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My Daily Digest: March 22, 2021

Banding together to improve sustainability  A Farmers Weekly reporter spent his Sunday afternoon out with a local catchment group in Manawatu.

Organisers weren’t sure how many people would attend, but were surprised when they got more than 80.

It seems more and more farmers are exploring ways to work together to improve their sustainability.

And catchment groups are a great way to do it. The land along the length and breadth of a waterway all contribute to its health.

So it makes sense that the responsibility in sustaining it is also shared, along with the knowledge each person may have picked up over years of farming trial and error.

A team will always be more productive and make better decisions due to the diversity of thought within it.

And, people just don’t want to let their mates down. There’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition.


Bryan Gibson


Big turnout at Pohangina catchment event

The popularity of farmer-led river catchment groups continues to grow, with the Pohangina Catchment Care Group attracting more than 80 people to a community event on Sunday.



Push for better rural connectivity

A 10-year plan that does not allow rural broadband connectivity to stand still is vital if rural communities are to ever match urban access, TUANZ chief executive Craig Young says.



Watson reps NZ as new WHFF president

New Zealand’s Cherilyn Watson has been appointed president of the World Holstein Friesian Federation (WHFF) council, becoming the first woman to hold the role in its 45-year history.



Unity needed to tackle rules

While it is encouraging that the Government has listened to the Southland Winter Grazing Advisory Group, it is also the trigger reiterating that farmers must keep being heard, Federated Farmers water and environment spokesperson Chris Allen says.



Rural Land Co to buy first farm

New Zealand Rural Land Company (NZRLC) has advised its first conditional purchase of an operating 456ha dairy farm in Southland for $10.37 million, including transaction cos



Tonight on Sarah’s Country


News Maker Monday: Politics of winter grazing and quad bike and school bus safety


In light of concerns over ACC subsidy for quad bike roll-over protection. Motor Industry Association chair Simon Meade gives his opinion and insights around providing a subsidy on a non-regulated standard. 

We’re also joined by Pip Cameron, who will share her frustrations on country school buses with no seatbelts, saying it’s a fatal accident waiting to happen.

Then RuralWeather’s Phil Duncan will provide an outlook on showers for Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and Coromandel, through to eastern Northland.

And, following the Government deferring winter grazing rules for another 12 months, National Party agriculture spokesperson David Bennett explains why Minister David Parker had no choice but to defer the regulations. 

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