Dairying boom sparks new farm locator map

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Last updated 05:00 06/06/2014

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Southland's dairy boom has come with an unexpected spin-off - an increase in rapid numbers in the province.

Volunteers collecting data for the newest version of the farm locator map book have reported more rapid numbers along country roads than in previous years.

Lumsden, Wyndham and Otautau Lions are busy scouring the countryside for the ninth edition of the book, which pinpoints Southland farms and their rapid numbers on maps.

Book committee chairman Andrew Cottam said it was time to update the book as so much had changed across the region in the past 10 years.

Many dairy farmers moved into areas where sheep farming had prevailed, bringing with them staff cottages, which needed new rapid numbers, he said.

To catalogue the new rapid numbers, Lions members made "hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds" of phone calls, as well as putting in dozens of driving hours along country roads, Cottam said.

The maps, covering the area between Clinton and Te Anau, would be sent to the printers in July, to hit the market in August or September, he said.

The first farm locator map, a single sheet covering Central and Western Southland, was drawn in 1965, changing to a book format in 1968.

The latest book was published in 2008.

Funds raised by the books and wall maps would be used by the three Lions groups to support their communities.

Anyone who thought their rapid number may have been missed, or to correct a mistake from the last edition, should email cottams@slingshot.co.nz.

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- The Southland Times

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