Freddy Gane works his team of dogs on the home vineyard, and gets up into the hills as much as he can.

A grape life for dogs

Marlborough’s Gane family grow grapes in the ‘Golden Mile’, winter grazing bought-in lambs among the vines, allowing Freddy Gane to pursue his passion of dog trialling. Annabelle Latz reports. About 150 years ago, Marlborough’s Gane family grew cereal and vegetable crops and farmed sheep. Now they grow grapes and finish 3000 trading lambs over the winter on Park Farm, north …

High EBVs on board: Mike Salvesen says stags have consistently delivered what the EBVs promised.

Reaping rewards of EBVs

Mid Canterbury’s Mike Salvesen sang the praises of the national stag performance recording database, Deer Select, during this year’s industry conference in Timaru. Andrew Swallow caught up with him on his farm near Mt Somers. “If you’re not buying sires on BV [breeding value], then how do you know what you’ve got?” That was the question Mid Canterbury farmer Mike …

The RMPP resource has a selection of important financial and production KPI.

KPIs: Hitting the targets

Lynda Gray The Red Meat Profit Partnership KPI and benchmarking resources are a step in the right direction, according to southern farm consultants. “I think well calculated, benchmarked KPI are underutilised within the sheep and beef industry, representing a significant missed opportunity for growth. The RMPP efforts are a step in the right direction,” Agribusiness farm management consultant Dean Carson …

Climate change: Doing nothing a good option

Terry Brosnahan Methane and nitrous oxide are not the villains when it comes to climate change and should be removed from New Zealand’s greenhouse gas inventory. That’s the view of two scientists who have released a research paper reviewing the science on greenhouse gases (GHG). Dr Thomas Sheahen and Dr Jock Allison argue water vapour and clouds are responsible for …

Environment: Changing plans

Each region is developing its own distinctive set of rules on water and its quality. Resource engineer Keri Johnston reports on what’s been developed so far. Regionally, the development and implementation of rules relating to water quantity and water quality are moving at different paces and are all at different stages in the process. Below is an overview of where …

Top tips for a happy, health working dog

For a farm working dog’s optimum performance, getting the right food is vitally important. Country-Wide writers present the annual dog tucker guide, with a review of data and manufacturers’ claims. Rebecca Harper Feeding is an important element of keeping your working dogs in top condition, but as founder of Retired Working Dogs New Zealand, Natalie Smith, tells us, animal husbandry …