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Agricultural Field Days Farming for the future Lincoln 30 March - 1 April 2011

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Post-quake economy given shot in the arm Agricultural Field Days | Farming for the future | Lincoln | 30 March - 1 April 2011 Canterbury’s post-quake economy will be given a shot in the arm when the South Island Agricultural Field Days get under way next week. The three-day event showcases the latest farm machinery, equipment and technology and this year will play an important step in helping Christchurch back on its feet after the deadly 6.3 quake on February 22. Field days spokesman Errol Costello, of Lincoln University, said it was important the event proceed to restore normalcy to the region. The field days are held every two years, and the 2011 event marks its 60th year. “Canterbury needs to get its economy going again. No lack of respect for those who died in the quake, but this event needs to happen if we are going to rebuild Christchurch. “The main business in the region is farming and the second biggest business is tourism, and the third is education. We need to get business in the district under way again to generate income to rebuild Christchurch, and the field days are part of the farming scene.” The Lincoln field days site has been unaffected by the Christchurch quake, and any indirect spin-off from the subsequent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The field days themselves are often seen as a barometer of how the primary sector is faring. In 2009, there was cautious optimism, despite a global credit crisis. Mr Costello said farmers would be coming to the 2011 event in a positive mood, buoyed by good dairy and lamb prices. “Farmers are like gold miners, they will never say if they are doing well. But they will be willing to spend money, with a little encouragement and the right price.” Some 25,000 people are expected to visit the field days from March 30-April 1. Mr Costello said the site was compact, and the average farmer spent a day covering most of the 300

exhibits, checking out demonstrations and deals, and catching up with farming friends and neighbours. The main aim of the field days is to give farmers and others in the rural sector the opportunity to see the latest in agricultural machinery and services that are available on the market, particularly home grown products. It is the only agricultural show in New Zealand to feature side-by-side demonstrations, with 80-100 tractors, headers, mowers, seed drills and other machines being put through their paces each day. The event covers seven hectares that is part of the Lincoln University Farm. The event has been running every second year since 1951 when it was held at Motukarara. Mr Costello said the annual Agri-Innovation awards were hotly contested. The awards are in three classes: • Kiwi made farm equipment • Imported farm equipment • Farm aids/tools and farm inventions. A prize of $250 prize is also given to the best large exhibit and the best small exhibit. SIAFD also gives experience in leadership and managerial skills to senior members of Young Farmers in the Christchurch District. The committee, chaired by Hamish Maginness, has 26 members and is an incorporated society. All funds generated are used for educational scholarships for young farmers plus a donation to Young Farmers national office. The field days theme is farming for the future, with exhibitors providing the latest research and information so agri-businesses can continue to sustain the world’s growing population while reducing their environmental footprint.


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Post-quake economy given shot in the arm Agricultural Field Days | Farming for the future | Lincoln | 30 March - 1 April 2011

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The following supplier will be exhibiting on the ATS site, with special deals for the South Island Field Days • Meridian • Allied Fuel • Nufarm • The Aromotherapy Co • NZ Merchants • ATS Seed • Orb Communications • Ballance Agri-Nutrients • Ultimate Mobile • Bell Booth • Proactive • Destination Home • Property Brokers • Ecolab • The Drench Company • Farmside • The Tyre General • Glasseye Creek • Tru-Test • Laser Electrical • Watermetrics – Part of the Hydrocom Alliance • Laser Plumbing • Weft • Liberty Genetics • Winslow Feeds and Nutrition • Masterguard Investigations and Security • McPhersons Consumer Products Remember to also visit other ATS Suppliers who are attending the South Island Field days, look for their supplier sign.

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Vitec is a well established New Zealand animal nutrition company servicing both the ruminant and monogastric agricultural sectors, and was acquired by the northern hemisphere Lallemand group in 2008. Lallemand is one of the world’s largest producers of yeast and bacteria for use in animal and human nutrition, wine-making, baking and bio-ethanol production. The company’s growth in animal nutrition has seen a focus on developing a range of natural, biological products, providing technical solutions which improve forage quality, animal performance and animal health - products whose performance has been scientifically proven in extensive farm scale trials conducted in over 15 countries. One such example is Lallemand’s discovery of a now patented strain of bacteria, Lactobacillus buchneri NCIMB 40788, which is utilised to great effect in the Lalsil range of crop specific silage inoculants such as Lalsil Maize, Lalsil Wholecrop and Lalsil Dry. This bacteria has a unique effect in creating conditions which inhibit the growth of moulds and yeasts – an important factor at feed out, where aerobic stability is so important. Unstable silages can be unpalatable, may develop moulds and mycotoxins and reduce dry matter intakes - resulting in reduced production and poor animal health. Once the supply of winter forage has been accounted for, thoughts turn to calving. The transition phase from pre-calving to lactation is probably the most critical in the lifecycle of the dairy cow. Metabolic disease associated with calcium mobilization can cause extreme stress to both animal and farm staff. Vitec`s CLOSE-UP Hy-D® offers a simple solution formulated to stimulate hormone activity,

CLOSE-UP Hy-D® aids in mobilisation of calcium reserves, and is fed for 14 days prior to calving. We all know that rearing calves can bring its challenges – particularly if there has been a history of coccidiosis; microscopic single cell parasites of the Eimera species cause damage to the cell wall of the intestine, reducing efficiency of digestion and subsequent animal performance. Traditionally treatment has been via a coccidiostat in the calf meal – however the young calf is predominantly reliant on liquid milk for its nutrients, with limited intake of calf meal, which means that until the calf is 4-5 weeks old, it is not eating enough of the dry feed to protect itself. The answer is to use a liquid coccidiostat, enhanced with immunity boosting vitamins - which can be added to milk from 2 days of age – Calf Vigor from Vitec. For more information on how Vitec can help improve your herd’s health, visit us on stand C51 at Lincoln Field Days.

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Come join the friendly faces of ATS at site 606 Sit down, relax and refuel with our complimentary refreshments. While you’re there, why not enter into the draw to win a huge array of prizes. Join over twenty suppliers and retailers under one roof with great deals and the latest information for your farm and home. Ask us about specifically tailored solutions for all your silages.

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Huge growth since formation Agricultural Field Days | Farming for the future | Lincoln | 30 March - 1 April 2011 Wide Span Sheds in Ashburton has experienced huge growth since its formation three years ago and is now the master franchisee for the entire South Island operation. We now have agents throughout the South Island to assist our customers with the purchase of their building. We have the ability to design and price to customer requirements pre-engineered buildings in minutes. We attribute some of that to our computer system and design software, which is the most advanced software that we know of for building preengineered buildings. The company offers a range of pre-engineered steel sheds and buildings manufactured in 100 percent New Zealand Steel, using hightensile 450MPa or greater Galvsteel with sheeting in both Zincalume and Colorsteel options. We can build up to 30m clear span and 8m high. Wide Span Sheds’ buildings are renowned for their strength. Sheds can either be supplied in kitset form or a full construction service is available. Wide Span Sheds allows you to design and customise your new shed, warehouse, workshop, commercial cover, or barn within our preengineered and efficient design environment. This ensures economy, efficiency and value without the need to compromise on your design. Wind and snow loadings are based on an exact location not a general area. We use best industry practices and we employ independent engineers to sign off our sheds before they go out. It shows we are committed to quality. It also comes down to customer service, which is a key focus for us – providing our clients what they want, when they want it and how they want it. Sheds can either be supplied in kitset form or a full construction service is available. Wide Span Sheds range and flexibility in building design and implementation offers a wide range of design options for your next steel building project. We provide professional advice on buildings custom designed and manufactured to exceed your expectations • Free no obligation on the spot quotes available • Full calculations on all buildings available • We can also build them with your free construction quote you know what the total cost will be up front. No hidden items Wide Span Sheds is currently working on a range of houses and hopes to have them released shortly.

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Spectacular Demonstration Agricultural Field Days | Farming for the future | Lincoln | 30 March - 1 April 2011 It is 60 years since aerial top-dressing featured in a spectacular demonstration at the first South Island Agricultural Field Days. At Motukarara back in 1951, just over 1000 people went along to the event to view silage making and bulk lime distribution. Every two years since then, farmers have relied on the field days to show off the latest equipment, machinery and services in farming circles. The demonstrations are hands-on, helping farmers decide which product works best. Exhibitors come from all around New Zealand; around 30 from Mid Canterbury. Visitors these days are expected to top around 25,000 and include farmers and

rural people from Canterbury, the rest of New Zealand and some from overseas. Field days society chairman Hamish Maginness said he was proud that committees over the years had stuck to their roots. “Our aim with field days has always been to promote ingenuity and innovation, and provide farmers with the opportunity to view side-by-side demonstrations so they can make informed choices before purchasing machinery and equipment.” To mark 60 years since the inaugural event, the organising committee hired historian Roger Gilbert to write a commemorative book, which is expected to be published within the next month.

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He said while the farming community had not been too badly impacted by the February 22 quake, their hearts went out to those who had lost family and friends. Only one exhibitors had pulled out, due to their commitment to cleaning up Christchurch, but the other 380 were ready to roll. Organisers said exhibitors were canvassed about going ahead with the event, and they were 100 per cent in favour of proceeding. While accommodation is at a premium, Rural Women has stepped into the breach to organise a billeting system with farmers in Canterbury.

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Committees, past and present, will attend a special anniversary dinner on April 2. Mr Maginness said the event this year would hopefully bring a bit of cheer to farmers after what had been an awful year. “Last year Central Canterbury farmers had to deal with the aftermath of the Darfield quake that left homes, plant and paddocks damaged. Soon afterwards Southland farmers had their worst winter storm in decades that led to massive stock losses. “West Coast farmers then had to deal with the Pike River mine disaster, few coast families were left unscathed, and then Golden Bay farmers had to deal with unprecedented flooding.”

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The South Island Agricultural Field Days Agricultural Field Days | Farming for the future | Lincoln | 30 March - 1 April 2011

The South Island Agricultural Field Day (SIAFD) is a non profit organisation and a sub committee of the Christchurch District Young Farmers Club. The committee organises an exhibition for the rural community every second year. For the period 1953-1989 the exhibition was limited to machinery only, but recently, to cater for the wider commercial requests, it has been extended to include machinery and services to the rural community.The SIAFD became associated with Lincoln University in 1975 when it used the University’s

farms. This arrangement was formalised in 1983 with the lease of parts of the Research farm as a permanent site that included semipermanent buildings, and electricity and water reticulation. The strong feature of the SIAFD that differentiates it from Agricultural and Pastoral Shows is the comparative demonstrations under working conditions. The SIAFD is the largest agricultural event in the South Island that is not an Agricultural & Pastoral Show.

Aims of the South Island Agricultural Field Days.

1. To provide a venue where machinery and other services can

be demonstrated to the rural community. 2. To provide a vehicle for senior YFC members of the Christchurch District to acquire, in a practical way, organisational and business skills.

Objectives of the South Island Agricultural Field Days.

1. To organise a professional exhibition that is an interface between the agricultural service industry and its clients. 2. To provide satisfaction to both parties in order to get return business.

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Award winning technology Agricultural Field Days | Farming for the future | Lincoln | 30 March - 1 April 2011 Award winning variable rate irrigation technology is now available direct from your local Zimmatic Dealer. The AccuFlow VRI system for centre pivot and linear move irrigators provides unlimited flexibility, giving total control of where water is applied beneath an irrigator - technology that will be the way of the future in irrigation as farmers and the industry move to ensure optimal water management nationwide.

With remote programming and monitoring through the easy to use software interface and an advanced system controlling every sprinkler on the irrigator, water is applied at varying rates and applied only where necessary. Water and pumping costs are saved and the irrigator runs to maximum efficiency. Research of six sites around New Zealand suggests savings of 9-26% of irrigation water and energy savings of 27-77 kgCO2-eq/ha/yr are achievable by installing a Zimmatic AccuFlow VRI system. VRI gives farmers the ability to improve water use efficiencies through pivot and linear move irrigators. This converts to water and energy savings of $61-$150/ha/yr in situations where the soils under the irrigator are varied. Further gains in yield production increases are also expected. Cropping farmer Eric Watson farms at Wakanui, Ashburton. His 490ha irrigated property has variable soils of three distinct soil types. Faced with a restricted water take, he

installed variable rate irrigation three years ago and reports a considerable improvement in efficiencies including water usage, power consumption and man hours. The VRI system has allowed him to remove the 5.5ha of irrigator overlap, minimising overwatering of vegetable crops and peas which are sensitive to too much water. This reduction in water usage has been redistributed to a smaller irrigator, increasing production of another area which would have otherwise been sparsely irrigated. The improved control of water application has also reduced wheel rutting problems under the irrigators. Watson says installing variable speed pumps into two of the farm’s three wells has reduced electricity expenditure by 5% and the VRI efficiencies dropped consumption by a further 5.6% last season. The improved control and precision of water use has allowed him to make the season’s water allocation stretch over the whole season, even in a dry year, and he envisages up to 20% added water savings will be

achievable on his property from the AccuFlow VRI system. Desk top studies carried out by Carolyn Hedley of LandCare Research have shown that 15% - 20% of irrigated water and associated pumping costs could be saved. Over the coming irrigation seasons, Hedley, Watson and Precision Irrigation will be aiming to prove the results of the desktop study, while at the same time hoping to increase yields by not over-watering areas that usually receive too much irrigation. A MAF Sustainable Farming Fund funded research project on variable rate irrigation is being run across three trial sites, including Watson’s Wakanui farm. The trials aim to validate the desk top studies for each site by quantifying the economic and

environmental benefits of VRI, as well as identifying other potential benefits. For more information visit your local Zimmatic Dealer at the Lincoln Field days or call the Precision Irrigation team today on 0800 438 627. Alternatively visit the website www. precisionirrigation.co.nz to read more about what the system can do for you.

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Get it done and get it right Agricultural Field Days | Farming for the future | Lincoln | 30 March - 1 April 2011

From left to right: Corey Thomson (Tradesman Engineer), Mark Horrell (Tradesman Engineer) and Paul Rowland (Managing Director) When it comes to your farm machinery parts, Palmer Agri Parts Direct Ltd has all the knowledge, equipment and suppliers needed to get it done and get it right. The agricultural engineering business operates out of 34 Robinson Street in the Riverside Industrial Estate, Ashburton and can manufacture and repair almost any on-farm machinery, managing director Paul said. “We make and sell many grubber points and parts for New Zealand and European implements, from your common Clough or Duncan grubber to your sunflower cultivator and to your Kverneland or Lemken plough.”

Palmers stocks many plough parts, shares and points, chisel plough parts, s tines, bale forks, plough conversion kits, mouldboards, dale plough shares, plough share rebuilds, plough nuts and bolts, manufacture and supply combine crop lifters, knives, fingers, mower and chopper blades, irrigation border dyke gates, Blo thru gates and one off designs, irrigation gate arms and irrigation clocks. From the Robinson Street workshop, Paul says he and his staff members have the space and gear to make up, not only one single part, but thousands if needed. As New Zealand’s sole agent and distributor

of Spaldings UK European agricultural parts and accessories and importers of Spaldings Flatlift Subsoilers, Palmer Agri Parts Direct Ltd can offer clients almost any part required for any earth-engaging machine. Spaldings are Europe’s leading distributor of agricultural replacement parts for soil and crop engaging machinery. The subsoiler is a versatile machine and as well as having a five-year frame warranty, available in 3, 4, 5 or 7 leg options it has hardened hinged legs with shear bolt or hydraulic auto trip, replacement points and wings on legs, been built and designed in the

UK. The subsoiler will improve drainage, aids germination, is efficient, has a durable design and will improve your soil structure and cuts running costs. Palmer Agri Parts is an installer and servicer of Yarroweyah/Westfalia milking platforms and manufacturer of dairy yard systems, general engineering and maintenance and repair work. The business also stocks Bare Co tractor parts and accessories, PTO shafts and safety covers Stock feeders, Bird scarers , and much much more.

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Implications of fuel contamination Agricultural Field Days | Farming for the future | Lincoln | 30 March - 1 April 2011 Dirty diesel has been the talk of many farmers lately due to failures in their vehicles, but more to the point it is the old dirty storage tanks being used that have caused most of the issues. Ask anyone in the diesel repair industry. There has been a marked increase over the last 12 months of failures of injectors and fuel pumps in tractors and machinery due to the onset of common rail engines. This is not attributed to one brand of manufacturer but across the board where the tolerances are now so fine that even a tiny amount of water in the system can do huge damage. Ed Harrison from Sebco was speaking with a Service Manager from a tractor dealership where he was shown a common rail injector pump that had failed, the tractor was under a year old, had less than 1000 hrs on the clock and had stopped during a busy part of the season due to fuel contamination. The repair was just under $20,000, let alone the inconvenience of the tractor out of action! What Ed found really concerning that to the visual eye you could see no real damage. “Many operators don’t realise the implications of fuel contamination, Grandads or Dads old Nuffield, Fordson Major or MF 65 used to run fine with fuel from the old 500 gal overhead tank, the problem is that was 40 or 50 years ago” says Ed. The tractors/ sprayer/combine/Ute/SUV that are all used on the farm today are expected to fill from that same tank, most of these have hardly ever been cleaned out and are littered with unseen water contamination and rust on the inside. Another issue that crops up is the diesel bug, the above ground steel tank with direct sunlight on it heats up and with condensation, rust particles and the correct temperature an environment occurs that is beneficial for this algae to grow. It multiplies considerably and then blocks filters and pumps causing excessive damage. It is much like grinding paste going through your fuel injection system. The problem is quite easily avoided by updating fuel storage tanks to the Sebco Diesel Stations, as they are in an insulated environment, much like double glazing in your house, that virtually eliminates condensation and as they are not steel no rotting or rusting occurs. Ed says “I can only wonder when people spend many hundreds of thousands of dollars on new plant for the farm that they do not look at the overall benefit of spending a bit more by comparison for the longevity of their fleet”.

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In adversity we seek simplicity - but why wait? Agricultural Field Days | Farming for the future | Lincoln | 30 March - 1 April 2011 The earthquake has reminded us that it is the simple things in life that matter most – to be able to walk, laugh, work, eat, drink and sleep. We reprioritised what is important to us – family and friends over things. Without adversity, sometimes we over complicate things and forget this. And so it is with broadband and telecommunications regulation. Critical to our economic and social prosperity, the Internet has seen one of the biggest shifts in the last couple of thousand years – consumers (and voters), have changed from being just passive readers, to active writers and bloggers. They can kick back on what they are told and through social media be heard quickly and globally. This phenomenon is having a significant impact in the Middle East as we speak, as well as the supply chains we operate in. And its enabled more work to be “where you are”, than “where you go to”. Right now many in Christchurch will be able to work away from their offices or homes, because the internet gives them that flexibility. Those that don’t, will want it. The government has three tools to try and fix most things – money, regulation and doing nothing. The first two are generally more attractive to politicians, so in the telecommunications sector it is deploying both. The Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) and urban Ultra- Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative see money injected and are also bound up in the re-regulation of the whole sector. It’s got pretty complex. The government needs to simplify things a bit, so here’s three suggestions: Firstly - competition and open access are complicated issues for both rural and urban broadband initiatives, and telecommunications generally. Telecoms proposed structural separation is a web of complexity while Vodafone isn’t required to separate at all. The UFB has a joint ownership model while the RBI essentially gifts the new government funded broadband infrastructure assets to the tender winner. Why not simplify all this by putting all the copper and all the fibre assets and the cell tower assets into one entity which is separate and distinct from existing organizations. This community interconnect grid would be the equivalent of a telecommunications Transpower. Let’s call it Kordia, list it on the NZX, and regulate it like Transpower. It wouldn’t be allowed to retail anything and would

have to price on a national basis in a transparent manner without any discrimination. Cut out the complexity. No need for any regulatory holidays, ongoing complex political negotiations, or regulation by complex contracts. The government’s $1.8 billion would be represented by equity in a listed utility, just like Air NZ. Fibre and tower assets of Telecom, Vodafone, 2degrees would be paid for by equity in this entity as well. Secondly, when analogue TV is switched off, its high performance 700 megahertz spectrum will become available. It’s called “the digital dividend”, and for a reason – governments here and all around the world expect a dividend when they sell or release this spectrum. My suggestion is to keep it simple. Let’s split it into rural and urban sectors. This could be done on the same physical boundaries that the Government has split the UFB and RBI. Auction the urban sectors on commercial terms because it’s valuable and there is a business case to support private investment. However in the case of the rural sector, allocate the spectrum in a Dutch auction to the bidder that can best prove its ability to deliver value, service, performance and innovation to rural Kiwis. This would see the government gets its dividend, while at the same time enabling the rural sector to keep pace with changing technology in an area where there is market failure. Finally, let’s stop our kids getting RSI in their thumbs, losing the ability to use grammar and to spell properly - just regulate mobile prices instead of all the shadow boxing that goes on endlessly – so that teenagers will actually talk on their cell phones. Broadband isn’t just about enabling our primary sector, which produces over two-thirds of our exports to have the next big enabler of productivity. We need to remember that rural people are people too and that everything that is not urban is rural. The social, health, education and importantly tourism gains are considerable and important to the whole nation Adversity does get us to reprioritise and to simplify things. But why does it take an earthquake. Why wait? Let’s do it anyway, especially right now in the telecommunications sector. By Conor English CEO Federated Farmers

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Made for New Zealand conditions Agricultural Field Days | Farming for the future | Lincoln | 30 March - 1 April 2011 We are due to once again attend the South Island Fieldays which we always get excited about. One drill that we will have onsite and also on the demo field is a 4-8m HD Series (heavy duty triple disc). Craig Clucas from Lismore Mid Canterbury is the proud owner of this machine and to date has covered approximately 500 hectares since August 2010 proving very successful for Mr Clucas. “I was extending my farm and changing some farming practices, I needed to upgrade

my direct drill with one that could easily drill a variety of seed, drop fertilizer and insecticide down the spout, have a crane and be able to be able to work through a variety of ground conditions so I could cut right back on cultivation, I am really happy I went with an Allen Custom Drill.” “After Craig Allen had drawn up the drill he still made me feel involved in the manufacturing process. I liked it because I got exactly what I wanted in the drill and it

was also really interesting to see the drill come together.” “I have drilled a variety of crops so far from Brown Top to Peas and everything in between, I like how the drill is so easy to use and setup. The calibration of the Accord seeder was simple to pick up, the change over and clean out is the simplest and fastest system than any other drill I’ve used. I also like how the front turbo discs create an excellent environment for plant establishment.”

“I was a bit worried that in order to get a drill that would offer better penetration and accuracy that I would need a bigger tractor to pull it, but I was pleased to find out my 150hp tractor was up to it! The results I’m seeing are the best I’ve seen, I’m really happy.” We appreciate that Mr Clucas is allowing us to have this particular 4-8m H-D drill on display at the South Island Fieldays alongside our T-D Series (Tyne drill).

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At field days in FORCE Agricultural Field Days | Farming for the future | Lincoln | 30 March - 1 April 2011

Left: Liam Donnelly, South Island Regional Business Manager. Centre: Seed Force’s marketing and technical sales agronomist James White. Right: Seed Force’s Northern South Island Forage Specialist; David Walsh Visit the Seed Force team at site 118 of the South Island Agricultural Field days to discuss all your pastoral requirements. Our team of forage specialists will be available to answer your questions. At Seed Force we understand seed purchasing decisions aren’t as easy as just picking up the phone and ordering the seed. It all starts with sound advice on

paddock selection and preparation through to stock class and finally species and cultivar selection. It doesn’t end there though, with crop requirements and weed control being important considerations. The final step is the feeding and nutritional requirements of your animals. We will be available throughout the field days to advise on anything forage related, from crop planning and rotation through to feeding and nutrition. A highlight each day will be respected animal nutritionist Wybe Kuperus on site at the Seed Force tent. Wybe will be holding hour long question and answer sessions regarding the correct feeding of forages. This will be an ideal

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The system is solar powered, long range and detects people and vehicles by means of an active infrared beam. With a special 'Megabeam' antenna at the receiving end, distances of up to 2.5km's from 'base' may be monitored. Without this antenna, ranges in the order of 300-400m are typical.

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Working together for sustainability Agricultural Field Days | Farming for the future | Lincoln | 30 March - 1 April 2011


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Working together for sustainability Agricultural Field Days | Farming for the future | Lincoln | 30 March - 1 April 2011 The Agrecovery Rural Recycling Programme and assurance services provider AsureQuality have entered into a partnership aimed at reinforcing and promoting environmental best practice to New Zealand’s farmers and growers. AsureQuality’s assurance services range “from farm to fork”, and help provide evidence that the food produced by farmers and growers meets the standards of safety, ethics and environmental sustainability required by New Zealand’s most demanding markets. AsureQuality is the country’s largest provider of audit services to the primary production sector, with customers including milk suppliers, meat and wool growers, and horticultural exporters. On-farm audits are regularly conducted to measure compliance with legal requirements, industry standards and a wide range of customer assurance programmes. Since 2007 the Agrecovery Rural Recycling Programme, supported by a large number of brand owners and primary industry stakeholders, has provided these same farmers and growers with a certified and sustainable disposal solution for persistent on-farm wastes such as plastic chemical containers, unwanted/expired chemicals and used silage wrap. Agrecovery members are able to record and report on their recycling activity, using a Smart Member Services (SMS) function on the Agrecovery website at www.agrecovery.co.nz. As most industry compliance programmes contain requirements on compliant waste disposal, and some actually specify participation in Agrecovery, it makes good sense for Agrecovery and AsureQuality to work together, says Pat Turton, Business Development Manager for AsureQuality. “We are going on-farm and assessing a farmer or grower’s performance against various criteria. Naturally this is a complex process and takes

a lot of time. If we are aware that the farmer or grower is an Agrecovery member who can access a report of their recycling history in advance of their audit, it would simplify one aspect of the audit process, saving time for both the auditor and our customers.” The relationship also benefits Agrecovery, according to Adele Rose, General Manager 3R Group, Programme Managers for Agrecovery. “Agrecovery has been welcomed by many primary producers, but there are still many who are not aware of our services and how they work. Some people are paying for waste disposal elsewhere, or they are burning or dumping their waste in a manner that may not comply with their assurance programme’s requirements. “We are hoping that this relationship with AsureQuality will increase the visibility and understanding of Agrecovery, put the correct information into the hands of the people who need it most, and support their efforts with awareness and education.” Aside from the common goals of promoting sustainability and best environmental practice, AsureQuality and Agrecovery have similar operational strengths, states Mr Turton. “We share many existing relationships with industry and stakeholders in the Agri Business sector, have an excellent understanding of the relevant legislation and compliance issues facing industry, and have very high standards of service design and delivery that are accredited to global standards. “New Zealand’s international customers have strict quality and environmental standards, and the various assurance programmes we are involved with require adherence to those standards. It’s not just about encouraging best practice; it’s an economic necessity to maintain our export markets.”

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The “Magical” Sky Experience

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We piled into the van and set off on the adventure, a true safari. The pilots ran a number of wind tests along the way, to pin point the perfect take-off location. We reached a secret paddock deep in the country surrounding Methven, and started to unpack the large balloons. There were two balloons going up that morning, and we all helped to get the large parachute like domes filled with the hot air from the massive gas blowtorches. As the balloons continued to fill, the baskets were almost set to rise, so we all piled in, extremely excited about what was about to happen next. The anticipation is incredible, you are gripping the side of the basket, willing yourself to be lighter so that the basket can rise, then all of a sudden, one last big burst on the gas burners and we can feel the basket lift from the ground. The feeling is exhilarating, as you slowly rise above the earth, heart pounding, knowing that you are now in the hands of nature and your pilot, to be taken to where the breeze blows. Rising higher and higher, the views across the patchwork plains towards the snow capped

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Southern Alps is stunning. Rising higher and higher, as far as the eye can see, you can see almost all of Canterbury, from the ocean to the mountains, including a glorious view of Mount Cook! I stopped to try and take in the experience, but it is so magical, words truely can’t describe the emotion. Gliding weightlessly, so high above the earth, you feel like you are in heaven. So peaceful, there’s not a sound other than the occasional blast of heat from the gas burners. The photo opportunities are endless, from capturing the expansive landscape, to detailed shots of the snow capped Southern Alps, to viewing the beautifully braided rivers, from mountain to sea.

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As we slowly start drifting back towards earth, it is time to take a final look at the beauty of Mid-Canterbury and prepare for the landing. At this point you are totally at the mercy of mother nature and the experienced pilot. A clear paddock is chosen, and we brace for the landing. The basket gracefully hits the ground and bounces along, once, twice, then skids across the earth coming to a complete stop.

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We made it! The adrenalin is pumping and everyone is grinning and laughing. We are greeted at our destination by a fine gentleman in a suit, ready to serve us a champagne breakfast. Aoraki Balloon Safari’s is truely an experience to remember for a lifetime, and one that I personally will treasure forever.

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On a chilly, frosty morning, a group of strangers huddled in the Aoraki Balloon Safari office. Nervousness and excitement was thick in the air. We were all given thick plastic covers to put over our shoes to help keep our feet warm while we were up in the air, and at the peak of your flight, you certainly appreciate them!

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