For beef farm­ers

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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