just east<br />

of Cambridge.<br />

The journey to creating<br />

their abattoir started with<br />

Wholly Cow’s meat being<br />

sold at a local farmer’s market<br />

before the team graduated<br />

to sales from a retail shop. In<br />

2016, they bought a butchery<br />

and the abattoir was built in<br />

2018.<br />

Their vision has led to a<br />

circular farming system that<br />

provides food security for their<br />

local community while nurturing<br />

the land and animals they<br />

farm. It also helps to protect<br />

the farm’s bottom line.<br />

The main driver of their<br />

business model is an aim to<br />

protect and improve the land,<br />

subsequently providing quality<br />

feed for their animals.<br />

Those animals then feed them<br />

and their community, plus<br />

create fertiliser that provides<br />

nutrients that go back into the<br />

land.<br />

For the past 14 years, the<br />

Andrews family has been<br />

refining this system across<br />

their 182ha hill country property<br />

that features a loamy,<br />

clay-pan soil.<br />

They entered the Ballance<br />

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be done in a way where each<br />

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positive flow-on effect.<br />

Inspiration has come from<br />

what they have created so far<br />

in their business, and through<br />

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opportunities.<br />

As they look to the future,<br />

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workshops for farmers<br />

Farmers across New Zealand will soon<br />

have the chance to develop their<br />

financial skills – free of charge – at a<br />

new workshop designed to help them<br />

take more ownership of their farm<br />

business finances.<br />

The new workshop is<br />

the second module in<br />

Rabobank’s Financial<br />

Skills Workshop series<br />

which launched in mid-2021.<br />

The latest module focuses on<br />

helping farmers understand<br />

key financial numbers for the<br />

current season and looks at<br />

how they can plan for, and<br />

respond to, scenarios where<br />

cashflow deviates from budget.<br />

The one-day workshop is facilitated<br />

by Lawrence Field from<br />

Rural Field Consultants and is<br />

open for attendance by clients<br />

and non-clients of Rabobank.<br />

Pilots of the new workshop<br />

took place in Ashburton<br />

and Balclutha last month and<br />

further workshops are being<br />

organised in approximately<br />

20 other locations across New<br />

Zealand over the remainder<br />

of <strong>2023</strong>. The next scheduled<br />

workshop is set to be held in<br />

Stratford, Taranaki on Tuesday,<br />

<strong>May</strong> 23.<br />

An initiative of Rabobank’s<br />

Client Councils — groups of<br />

the bank’s farming clients who<br />

meet regularly to discuss issues<br />

and implement initiatives to<br />

contribute to sustainable rural<br />

communities — the Rabobank<br />

Financial Skills Workshop<br />

series was set up to enhance<br />

farmers’ financial literacy skills.<br />

Since mid-2021, more than 475<br />

Kiwi farmers have attended<br />

module one workshops in more<br />

than 25 locations across the<br />

country.<br />

Rabobank Upper South<br />

Island Client Council member<br />

Steven Bierema said the new<br />

workshop expanded on the<br />

information presented in the<br />

module one workshops which<br />

focused on reading financial<br />

statements, key ratios and calculations,<br />

and what banks are<br />

looking for when assessing a<br />

farming business.<br />

“Given the current environment<br />

of high product prices,<br />

high inflation, increasing<br />

regulation, competing land uses<br />

and increasing interest rates,<br />

the demand has been strong<br />

for a follow-up workshop which<br />

helps farmers navigate all the<br />

market volatility,” he said.<br />

“So we worked alongside<br />

course facilitator Lawrence<br />

Field to develop this new module<br />

which will help farmers to<br />

better understand how they are<br />

tracking towards budget, and<br />

what can be done if things veer<br />

off track.<br />

“The workshop also looks at<br />

the importance of clearly communicating<br />

modifications to<br />

the plan for the current season<br />

with key advisers, and how any<br />

changes translate into longer<br />

term business planning.”<br />

Mr Bierema attended the<br />

Ashburton event and said the<br />

workshop content helped highlight<br />

how regular financial<br />

monitoring was fundamental to<br />

the achievement of long-term<br />

business goals.<br />

“Many of the farmers who<br />

attended the recent workshop<br />

got into farming because they<br />

enjoy being out on the farm,<br />

and reviewing financial statements<br />

is not the type of task<br />

that spins their wheels,” he<br />

said.<br />

“So it was really important<br />

the course content quickly captured<br />

their attention and linked<br />

in to what they want to achieve<br />

on their farming operation.<br />

“Fortunately, Lawrence,<br />

our workshop facilitator, has a<br />

great capacity to communicate<br />

with farmers and explain the<br />

course objectives and key concepts<br />

in a way they can relate to.<br />

“It was pretty clear early on<br />

in the day that all the farmers<br />

were engaged, and I felt a real<br />

eagerness among the attendees<br />

to better understand the<br />

financial performance of their<br />

businesses.”<br />

While farm financial performance<br />

was impacted by many<br />

factors outside farmers’ control,<br />

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Mr Bierema, said the workshop<br />

helped farmers hone in the<br />

variables they could influence.<br />

“Outside of non-negotiable<br />

farm business costs, like staff<br />

payments and interest costs,<br />

farmers have significant flexibility<br />

to adjust many other costs<br />

within their business, as well as<br />

significant scope in how these<br />

costs are funded,” he said.<br />

“And the workshop helps<br />

farmers to look closely at the<br />

levers they can pull to drive a<br />

favourable result.”<br />

Ashburton pilot workshop<br />

participant Liam Alley, who<br />

manages Willsden dairy farm<br />

near Dunsandel, said he went<br />

to the workshop concerned<br />

other attendees would have<br />

more financial knowledge than<br />

him.<br />

“I was aware several farm<br />

owners who had a lot more<br />

experience than me were going<br />

to be there, and I was a bit worried<br />

I’d be a bit behind in this<br />

area,” he said.<br />

“But I quickly realised that<br />

everyone on the course was still<br />

learning as well, and I really got<br />

a lot out of the day.”<br />

Liam said he “really rated”<br />

Lawrence as a facilitator and<br />

found the examples he provided<br />

throughout the day very<br />

relatable.<br />

“There was heaps of useful<br />

information, but one of Lawrence’s<br />

bits of advice that I<br />

really liked was to be an autumn<br />

spender, not a winter spender,<br />

as in the autumn you have a<br />

much better understanding of<br />

your farm’s financial position,”<br />

he said.<br />

“The workshop gave me a<br />

much better understanding of<br />

the importance of being prepared<br />

for different scenarios<br />

and I’m definitely keen to<br />

attend any follow-up financial<br />

workshops that might take<br />

place down the track.”<br />

More information of the<br />

new Rabobank Financial Skills<br />

workshop module can be<br />

found on the Rabobank website<br />

- Rabobank Client Councils<br />

| Rabobank New Zealand.<br />

Attending module one is not a<br />

pre-requisite for attendance at<br />

the second module, however<br />

some understanding of Financial<br />

Statements and what lenders<br />

look for is desirable.<br />

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Young Otago<br />

sheep and beef<br />

farmers named<br />

<strong>2023</strong> National<br />

Ambassadors<br />

for Sustainable<br />

Farming and<br />

Growing<br />

Steven and Kellie Nichol of Auldamor<br />

in Otago have been announced as<br />

the <strong>2023</strong> National Ambassadors for<br />

Sustainable Farming and Growing<br />

and recipients of the Gordon<br />

Stephenson Trophy at the National<br />

Sustainability Showcase at Te Papa<br />

Tongarewa in Wellington.<br />

Steven and Kellie Nichol<br />

Managed by Grant<br />

Bezett, Auldamor<br />

is primarily a sheep<br />

breeding and finishing operation,<br />

with additional cattle<br />

grazing, and carbon and<br />

production forestry.<br />

Steven and Kellie are constantly<br />

evolving their farming<br />

business though diversification<br />

and adapting production<br />

systems, all while considering<br />

environmental impact. Their<br />

1,498ha property is located at<br />

Clarks Junction, Otago. The<br />

Nichol family has been farming<br />

in the area since 1871, meaning<br />

they have a strong connection<br />

to the land and consider<br />

improvements and guardianship<br />

a priority.<br />

In 2007, the Nichols leased<br />

976ha from Steven’s parents<br />

and purchased it outright in<br />

2010. In 2019, the farming<br />

operation was extended with an<br />

additional 522ha neighbouring<br />

lease block. During their tenure,<br />

Steven and Kellie have<br />







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continually strived to improve,<br />

develop, expand and adapt the<br />

farming business.<br />

The team runs 4,500 ewes,<br />

1,500 hoggets and 80 rams,<br />

and graze an average of 290<br />

mixed-age beef cows each year.<br />

Stock performance and profitability<br />

has been continually<br />

improved by adapting<br />

farming systems<br />

and emphasising<br />

on-farm measuring<br />

and monitoring.<br />

The Nichols have<br />

focused on improving<br />

the farm’s subdivision<br />

and infrastructure,<br />

with<br />

several initiatives to<br />

improve soil health,<br />

including a no-till<br />

drilling programme.<br />

This has led to<br />

improved pasture resilience,<br />

better yields, and improved<br />

stock performance and animal<br />

health.<br />

The property’s biodiversity<br />

has been enhanced through<br />

the planting of shelterbelts and<br />

forestry stands, along with significant<br />

fencing of native shrubland<br />

and waterways.<br />

Steven is extensively<br />

involved with the local community<br />

catchment group and<br />

is one of several local farmers<br />

participating in a greenhouse<br />

gas mitigation project that is<br />

primarily focused on reducing<br />

gross methane emissions.<br />

Early on in their farming<br />

journey, Steven realised he<br />

didn’t need to operate in isolation,<br />

and gathered a group of<br />

mentors and industry experts<br />

to ensure the success of their<br />

farming operation. The Nichols<br />

have elected to live off-farm,<br />

but are close by and keep in<br />

constant contact with their<br />

farm manager. This approach<br />

has helped them develop a<br />

strong business model and successfully<br />

achieve a wide range<br />

of goals.<br />

The regional judges commended<br />

the Nichols’ high level<br />

of knowledge about all aspects<br />

of their farm, their farming<br />

business and their guardianship<br />

of it, noting that – along<br />

with farm manager Grant<br />

Bezett – they make a great<br />

team, with many complementary<br />

skillsets.<br />

Chair of the National Judging<br />

Panel, Dianne Kidd noted<br />

the exceptionally high calibre<br />

of Regional Supreme Winners<br />

this year, with all farms<br />

and orchards presented to an<br />

incredibly high standard.<br />

The judging process for the<br />

Gordon Stephenson Trophy<br />

includes on-farm judging as<br />

well as a panel interview, with<br />

the trophy recipients displaying<br />

a combination of an exemplar<br />

farming operation – from<br />

a financial, social and environmental<br />

perspective – and the<br />

ability to articulate informed<br />

responses and insightful views<br />

on a range of pan-sector topics.<br />

“Steven and Kellie Nichol<br />

certainly demonstrated that<br />

they will be excellent Ambassadors<br />

for the New Zealand Farm<br />

Environment Trust and are<br />

worthy recipients of the Gordon<br />

Stephenson Trophy. They<br />

articulated clear, intelligent<br />

and insightful responses to our<br />

questions demonstrating an<br />

ability to communicate often<br />

complex ideas and issues in an<br />

easy-to-understand manner.<br />

Combined with their on-farm<br />

judging experience we know<br />

they can and will ‘walk the<br />

talk’,” Kidd said.<br />

The National Judging Panel<br />

also commended the Nichols<br />

for their “passion for farming<br />

with a holistic approach,<br />

bringing off-farm skills into the<br />

business.”<br />

The National Sustainability<br />

Showcase event at Te Papa<br />

Tongarewa celebrated each of<br />

the ten Ballance Farm Environment<br />

Awards Regional<br />

Supreme Winners from across<br />

the country. Hosted by the New<br />

Zealand Farm Environment<br />

Trust, the event is held annually<br />

as the pinnacle of the BFEA<br />

programme, and connects primary<br />

industry representatives<br />

from across the sector.

Global avocado trade<br />

expected to grow<br />

in an increasingly<br />

competitive market<br />

Global avocado trade will continue to grow in the next<br />

few years, but the market will be more competitive,<br />

forcing operators to be not only more efficient, but also<br />

increasingly sustainable, according to a new report by<br />

agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank.<br />

In the report Global<br />

Avocado Growth Far<br />

From Over, Rabobank<br />

says global avocado production<br />

expanded by a compound<br />

annual growth rate (CAGR) of<br />

about seven per cent during<br />

the past decade.<br />

“Attractive prices and<br />

returns during that period were<br />

relevant drivers to expanding<br />

production in key regions,”<br />

Rabobank Global Strategist –<br />

Fresh Produce, Cindy van Rijswick<br />

said.<br />

The report says production<br />

in Mexico – which currently<br />

accounts for 30 per cent of<br />

global avocado output – grew<br />

by a compound annual growth<br />

rate (CAGR) of about six per<br />

cent during the past decade. In<br />

Colombia (which accounts for<br />

12 per cent of current global<br />

avocado production), Peru<br />

(nine per cent), and Kenya (six<br />

per cent), production increased<br />

by a CAGR of approximately 15<br />

per cent,12 per cent, and 11 per<br />

cent respectively over the same<br />

period.<br />

On the other hand, the<br />

US, which was still among the<br />

world’s largest avocado-producing<br />

countries in 2012,<br />

dropped a few places in the<br />

ranking and is no longer a top<br />

10 global producer.<br />

“Increased avocado production<br />

in countries with complementary<br />

harvesting seasons<br />

has allowed year-round<br />

availability in key markets,<br />

including the US, the EU, and<br />

some markets in Asia. While<br />

production in Mexico extends<br />

year-round, it reaches a seasonal<br />

low in June and July,<br />

when production peaks in the<br />

US (California) and Peru, providing<br />

steady supply to the US<br />

market,” the report says.<br />

Mexico remains leading<br />

exporter<br />

“With exports increasing at an<br />

average annual growth rate of<br />

around eight per cent over the<br />

past decade, Mexico reaffirmed<br />

its place as the largest avocado-exporting<br />

country in the<br />

world, surpassing one million<br />

metric tons in 2022,” Ms Van<br />

Rijswick said.<br />

The report says the primary<br />

destination for Mexican<br />

avocado exports is, by far, the<br />

US market, where product<br />

versatility and promotional<br />

campaigns have helped to create<br />

demand for avocados in<br />

retail and food service channels.<br />

Globally, the US remains<br />

the largest destination market,<br />

with imports increasing by a<br />

compound annual growth rate<br />

of about eight per cent from<br />

2012 to 2022<br />

Among the next largest avocado<br />

exporters, Peru, Spain,<br />

and Kenya exports expanded<br />

by a CAGR of 22 per cent, six<br />

per cent and 15 per cent respectively<br />

between 2012 and 2022.<br />

These countries mainly supply<br />

the European market.<br />

Behind the US, the largest<br />

avocado importers between<br />

2012 and 2020 were the Netherlands,<br />

Spain and France.<br />

Over this period, import volumes<br />

into these countries<br />

increased by a CAGR of 14 per<br />

cent, 20 per cent and eight per<br />

cent respectively.<br />

Global avocado market<br />

is worth about USD 18<br />

billion<br />

According to the report, the<br />

global commercial market<br />

value of fresh avocados is estimated<br />

to be around USD 18<br />

Pia Piggott<br />

billion in 2022.<br />

“We believe there is room<br />

for significant growth in several<br />

markets around the world,<br />

as per capita consumption is<br />

highly variable,” Ms Van Rijswick<br />

said.<br />

In terms of per capita avocado<br />

availability (which is<br />

used as an indicator of consumption),<br />

Mexico leads, with<br />

a global record of about nine<br />

kilograms of fresh avocados<br />

per person per year, followed<br />

by Chile with almost eight kilograms.<br />

Australia and the US<br />

complete the list of countries<br />

with over four kilograms per<br />

capita.<br />

The report says sustainability<br />

concerns remain on the<br />

agenda for avocado producers,<br />

with water usage the main<br />

issue. Partly because of this,<br />

avocado growers have invested<br />

in advanced irrigation systems<br />

to improve water efficiency.<br />

New Zealand<br />

In 2022, the report says,<br />

New Zealand export volumes<br />

dropped 20 per cent, due to a<br />

combination of sufficient supply<br />

in Australia, decreased<br />

demand from destinations in<br />

Asia, and lower supplies of<br />

export-quality fruit.<br />

“Despite the growth in market<br />

diversification in recent<br />

years, 2022 brought volatility<br />

to the global economy, which<br />

weighed on demand for avocados,”<br />

Rabobank associate analyst<br />

Pia Piggott said.<br />

“Weakening currencies in<br />

Asia, higher avocado prices,<br />

and increased reefer container<br />

rates were not supportive<br />

for New Zealand avocado<br />

demand. And we expect some<br />

of these headwinds to continue<br />

in <strong>2023</strong>.”<br />

Ms Piggott said New Zealand<br />

avocado production was<br />

affected by La Niña, with significant<br />

wet weather events<br />

causing waterlogged soil, poor<br />

pollination and a higher-than<br />

normal reject rate in 2022.<br />

“We expect the <strong>2023</strong> season<br />

to bring lower production,<br />

followed by a bumper crop<br />

in 2024. With plenty of production<br />

growth expected in<br />

the next few years, rebuilding<br />

market share in Asia will be a<br />

priority for securing demand,”<br />

she said.<br />

Women’s World Cup<br />

Football fever hits<br />

the <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

New Zealand is getting<br />

ready to co-host to<br />

the biggest women's<br />

sporting event in the world.<br />

The FIFA Women’s World<br />

Cup Australia-New Zealand<br />

<strong>2023</strong> will be a historic event<br />

on multiple levels; a first time<br />

for the Southern Hemisphere,<br />

the first to be co-hosted by two<br />

confederations (Asia and Oceania),<br />

and the first to feature<br />

32 teams.<br />

And Hamilton will be in on<br />

the football action, hosting five<br />

matches at the <strong>Waikato</strong> Stadium,<br />

plus the Zambian team<br />

will make Kirikiriroa its home<br />

base.<br />

The event promises to<br />

deliver record-breaking crowds<br />

and long-term participation<br />

growth in the sport, as well as<br />

economic spin-off for the host<br />

nations.<br />

An independent assessment<br />

predicted about 13,000 visitors<br />

to the city, almost 72,000 visitor<br />

paid nights and an $18 million<br />

direct visitor expenditure<br />

to the <strong>Waikato</strong>.<br />

To kick off the football<br />

fever, a Trophy Tour makes its<br />

way from Hamilton on June<br />

17 and will travel to Tauranga,<br />

Rotorua, Taupo and Te Kuiti<br />

before heading to Dunedin for<br />

the next leg of the journey.<br />

From the July 20-23,<br />

Hamilton will come alive for<br />

four days of football related<br />

fun, starting with the opening<br />

ceremony and continuing<br />

with educational activities,<br />

inspirational speakers, live<br />

streaming of matches, music,<br />

dance, culture, food, mini<br />

futsal court and tonnes of fun<br />

for the kids – all for free.<br />

The 2019 FIFA Women’s<br />

World Cup 2019 reached 1.12<br />

billion viewers across 205<br />

countries meaning H3 will be<br />

responsible for showcasing the<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong>, not only to the teams,<br />

visitors and the international<br />

media, but also to the rest of<br />

the world.<br />

Tickets are on sale now for<br />

the FIFA Women’s World Cup<br />

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the whole family.<br />

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16 WAIKATO AGRIBUSINESS NEWS, MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

A partnership<br />

that helps with<br />

the heavy lifting<br />

Murray Grant and Peter Nation<br />

The New Zealand National Fieldays<br />

Society has received new CASE IH<br />

machinery as part of their sponsorship<br />

relationship with the leading<br />

manufacturer of agricultural equipment.<br />

The machinery, which<br />

includes the Case IH<br />

Farmall 50B, the Case<br />

IH Farmall U110, Case IH<br />

Farmall U110 and the Case IH<br />

Farmlift 742 Telehandler will<br />

be used to support the Society’s<br />

day-to-day operations at<br />

Mystery Creek Event Centre<br />

including the maintenance of<br />

the 114-hectare property.<br />

“We are thrilled to receive<br />

this high-tech machinery from<br />

our premier sponsor CASE<br />

IH," New Zealand National<br />

Fieldays Society CEO Peter<br />

Nation says. "This state-ofthe-art<br />

equipment will be of<br />

great assistance to us as we get<br />

the site ready for exhibitors to<br />

pack in for Fieldays, as well as<br />

maintaining our large site on a<br />

daily basis.”<br />

The CASE IH tractors<br />

and telehandler will be used<br />

to assist the Mystery Creek<br />

Venue Operations<br />

team<br />

with seeding<br />

and mowing,<br />

sanding roads,<br />

flattening surfaces<br />

as well<br />

as shifting and<br />

lifting heavy<br />

equipment and<br />

material around the event site.<br />

"We are proud to support<br />

Fieldays by providing this<br />

machinery to help with their<br />

operations,", CNH Industrial<br />

commercial business manager<br />

Murray Grant says.<br />

“Our equipment is designed<br />

for peak performance, reliability<br />

and efficiency, and we<br />

know these tractors and the<br />

telehandler will be valuable<br />

assets to the Society and provide<br />

invaluable support across<br />

a range of tasks.”<br />

The partnership between<br />

Fieldays and CASE IH is a<br />






natural fit, as both share a<br />

commitment to innovation<br />

and excellence in the agricultural<br />

sector. Fieldays has<br />

always been an important<br />

event in the agricultural calendar<br />

in New Zealand, providing<br />

a platform for farmers<br />

and other industry professionals<br />

to learn about the latest<br />

agricultural technology<br />

and innovations. As a leading<br />

manufacturer of agricultural<br />

equipment, CASE IH is known<br />

for its high-quality products<br />

and innovative technology<br />

and is committed to helping<br />

farmers and other industry<br />

professionals improve their<br />

productivity and profitability.<br />

This year both organisations<br />

are celebrating their<br />

longevity in the New Zealand<br />

agricultural landscape, with<br />

<strong>2023</strong> marking the 55th year<br />

of Fieldays and 100 years for<br />

Farmall Case IH.<br />

From ‘waste’ to<br />

wonderful<br />

– upcycled<br />

braziers launch<br />

nationwide<br />

Raglan Food Co upped the<br />

ante in its bid to turn the<br />

'waste' created in their<br />

production process into useful<br />

resources.<br />

As a certified Toitū Carbon<br />

Zero (shortly Climate Positive)<br />

and B-Corp business, Raglan<br />

Food Co have a strong ethos<br />

around reuse and recycling.<br />

In 2022, plant manager<br />

Dave Stoof came up with<br />

the creative idea to convert<br />

empty coconut cream steel<br />

drums into beautiful braziers,<br />

incorporating a pōhutukawa<br />

design as a nod to the abundance<br />

of the trees, affectionately<br />

known NZ Xmas trees,<br />

found around Raglan.<br />

The resulting brand,<br />

'Reforged', has created new<br />

jobs for welders/fabricators to<br />

join the team, and over time<br />

they aim to develop more useful<br />

products that give the drums<br />

– otherwise destined for scrapmetal<br />

– a second life.<br />

The braziers are now available<br />

to purchase from selected<br />

Bunnings stores across the<br />

country.<br />

Raglan Food Co co-founder<br />

Tesh Randall was thrilled when<br />

Bunnings agreed to stock the<br />

Pōhutukawa Ring Brazier in<br />

27 Bunnings Warehouse stores<br />

nationwide.<br />

“Having their support for<br />

what we’re trying to do around<br />

recycling means a lot to us.”<br />

Bunnings national buyer<br />

Guy Davies was keen to support<br />

a local business.<br />

“It’s a unique product with<br />

a great story. We’re excited for<br />

our customers to see the new<br />

range, made locally and helping<br />

to reuse waste in an innovative<br />

way.”<br />

Added to this, Raglan Food<br />

Co were recently awarded<br />

the Outstanding Sustainability<br />

Award at the Outstanding<br />

New Zealand Food Producer<br />

Awards. This is the second time<br />

receiving this accolade, after<br />

first collecting it in 2020.<br />

Sustainability judges Emily<br />

King and Fiona Stephenson<br />

recognised that Raglan Food Co<br />

continues to raise the bar.<br />

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Tesh Randall and Guy Davies<br />

“It's a leader in its sector<br />

and a shining light for others<br />

to follow. What stands out is<br />

its continuous innovation and<br />

commitment to community.<br />

Sustainability has been integrated<br />

into the way the business<br />

operates from the start.”<br />

The judges were particularly<br />

impressed by the company’s<br />

social initiatives, which include<br />

a staff profit share programme,<br />

staff health and wellbeing fund,<br />

and a local community fund.<br />

Raglan Food Co ongoing<br />

focus on innovation includes<br />

products as well as other initiatives,<br />

such as wastewater<br />

treatment.<br />

“It is a truly impressive company<br />

that started small with<br />

organic coconut yoghurt and<br />

is now transforming the dairyfree<br />


WAIKATO AGRIBUSINESS NEWS, MAY <strong>2023</strong> 17<br />

Gallagher leverages decades of global<br />

experience to bring NZ-made virtual<br />

fence to beef farmers<br />

Gallagher is leveraging decades of<br />

global agricultural experience to bring<br />

to beef farmers its New Zealand made<br />

virtual fencing solution, eShepherd.<br />

For the last 6 years, Gallagher<br />

has been partnering<br />

with New Zealand and<br />

Australian beef farmers to trial<br />

eShepherd. The technology has<br />

proven particularly effective<br />

in helping farmers improve<br />

pasture management and<br />

protect riparian zones, despite<br />

farming on remote<br />

and vast landscapes.<br />

“As margins get<br />

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are focussed on<br />

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from their pasture<br />

and growing animals<br />

faster with less<br />

inputs,” says Gallagher<br />

Global Strategy<br />

& New Ventures<br />

Manager Sarah<br />

Adams.<br />

“For many beef farmers,<br />

this includes finding ways to<br />

access remote areas of their<br />

farms that are difficult to fence<br />

and utilise pasture that is currently<br />

being wasted. The way<br />

they farm also means they<br />

manage animals with less<br />

human interaction.<br />

“Insights from our customer<br />

research are telling. Farmers<br />

are crying out for cost-effective<br />

ways to permanently exclude<br />

animals from dangerous areas,<br />

and from waterways and protected<br />

areas to comply with<br />

environmental regulations.<br />

This is a significant challenge<br />

that virtual fencing can help<br />

farmers tackle.”<br />







New freshwater regulations<br />

in New Zealand mean that by<br />

July 2025, all stock must be<br />

excluded from wetlands and<br />

waterways.<br />

“This could potentially cost<br />

some beef farmers millions of<br />

dollars in traditional fencing,”<br />

says Sarah. “With rising fencing<br />

costs, skills shortages and<br />

long lead times for fencing<br />

materials, they are desperately<br />

looking for alternative solutions<br />

that can save them time<br />

and money long term.<br />

“We have a list of loyal customers<br />

who have followed our<br />

eShepherd journey over the<br />

last few years. They are eager<br />

to get their hands on this technology<br />

because they know it<br />

will be a gamechanger for their<br />

operation.”<br />

Gallagher has been in business<br />

for 85 years and works<br />

with farmers around the<br />

world. Sarah says her team<br />

knows from experience that<br />

partnering closely with them<br />

to develop the right solutions<br />

is crucial.<br />

“That’s why we have spent<br />

time in the field trialling eShepherd<br />

and putting the technology<br />

and the hardware<br />

through its paces before bringing<br />

it to market. It was important<br />

for us to get farmer feedback<br />

throughout the process<br />

and tweak our design to make<br />

sure we give farmers a solution<br />

they can rely on.<br />

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tested New Zealand-made<br />

virtual fencing solution that<br />

farmers can be confident will<br />

improve pasture management,<br />

help them meet environmental<br />

regulations and save them<br />

money on traditional fencing –<br />

all while achieving sound animal<br />

welfare outcomes.”<br />

eShepherd was originally<br />

developed by virtual fencing<br />

technology developer Agersens.<br />

Gallagher first began<br />

investing in eShepherd in 2016<br />

before it acquired Agersens in<br />

2021.<br />

“Our team are some of<br />

the best in the business and<br />

we understand farming. We<br />

are tapping into Gallagher’s<br />

decades of experience in developing<br />

animal management<br />

solutions for farmers around<br />

the world to bring eShepherd<br />

to the market.<br />

“Gallagher is a global leader<br />

in agri-tech. We have a responsibility<br />

to deliver our loyal<br />

farmer customers a virtual<br />

fencing solution they can trust<br />

and have complete confidence<br />

in. Getting it right takes time,<br />

commitment and expertise.<br />

“We are proud to be bringing<br />

the benefits of this exciting<br />

new technology to the New<br />

Zealand beef industry and<br />

educating them about how virtual<br />

fencing can help them run<br />

more profitable and productive<br />

business.”<br />

Gallagher is now in the final<br />

stages of its BETA trials with<br />

specific beef operations around<br />

New Zealand and getting ready<br />

to make this technology available<br />

for farmers to purchase.<br />

Farmers interested in learning<br />

more can register their interest<br />

www.am.gallagher.com<br />

Gallagher is also inviting<br />

farmers to its Fieldays site<br />

D72 to see eShepherd in action<br />

and talk to its team of experts<br />

about the benefits the technology<br />

could have for their farm<br />



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Connectivity wins the<br />

No.8 Wire National<br />

Art Award<br />

Artist Ricks Terstappen from Hawke’s<br />

Bay has won the top prize in this year’s<br />

Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award for<br />

his artwork ‘Connectivity’ in the awards<br />

ceremony held last night at ArtsPost<br />

Galleries & Shop in Hamilton Kirikiriroa.<br />

“This work is a powerful<br />

metaphor for rural<br />

communities,” <strong>2023</strong> guest<br />

judge, sculptor Hannah Kidd<br />

says. “Neighbours can be quite<br />

some physical distance apart<br />

but connected in ways that<br />

support each other. Therefore,<br />

it’s these connection points<br />

that give the structure its<br />

dynamic strength.”<br />

Reflecting on her experience<br />

as this year’s judge, Kidd<br />

says it was amazing to see the<br />

sculptures in person in the gallery,<br />

and each of the artworks<br />

spoke to her.<br />

“It was a hard decision to<br />

choose just three winners from<br />

the finalists. Congratulations<br />

to you all.”<br />

This annual competition,<br />

hosted by <strong>Waikato</strong> Museum<br />

and supported by the New<br />

Zealand National Fieldays<br />

Society now in its 26th year<br />

sees artists challenged to transform<br />

the iconic Kiwi farming<br />

product, No.8 wire, into art<br />

and compete for a share of<br />

nearly $10,000 in prizes.<br />

Since its inception in 1997,<br />

this annual open call for artists<br />

and creatives from across<br />

Aotearoa has provided a platform<br />

for reinventing an everyday<br />

farming product into art.<br />

The Awards also play a crucial<br />

role in fostering a stronger<br />

connection between urban and<br />

rural communities.<br />

Newly appointed New Zealand<br />

National Fieldays Society<br />

chair Jenni Vernon selected<br />

‘In Case of Emergency...Break<br />

Glass’ by Healther Olesen for<br />

the Chair’s Choice Award.<br />

Delighted to have the<br />

opportunity to select this category<br />

winner for the first time,<br />

Jenni was impressed to see<br />

how Heather had fashioned<br />

such an exquisite piece from<br />

the product she sees daily<br />

around her rural property on<br />

the Raglan Coast.<br />

“This art competition and<br />

exhibition really is phenomenal<br />

and showcases Kiwi ingenuity<br />

at its finest. The talent of<br />

these artists, to fashion these<br />

works from good old No.8<br />

wire, a staple of New Zealand<br />

farms, is just incredible,” Vernon<br />

says. “The society champions<br />

innovation, as it’s one of<br />

our strategic pillars and these<br />

works are so innovative.”<br />

Second prize was awarded<br />

to Jeff Thomson and Bev Goodwin<br />

for their piece ‘Cyclonic’<br />

and third place went to John<br />

McKenzie for ‘641E9372’.<br />

The finalists' artworks will<br />

be on display until Sunday 2<br />

July at ArtsPost, located at<br />

120 Victoria Street, Hamilton<br />

Kirikiriroa. Entry to the exhibition<br />

is free, and all works are<br />

available for purchase.<br />

For more information about<br />

the competition, please visit<br />

www.waikatomuseum.co.nz/<br />

no8wire<br />

Judge Hannah Kidd<br />

with No 8 winning entry<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award finalists are:<br />

• Dagmar Elliott, Te Awamutu<br />

• Teuila Fatupaito, Hamilton<br />

• Helen Fuller, Waiheke Island<br />

• Tony Gray, Morrinsville<br />

• Jevon Howe, Pukekohe<br />

• Asaki Kajima, Hawke's Bay<br />

• John McKenzie, Te Aroha<br />

• Jane Mortimer and Dave Sole, Hamilton<br />

• Heather Olesen, Morrinsville<br />

• Susan Rhodes, Hamilton<br />

• Ricks Terstappen, Hawke's Bay (two works)<br />

• Tira, Kaikohe<br />

• Jeff Thomson and Bev Goodwin, Helensville<br />

• Dinah and Mark Walker, Auckland<br />

• Yasmin Yussof, Canterbury<br />

• <strong>Waikato</strong> Creative Stitchers: Josina Ellis, Liz<br />

Wilson, Sue Truman, Barbara Rosenberg,<br />

Sue Lynch, Marianne Lock, Katherine Fell<br />

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Return of the Fieldays Forestry Hub,<br />

set to amaze and inspire visitors<br />

Following its inaugural success last year,<br />

the Fieldays Forestry Hub will again<br />

feature when Fieldays <strong>2023</strong> returns to its<br />

traditional winter slot, from June 14-17,<br />

at Mystery Creek in <strong>Waikato</strong>.<br />

Like last year, the Fieldays<br />

Forestry Hub, located at<br />

site G80, will host about<br />

twenty sector organisations<br />

under the theme of ‘Wood our<br />

low-carbon future’, with staff<br />

from large companies and<br />

small not-for-profit agencies<br />

on hand to provide information<br />

and answer questions.<br />

This year a new series of<br />

forums and talks will enhance<br />

the learning experience of visitors<br />

wanting to know more<br />

about the forestry and wood<br />

processing sector.<br />

The Hub will host two<br />

forums and several ‘hot-topic’<br />

talks that will be open to the<br />

public, with time scheduled for<br />

questions and answers.<br />

The two forums, supported<br />

by NZME, will be fronted by<br />

The Country radio host Jamie<br />

Mackay who will moderate<br />

a debate between a panel of<br />

speakers.<br />

The first forum’s topic will<br />

be, Food and wood – how<br />

much land does each need?<br />

This is scheduled for Wednesday<br />

14 June at 2pm.<br />

The second forum’s topic<br />

will be, Are all trees created<br />

equal? This is scheduled for<br />

Thursday 15 June at 2pm.<br />

Other attractions include a<br />

forestry simulator, so visitors<br />

can experience what it’s like to<br />

operate machinery in a forest,<br />

and a couple of large forestry<br />

machines to view close-up.<br />

Forestry Minister Peeni<br />

Henare has been invited to<br />

officially launch the Hub for<br />

<strong>2023</strong> on Wednesday 14 June at<br />

11:00am.<br />

The hub is a collaboration<br />

between Fieldays and an advisory<br />

group comprising Te Uru<br />

Rākau – New Zealand Forest<br />

Service, Forest Growers Levy<br />

Trust, Scion, NZ Forest Owners’<br />

Association, Red Stag, NZ<br />

Farm Forestry Association and<br />

Future Foresters.<br />

Hub spokesperson Alex<br />

Wilson says the sector has<br />

begun a process of transformation<br />

in partnership with<br />

the government with, most<br />

recently, the launch of a $57<br />

million Wood Processing<br />

Grant Fund in April and the<br />

release of the foundational<br />

Industry Transformation Plan<br />

(ITP) last November.<br />

“The sector can expect more<br />

information on the ITP projects<br />

to be released at Fieldays.<br />

“The wider public can anticipate<br />

an engaging experience<br />

on the possibilities of trees<br />

and wood as the sector helps<br />

to mitigate climate change and<br />

addresses the challenges of<br />

wetter and hotter weather in<br />

many parts of the country.<br />

“The forestry and wood processing<br />

sector is New Zealand’s<br />

fourth largest primary industry<br />

exporter and a major contributor<br />

to regional economies and<br />

employment. Fieldays gives<br />

our sector a particular opportunity<br />

to have conversations<br />

with rural landowners about<br />

the opportunities to grow trees<br />

for timber, protect the land<br />

and to store carbon.”<br />

New Zealand Farm Forestry<br />

Association president Neil Cullen<br />

says many farming organisations<br />

agree that an integrated<br />

tree planting approach<br />

on-farm is the best way forward<br />

to address the many environmental<br />

land use issues.<br />

“The Farm Forestry Association<br />

will have a significant<br />

presence in the Fieldays Forestry<br />

Hub to explain how its<br />

members have practically<br />

implemented this approach,<br />

and which tree species work<br />

best and what are the costs and<br />

returns.”<br />

New Zealand Forest Owners’<br />

Association president<br />

Grant Dodson says the Forest<br />

Hub is a valued way the industry<br />

can communicate directly<br />

with farmers and the public.<br />

“We’ll be there to explain<br />

the truth of some issues, such<br />

as the many things we are<br />

doing to reduce forest waste,<br />

but also just to communicate<br />

that we have a lot more in common<br />

with the rest of the primary<br />

sector than many people<br />

think.”<br />

Scion chief executive Dr<br />

Julian Elder says Scion’s 2030<br />

Strategy of right tree, right<br />

place, right purpose is highly<br />

relevant for rural New Zealand.<br />

“Our innovations and technologies<br />

can be applied to<br />

trees and fibre on farms in new<br />

ways.”<br />

Julian Elder says future<br />

rural landscapes and communities<br />

would include a mix of<br />

farming, productive forestry,<br />

trees and new manufacturing<br />

and processing activities.<br />

"All this will play into the<br />

goal of a circular bioeconomy<br />

and grow jobs and resilience<br />

for farmers and rural<br />

communities.”<br />

New Zealand National Fieldays<br />

Society CEO Peter Nation<br />

says the Fieldays Forestry Hub<br />

is set to build on last year’s successful<br />

launch by showcasing<br />

the latest innovation and technology,<br />

a commitment to sustainability<br />

and providing a real<br />

opportunity for conversation.<br />

Full details about the Fieldays<br />

Forestry Hub can be found at<br />

https://www.fieldays.co.nz/<br />

attend-fieldays/explore/<br />






eShepherd<br />

Pushing boundaries in<br />

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Remotely track, manage, fence and move your<br />

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Launching at<br />

Fieldays site D72<br />

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