Rural round up: Dairy awards announced

Dairy awards announced

This year's winners in the Bay of Plenty Dairy Industry Awards will be announced on Thursday, March 15.

Among those honoured will be the newest sharemilker/equity farmer, top farm manager and dairy trainee, as well as a host of merit award winners.

The awards dinner will be held at the Awakeri Events Centre, with $65 tickets on sale from RD1 Edgecumbe and Te Puke, and from Charlotte Jones, ph (07) 304 8040. Email

Illegal dog trackers banned

The importation of illegal dog-tracking devices will be prohibited from March 1 under changes to regulations.

The Government is clamping down on the devices, saying they can dangerously interfere with radio transmission services used by people working in rural or remote areas, such as search and rescue crew. The devices are most often used by hunters to track their dogs in the bush.

The change will mean the New Zealand Customs Service may seize illegal devices at the border.

Possession and use of the illegal devices is already punishable by fines of up to $30,000 but now people importing them may also face prosecution.

Not all dog-tracking devices are illegal. Anyone looking to import radio-transmitting equipment should first check whether it is acceptable in New Zealand and authorised for a radio licence. Devices should not operate on the 151.820 MHz, 151.880 MHz, 151.940 MHz, 154.570 MHz and 154.600 MHz frequencies.

For more information, go to the Radio Spectrum website,, or call the free helpline 0508 RSM INFO (0508 776 463).

Search for prime steak

The 10th annual search for New Zealand's best steak has begun with entries open for this year's Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin Challenge.

The competition, run by Beef + Lamb New Zealand and supported by Pfizer Animal Genetics, will name the 2012 Grand Champion, the Top Producer of the Decade and Top Brand of the Decade.

The final will be bigger than ever as celebrity judges from the past 10 years decide the Grand Champion.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand chief executive Dr Scott Champion said this year's contest celebrates 10 years of excellence and the production of a quality product.

"The paddock-to-plate competition provides an opportunity for farmers to vie for the honour of producing the best tasting steak.

"It is appropriate that we use this year's competition to recognise success across the decade. This year will definitely be one to remember," says Champion. Entries are open to all farmers, retailers and wholesalers around the country.


- Hamilton News

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