Country Life

Saturday 21 January 2012, with Carol Stiles, Susan Murray, Cosmo Kentish-Barnes & Duncan Smith

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21:05 Intro and Guest

Rob and Karen Newman won Federated Farmers Gisborne Wairoa Farmer of the Year title this month. Their farm earnings are over double the district average, and well above even the top ten percent of farmers. Intensive bull farming, applying generous amounts of fertiliser and setting goals help improve farm returns.

21:11 Regional Wrap

Apart from the poor West Coast of Northland, the North Island's received good soaking rains in the past week or more, while in the South Island West Coast farmers are cleaning up debris after last week's storm.

21:18 Ben James Young Hawkes Bay Apple Orchardist

Ben James started his working life in the military, he then went building houses but now as a 29 year old, has a clutch of grower competition titles to his name and he loves the apple industry which is challenging, ever changing and he says has a bright future. He's on an orchard growing the small, super sweet apple, Rockit. It's exported in a tennis ball sized tube which goes down well in Taiwan. 

21:31 Truffles with Rosie

Gareth Renowden grows three different species of culinary truffles on his Waipara Valley farm in North Canterbury. The truffles are sold to restaurants around New Zealand and his next goal is to start exporting them, but he couldn't do it without Rosie his champion truffle hound.

Audio from Saturday 21 January 2012

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

  • Figs in Hawkes Bay ( 11′ 26″ )

    21:18 Helen Walker and Murray Douglas are fig enthusiasts and grow them on their horticultural block near Havelock North in Hawkes Bay.

  • Udderly Robotic ( 22′ 59″ )

    21:27 Cosmo Kentish-Barnes visits New Zealand's first commercial robotic dairy farm near Ashburton where cows milk themselves when they want to.

  • Laurie the Luthier ( 17′ 10″ )

    21:10 Luthier Laurie Williams lives in the Far North. To reach him requires a rugged drive on gravel roads but the beauty of the instruments he crafts from native wood is sublime. He selects the trees and controls the process from the rough sawn timber to the final product. On the international market his guitars can fetch upwards of ten thousand US dollars.