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Empowered by a desire to leave the dairy industry better than they found it, Carew dairy farmers and contract milkers Brent and Rebecca Miller are inspiring others through their positive, enthusiastic, and holistic approach to farming and family life.
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There is something highly counter-intuitive for experienced vegetable growers to want to grow a weed. But for Warren and Michelle Jones, that is all part of what makes their choice of commercial crop special, and unique amidst Canterbury’s many cropping opportunities. The couple are into their fourth full time season growing yams, made so distinctive with their knobbly appearance and attractive red or yellow hues.
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The Land Girls are one of New Zealand’s unsung war heroes. With the service established to meet the shortage of male labour caused by their enlistment in the forces during World War II, there were nearly 4,000 women who came from rural and urban upbringings, working the land and managing farms throughout New Zealand as part of the war effort.
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With the farming year winding down, crops harvested, livestock sold, cows dried off and fruit picked, farmers and growers can take a well-earned break. That should also be accompanied by a long sigh of relief enduring a season spanning one of the biggest crises the world has ever faced, while their role in our economy is more viable and valued than ever before.
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Recording, reporting and possibly a resource consent are needed under new rules about to come into effect. Under nitrogen (N) cap rules starting in July, dairy farmers need to record and report N fertiliser applications, and obtain a resource consent if they cannot meet N fertiliser caps.
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16Jun

Fuel FAQ

Bailey Kris Kris | 16 Jun, 2021 | 0 Comments |
Fuel is a key cost to any business. With your Ruralco Cards you’ll consistently save at least 12c* per litre off the listed pump price, with no volume limits, at over 300 fuels sites nationwide, ensuring a continuous supply of fuel wherever you are. With a single monthly billing system, you save time, money and get a clear view of your monthly fuel consumption.
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For the past 14 years the Ruralco Longbeach Coastal Challenge, a partnership between the Longbeach School and Hinds and District Lions, has been a mainstay of the Mid Canterbury events calendar. The event attracts competitive athletes, weekend warriors, recreational runners and enthusiastic children and families. To date the event has raised over $300,000 – all of which has been donated to the community.
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This year’s South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) is particularly welcome after the difficulties and cancellation last year due to the covid lockdown. Interest in the popular event is sharp, with a solid array of sponsors supporting an entertaining and informative range of speakers over the two day event.
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Surrounded by dairy farms in Culverden, Robbie and Anna Clark could be forgiven for feeling under siege by the industry, but instead have managed to turn their situation into an opportunity, both for them and their dairying neighbours. The Clarks have established Parkvale Speckle Park Stud, home to one of the country’s fastest growing cattle breeds that is helping dairy farmers meet the challenges of reducing calf wastage, and providing some valuable new genetics to New Zealand’s beef sector.
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Canterbury is becoming a hub for growing commitment to regenerative farming. The region’s tapestry of farming regimes and a new generation of farmers keen to try alternative approaches mean regenerative practices are becoming more commonly accepted, and widely discussed. Ashburton farmer Ryan Cockburn is part of the movement, taking the family’s long-time cropping and livestock farm down the regenerative pathway.
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