For beef farmers
The Kawakawa RSA will be the venue for a Far North Beef Profit from Pasture field day tomorrow, 10am-3pm. The agenda will include a Beef + Lamb New Zealand consultation meeting, with chief executive Sam McIvor and Northern North Island director Martin Coup outlining challenges and opportunities for sheep and beef farmers, and what the organisation is doing to support them. Results from the Beef Profit from Pasture demonstrations will also be highlighted. The driver of a Stokes Transport (Whanga¯rei) log truck said there was nothing wrong with Peria Valley Road, which runs from Victoria Valley to Peria, for vehicles as big as his as long as there was no other traffic.
On Tuesday afternoon there was other traffic, and when he pulled to the left so the other vehicle could get past he came to a sudden halt.
The trailer sank into soft mud on the side of the road, coming to a halt just as it was about to reach the tipping point.
In the event there was no danger to the truck, the trailer or the driver, but it made for a long day on the side of the road.
The logs were eventually removed from the trailer so it could be hoisted back on to the road, and it was on its way again by 5.30pm, after six hours’ down time.
Farmer Jeff Young said his fence had survived unscathed, but the roadside drain was “a bit buggered, but no doubt the council will be on to it.”
He was not overly happy with the state of the road, however.
It had probably been six months since it had seen metal, he said, and although it was graded from time to time, all that achieved was to smooth what in many places was a very muddy surface, parts of which saw very little sun at this time of year so was rarely dry.
The process of removing logs begins so the trailer could be hoisted back on to the road.