Waterway fencing gathers pace as deadline looms

Bell Block’s Fonterra farmers have installed 1000’s of kilometres of fencing to exclude stock from waterways as the co-operative’s deadline to ring- fence almost all rivers, creeks and other water sources approaches in two weeks. Chief executive Theo Spierings said fencing was gathering pace and by December 1,2013 it was expected more than 90 per cent of waterways would be safe from livestock. Spierings said Fonterra was committed to providing its farmers with support to lift their environmental performance and reduce their impact on waterways. A Fonterra programme offers support on fencing, effluent management and nitrogen management. “We share New Zealanders’ concerns about water quality and we recognise that we must continue to up our game in the area of environmental sustainability,” Spierings said. “This is not just about dairy, but about New Zealand’s international reputation.”Fonterra says farmers are maintaining and managing raceways, tracks and paddocks on 10,600 supplier farms more effectively to reduce run-off and the impact of flooding, with strong efforts going into riparian planting. The work is part of a 10-year plan for a strong, sustainable future for dairying that protects natural resources and farmer profitability.

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Raw Milk – now for Sale in Bell Block

Dolly’s Milk, “Straight from the teat” Raw Milk is now on Sale in Bell Block. Non Pasteurized and Non Homogenised.Self Service Vending Machine (cash only). You can purchase good old fashioned glass bottles or bring your own container.
Rigorous Testing….Open 24 Hours, 7 Days per week. 209 Manutahi Road, Bell Block. PH: 027 4277 095

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Bell Block Farmers – Chemical Collection

Bell Block Farmers are being urged by the Taranaki Regional Council to sign up for it’s free agrichemicals collection program. The TRC said the service is undersubscribed at the moment and farmers have until August 23rd 2013 to register for a November collection undertaken by Agrecovery. The first tonne of chemicals collected will be free for farmers. Visit or phone: 0800 247 326 to book a collection.

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Fonterra Milk Formula Contaminaton

Anyone out there with Karicare Infant formula? These are the two products being recalled in New Zealand in the wake of the Fonterra botulism scare. The two affected products are:
Karicare Infant Formula Stage 1 (0 – 6 months) in NEW ZEALAND ONLY with batch numbers 3169 and 3170 (use by 17.06.2016 and 18.06.2016).
Karicare Infant Formula Stage 2 (6 – 12 months) in NEW ZEALAND ONLY with batch numbers D3183 (use by 31.12.2014.The batch number and use by date can be found on the base of the tin. Or for those of you that can, go back to breast-feeding, just what mother nature intended!!!!

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No New TB flare-up in Bell Block dairy herds

Taranaki, but not yet Bell Block is experiencing an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in dairy herds. New TB infections have just been found in three Taranaki dairy herds, two months after the disease was found in a dairy herd near Inglewood. TB has been discovered in two more herds near Inglewood and in one near Opunake in the centre of a cluster of herds infected in 2009. All infected stock are being culled and tested for the TB strain they are carrying to help find the source. Although there was no risk of a TB outbreak raging through the country, the infections were a stark reminder tuberculosis still existed in Taranaki. TB had a big impact on the options and finances of a herd owner, who could dispose of empty or low-producing cows only by selling them for slaughter, receiving only 65 per cent of market value. Farmers wanting information about TB can contact the AHB on 0800 482 4636 or at

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