Stoneleigh Valentino, a 5-year-old white male huacaya alpaca
bred by Chris and Liz Strack, of Ohoka, near Rangiora, was
named supreme champion huacaya alpaca at the National Alpaca
Expo at Christchurch earlier this month.
Ranfurly farmer Dawn Sangster is a woman of many trades and
talents, one being an elected member of the Beef and Lamb New
Zealand (BLNZ) Central South Island farmer council, the other
as an Alliance Group director and in what time she has left,
a farmer in the Maniototo.
More research needs to be done on the reasons behind New
Zealand's farmer suicide rate, both for men and women, New
Zealand Federated Farmers' (NZFF) health and safety
spokeswoman Katie Milne says. In a recent press release she
said statistics showed 169 farmers had committed suicide
Trade Minister Tim Groser says he has concerns that New
Zealand's market access for its dairy products under the
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could be sewn up in private
talks between the United States and Japan and the result
could be unsatisfactory.