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A weekly programme of issues and stories of particular concern to the rural community, and also of interest to a general audience.

A weekly programme of issues and stories of particular concern to the rural community, and also of interest to a general audience.
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Location:

Wellington, New Zealand

Description:

A weekly programme of issues and stories of particular concern to the rural community, and also of interest to a general audience.

Language:

English

Contact:

PO Box 489, Hamilton 07 8580729


Episodes

Picking up sticks: Tolaga Bay farmers foot the bill for "man-made" flooding

11/16/2018
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In the early hours of Monday 10 June (Queen's Birthday), heavy rain pummeled the hill country inland of Tolaga Bay. When the rains hit, forestry debris ('stash') that had been left lying on steep hillsides was swept down towards the sea. On the way, the debris got caught in bridges and trees, creating beaver dams. When these dams burst, logs were sent hurtling through nearby farmland, flattening fences and filling drains with silt. Local farmers like Mike and Bridget Parker say this major...

Duration:00:24:33

Mohair, mo' money: farming Angora goats in Canterbury

11/16/2018
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Glenn Gamble has a flock of 400 mohair-producing Angora goats on his Canterbury farm. He says their fleece sells for a much higher price than the wool from his crossbred sheep.

Duration:00:11:58

Sweet Thistles - Four legged pest control

11/16/2018
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AgResearch has set up a trial to see when goats find thistles most palatable. It's hoping they will eat the flowers and prevent thistles seeding.

Duration:00:04:53

On the farm: our guide to what's happening around NZ

11/16/2018
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Gisborne farmers are thrilled with the prices they're receiving for their lambs - $140 dollars straight off their mothers. Southland arable farmers need the rain to stop.

Duration:00:07:48

Full Episode for Friday November 16 2018

11/16/2018
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Slash litters Tolaga Bay beach and farmers out of pocket; angora goats - love of a man's life and when do goats prefer thistles?

Duration:00:50:40

The market gardening couple flourishing in Sefton and on social media

11/9/2018
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Cam and Melissa Booker grow more than 30 varieties of fruit and vegetables at their market garden in North Canterbury. All the produce, as well as apples from the family orchard in Motueka, is sold at farmers' markets and via their increasingly popular "Grown" vege box business. On December 24th the couple also hosts the Sefton Christmas Harvest Market and up to 3000 people descend on their property to buy local produce, pick peas and dig potatoes for the festive season.

Duration:00:19:14

Horsing Around

11/9/2018
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Danielle Power started Accolade Stud three years ago on her 10-acre lifestyle block in Sefton, North Canterbury. The stud is based around her palomino gypsy cob stallion Ballydangan Bo-Shambu. She brought him over from Australia at great expense last year and she is hoping the demand for his progeny will reap financial rewards.

Duration:00:07:07

Feedback - Bark beetles a problem? Don't export bark!

11/9/2018
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Peter Bielski of Nelson says if export logs were squared up, the bark would be removed and become a resource for us to exploit.

Duration:00:01:34

Scarborough Fare: the delicate business of fine herbs

11/9/2018
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Each week Scarborough Fare's Jeanette Rea and Pam Maurice pack out a tonne of herbs - that's an awful lot of leaves. The growers, from near Waiuku, have three hectares in fragrant herbs, mostly grown hydroponically. They supply wholesalers who in turn send the herbs to shipping lines and to caterers, cafes and restaurants around the country.

Duration:00:11:06

Regional Wrap

11/9/2018
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Bay of Plenty's had glorious days. Silage is being cut here too, there's plenty of grass around. The West Coast is mopping up after a deluge. Queenstown had snow in the hills and then 22 degree days.

Duration:00:07:08

Fonterra's Open Gates Open Day

11/9/2018
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People have flocked to register to visit Fonterra farms this weekend. Three times the number of people who visited open farms last year want to see farming in action this year.

Duration:00:03:24

Full Episode for Friday 9 November 2018

11/9/2018
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The Country Life team hear about the deluge on the West Coast - and how Northland would like some of that water diverted its way. Kiwifruit is flowering. Country Life's with one of the country's biggest herb growers snipping the tips off chives, they're with a woman who has a new love in her life...gypsy cob horses...and a North Canterbury vege grower welcomes thousands of people onto his property to dig potatoes and pick peas for Christmas.

Duration:00:50:45

The New Buzz on Mustering

11/2/2018
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The King Country's John Gray has spent years working with sheep. Now he's combining his skills as a stockman, his trusty dogs and a drone to round up feral goats. Many landowners paying him to clear their goats are now making money from their meat, he says.

Duration:00:16:29

Undie FiveHundy: Doyleston

11/2/2018
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The Under FiveHundy series explores rural New Zealand towns with fewer than 500 inhabitants. Doyleston is 20 kilometres south of Lincoln in Canterbury's Selwyn District. Surrounded by farmland and on the road between Leeston and Springston, it's unlikely you'll stop by unless you need fuel or are a local. Community committee chairman, garage owner and postman Jack Pearcy, says there is a lot more to the peaceful township than meets the eye.

Duration:00:14:19

Spotting Leaf Roll Virus

11/2/2018
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Plant and Food Research is using new technologies, including arificial intelligence and sensing technologies, to help detect a damaging virus that secretly takes hold in grape vines.

Duration:00:08:01

Regional Wrap

11/2/2018
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South Auckland received 50 millimetres or more of rain. It was most welcome but delayed spuds, onion and carrot harvesting. It's been a typical wet and windy October for coastal Southland. It's a battle to get crops in ground.

Duration:00:07:08

Taranaki Woman wins Excellence Award

11/2/2018
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Jessie Waite works for Federated Farmers.The 26-year-old is one of three winners of the 2018 NZ Young Farmers Excellence Awards recognising members who are leaders, achievers and role models.

Duration:00:03:14

Country Life for 2 November 2018

11/2/2018
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The New Buzz on Mustering, Under FiveHundy - Down in Doyleston, Spotting Leaf Roll Virus, NZ Young Farmers Excellence Award and the Regional Wrap.

Duration:00:50:48

The South Taranaki iwi making superfood smoothies with indigenous ingredients

10/26/2018
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Kaitahi Native Superfood Company sells a frozen blend of fruit, vegetables, seeds, kūmara, pūhā and kawakawa which you shake with liquid to make an instant smoothie.

Duration:00:17:41

The university club lending a hand to Canterbury farmers

10/26/2018
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Six uni mates in Canterbury were looking for a way to support farmers under stress... so they set up Handy Landys. It's now a fully functioning club at Lincoln University with more than 50 members.

Duration:00:13:43