Rural News with Farm Source

26/08/2017

Sunday 27th August 2017

MPI is urgently contacting farms and testing cattle that may have been received from a property infected with mycoplasma bovis. It’s the third South Island farm to be  plagued by the deadly cattle disease. The Oamaru property received cows from an infected farm before the disease was declared… and also sent cattle off to a number of farms before July the 20th.

A five star safety rating system for quad bikes… mandatory roll bars… or financial subsidies. These are the outcomes of a coroner's inquiry into the “unacceptable” rate of quad bike deaths and injuries. The coroner wants the Government to do more.. With quad bike deaths spiking to 14 over ten months in 2016.

Hiking will be coming at an extra cost with National bumping up prices for the country’s Great Walks. International visitors will be paying double to use the Milford, Routeburn, Kepler, Abel Tasman, and Tongariro tracks. Fees for the other tracks and hut passes will be increased by fifty percent… with all money going to the Department of Conservation.

The Police Association wants to see a complete overhaul of the country’s firearms laws. It comes after a spate in shootings.. And a new survey showing one in five frontline officers have been threatened with guns. The Association wants the possession of illegal firearms revisited… and a national register to flag licence holders who buy large amounts of guns.

Stolen Avocado’s being sold on Facebook….  Not a myth… but a 21st century operation. Police are sending out fresh warnings to growers in the Eastern District and Bay of Plenty to watch out for thieves. They say the stolen produce is then being on-sold on facebook… and are warning anyone involved will be charged.

Worksafe is investigating the death of a forestry worker killed in Tolaga Bay earlier this week. They say he hit his head falling off a log hauler. It’s the second death of a forestry worker in a week.   

Saturday 26th August 2017

A coroner has issued a rare warning for farmers riding quad bikes. Around five people are killed and 850 people injured every year, riding quad bikes on farms. Coroner Brigitte Windley says the use of attached equipment and the rider being trapped under the quad are common features in the deaths. She says roll bars are controversial.. But research shows they work… and making them mandatory should be considered.

A third South Island farm could be infected with cattle disease - Mycoplasma bovis - as blood results test positive. The Oamaru dairy farm received cattle from one of the infected Van Leeuwen Dairy Group farms before officials realised the disease. And MPI says the Oamaru farm may have sent animals to other properties before the 20th of July. The property is now under strict restrictions.

National has set up a new online Government portal to help businesses deal with non-trade barriers. It comes under the party's new trade commitments released this week... including TEN new deals with 47 countries. Trade spokesman Todd McClay says the portal is important for smaller businesses dealing with exporting problems… and aims to have problems solved within two days.

A pledge from a group of industry bodies to make rivers swimmable is being given mixed reviews across the country. The sector leaders are responsible for 80 percent of farmed land in New Zealand… and gave no timeframe, plans or scientific evidence. National’s Environment spokesman, and primary industries spokesman, says it shows leadership and commitment. Meanwhile... the Green Party says it lacks substance, and they want to see direction.

Plans for a new eco-sanctuary on Farewell Spit are underway, with help from a retailer. Online natural health and wellness retailer HealthPost will be donating one-dollar…. every time a customer chooses the sanctuary as their chosen charity. The company is hoping to raise 100-thousand-dollars a year.

New data shows the Fieldays in June this year hit a record high number of visitors. It saw 133,588 people through the gates… coming from more than 40 countries. It’s also released its theme for next year…. Which is the “future of farming”.

Rural News on REX thanks to NZ Farm Source.