Negative Pasture Growth at Massey

On 21st June Rob was the Meeting Manager for the NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country Champs held at Massey University, Palmerston North. This saw around 1000 Year 9 – Year 13 students from as far afiled as Whangarei and Dunedin scramble around firstly the Rugby Institute sportsfields and then part of No. 1 Dairy Farm.  On the Friday before the event pasture cover was around 2800kgDM/ha. By the time 1000 pairs of feet had got around, parts of it were down to 1200 or less. Got to feel for the poor farm manager who did his best to build cover, only for us to send it backwards in one morning. But equally grateful to the entire Massey University outfit for hosting such a memorable event – the first time the champs had been there since 1975.  On a quirky note, the current president of the NZSSAA, Geoff Shaw, was the senior boys champion back then in 1975.

The Senior Boys race was always going to be a cracker. And with 2km to go of the 6km course all the favourites were in the lead bunch. Winner was a strong rural lad from Waipukurau, Geordie Beamish, representing Wanganui Collegiate. Reckon we should look out for this kid in years to come, he shows real promise and a good attitude.  By the way, NZ’s best middle distance runner at the moment, Nick Willis, could only manage a 3rd at these champs when he was at school.



About Robert Dabb

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Robert has been involved in the rural sector his whole working life. This includes as a Farm Consultant, specialising in dairy and a Regional Manager for Fonterra Co-operative Group from 2000 through to 2006 and has been in real estate since then. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Massey University. With a wide network of contacts across rural industry, he is well positioned to professionally profile rural properties.