Reflections on a farming year

Year has been busy for Feds here with water plans the major issue over last few months.

Year has been busy for Feds here with water plans the major issue over last few months.

THE YEAR: Gisborne-Wairoa Federated Farmers 2016-17 provincial president Charlie Reynolds. File picture

ANOTHER year has flown by, large amounts of pig, beef and lamb have been consumed with lively parties and dinners all around the district.

We are in the heat of summer with lamb yields below par causing a few of us to scratch our heads wondering what has been going on and with the uncertainty around the lamb pricing for the next few months there will be a few more heads being scratched as well.

Interesting to note that our Aussie counterparts are receiving vastly more for their lamb than us.

Would love to hear someone explain why . . .

The year has been a busy one for Feds here with the water plans being the major issue over the last few months.

We should know over the coming months what the end result will be and what farmers will be landed with.

Special thanks to Debbie Bidlake for the vast amount of work she put in to fight for our members.

Thanks to Hamish Cave as well for his work and showing the commissars around the farm to show what issues face farmers in trying to meet these new plans.

The year’s weather has been up and down, round and round.

From the extreme facial eczema at the start of the year and the flow-on effects that impacted sheep farmers to the mid-winter drought to lots of rain through spring, which has led to lots of grass growth.

The heat of recent weeks has certainly dried the area out with the view from our main ridge going from a green sea to brown summer conditions very quickly.

Fingers crossed that the weather gods will throw us some rain in the near future.

The big concern for farmers is still the conditions of the road network and with the increased volume of trucks coming on our roads the risks are increasing with each day.

It is a sad indictment on Tairawhiti Roads and the NZTA when people have to buy radiotelephones just so they can get down a public road to take the kids to school safely.

Rating issues are always rearing its head and the team in Wellington are keeping a squeaky voice in the ears of those who control such matters.

But enough whinging as the cattle schedule still looks good for many months and the rain will come and we didn’t get the earthquake . . .

For those who get a timely break over the period (lucky sods), enjoy the time off and everyone stay safe out there.

ANOTHER year has flown by, large amounts of pig, beef and lamb have been consumed with lively parties and dinners all around the district.

We are in the heat of summer with lamb yields below par causing a few of us to scratch our heads wondering what has been going on and with the uncertainty around the lamb pricing for the next few months there will be a few more heads being scratched as well.

Interesting to note that our Aussie counterparts are receiving vastly more for their lamb than us.

Would love to hear someone explain why . . .

The year has been a busy one for Feds here with the water plans being the major issue over the last few months.

We should know over the coming months what the end result will be and what farmers will be landed with.

Special thanks to Debbie Bidlake for the vast amount of work she put in to fight for our members.

Thanks to Hamish Cave as well for his work and showing the commissars around the farm to show what issues face farmers in trying to meet these new plans.

The year’s weather has been up and down, round and round.

From the extreme facial eczema at the start of the year and the flow-on effects that impacted sheep farmers to the mid-winter drought to lots of rain through spring, which has led to lots of grass growth.

The heat of recent weeks has certainly dried the area out with the view from our main ridge going from a green sea to brown summer conditions very quickly.

Fingers crossed that the weather gods will throw us some rain in the near future.

The big concern for farmers is still the conditions of the road network and with the increased volume of trucks coming on our roads the risks are increasing with each day.

It is a sad indictment on Tairawhiti Roads and the NZTA when people have to buy radiotelephones just so they can get down a public road to take the kids to school safely.

Rating issues are always rearing its head and the team in Wellington are keeping a squeaky voice in the ears of those who control such matters.

But enough whinging as the cattle schedule still looks good for many months and the rain will come and we didn’t get the earthquake . . .

For those who get a timely break over the period (lucky sods), enjoy the time off and everyone stay safe out there.

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