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Consumer focus needed: speaker Event puts spotlight on the future

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
NZX Limited head of analytics Julia Jones speaks at DairyNZ's Spotlight on Future of Southern Farming event in Invercargill last Thursday. She is watched by neXtgen director Mark Ferguson (centre) and DairyNZ's Richard Kyte. Photo: Ken Muir The need for farmers to engage directly with their end consumers was the key refrain at DairyNZ's Spotlight on Future of Southern Farming event in Invercargill last Thursday.
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Submissions on levy replacement due soon

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
Clifton King Beekeepers have until March 22 to make a submission on a proposal to replace the American Foulbrood Apiary and Beekeeper Levy with a Hive and Beekeeper Levy.
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Doing the donkey work at Donbrae

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
Anne Heffernan gets some attention from her donkeys with the help of a small treat. Photos: Ken Muir ''Don't touch the ears'' is the not so subtle message from the donkey that approaches when I move into the paddock.
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High achiever set to return to south

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
From crutching and farm work to pay for his university studies, Professor Bryan Williams has had a distinguished career in cancer research. The former Mosgiel boy and his wife, Lynda Power, intend to retire to Clyde in a few months. Photo: Yvonne O'Hara Molecular biologist Bryan Williams paid for his Otago University studies by working in a shearing gang.
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Pilot 'trees and carbon' workshop proves popular

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
A pilot project helping farmers make the most of the One Billion Trees Fund has generated a lot of interest.
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Sheep stud focuses on pasture quality

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
Duane Davis’ new Bellfield Stud South Suffolk ram. Photo: Ken Muir Not all sheep studs have to be massive operations, and Duane Davis' South Suffolk operation on a lifestyle block on the outskirts of Mataura is a good example of this.
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Science and tech focus for nutrient management

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
A map showing phosphate losses across a farm. Image: Ballance ''What is the question I am going to be asked in five or 10 years time?''
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Field day to focus on career options

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
Rural industry consultant John Bates, of Alexandra, has organised a series of modules for a field day at Mt Grand Station, Lake Hawea, on April 8, to provide students with information about the various career options available in agriculture. Photo: Yvonne O'Hara Up to 100 students from throughout Central and North Otago will be able to learn more about the career options available to them in agriculture during a field day at Mt Grand Station, near Lake Hawea, next month.
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Sunflowers used to regenerate soil

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
Mark Anderson, of Waiwera Gorge, Clinton, is trialing a pasture mix that includes sunflowers as a method of soil regeneration. He is also looking at the plants as an alternative polyculture forage for the dairy farm. Photos: John Cosgrove Mark and Madeline Anderson are trialing a pasture mix that includes sunflowers as a method of soil regeneration and as an alternative polyculture forage on their Waiwera Gorge dairy farm.
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Family farm self-sufficient

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
Barb Peel runs a fleece dyeing and carding business on the family farm near Raes Junction. Photo: Yvonne O'Hara If Armageddon happened Barb Peel said she and husband Stuart would be ''alright'' on their Raes Junction farm.
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Win proves area's wine can age well: manager

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
Wild Earth Wines' market and sales manager Elbert Jolink was thrilled when their Wild Earth Reserve Earth and Sky Pinot Noir 2014 won the best pinot noir trophy at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards dinner earlier this month. Photo: Supplied Wild Earth Wines' success at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards earlier this month proves Central Otago wines can age gracefully, marketing and sales manager Elbert Jolink says.
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Equinox full moon in Virgo

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
Ian Griffin Tomorrow at precisely 10.58am, the centre of the sun crosses the celestial equator heading north during its apparent annual journey around the sky.
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Tolerance New Zealand's real religion

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
White nationalists, Islamophobes and other hate groups openly extol a clear goal - to separate ''them'' from ''us''. In the wake of Friday's terrorist attack, it seems prudent to confront the myth some believe in: that when it comes to religion in this country, there has never been an ''us''.
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House shortage

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
The Maitai Valley, Nelson. - Otago Witness, 19.3.1919. "House Hunger'' exists in Wellington to an extent probably greater than ever before (says the Dominion).
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Beattie smashes longstanding Taieri College athletics records

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
These articles are compiled by the Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association which is proudly sponsored by Perpetual Guardian.
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Colloty chasing professional dream

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
After his first appearance for Southern United, Otago Boys' High School pupil Oliver Colloty has his eyes set on more. Photo: Linda Robertson When Oliver Colloty was subbed on for the final 12 minutes of Southern United's game against Hawke's Bay United earlier this month, he was so nervous he was unsure what to do.
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Reshaping our communities in the wake of the mosque attacks

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
I feel unable to write about the events in Christchurch last week - nor am I able to write about anything else.
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NZ's response can lead the way

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
People pay their respects to the victims of Friday's shooting, in front of the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch. Photo: Reuters Should New Zealand’s response to the Christchurch terror attacks be primarily anchored to national security? asks Sanjana Hattotuwa.
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Enrich your life: get to know your neighbours

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
Neighbours Day aims to encourage people to take the initiative to make contact with neighbours. Photo: Getty Images Given last week’s tragedy in Christchurch, Rachel Elder urges people to embrace their neighbours during this week’s Neighbours Day Aotearoa.
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Warehouse results below expectations

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:30
Sales at The Warehouse's red sheds were flat during first-half trading. Pictured: the South Dunedin outlet. Photo: Linda Robertson The Warehouse's half-year result was below analysts' expectations as recurring restructuring costs detracted from the bottom line.
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