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It does seem like we’ve gone in a bit of a circle with the success of the groundwater replenishment project (also known as Managed Aquifer Recharge or MAR) at Lagmhor. Water that once leaked from borderdyke irrigation and water races has dried up thanks to the widespread use of spray irrigation and the project involves injecting water (already consented but no longer used by the Ashburton District Council) into a pond with a leaky bottom that drains into the aquifer. Except it’s a lot more technical than that and climate change, with an expectation of steadily declining natural rainfall, is having an impact too. Water experts are tracing
the impact of the MAR water and noting improved groundwater levels in nearby wells, along with diluted levels of Nitrate. It looks a good fix and could be rolled out around the district. I’m pretty certain farmers won’t ease off their own efforts to irrigate efficiently and will keep watching their fertiliser use. And there will be environmental benefits so the whole community wins. Our community makes a living when farmers make a living and irrigation has kept us from being a dustbowl, so ratepayers should expect to contribute to the MAR cause. Almost all farmers have come a long way in their irrigation thinking. There are those using technology to run variable rate irrigation systems and monitor soil moisture, and the majority watering only when they need it. And there are inquiring minds on groups like the Ashburton water zone committee that keep them to task.
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Lively bidding at top-notch ram sale Merrydowns Romney and Southdown Stud near Gore had a strong sale result for its 8th annual ram sale last week. Merrydowns Stud, which breeds pure romney and southdown sheep on 397 hectares of rolling hill country on the boundary of West Otago and Southland, held its annual ram sale with 211 two-tooth rams on offer. These rams were selected from the top 25 per cent of lambs born on type and performance (SIL) data. The sale saw lively bidding from buyers from throughout New Zealand. Of the 211 rams on offer, 194 were sold. The average price across the sale was $1130, with romney rams ranging from $600 to $3800 and southdown rams ranging from $450 to $3000. The top price of $3800 was for a romney ram (Lot 121) which was bought by Peter and Diane Lowe of Ashburton. There were 11 rams sold to stud breeders around the country – seven southdown rams and four romney rams. Blair and Sally Robertson
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of Merrydowns Stud have the largest southdown breeding flock in Australasia and the largest registered romney breeding flock in the South Island and they were pleased with the sale result. “Our focus at Merrydowns is keeping the breeds pure with no cross-breeding,” Blair Robertson said. “It has cost us a lot of money to keep the two
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Funding available for quake relief The first farmer requests from Government’s earthquake relief fund could be processed before Christmas, says Primary Industries minister, Nathan Guy. Applications for funding from the fund opened last week. Guy said $4 million was available for uninsurable onfarm infrastructure repairs in the Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough districts. Applications are now open and will close at the end of February. “I’m hopeful the panel will make an initial assessment of some applications before Christmas,” Guy said. Criteria for applications has been released which includes re-establishment of uninsurable assets like water infrastructure and opening up tracks, culverts and farm bridges. There will one assessment panel across the three districts, including the mayor of each region and representatives from Federated Farmers, Rural Support Trusts, the Ministry for Primary
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or need help. “We are blown away by the generosity of our local businesses,” Lye said. “People have really come on board with us and helped us keep this event free for everyone, we appreciate that you don’t
get a lot back from your money when you sponsor something, so on behalf of our team, I’d like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who gave us any amount large or small, it has all helped us immensely. “An event like
this costs over $40,000 to put on and even Dave Dobbyn and his team have discounted their fee for coming down to our town. It was great to be able to offer his crew food, accommodation and transport through the local businesses
happy to contribute to the biggest Christmas event to hit Ashburton town. Ever.” Ashburton’s Christmas in the Park will be held this Saturday, December 10, in the Ashburton Domain Oval starting 7pm. HC VER1715
Dave Dobbyn will headline Ashburton’s Christmas in the Park on Saturday. Event promoter Carmen Lye said the event will be free, thanks to the support of local businesses, and will also involve three local choirs. Music director Lisa Anderson asked a combined primary school choir, Ashburton College and an adult choir to join Dobbyn in three of his songs. The choirs have been busy practising and will have their final session with Dobbyn on the day before Christmas in the Park. Talbot Security owner Dean Talbot is providing security for the night, assisting the Ashburton Police in enforcing a no-alcohol, family environment. “An event like this is pretty big for the Ashburton community and it’s important for concert-goers to feel safe and well looked after,” he said. As well as security, St John ambulance service will be present and the Mitre 10 marquee will be at the entrance again where the public can go if they are lost
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We Kiwis are a lucky people We’re pretty lucky to live around here. The population density is low and there’s no shortage of wonderful natural areas to visit. We can choose between wild coast, foothills and high country mountains, rivers or lakes. Tourist pressure is not too bad, especially compared with other places that have beautiful scenery, like the hectic spots of Wanaka and Queenstown. Our high country lakes are quite unique. They’re not huge like the big southern lakes but there are lots of them. Many of them are edged with wetlands and tussock grasslands which support a wide diversity of native flora and fauna. The views at the lakes beyond the Ashburton Gorge are superb. Even getting there is good. Firstly there’s a nice drive towards the hills that takes in the small rural villages of Staveley and Mt Somers. Then the hills are closer and we squeeze through and enter the Hakatere Conservation Park.
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Roadside vegetation suddenly changes; big old tussocks and native shrubs are abundant for a short stretch. At Hakatere corner, the end of the sealed road, old farm buildings remind us of early settlers. Straight ahead lie Lakes Clearwater, Camp, Emma and the Spider Lakes backed by the stunning mountains at the head of the Rangitata River. A right turn takes the traveller up towards Lake Heron. The road is flanked on one side by the Taylor Range and passes amazing glacial landscape features softened by native tussocks and other vegetation. Buick’s Bridge crosses the South Ashburton River; a lovely milky blue because some of the water is melt
water from the glacier (as a glacier moves downhill it grinds some of the rock it lies on to a fine rock dust which is suspended in the water, causing the unique blue colour of glacial lakes). Soon after Buick’s Bridge are the Maori Lakes, right next to the road. It’s a beautiful place and there’s a spot to pull in and look at the birds, have a picnic or do some fishing. On most days no-one will be there but swans and all sorts of ducks are usually at home. Raupo and rushes form a nice edge and in winter there
is often ice on the lake and snow on the hills. The first travellers through this area also valued the Maori Lakes highly. The route through the Ashburton Gorge up to the Rakaia River was used by Maori as a way to reach the West Coast, and especially the Arahura, which was the pounamu or greenstone capital of the Maori world. They gathered food along the way, and the Maori Lakes were known to be rich in birds, fish and other delicacies. The beauty and uniqueness of
the Maori Lakes is recognised by their inclusion in the O Tu Wharekai wetland restoration project. The wetlands of the Ashburton Lakes area are considered extremely special – they are one of the best examples of an unspoilt wetland system in New Zealand. There is a great diversity of habitats for native animals and they support an amazing array of native plants, nestled in amongst some of the biggest rivers and mountains in the country.
Local MAR project leads the way A major groundwater replenishing project in the Ashburton District could pave the way for other regions dealing with declining groundwater and water quality. The Managed Aquifer Recharge, or MAR, pilot project at Lagmhor is already proving successful in raising groundwater levels and diluting nitrate levels, and there are plans for more recharge sites. Retired hydrologist and member of the Ashburton Water Zone Committee John Waugh says MARs are the future and the Mid Canterbury project will be being closely watched by other regions. The pilot project is essentially a pond designed to leak water into underground aquifers. Waugh said he had viewed a similar scheme near San Francisco in 1976. “It is nothing new and it does work.” A suite of MARs across the Canterbury Plains could help improve water storage in
aquifers and dilute nitrates, he said. As farmers have converted borderdyke irrigation to spray irrigation, and stockwater races have disappeared, water no longer leaks into underground aquifers. Combined with declining rainfall, MARs were a way to put water back into the system, he said. The Ashburton pilot has been endorsed by the water zone committee but it will need another $750,000 to complete the five-year trial. Expanding the project with another four sites over the next 10 years would cost around $11 million. Mayfield farmer Rab McDowell, a member of the MAR pilot working group,
MARs are the future of groundwater replenishment in Mid Canterbury.
said it was a significant environment project and would help farmers meet new environmental targets around water use and nitrate leaching. Farmers and irrigation companies do expect to pay a major share of the costs but targeted or general rates could be used as another funding stream as the work benefited the wider district. McDowell said results of the pilot project indicated other sites in different parts of the district would benefit. Sites in the upper plains would be useful for recharging
aquifers, sites in the middle plains could be used for diluting groundwater nitrates, especially around known hotspots, and sites in the lower plains could augment streams and drains. As well as money, the trial needs water and the zone committee will write to the Ashburton District Council to ask if it can keep using a council water-take consent (previously used for stockwater races) to continue putting water into the trial site. Zone committee member Jackie Wright said she hoped
farmers would continue their sustainability work on farm and not rely on the MAR to produce the lion’s share of environmental improvements. McDowell said finding funding and water for the programme were the next challenges. With Water Conservation Orders on both the Rangitata and Rakaia Rivers, water could have to come from already-consented takes. The working group will now look for people who could implement expansion of the groundwater replenishment programme.
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Announcement boosts confidence After Fonterra’s most recent payout announcement, farmers’ spirits lifted and the region’s rural property market shifted up a gear. Since mid-November, when the co-operative raised estimates of its 2016/17 milk price to $6, dairy sentiment has become considerably more optimistic. Farmers are in buying mode again. A number of sales, previously up in the air, are now much closer to confirmation, and the market should soon have some benchmarks to gauge buyer appetite. On the cropping front, one of Mid Canterbury’s blue ribbon properties, a 228 hectare spray-irrigated farm on premium soils, changed hands in November just short of $44,000 per hectare. Meanwhile, a 165ha dryland property sold for around $40,000 per hectare. Such farms are always in heavy demand and established Mid Canterbury cropping farmers prevailed to purchase both. Favourable weather means excellent grass growth
although, after two years of destocking, local farmers have found using the abundant pasture a challenge. Elsewhere in the country, particularly in the eastern districts, my PGG Wrightson Real Estate colleagues are seeing the same, with farmers taking the opportunity to restock supplementary feed, filling hay barns and replenishing silage pits. With earthquakes on everyone’s minds, the town and country theme of the recent Ashburton A&P Show seemed particularly apt. That theme and the quakes gave us a strong reminder of how interdependent we are: rural, urban, farming, retail, tourism and so on. As we see in Kaikoura, all pulled together
following the disaster, town and country people, the New Zealand Defence Force, Ngai Tahu, business and concerned individuals and organisations from far and wide. Bringing that theme back to real estate, when a farm sells, allows the purchase of a house or lifestyle block, perhaps some capital to help
children buy property or expand a business and may fill another place in one of our lovely retirement complexes. All this in turn creates extra employment for builders, retailers, carers and many others, while also keeping another hard-working real estate salesperson in saveloys. As the saying goes,
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Meet our two new Ashburton Guardian rural media sales consultants, Ashleigh Ridge and Penny Shearer. Both from a farming background, they are passionate about Mid Canterbury and all things rural and look forward to working with businesses to achieve the best results for their clients today and in the future. Name: Ashleigh Ridge
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Are you a Mid Canterbury native? If so, what makes Mid Canterbury a good place to live? Yes, born and bred just out of Methven. I love the community feel and the amazing scenery/landscapes and outdoor activities we have available to us in our backyard.
Are you a Mid Canterbury native? If so, what makes Mid Canterbury a good place to live? I was born and bred in Winchmore (halfway between Ashburton and Methven). I lived in Guatemala and travelled the world extensively so love how safe, easy and accessible everything is here.
Does your family live here? Yes, my family lives in Highbank, Methven, on a crop and sheep farm.
Does your family live here? Yes, related to everyone with in a 40km radius (joking).
When did you start at the Guardian? Middle of September.
When did you start at the Guardian? End of September 2016.
What’s your farming background? I have lived on the family farm most my life. School holidays as a kid consisted of rouging wheat and barley paddocks and in winter holidays being on the spud digger. Before starting at the Guardian I worked on the farm for a year helping out with the potato harvest and general day to day jobs.
Why were you chosen for rural ad rep role? Sales experience in the travel industry and a family history in farming means I have experience in both parts of the jobs.
Why are you passionate about farming? Because there is always something to learn and something to get involved in. There are so many different kinds of farming and I find it all so interesting.
What do you like about Guardian Farming and Dairy Focus? Both publications are very informative and they both have a great readership. I feel very privileged to be able to be involved in such great publications. What’s your aim for Guardian Farming/Dairy Focus? My aim is to help the publications be filled with the best farming stories and relevant information for the time of year. What do you love? Farming, animals, hiking, the outdoors.
What’s your farming background? Grew up on a sheep and crop farm, family converted to dairy approximately eight years ago, which is now run by my sister and brotherin-law. Why are you passionate about farming? Love the outdoors, physical work and looking at the stars while getting the cows in the morning.
What do you like about Guardian Farming and Dairy Focus? I feel that these are both first-rate publications and it is great to be involved in something so widely read and informative. What’s your aim for Guardian Farming and Dairy Focus? To help keep it relevant to the farmers reading them and continue to showcase my business’ advertising to give them the maximum reach to those needing their services/products. What are your strengths/passions? A love of meeting new people, the outdoors and learning new things.
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Set up a worm farm this Christmas It’s fun looking after worm farms. My Dad was fascinated by the way they acted as a barometer. Open the worm farm lid and if the tiger worms are all up the top mating, the weather is blowing nor’west -- or about to. If the worms have all dived down into the food scraps and bedding, there’s a sou’west change on the way. How amazing is that? I say tiger worms are the ultimate pet. They don’t bark at night, you don’t have to buy them pet food or take them for a walk. In fact they eat all the things that you don’t want; your food scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds, and paper or cardboard boxes with food waste still attached and the list just goes on. How many of us actually know how worms reproduce? That they are actually hermaphrodite but do need to mate with another tiger worm or composting worm to reproduce. That’s when you see them threaded together with one worm looped through the saddle or clitelum of another worm they are
not just “getting knotted” but actually exchanging eggs and sperm. The egg is fertilised within the egg sack and the worm actually wriggles the egg free and the egg then sits in the soil until conditions are just right. Then the tiny drawstring type sack on the egg opens and out wriggle 5 to 20 baby tiger worms that begin devouring your food scraps and turning them into worm juice and vermicast for your garden. You can even remineralise your soils by feeding your worm farm additional trace elements, sea weed, woodash etc. The results of using worm juice and castings can be profound. A couple of years
ago an Australian farmer stayed with us on a speaking tour of New Zealand. He had bought a block of land in NSW and found he could not grow enough pasture to graze his cattle. After soil tests were carried out he was told by farm advisors that it would cost $22,000 to fix his soils. Instead of taking this advice he set up two bathtub worm farms and a trailer lined with plastic as worm farms and began collecting cafe waste and cow manure to feed to the tiger worms. He harvested the worm juice or vermiliquid and began spraying it onto his farm at varying levels of dilution and within two years he had transformed his soils with support from Australian soil scientists. He has won a number of awards for his practical work with soil regeneration.
in what you can buy from hardware stores with some being easier to harvest from and feed than others. Having a good cover under your lid is a must as worms are very light sensitive as they breathe through their skin. The Hungry Bin; designed and made in New Zealand is a clever design. It’s so easy to feed and harvest from; is on wheels so can be moved around and can process up to 2kg of waste per day. Apparently Prince Charles even has a New Zealand Hungry Bin and the Auckland prison have several hundred of these to process their food scraps.
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AORANGI REGIONAL FINALISTS FMG Young Farmer regional final It’s one heck of a road to make the grand final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year if you come from the Aorangi region this year. Traditionally a strong region with six grand final winners in the past 14 years, this year looks to be just as tough with eight extraordinary young men vying to get through. The regional final will be held in Methven on February 25. The North Otago District Contest and Skills Day provided the final two contestants recently with Arjan Van’t Klooster and John Mehrtens taking out first and second. Van’t Klooster came fourth at last year’s regional final where the winner, Athol New, went on to become the FMG Young Farmer of the Year.
And at only 25, the hot favourite to take out the Aorangi regional final has a lot of expectation on his shoulders. “Particularly from my parents,” he jokes. Van’t Klooster and his fiancée Kelsie Chamberlain bought a 164 hectare 600 cow farm in Glenavy last year and are also lower order share milking 1200 cows on his parents’ farm. Overseeing eight staff and managing two properties and holding a Bachelor of Commerce and Agriculture means Van’t Klooster will be a major threat to the other contestants. However, Mehrtens is considered to be another front runner with his all-round experience - having worked on dairy, arable and pig farms.
He also competed in the regional final last year where he finished sixth, and in his last eligible year in the contest he wants to give it his all to get through. Currently working on a 650 hectare Waimate dryland cropping farm, Mehrtens has previously worked on a Mid Canterbury dairy farm, harvested in America and worked on a large cropping and pig farm in the United Kingdom. He also has a Bachelor of Agriculture to his name and has contest history in his family with his uncle Tim Mehrtens being a former Aorangi Regional Finalist. South Canterbury’s Toby How and Caleb Strowger and Mid Canterbury’s Cameron Black are also expected to be hot contenders to make
the grand final with early speculation that whoever wins this tough contest, could be on their way to winning the grand final for Aorangi for the third year in a row. Black, a 23-year-old Ashburton BNZ rural bank manager and Hinds Young Farmer member, took out the Mid Canterbury final in early November. He has competed in two regional finals in the Taranaki/Manawatu region. A graduate of Massey University with a Bachelor in Agri-Science, Black is from Western Southland where his parents still farm a sheep and beef property. Currently the chairman of the Hinds club and vice chairman of the Aorangi region, Black is also a passionate water-skier and plays rugby for Southern.
He is planning to study hard before the regional final as he knows Aorangi is the toughest region to compete in. Nineteen-year-old David Wards is a Methven Young Farmer who works on a sheep and cropping farm and entered his first district contest so that he could beat his sister Hayley. Originally from the King Country, David is also known on the competitive shearing circuit. He is also a member of the Ashburton Pipe Band where he plays the bagpipes. The line-up to compete in the Aorangi regional final on February 25 at Methven is: Cameron Black, David Wards, James Gunson, Robbie Hill (Mid Canterbury) Caleb Strowger, Toby How (South Canterbury), Arjan Van’t Klooster, John Mehrtens (North Otago).
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Solar powered irrigators a reality Mid Canterbury farmers will soon begin trials using solar power to run their spray irrigators. EA Networks CEO Gordon Guthrie said the cost of the components needed to generate solar power was reducing and becoming economic, and several farmers were about to trial the technology. Solar power is among challenges for the lines company in the next two decades, and Guthrie said huge-scale battery storage and electric cars would also be major developments. EA Networks is “watching that space” carefully and preparing to change quickly. The company has made a huge investment in the network to accommodate load growth and improve security; that would not be wasted as solar energy and other technologies came into the picture in the next 20 years. Guthrie said the district’s load growth would continue to grow, along with the population - but the company would not have to build its network of the future
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Edendale ticks energy efficiency boxes Fonterra’s Edendale site is the most energy efficient dairy manufacturing site in New Zealand, according to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. The site has become the first dairy processing facility in the country to be awarded four stars in the EECA One2five ratings. The ratings measure energy, carbon and sustainability to give businesses a benchmark allowing them to compare
themselves to industry peers as well as how they rank nationally. Southern operations manager Richard Gray says energy efficiency is always front of mind at Fonterra sites. “Since the co-operative began its energy efficiency programme in 2003, the Edendale site has reduced its energy intensity by 48 per cent per tonne of product,” Gray said.
“Dairy is an energy intensive business, so this reduction is significant both for Fonterra and for New Zealand. “We’re continually challenging our staff to find ways to reduce our energy intensity – every little bit helps and we have more than 20 different energy saving programmes under way across the site.” He said recent additions included solar lighting and
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we export 80 per cent of our power.” With the price of generating solar power falling, Kea put in a few test sites and began gathering data. “Possibilities opened and we came up with using a Power Purchase Agreement for solar sites.” This means on some sites Kea pays for the solar generation facility and the landowner agrees to buy electricity. The company works across the Canterbury region and has been building its assets over seven years. “At the start there were
some very high prices for power, which made things relatively easy, but with the fall in the spot price in the last few years, we have had to look at other options to sell our power, which was worrying . . . but I looked at this as a challenge,” McMath said. “The size we are allows us to be very agile with pricing and plans. You are constantly reviewing where your company is and how you can make it competitive and economical. You are looking for a balance.” He said customers needed to know they had options. “As
we talk to customers about our option, they are surprised that there is more than one way of powering businesses. It does become frustrating when the customer looks at the power bill and buys from one particular retailer because they always have.” McMath is in charge of the whole process, from sales, contracts, engineering, installation, accounting and maintenance. He says being an “outsider” in the industry was an advantage an allowed him to have an open mind, offering personalised service to clients.
“Each one of our customers has a different electricity demand; we match the best system for the customer and us, to maximise energy savings. Some require lots of panels, some require a backup system. “We work in conjunction with the traditional suppliers of power as we both offer back-ups for each other. When a customer needs reliability, it is far better to have two sources than one.” He said it was a great feeling showing customers how much power was coming from the sun and how it was powering their business. His advice? Look around. Things are moving quickly in the industry, in terms of products and services. “Who would have thought that the power company, us, now takes the power station to you, at not just a cheaper rate, but also at no cost to the customer.” He said the most rewarding aspect of his job was saving the customer money, getting a return and the bonus of reducing pollution.
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Look at the difference There are a lot of horses that look like Archie in the before photo. Archie isn’t just lacking top-line, his whole body is in decline. Yet he was being well-fed by his owner with kilograms of processed feeds. Archie was suffering from a lack of quality protein in his diet, evidenced by muscle wastage, his poor coat and indifferent demeanour. Protein consists of nutrients called amino acids linked together in chains used to construct not only skeletal muscles but all the body tissues. It is usually this lacking top-line look which alerts us to a lack of protein in the diet but this is really just the tip of the iceberg. Protein deficiency affects the internal organs including the heart, lungs, skin, liver, kidneys, all the various glands, the eyes, even the skeleton and yet it is the state of the hair-coat and hooves which is most obvious and brings it to our attention. The horse’s body, like
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ours, is a very sophisticated chemical machine. Hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions go on all day, every day and every single one of them requires the presence of an enzyme. Amino acids are necessary to make all these busy little enzymes. Different protein sources are different in their amino acid make-up (ie they have different amino acid profiles). For instance copra-meal is high in some and not others and is not the same as sunflower seeds or linseed. Hence the recommendation to feed multiple sources of protein in order to ensure the presence of all the amino acids in sufficient quantities.
Unfortunately the sources with the best profiles (such as lucerne and soya-bean meal) are also high in potassium and because they add to the already high potassium load the horse ingests from the forage portion of his diet they are unsuitable for horses with health and behaviour issues. Horses do not need large quantities of protein but they do need a quality protein source, one with a profile that particularly suits horses. There are 22 individual amino acids, 10 of which either cannot be produced by your horse or cannot be produced in sufficient quantity; therefore, they must come from the diet. Even if only one of the essential amino acids are not available, protein synthesis cannot take place. ShapeUp is a simple solution for you. It consists of bio-available amino acids fortified with lysine and others vital for horses and, most importantly, ShapeUp is potassium free.
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It has been estimated that there are approximately 570 million farms world-wide but only 4 per cent originate from high income areas and 49 per cent from lower or middle income countries. When you consider however that an estimated 72 per cent of these are less than 1 hectare and only 6 per cent of these are greater than five hectares you only then get to appreciate that the majority are being operated by families largely to provide food or substance living with minimal and in many cases primitive technologies. Approximately the 339 million of these (59 per cent) are in China and India alone. It is not surprising then that the demand for food from
diminishing resources results in approximately 795 million (11 per cent) of the world’s population still being under nourished. This in turn leads to the search for new farming models to produce significantly more food to supply a growing and increasingly hungry population. Farms today are changing at a much faster pace to meet the nutritional needs of a rising and more affluent population and to better utilise natural
resources. The supply of fresh water is finite but the demand continues to increase through urbanisation, wealth and the desire to eat more complex foods. McDonald’s for example which was formed in 1955 now has 36,000 stores spread over 19 countries. Today it is estimated that 2.3 million people across the globe do not have access to home sanitation and 650 million have no access to safe drinking water.
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Contrast that with the following estimations • It takes 15,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of beef • 4325 litres of water to produce 1kg of chicken • 3178 litres of water to make 1kg of cheese • 225 litres of water to make one glass of milk, and • 74 litres of water to make one glass of beer. One may well argue that
the beer drinkers are as safe as houses. There is no doubt that just as our dietary and food requirements have changed in the last 50 years so too will there be significant changes in the next 50 years. This quite apart from a global population expecting and demanding a more refined eating experience. Likewise farming systems will need to adjust to the practical implications of climate change, water restraints, health and lifestyle trends also. Investment decisions today and long term strategic planning for tomorrow will help shape the thinking of diversification of what we eat and how that food will be produced from diminishing resources available. Just as the primary sector led from the front 50 years ago it too can also be the first to capitalise on emerging trends and keep to the forefront of changing technology and continue to be a world leader in the agrifood sector over the next 20 years.
Introducing The decision to amalgamate the Polaris franchise with our Marine division was an easy and exciting one to make. By bringing these two divisions of our business together we saw an opportunity to create a new retail environment for this specialised “outdoor equipment”. This new division of our business will be known and branded as D&E Outdoors and is located at 153 Moore Street.
combination of strength, stability, safety, comfort, performance and unbeatable usability, Stabicraft prove their worth no matter what’s thrown at them. Our long and successful association with Polaris sees us in a position to show case NZ’s largest range of side by side’s and NZ’s#1 side by side seller, in a retail environment that will be setting the bench mark for NZ Polaris dealers nationwide. D&E have experienced 4 years of rapid growth with Polaris and the continued commitment from Polaris shows with the introduction of new products every 12months. Polaris is the world leader in ATVs and Side x Sides with more choices for more applications with a 30 model line-up. Work or play, there is a Polaris for everyone with features and options a mile long. From the ever popular Youth range starting from 50cc through to the lifestyle, commercial and recreational vehicles up to 1000cc. D&E prides itself on providing quality product along with quality backup of service and parts well after the first initial sale. For D&E Outdoors this will be no different, we have specialised marine technicians that are qualified, with great workshop facilities to carry out any marine job no matter how big or small. It won’t be until early 2017 that we will have the opportunity to have the Polaris service department being able to work out of the Moore St workshop, this also includes the large range of Polaris parts that we have in stock.
Currently we are sharing our retail space with the Gluyas Motor Group until the new home for Nissan is developed and ready for them to move into in early 2017. This will then give us the opportunity to expand our retail space to create one of the largest “outdoor equipment” shops in the South Island.
So call in and see the team at D&E Outdoors, 153 Moore Street for all of your marine requirements and for your Polaris sales enquiries. For Polaris parts and service enquires please continue to call in and see the team at D&E, 832 East Street.
Look forward to seeing you soon!
Having such a great retail space available to us also gives us the chance to expand on our product range to help support our growing Marine business. The introduction of a new range of Lowrance GPS and Fish finder products will soon be available in store. Lowrance is one of the most innovative companies in NZ for electronic boating equipment and we are very pleased to have them on board. We have a fantastic range of Hutchwilco products, ski biscuits, water skis, wakeboards, ski ropes, life jackets + much more and if we don’t have it in stock we will happily get it in for you. D&E Outdoors has a large selection of Yamaha outboard engines, the Yamaha outboard range comprises of over 100 engines which range from 2.5hp right through to 350ph. D&E Outdoors also has the largest range of New and Pre Used boats in Mid Canterbury. We have the franchise for Stabicraft boats which are NZ owned and manufactured in Invercargill so we have fantastic backup and aftersales support from them. Stabicraft are considered one of the world’s best designed aluminium chambered boats for business and leisure. The first to pioneer positive buoyancy life-ring protection, Stabicraft boats are a triumph of kiwi ingenuity over the elements. A breakthrough
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A personalised, quality service Donald Love Windrowing is owned by Donald and Kay Love, based in Mayfield, Mid Canterbury. We have been contract windrowing since 1999. As farmers ourselves, we understand the importance of seed hygiene and getting your crops windrowed on time. Our equipment is cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Donald first began windrowing as a teenager when he worked during school holidays driving an 8ft cut Owatana windrower for a local contractor and for his father on the family farm. In 1993 Donald and Kay purchased a Gorse/hedge trimming business, then Donald and Kay began contract windrowing in 1999 purchasing a Hesston 6400 10ft cut windrower and began the difficult job of establishing a client base. Donald worked long hours on the 6400 with no cab – it was a challenge at times. As the contract run increased,
they progressed to CASEIH 8840s they upgraded to the then latest model MacDon M150 tractor units, various headers fronts and mower options were added to give farmers a choice of a full range of fronts to best suit their crop needs. It is very important for the Loves to continually upgrade and improve equipment. Five years ago son Robert started direct drilling and forage harvesting and Donald and Kay added baling to their business, which works in very well with their existing windrowing business. They can now offer the complete service of mowing, raking, tedding, round, medium and big square baling with tube and individual wrapping as well as the complete forage harvest service. The Loves are a familyowned-and-run business which enjoy doing a quality job. For personalised service phone Donald or Robert.
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Vegetable harvesters flat out Kraft Heinz-Watties and other vegetable processors are in the thick of a busy season, working in Mid Canterbury paddocks up to 24 hours per day. Field supervisor Dean Casey said the season for crops such as peas and broad beans ran from mid-November to late February and it carried on regardless of the weather. “There’s only a small window of opportunity before the peas are mature. Machines just keep going for three months non-stop,” he said.
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He said Kevin Barker, a PMC technician was visiting from England to commission a new harvester. Sparks Brothers spokesperson Andrew Sparks said 24 hectares of peas on the property were harvested by Kraft Heinz-Watties over two days, while an additional 40 hectares would be harvested by Talley’s. He said yield may be down on last year due to variable spring conditions. “It’s been a tricky spring weather-wise, because of the cooler conditions,” he said.
Townshend Agricultural Contracting is a local business that has just started this year. We are pleased to offer the following services:
- Mowing - Tedding - Raking - Baling BALING - Carting - Wrapping - GRASS - WHOLECROP Slurry Application -- STRAW Slurry spreading - Pond stirrer
BALING Jodan SERVICES Townshend - MOWING 0274 39 39-36BALING - CARTING - TEDDING Jodan@tacontracting.co.nz - WRAPPING - RAKING SLURRY APPLICATION - SLURRY SPREADING - POND STIRRING Kraft Heinz-Watties harvester Corey Bestenbreur (left), with PMC technician Kevin Barker, harvest peas in rain and cold conditions at Sparks Brothers at PHOTO SUSAN SANDYS Pendarves recently.
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Low cost grain cooling and aeration Grain Air Tubes are perforated cylindrical tubes made from 18 gauge galvanized steel which hang from the roof of a silo and act like a chimney for the warm moist air which, if left inside the silo, will spoil the grain. The concept came from a grain farmer in Canada. “The results speak for themselves” says Doug Gough of Gough Agritech Ltd, located near Darfield in Central Canterbury, who has been retailing them for three years now with excellent positive feedback from customers. “We hear of so many issues with incorrectly stored grain, it is a subject many farmers are embarrassed to speak about and so don’t ask for help.” Well-proven in harsher climates than ours here in New Zealand, Grain Air Tubes have saved many a silo full of grain from spoiling. Natural convection currents take the cold air on the sides of the silo and
move it towards the centre of the silo where warmer moist air is picked up and carried to the top by the Grain Air Tube. The air must be able to escape out the top. Whirlygig vents which create a vacuum are available from Gough Agritech Ltd. Probably the biggest advantage Grain Air Tubes have over other forms of aeration is that they don’t require electricity. This makes them low-cost to run, suitable for any silo both hopper bottom and flat bottom, and ideal for silos which are located too far from a power source, which could mean silos which have not been used for some time could be usable once more. Many farmers install the Grain Air Tubes themselves. The tubes come in 8’ long telescoping sections to accommodate different sized silos and come with a cap to prevent grain entering the tube when filling the silo, and a base which is determined by type of silo, either flat or hopper bottom.
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Joining forces for a complete service Methven contractors Millan Bungard and Chris Woods formed Methven Harvesting to complement their respective drilling and ploughing/ cultivation businesses. They realised the many benefits of working together to offer a complete service to their customers. The joint venture, heading into its fourth season, includes Chris’ parents, Maurice and Karen Woods, and Millan’s wife Michelle. The business utilises a Claas Lexion 580 combine harvester with laser pilot autosteer and an APS threshing system. The harvester is operated with a 7.5m grain front and a grass seed pickup. Methven Harvesting operates throughout the Ashburton District, with on farm and long-distance cartage arranged when necessary. Its clients range from farmers who can’t justify owning a modern header of their own, through to farms where breakdowns, other commitments or the weather have caused delays, with extra help needed.
Chris and Millan are both positive about working with each other and like that their individual operations are small owner/operator businesses. “It doesn’t interest us to becoming really big. The bigger you get, the bigger the chance you can lose that attention to detail and quality,
which isn’t where we want to be. We prefer to work with each other and other local contractors, with whom we have a strong working relationship with, to provide complementary services for our clients allowing us to specialise in what we excel at.”
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Methven Harvesting is a joint venture between Methven Contracting and Chris Woods Contracting We operate throughout the Ashburton District and our clients range from farmers who have done the maths and can’t justify a modern reliable header of their own, through to farms where breakdowns, other farming commitments or the weather has caused delays and they need a hand. Claas Lexion 580 7.5m grain front Grass seed pick up Laser pilot auto steer APS threshing system On farm cartage available Long distance cartage can be arranged Augers available
Latest technology • R8 Norogard Automated chemical treating system Currently in Ashburton removing growth splits and sprout out of malting barley and removing the necessaries out of milling wheat to improve falling numbers for contract specifications. • • •
Millan Bungard: 027 436 2356 Chris Woods: 027 680 3818
Save time and money by utilising farm saved seed Seed treatment is your first line of defence against pests and disease Operating a high capacity gravity table to increase quality for resowing and contract specifications
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Shake, rattle and roll It never ceases to amaze me how life can change from one moment in time to another, whether it be because of health issues or natural disasters as has happened in North Canterbury over the last couple of weeks. One moment everything is going along great â€“ before you know it all things that you took for granted, like a loved one walking alongside you or the home you and your ancestors have lived in for generations, are no longer there and gone forever. The power of the latest earthquake is truly amazing to behold with photos of land movements of over two metres upwards and photos of crayfish and paua left high and dry are incredible. But just for a moment think of the people who farm this area and how this quake will affect them for now and years to come. With land slips, new valleys, new hills, no roads, no trough water systems, no fences, how do these people get back on their feet? With homes and buildings flattened in a residential area
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itâ€™s disruptive and devastating, but at least most of these people can shift homes but still go to work and have an income. However the farming families affected in some cases have lost nearly everything. Not only have their homes been destroyed but also years of infrastructure that is not insured and how, after years of drought and some families
hanging on by their teeth over this period, will they ever be able to afford the repair bill? The problem gets even worse for some of these families because even if they
decided they have had enough and wanted and decided to sell, who would want to buy a farm on a proven fault line such as this. Time and values will cure
this issue but not in the short term. Is there a moral to this story? Some say enjoy today because tomorrow could be a bloody sight worse!
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All you need for a fun-filled summer Outdoor Adventure Sports are 100% locally owned and operated for over 20 years at 519 East Street Ashburton. They have a fabulous range of summer goodies for the whole family. There are plenty of wetsuits from O’Neill and Extreme Limits with a massive size range from 1 to 4XL. If you’re after some water toys for the family this Christmas, Outdoor Adventure Sports have all you need with a fantastic range of ski biscuits from HO, Connelly and Loose Unit which are all on display instore. If it’s a knee board, wakeskate, paddle board, kayak or waterskis you need there is a model and size to suit everybody. Once you have picked out the new addition to your water toy collection then Outdoor Adventure Sports can also fit you with a brand-new HO or O’Neill ski vest or a New Zealand-made Hutchwilco lifejacket. Look out for the new Ridgeline Summer Sizzler mailer with amazing deals on summer clothing for mum, dad and the kids or if you’re after new dive gear there is a great selection of masks, dive bags, snorkles and heaps more all on sale now! Thinking about taking the family away camping? Outdoor Adventure Sports also has you covered for tents, cookers, chairs, tables, beds and all the other accessories you will need for a fun-filled family time.
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Alpine Sports Methven is all about fun in the outdoors, changing from snow gear in winter to water action in the summer. A dedicated ski hire and retail store during winter, Jason Pace (Jace) and Jacquie Aleman have restocked the shop floor with water sports gear and summer apparel to keep you outdoor enthusiasts busy. If you are heading into the great outdoors to enjoy your summer watersports, Alpine Sports Methven can supply all sorts of fun inflatables, wakeboards, SUPs (stand up paddleboards) wakesurfers, wakeskates, water skis, life vests, handles, ropes and accessories.
Demo Days are held frequently by lakes throughout the summer so you can ‘try before you buy’. The locations of the demo days will be updated on their Facebook page regularly fb.com/ alpinesportsmethven The shop is open seven days (unless they are out by a lake for a demo day!) so you can drop in and check out the fabulous gear. If you don’t have time to drop in you can find most of our gear in the online store at alpinesports.co.nz There is a racquet restringing service available for all you tennis and squash fans. Plus a selection of camping, tramping and hunting essentials.
See the world’s smallest penguins, in their natural environment. Our Blue Penguins nest close to town under the cliff along the historic harbour foreshore. The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is just beyond the Victorian Heritage Precinct and you are within walking distance of the town centre, close to shops, restaurants and accommodation. During the day penguins are not active on land; they are either out at sea fishing or hiding away in their nesting burrows. Our day tours take you behind the scenes, into the penguins breeding area, where you may see the penguins up close in their nesting burrows.
Our day time viewing facility, the ‘blue wing’, makes this eaiser as you look down into the top of 10 nesting boxes through viewing tunnels. Our penguin numbers vary from day to day, so just ask one of our friendly staff how many they can guarantee you will see. Evening viewing is when you will get to see the penguins arrive home from their days fishing, in groups that we call ‘rafts’; they will walk up the stony ramp in front of you and cross into the breeding colony back to their nesting burrows. We have tours running from 10am to late, so stop by and visit Oamaru’s most unique residents.
Be Captivated by Nature at Oamaru s Blue Penguin Colony! See penguins up close in their burrows during the day… and arriving onshore at night.
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Open Daily 10am until 1 hour after dusk (We are also open Christmas, ANZAC and Good Friday night for evening viewings)
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There are cool Christmas gifts and then there are Christmas gifts that blow the idea of what’s cool out of the water! Skydiving is one of those and it’s right on your door-step this Christmas. Give the gift of a life-changing experience and mind-blowing fun to your friends and family by purchasing one of our skydiving options at very affordable prices and support a local business at the same time. Skydiving Kiwis is located at the Ashburton Aerodrome so you might even see your house on your way up 6000, 9000, or 13,000 feet! When you jump at Skydiving Kiwis, you become part of our local skydiving community, so just like with our mates, we promise to have your back too and make you feel right at home! Started in 2011 by two brothers who share a passion for the sport of skydiving; Skydiving Kiwis is the biggest of small drop zones in NewZealand and one of the most fun to jump at. Our instructors are skydivers first and foremost and their passion for the sport and community of skydiving is extremely contagious. We have stayed true to our mission to bring the sport of skydiving back into skydiving and to nurture and maintain an authentic
Hidden away on a quiet back road in the tiny hamlet of Seadown, just north of Timaru, in the South Island of New Zealand, The Shearer’s Quarters Giftshop and Cafe is a slice of retro rustic heaven offering a great day out for visitors of all ages and tastes. Owned and operated by John and Lyn, this country cafe and gift shop has evolved into one of South Canterbury’s leading family destinations. A rustic charm oozes from every corner of the complex making it the perfect venue for family gatherings, workplace lunches, wedding receptions
Kiwi vibe. Bring yourself, a big smile and let us take care of the rest! We jump the smallest tandem parachutes in the world, we have the A+ safety rating and our instructors have years of skydiving experience from around the world and thousands of jumps under their belts, so you’ll be in good hands. We have a barbecue and play area so you can bring your kids, mates and a picnic and make a day of it. Ring Sophie on 0800 359-549 to find out more about who we are, what we do and to book your jump with us. We are open from 9am to sunset every day of the year and can’t wait to share the sky with you! Buckle up for the ride of your life you adrenaline junkie!
- basically any excuse at all to visit! Open all year round, The Shearer’s Quarters is cosy and warm during winter and fresh, light and sunny during the summer season. Nooks and crannies all around The Shearer’s Quarters, both inside and out provide the perfect hideaway for enjoying a quiet coffee or glass of wine. It also creates a fabulous environment for the children’s birthday parties that are hugely popular. Mini golf course, the farmyard animals and the gift shop all form the rest of The Shearer’s Quarters.
Country Gift shop & Restaurant Now is one of the best times of the year to pop out and visit us or re-visit if you are a regular! Our Christmas stock has well and truly arrived and already people are purchasing well ahead of Christmas so as to avoid the Christmas stampede! Our new garden centre is a real hit. If you haven’t already been out to see the great selection of plants we have, then please do so soon! As always our Menu at the Cafe is simply delicious and we have had many enquiries for Christmas Functions, which we just love catering. If a Christmas Function at “The Shearers Quarters” sounds like you, then just give us a call on 03 615 9043 and we are more than happy to discuss this with you. Open Tuesday–Sunday 9am–4pm | Also available for Functions 924 Seadown Road, RD3, Timaru | Phone 03 615 9043 www.theshearersquarters.co.nz
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