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Open class win delights shearer

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Luis Pincol comes down the neck on his way to his first open class win at the Peninsula Duvauchelle Shears last weekend. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Luis Pincol is living his dream.
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‘Fruit doesn’t wait for anyone’

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Staff members Caitlin Gordon (left) and Jack Sinnamon do a final check on cherries bound for export, at the Three Kings Cherries packhouse in Clyde. PHOTOS: TRACIE BARRETT Central Otago stonefruit growers are thankful for mainly clear, sunny days so far this year, but are still facing problems finding enough staff to pick and pack.
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Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders Assn holding annual sale, open day

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Waimate teacher and black and coloured sheep breeder Stuart Albrey at home on his farm. PHOTO: SALLY RAE Fancy a black sheep in the family?
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Stock underpass delivers for farm

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Fynn Mitchell moves a flock of sheep through a new underpass on his family farm near Lumsden. PHOTO: MICHELLE MITCHELL The major investment of building a stock underpass is worth every cent to keep staff and stock safe, a Northern Southland sheep and beef farmer says.
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Council urged to keep oat-cooking facility

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Rabbit shooter Robert Andrews wants the Otago Regional Council to maintain the oat-cooking and processing facility at Galloway, near Alexandra, and make it available to rabbit control contractors. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE The language of Central Otago rabbit shooter Robert Andrews gets colourful when he talks about the Otago Regional Council and rabbit control.
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OmniEye looks to go international

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
OmniEye board chairman Colin Brown (left) and chief executive and co-founder Greg Peyroux watch cows being monitored by an OmniEye locomotion camera as the herd leaves the milking platform on Pamu Landsdown dairy farm in South Otago. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE Dunedin agritech company OmniEye is set for a big year and is aiming to go international.
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B+LNZ candidates make their cases

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
A two-way race has developed for the Central South Island seat on the board of  Beef + Lamb New Zealand. Standing for the directorship are Milton’s Simon Davies and Timaru incumbent Nicky Hyslop, who is seeking re-election after retiring by rotation after completing her three-year term. Voting papers will be posted next month for the March 18 election. To be eligible to vote, a livestock farmer must have owned at least 250 sheep, or 50 beef cattle, or 100 dairy cattle, at the end of last June. Central Rural Life posed a series of questions to each candidate ...  
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Celebrating a century on their land

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
On their farm in Clinton are (from left) Elaine McKenzie and her granddaughter Eve (14), son Scott, husband Colin, and son Ryan. PHOTOS: SHAWN MCAVINUE There’s no I in team and no A in McKenzie.
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Velvet trophy sire fetches $70,000

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Three-year-old trophy sire 18314 fetched the top price of $70,000 at the 2022 Black Forest Park sire sale in Woodside last week. PHOTOS: SHAWN MCAVINUE A southern stag with "wow factor" has fetched the highest price in New Zealand for a velvet trophy sire.
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24-hour Shear-a-thon to raise money for hospital

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Shear 4 Blair 24-hour Shear-a-thon event manager Jared Manihera (left) and Wohelo Station owner Nelson Hancox prepare for the fundraiser in West Otago. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE The rural sector is uniting again to help those battling cancer in the South.
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Shearing pays back those who backed cancer fight

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE Cancer survivor Shaun Bradley is set to shear sheep to help Southerners battling the disease. Shawn McAvinue catches up with the West Otago farm manager as he prepares for some hard mahi on Waitangi weekend. 
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From teaching to hosting The Huts

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Former teacher Katrina Hunter is loving her new lifestyle at The Huts, Tokarahi. PHOTO: ASHLEY SMYTH Katrina Hunter’s career path has switched gears from teaching in the Maniototo, to accommodating cyclists on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.
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Positive signs ahead of ewe fair

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Favourable weather and strong meat prices mean there is plenty of optimism ahead of this month’s Hawarden ewe fair.
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Barn a winner in wake of flooding

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Stewart family trio Mark, Stacey and TJ in their free-stall barn, which is allowing them to remain on track with dairy production this season despite suffering pasture loss during floods last year in Mid Canterbury. PHOTO SUPPLIED A free-stall barn, and the support of their community, has helped a Greenstreet dairy farming family sustain production despite the flow-on effects suffered after the worst flooding event in 200 years.
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Chemical, fertiliser price rise unease

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Canterbury farmers are starting to get uneasy about rising agri-chemical and fertiliser prices.
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Hay now — preventing stack fires

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Hay bales can sometimes self-combust. PHOTO: ALLIED PRESS FILES Canterbury farmers are being asked to take all the correct steps when baling and storing hay, following shed and bale fires in the district.
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Farmers acting to cut N loss: survey

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Hinds dairy farmers, and their counterparts in Selwyn, are taking steps to reduce farm nitrogen loss, a recent DairyNZ survey shows.
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Donation will help keep school pool warm

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Carew Peel Forest School pupils appreciating the warm water of the school pool. PHOTO SUPPLIED The heat will be kept in the water this summer at the Carew Peel Forest School pool thanks to a donation.
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Help picking plants to support bees

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 04:30
Farmers puzzling about the best way to plant trees to keep bees well fed are being given a helping hand.
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MIQ room release postponed due to Omicron

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 20:42
Photo: RNZ / Marika Khabazi The latest MIQ room release has been postponed due to the "unprecedented number of Omicron cases".
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