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New A&P Association office
is a testament to community
The Amuri A&P Association's new
office has been finished, thanks to
the commitment by the building
committee and the extensive
involvement of community and
Fundraising for the project came
mainly from yearly gift calf and gift
lamb donations. It replaces an old
building acquired during Tom
Jordan's year as president in 1983,
which was surplus to requirements
at Amuri Area School.
Nairn Electrical removed the
power and put in a temporary
Lott Contracting demolished the
old building and cleared the site,
removing concrete and rubble to
Duncan Anderson's rubbish hole.
The old tennis courts were
removed, and trees that were in
the way were cut down.
Duncan Anderson brought in
topsoil and Topp Contracting
levelled the site and spread the
hardfill ready for Totalspan to
Barney Beaven Builders then
jumped in and put in the concrete
pad, because Totalspan was
finding it difficult to get their
The new building became a
reality, with Totalspan adding no
extra cost when council
requirements changed and
new earthquake strengthening
Matthew Hilliard Excavators dug
the power cable trenches, soak
holes and levelled the top soil
ready for grass seed.
Nairn Electrical came back in
and completed the wiring and
Mathew Stainton carried out the
plumbing and drainage work.
With the gib-stopping
completed, Waiau Hardware was
generous with the paint price,
with Neil Forbes doing the
Nairn Electrical completed the
The show committee
appreciates the grant obtained
from the Hanmer Pools
Contestable Fund, as the
building actually sits on council
Thanks must go to the ''East
Street Farmers'' who graze sheep
on the land, but also water,
maintain, mow and generally do
anything and everything to keep
the place looking great.
Tasty texels popular
On the move: A group of fine-looking texel rams off to greener pastures.
Texels are a feature of this year's
While not farmed for as long as
many other breeds in New Zealand,
they are becoming popular.
They originated from Texel Island,
near Holland, and are the leading
breed of sheep in Europe and the
fastest-growing breed in Ireland and
the United Kingdom.
Texels were introduced in New
Zealand in 1991, after being
released from quarantine.
They are very muscular sheep,
with big hindquarters. They are not
big-framed or long, like traditional
New Zealand sheep, and have small,
wool-free white heads, with no
wool on their legs. Their wool is
white and springy (bulky), springing
back when squashed.
It is therefore particularly suitable
for the futon market in Asia and
excellent for top-quality carpet.
The meat is lean, tender,
succulent and fine-grained with very
little cooking smell.
It cooks 30 per cent more quickly
than traditional lamb. Texel lamb
consistently dominates the
Glammy Awards; a competition to
find the most tender tasty lamb in
Club's role thrives
Practical skills: The Young Farmers Association works to improve leadership
and hands-on skills of rural youth.
The New Zealand Young Farmers
Association is a progressive and
dynamic social network for rural
youth which develops the
leadership and personal skills of its
members through participation and
There are more than 90 clubs
nationwide and each has its own
identity and community spirit,
backed by a national organisation.
Members make friends for life and
develop personal and practical skills
by organising or participating in
meetings, events, social activities
The first meeting of the Amuri
Young Farmers Club was held in
1938. Kelvin Dunbar was the first
club president with Harold Belton
secretary and Peter Belton treasurer.
In 1988 the club celebrated its
50th jubilee and Mr RM Thomson
addressed the gathering, telling
those present that the early club
leaders and advisers had helped
make Amuri County a better place
to farm in.
The Young Farmers merged with
the Country Girls Club in the 1970s.
In the 1990s the Amuri club
In 2007 the Hurunui Young
Farmers Club formed, including
members from Amuri, Hawarden,
Waikari, Cheviot, Waipara, Omihi
The present Hurunui members
would like to acknowledge the
foresight of past Amuri Young
Farmers and, 75 years on, are proud
to continue an active young farmers
club in the district and of close ties
with the Amuri A & P Show.
At this year's show Young Farmers
will mark for the Amuri Club's stock
judging aggregate cup, judging
sheep and fleeces.
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