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The Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill is presently being considered by the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee. The bill is aimed at improving safety in all workplaces, including farms, but Federated Farmers and Fish & Game are concerned it will also inadvertently prevent people enjoying farms for recreation. “There are growing fears this bill could put at risk longcherished access across farms to rivers, lakes and mountains. This could well mean people are unable to go tramping, fishing or hunting, or even have a swim in the local swimming hole on a hot summer’s day, said Bryce Johnson, Fish & Game chief executive Fish & Game chief executive Bryce Johnson. why some think it’s not worth the risk Fish & Game has received numerous if the Health and Safety in Employment reports from outdoors enthusiasts who Amendment Bill is not transparent on have been denied recreational access access safety responsibilities. across farms because they believe Federated Farmers’ Health and Safety WorkSafe has told the landowner the law spokesperson Katie Milne said she requires everyone, including recreational hopes when the Bill is reported back visitors, to report to the farmhouse for a to parliament that it will make farmers’ full hazard briefing and to sign a hazard obligations totally clear. “I can understand why farmers threw identification form. “Under the present law, this is not up their hands in horror when they saw a legal requirement and the select the bill’s first draft and looked around committee is still considering any for ‘no trespassing’ signs to nail to their proposed changes. In the meantime, boundary fences,” she said. there is a lot of misinformation being “They were anxious they’d find spread by fee-charging consultants and themselves responsible for accidents farmers don’t know what to believe,” they had nothing to do with, except it said Mr Johnson. was on their property.” “Farmers are telling Fish & Game The Bill assumes people on a farm staff they have ‘have had a guts-full’ are there for the farm business and and find it simply easier to deny all imposes an excessive duty of care on recreational access. the farm owner. Federated Farmers “The unfortunate reality is this bill is and Fish & Game are urging select creating such a climate of fear that many committee members to keep recreation farmers think it would just be easier to in mind when considering the bill. prevent all access to their properties. “The select committee needs to Federated Farmers says it is still ensure the bill makes it totally clear that encouraging farmers to make their land the current legal position on recreational available for recreation but understands access is unchanged,” Mr Johnson said.

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and it’s great because cows don’t bite and kick like horses can,” says Michele. She started showing Jersey cattle, borrowing calves from a friend and then they were given a heifer calf. “We picked a Jersey which we called Poppy and we love her to bits. She is now our matriarch and my 11-year-old son Gregory has continued to show that line. We have four generations from Poppy.” Michele says showing cattle takes a lot of commitment and requires a lot of travel. “The season has started and we have shows most weekends. Hopefully I will get to judge a couple. I enjoy showing — there are trials that come with it but you work with it. I don’t do this for me so much anymore — I started doing this for Bridget but she is off doing her own now so I do it for Gregory. He has mild autism and it is good for him as it means he has to talk and interact with people. “I don’t use expensive semen, all my heifer calves are homebred and I still show at the top end of the scale. It does cost a lot of money but you just do what you have to for the stock. To me if it is good on the inside, it is good on the outside. I feed them all sorts of things including oil, salt, silage, meal, and I ensure they are drenched.” Michele says people viewing the stock at the shows often don’t realise how much work is involved to prepare the cattle. “They see animals with lovely shiny coats and big eyelashes but this has taken hours of work before the journey. There is washing, clipping and grooming and it takes up to two hours to pack the truck ensuring you have everything for

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Today more than ever before, water is necessary to get the most out of arable land and pasture. Modern practices of intensive farming demand optimum conditions for plants at the root level, and delivering the correct amount of irrigation has become a matter controlled, in some instances, by electronic probes and computer mapping. Modern methods of monitoring may be able to pinpoint areas in need of water, but all of this is useless unless there is a ready supply. Relying on an unpredictable climate which can serve up storms one year and droughts the next means that security only comes from having a buffer of supply — dams, bores and ponds which can take up the slack when necessary. The problem with a distributed water supply, however, is reticulation — the issue of getting pipes to where they’re needed, and the added issue of getting power to far-flung pumps. While diesel and petrol pumps have proven useful, this kind of userinteraction heavy method chews up time and resources. It’s great for short-run, high-volume pumping, but in many arid countries ‘sipping’ a little from each well has proven a better method. This has given rise to robust, no-maintenance solar pump technology which is now finding its way onto Kiwi farms. Once dismissed as a means for pumping water only to bird baths and ornamental fountains, solar power now ‘juices up’ massive centre-pivot irrigation operations in the United States, and has proven indispensable in bringing clean water to developing nations. A variety of companies offer competing ruralapplication solar water pumps in New

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Focus is firmly on forest safety With demand for wood in new housing at a buoyant level, led by the Christchurch rebuild and housing programmes, and with demand probably increasing after the Kaikoura event, so to has there been a demand for forestry workers able to safely operate mechanised harvesting equipment. With safety at the forefront of the industry, this has led to New Zealand’s first entry-level New Zealand Certificate in Forest Harvesting (Basic Machine Operations) programme. The first students are now using simulators, as well as actual forestry machinery, to learn how to operate in real forest conditions on a threemonth course at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in Rotorua. And reinforcing the focus on safe operation will be a Safety Summit conference series in 2017. “The forest industry has developed major new safety improvements in both culture in the workplace and technologies to reduce harm on the forest floor,” said Forest Industry Engineering Association manager, Gordon Thomson. Registrations are now open for the March 2017 conference series running in Rotorua and Melbourne. An online delegate registration offer is available

for a limited time at www.forestsafety. events. “Our Safety Summit has a great lineup of inspiring and practical speakers. Many of them have already delivered safety outcomes for their teams and clients. So, the case studies they will bring are proven to bring results,” Mr Thomson said. “For the first time FIEA has teamed up with the Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) to organise a workshop as part of the Safety Summit. Working with Fiona Ewing of FISC has led us to include a series of workshops and panel sessions for people to interact — from the forest floor to the CEOs.” Two key speakers from Canada include Peter Sprout, an experienced tree falling trainer from coastal British Columbia and Richard Lawler, Director of Engineering, Forestry for John Deere Forestry from USA. These keynote speakers are among many local industry

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Once again we can report relative price stability across all log sales sectors this month with slight firming being the order of the day. Domestic prices are unchanged except for pruned grade which have moved upward NZ$5 per tonne. Export prices moved upward for November sailings by US$2–3 per cubic metre CIF basis. This, together with a slight downward shift in FOREX, has seen wharf gate prices improve within a range NZ$4–6 per cubic metre. The latest information out of China confirms

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take advantage of a lower exchange rate and shipping cost to target markets in Australia, United States and China. As always in this segment, log quality is critical to the equation with high quality meaning plenty of clearwood and no defects. With China New Year being much earlier (January 20) we would expect there to be some stress and strain in the supply chain. China will be on holiday when the mid December loadings arrive from New Zealand. The interplay will be how first quarter 2017 volume versus consumption number play out with all indicators telling us it will not take much to upset the price rickshaw. In my last report I covered a Supply Chain Logistics conference I had spoken at in Qingdao in China. I thought it would be useful for readers to learn more about the NZ forest industry which I included in my presentation. So often we assume everyone knows about our industry but I thought I would take some space to recap. • NZ Plantation (planted) forests occupy about 1.8 million hectares • This forest cover represents 7% of NZ total land area • The plantation industry employs about 20,000 people • Annual earnings are just under NZ$5 billion • Revenue is about 3% of GDP • NZ is third largest export earner and has been for 30+ years

• 89% of planted forests area is Radiata pine • 6% is Douglas fir • 5% is Cypress and Eucalyptus • Current harvest volumes are around 29 million cubic metres per annum • Of all sales approx 52% is exported as logs and 48% to domestic mills • It is highly likely annual harvest volumes will not exceed 31 million cubic metres next 10 years • Given loss in stocked area and early harvest based on good prices, there is much less likelihood of a dramatic increase in annual harvest volumes going forward • The plantation area has declined 93,000 hectares since 1990 Annual export sales for all forest products greater than the NZ$1 million includes 38 countries. It is great to see planting forests and woodlots taking on a revival. Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew has just confirmed 5.5 million seedlings covering approx 4,800 hectares of new forest area will be established in 2017 as part of the Afforestation Grant Scheme. It is time to get on the planting wagon if you are not already or the opportunity to participate in one of NZ’s highest yielding land based investment options could slip by you. Thus, it has never been more timely to remember the only way forward for climate, country and the planet is to get out there and plant more trees.

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Blind cricketer and Northland resident Ming Ming Edgar has been selected to play for the New Zealand Blind Cricket team and will travel to India to take part in the T20 Blind Cricket World Cup early next year. Blind cricket is played much like sighted cricket however bowling is underarm, the stumps are metal to make an audible sound when hit and the ball is plastic with a rattle sound. Ming Ming has been playing cricket for almost two and a half years now since being selected for a development team in 2014. New Zealand Blind Cricket Association president Donna McCaskill says over this time Ming Ming has improved steadily. “It is always positive to see a player showing improvement. Obviously his improvement has been enough to get him selected,” she said. Seventeen players have been chosen from teams across New Zealand to represent the country and they will go on to compete against 10 other countries in New Delhi and Bangalore. “Ming Ming puts his heart and soul into everything he does and has never missed a practice,” his adopted New Zealand mother Gaynor said. Ming Ming is in the category of B1 which is

Northland blind cricketer Ming Ming and his adopted mother Gaynor are fundraising for the trip to India next year

for totally blind players and was one of six players to be selected out of eight. The players are being encouraged to train individually up to three times a week and practise as a team once a month.

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In a landmark trans-Tasman collaboration, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics and Meat & Livestock Australia are committing a total of $5.2 million over three years towards major joint beef research projects. New Zealand beef genetics research is about to get a ‘shot in the arm’, thanks to the landmark transTasman collaboration. All projects within the collaboration — regardless of which side of the Tasman they fall on — will be overseen by B+LNZ Genetics. B+LNZ Genetics general manager Graham Alder says the collaboration means every one dollar of New Zealand farmer levy investment translates to $3.50 of research funding. “The research and development needs of New Zealand and Australian producers are well-aligned. It makes sense for scientists on both sides of the Tasman to work together to solve common problems,” Mr Alder said. “Beef genetics research in New Zealand has been underfunded for 30 years. This partnership means research can progress and the results communicated out to breeders and commercial farmers many years earlier. For Australia, it means faster progress and an opportunity to advance projects that may not have otherwise gone ahead.” The partnership centres around the trans-Tasman Beef Cow Profitability

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Some of my friends (and my wife) have asked why on earth I would take on the role of Federated Farmers Northland Province President. The fact is I enjoy sailing into uncharted waters, and this job is right up my alley. I firmly believe that farmers need a national voice to make progress on important rural issues, and I want to be part of that. My farming family ties in New Zealand stretch back more than 150 years, working the same piece of land in South Auckland that my great grandfather bought in 1866. I farm in Kaipara and have been here all my life running sheep and beef. Many other locals will know me from the Beef + Lamb Farmers Council, which I chaired for some years. I also served for 13 years on the Ruawai College Board of Trustees, six years as chairman. I had two years on the Kaipara District Council, and four years ago I joined the Northland Field Days committee. I married a Northland girl, Lurline, and we’ve raised three children over the last 21 years. My eldest son Peter is running Blackwell Contract Fencing and tells me he takes the most round wood out of Dargaville. Suze is at Otago University in Dunedin and Kevin is studying

horticulture at Whangarei Polytechnic. I want to drive a new era for Northland Federated Farmers. Just as we need a strong and united voice nationally, that has to be underpinned by a robust provincial set up that serves local members’ needs. We’re the backbone of New Zealand’s export economy, but farmers are in the low single figures as a percentage of the population, which translates as having less sway in our democratic system. I see the wave of new rules and regulations coming through at an ever-increasing rate, forced onto the landowners, often by people who have no skin in the game. The work that Federated Farmers is doing often goes under the radar, but is nevertheless vital. Many rules are brought out by councils which are not practical or achievable. This year, Federated Farmers submitted on every annual plan in the Northland region, and on several plan changes and bylaws affecting farmers. This includes the recent controversial Landscapes Plan Change in Whangarei, which will restrict how farmland classified as an

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‘outstanding natural landscape’ is used. The Far North District Council has just completed its three-year revaluation of properties, with farm values showing an average increase of over 11 per cent. Hopefully any rates hikes won’t match the huge increase many Whangarei farmers suffered this year. I strongly encourage any Far North farmer who disputes the revaluation of their land to lodge an appeal with Quotable Value by December 2.

By running the largest policy team outside of government in New Zealand, Federated Farmers has made a huge impact, working with every local authority in the nation. We can share best practice around our provinces and make a real difference. I’m happy to talk to anyone about the work of Federated Farmers, especially with anyone considering becoming a member. Call John Blackwell, 021 234 0116.

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It is pleasing to see that this problem, of inferior phosphate being dumped on the NZ market to farmers who put a lot of trust in these majority stakeholders, is being aired publicly at last. Printed in a leading fertiliser company newsletter September 2015, I quote, ‘Clover King Sechura contains high quality sechura rock from Peru… Our new phosphate rock fertiliser can be expected to outperform similar products on an equal kilogram of phosphate applied basis.’ Although later in the piece, the writer admits the product doesn’t come up to standard, I felt the article was misleading and not only degrading to quality RPR, but also degrading to the name Sechura. It is horrifying to expect farmers to now buy some second-grade fertiliser just because these guys haven’t got the real McCoy.

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I am pleased to see the NZ Fertiliser Council for RPR requires no less than Council are there to keep the integrity 10% phosphate and no less than 30% and standards set for RPR, as this solubility in citric acid. product is becoming Sechura RPR has the go-to phosphate always set the gold source for our ever standard for RPR which increasing forwardis mined in Peru. Sechura RPR thinking far mer s An example of a has always heading towards a shipment of Sechura more environmentally Reactive Phosphate set the gold friendly future. Rock (RPR) procured by standard for RPR is natural, and a North Island based gradually releases fertiliser company in RPR which is in the soil at a near June 2016, tested mined in Peru neutral pH which soil 12.495% phosphate, biology can handle, 6.4pH, 71% calcium and is an alternative carbonate, citric source of phosphate solubility of 47% and allowable for organic includes a range of farmers. As it contains calcium, it does trace elements. Where phosphate is required as an not have an acidifying effect on the soil. The standard set by the NZ Fertiliser input into a fertiliser programme, there is arguably no other product on the market in NZ that can touch Sechura RPR for quality and proven results over a long period of time. th I applaud Fertmark for standing its ground and not compromising the standards and integrity of our fertiliser products in NZ. In these situations it can be an easy move to be persuaded to lower the bar. Smaller fertiliser companies who specialise in custom blends can get the best quality RPR. I would urge farmers to shop around for quality if they are to expect the best response for money spent. If you are looking for Sechura RPR (the real stuff), ask uncle Google. He has all the answers.

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97 TOYOTA CAMRY ���������������������������������������$3,995 00 MAZDA CAPELLA �������������������������������������$3,995 97 HONDA CIVIC �������������������������������������������$4,495 98 FORD FALCON FUTURA ����������������������������$4,995 02 FORD FALCON ������������������������������������������$5,995 98 BMW 328I ����������������������������������������������$6,495 02 BMW 328I �����������������������������������������������$6,495 04 HONDA ACCORD EURO R MAN �����������������$6,995 03 BMW 525I �������������������������������������� NOW $6,995 03 FORD FAIRMONT��������������������������������������$7,995 04 FORD FALCON XT �������������������������������������$7,995 06 HYUNDAI SONATA ������������������������������������$7,995 90 HOLDEN CALAIS V8 ���������������������������������$7,995 06 MITSUBISHI 380 ����������������������������� NOW $7,495 08 HOLDEN EPICA�����������������������������������������$9,995 98 BMW 540I V8 ������������������������������������������$9,995 05 TOYOTA MARK X ������������������������������������$10,995 06 MAZDA AXELA ���������������������������������������$11,995 04 HOLDEN COMMODORE SS ����������������������$13,995 06 HOLDEN COMMODORE SV6 ��������������������$14,995 10 HOLDEN CRUZE DIESEL ��������������������������$14,995 08 HOLDEN CALAIS V6 �������������������������������$16�995 09 HOLDEN COMMODORE SV6 ����������� NOW $18,995 12 TOYOTA AURION SX6������������������������������$21,995 11 FORD FALCON XR6 ������������������������������������ SOLD 03 FORD FALCON XR8 MANUAL ������������������$24,995

02 HONDA ACCORD SIR ���������������������������������� SOLD 95 TOYOTA CALDINA �������������������������������������� SOLD 97 MITSUBISHI CHARIOT 7 STR ��������������������$4,995 97 HONDA ODYSSEY 7 STR ���������������������������$4,995 01 VOLVO V40������������������������������������������������� SOLD 02 NISSAN STAGEA 250RX ��������������������������$5,995 01 SUBARU LEGACY MAN �����������������������������$5,995 04 TOYOTA WISH 7 STR ��������������������������������$5,995

PERFORMANCE from $40/week

SUV'S from $40/week

94 SAAB CONVERTIBLE ��������������������������NOW $4,995

98 DAIHATSU TERIOS MAN 4WD �������������������$5,995 ISUZU MU WIZARD 4WD ��������������������������������� SOLD 00 TOYOTA RAV4 4WD ����������������������������������$7,995 99 HONDA CRV AWD �������������������������������������$7,995 02 MITSUBISHI PAJERO 4WD �����������������������$9,995 07 NISSAN MURANO 4WD ������������������������������ SOLD 07 HOLDEN CAPTIVA SX 3�2 �����������������������$13,995 07 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER 4WD ���������������$17,995 07 TOYOTA VANGUARD 4WD 7STR ������������������ SOLD 11 HOLDEN CAPTIVA 7 STR SX �������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������� NOW $19,995 03 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 7 STR 4WD MANUAL �������������������������������������������������������������������$27,995

04 PEUGEOT 307 CONVERTIBLE ������������������������� SOLD 97 BMW Z3 CONVERTIBLE ���������������������NOW $8,995 04 AUDI TT 1�8 TURBO ���������������������������������� $13,995 05 NISSAN FAIRLADY 350Z�������������������������������� SOLD 07 MERCEDES BENZ CLK350 ����������������������������� SOLD 03 FORD FALCON XR8 MANUAL �������������������� $24,995 05 MERCEDES BENZ V8 CONV���������������NOW $26,995 13 TOYOTA 86 ���������������������������������������������������� SOLD 08 TOYOTA AURION TRD������������������������������������� SOLD

*Finance payments are based on 20% Deposit Over a 3 year term * On Road Costs Apply

04 TOYOTA FUNCARGO NOW ��������������������������� SOLD 07 NISSAN AD EXPERT ����������������������������������� SOLD 02 TOYOTA IPSUM 7 STR ������������������������������$7,995 04 HOLDEN COMMODORE EXECUTIVE �����������$7,995 05 TOYOTA WISH 7 STR ��������������������������������$7,995 05 TOYOTA WISH�������������������������������������������$7,995 05 HONDA ODYSSEY MUGEN �������������������������$8,995 04 TOYOTA RAUM ���������������������������������������$8,995* 05 TOYOTA IPSUM ����������������������������������������$9,995 06 SUBARU FORESTER MAN ���������������������$10,995* 07 HONDA STREAM RS Z ����������������������������$10,995 08 TOYOTA COROLLA FIELDER ������������������$10,995*

NO DEPOSIT FINANCE AVAILABLE, ALL TRADES CONSIDERED OR WE CAN SELL YOUR CAR FOR FREE OPEN 7 DAYS, SAT & SUN 9am–2.30pm A/H – Adam Campi 027 494 4145 - Peter Aukett 021 081 6666 - Arthur McKechnie 021 298 5858


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NORTHERN FARMING LIFESTYLES

RURAL WHEELS USED TRACTORS & MACHINERY MCCORMICK CX 110 CAB TRACTOR, TRIMA LOADER,2500HRS ��������������ARRIVING SOON CASE IH MAXXUM 125 CLASSIC PEARSON 20-43 LOADER, 3200HRS ���ARRIVING SOON MASSEY FERGUSON 5340 ROPS TRACTOR

THE GO ANYWHERE SIDE-BY-SIDE

NEW

YAMAHA AG 100������������������������������$1,400

UPGRADE

2007 GOLDONI STAR 85 4WD CAB ORCHARD TRACTOR ���������������������������������������$24,000

MODEL!!

SAM 4�75 TANDEM SPREADER, 2005 ����������� ������������������������������������������������������$17,000

WITH LOADER ��������������������ARRIVING SOON

FIELDMASTER SABRE 1200 TOPPER������$900

RATA PALLET FORKS EURO HITCH �����������������

2008 KUHN MDS 735 FERT SPREADER ���������

������������������������������������������ARRIVING SOON

��������������������������������������������������������$6,000

dealers wanted now!

SO MANY FEATURES 1100 EFI

$19,995

All prices exclude gst

GST EXCL*

67 hp. 1100cc 4 cyl. 16 valve engine, 5 x speed transmission, hydraulic clutch, 2WD, 4WD, Diff. lock front & rear, max speed 70kph, snorkel, electrically operated rear deck hoist, fully foldable windscreen, front mounted electric winch, roof mounted LED light bar, all steel construction, disc brakes all round, amazing carrying capacity (front, roof, rear, tray) road registrable. Dimensions - 3270 x 1550 x 2065(mm) (LxWxH)

®

PH 408 0670 or Evan 027 481 2188

BUY DIRECT FROM THE IMPORTER!

EM sales@kaitaiatractors.co.nz • www.kaitaiatractors.co.nz

Ph: 03 347 4956 • 027 477 0070 • Email: tractors@lifestyletractors.co.nz

*100% finance available to approved purchasers

Lifestyle Tractors & Machinery Ltd | www.lifestyletractors.co.nz

FX 408 2949 • North Road Kaitaia

Northern Rural Marketplace Acraflex Dairy Wall Coatings Able to be applied between milkings during summer months

Colourcrete Dairy Floor Resurfacing System Suitable for repairing damaged dairy floors or slippery areas Bruce Cameron 027 498 8412 / 09 235 8263

Shearing – contract or open. Large or small flocks and lifestyle blocks. Three gangs available.

Phone Austin: 022 027 4408

ATJ

SELF DRIVE MACHINERY HIRE

• Rollers 1.5 - 13 tonne • Diggers 1-20 tonne • Site dumpers 1-10 tonne • Loaders, Trailers, Plate Compactors etc

Call the team at ATJ for your hire needs

Warkworth 09 425 8845 or Aaron on 021 210 0493 4 Morrosion Drive, Warkworth

Bouquets on Broadway Fresh Flower Bouquets and gift ideas • Flowering Plants • Cake and Wedding accessories • Balloons, cards & soft toys • Venue dressing • Daily deliveries

021 897 450 • 09 216 7202 dcl@outlook.co.nz

More Milk

Better Health

Less Metabolics

ats.maintenance@hotmail.com

*TreeGuyz* Arborists & Tree Contractors “We just love your trees to bits!” • Shelter Belt Removal/We Burn 4 you • Mechanised Hedge Trimming • Zip-Skyline Rigging /Winching • Free Quote/Qualified & Insured

Phone ALAN 09 435 0399 or 09 434 6946 Mobile 027 227 5095 • 0800 TREEGUYZ Email: treeguyz@ihug.co.nz www.treeguyz.co.nz

NOW AVAILABLE – GRADER AND 12 TONNE DIGGER + 2 AXLE TIPPING TRAILER ALSO AVAILABLE – WOOD CHIP AND SAWDUST FOR ANIMAL BEDDING 110HP 4WD Tractor and Slasher.

Dempster Digger s Ltd

Phone now for pricing and bookings.

PH: 027 262 1848 A/H: 09 433 7325 www.dempsterdiggers.co.nz

FARM PLASTICS • Water Tanks •Kayaks • Calf rearing equipment • Culvert Pipes

FOR THE BEST DEALS AROUND phone 0800 4 DOLOMITE 0800 436 566 Bio-Gro certified

027 455 7750 / 09 439 8628

Andrew Turner

FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED IN WHANGAREI FOR 33 YEARS

p. 09 401 1706 | bobflorist@xtra.co.nz 107 Broadway Kaikohe | www.bouquetsonbroadway.co.nz

Steve Darroch @ DCL

• Kitchen/Bathroom Fit Outs • Water Blasting & Chem Washes • Decks • Rental Repairs • Section Cleanups • Fences & Repairs • Concreting • Rubbish Removal • Hedge Trimming • House Renovations • Plus Much More

• Tree Felling/Trimming • Dismantling/Removing • Storm Damage/Chipping • Digger/Hiab/Loader with grapples

Planning your wedding or special event? Give us a call!

12 Tonne Digger & 8 Wheel Flat Deck Drop-Side Tipper

S T A

ty ce per nan Proainte air M Rep &

Phone: ANDY

027 453 3693

Phone: JENNY

027 366 4732

HOME: 09 402 5906 | jennifernesbit@xtra.co.nz

Free parking and we don’t run late

Neil Johnson P: (09) 438 4273

GARAGE AND COMMERCIAL DOORS Sales, installation, service and repairs Murray & Jan Ruffell Phone: 09 435 3339 Mobile: 0274 959 171 Email: info@gmdoors.co.nz

3 Colenso Street, Kamo Whangarei 0112 www.gmdoors.co.nz


NORTHERN FARMING LIFESTYLES December 2016

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Northern Rural Marketplace GORDYS FLYTRAP FITTING®

Available from PGG Wrightson & Farmlands. UV Protected Polycarbonate. Fits on any container with a flat surface. Instructions supplied with the fitting.

IES CONSTRUCTION LTD.

• Minimum 7-10 day hang-on-the-bone

CONCRETE AND TILT SLAB CONSTRUCTION

• We guarantee all of your meat back • No mix ups!

$20 plus p&p

• On-site killing service • Full yield calculation • Online slaughter request and ordering • Offal disposal service• Covering 60km radius (negotiable) • Inspection welcome • Weighed on site

GORDYS FLYTRAP FITTING 21 LITCHFIELD ST, BLENHEIM

Your meat - from paddock to freezer

Email: elaine.gordon@xtra.co.nz www.gordys-flytrap-fitting.com

1043 Whananaki North Road, RD1, Hikurangi Phone: 09 433 9833 | Fax: 09 433 9832 www.homekillservices.com | e: office@homekillservices.com

Patented in New Zealand/Australia

• • • •

Bridges Farm buildings Feed pads Bins

PO Box 448, Kerikeri, 0245 • PHONE: 09 407 8784 FAX: 09 407 8770 • EMAIL: ies@concrete.net.nz

CALL CHRIS HICKEY ON 027 561 1719 email: fencingspecialists.nz@gmail.com

ALL ASPECTS OF FARM & LIFESTYLE BLOCK FENCING & MAINTENANCE INCLUDING:

• Trailers & Ute deck fabrication • Guillotine cutting and sheet metal folding

• Post & Batten • Entrances • Post & Rail • Retaining Walls • Stock Yards • Riparian Lots • Netting • Subdivisions

• Certified welding , onsite repairs/fabrication • Precision machining: bushes, ram spears, pins, etc.

Ph: 09 435 1493 | Mob: 021 033 7079

Make Your Life easier! use our services now!

•  Pipe & Steel Supplies  •  LTNZ Approved Workshop •  General, Agricultural & Structural Engineering •  Mobile Welding Services  •  General Repairs & Maintenance •  2 Ton Gantry Crane  •  Plate Roller, Profile Cutter & Press Brake •  de-CRAP-it®, Landplane®, Serious Incinerator® •  Field Rollers, Water Carts  •  Kumara Gear

Doug Wilson Manager Phone: Fax: Mobile: Email:

Newman Engineering (2004) LTD Ph 09 439 5065 Dargaville www.newmanengineering.co.nz

northland laser drainage ltd Neil Carter Trading as

www.animalherbs.co.nz

Ed’s Floorsanding

A big range of Health Solutions for you, your family and animals

New and Old Floors Carpet and Vinyl Preparation Quality Solvent & Water based Coating

• Solutions for control of fleas, ticks • Consult with Pat for solutions and worms with WashBar products, to skin problems and other Diatomaceous Earth and Flee Flea health issues for your pet • Herbal and Homeopathic remedies • Orijen Organic Dog and Cat Previously Food — no grains Previously for you and your animals United Travel

All Services & Maintenance Available PO Box 1174, Whangarei Ph 09 434 7741 • Mobile 027 273 6865

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Email: homeopat@ubernet.co.nz Visit: www.animalherbs.co.nz to buy online

1279 S/H 14, MAUNGATAPERE

TOPUNI

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HOMEKILL BEEF

Gorse / Blackberry.. Call Ron on

M E AT P R O C E S S O R S

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PIGS

BACON, HAM, SAUSAGES, SALAMI

DEER

Please phone to discuss your requirements PHN 09 431 2271 • MOB 021 984 886

topunihomekill@farmside.co.nz NZFSA REGISTERED

Specialising in Fertiliser and Metal cartage. 30 Tonne units available. We cover your country!

MARGARET & JOHN BISHOP

We courier to your door!

Subsurface Drainage Specialists (Nth)

09 430 2934 09 430 2936 0274 302 934 dougw@nrh.co.nz

0210 263 0922

ron.totalweedcontrol@gmail.com TOTAL WEED CONTROL

SATISFACTION GUARANTEED

0274 914 091

or 09 436 3929 www.floorsandingnorth.co.nz

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NORTHERN FARMING CLASSIFIEDS Reach 33,300 Rural Homes — Phone 0800 466 793

For Sale

For Sale

For Sale

Animal Health Products

2016 FORD Ranger/Mazda BT50. Brand New Wheel and Tyre sets 2016. 17” Alloys with 265/65 x 17 tyres, Bridgestone Dueler HT or Dunlop Grandtrek AT22 $1000 a set. 16” Steels with 265/70 x 16 tyres, Bridgestone Dueler HT or Dunlop Grandtrek AT20 $600 a set. Phone Mark 021 153 0663 or 09 412 8471.

BACK 2 Wood Demolition. We buy & sell renovation materials. Servicing Northland — Auckland. Specialising in Windows, Doors, Ranchsliders, Kitchens, Vanities, Roofing and More! Check out our website back2wood.co.nz or Phone 0800 10 98 77.

SINTERED BRAKE PADS — for MX and FarmBikes — from $39 at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz.

HIGH CELL Count? Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic & Manuka Honey 20L $49.95, 200L $450 or 1000L $2,000 +GST with free delivery. Black Type Minerals Ltd. Phone 021 185 1501. blacktypeminerals.co.nz.

ATV MATS from $89 — Come in & see us at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz. ATV SAFETY HELMETS — from $119 accessories from $15. The law has changed! Have you got yours? Come & see us at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963  636. www.atvtyres.co.nz. Subject to availability.

CHAIN & SPROCKET KITS DIRT OR FARM BIKE. SAVE 10% off RRP If you get them fitted at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz.

WEED EATERS & CHAINSAWS — GET 10% OFF STOCKED ITEMS at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz.

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NEED NEW ATV TYRES? GET 20% OFF RRP & FREE FITTING at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz.

WINDMILL WATER pumps by Ferguson Windmills Company. Phone 09 412 8655 or 027 282 7689. www.windmills.co.nz. sales@windmills.co.nz.

NEW YAMAHA FARM ATVs — 5.9% interest & 3 year warranty. Only at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi — phone 0800 963 636 & Yamaha MC Whangarei. Phone 09 438 0804.

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$17,245

$22,995

INC GST

SAVE $2,750

INC GST

$11,495

SAVE $1000

FREE ROOF & WINDSCREEN UTE 570 HD

INC C GST

SAVE $1,900

INC GST

INC GST

PLUS

• Engine Braking System with 4-Wheel Descent Control (4WDC) • 567cc (44HP) EFI engine • Electronic Power Steering • Seat Belt Interlock • Speed Key capability • On Demand true All-Wheel -Drive (AWD) with turf mode

ACE 570 HD

INC GST

$9,995

RANGER XP 900

INC GST

SAVE $1,400

INC GST

$19,995

INC GST

SAVE $4,500

ROUSE MOTORCYCLES LTD 1 KING STREET, HIKURANGI, WHANGAREI. PH; 0800 96 36 36 MAUNGATUROTO MOTORCYCLES LTD 117 HURNDALL STREET, MAUNGATUROTO. PH: 09 431 8555 CA MOTORCYCLES LTD 725 POUTO ROAD, DARGAVILLE. PH: 09 439 0170 ADVENTURE POWERSPORTS 34 FORGE ROAD, SILVERDALE, 09 444 0636 KUMEU CHAINSAWS AND MOWERS LTD MAIN ROAD, HUAPAI. PH: 09 412 8109 *Offer ends 31/12/16 or while stocks last. Offer only available at participating Polaris Dealers. Not valid with any other offer. Excludes fleet clients.

www.polaris.co.nz |

/PolarisNZ

INC GST

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