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Country Life takes you down country roads to meet ordinary people achieving their dreams. We live in a beautiful country...


Country Life Summer Edition - Number 3

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:05:00 +1300

Rod Millen is a New Zealand and international motor racing champion who has lived in the United States since 1978. He now commutes every two weeks between California and Hahei in the Coromandel . Rod grew up on a farm in New Zealand and is now combining his love of rural life here with his love for motor racing. He's bought a farm and each year hosts the Leadfoot Festival on it. It's a festival of speed and driving. Drivers come from all over New Zealand and from overseas to scream up a hill climb course, that for 363 other days of the year, doubles as the farm's driveway. Also, winning poultry prizes is becoming a habit for 27-year-old duck breeder Richard Price, who rears his quacky birds on a 12 acre lifestyle block in Mosgiel... And Sourdough bread made the genuine slow way in a very rural artisan bakehouse.

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Piqa Boo! What’s new in apples and pears

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:28:00 +1300

NZ growers are snapping up the newest apple on the block, Dazzle, and Piqa Boo, a new pear variety that combines the best of the East and West.

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Thrilling distilling in Cardrona valley

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:25:00 +1300

The Cardrona Distillery is nestled high in the Cardrona Valley between Wanaka and Queenstown. It's a dream come true for Desiree and Ash Whitaker who opened the plant in late 2015 after years of research and planning. 

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Sale Yard Stocking Filler

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:20:00 +1300

A day off, socks, rain and more money for lamb are just some of things farmers attending this week's Frankton sale wanted in their Christmas stocking

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Noel's Christmas Trees

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:17:00 +1300

Every year more than 30-thousand Christmas trees are cut at Noel and Janet Higham's South Head farm near Helensville. The trees are sold as far away as Wellington.

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Meat and Potatoes

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:12:00 +1300

Approval has been given to introduce a tiny wasp that will kill the damaging potato psyllid and $4.25 million has been earmarked to develop a meat sensor able to measure the quality of meat destined for export.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:05:00 +1300

Ewes are being dagged and shorn in Southland and everyone's trying to get their lambs to the works before Christmas. In the North Island maize is finally growing well and the order has gone out for regular dollops of rain over summer.

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Running Rangitaiki

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:36:00 +1300

Landcorp's Rangitaiki Station on the Central Plateau is one of the SOE's larger enterprises. It has tens of thousands of animals, including New Zealand's largest deer herd. There are 20 staff and over 100 dogs. Venison from the farm is now being marketed under Landcorp's Pamu brand in North America and New Zealand. Using the Pamu brand Landcorp is developing partnerships with NZ processing and marketing companies. The aim is add value beyond the farm gate.

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Warm winters delay cherry season

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:25:00 +1300

West Melton fruit grower Peter Sargeant has had to cancel all his Christmas cherry orders because the season is running so late, but luckily his strawberry crop is ripe for picking and the punnets are flying out of his tunnel house.

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A solution to strewn silage wrap

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:17:00 +1300

Helen Slattery's rural contracting firm is one in a small network of businesses across New Zealand that collects used plastic wraps from bales of stock feed and sends it for recycling.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:09:00 +1300

Gentle amounts of rain have tickled the grass on many North Island farms, although eastern parts such as Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa are drying quickly in the strong winds. In the South Island Canterbury and Central Otago are green. Central hasn't been so green at this time of year since 1982. Sheep farmers are most disappointed at the poor lamb prices.

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Valley Gatherings

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:05:00 +1300

Genevieve King has just published a book about the food grown, produced and gathered in the Clarence Valley north of Kaikoura. She is from a high country farm that has suffered huge damage from the November earthquake and is also a raft guide and was camping with clients on the Clarence River when the quake hit.

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Forestry on fire

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:36:00 +1300

Forests planted on the East Coast 30 years ago are now being harvested and it's having a huge positive spinoff for people in the area.

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Wool and Wine

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:17:00 +1300

John Perriam has been growing fine wool at Bendigo Station in Central Otago since 1979. He was at the centre of farmer-driven initiative that led to the formation of Merino New Zealand and more recently he has overseen the transformation of the lower slopes of the 11,000 hectare property into a significant new wine area.

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Regional Wrap

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:09:00 +1300

Wind has ripped newly sown crops out of the ground in Horowhenua. In the South Island it's much greener than usual for the time of year but the ground is starting to dry out.

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Wool Woes

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:05:00 +1300

Returns for wool have taken a dive. Federated Farmers Meat and Fibre spokeserson Rick Powdrell says the demand from Chinese buyers has dropped right off and returns following the Brexit vote have dipped.

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