Nutrition and irrigation focus of the day

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 vacant.

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 email: ldonnelly@fedfarm.org.nz.