Bludgers too lazy to work, so we import workers instead

Kerre McIvor nails it:

More than 63,000 fit, capable, work-ready New Zealanders are looking for jobs, so why are we importing workers?

Between 2011 and last year, more than 23,000 Filipinos were granted temporary visas to work on New Zealand farms, because, apparently, there were no Kiwis to do the jobs. Yet Government stats state there are.

I can understand why overseas workers might be brought in to work in industries or professions where years of specialist training is required.

But being a good farm worker requires little more than basic common sense and a willingness to work. And the furore over the faked Filipino work visas proves that. It is believed one in three of the thousands of Filipino farmer workers is here with faked documents.

Farmers are beside themselves as this is one of the busiest times of year. They say the Filipino workers may not have had experience before they arrived, but they have proved invaluable and losing them would be devastating for their businesses.    Read more »

EU needs to go on a subsidy diet. 47% of the entire EU budget spent on farming subsidies

Farmers, especially French farmers are having a big sook over subsidies

French farmers are on the brink of open revolt.

Driving their tractors and hay balers, thousands converged on Paris this month, shutting down the city in protest at the lack of support they have received to soften the blow of falling food prices and lower cost imports.

The demonstration was the culmination of months of protests. In panicked response the French government has provided some emergency aid.

French farmers are among the most productive and the most belligerent in the European Union but they are nevertheless being crucified by the fastest drop in global agricultural commodities prices recorded in seven years. This has been caused by a slump in demand from China, Europe’s diplomatic war with Russia and the biggest fundamental problem of all: the European Union itself.    Read more »

Like night follows day: Farmer dies on “low risk farm” one day after new Health and Safety legislation comes in

You couldn’t have written a better script.  Quad bike death on a dairy farm.

A day after the Government pushed new health and safety legislation through Parliament – which classified most farms as low risk – a sharemilker died in a quad bike accident on a Waikato property.

The 45-year-old father of three was killed when the bike he was riding rolled into a ditch on the farm, 12km from Hamilton. His was the latest farm fatality, which now totals 108 deaths since January 2010. The total includes 26 quad bike deaths. Overall, 299 workplace fatalities were reported to Worksafe in that period.

There were 35 mining fatalities and 32 construction deaths. All other industries recorded fewer than 30 deaths over the time period.

Federated Farmers says the new legislation would help the agricultural sector to address the high level of workplace incidents and fatalities on farms.

“Farmers know this performance is not good enough,” said board member Katie Milne.

“We and our members accept that current safety performance is not good enough and the changes being brought about by the bill are just some of the ways that we’ll continue to address this.”

Farmers have always wanted to be in control of their own workplace without government interference.  And Michael Woodhouse has delivered the freedom for farmers to die without the shackles of Health and Safety legislation being too firmly applied to their situation.   Read more »

Half a mil to assist depressed farmers


Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy today announced the increased training measures as part of the one-off $500,000 funding boost for mental health initiatives targeted at rural communities, announced by the Ministers at Fieldays.

The Ministers said that The Ministry of Health would work with RHĀNZ to provide the increased training.

RHĀNZ chairperson, Dr Jo Scott-Jones, said improving mental health outcomes and minimising suicide risk for rural populations was a top priority for all 34 members of RHĀNZ. Read more »

Farming quad bike fatalities – some perspective

Another death.  Or so it seems.  And like night follows day, calls for the government to step in and legislate against stupidity.

Farmers are increasingly frustrated and fearful over upcoming changes to health and safety legislation around quad bikes, a farming industry leader says.

Later this year, changes to the Health and Safety Act will result in tougher penalties for non-compliance, including higher fines for people riding quad bikes with passengers.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand chairman James Parsons said farmers in the meat and wool industry were concerned.

Farms were workplaces as well as homes, and new harsher penalties for having passengers on quad bikes would change things dramatically for families; what was needed was a code of compliance for for quad bikes rather than “draconian” new rules, he said.

Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said farmers were doing nothing to address the increasing number of deaths caused by quad bikes.

She said farming leaders needed to step up and stop resisting the new laws.

“The accident rate is increasing and a half of New Zealand workplace deaths occur in agriculture and the leadership group – Federated Farmers and Beef and Lamb – do nothing except criticise and resist and changes,” Ms Kelly said.

Yes.  Every one increases the total, but let’s look at the most current available information.   Read more »

Some things Key can’t be blamed for, nor can he fix

via Stuff

via Stuff

The lack of rain in certain parts of the country is starting to bite.  It’s all very well to have petrol under $1.60 a litre, but with lifestock staring at dusty paddocks, a stronger dollar and low payouts, things aren’t looking good.

“There’s no sign of any rain in the forecast anywhere ahead and so we can only expect that things are going to get worse before they get better,” says Phil Wishnowsky, Wairarapa Principal Fire Officer.

Some rivers and streams are running very low in Tararua, Manawatu, Wanganui and Rangitikei.

Water for irrigation is being rationed, while residents are also being urged to conserve every drop. Read more »


Nazi killer cows destroyed

People thought I was jesting when I talked about Killer Cows.

Discovery every year runs shark week but sharks kill very few people each year cows kill far more but there is no Discovery programme about Killer Cows….or Cow Week.

Now in the UK a bunch of Nazi created Killer Cows have been destroyed because they were trying to kill the farmer and his workers.

The revolution is well underway and this terror cell has been nipped in the bud.

Hitler’s drive to produce the perfect Aryan race was not confined to people – it also extended to a specially bred herd of Nazi-engineered cows, which have turned out to be so aggressive that a UK farmer has been forced to turn half of them into sausages.

Derek Gow imported more than a dozen Heck super cows to his West Devon farm in 2009, nearly a century after they were first created in the 1920s.

But, Farmer Gow, who is the only British farmer to own the breed, has been forced to kill seven of his herd because the cows were so aggressive they repeatedly tried to kill his staff.

“We have had to cut our herd down to six because some of them were incredibly aggressive and we just couldn’t handle them,” said Farmer Gow, who said the meat made “very tasty” sausages that tasted a bit like venison.

“The ones we had to get rid of would just attack you any chance they could. They would try to kill anyone. Dealing with that was not fun at all. They are by far and away the most aggressive animals I have ever worked with,” he said.  Read more »


Cheap farms for sale, and not a Chinese buyer in sight

Farmers from southern provinces are moving to Northland to take advantage of the comparatively cheap dairy farms on offer there, according to real estate agency Bayleys.

In the past 18 months, $20 million of Northland dairy farms had been sold to Waikato, King Country, Taranaki, Canterbury, and Westland farmers moving into the province, and the trend was accelerating, Bayleys’ Northland rural manager Tony Grindle said.

Grindle said dairy farming in Northland was undergoing the biggest shake-up in more than 50 years thanks to interest shown from outside the province by both corporates and families.

Isn’t it strange that New Zealanders are buying New Zealand farms?  I thought we were being priced out of our own market by overseas buyers?

Another NZ First/Green/Labour election myth busted.   Read more »

David Cunliffe’s ongoing lies and deception


Yesterday David Cunliffe spent an hour on NewstalkZB with Tim Fookes.

I listened so you didn’t have to. It was dreadful but the amount of times David Cunliffe ‘mis-spoke’ or deliberately lied was incredible.

Take his claims on capital gains tax and his attack on farming.

David Cunliffe attacks farmers and lies about CGT David Cunliffe NewstalkZB. "David Cunliffe attacks farmers and lies about CGT"

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Two wrongs don’t make a right, clean up all our water

One excuse that bludging ratbag farmers use for allowing their cows to shit in the rivers and waterways is that towns are discharging effluent too and so therefore under the kindergarten logic they use they should be allowed to continue to pollute our waterways.

Here is one such example.

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