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"Everyone's very positive about
sheep and cattle and one of the
quickest ways they can improve
their flocks and herds is through
good genetics," Mr Douglas said.
"And we believe that we've got as
good genetics as anyone."
The Otago-Southland bull sale
season began last week and
Monymusk holds its 24th annual
sale -- the 6th to be held on-
farm -- on June 2, where 27
commercial bulls are catalogued.
Meanwhile, the south has an
extra reason to celebrate with a
Hereford Prime sirloin processed
by Bowmont Wholesale Meats
in Invercargill judged the Grand
Champion Brand in New Zealand
at the highly contended Steak
of Origin Awards. The Bowmont
cut was chosen from more than
400 entries, with each steak
assessed on aroma, juiciness,
tenderness, texture and taste. It
is served at several restaurants
around Southland. The Bowmont
team and Flynn family are also
believed to be the only butchers
to implement the dry aging
technique on beef carcases.
Dry aging means carcarses are
hung on the bone in a chiller to
heighten tenderness and flavour
consistently throughout the cut.
Dry aging draws about 2
percent moisture from the
carcase which prevents the
pooling of bloody fluid on
plates often noticeable after
cooking lower quality cuts.
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Monymusk Eiffel Tower, bred by Chris and Jayne Douglas, of The Key, which
achieved the top price of $12,000 at the Herefords National Show and Sale in
Feilding last week.
Te Anau's reputation for looking
after its visitors continues to grow
with Radfords Lakeview Motel
named one of three national
finalists for the AA Supreme Hosts
of the Year Awards.
Award finalists and winners are
selected based on Qualmark
Mystery Shopping results and
comment cards -- most filled out
online by guests -- and assess such
things as cleanliness, service and
value. Radfords' owners Steve and
Kerri James are excited about the
accoldade which Mrs James said
was a complete surprise - her first
thought when the woman from
the Motel Association phoned was
that she must have forgotten to
pay the membership subscription.
In 2009 the national title was
taken out by Te Anau's Edgewater
Motel, owned by Clint and Jill
Tauri. Robin Campbell, a former
manager of Edgewater, now
manages Bay Motel on Stewart
Island for Brett and Jenny Tawddle,
which is also a finalist this year.
The third contender is Pacific
Coast Motor Lodge, Whakatane,
owned by Jason and Rhonda
The award ceremony for this award
will take place at a gala dinner
on Friday, June 10, at Rydges
Lakeland Resort, Queenstown, as
part of the Motel Association of
New Zealand's annual conference.
In a newsletter to members,
Destination Fiordland manager
Lisa Sadler said it was great to see
Te Anau again featuring strongly in
a programme that recognises and
celebrates the best of the best.
Hosts make finals
Te Anau's Kerri James whose Radfords Motel has been named one of three national finalists in the AA Supreme Host of
the Year award.
Local bull tops sale (Continued from Page 1)
The smell of diesel in the
Fiordland mist could be a thing
of the past as the Deep Cove
Education Trust plans a small
over-flow dam (weir) to provide
power for the Deep Cove Hostel.
Deep Cove Education Trust
member Bob Hughes said the rise
of diesel and petrol prices in New
Zealand meant it was no longer
economical for the hostel to run
the diesel generator as a back-up
when the hydro supply of water
The diesel generator ran on 5-6
litres of diesel per hour and, with
computers running at the hostel, it
was running 24 hours a day.
At times when diesel prices were
high the cost was approximately
$250 a day to run the hostel while
school children were there.
The hostel was used mainly for
school camps, and it was not
possible to raise costs to an
unaffordable rate for school
The new weir, which the
Community Trust of Southland,
Meridian Energy and E-Type
Engineering were funding, would
mean that the reservoir of hydro
water would last for 30 days
without rain instead of five days.
"It's marvellous. We won't need
the generator to get power," Mr
The weir would be formed at the
top of Huntly Falls on Mt Troup
forming a lake called Lake Troup
where water would flow through
the Huntly Stream to create the
The weir would raise the level
of the water giving the hostel
The hostel once relied solely
on diesel fuel for power, until
1971 when New Zealand Army
engineers built the existing hydro
-- By Jenna van der Hoorn
SIT journalism student
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