Farmers are exalted by a creature that (just as Labour voters do) thrives on crap

February 4, 2011

It was dropped by a horse - or by Labour Party spin doctors, maybe - and the dung beetles will relish every mouthful.

A funny bunch, Federated Farmers. They have issued a media statement to tell us they are celebrating – would you believe? – the Environmental Risk Management Authority’s approval for the importation and release of eleven dung beetle species.

Alf is happy to celebrate on most occasions, especially when the celebrating is being done with champagne, but he bridles at celebrating the importation of a creature that consumes crap.

For starters, because the wee buggers thrive on shite they will probably vote Labour, or – even more fetid and hence more nourishing for a dung beetle – the Greens.

But the feds are over the moon, saying they believe they will make a great contribution to agriculture’s environmental performance.

“It’s a very good day because ERMA’s process has been thorough, rigorous and sound,” says John Hartnell, Federated Farmers biosecurity spokesperson.

“Dung beetles provide an environmental and agriculture win-win by breaking down ruminant dung while building the organic structure of soil.

“One of the major benefits of dung beetles is their ability to reduce farm related environmental degradation.

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Bring back the boards, bunny battlers plead

March 27, 2009

We could be back to rabbit boards to beat the bunnies, it seems.

A delegation of Marlborough high country farmers has met with the Ministers of Biosecurity, Conservation and Lands to press for Government support for rabbit control in the country’s worst-affected areas.
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Fanworm and clean bottoms

December 16, 2008

They’re a caustic bunch, the Parliamentary Press Gallery, and fanworm is the sort of thing they feed on. My mate David Carter today made an important announcement about biosecurity, bugs and all that stuff, and it didn’t take long before one of the hacks was showing off his prowess in the scoffing department. Read the rest of this entry »