Farmers bond over bowling

Last updated 12:00 22/02/2013
Cockies Bowls Day
ROBERT KITCHIN/Fairfax NZ

SOCIAL BOWLS: Murray Jacob gets up for his bowl as the others watch at the Cockies Bowls Day at Rongotea yesterday.

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The colour of the grass at Rongotea was more to farmers' liking as they converged on the greens for the Cockies Bowls Day.

About 50 people were there yesterday - farmers working and retired, rural bankers and insurers among the teams.

It was more of a social encounter over bowls than a serious bowling tournament.

Dairy farmers said that while milk production had been up on previous years, each day of dry weather was pulling it back.

With pasture browning off, they said they were feeding cows extra supplements, such as turnip crops, hay and silage and palm kernel to keep them milking.

But they were all waiting for rain.

The good news for dairy farmers was that while they and stock were suffering from the heat, maize crops were growing well and would yield well for winter cow feed.

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- Manawatu Standard

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