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Manawatu

FARMING Lifestyles

March 2017 Edition

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Dame Valerie Adams prepares to throw a cowpat during the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games

“Our first two years in Queenstown were fantastic but the welcome we’ve received here in the agri-heartland of New Zealand has been phenomenal,” he said. “I feel as though the games have found their spiritual home.” The games kicked off on March 10 with the ‘Running of the Wools’ as hundreds of locally bred sheep were shepherded through Feilding’s town centre. Olympians Dame Valerie Adams and Mahe Drysdale made guest appearances at the games. The pair competed as wild card entries in the New Zealand Gumboot Throwing Championship. Dame Valerie comfortably took the women’s title with a throw of 34.38 metres, beating Bulls local Charlotte Symes into second place by five metres. She finished just short of the national record of 34.45 metres set at the 2016 Rural Games by Kristin Churchward of Taihape. Kristin finished third in this year’s contest. Dame Valerie also took part in the cowpat tossing competition. In the men’s section, Mahe finished an uncharacteristic last place. The event was won by James Kellow of Whanganui

with a throw of 42.24 metres. James just edged reigning champion, Olympic decathlete Brent Newdick into second place. Brent’s national record of 44.97 metres, set in 2015, still stands. The Kiwis proved too strong for the Aussie team in the ANZAXE TransTasman Wood Chopping Championship. Taranaki axeman Shane Jordan retained the overall title from Australian Kody Steers in second place. After two consecutive wins in the New Zealand Speed Fencing Championships, defending champion Matt Jones from Levin settled for second place behind Hawke’s Bay’s Tony Bouskill. The ten best shearers in the country, including the current and previous world champions Johnny Kirkpatrick and Rowland Smith, were whittled down to a thrilling two-sheep final of Dion King (Napier) and Jimmy Samuels (Marton). Dion led throughout to take a narrow win. Sheep dog trials returned to the games this year. Mixed four-person teams of the best dog handlers from Manawatu and Wairarapa competed in the main events area with the local team of Merv Williams, Kathryn Oliver, Don White and Tim Stevenson taking the win.

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delivered to every letterbox in the region. It is also available on the Current Consultation page of Horizons’ website. “River management has a number of proposed projects for many of our region’s schemes, including management of our dam infrastructures, and extensions of the City Reach and Rural Upgrade flood protection projects in the Manawatu,” said Mr Gordon. “Following the June 2015 floods, council has also recognised a need to develop a numerical/computer model which will provide more robust solutions to current flood protection and land drainage service levels. This will require an additional expenditure of $100,000 intended to be split between the Manawatu Drainage Bruce Gordon — Horizons Regional Council chairman and Lower Manawatu Schemes, with a $20,000 general increase in demand for pest enquiries rate contribution.” and staggering planned public transport Other areas of consultation include service changes. Submissions are increasing capacity in the resource opened until April 13. management area, addressing an

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around 500 square bales annually now. “The demand is much higher for round bales these days and my customers want the bales rotor-cut so the bales break-up easily when put into a feedout wagon. “Over the years I’ve made bales in every month of the year, even in the winter time, if demand is there to keep my clients happy.” Bales are delivered anywhere in the North Island. Current demand comes mostly from farmers between Taupo and Auckland, and on the east coast. “The logistics are not a problem,” said Perry. “Shannon Bulk Haulage has been a big part of servicing us for a long time and works well with my customers. “It is really important to deliver bales when it fits in with the customer, delivering the loads around their milking times.” Perry used to grow many high sugar grasses which do well during winter and spring. Now he is changing grass species to bring more clovers into the mix.He said this enables him to cut back on nitrogen in his fertiliser application. “Due to the total removal, like growing a crop, you need to keep replacing what you take out of the soil.” Spray is rarely required except for herbicide on the lucerne crop, once a year in winter when it is dormant. Perry usually cuts around four to five times a year on all paddocks, depending on the season and the heat units. “You need a good mix of sun and rain,” he said. “This season has been more rain than sun, which has made it challenging to keep up with the grass growth.” He said there hasn’t been enough sun so far this summer to make a lot of hay.

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TEACHING FARM DOGS STOCK SKILLS Anna Holland’s passion for breeding, training and working farm dogs spans 44 years and she holds clinics to give dog owners the opportunity to learn new skills and have a greater understanding of their canine team members.

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stock, and his dogs were comfortably housed and well fed. I cannot put a value on his influence.” Anna spent every August school holiday riding a lambing beat with her uncle, saying she was going to be a land girl when she grew up, and at 17 years old she left home to start her career working on the land. “My love for horses was the main reason farm life was so attractive but after training my first dog Rod, a Heading pup, I was totally hooked on rearing and training working dogs.” Anna mated Rod to her Heading bitch, Patricia, and that first litter was the beginning of a lifelong passion for breeding sheepdogs. “Back in those days it was a definite handicap being a woman in the sheep farming industry, however I shepherded for 25 years before trying my hand at other things, but I kept my bitches, bred the odd litter, trained a few pups and helped friends on their farms from time to time.” She also started writing columns for farming publications about the care and training of working farm dogs, and due to the popularity of the columns, Anna wondered if a more hands-on and personal approach would work, hence the Teaching People Dog Training clinics evolved. In the eight years she has been holding the clinics, Anna has presented 43 to date, from as far north as Wellsford to the far south of Invercargill. “I don’t travel as much as I used to and only go to the odd central location now,” she said. “I limit the numbers to 35 people because it is important that everyone is able to hear and see clearly. “Attendees don’t bring their dogs to the clinics, there is a lot to cover and it is vital dog owners completely understand why and when they do things. Trainers and dogs need to work at their own pace.”

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Everyone receives a copy of the booklet she wrote; it is a reminder outlining all the important points covered that day, freeing people to focus and not worry about taking notes. “We go through everything that I do to train a dog to have an all-round ability for day-to-day stock work. I demonstrate the basic ‘must have, can’t live without’ commands that include a recall, stop, right and left mob sides — used when working close to stock. “I also cover other skills that I have found invaluable, like to calmly walk up to within an inch of a sheep’s nose — this gives dogs the confidence to get close and to not be afraid, as well as not rushing in and biting at every opportunity. Stock respect confident dogs.” ‘Careful’ is a command Anna uses to go from a gallop to a trot, from trot to walk, to a very slow walk — saving the stop command for stopping only. She says most people overuse a dog’s stop. “I also explain how I teach a dog ‘casting sides’ and how to ‘run’ a fenceline, which is really handy in both small and large paddocks and invaluable for

teaching a dog ‘distance’. It is a great confidence booster for training a dog to run ‘blind’ when he can’t see any stock.” “For those who attend my clinics I guarantee they will go away inspired and with a few new dog training tricks, as well as a greater understanding of their dogs.” The next clinics will be in Feilding on March 26, Wellsford on April 2, Morrinsville on April 5 and Taupo on April 9. Cost is $100 per person and booking is essential as places are limited. For more information go to annaholland. co.nz or phone 06 212 4848.

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A HARDY BREED Shirley Jenkins is the secretary and herd registrar of the Welsh Black Cattle Society of New Zealand and she and husband Bruce moved into Welsh Black cattle in 1980 as an alternative type of stock for their 600 acres of rolling land, now reduced to 200 acres.

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MANAWATU FARMING LIFESTYLES  March 2017  people visiting from across the world, including, Germany, Australia, United Kingdom, Luxembourg and Wales. “They are still popular in Wales and have been cross bred with an exotic cow but the farmers there are going back to the original now. A Canadian visitor said they are great for the snow conditions where they live,” said Shirley. “They are good for cold climates because of their thick winter coat. They need a shelter to hide from the wind but they don’t necessarily need housing in tough snow conditions as they hold their own heat longer than other breeds. They have very thick hides and like all animals they do need shade in the summer.” In summer and in hot climates this coat is replaced with a smooth, glossy coat. “Welsh Blacks are a true hill country breed of cattle and are generally easy calving,” said Shirley. Shirley Jenkins is the secretary and herd registrar of the “Their history of being raised in harsh, outdoor environments and their ability to convert rough feed into cattle and say they like them because of weight gain and having a willingness to forage their temperament. makes them an ideal animal for any property.” “I was first introduced to the breed through The calves are known to be vigorous and some bulls my dad had. They were older Welsh hardy and do not present feeding problems in Black and they were very calm and mellow to dairy operations. be around,” said Margaret. The cows have a long, even lactation “Our children mistook them for stumps up to 300 days and they have a in the bush and it was then that I got really long productive life of 15–20 years. interested in the cows. My husband and I foot “This hardy breed has much to offer modern farm so we have a lot to do with the cattle and farming systems with its ease of production interact with them. The more we walk and talk and award winning succulent meat. For more to them the more they trust us.” than 100 years the Welsh Black Cattle Society Margaret says cattle they have brought in has nurtured, promoted and sought to improve that had never been handled are now people the breed — a job which is continuing.” friendly and as the years go on their progeny Margaret and Edwin Foord have 40 head of have become more trusting.

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Part two: I was recently contacted by someone with osteoarthritis in her hands, feet and hips. After detailed analysis we made some changes to her diet and supplement programme. She was taking a supplement which combined fish oil and various antioxidants. While this product had many beneficial ingredients, the amount of active omega-3 was lower than I recommend. We added my stabilised fish oil at 6,000mg daily and higher doses of my chondroitin/glucosamine/ curcumin supplement. The results have been excellent. Her joints have much improved and she is especially thrilled with her feet, as these were starting to cause real problems. The key to improved joint health is being prepared to experiment and use a process of elimination. In this case she was taking omega-3 — we just changed the doses. She was taking a joint supplement — what we did was to use different doses and combinations. There are many diet changes that can help arthritis. By far the most

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Ancient seabed deposits in Peru are providing fertiliser that will enhance New Zealand soils, says Kiwi Fertiliser Company managing director Ron Mclean. Ron’s company has recently taken delivery of a shipment of Sechura Reactive Phosphate Rock — and he was at the Port of Tauranga in February to see 2000 tonnes of it discharged for Kiwi Fertiliser from the MV Lolland. “This RPR fertiliser is the gold standard — the real McCoy of RPR. Its natural phosphorus is not acidified before it is spread on to pasture. “It is tested prior to loading in Peru and is above the minimum 10 per cent phosphorus and 30 per cent citric soluble criteria set for New Zealand RPR standards,” says Ron. “The shipment has arrived at the perfect time for autumn top dressing applications.” Because it is extracted from the ancient seabed in the Sechura region of Peru it also contains a lot of calcium, magnesium, sulphur and minor trace nutrients, which are all readily available to plants through the actions of soil life. Although the Sechura is not altered in anyway, Kiwi Fertiliser does add Brimstone 90 — an elemental sulphur — before application to the product to increase phosphorus plant availability. Reduced leaching “The RPR still has all of the colloidal clay attached to it.” Because it is a fine, sandlike substance, Ron says the risk of leaching into waterways is reduced by up to 80 to 90 per cent. The MV. Lolland spent 22 days at sea to bring the product from Peru to Tauranga and the Sechura RPR was discharged in 26 hours from her holds by a giant grab that can hold the equivalent of a full truck-and-trailer load of

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Uncommon sense

David Law, Managing Director of Forward Farming Consultancy

What direction do you choose? A little over four years ago I left the farm after 10 years of farming on the biological trail. Some people thought that to go in that direction you were brave, and others thought you were just plain stupid. There is still a very strong feeling that to take away the dependance of high usage of nitrogen, and more recently palm kernel, would be devastating to many farmers. To even contemplate moving into organics for them would be inconceivable. While regulations stay as they are then these farmers can rest easy and carry on managing their business unchanged. However, whether we like it or not, there is a wind of change blowing and early adopters to this change may well be better prepared for the storm that will inevitably arrive. We may well find that the way that the majority of farms are run will change over the next 5 years. Enforcement of strict regulations are likely to be rolled out during this time. High phosphate and nitrates in waterways are testament to a fertiliser system which clearly needs an overhaul. Whether it’s the farmers who apply it or the fertiliser companies who sell these nutrients, it’s obvious that there is too much for the plants to absorb. If

the plants can’t absorb these surplus nutrients then they end up polluting our precious water. So the regional councils have identified that restrictions are needed to stop the surplus nutrients, by decreasing the amount applied in the future. The overseer programme is the preferred system for measuring and managing this huge undertaking. This all seems fair, particularly from an environmental point of view. But is this scenario really fair? Well, from my experience as a farmer, the biological approach showed a lot of difference from the chemical way. So are these two obviously talked about systems so vastly different? I have found that the more I look and observe, the more the chemical system doesn’t make sense. The more I watch and observe over time the more I see that the chemical system is the very practice that is actually leading farmers down the wrong road. The largest part of my work has been to focus on the end point of our

business, the effluent pond. The obvious practice to manage effluent has been to tackle and manage effluent with machinery. Solid separators, stirrers and weeping walls. The majority of farmers still think this way. There are even consultants that will advise farmers that this is the only way to manage effluent. I have found that the farmers with the biggest effluent problems, particularly crusting and solids, are heavy chemical fertiliser users. In fact I can look at a heavily crusted pond and have a pretty accurate assessment as to the fertiliser a farmer is applying and what his soil is doing. After studying the fertiliser and soil science available to us, I have deduced that fertiliser companies have fabricated or left out some scientific facts, which has led our farming industry down a problematic pathway. If regional councils are now pointing the finger at farmers for their bad fertiliser practices, I would suggest the fault lies with the advice given to the farmers about the best fertilisers to use. I believe that fertiliser choices can be improved and farmers do have better avenues to procure quality products. My research and observation, along with similar practitioners, indicates that a biological approach demands a higher balanced pH soil which always shows increased microbiological activity. Microbes require the best possible conditions to digest food in a cow’s stomach.

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Science has shown that higher pH is a factor here. The more food the microbes and enzymes digest, the less undigested solids end up in the pond. Again, the effluent ponds with the least solids always have a higher pH in the pond. Chemical fertiliser teaching embraces a pH in the soil of 5.8 to 6. My research has very simply shown this soil pH will produce a crusted pond and the lower the soil pH the thicker the crust on the pond. I would suggest that a change to inputs which will lift the pH in a balanced approach, will also lift your efficiency throughout your whole farming system. For more information visit my website or arrange for me to visit.

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Improving to take on the world by Andy Bryenton

New Zealand’s primary sector is the undisputed powerhouse of our economy, set to generate close to $48 billion of export revenue in 2017. Our produce feeds close to 40 million people, making our output of dairy, beef, lamb and arable crops vital, not just to our own economic survival, but to the day-to-day survival of whole nations. The dairy industry especially is poised to surge this year as the global economic environment begins to look more favourable. But playing on the world stage means staying ahead of the game in terms of best practices, and this vital part of the primary sector is working through a raft of farm by farm infrastructure changes to boost the quality of our finished product, and hence its desirability on the open market. Dairy farmers already face strict environmental restrictions, imposed by local council bodies, with regard to the treatment, storage and usage of effluent. Part of the force driving change toward better practices in this regard is the perception of, and interaction with, the wider public — a public relations and image push which prioritises cleaner waterways and an understanding that the industry is working hard to decrease its environmental footprint. Great success in this overhaul of effluent containment and reuse as fertiliser is often under-reported, but with the application of science and an investment in new tech, farms are becoming cleaner and greener than ever.

To keep up with the expectations of the global market, the dairy industry has been extremely pro-active in self regulation. Measures such as ensuring better, healthier water supplies have come not from without but from within, with initiatives for water purity spearheaded by industry giant Fonterra seeing new standards propagated and enforced, making diary sheds more hygienic places. To further ensure the quality of milk at collection, the next phase of the compliance programme to come into effect looks to centre around milk chiller

plant and equipment. New rules set to come into play in 2018 will require a faster cooldown for milk, direct from the cow to the pre-chiller to the vat. This may require an overhaul of some of the nation’s ‘fleet’ of chillers, and the appropriation of new tech such as ice banks, improved heat exchangers and pre-cooling add-ons. The upshot of all this investment, however, will be a more robust brand image for New Zealand’s dairy products — something which will bring tangible gains and more leverage at the trading table.

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Nigel Pedley of Pedley Slurry Service Ltd

Waste not — making your effluent matter Injection — the spreading system that maximises the reuse of your effluent. When it comes time to clean out your pond or sump, the most popular system is open-air spreading using slurry tankers. To maximise your effluent reusability, you can incorporate this with an injector system. Spreading by slurry tanker is just one of the open-air spreading methods. This system is an ideal method to distribute effluent all over your farm. If used in conjunction with a high-pressure pond stirrer/jet/pump unit, it is a really effective way of dealing with the buildup of solids in your pond. Specially designed spreading nozzles are used to discharge from the tanker, allowing control over where the effluent is spread and ensuring the effluent is spread at an even application rate and within regulations. All systems have pros and cons and you need to take into account your farm’s geography, the weather and your pasture management programme. Any open-air spreading method can be very weather dependant. Plant leaves that are covered in effluent cannot photosynthesise so if the plant isn’t washed by rain or an irrigator within a reasonable period of

time, the effluent that has been applied may become a hindrance to the plants growth. Animals find these leaves less palatable (and who wouldn’t). Depending on the weather, it can take up to a month before this pasture is able to be grazed again. Using an injecting system is probably one of the best systems for applying effluent to pasture. The injector system puts the effluent under the leaves, directly onto the soil. Usually all that will be seen are brown lines up and down your paddock. This system reduces the amount of nitrogen lost into the air and reduces effluent odour during and after spreading. Importantly, injecting doesn’t cover the leaves of the plant. This means that the pasture can be grazed again in a much shorter time period, which is ideal for short paddock rotation times. Injecting with slurry tankers makes the placement of the effluent exact and reduces the risk of effluent runoff, leaving more nutrients available for immediate plant use over a longer time.

Nigel Pedley of Pedley Slurry Service Ltd has been spreading effluent in the Manawatu and the lower North Island for 10 years. For further information, phone Nigel on 0800 OH POOS (0800 647 667).

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Ensuring livestock have feed Recent inclement weather throughout the North Island is a reminder for farmers to ensure they are reaching average pasture cover and cow condition targets ready for spring. DairyNZ recommends farmers should complete an autumn feed budget to identify shortages and ensure quality of any pasture renewal and also target autumn pests such as black beetle, aphids, clover root weevil and grass grubs where possible. Good grazing management through early autumn includes maximising pasture growth balanced with allowing pastures to recover following the summer dry period. ‘When planning renewal, identify the poor performing paddocks first and address the underlying problems behind pasture deterioration, and consider soil fertility and pH, pugging, overgrazing, weeds, pests, soil compaction and drainage,’ DairyNZ says. ‘Buy quality seed and select the right pasture species and/or cultivar for your farm. Sowing a small area well is less risky than sowing a large area poorly. ‘Take care sowing clover as it should be sown at a shallower depth than

ryegrass, and give special attention to weed control, contouring and levelling if avoiding cultivation after forage crops. ‘Management is helped by leaving consistent post-grazing residuals and grazing pastures at the right time. Grazing ryegrass pastures too early reduces autumn growth and too late reduces the quality. ‘Determine the leaf

stage of your pastures. Leaf appearance rates mainly depend on water availability and temperature, with leaves taking longer to appear where water is limited. ‘For areas nor th of Taupo, the recommended renewal date is March 31, and if permanent pasture is following crops, consider the time for full crop utilisation and the renewal process’.

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Return of the top contender by Andy Bryenton

It’s all too easy to slip into a boxing metaphor when talk of the tussle for top light commercial comes around. Utes are big business and right now the Ford Ranger rules the roost, with even the mighty Toyota Hilux relegated to second place. We’ve even got an ‘undercard’ of lower-priced utes out of Asia and India battling for supremacy, but there’s been a notable gap in the top tier lately that has had certain badge-loyalists fuming. Back in the day, the Holden 1-tonne ute was king. Before the idea of a utility truck was redefined by the modern demand for car-like handling and leather interiors, the bench-seated, chromegrilled HQ was the working man’s first choice. Up against the Valiant and Falcon, the big Holden literally helped build most of our towns and cities. Now Holden are back, with a ute of a different mould. After their previous Colorado failed to topple the blue oval, GM bosses went back to the drawing board, and they’ve delivered an ampedup contender for 2017 — a new Colorado that embraces both modern aesthetics and safety while still staying true to the spirit — and lugging power — of the legendary one tonner. Under the hood a big 2.8L Duramax diesel pumps out 147 kilowatts and a maximum 500 newton-metres of

Headed for the top — the new Colorado is set to take on Hilux and Ranger as NZ’s best ute

torque — the key to the immense towing capacity of the Colorado, rated at 3.5 tonnes. Add in that classic one tonne of deck load and you have a machine which can handle the caravan, the boat or anything for the farm. That sense of comfort is more than apparent inside, with options for all the modern conveniences of a luxury

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Strong on toughness by Andy Bryenton

There are two ways to build a reliable, hard-working utility truck. The first is to come up from the roots of the ute concept — adapting the classic layout of a big sedan and adding a flat deck. The other way is to start at the other end — with an honest to goodness truck. Isuzu is no stranger to building trucks and the big diesel engines that power them. Vast swathes of southeast asia have been built by Isuzu’s heavy haulers, many of which have faced conditions that would crumble lesser machines. That’s why when the Isuzu name appeared on a ute called the D-Max in the not so distant past, it was well worth a look. Those familiar with the tough Bighorn and MU SUVs certainly took note, and a quick pop of the bonnet justified their curiosity. Experience building those big diesel mills has been

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distilled down into the 4JJ1 turbo diesel — three litres of high-torque combustion armed with modern turbo technology for even more grunt. Just looking at the components of the D-Max’s engine gives one pause; they are visibly bigger and more solidly built than those from other utes in the market. That’s something you feel on the road, with 3.5 tonnes of towing capacity at your disposal. But it’s also something that will pay dividends during the life of the vehicle. Using truck components means that this is a serious workhorse. Big roller bearings and a stainless timing chain are just a couple of examples. That’s not so say that the D-Max isn’t up for its fair share of adventure, either. There’s a reason this ute is a favourite of hunters, teamed up with the founder of outdoor clothing label Swazi. And there’s no bare-bones approach to comfort here, either. A well-appointed cabin filled with all the modern gadgets and safety features comes as standard. It’s proof that the world’s largest diesel manufacturer can blend toughness and reliability with comfort and sharp looks, creating a modern masterpiece.

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A leap forward in efficiency by Andy Bryenton

When it comes to power and economy, there’s little question that electronic fuel injection beats traditional carburetted aspiration hands down. It may not have always been the case, but the modern computerised fuel delivery system is the key to better compression and more horsepower. The old style of carburettor went out of automobiles in the early 1980s, with the final examples being cars like the Triumph 2500 S and the first-edition Mazda RX7. It hung on in motorcycles until recently, and persists in even smaller engines such as those in lawnmowers. Or does it? It seems that times are changing in the world of ride-on zero turn mowers at least, with the coming of computer controlled electronic fuel injection to the Ferris mowers range. A good example of why this brand is being picked up enthusiastically by both lifestyle block owners and grounds maintenance professionals, the Ferris IS 3200 Z is more than just an engine upgrade. But once the comfortable seating position, responsive turning circle and wide, durable cutting deck are taken in, it’s the big twin-cylinder 28-horsepower mill mounted behind the driver’s seat which inevitably draws the attention. Similar in size to many other V-twin motors in the Ferris garage, this unit boasts 25 per cent greater fuel efficiency and a super-smooth purr from

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1100cc 4 cyl. 16 valve engine, 5 x speed transmission, hydraulic clutch, 2WD / 4WD, diff. lock front & rear, max speed 70kph, snorkel, motorised tipping rear deck, foldable windscreen, electric winch, LED light bar, all steel construction, disc brakes, huge carrying capacity, road registrable, dimensions 3270x1550x2065 (mm) (LxWxH).

Tuatara Machinery Ltd

ON THE FARM

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155 Keith Street, Palmerston North Email info@advanceauto.co.nz Web www.advanceauto.co.nz

Reel Marine 021 721 046

Central Motors 8272

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TOWBARS

Nathan Bromley

QUALIFIED & CERTIFIED MARINE TECHNICIAN Email: reelmarine2009@gmail.com www.reelmarine.co.nz

Servicing the Lower North Island for all rental equipment

FROM $59

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March 2017

MANAWATU FARMING LIFESTYLES

Retailer of Rural Piping and Farm Supplies

0800 RURAL DIRECT Maxi Culvert Twinwall Made in new Zealand

FREE DELIVERY ORDERS OVER $1000 MARCH 2017

Enviro Culvert Pipe Recycled HDPE Culvert Pipe

225mm x 6m

rice P t s e B n in Tow

375mm x 6m

$140

225mm ID x 250mm OD x 6m

$

268.00

Joiners and custom fittings available

MDPE pressure pipe

LDPE water pipe

9 Bar Rural Pressure Pipe

Rural Nominal Bore Pipe

32mm x PN9 x 200m

Hot Deals

$

295.00

0 125.00

$

Other pressure ratings also available Suits compression and electrofusion fittings

r alle Sm also s coil ilable ava

Maxi Drain

Punched & Unpunched Drain Coil 110mm OD x 100m 160mm OD x 45m

LD 20mm x 100m

305 $299

Maxi Drain Hiflo Twinwall

$

MEGA ROLLS AVAILABLE 110mm x 425m & 160mm x 190m Drainage Contractors call for a quote

Unpunched 250mm Coil Sizes

828.00 $2620.00 $

40m 130m

Connects to Maxi 225mm Culverts

Steel Y Posts

PVC Pipe

8 Bar Rated – Suits Camlocks

100mm DWV X 6m

1.65m

$

7 Hole

5.99 each

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83 Wallscourt Place Normanby Phone (06) 272 8187 Email taranaki@ruraldirect.net.nz

$

42.00

150mm Stormwater X 6m

$

120.00

Made in New Zealand

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All items in this advertisement are while stocks last. Phone Rural Direct for conditions of delivery. ALL PRICES INCLUDE GST.

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