Nutrient management and irrigation options are the focus of
the Federated Farmers North Canterbury annual field day and
conference next month.
Snowdon Station at Rakaia Gorge and the Glentunnel Community
Centre hosts the annual meeting on Friday, April 4.
Events start at Snowdon Station at 10am with a farm tour
before lunch and the annual meeting to follow in the
woolshed, with an address from Federated Farmers
vice-president William Rolleston.
Waipara farmer Lynda Murchison was elected president at the
province's monthly board meeting in September and is seeking
re-election. She was also elected meat and fibre spokeswoman
at last year's annual meeting, meaning this role is now
A grain and seed spokesman is also sought, after Kirwee
farmer Murray Rowlands stepped down last year.
All positions are contestable at the meeting.
Members will retreat to the Glentunnel Community Centre for
speeches from 3.30pm, followed by a dinner in the evening.
Speakers included soil scientist Philip Schofield, speaking
about soil management and nutrient loss, and IrrigationNZ
chief executive Andrew Curtis, speaking on irrigation options
for dryland farming. Environment Canterbury chief executive
Bill Bayfield will answer questions.
Snowdon Station is about 42km from Darfield; follow State
Highway 72 to Windwhistle Garage and turn right on to
Coleridge Rd. It will be signposted from Coleridge Rd.
To register, contact Linda Donnelly on (03) 357-9450 or