Federated Farmers hopes all New Zealand farmers will enter
the Pasture Renewal Charitable Trust's ''Win a Free Paddock''
The competition, which runs until February 28, is aimed at
encouraging more action on pasture renewal.
The competition is open to all farmers from both the dairy
and sheep/beef/deer sectors. Three prizes valued at $8000
will be drawn on March 5.
The prizes consist of products and technical advice used in
the pasture renewal process and can be redeemed directly from
the winners' nominated rural retailer.
Online entries are encouraged at www.pasturerenewal.org.nz and
entry form are also available from most rural retailers or
direct from their representatives.
Pasture renewal was a core farming activity and improved
pasture quality meant greater productivity, increased
returns, improved animal health and more farm management
options, Federated Farmers board member and New Zealand
Grassland Association executive member Anders Crofoot said.
Throughout New Zealand, the total percentage of pasture
renewal fell well behind the 10%-12% annually recommended by
the trust. Dairy farmers renewed around 6%-7% annually and
the sheep and beef sector 2%-3%.
More than 80% of dairy farmers intended renewing run-out
pastures this season, regardless of their financial outlook,
a dairy farm survey released recently from Cinta showed.
Farmers knew annual pasture renewal was vital to their
operations, yet actions did not always follow those
intentions, PRCT project manager Nicola Holmes, of