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ATS Newsbrief March 2013

As we enter March, we can look back on what has been one of the better harvests in our district for some time. Yields have been good, especially the early sown crops, and given the difficulty of last season’s harvest, it’s a far cry from last year where difficult weather patterns certainly hindered many.

Neal Shaw, Chief Executive

Recently there has been much in the news about the rural supplies industry following the recent merger of two rural supplies co-operatives. It is an industry which is continuing to evolve and develop and I’m sure this won’t be the only change we’ll see in the coming year.

It has been a busy few months at ATS. As this edition of the Newsbrief goes to print all the signs are good that this week’s second annual ATS Dairy Days Out will be a great success. Plans are also continuing to help mark ATS’s 50 years in business. Keep an eye out for further events planned for later in the year. This month also sees ATS attend the South Island Agricultural Field Days at Lincoln from 20 – 22 March. ATS is one of over 380 exhibitors attending this very popular event. It is one of the oldest and largest agricultural events of its type in the South Island, going back 61 years. Those who attend have the opportunity to view changes in technology and can further develop their relationships with other farmers, service providers, scientists and technical experts. The venue covers 35 hectares and usually attracts between 20,000 and 25,000 visitors over the course of three days. We look forward to seeing you at one of these popular events during March.

Upcoming Events

29 March–1 April


ATS will be closed 29 March–1 April 25 April

ANZAC Day ATS will be closed

If members have any emergency requirements the Duty manager can be reached on 03 307 5100 or 027 487 6865

Upcoming Industry Events

16 March

Methven A&P Show 16 March

The ANZ Young Farmer Contest Aorangi Regional Final Methven A&P Show Grounds and Heritage Centre

Meridian Energy invoices Meridian Energy has recently changed the look of its invoices. This also includes the way individual invoices are identified, which has created some issues for members who use Cash Manager Rural. These members will now use their account number for identification purposes instead of invoice numbers as was previously the case. This means members will need to update their systems to recognise the account number from now on. If you need any help with this or you need a list of your connections please contact Tracey at ATS Energy on 0800 BUY ATS (289 287).

Farm Safety Manual and Training for members Today’s farmers and land owners are required to actively manage all aspects of health and safety around the farm. To assist with this process ATS can provide members with access to a Farm Safety Manual and relevant training. Upon completion of the training, members will be able to apply for a discount on their ACC levies. Training dates are on the 26 March 2013 or 16 April 2013 and the cost is $550 (GST and member discount inclusive). Seating is limited so get in fast. For more information or to reserve your spot please contact Peter Jacob on 03 307 5100 or 0800 BUY ATS (289 287), email or reserve your spot online at

20– 22 March

South Island Agricultural Field Days Lincoln University Farm ATS—Site 705

Energy comparisons Some members may have been approached by Just Energy, which is currently running a telephone campaign to switch electricity users within our region. As with any recruitment drive, electricity companies will often offer a large discount but before you commit to a contract, it’s worth checking to see if switching companies will really save you money in the long run. Call Tracey at ATS Energy on 0800 BUY ATS (289 287) for independent advice on what’s the best energy option for your farming operation and to discuss a pricing comparison.

ATS, Celebrating 50 Years



As we continue to celebrate ATS’s 50th anniversary, we are looking to members to share Y E A RS some of their ATS stories from over the decades. If you have some interesting experiences or memories you would be happy to share with the ATS community, then we would love to hear them. Please contact the Marketing team on 0800 BUY ATS (289 287) or email your story to

A number of activities are planned for the coming months to help celebrate ATS’s Golden Jubilee. These are to be kicked off by our 50th Anniversary Morning Tea celebration which is to be held at Hotel Ashburton on April 17 2013 from 10.00am–11.30am. ATS would like to extend an invitation for you to join us to help celebrate this event and share your experiences from the past 50 years. For more information and to RSVP, please contact the Marketing team on 0800 BUY ATS (289 287).

Autumn pasture requirements ATS Seed has all your autumn pasture requirements available now. We also have a limited supply of the Barrier Combo seed mix with new Grubout endophyte for grass-grub protection. This is the first product of its type to become commercially available and will be of interest to many local farmers. To find out more about this product, all your specific pasture needs and seed treatment options, and our competitive pricing call the ATS Seed team on 0800 BUY ATS (289 287).

TNL Freight Free Delivery Service Feedback For a number of years ATS has provided a service to have goods delivered to the farm gate free of charge. If you have any feedback on this service can you please contact the Customer Service team by calling 0800 BUY ATS (289 287). TNL has a partnership with ATS to provide the free* on farm delivery service for members and has two trucks and a trailer dedicated to delivering goods to members’ farms within 48 hours**.  Talk to the Customer Services team about your orders and the free on farm delivery service. *Terms and conditions apply. **Subject to stock availability.

ATS member exclusive online deals Check out the exclusive online deals from ATS Suppliers on the ATS Website. Weekly specials will be posted at the start of each week, so keep an eye out for this tile on the ATS website to direct you to a variety of great deals. Visit to see the latest specials.

ATS Supplier Updates For a full list of ATS suppliers and discounts, please visit

updated SUPPLIER The Yarn Barn 606 East Street, Ashburton Tel 03 308 6243 Email 7.5% discount on wool 10% discount of craft No discount on sale items

RESIGNED SUPPLIERS Bernina Kings Shoes Store

Genetics presentation and discussion evening Following the success of last year’s popular genetics information evening, ATS and Liberty Genetics are joining forces to bring you another informative evening focusing on dairy genetics. More information on this important event will be coming your way soon.

South Island Agricultural Field Days The 2013 South Island Agricultural Field days are to be help at the Lincoln University Farm from the 20–22 March. ATS, together with key suppliers will be attending, bringing you great deals with the latest technology and information to drive your farm input costs down. Join us to help celebrate ATS’s 50th anniversary year at site 705.

Supplier Discounts The ATS Supplier network is successful because of the discount suppliers offer ATS members, but sometimes these may be inadvertently forgotten. If that should happen to you, please notify the Customer Service team so we can address the issue. We are here working for you.

Credit card payment option Don’t forget you can now pay your ATS account by credit card through the BNZ. This convenient payment option can create up to 55 days credit depending on when purchases are made during the month. Surcharges for this service apply (1% for regular recurring payments set up between ATS and the BNZ and 1.75% for payments made on an ad hoc basis). All surcharges will be charged by ATS to your credit card at the time payments are processed and will appear on your ATS statement. The surcharge shown on your statement will be offset by the credit card payment you have already made.



For more information call the Administration team on 0800 BUY ATS (289 287). The terms and conditions are available from the ATS website.

Ashburton Trading Society Ltd 97 Burnett Street, PO Box 131 Ashburton

Tel 03 307 5100 Fax 03 307 6722

ATS Newsbrief March 2013  

ATS Newsbrief March 2013

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