Waitomo News : 03 June 2014 NKC Farmer
On Farm Servicing Available Brent 027 212 0038 • Steve 021 775 921 44 Waitete Road, Te Kuiti p: 07 878 5026 • 0800 546 246 www.mcindoegroup.co.nz FIELDAYS SPECIALS Commander 800R Outlander 500 DPS Outlander 650 XT Call in and talk to Steve or Brent about our fantastic CAN AM deals Tuesday, June 3, 2014 7 EIGHT young people, including Te Kuiti’s Mitchel Hoare, are heading to Lin- coln in July to compete in the preliminary round of competition at the World Young Shepherds Challenge. The top two performing competitors will go on to represent New Zealand at the final in France from September 28-October 4. “The World Young Shepherds Chal- lenge is a fantastic event showcasing a vital industry and a range of young people from around the globe who have a major contribution to make to the international sheep industry,” says Beef+Lamb New Zealand chief executive Dr Scott Cham- pion. Young Farmers members from through- out the country applied for a chance to compete at Lincoln and the top eight young men and women were chosen based on their skills, qualifications and involve- ment in the sheep industry. THE SHEPHERDS Mitchel Hoare (19) of the Te Kuiti club is a senior cadet at Waipaoa Station in Gisborne. He enjoys dog trials and was awarded top junior student and the top ability awards in 2013. Brooke Elliot (23) works at Kyeburn Station in the Maniototo, Central Otago and is chairperson of the Maniototo Young Farmers Club. Brooke also runs a contract sheep dipping business and spends much of her spare time involved in dog trialling, sports and has successfully competed in a number of equestrian events. Caleb Eady (20) of Featherston started his career in the dairy industry and now works as a shepherd on a 1300ha finishing farm in South Wairarapa. An avid rugby player, he is involved with the South Wairarapa Club and also volunteers as the events co-ordinator for Young Farmers East Coast region. Harriet Gardner (20) works on her family’s sheep and beef farm in Waimate. She is a competitive horse rider, involved with stock judging and belongs to the Glenavy Club. She has been the recipient of a number of scholarships and industry awards. Twenty-three year old Alex Reekers works as a stockman in Waimate and won this year’s Aorangi Young Farmers regional fencing competition. He is the current vice-chairman of the Glenavy Club and belongs to the Waimate Sheep Dog Trial Club. Katey Craig (21) of the Marton Club is a junior shepherd at Otiwhiti Station in Hunterville. Katey is studying towards a Diploma in Agriculture, enjoys dog trialling and was the recent recipient of JD Bashford and Royce Nicholls Agricultural Scholar- ships. Taupo’s Christine Wellington (20) be- longs to the Reporoa club and works as a senior shepherd at Landcorp Aratiatia in Waikato. In her spare time she plays basketball, netball and is involved in dog trialling. Twenty-three-year-old Mitch Nation of Dannevirke works as block manager at Pohuetai Farms and also competes in speed shearing. YF CONTEST The competition, running alongside the 46th ANZ Young Farmer Contest’s grand final events, will consist of shear- ing, condition scoring, a quad bike obstacle course, identifying sheep breads, foot trimming, drenching, counting sheep and demonstrating knowledge of the sheep industry. Local in world event Fertility research seeks biological breakthrough A NEW seven-year research study is under way to deliver dairy cows that are genetically more fertile. If successful, it could add an estimated $500 mil- lion increase in on-farm profit nationally each year. The research study also aims to deliver new man- agement tools to help farmers take advantage of the better genetic makeup. DairyNZ senior scientist and project leader Dr Chris Burke says the study requires a purpose-built herd of 700 Holstein-Friesian heifer calves with low and high fertility attributes, created from carefully- selected contract matings in spring 2014. “More than 2800 contract matings will be re- quired and we need the support of dairy farmers to ensure that we are able to achieve the required number of animals,” says Chris. LIC and CRV Ambreed are supporting the estab- lishment of the research herd, with LIC managing the contract mating programme. LIC started contacting more than 1000 selected dairy farmers last week. The research programme aims to lift the six-week in-calf rate from the current average of 65% to 78%. Achieving this would deliver an estimated annual increase in profit of $500 million. The fertility programme’s biggest challenge is reducing the apparent 30% of conceptions occur- ring in the first 35 days after insemination that are not sustained as a pregnancy. The magnitude, tim- ing and possible reasons for pregnancy failure in commercially-operated herds will be measured. The programme also aims to increase the power to select for improved fertility genotypes through use of novel phenotypes (new ways to measure fertility for selection purposes), improved recording and en- hanced statistical analysis models.
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