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PO Box 13 678,
Photos appear here each day from the Diaries of Our Primary Industries 2017.
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Shelley, Jason and Blair talk to Tauranga Intermediate School during the web conference. Image: LEARNZ.
An area of a million pine tree seedlings growing near Nelson. These seedlings are just about ready to be planted out in a forest. Image: LEARNZ.
Big machinery makes short work of felling pine trees. How old do you think these trees are? Image: LEARNZ.
Logs are loaded on to a truck ready to take to Nelson Pine Industries. Image: LEARNZ.
Blair talks to Shelley about how pine trees are looked after to produce the best timber possible. What problems might pine trees have and how are these overcome? Image: LEARNZ.
Logs are loaded into hot baths where they will sit for 24 hours so they can be peeled easily. Image: LEARNZ.
A log is scanned by a laser and positioned so that it can be peeled to create a thin veneer. Image: LEARNZ
Logs are peeled to create a 3.7mm thick veneer. Image: LEARNZ.
Sheets of veneer have glue applied and are stacked ready to be laminated together under heat and pressure. Image: LEARNZ.
Jason shows Shelley what the finished LVL wood looks like. Image: LEARNZ.
Sheep awaiting milking outside a specially designed milking shed. What differences do you think there are between this shed and a shed for dairy cows? Image: LEARNZ.
Julie milks sheep to supply milk to Thorvald where it will be made into cheese or yoghurt. Image: LEARNZ.
These sheep have been bred to produce lots of milk. Which sheep breeds are known for their milk production? Image: LEARNZ.
After each day's milking Julie has to clean all the milking equipment. Why do you think hygiene is so important? Image: LEARNZ
Julie, David and Shelley talk to Te One School during the web conference. Image: LEARNZ.
Francis heats (pasteurises) the milk to kill any harmful bacteria. Image: LEARNZ.
Cheese is placed in brine; this salty water preserves the cheese and adds to the flavour. Image: LEARNZ.
Shelley checks out some of the Thorvald cheeses. Image: LEARNZ.
Francis pours yoghurt into containers ready to be incubated. What is yoghurt made from? Image: LEARNZ.
Time to taste some of the final products. Image: LEARNZ.
You began the day at SPATNZ mussel hatchery in Nelson. What does SPATNZ stand for? Image: LEARNZ.
Sarah and Shelley talk to Shotover Primary School and Havelock North High School during the first web conference. Image: LEARNZ.
These tanks contain mussels in their larval swimming stage. Image: LEARNZ.
Millions of microscopic mussel larvae are filtered to remove the undersized larvae. Image: LEARNZ.
Hannah counts the number of mussel spat in a water sample. How do you think this number can be used to work out the number of spat in the tank? Image: LEARNZ.
Ellie shows Shelley where algae is grown to feed the mussel spat. Image: LEARNZ.
Bags of algae hang in the algae room ready to feed to the mussel spat. Why do you think there are different colours of algae? Image: LEARNZ.
Sarah shows you the frames that are used to grow the mussel spat on, in the settlement area. Image: LEARNZ.
Mussels are grown in these settlement tanks for about four weeks before they are ready to send to the mussel farm. Image: LEARNZ.
Looking into the settlement tank you can see the frame on which mussel spat grow. If you look closely you can see the tiny white dots which are the mussel spat. Image: LEARNZ.
Wiremu Weka and Alvin settle in for the flight from Dunedin to Christchurch. Image: LEARNZ.
It was a grey, wet morning in Christchurch today. Image: LEARNZ.
After a short stopover in Christchurch you were back on to a smaller plane bound for Nelson. How many kilometres is it from Dunedin to Nelson? Image: LEARNZ.
Shelley enjoys the flight from Christchurch to Nelson. Image: LEARNZ.
The cloud finally parted allowing you to see the mountains south of Nelson. Image: LEARNZ.
You could see a fresh dusting of snow on the hills near Nelson. Image: LEARNZ.
The hills surrounding Nelson are perfect for forestry. What type of forest can you see here? Image: LEARNZ.
Shelley and the ambassadors take a look around Nelson. Image: LEARNZ.
Nelson Port operates 24/7 and is essential to many industries in the area. Why do you think the port is so important? Image: LEARNZ.