Waitomo News : NKC Farmer 16 January 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014 11 • Round bale hay • Silage • Undersowing CRAIG ELECTRICAL SERVICES LTD New Dairy Shed Specialist Dairy Shed Alterations Effluent Systems Pumping Systems Driveway/Tanker Track Buzzers New Houses Alterations/Rewires Lighting Solutions Telephone/Data Security Cameras/Alarms ALL DOMESTIC – COMMERCIAL – RURAL 027 474 5473 p/f 07 873 6944 • e email@example.com 24 HOUR BREAKDOWN SERVICE “Rural specialist with over 20 years experience” PHONE BRIAN NEARLY 300 entries have been received in the 2014 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year competi- tion, boosting overall entries in the 2014 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards to a record 572. National convenor Chris Keep- ing says the response from dairy trainees has been “phenomenal”. “It is such a positive indicator for the dairy industry to have so many young people putting themselves forward to have their skills tested and to raise their profile and posi- tion in the industry.” Chris says 292 entries were re- ceived in the trainee contest, up from 251 last year and more than 100 in 2008 when the contest be- gan. “Interest in the trainee contest is growing each year and we like to think the awards experience does help to motivate, lift confidence and enhance industry enthusiasm for those who enter.” She says all trainee entrants have to be aged less than 30 years and have been in the industry less than five years. “It is extremely competitive for those that enter. One of the best bits about it is the friends they make with other trainee entrants that are also focused on progressing in the industry.” There were 115 entries re- ceived in the 2014 New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year contest and 165 entries re- ceived in the New Zealand Farm Manager of the Year. The entrants are split among 11 regional competitions, with Can- terbury/North Otago receiving the most entries overall with 73 en- trants. Of those entrants, 40 alone are entered in the region’s dairy trainee competition. Southland/Otago and Waikato regions weren’t far behind with 66 and 64 entries respectively and the Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa region received 60 entries. Judging begins in the South Is- land this month and the first re- gional winners will be announced in early March. For more information, visit the website – dairyindustrya- wards.co.nz Bumper number of entries for awards THE Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has wel- comed the latest Envi- ronmental Protection Authority (EPA) moni- toring report on the use of 1080 for the control of pests. Last month commis- sioner Dr Jan Wright said that the EPA re- view, concluding exist- ing controls on 1080 are safe and effective, was timely, given that both the North and South Is- lands are currently fac- ing a potential “explo- sion” in pest numbers. “Explosion” in pests needs response She has concluded that not only should 1080 use continue, but that more of it should be used. “This summer beech trees are flowering prolifi- cally, and are expected to produce vast amounts of seeds. This abundance of food will lead to plagues of rats. These exploding populations of rats will, in turn, provide plentiful food for stoats to multiply. These ‘mast’ events happen periodically, and take a huge toll on our native birds, insects and lizards. “1080 is the only tool we have to control the plagues of rats and stoats that follow a mast.” Dr Wright is also calling on the agencies re- sponsible for the management of pests to work together to co-ordinate a response to the pending beech mast threat. “If additional funds are needed to respond ef- fectively to this mast, then it is important that these be found or we risk setting our conservation programme back decades.” The Director General of the Department of Con- servation recently told Parliament that the cost of the consent process is a significant proportion of the total cost of a 1080 drop. So Dr Wright is also welcoming moves to lower the cost of unnecessary red tape associated with aerial 1080 drops. MORE NOT LESS: The latest Environment Protection Authority monitoring report on 1080, has Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright, calling for continued use of the pest control . . . and more of it.
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