RMPP: Subsidy not a real subsidy

Terry Brosnahan The Red Meat Profit Partnership programme leaders say it is no gravy train nor is it a subsidy. Programme steering group chairman Malcolm Bailey said the RMPP costs were well-scrutinised. This was in response to a cartoon and an article in Country-Wide’s November issue. It questioned the effectiveness of the programme and the scrutiny of its costs. On his …

Fine-tuning our elite farm athletes

Annabelle Latz Shell, Chloe, Lou, Coco, Fi, Juno, Tilly, Ziggy, Lass and Tane love running the rolling country of Kaituna Ridges, the 960-hectare steep sheep and beef property in northern Marlborough, which they call home. Day-in day-out they work the land, helping their owners Muff and Paul Newton run their 4500 predominantly Romney ewes, and 200 head of cattle – …

Home block: Practise what you preach

Dan Shand Culverden, North Canterbury As I sit in a hotel room in Wellington, having spent last night at the Beehive for the announcement of our new Nuffield scholars, I am also thinking about the lambs I should have tailed and the broken barb on the driveway I haven’t got around to fixing. I do however take solace in the …

Development gives King hit

A northern Wairarapa sheep and beef farming business is developing at a cracking rate. Russell Priest went along to find out what is driving it. Keeping the farming operation simple and doing the basics well is working handsomely for Ronald (Ronnie) and Justine King. In fact it has worked so well the Kings were finalists in this year’s Ahuwhenua Maori …

Richard Rennie rides the UBCO 2x2.

It’s electric – Game-changer on two wheels

What started life as a quirky award-winning attraction at the 2014 National Fieldays has become a fully fledged commercial motorcycle business tipping the conventional farm bike design on its head. Makers UBCO invited Richard Rennie to take the latest version of the bike, the 2018 Ubco 2×2, for a test ride.   In 2014, inventors Anthony Clyde and Daryl Neal …

Farm gear: Wrap your vat

Tim McVeagh With the new milk cooling regulations coming in to effect in June 2018, there has been a lot of interest in how to meet these requirements. While many farmers will have to invest a significant amount to upgrade cooling systems, others will comply by making their existing system more efficient. This starts with primary cooling. But improving the …

EXPERT EYE: Ten traits of high performance farmers

Julie Rickman, JER Consulting Performing at a top level is all about optimising outcomes, not maximising them – and that’s where the most profitability lies, Julie Rickman says. For Rickman, a consultant who worked alongside the Ministry for Primary Industries team on research into high-performing farms for the MPI Farm Systems Change project, a number of factors stood out across …

Modular staffing gives team flexibility

Fitting work to people’s lives has proved a winner for a Tararua diary farmer. Jackie Harrigan reports. Woodville dairy farmer Ben Allomes was looking for an opportunity to radically reorganise the rosters on his 800-cow farm when the chance came up with a mid-season change in personnel last October. Ben had ruminated on finding a way to make the dairy …