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Boost to quarantine inspector numbers

| May 11, 2013 | 0 Comments
Boost to quarantine inspector numbers

The recruitment of more biosecurity quarantine inspectors calls into question earlier staff and budget cuts, according to the Public Service Association.

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Policy changes could help boost biogas production

| May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
Policy changes could help boost biogas production

Livestock produces a lot of waste. One solution is to turn such agricultural waste into biogas to generate energy. It requires using so-called anaerobic digestion, which consists in breaking down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. This approach could thus solve farmers’ problem while helping diversify farmers’ income. This is particularly relevant in agricultural […]

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Who says plants can’t talk

| May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
Who says plants can’t talk

Australian researchers have found that there’s a lot to be said for having a friendly neighbour… we in New Zealand have known this for some time.

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Some pesticides may need banned to protect bees

| May 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Some pesticides may need banned to protect bees

A ban of a broad variety of pesticides may be required to protect bees, humans and the environment.

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Wool prices steady

| May 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Wool prices steady

… longer Fine Crossbred Shears were firm to 3.5 percent dearer with the shorter types 2 to 4 percent easier as recent premium levels ease back. Coarse Crossbred Fleece were firm to 1.5 percent stronger as were the coarse shear types.

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Cows are messy eaters… 5% wastage!

| May 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Cows are messy eaters… 5% wastage!

Dairy cows in New Zealand are fed almost exclusively on a range of pasture grasses. If you watch a cow eating you will notice that there is always some of each mouthful that falls to the ground uneaten – cows are messy eaters.

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Lest we forget the long drop

| April 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Lest we forget the long drop

There may not be very many long drops left in Southland, but that doesn’t mean they should be forgotten. In recent times Environment Southland has extended their interest in pollution in the region. As it turns out it is not just the farming sector who would be contributing to the state of the region’s waterways. […]

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Pesticides not to blame for bee decline

| April 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Pesticides not to blame for bee decline

Europe’s decision to ban neonicotinoids is another example of politicians making decisions meant for regulators. Pesticides have been blamed for a decline in bee health despite a lack of scientific proof. “Clear scientific evidence has taken a back-seat to a politically-based decision on regulation, which could mean the reduction of effective crop protection products in […]

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Upcoming Meeting

| April 19, 2013 | 0 Comments
Upcoming Meeting

Next Waituna Landcare Group meeting  is Monday 22nd April at Kapuka South Community Centre, 7.30pm.

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Conservation Volunteers to the Rescue

| April 17, 2013 | 0 Comments
Conservation Volunteers to the Rescue

Fonterra sponsor the Conservation Volunteers to assist with projects in the Waituna Catchment.

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