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

Chris Howell says the recent rain has been a hiccup in an otherwise very promising season.

21:10 Regional Wrap

Rain gauges around the country have had more in them that they have for months which is good news for most farmers, especially those in the North Island.

21:18 Eels for England

Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere commercial fisherman Clem Smith works the scenic lake for eels and exports them to London for the jellied market.

21:30 Taratahi Tautane Station

Iconic Hawkes Bay sheep and beef station Tautane was purchased by Ngati Kahungunu in May 2013. It's leased by the agricultural training organisation Taratahi and students get the opportunity to work on a farm which still has five thousand lambs to muster and big ranging hills and valleys to ride over.

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.