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BEEF Country 2024

Read BEEF Country 2024 online here. BEEF Country is an annual journal packed with New Zealand’s inspirational and technical information in the aim to breed and finish ultimately the world’s best beef.

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Seven OIO decisions to convert hill country to forestry in February alone

Pasture to production forestry sales are back on the table for foreign investment in 2024 as the Overseas Investment Office clarifies its policy position on the benefit to NZ test, says Property Brokers General Manager - Rural, Conrad Wilkshire.

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Episode 17 – The billion dollar question: Selling land to foreign buyers or not?

In February 2024, the Overseas Investment Office approved 7 foreign buyer sales to pine trees under the eye of the current coalition government.
It has hill country sheep and beef farmers scratching their heads as to whether National and ACT were even listening to the drum being beaten by the “50 Shades of Green” movement at all?

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Episode 16 – Understanding the puzzle of pest control

Old chemistry is being withdrawn from the market globally, and being more selective is encouraged for both avoiding insecticide and pesticide resistance while also bringing down onfarm costs. So how do you control pests without relying on an overuse of pesticides? Three science experts aim to support the major knowledge gap on pests and diseases in pasture, forage and cereal crops.

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Episode 15 – Are Wiltshire’s sunrise strong wool’s sunset?

Shearing & animal health costs outstrip the income from strong wool and one academic believes it’s a no brainer to lean into Wiltshires (shedding sheep). Rebecca uncovers the benefits of the breed from the research trial at Massey University along with the inspirational story of one East Coast farmer who had his capital stock wiped out from a drought and a cyclone.

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Episode 14 – Resilience put into perspective by farmer, Rosie Dowling

Following the tragic death of her husband Gav, Rosie Dowling wasn’t going to leave their first farm and was determined to carry on farming despite a steep learning curve. This episode features Rosie sharing her inspiring story. We also hear learnings on resilience in farming from Gerard Vaughan, project director at Farmstrong, and catch up with Jack Jensen, the man behind the #sparkthatchat movement and who pulled together the Fuel Your Stoke Tour on the East Coast.

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Episode 13 – Are biodiversity credits the golden ticket to more native trees vs pine trees?

The concept of receiving funds or credits for planting native bush rather than pine trees on farms could encourage farmers to retire sensitive land to regenerating native bush. But what’s the right financial model that can help outweigh the cost of establishment and maintenance for farmers that prefer natives to pines? 

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Episode 12 – Top tips for tupping in the dry from two farmers & a vet

Are you having to balance a lack of feed and holding ewe condition in a dry Autumn? This episode is jam-packed with technical knowledge from two farmers and a veterinarian. Mark Zino shares how to juggle feeding grain and silage to not overdo it, Alistair Bird shares why he’s not mating his ewe hoggets this season, and vet Peter Anderson of Marlborough gives key tips for tupping, teaser rams, timing and triplets.

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Episode 11 – The double-edged sword of shearing in New Zealand

With Golden Shears 2024 being packed with crowds and the sheer number of women coming into both shearing and wool-handling, how do we keep stoking the fire of talent whilst we wait for a return to better wool prices? 

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The Big Ball – in support of Rural Change

Looking an excuse to get out and have some fun while raising funds for a good cause? Why not dust off your ball gown or tuxedo and head along to The Big Ball at Lincoln in June and support rural mental health.

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