Country Life

Friday 3 February 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 Friday 3 February 2012

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

  • Gidday and Guest ( 6′ 8″ )

    21:05 Massey University professor Dr Jacqueline Rowarth has just taken up a newly formed role as Professor of Agribusiness within Waikato University's Management School. The University wants graduates to come out with a better understanding of agriculture and agribusiness.

  • Cock and Bull Stories - Tales from Two Kiwi Country Vets ( 5′ 4″ )

    21:42 'After Hours Ripper' by Peter Jerram.

  • Regional Wrap ( 8′ 5″ )

    21:09 Export blueberry prices are much stronger at last, but avocados are not doing so well. In the South Island temperatures have been cooler and Southland farmers are still recovering from the drought conditions in January..

  • Gorgeous Garlic ( 11′ 49″ )

    21:17 Liz Stanway grows 50 thousand bulbs of organic garlic on her property near Raglan.

  • Kakepuku Conservation ( 18′ 5″ )

    21:28 Kakepuku is a steep, distinctive mountain to the south west of Te Awamutu in Waikato. Seventeen years ago local farmers started pest control work on its 200 hectares. Now the bush has regenerated, and in 1999 native robins were translocated from Pureora Forest. More recently native falcon, karearea, have been added to the mix.

A karearea comes in to feed
A karearea comes in to feed.

Kakepuku Conservationists Laurie and Janice Hoverd
Kakepuku conservationists Laurie and Janice Hoverd.

The Educational Book produced by the Hoverds
The Educational Book produced by the Hoverds.