Waitomo News : NKC Farmer 16 January 2014
10 Thursday, January 16, 2014 RURAL WOOL LINK RURAL WOOL LINK LT D For all your wool re quirements Ph: Michael Yo ungman 07 878 8520 3420632AA Te Kuiti 07 878 8520 YOUR RURAL WOOL BUYER Rural market strengthening A TOTAL of 414 farms were sold in the three months to end of November 2013. The total is 18.6% up on the 349 farm sales for the three months ended Oc- tober 2013 according to Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figures. Overall, 1674 farms were sold in the year to November 2013–18.1% more than were sold in the year to November 2012. The median price per hectare for all farms sold in the three months to No- vember 2013 was $24,056 – up 5.1% on the same period last year. REINZ reported ‘spectacular’ prices paid for select properties in prime loca- tions, particularly in the main dairying areas of Waikato, Taranaki, Canterbur y and Southland, but some price resis- tance was emerging at the upper end of the market. Young farmers compete TOP GUNS: The 12 practi- cal modules in the Waipa/ Waitomo district finals of the 2014 ANZ Young Farmer Contest held on Derek and Marian Kloeten’s property near Te Kuiti in December tested a wide range of skills contestants need on the job. ABOVE: Te Kawa West’s Tim Mason, shows his accuracy with a 177calibre air rifle. Tom McDonald (left) and Andrew Walker of the Waitomo Small Arms Club reckoned “there wouldn’t be a safe rabbit in the King Country”. RIGHT: Contest convenor Dan Brice of Otorohanga and organiser Nicola Waugh of Te Kuiti were happy with the event. BELOW LEFT: Mokauiti farmer Gordon Mead assembled a hive and answered questions about the importance of bees in New Zealand agriculture as part of the event’s beekeep- ing module. BELOW RIGHT: Steve Gil- lies of Te Kawa West was pretty happy with how his pikelets turned out despite saying he’s a “novice in the kitchen”.
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