Northern News : September 21st 2011
14 NORTHERN NEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 Helping grow the country Thinking of growing maize this season? Get in touch with our local Technical Field Representatives for expert advice on variety selection, soil testing and recommendations, spray programmes, and on-going monitoring throughout the season. These are just a few of the services we can provide and the best thing is it's all free of charge! 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Council biosecurity senior programme man- ager Don McKenzie says the kiwifruit industry is battling with the bac- terial disease PSA -- Pseudomonas syringae pv. Actinidiae -- around the Te Puke region. With more than 240 orchards in the Te Puke area affected, this dis- ease is costing millions of dollars but fortunately it hasn't reached North- land so far. However, it could be spread by any- one bringing infected branch stock, soil and other materials into Northland from infected areas.'' Kerikeri Fruitgrowers Association chairman Rick Curtis says the kiwifruit industry is worth tens of millions of dollars to the Kerikeri area annually, with about 300 fulltime and 1000 seasonal jobs reliant on it. Mr Curtis says while those in the local kiwi- fruit industry are well- aware of the risks posed by contaminated plant material, tools and machinery, they are especially worried about the risks posed by the general public unknow- ingly bringing infected plant material into Northland. He says home gard- eners are asked to sup- port growers' efforts by not bringing any plant material into the region. Mr McKenzie says there are a few simple steps people can take to help stop the spread pest plants, animals and insects. Check and clean all materials before you bring them home. Other pesty hitch- hikers such as pest ants and weed seeds are also easily transported, yet the damage these pests can do to your home and garden can have a last- ing impact, costing you time and money.'' He says the regional council offers pest identi- fication advice if people are unsure what they're dealing with, but the key is getting more eyes and ears protecting the region's border and your own backyard. People wanting to know more about tack- ling pest plants or animals can contact members of the council's biosecurity team on 0800-002-004. Alternatively, infor- mation is available on line at www.nrc.govt.nz/ pestmanagement. Report any new pests promptly and we may have a chance of getting the next new invader before it costs us all.'' BOI Vets holds pet lamb and calf day Pet day: Bring your lamb or calf. Programme of events for the BOI Vets pet lamb and calf day on Sept- ember 24, 9am start. To be held at Vets Waipapa, opposite The Warehouse. 6 years and under: 1. Best leading lamb 2. Best leading calf 3. Shiniest calf coat 4. Cur- liest lamb coat 5. Obstacle course 6. Fancy dress calf/lamb 7. Fastest drinking calf 8. Fastest drinking lamb 7to10years: 1. Best leading lamb 2. Best leading calf 3. Shiniest calf coat 4. Cur- liest lamb coat 5. Obstacle course 6. Fancy dress calf/lamb 7. Fastest drinking calf 8. Fastest drinking lamb 12 years & over: 1. Best leading lamb 2. Best leading calf 3. Shiniest calf coat 4. Cur- liest lamb coat 5. Obstacle course 6. Fancy dress calf/lamb 7. Fastest drinking calf 8. Fastest drinking lamb Remember to bring feeding bottles and milk. Call (09) 401-6654 for information. Leave seals alone says DOC Not so sad seal: Quite happy and best left alone. Tearful, melancholic fur seals hanging around Northland are not a cause for concern. The Department of Conservation says people are calling in concerned about sick seals hanging around for long periods. However, an influx of New Zealand fur seals to Northland is normal around this time of year as the seals are generally weaned pups learning their way around the marine world. DOC spokeswoman Sioux Campbell said fur seals may appear sick to concerned beach-goers as their eyes often weep and they may seem leth- argic with off-colour fur. This is all normal and the seals are best left to their own devices, she says. The seals are most likely just resting and they may be moulting, or are pups discovering their new life at sea. Unless a seal is in danger of a dog attack, there's no need to inter- vene and it will return to the sea in its own time.'' Although they look cute, the seals have a nasty bite and can become aggressive quickly, she says. Seals can move surprisingly fast if they feel threatened and carry diseases which can be transferred to humans. One was recently reported as lounging in the sea, waving a flip- per for ages. While this is endearing and enter- taining, it's also some- thing seals do and it doesn't mean an invite into the water, or that the seal needs help.'' DOC maintains a hands off' policy, unless seals are under direct threat from dogs.
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