Country Life

Friday 24 August 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 24 August 2012

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

  • Intro & Regional Wrap ( 6′ 57″ )

    21:05 The sun has shown its face in the North Island and on the east coast of the South Island conditions are muddy underfoot.

  • Guest ( 4′ 50″ )

    21:12 Karapiro Kiwifruit grower Tim Oliver responds to the news PSA has been found in Waikato.

  • Agri news ( 2′ 42″ )

    21:18 A selection of primary industry stories from throughout the week.

  • Lake Farm Beef ( 12′ 51″ )

    21:21 Colin Brown runs Lake Farm Beef from his picturesque property over looking Lake Karapiro. He breeds and raises angus and angus piedmontese cross cattle to sell directly to consumers, a farm to plate business. He says his beef hit three tennets of tender, tasty and healthy, and he aims to raise the best beef in the world and show case that process to other NZ farmers.

  • Westland - The Milky Way ( 23′ 38″ )

    21:33 The Westland Cooperative Dairy Company was formed 75 years ago and is 100 percent dairy farmer owned by about 330 shareholders from Karamea to Fox Glacier.

A Piedmontese/Angus calf just born at Lake Farm Beef.

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Colin Brown of Lake Farm Beef.