Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Grace Farm field-day focuses on profitability

Grace Farm field-day focuses on profitability and sustainability

Farmers and lifestyle block owners get an opportunity this weekend to learn how soils and landforms affect the profitability and sustainability of their properties. The Auckland Regional Council (ARC), in conjunction with the Farm Forestry Association, is holding a field day at Grace Farm, north of Tihana on Saturday 21 September, starting at 10:15am.

“In the Auckland region there are over 220 different soil types, all with different responses to land management practices”, says Tony Thompson Senior Land Management Officer at ARC.

The ARC has been working with farmer, Ray Hollis, on his 105 hectare property (Grace Farm). From this work, a series of maps have been developed detailing the soil types or ‘land use capability.’ The maps will be on display as part of the field day.

ARC Environmental Management Committee Chair Brian Smith said, “In simplifying this complex soil information we hope to provide landowners with a better understanding of their different soil types, and encourage land management practices with maximum productivity while ensuring farming methods are sustainable.”

“Our research shows that steep class six and seven land, of which there is quite a bit in Rodney, can be costing farmers money to work, eating into the profits made from flatter country”, says Mr Thompson. A better option would be to investigate a change of landuse. Planting a block of trees, for example, on some land might be more cost efficient.”

Everyone is welcome to attend, bring your own lunch.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Government: Northland To Move To Orange, NZ Prepared For Omicron

Northland will move to Orange at 11:59pm tonight, 20 January 2022, while the rest of New Zealand will remain at Orange as the Government prepares for Omicron to enter the community.
“Vaccination rates have continued to increase in Northland and are now at 89 percent first dose. The easing of the Auckland boundary over summer did not drive an increase in cases so we believe it is safe for Northland...


Gordon Campbell: On Responding To The Need In Tonga

The power of the Tonga eruption (and the size of the aid response being mounted) have been sobering indications of the scale of this disaster. The financial impact is certain to exceed the damage done by Cyclone Harold two years ago, which was estimated at the time to cost $US111 million via its effects on crops, housing and tourism facilities. This time, the tsunami damage, volcanic ash, sulphur dioxide contamination and villager relocation expenses are likely to cost considerably more to meet...


Government: New Zealand Prepared To Send Support To Tonga

New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today... More>>

Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Immunisation Starts For 5 To 11-year-old Tāmariki

More than 120,000 doses of the child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January... More>>

Crown: Duke Of York’s NZ Military Patronage Appointment Ends
Buckingham Palace has recently announced that, with the Queen's approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen... More>>

Financial Services Federation: Open Letter To Government From Non-bank Lenders: The Path Forward On CCCFA Changes
Responsible lenders are not interested in telling the Government “I told you so” when it comes to unintended consequences of changes to lending laws that are now causing grief for everyday Kiwis seeking finance... More>>

CTU: Too Many Kiwi Workers Financially Vulnerable As Omicron Looms
With New Zealand on the precipice of an Omicron outbreak and the economic upheaval that comes with it, the CTU’s annual Mood of the Workforce Survey shows the vast majority of kiwi workers do not have the financial resources to survive a period of unemployment... More>>

Financial Advice NZ: Law Changes Locking Out Home Seekers, Urgent Meeting Sought With Government

Recent changes in consumer finance law on top of Government policy changes are locking many home seekers out of finance options they would have qualified for just six weeks ago, says Financial Advice New Zealand... More>>




InfoPages News Channels