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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

Learning on the Land

11/24/2017
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In 1952 Edmund Jeff gifted his 2424 hectare Southland farm to the Salvation Army with the proviso the farm and its profits were to be used to train under-privileged youths to become farmers. Sixty-five years later the sheep, beef and deer property near Clinton is still a training farm. Each year farm manager, John Chittock and his wife Liz help equip young cadets with the skills they need for a career in agriculture.

Duration: 00:23:12


Active in AI

11/24/2017
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Don Shaw is an AI Technician which means at this time of the year he is up early visiting dairy farms every morning inseminating cows that have come on heat. It's a job thousands of people do between September and December. Not many would be in their 70's. Don is. He's 79 years old has no plans to retire just yet.

Duration: 00:09:49


Zespri's New CEO

11/24/2017
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Dan Mathieson is the new CEo at the kiwifruit marketing organisation Zespri. He comes with 15 years experience marketing kiwifruit from based in Japan, South Korea and Singapore. He's staying living in Singapore and sees it as innovative to have a CEO off shore.

Duration: 00:08:53


Regional Wrap

11/24/2017
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Hot, calm days are suiting bees on orchards, but Hawkes Bay hasn't had any significant rain for six or seven weeks and it needs some. Eastern Marlborough is drying up too so farmers are offloading lambs and surplus ewes.

Duration: 00:06:19


Spaced Out

11/17/2017
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The small Waikato town of Kihikihi is home to a Space Museum. It has artefacts from both the Russian and American space programmes, lots of interactive activities and you can see real time footage from the sky lab. It may seem a funny place to set up shop, but an old church hall in a rural community has made an ideal base.

Duration: 00:17:00


Cambodian Peppercorns

11/17/2017
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New Zealander Julian Hansen has a master's degree in political science and Russian, and he speaks Thai, Russian and Khmer. Over twenty years ago he went to Cambodia to work on development projects. Tired of sitting behind a desk, he and his Cambodian wife went to live in the highlands where they grow peppercorns and avocados for both local and export markets.

Duration: 00:08:01


Stonyhurst

11/17/2017
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The Douglas-Clifford family run a 22,000 stock unit sheep, beef and deer breeding and finishing property at Motunau, north of Christchurch. They are the proud winners of the 2017 Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Award.

Duration: 00:05:01


Regional Wrap

11/17/2017
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Very little grass silage has been made in dairy farming areas of the North Island so farmers are being warned they probably won't be able to buy any when they need it.

Duration: 00:05:15


Christmas Cherries

11/17/2017
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45 South owns and manages more than 150 hectares of orchards in the Cromwell area of Central Otago that produce 30 to 40% of New Zealand's export cherries. General Manager Tim Jones says the cherry season is running early and picking is due to start in early December.

Duration: 00:02:19


Full Episode for Friday November 17, 2017

11/17/2017
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Country Life whizs around a Space Museum in a small Waikato town .. there are plenty of interactive displays as well as genuine space suits and other artefacts from space programmes. Also, Environment Southland's Focus Farm Activity Plan is being taken up by an increasing number of farmers.

Duration: 00:50:50


Focus Farm Activity Plan

11/16/2017
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Environment Southland's farm plan is being taken up by an increasing number of farmers. So far, more than 400 farmers have been offered free, farm-specific environmental management advice through the plan. They can also apply for up to $5,000 towards implementing some of the recommendations. Sheep farmer Nigel King was surprised at what he discovered about his farm when he was guided through the process by Environment Southland land sustainability officer, Anastazia Raymond.

Duration: 00:11:38


Making Water the Winner

11/10/2017
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Water and Land 2020 & Beyond is an Environment Southland project to maintain and improve Southland's freshwater. Over the past four months farmers have been voicing their concerns about the proposed water and land plan at public hearings in Invercargill and Gore. There are 953 submissions to be considered before a decision version of the plan is released in March next year.

Duration: 00:24:24


Mela Juice

11/10/2017
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Brian Belluomini and Sarah Wright think the secret to their juice just might be the sturdy, not overly efficient, 40 year old juicer they inherited. Mela Juice produces single variety apple juices and apple cider vinegar on a rural property not far from Greytown in Wairarapa. A local farmer picks up the waste from the juice making process, uses it as a natural fertiliser and adds the pulp to stock feed.

Duration: 00:12:17


Spud Olsen

11/10/2017
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Paul 'Spud' Olsen grow potatoes in Opiki and keeps putting his hand up to be involved in farming and growing organisations.

Duration: 00:07:33


Mad about Sheep

11/3/2017
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Dayanne Almeida is a self-confessed sheep nutter. She was determined to move to New Zealand from Brazil to work in the sheep industry and now spreads the world about sheep farming on her "Sheep Nutter' Facebook page.

Duration: 00:18:02


Are aliens into agronomy?

11/3/2017
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Country Life is turning the clock back to 1961 and playing an audio recording from Nga Taonga Sound and Vision Archives of rural people who claim to have seen unidentified flying objects in South Canterbury. The unusual interviews include two farm labourers who saw a circular black object land in a turnip paddock, a Waimate woman who discovered a bright light on the ground which rose and shone a blue beam downwards and a dairy farmer and his son who noticed an orange object glide over...

Duration: 00:13:57


Regional Wrap

11/3/2017
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Maize is germinating well in most North Island areas, it's a little later going in than normal, and asparagus has had a terrific growing week. Lamb marking is in full swing in Central Otago and farmers are busy making hay, silage and bailage.

Duration: 00:05:40


British Bubbles

11/3/2017
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New Zealand winemaker Cameron Roucher is the vineyard manager at Rathfinny Wine Estate, one of the largest new vineyards in the UK and owned by former London hedge fund manager Mark Driver.

Duration: 00:05:51


Keeping it natural

10/27/2017
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With a passion for healthy living and a belief that conventional farming was affecting people's health, Southland farmers Lois and Robin Greer stopped using chemicals on their Tuturau dairy farm 15 years ago and headed down the organic path.

Duration: 00:20:51


Regional Wrap

10/27/2017
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In King Country fine weather is let docking gangs separate thousands of lambs from their tails, and asparagus is growing better with warmer, drier conditions . Farmers in Canterbury are planting fodder beet and kale, while contractors are burning the midnight oil as they try and catch up on the previous wet weather periods.

Duration: 00:05:46

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