Why chicken litter is not the source of velvet leaf infestation

There has been commentary recently, particularly in the Waikato area and in the South Island, about velvet leaf infestation. Some parties have attempted to put the blame for its appearance on farms on use of chicken litter or any fertiliser sourcing from meat chicken or layer hen farms. The argument being used by certain parties is that viable weed seeds from imported grains which allegedly contain velvet leaf survive the milling process and then are spread when the litter or fertiliser using layer faeces is spread on  properties, particularly arable farms. Below is a flow chart setting out the process that is followed by feed mills, and written information in italics. The key requirement is to ensure that viable seeds do not survive the milling process. The non-viability is achieved by grinding the grains and /or applying a heat treatment process. […]

Annual Feed Production Statistics for the year ending December 2015

These are Executive and Complete Summaries of the total tonnages of manufactured animal feed and tonnages of raw materials used in compound feed production in New Zealand for the year ending December 2015. Annual Feed Production Statistics – 2015- revised (3) Complete[/box_dowmload]        

FeedSafeNZ-accredited feed mills as at November 2018

This list, updated monthly, shows NZFMA-member feed mills which have current FeedSafeNZ accreditation: For more information about FeedSafeNZ, see the home page of the NZFMA website. More NZFMA member-only information about FeedSafeNZ is available in the members’ section of the NZFMA website.   Agrifeeds Timaru, 22 Hilton Highway SHI, Washdyke, Timaru 9 April 2018 – 9 April 2019 Amor Grains, 315 Matawai Rd, RD1, Gisborne 3801 15 March 2018 – 20 December 2018 Farmlands Nutrition – Rolleston 8 February 2018 – 8 February 2019 Farmlands Nutrition Great North Road, Winton 9 August 2017 – 9 August 2019 Inghams Enterprises Ltd Bisley Road, Hamilton feed mill 18 September 2018 – 2 September 2019 Inghams Enterprises Ltd Mount Maunganui feed mill 17 September 2018 – 20 August 2019 Mainfeeds Ltd – Auckland Chonny Crescent, Wiri feed mill 31 July 2018 – 26 July 2019 Mainfeeds Cambridge Street South, Levin feed mill 31 October 2018 – 31 October 2019 Mainfeeds 13 Matanaka Drive, Waikouaiti feed mill 13 December 2017 – 13 December […]