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Carbon Mining Exposed, New Zealand

Carbon Mining Exposed, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, March 2022.A Southland farmer has stripped off in protest at policies encouraging carbon farming, Annabelle Latz writes. Photos by Chris Sullivan. Once you plant an entire farm in trees as a carbon farm, that’s the farmland gone, forever. The...

Beating the footrot curse, New Zealand

Beating the footrot curse, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, March 2022.Apparently, a few decades ago you’d need your temperature taken if you were thinking of farming Merinos in the North Canterbury high country. With an annual rainfall of 1100mm and clay-based soil, out the back of Culverden...

Debt repayment focus pays off, New Zealand

Debt repayment focus pays off, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, March 2022. A family succession plan has seen a young couple establish their own farming operation in North Canterbury. Farm succession can be a great thing if it’s talked about openly and honestly. This approach has seen Jim Burrows and Kim...

Running for their future, New Zealand

Running for their future, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, February 2022. Long-distance running for charity has been a big boost for two young North Canterbury men, Annabelle Latz writes. The love for the rural sector will always be there for Ben O’Carroll and George Black. These two youngsters know its...

Success down to Kiwi attitude, New Zealand

Success down to Kiwi attitude, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, July 2021. Coming from a farming background, TB testing seemed a logical career move for Mel Brooker. It was back in 2014 and Mel had recently moved to Oxford, North Canterbury, from Hawarden. A change in personal circumstances meant she had to...

Pet mob turn to Pied Piper mode, New Zealand

Pet mob turn to Pied Piper mode, New Zealand

The Merino Review, December 2021. ANNABELLE LATZ IT WAS FRIDAY JULY 16 WHEN Hayley Pitts of Mount Gladstone up the Awatere Valley in Marlborough was at the Howl of a Protest in Blenheim. She knew the weather was turning so as the afternoon rolled on, she decided to...

Sustainable half century, New Zealand

Sustainable half century, New Zealand

The Merino Review, December 2021. ANNABELLE LATZ IT’S OCTOBER 2021 AT MULLER Station up the Awatere Valley where shearing has just finished, they’re into their first week of lambing, and the grass has just started to grow. Back in April up the Acheron Valley, Muller...

Pushing for what he believed in, New Zealand

Pushing for what he believed in, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, June 2021. ANNABELLE LATZ Farmers used to lose entire herds to TB in New Zealand. This is one recollection Rob Corboy has of his 47 year career in the TB game. He has recently hung up his syringe, and has plenty of stories to tell. From his...

Station beefs up on Science, New Zealand

Station beefs up on Science, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, June 2021. A river running through Mt Algidus Station is just one of the challenges faced by station managers Peter and Christine Angland. Story and photos by Annabelle Latz.  It is unruly and has no manners at all. Life at Mt Algidus Station is...

Appreciating it all, New Zealand

Appreciating it all, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, August 2021. Words and pictures by Annabelle Latz The Satterthwaites of Marlborough recently mustered their Merino flock together for the first time as a family. This year’s autumn muster was one for the history books for the Satterthwaite...

Becoming a practical Kiwi, New Zealand

Becoming a practical Kiwi, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, November 2021. Alternating artificial insemination with veterinary nursing keeps Scottish migrant Kim Armstrong busy. Words and photos by Annabelle Latz.  IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF THE SURVIVAL of the fittest in New Zealand when it comes to breeding...

Keeping the working dogs naturally cosy, New Zealand

Keeping the working dogs naturally cosy, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, April 2021.BY ANNABELLE LATZ It was mid June 2020, sleet was falling, and Billy Dowle looked out the window from his cottage in Scargill, North Canterbury to see his mainstay Huntaway, Earl, sleeping in his dugout next to his kennel, rather than...

One Step At A Time, New Zealand

One Step At A Time, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, April 2021. Andrew and Penny Zuppicich took on a run down sheep and beef farm called Kilmarnock in Hurunui, North Canterbury last year. Annabelle Latz spoke with the couple to find out how they bought Kilmarnock and their plans to bring the farm...

Vet Farmer and Athlete, New Zealand

Vet Farmer and Athlete, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, April 2021. Taihape vet, farmer and family man Anthony Oswald finds adventure racing takes his mind off the everyday as well as being good fun. Annabelle Latz tracked him down to find out more. Multi day adventure racing means entirely removing...

Social Media Highlights Rural Life, New Zealand.

Social Media Highlights Rural Life, New Zealand.

Country Wide Magazine, January 2021. By Annabelle Latz   Social media is loved and loathed, often simultaneously. While Instagram is chock-a-block full of everything from stunning landscapes, gym selfies and downward dog yoga poses, fabulous animal photos and warm...

Hooked on Dog Trialing. New Zealand

Hooked on Dog Trialing. New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, January 2021. A North Canterbury dog trialist is the latest in three generations in the sport. Annabelle Latz reports.   Nicky Thompson uses her grandad Lou’s dog trialing stick, it’s a curly tea tree stick which once had a vine growing up it....

A whole new wilderness

A whole new wilderness

Country Wide Magazine, December 2020. By Annabelle Latz It was smoko time for Shaun Monk up at Island Hills Station. He was taking a five minute break from his chain sawing work, lying on his back on the hiking trail he was in the middle of cutting. “I looked up into...

Is it too little, too late for tahr? New Zealand

Is it too little, too late for tahr? New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, November 2020. By Annabelle Latz   Positive discussions have taken place between the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Game Animal Council (GAC) regarding the current aerial tahr control programme, resulting in changes to control...

Screaming out for strong marketing, New Zealand

Screaming out for strong marketing, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, November 2020. Marketing, targets and research is what the New Zealand strong wool industry needs for it to become the fibre of choice, rather than synthetics.  Rick Orr of Red Oak Stud says this has been the industry’s downfall. “The biggest...

Strong wool, tide may be turning. New Zealand

Strong wool, tide may be turning. New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, November 2020. North Canterbury farmer Chris Earle is among those seeking a better future for strong wool. Annabelle Latz reports.   Thumbing through the old wool prices on the family farm in North Canterbury, Chris Earl sees that in the...

Call for pause on tahr culling plans, New Zealand

Call for pause on tahr culling plans, New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, September 2020. A Department of Conservation programme to cull Himalayan Tahr from the mountains of the Southern Alps has stirred up the hunting community. Annabelle Latz reports. The tahr hunting community fear the Department of Conservation...

A hiss,  not a roar. New Zealand

A hiss, not a roar. New Zealand

Country Wide Magazine, August 2020.The Covid-19 lockdown has kept international hunters at home and meant a very lean season for their NZ guides, as Annabelle Latz reports. The stags were roaring, yet not a hunter was to be seen. Owing to Covid-19 lockdown rules there...

Running on a moonscape. Botswana

Running on a moonscape. Botswana

Trail Run Magazine, (AUS/NZ.), July 2020.Written by Annabelle Latz. Photos by Xavier Briel. Nothing could prepare me for it, and nothing will ever compare to it. Running on a white vastness, a cloud-whispered light-blue sky above, amongst an absence of landmarks and...

The Grape Outdoors

The Grape Outdoors

Country Wide Magazine, March 2020. On the back of a wonderful winemaking harvest in Zimbabwe at the beginning of 2019, Annabelle Latz was drawn to Thonninggii Wine Cellars, in central north Namibia near Etosha National Park. Owned by the Boshoff family, Thonninggii,...

Salt Pans Ultra Marathon. Botswana.

Salt Pans Ultra Marathon. Botswana.

October 2, 2019. Think of a beach. Make it the size of Switzerland, add in some rocks, tip the mercury to mid thirties, add some wind, or have zero wind, then run 100km across it. Freshpak Salt Pans Ultra Marathon, Botswana’s inaugural ultra marathon stage race across...