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Clarky's Comment - April, Resilience through Diversity

We live in this world at a time of fast moving technology and political change. Two years ago who would have predicted the restrictions on dairy exports to Russia and the flow-on impacts to milk solid payouts to NZ dairy farmers? Russia is a major competitor to NZ for log supply into China.

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Log Market - April

The log market diverged considerably in April as the domestic market continued its strong run and the export market softened with the Chinese New Year hang-over. Domestic pruned prices strengthened, export pruned and domestic unpruned prices flat-lined and export unpruned log prices plunged $10-$17.

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New Zealand Foresters Starting to Recognise the Benefits of Containerised Tree Stocks

During my ten year plus involvement in the New Zealand forest nursery sector and association with Australian forest nursery growers, I have observed a slow progression of Australian forest nurseries from bare-root to containerised tree stock production. Why isn't New Zealand following the Australian's and the rest of the world's lead into containerised production, or are we just starting to?

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Controlled-pollination to improve tree growth

One of the most successful commercial methods of genetic improvement is controlled pollination. This involves taking pollen from a known "father" cone and using it to pollinate a known "mother" cone. This produces control-pollinated (CP) seed.

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Good Time to Be Harvesting in Canterbury

Sawmills in Canterbury are struggling to procure enough logs to maintain full production. Wood products markets are buoyant with the Christchurch rebuild and the strong housing market in Auckland.

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Log Market - March

The domestic log market continues to have strong demand for higher value pruned and unpruned logs. Some domestic mills are seeking more pruned logs than available and are having to make do with a proportion of unpruned logs in the meantime. The export log market moved sideways in early March impacted by the Chinese Lunar New Year and Spring Holiday although very favourable ocean freight rates and a weaker Kiwi dollar have supported NZ$ at-wharf-gate prices.

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Full Boar Logging Recognised for Safety Performance

Between squally showers and a stiff southerly in March, Peter Clark, PF Olsen's CEO, recognised Full Boar Logging for three years lost time injury (LTI) free. Dave Docherty, crew principal, received the award on behalf of the Southland crew who are based in Invercargill.

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Clarky's Comment - February

The 2014 NZ forest planting estimates were released by MPI on 4th February. These are based on a comprehensive survey of nursery treestock sales and a survey of large-scale forest owners. The estimate is 3,000 ha of new planting and 43,000 ha of replanting.

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Log Market - February

The New Year has seen steady demand and price for domestic logs and increased demand and price for export logs, especially pruned logs.

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Ridding Mount Tarawera of Wilding Pines

Twenty five PF Olsen staff and family members braved a windy and cold (initially) day in December last year to pull unwanted wilding pines from the slopes of Mount Tarawera. The day was a community service day whereby staff (and family) donate their time and effort for a good community cause or project

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