Stock rustlers beware. Mosgiel-based company Oritain is using
its pioneering approach to scientifically certify the origin
of food products to help address the multimillion-dollar
issue of stock theft.
The sheep and beef sector stands to gain by a potential
$845 million in added value during the next 20 years once a
new Dunedin-based genetics research and development entity
hits its stride. Yvonne O'Hara reports.
The Otago Regional Council has an ongoing scientific study
programme under way, including establishing its own water
monitor farm programme as part of its drive to enhance and
improve water quality in the region under Plan Change 6A.
Geoffrey Wilson is a dairy man through and through. He is a
firm believer in treating his animals well and with respect
''every single day'', particularly as his cows work hard to
provide an income for him.
If not for the persistence of Holstein Friesian stud breeders
Philip and Heather Wilson, of the Telesis stud and West Mains
Farm, at Maungatua, one of the top, most prolific bulls in
the country, Firenze, might have ended up on the bobby truck.
Seventeen years ago, Andrew Welsh's parents started the
TEFRom stud. As he and his wife, Katherine, begin to take
over the reins, the stud has been nominated for Beef and Lamb
New Zealand Sheep Industry awards.
Environment Southland staff are assessing the most
cost-effective way to map land planted in winter forage crops
using satellite imagery, after a pilot study last year showed
the most accurate method was also the most expensive.