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Hawkes Bay farmers are warned to be on the lookout for tick disease.

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DairyNZ is alerting all farmers, including graziers, to keep an eye out for signs of a tick-carried disease that causes anaemia in cattle and to actively manage the risks of ticks to their herds.

Theileriosis is a disease caused by a species of Theileria, a blood-borne parasite that only affects cattle and is primarily transmitted by ticks. A new strain of Theileria orientalis called ikeda was first identified in Northland in late 2012. This strain has been associated with anaemia and death in cattle.

The DairyNZ warning comes after the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirmed that a case of Theileria had hit a South Island West Coast farm this Spring. MPI has concluded that a local population of infected ticks in Canterbury or the West Coast was responsible for transmitting infection to the 188-cow dairy herd.

DairyNZ technical veterinary advisor, Dr Nita Harding, says cattle are at risk when moved to areas where infected ticks are present. Likewise, if an infected animal is transported, it can spread infection to ticks in the new location, in turn spreading disease to uninfected animals.

"We are concerned that there may be infected tick populations in the South Island now. This latest case was linked to cows being grazed in the Canterbury area and then being brought back to the West Coast," says Dr Harding.

"It's important that farmers remain vigilant and monitor stock, particularly weaned calves at this time of year.
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"Cases of Theileriosis are usually higher in Autumn and Spring. However, at any time of year, if animals present with signs of anaemia, a veterinarian should be consulted.

"We are advising farmers to consider the risk of moving young stock to grazier or run-off properties where the level of tick activity and Theileria may be greater than on the home property. Stock should be regularly checked for signs of anaemia. Tick treatments may be helpful for reducing the tick load and severity of infection, and farmers should seek veterinary advice regarding the most appropriate treatment for their animals. This is a disease that can result in serious illness and death of cattle, and has affected some herds quite badly."

Dr Harding says more South Island cases are likely now that the disease has been diagnosed there, especially in Nelson/Marlborough, where ticks are known to be present.

"At this stage, we just don't know exactly the degree of infestation or location of local tick populations and therefore the level of risk to different regions in the South Island," she says.

Dr Harding says Theileria is now widespread over the northern half of the North Island with cases diagnosed across Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, the King Country, Whanganui and Hawke's Bay. Cases have also been reported from the lower half of the North Island. MPI has reported around 116 new cases since September.

Advice on managing Theileria is available on the DairyNZ websitewww.dairynz.co.nz/theileria<http://www.dairynz.co.nz/theileria>

DAIRYNZ ADVICE
Farmers should regularly check stock for ticks and treat animals as necessary.

* Treat any new animals - particularly before moving cattle from one property to another.
* Manage the tick population - inspect cattle for ticks. Tick treatments can reduce the tick load and severity of the disease.
* Ease underlying disease or stress - for example, transition management, trace element deficiency, BVD (bovine viral diarrhoea) and facial eczema.
Signs of anaemia in dairy cows

* Cows straggling on the walk to the shed.

* Increased respiratory and heart rate.

* Pale, rather than healthy pink, vulva.

* Pale udder, yellow eyes.

* Cows with no strength or energy to do anything.

Hawke's Bay Chardonnay takes top spot at Air NZ Wine Awards

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A Hawke's Bay Chardonnay won the top prize at the 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards held at the Pettigrew Green Arena in Taradale on Saturday night.

Vidal Estate won the prestigious Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show Trophy for its Vidal Legacy Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2013. The wine also won the Rabobank New Zealand Limited Champion Chardonnay Trophy.

Vidal Estate, which is one of the oldest wineries in New Zealand, went on to win a third trophy, the Waitoa Free Range Chicken Champion Exhibition White or Sparkling Wine Trophy, for its Vidal Legacy Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2012.

Winemaker for Vidal Estate, Hugh Crichton, said it was an honour to be recognised at such a prestigious competition.

"We can make truly world-class quality Chardonnay in Hawke's Bay. It is great to have this acknowledged by national and international judges," he said.

Chair of Judges and Master of Wine, Michael Brajkovich, said the Vidal Legacy Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2013 stood out in a very strong line-up of varietal trophy winners.

"The Champion Wine of the Show is a very good example of the new wave of Chardonnay style we are seeing in New Zealand, but still borrows from the great white Burgundy tradition," Mr Brajkovich said. "It has vibrant peach and nectarine fruit aromas seamlessly integrated with smoky toasted oak."

Vidal Estate was established in 1905 by pioneer Anthony Joseph Vidal who converted stables in Hastings to produce wine. Today these stables are home to the Vidal Estate barrel room.

The second highest accolade of the evening, the O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show Trophy, was awarded to Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012. This wine also won the JF Hillebrand New Zealand Ltd Champion Pinot Noir Trophy.

This year's competition saw 1,552 wines entered into 16 different classes. The entries were judged by an independent panel of 26 expert wine judges, including two international judges - David Brookes, a freelance wine journalist who contributes to Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE, Wine Companion and Wine & Spirits magazines; and Sebastian Braun, wine buyer for Swedish retail monopoly, Systembolaget.

Christopher Luxon, Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand, said the airline has proudly supported the wine awards for 28 years and has witnessed the event go from strength to strength.

"It's fantastic to see such a large number of entries for the 2014 competition and we're looking forward to showcasing some of the winning wines on board our services in the coming year."

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards are a celebration of excellence in New Zealand winemaking and are widely considered to be the country's most prestigious wine competition. The competition is owned and organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country's 1,600 grape growers and winemakers.

For more information visit www.airnzwineawards.co.nz

AIR NEW ZEALAND WINE AWARDS 2014 - TROPHY WINNERS

Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show

Vidal Legacy Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2013

O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

JF Hillebrand New Zealand Ltd Champion Pinot Noir

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

Label and Litho Limited Champion Sauvignon Blanc

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Rabobank New Zealand Limited Champion Chardonnay

Vidal Legacy Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2013

BDO New Zealand Limited Champion Other White Styles and Rosé

Falconhead Hawke's Bay Viognier 2013

Bite Magazine Champion Sweet White Wine

Giesen The Brothers Marlborough Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Coast FM Champion Merlot, Cabernet and Blends

Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2013

Fruitfed Supplies Limited Champion Syrah

Church Road McDonald Series Hawke's Bay Syrah 2012

Guala Closures NZ Champion Pinot Gris

Sea Level Nelson Pinot Gris 2014

ICIB Gold Medal Insurance Champion Gewürztraminer

Spy Valley Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2013

Liquorland Champion Open Red Wine

Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Pinot Noir 2013

New World Champion Open White Wine

Forrest The Doctors Marlborough Riesling 2014

Plant & Food Research Champion Riesling

Forrest The Doctors Marlborough Riesling 2014

Wineworks Champion Sparkling Wine

Tohu Rewa Marlborough Méthode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blanc 2011

Business World Travel Champion Exhibition Red Wine

Matua Single Vineyard Hawke's Bay Syrah 2013

Waitoa Free Range Chicken Champion Exhibition White or Sparkling Wine

Vidal Legacy Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2012

NUMBER OF TROPHIES BY REGION

Marlborough: 9

Hawke's Bay: 7

Nelson: 1

NUMBER OF PURE ELITE GOLD MEDALS BY REGION

Marlborough: 19

Hawke's Bay: 16

Central Otago: 5

Nelson: 4

Waipara Valley: 1

Waiheke Island: 1

PURE ELITE GOLD MEDALS

Sparkling

Osawa Wines Prestige Collection Sparkling NV

Tohu Rewa Méthode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blanc 2011

Gewurztraminer

Spy Valley Gewürztraminer 2013

Pinot Gris

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2013

Mount Michael Pinot Gris 2014

Sea Level Pinot Gris 2014

Terra Sancta Lola's Block Pinot Gris 2013

Waimea Pinot Gris 2014

Riesling

Forrest The Doctors Riesling 2014

Highfield Riesling 2013

Vidal Estate Marlborough Riesling 2014

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Dry Riesling 2013

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Dry Riesling 2012

Sauvignon Blanc

Giesen The August Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Kim Crawford Small Parcels Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Seifried Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Sileni The Straits Estate Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Tohu Mugwi Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Chardonnay

Coopers Creek SV Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 'The Limeworks' 2013

Osawa Wines Prestige Collection Chardonnay 2013

Vidal Legacy Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2013

Vidal Legacy Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2012

Vidal Legacy Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2010

Other White Styles

Falconhead Viognier 2013

Matua Single Vineyard Albariño 2014

Sweet White Wine

Giesen The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Rosé

Esk Valley Hawke's Bay Rosé 2014

Pinot Noir

Gibbston Valley Glenlee Pinot Noir 2013

Greystone Pinot Noir 2013

Hawkdun Rise Pinot Noir 2011

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2013

Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Pinot Noir 2013

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 22 Barn Block Pinot Noir 2012

Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2012

Merlot, Cabernet and Blends

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Merlot 2012

Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2013

Matua Single Vineyard Matheson Merlot Malbec 2013

Matua Single Vineyard Merlot 2013

Syrah

Church Road McDonald Series Syrah 2012

Matua Single Vineyard Syrah 2013

Trinity Hill Hawke's Bay Syrah 2013

Other Red Styles

Mudbrick Velvet 2013

Flockfinder App gets the tick of approval from Hawkes Bay breeders.

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Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Genetics has developed a smartphone app that allows easy access to information on leading New Zealand ram breeders.

Called "FlockFinder", users can search for ram breeders who are recording animal performance and conducting genetic evaluations using the powerful SIL genetic engine. Search can be on the basis of breed, geographical location, flock name, owner name or on traits being recorded.

B+LNZ Genetics general manager Graham Alder says the handy app will be helpful to both farmers and rural professionals supporting New Zealand's sheep farming sector.

"One of B+LNZ Genetics' core strategies is to enable farmers to make the most of new and existing genetic technologies – so they can breed the animals they need for their individual operation into the future. This app is our first step down this path. It will benefit farmers by quickly identifying ram breeding flocks that are selecting for traits a farmer wants to improve in their own flock.

"B+LNZ Genetics is working on developing a range of tools that will make adoption of genetic information as easy as possible. Apps and other innovations are part of this strategy, streamlining the information and delivery of genetic information to farmers."

Stock agent Graham Sidey of PGG Wrightson Genetics says he is already a fan of the app. "It's fantastic. I got a call from a client the other day and they were looking for a particular composite cross. I looked up the app and found exactly the information they were after.

"It's a great tool for people in the industry, especially with lots of different crosses of rams available – it's good to see who has got what. Even within the traditional breeds, it's useful to see who is selecting for which traits within SIL."

Consultant Jansen Travis of AgPartners says the app works as a convenient register of breeders. "It's like an online phonebook or contacts list. It will be great when making decisions around breeding objectives – identifying who is active in that field and might be of interest, whether that be breed, geographical area or attributes recorded for."

Sheep breeder Matt Holden of Hawke's Bay's Kelso stud says the app is an innovative move on the part of B+LNZ Genetics. "It's utilising the technology that surrounds us. This is where the future lies."

The app can be downloaded at either the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Hastings shearer wins the junior title at the Manawatu Show Shears.

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Pongaroa farmer David Buick won his third open shearing final in a fortnight with victory in the Manawatu Show Shears on Saturday (November 8) at Manfeild, Feilding.

In a three-man final, he beat runner-up, home-town shearer, contractor and veteran loyal show competitor Murray Henderson, by just under two points. Third was young Waipukurau shearer Tysson Hema.

Henderson, who won a New Zealand Championships senior final in Te Kuiti in 1996, has shorn in more than 30 open finals, but won just one, at Rangiwahia in 2000. Hema is yet to win a final since graduating to the top class after winning the 2012 Golden Shears and New Zealand championships senior titles.

Buick, having won the Australian Romney Shears crossbreds title in Warrnambool and then the Wairarapa Spring Shears final in the previous two weeks, was first to finish on Saturday, taking 10min 28sec for his 11 sheep and beating next-man-off Hema by 22sec.

Henderson had the best board judging points and the second-best in the pens, to get closest to Buick who plans to shear next on Friday in the New Zealand Corriedale Championships at the Canterbury Show in Christchurch, where he was fifth last year.

Joel Henare, from Gisborne, returned to winning form to beat fellow former World champions Sheree Alabaster, of Taihape, and Keryn Herbert, of Te Awamutu, by a wide margin in the open woolhandling final.

Beaten for the first time when eliminated in the semi-finals of Herbert's Wairarap show triumph last week, Henare was today the quickest to the finish and scored the best points in all three aspects of wool handling.

South Island-based Masterton shearer Ethan Pankhurst won the Senior shearing final, taking a step closer to now almost inevitable open classification next season. He had won three in the South Island this season before defeat last week at the Wairarapa show, and todaywon by almost three points from runner-up and Levin shearer Michael Rolston, who continues to show the form promised when he won the Golden Shears junior title in 2011.

Gisborne shearer Ramone Smith also completed a Warrnambool-Wairarapa-Manawatu treble by winning the intermediate final, by just 0.4pts from Tegwyn Bradley, of Woodville, while the junior final was won by Khochyce Forward, ofHastings.

Erana Smith, from Ruatoria but living in Flaxmere, won the Senior woolhandling final, her second win of the season, while Sarah Sears, of Taihape, marked her second final with her first win by taking the junior woolhandling title.

Results from the Manawatu A and P Show Shears at Manfeild, Feilding, on Saturday, November 8, 2014:

Shearing:

Open (11 sheep): David Buick (Pongaroa) 10min 28sec, 45.3027pts, 1; Murray Henderson (Feilding) 11min 15sec, 47.2027pts, 2; Tysson Hema (Waipukurau) 10min 50sec, 49.0445pts, 3.

Senior final (6 sheep): Ethan Pankhurst (Masterton/Fairlie) 7min 9sec, 35.6166pts, 1; Michael Rolston (Levin) 7min 51sec, 38.55pts, 2; Scott Wilson (Scotland) 7min 57sec, 44.0166pts, 3.

Intermediate final (4 sheep): Ramone Smith (Gisborne) 8min 5sec, 36.5pts, 1; Tegwyn Bradley (Woodville) 8min 23sec, 36.9pts, 2; Michael Herlihy (Whangamomona) 7min 11sec, 40.8pts, 3.

Junior final (3 sheep): Khochyce Forward (Hastings) 10min 41sec, 43.85pts, 1; Laura Bradley (Woodville) 10min 50sec, 46.75pts, 2; Connor Puha (Apiti) 11min 39sec, 55.2pts, 3.

Novice final (1 sheep): Bailey Rush (Kimbolton) 6min 2sec, 38.1pts, 1; Cody Craig (Shannon) 3min 2sec, 39.1pts, 2; Luke Rush (Kimbolton) 5min 26sec, 72.3pts, 3.

Woolhandling:

Open final: Joel Henare (Gisborne) 133.8pts, 1; Sheree Alabaster (Taihape) 190pts, 2; Keryn Herbert (Te Awamutu) 229pts, 3.

Senior final: Erana Smith (Ruatoria/Flaxmere) 199pts, 1; Rochelle Ashford (Feilding) 218pts, 2; Connor Puha (Kimbolton) 242pts, 3.

Junior final: Sarah Sears (Taihape) 136pts, 1; Sam Tipene (Eketahuna) 136pts, 3; Bianca Hawea (Masterton) 207pts, 3.

Novice final: Cayzer Wedd (Napier) 105.6sec, 1; Kayla Wildermoth (Taumarunui) 126pts, 2; Khochyce Forward (Hastings) 128pts, 3.

Free assistance offered to Hawkes Bay Fed’s Will Foley

 

Peter Fraser, Principal, Rōpere Consulting, is extending an offer of assistance to Will Foley, Federated Farmers Hawke's Bay Provincial President, who released a somewhat cryptic media statement yesterday afternoon.

"We seem to have a lot of people who don't live or farm in Hawke's Bay, telling us what to do. One critic I understand shared the ride up from Wellington with Fish & Game's Bryce Johnson, is now citing numbers I just don't recognise" Mr Foley is quoted as saying.

"Wow! You got me" Mr Fraser admitted sheepishly. "Indeed, I can confirm that it was me who shared a ride with Mr Johnson, which is hardly surprising given I live in Lower Hutt and he lives in Upper Hutt and we were both going to the same place".

Mr Fraser noted that he had originally offered Mr Johnson a lift but given Mr Johnson's Jeep Cherokee was considerably more salubrious than Mr Fraser 1996 Ford Laser it was the Jeep that won the day.

Mr Fraser also confirmed that he had not been commissioned or paid by Mr Johnson's organisation – or any other third party for that matter – for any of the work done regarding the Ruataniwha Scheme.

"Hopefully this will assure any conspiracy theorists out there" Mr Fraser said "but in the meantime I'm stuck with that Laser".

Mr Fraser, however, commended Federated Farmers on their vigilance. "It's good to see Federated Farmers being ahead of the game on important public policy issues, such as beating both the GCSB and SIS to the mark regarding the implementation of mass surveillance. I suspect Mr Foley will also know that we stopped at the Dannevirke KFC along the way. For the record, I grabbed a quarter pack; and from memory, Mr Johnson had a burger tower – and given it didn't seem to last very long I suspect he enjoyed it."

Mr Fraser further noted that it seemed impossible for Mr Foley to mention him by name, only referring him as 'one critic'.

"It does make me wonder if Mr Foley is actually a closet Harry Potter fan, so has confused me with a certain character that cannot be named. This seems strange as other Federated Farmer's leaders like Frank Brenmuhl, Lachlan McKenzie, Willy Leferink, and Andrew Hoggard never seemed to suffer from a similar affliction".

Mr Fraser also wishes to extend Mr Foley some assistance regarding some numbers Mr Fraser quoted that Mr Foley apparently does not recognise.

"I find this astonishing" Mr Fraser gasped.

Mr Fraser further explained "the key numbers I quoted, such as the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme being a $600 million project that has a negative $27 million net present value, are actually from the Hawkes Bay Regional Council website and can be found in the updated economic valuation commissioned by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council". "The fact that farming leader who lives in the Bay and is recommending that other farmers sign up for a dam that is clearly a dud but is apparently unfamiliar with the economic evaluation commissioned by the dam's promoters that show it's a dud completely defies belief." "However, I'm happy to email Mr Foley my copy of the paper, or alternatively, maybe he could ask Mr Newman at HBRIC if he could borrow his one, as I'm sure he'll have a copy handy".

Mr Fraser also noted that he had personally sent Federated Farmers, Irrigation New Zealand and the Hawkes Bay Regional Investment Company a copy of his analysis a number of weeks ago. If the vague references to 'theoretical models' are anything to go by, it seems unlikely that significant analytical flaws have been identified.

"I suspect I would have heard by now" Mr Fraser remarked.

Mr Foley's also remarked "I've got a feeling that momentum is back with the scheme".

"The Lord loves a trier and angels love an optimist" Mr Fraser said "but given a negative $27 million dollar regional benefit I suspect the TAB's thinking is elsewhere".

Keep a look out in Hawkes Bay for the kakabeak

 

DNA tests on newly-discovered, nearly extinct plants have given researchers the most complete picture yet of how the critically-endangered kakabeak (Clianthus maximus, or ngutukākā in te reo) is clinging to survival on the inaccessible cliffs, bluffs and ledges of New Zealand's wild back-country.

The tests, conducted by Dr Gary Houliston, a plant geneticist at Landcare Research, found distinct groups of plants in clearly defined areas. The Forest Lifeforce Restoration (FLR) Trust, a conservation trust working with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to prevent the extinction of the kakabeak, will use this information to re-stock conservation land with genetically diverse plants it is rearing from wild seed.

Imported pests such as rabbits and deer have impacted wild populations of Kakabeak severely and the species now holds New Zealand's highest possible threatened plant ranking: 'Nationally Critical'. Although grown widely in gardens, domestic kakabeak have limited genetic variation and therefore little genetic value.

Until recently only about 110 naturally-seeded kakabeak were known to exist in the wild but earlier this year a DOC-led field trip to Ruakituri, a part of inland Hawke's Bay where only six wild plants had previously been known to exist, yielded 18 more.

DOC ranger Helen Jonas said: "The Department had four people searching for kakabeak during the flowering period last season. The plan is to follow this up in the new year with aerial searching, using a helicopter to continue to look for this rare and important species."

Tests on these most recent discoveries have resulted in the most complete genetic picture of the nearly extinct New Zealand native that anyone has ever had.

"We now have DNA data from pretty much every accessible wild kakabeak known to us," Dr Houliston said.

"This allows us to make sensible, science-based decisions about what mix of plants from FLRT's seed stock should be used in restoration plantings."

FLRT forest manager Pete Shaw said the trick would be to strengthen the genetic pool of each distinct group by introducing young plants with different genetic composition.

"The genetic diversity of any plant population is a good indicator of that population's strength," Shaw said.

"The fact that these plants were out there highlights the value of continued field searching."

FLRT and DOC have recently called for hunters, anglers, trampers and rafters to keep their eyes out for kakabeak while in the bush. Any sightings of the flamboyant plant, which is typically found clinging to cliffs and inaccessible bluff systems and which carries heavy bunches of large, curved bright red flowers in spring, should be reported to the nearest DOC office. Seeds from any new plants are particularly valuable as they widen the pool of wild-grown seed that can be used in propagation efforts.

'Dress circle' Hawke's Bay farm sells under the hammer.

 

'A 601 hectare Hawke’s Bay grazing, breeding and finishing property sold by auction last week for $6.4 million.

Hawkes Bay water storage scheme gets the thumbs up from South Island farmers.

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Last nights meeting organised by Federated Farmers and Irrigation New Zealand gave the Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) the chance to get farmers to sign contracts to take water from the proposed Ruataniwha dam scheme.

Around 300 people attended the meeting at Waipawas town hall over the proposed $275 million irrigation scheme intended to transform the Hawke's Bay economy.

Farmers from irrigation schemes in Canterbury and North Otago were also in attendance to speak about how they had benefited from having reliable sources of water.

The HBRIC have to secure contracts to take at least 40 million cubic metres of water from the scheme to make it viable.

At present the company has refused to disclose how many farmers have signed up so far or how many cubic metres are contracted.

During the meeting farmers were told how irrigation schemes in other areas had led to major benefits for those involved.

They were urged to not to be daunted by big numbers and that the pros far outweighed the cons.

Canterbury farmer Rab McDowell said the Canterbury experience shows the value of your land will go up higher than the cost of putting irrigation in.

He said contrary to belief, farmers did not need to convert to dairy to make irrigation profitable, and he urged locals to consider how their land value would increase if it was irrigated.

Although most of those at the meeting were in support of the scheme there were also some critics including Fish and Game president Bryce Johnson, and Wellington economist Peter Fraser, who has written a report questioning the economic viability of the Ruataniwha scheme.

Transparent Hawkes Bay spokeswoman Pauline Elliott also attended and said afterwards that there had never been any question that irrigation worked.

She said the meeting lacked vital information on how the Ruataniwha Scheme actually works in terms of costs or investment.

Central Hawkes Bay business woman has the glow of success.

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Central Hawkes Bay entrepreneur Angela Payne is riding a wave of success following a glowing endorsement from the queen of posh Victoria Beckham who uses a face cream made from one of her products.

As a former vet nurse Angela saw a number of animal by-products going to waste and decided to put them to use.

After going through a divorce and with three children to support she rented space in a meat works then started dissecting glands from carcasses which she later sold.

In 1999 she started Agri-lab Co-Products and when the global demand for placentas became apparent that is where her success story began.

Angela now contracts farmers to collect and send them to her factory in the small Central Hawke's Bay town of Waipukurau to be frozen or freeze-dried before being shipped to cosmetic and health food manufacturers in Japan, United States, Canada, Malaysia, Germany and other countries.

Her meteoric growth from turning over $5000 in her first full year to now bringing in $2 million has been astonishing.