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Farming Lifestyles June 2013 Edition

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Farming couple help Kiwi return to Mataia

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After around a 50-year absence, Mataia will once again serve as a home for Kiwis thanks to dry stock farming couple, Gill and Kevin Adshead. Fourteen Northland Brown Kiwi were released on the Adshead family property on the south Kaipara Harbour.

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The couple established the Mataia Restoration Project in 2006 and retired 400ha of their 1,300ha of land from farming for ecological purposes.

With the help of the community, school groups and an army of volunteers, they have been doing extensive pest and predator control as well as stream fencing and native planting.

‘Twisty’ the kiwi with Sam, Kevin and Gillian Adshead of Mataia Restoration Project

“To be able to hear the kiwi call at night is something I will treasure,” says Gill Adshead, “There were many people who helped us create the environment for these endangered birds. While these kiwi may be on our land, they don’t belong to us. They are for everyone.” The kiwi were relocated from Motuora Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf as part of Kiwis for Kiwi initiative.

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have worked with them to bring kiwi back to the Kaipara. Establishing a population of kiwi on private land is a remarkable, landmark achievement. “If more of us follow the Adshead’s example, kiwi can once again flourish across New Zealand. It’s a challenge I put to each and every one of us.” Kiwis for kiwi is a non-profit organisation that supports the work of more than 80 community groups around the country, providing funding for vital kiwi conservation, breeding and hatching programmes.

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Minister weighs in with oyster recovery by Andy Bryenton

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As it currently stands, oyster farmers are only able to gather feral oysters if they have a commercial fishing permit — not a true solution to the issue, as it is uneconomical for many of the affected farmers to secure such a permit. In approving the special permit purpose, Minister for Primary Industry, Nathan Guy, acknowledged the unusual and special circumstances of this particular situation,

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grazing we’ve been working in with the farmer next door and are looking to expand,” Toki adds. The farm grazes 100 weaners and 150 Friesian and Jersey cross rising two-year-olds while the present 150 Merinos clean up ragwort and provide export quality wool.

The family has a diverse range of skills and training which is serving the enterprise well. Oldest son, Toki, is a family company director and a toolmaker with an engineering background.

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“A good 80% of the leased land is effective. With winter coming we have to bring in a certain amount of hectares to develop grass ahead of us so that we can increase the stock numbers.”

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Tupari views expansion in the wider ambit of local increased employment. Toki describes farming today as having to meet economies of scale. As well, in unlocking a block’s potential often ‘old school’ skills and equipment are needed to compensate for lack of capital. “Structure and planning are needed to build the farming operation. Pooling innovations and experience while working together can spread out to hapu development, particularly if linked in to Ministry of Primary Industry seeding and development resources.”

effective. With winter coming we have to bring in a certain amount of hectares to develop grass ahead of us so that we can increase the stock numbers.

Tupari started out with 500 Merinos and the farm’s productivity has been steadily built up under a largely organic approach that utilises fish fertiliser.

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The family ties in their improvement wor k with preservation and enhancement. MPI has undertaken an onfarm study of native species regeneration and Tupari has planted ponga and flax, the latter sourced by the community. A native tree nursery is also in the frame. The farm’s distinctive stone walls have required repair and adjustments to control bigger stock numbers and Tupari has used larger rocks to make landscape features, highlighting their ever flowing spring ‘Wai Aatarere’.

“For the last two years of dairy

Tupari Te Whata in his workshop with a walking stick he is presently carving

held all over the world. After an arts cultural exchange in 1986 with Kaikohe’s Canadian sister city, Duncan, on Vancouver Island, he has forged closer ties — a link symbolised through a

The Te Whata family is very involved with the wider community, outside of farming commitments. Tupari’s wife Molly began the first play centre at Tautoro, and both she and her husband have contributed to Maori tourism in Tai Tokerau for many years. Tupari is a Mormon bishop, and he teaches theology. But he also finds time to cut firewood for the elderly.

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“When we started this they were in their mid teens and were our labour force when it came to putting circulars together.”

Now in their twenties, the twins have Karyn and Doug sometimes get requests for rides around the route which most of partners and children and have had to retire from the work the time they politely decline force however Scott but Karyn did provide a still does some relief necessary taxi service to an He says modern driving occasionally. elderly gentleman. “He had a doctor appointment to get to and was waiting at his mailbox with his tale of woe.” She took the gentleman 20 kilometres out of her way to Kerikeri then went back to delivering mail. They became r ural delivery drivers because Karyn enjoyed her stint as a relief driver for another contractor many years ago and their twin sons, Michael and Scott, also helped them out making delivering a family affair.

technology, enabling people to receive information via email or phone, is taken for granted in the cities, but with internet and mobile reception patchy in rural areas, he describes the delivery service as essential.

Doug does most of the driving these days with Karyn helping sort mail and putting together circulars. The operation is a team effort between the couple and they have been rewarded with thank you cards and pictures drawn by their customer’s children. Their career highlight is seeing smiling faces when delivering a much awaited parcel.

Doug MacKenzie at his first stop along his 156km route While in cities and towns it’s rare to be on first name basis with the person who delivers the mail, Doug and Karyn have got to know the people on their route and some have become good friends. “Some days I hardly see any of our customers, other days everyone wants to have a chat — especially if I’m running late, then they want to know why.” He has been called upon to help move stock, pull vehicles from drains, and on occasion he has cleared fallen trees from roads.

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in engineering and his desire to use the “right” technologies in manufacturing and materials added even more strength to the Hansen company. Bert and the team didn’t sit still for long and in the late 1980’s it was decided Hansen would design and manufacture a range of True Fit Threaded Fittings. With the Hansen range of products growing rapidly, it was time to move out of the garage and into its own manufacturing plant to start injection moulding their products. This move was a huge investment and there were many sleepless nights in the Hansen households. The move proved to be the right decision and it wasn’t long before Hansen products were being demanded from all over the world. The 1990’s saw the products develop a stronger following in New Zealand and Australia, with many of the original products having upgrades to high performance materials and the core ranges growing every year. “At one point it felt like we were adding fitting configurations every month” recalls Carl Hansen. In 1999 it was time for Hansen Products to move into even bigger premises. A building in Union East Street, Whangarei was found and the building underwent huge changes to house the manufacturing plant. The turn of the millennium saw Hansen Products continue on the path of constant improvement; a sister company in Canada was established, Irripod was purchased, the Easy Fit range was updated and after much encouragement from the market our Full Flow Ball Valve was released. 2013 and Hansen Products is far from slowing down. Our in-house Research and Design team has developed several new products for release, Level Alert Heavy Duty Tank Level Indicator, the Leveller Tank/Reservoir Valve, Superflo Piston Valve and the Maxflo Diaphragm Valve. All of these products have been designed for high performance whilst still staying true to Bert’s original philosophy of “Keep it Simple”. At Hansen we believe the Superflo and Maxflo valves will quickly become the next industry standard of High Performance Float Valves. After 60 years in business, Hansen Products is extremely proud to be a New Zealand owned and operated business. We are continuing to design, manufacture and distribute Pipe Fittings and Valves of the highest quality around the world. Hansen has built a reputation for providing high performance, easy to use, simple products that deliver our customers “Best Installed Value”. The winning formula that has been applied to the product range since the 1950’s has ensured a loyal customer following through the generations. With a range of over 1000 different products, loyal customers and a dedicated team, Hansen is poised for the new challenges ahead.


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no!” says Vanessa. “But he had taken me home to the farm when we first met, and said ‘this is where my heart belongs,’ so I knew it was what we should do.” The couple stipulated that if they took the job they would convert the unit to organics. “Certification is not so much in our sights now,” Sam says, “as Fonterra is not currently processing Northland organic milk, but sustainable farming remains our number one priority.” He says his baseline is a stream that has its entire catchment on the farm. “It ran throughout the drought, and the other day I spotted a school of kokopu in a pool. That’s what we need to protect.”

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In 2005, on her OE and waitressing in a French restaurant in Auckland, Vanessa met Sam, a sous chef on the first rungs of a culinary career. Sam says at that stage he thought he’d left farming behind. “My grandfather always encouraged us to look outside of farming. He said ‘do what you love, because you’ll never be a good farmer if you don’t enjoy it’.” And Sam’s love was cooking — ‘la cuisine française’ in particular. When Vanessa’s visa expired the couple travelled to France. For the next two years Sam worked as chef de partie in a brasserie owned by celebrated Lyon three-star chef/ restauranteur Paul Bocuse, and during this time son, Matai, now six, was born. After a spell in Vancouver, and expecting second son, Elliot, the Hartles decided to settle in Auckland. But as they holidayed in France prior to returning, Sam’s father, David, called and offered them the management of the Hartle’s second dairy unit. “It took Sam two days before he could speak to me about it, he was so sure I’d say

For the award, the Hartles were judged on sustainable management practices they have instigated on the farm, including state of the art effluent disposal, an ongoing programme of fencing and planting for all watercourses, liquid seaweed fertiliser and recycling of bale wrap. “We were surprised by the win because we feel we are only just starting down the sustainable management track, but it has been very encouraging,” Sam says. The couple have recently welcomed third son, Rohan, and purchased a neighbour’s herd. This season Vanessa will milk mornings on the home unit with an evening milker, while Sam milks next door. They say it makes sense to use the opportunity to build assets while they have no financial commitment to the land. “I never thought we’d be here this long,” Vanessa says, “but with two sons born on the farm it feels right for now.” Sam still has culinary ambitions, channelled meantime into meals for family and friends. “But if and when we do go off to do something else, we will leave the farm in better shape than when we came.”

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Chains of Bureaucracy

Over the past few months I have spent a lot of time visiting farmers in both North Island and South Island and I see discontent, worry and stress building up as councils and their underlings distance themselves from farmers with their petty rules and unbending nonsensical regulations. Agriculture, horticulture, viticulture and forestry are our main exports and these industries are holding New Zealand together. Markets are tough out there, so why is our infernal bureaucracy endeavouring to penalise the country internally. What’s their game? It’s our taxes that are keeping these clones in a job and they are biting the hand that feeds them. Not only that but they’re biting the wrong hand. Farmers are taking all the abuse and blame for the erosion of our soils and pollution of our food and water which the bureaucrats believe is technically correct. However, from my perspective this is grossly incorrect. In all articles written over the past 10 years the main pollutants targeted in farming terms are superphosphate and artificial nitrogen (urea). In recent times chemical sprays are also being targeted. Now, you cannot blame the farmer for using agrochemical products, the blame sits squarely on the

shoulders of the chemical industry. In New Zealand the NPK Balance Sheet Theory has been reiterated as soil science for the past 60 years, solidly influenced by the phosphate company. It has nothing to do with soil science. The perpetrator of the Balance Sheet Theory was Justus Von Liebig who appraised the minerals left after incinerating plants, only finding N, P and K, he stated that this was all you need to grow. Before his death he declared that that his theory was incorrect as he had not considered all other essential minerals or the micro-organisms in the soil, which incidentally are being annihilated by chemical production. In the USDA Agriculture year book, 1957 pages 3 and 7 the US Department of Agriculture declared the balance sheet theory to be false. The balance sheet theory has been operating for over 170 years, unchanged, causing soil erosion, soil pollution and pollution of food and water. One would think that all

councils and environmental agencies would be fully aware of where the pollution is coming from. Why are farmers being targeted? Wouldn’t it make sense for the councils to target the cause of the problem — the manufacture and marketing of super phosphate and urea? For the past 450 million years, apparently that’s when the first plants appeared on our planet, plants in conjunction with microorganisms have been fixing their nitrogen needs directly out of the atmosphere. Approximately, seventy six percent of our atmosphere is nitrogen. According to Dr Barry Commoner from Washington University, “evidence suggests that in the presence of artificial nitrogen, the natural fixation of nitrogen from the air by soil bacteria stops and as a result it is increasingly difficult for farmers to give up the use of the artificial product. Like addictive drugs, artificial nitrogen creates its own demand.” (Secret Life of Plants, Tompkin & Bird, 1973, pg 221). More and more farmers today are moving away from artificial nitrogen by increasing their soil biology and fixing all their nitrogen requirements for free. The phosphate requirement for plants is 0.2 percent this requirement can easily be satisfied through the use of natural products such as rockdust and guano. According to Dr Morgan Williams report in 2004 our farmland on average contains 1.7 tonne of phosphate per hectare available via microorganisms. A Ruakura report, Bulletin #409 published by the Crown stated “we have calculated that 1% is a very generous allowance for the remaining 9 to 10% of phosphorus in super phosphate available to plants as nutrients left after considering the losses from immobilisation, surface runoff and leaching.” No wonder there is plenty of phosphate in our soils and waters. There is a better way and Agrissentials are quietly working away with their live, living fertilisers that not only hold their ground, but are bringing health and vitality back into farming. If you need a good boost of pasture growth to help you into winter, try our Oceans 100 with GT Boosta which will perform down to six degree soil temperature and the price is right. It’s a better alternative to urea and its part of the fantastic Fielday specials we’ve got in store for you this month! Call your Northland rep today: Ray Holland on 021 669 059 or call Agrissentials best on earth fertilisers direct on 0800 THE KEY (0800 843 539) for the key to better, healthier soil.

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Winter has suddenly arrived by Bob Cathcart, Land Management Specialist, Northland Regional Council

We have suddenly gone from sunny, warm weather with a few light showers to very cold, hail-enhanced and quite heavy showers. A few more weeks would have enabled farmers to better recover from the drought, but that’s farming — you have to cope with what nature sends you. Ground temperatures should remain high enough to support strong grass growth for a few more weeks so the challenge is to build up as much feed as possible while you can. While the drought will have broken down organic matter and built up nitrogen reserves in the soil, the rapid growth of pasture after the first reasonable rains will have quickly soaked up that available nitrogen. A clear message from advisors has been to apply urea to support grass growth triggered by the rains. As the winter goes on, sulphate of ammonia should be used instead, both to provide nitrogen and to boost sulphur levels as they naturally fall over winter. Remember that nitrogen fertilisers are highly soluble so little and often is better if you can manage it. While nature, with a little support, can rebuild pasture reserves, poor grazing management can jeopardise that whole process. The soil is now wet enough to pug so cattle cannot be left to mill around in paddocks.

When the soil is dry enough to put them in the paddock, they should be left there only long enough to eat their fill and then taken off. Leaving them in the paddock will damage the plants, compact the soil and puddle and seal the surface. Without air, organic matter beneath the sealed surface will rot, become anaerobic and ‘sour’, and grass will stop growing. Soil damage at this time will not only reduce spring growth, the effects will carry on into the spring and summer. That purple haze of pennyroyal in summer is neither pretty nor productive. Now’s the time to make use of your stand-off system, whether it’s just a well formed section of farm race or some more elaborate roofed system. Short spells of grazing, when the soil is firm enough, will avoid pugging and set you up for the production season ahead. This won’t be easy for some farmers who will have used up hay, silage and even maize reserves during the drought.

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Risk vs Return

Is it possible to seek a high return from your investments? It is if you know the safest ways to grow your portfolio. RISK When posed the question of ‘what do Essentially risk has two components: you want to achieve with your investments?’ many people respond by saying ‘I want the exposure and uncertainty. Every time we highest return I can get, with the lowest hop on the quad bike or tractor there is risk.’ Of course that answer is somewhat a risk involved: we are exposed to the ironic, because in order to generate any danger that we may have an accident, given return, there is always a certain level even though the chances of it happening of risk involved. are uncertain. To mitigate this risk we In fact, there is an inherent link between ensure drivers have the appropriate investment risk and investment reward, or skill and training to operate the vehicle return. That is, the higher the expected in any situation, that bikes and tractors return of a financial asset or security, are regularly serviced and maintained, generally, the higher the risk associated and that farm tracks and bridges are well maintained and wide enough for farm with it. vehicles — consequently most of the time But what investors really mean when all goes well. they say, ‘I want the highest return I can Investment risk is no different. When get, with the lowest risk’ is that they want the best return they can get. This will be we invest, we are exposed to uncertainty, based on the amount of risk they are willing which is that the investment will not turn to take. Essentially investors have key out as expected. The variation of returns for any given security, asset or group of objectives they want to achieve: • to protect and/or grow their capital assets is referred to as volatility. Volatility is a measure of the degree of positive • not to lose money, and • to get a return better than they and negative movement in the value of can get from the bank a security or asset over time and is a In order to achieve the ultimate goal of common measure of risk in the investment getting a good return at an appropriate level world. Principally, low-risk assets have of risk, there are two concepts to consider. low volatility and high-risk assets have The first is the concept of risk; what it high volatility. means and how it affects investment Investments in cash and bonds tend returns. to be less risky than property and shares. The second is diversification and how it can be used to manage risk and assist in generating better returns for investors.

If you’re older, you are likely to be more cautious in your approach compared to someone with many years of earning

potential ahead of them. If managed properly, risk is good; investors can benefit from it. That is what ultimately drives investment returns. DIVERSIFICATION Diversification is a simple concept, a well-known phrase talking about diversification is: ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.’ In investment terms, the concept is the same. Diversification (having a range of financial assets such as shares, property, bonds and cash) reduces both the upside and downside potential and allows for more consistent performance under a wide range of economic conditions. HOW DO I DIVERSIFY MY RISK? Most investors will spread the portfolio across cash, bonds, property and shares.

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But how does an investor decide how much to invest in each in order to build the best portfolio for their circumstances? This is where good financial advice comes in. Seeking good advice from someone whom you have complete trust and confidence in is vital. Quality financial planning organisations provide a series of well diversified portfolios which span the risk spectrum for investors. From conservative through to high-growth options, all the bases will be covered. If you would like advice that takes into account your particular financial situation or goals, please contact Leah or Sue on 09 407 7250 (Kerikeri and north) or Briar on 09 430 0345 (Whangarei and south).

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Once the absolute mainstay of rural New Zealand agricultural shows, the sport of wood-chopping is seeking to once again raise its profile. At the Mystery Creek Fieldays, and other rural events around the country — like next year’s Northland Field Days — the top names in competition will be demonstrating their skills. Meanwhile, axemen’s associations are seeking new members to carry on a tradition that has declined in the modern world. For a sport said to have its origins almost a century-and-a-half ago, it was perhaps fitting that last season’s events also included a less than usual arena. The axemen found themselves in the grounds of The Kauri Museum, at Matakohe in the Kaipara. The museum was pleased to provide a showcase against a background of kauri history, with the aim of attracting new interest in the highly disciplined competition. Legend has it that woodchopping became a competitive sport after a bet in 1870 between two axemen in a Tasmanian bar, to settle their argument about who could cut down a tree in the shortest time. Since then, things have got a lot more complicated, with rules, regulations and various styles of competition, usually a more familiar sight at A and P shows around the country. While the popular conception of a woodsman, a lumberjack in the USA and Canada is all about brawn, sophisticated cutting edges, fitness and skill play a great part in competitive success in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, USA, Wales, Ireland, England, and Spain. Oddly, Spanish axemen cut endurance events more so than the speed events we are familiar with, perhaps as the legacy of those two Tasmanians. In Northland, the sport has its roots in the kauri forests that once blanketed the land, so it was fitting that The Kauri Museum hosted the sportsmen, as part of its celebration of the early settlers in the Kaipara, held on a special open day each year. “The weather was damp but the choppers pressed on and the programme was completed,” says host for the axemen, Kauri Museum CEO, Bet Nelley. “Every year we hold a live day that is free to the community. This is to celebrate the early settlers and volunteers show activities that

were carried out in earlier times. The sport of wood chopping fits in perfectly with this theme, coming out of the bushmen days, and the museum is well known for telling the stories of the Kauri timber industry. Those pioneering axemen held contests amongst themselves to see who were the best when it came to felling trees and processing logs and those contests form the basis of the sport we know today.

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“The standing chop in bushmen’s terms represents cutting down a tree. “The Underhand, representing trimming a tree after it had been felled. “Neville Alexander who holds New Zealand titles in this event, put on a demonstration of Jigger Chopping, an event for which his father, Bruce Alexander, is well known in Northland and also for holding New Zealand titles. “The opportunity was also taken to carry out coaching in this event. To relate this competition back to the kauri bush days, bushmen would use this method to get above the roots of the tree, and photographs in the museum clearly show the skill of the felling of huge trees, standing on a stage built around the tree. Stages were also used on steep slopes. The axe really was a very necessary heritage tool — for economic survival as well as household and bush camp chores.” Ms Nelley added that while the sport was extremely popular throughout Northland, these days clubs are limited to Opononi, Kauri Coast, Puhoi and North Harbour. Anyone interested in woodchopping as a sport can contact the Northland Axemen’s Association which has experienced and accomplished ‘old hands’ who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with newcomers, ensuring correct techniques to handle an axe safely before stepping into the chopping arena.

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A new range of tractors from Kubota is re–writing the specifications list and that latest model has been described as the most exciting thing to happen since the company first released the M series into New Zealand back in the late 70s. Ranging in horsepower from 100 through to 135, Kubota has gone to extra lengths in the human consideration, and the MGX series boasts the largest cab in this horsepower range.

“The B pillar has been removed to allow for better access to the spacious cabin that boasts 4.2m3 of room,” says John Moolenschot from Dargaville Redline Farm Machinery.

“The nearest opposition cab is only 3.93m3. The cab has been completely redesigned to focus on not only increasing the operator space and field of view but making the controls more ergonomically positioned for great operator comfort. The cab has also been raised to provide a higher viewpoint A room with a view.” The new roof panel allows for better loader visibility and allows more light into the cab and is adjustable for optimum ventilation. “Kubota have also provided an updated and much more comfortable instructor’s seat which doesn’t impact on cab space when both folded or in use. As well, the new updated dash and side digital LCD panel provide you with everything you need to know in a central convenient place, with all information clearly displayed.” For the technically minded, the new series is interim Tier 4 compliant, with a common rail system tuned for optimum combustion and combined with exhaust gas recirculation and a diesel particulate filter. This gives better fuel consumption,

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less engine noise and reduced emissions without compromising the power and efficiency. The Kubota Electronic Management System, K-EMS, and the new 24/24 Intellishift transmission which has three ranges of eight powershift gears, coupled with Kubota favourites such as Work Mode, Auto Mode and Work Kruise, gives more control than ever before. The patented Bi-Speed turn and bevelgear front axle work to give advanced manoeuvrability and better handling in a variety of conditions. “The MGX series offers one of the highest crop clearances in its class and if it’s front suspension you are after, look no further,” says Mr Moolenschot. “With an optional factory front suspension on the M135GX, you can be assured of an even smoother ride for both front end loader work and those jobs over rough terrain.”

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Strong Fieldays showing for leading tractor brand by our Motoring Correspondent

Farm machinery company, AGCO, will launch six new Valtra tractors at the 2013 Mystery Creek Fieldays expanding the brand’s popular A, N and T series. With new tractors ranging from 110hp to 215hp it will be one of the widest range of new Valtra tractor offerings at the Fieldays in some time. While there are a wide range of new tractors available the 171hp N163 will be the star of the stand due to its power-to-cylinder ratio.

GPS software which is sure to be of interest to contractors. A lot of work has gone into the brand’s lower-horsepower tractors too with the 101hp A93 being released for the first time in New Zealand.

Producing up to 171 hp (with power boost), from just four cylinders, the N163 will have the highest horsepower of a four-cylinder tractor in New Zealand. However nimbleness and comfort have not been compromised with the company saying the tractor has been fitted out with new software, transmission and new engine technology to create a reliable and user-friendly machine that provides optimal performance in all conditions.

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comprehensive autopilot based on satellite positioning technology, capable of steering the tractor with great precision to within a few centimetres.

The higher six-cylinder horsepower range has been expanded too with an interior that has been overhauled for long use and improved torque and fuel saving capabilities.

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It’s definitely no toy by Andy Bryenton

Isuzu’s D Max ute is causing quite a stir in motoring circles. In a world of utes trending toward the extremes of the spectrum (either engineered to ride like a car, or built as a spartan workhorse) the D Max on first impressions appears to have a foot in each camp — it’s a good looking beast with a flash of chrome, rakishly angled headlamps and an aggressive stance emphasised by flared wheel arches and chunky alloys. It’s also quite a serious contender as far as comfort goes — the four-door version I took for a drive (courtesy of Moore Cars in Whangarei) more than accommodated a man-sized frame in the back without the need for extra knees,

and the driver’s seat was more comfortable than that of some family sedans. The real advantage here, however, lies deep inside the three-litre common rail turbo diesel engine of the new D Max. It’s not one

you can see when appreciating the aesthetic impact of the vehicle, but it’s more important than all the chrome in the world — it’s the fact that this ute was built by a truck maker. Isuzu know trucks. Big trucks. So while other ute makers have scaled up their cars and added a back deck (including sometimes using the same or similar engine design for utes and cars), Isuzu have scaled down a truck. If ‘scaled down’ is the right term. Take the turbo for example. To eliminate lag, the D Max uses a variable geometry system as pioneered by Porsche. This gives the ute a smooth acceleration curve which slides through the gears effortlessly and without so much as a grunt of diesel exertion. The doors shut like bank vaults, the tailgate feels like it could support a bull elephant, and

as for the parts which make up the gutsy engine… When you go to take a look at the Isuzu (and anyone looking at a new ute would be advised to book a place), ask to see the comparisons in design and weight with the parts used in comparable vehicles. From the cast roller rockers to the piston big ends, everything about the D Max is bigger, stronger, tougher, and visibly so. From a company which builds serious metal for the world’s trucking fleet, you’d expect no less. So, does the D Max really have a foot in both camps? Is it neither a car with a big flat deck or a truck with less of a step up? Not at all. It’s a fusion of the best of both worlds, built very much as the dealer press emphasises as ‘a tool, not a toy’. And it’ll last far longer than most of the tools in the shop as well.

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How good is your hoof trimming? by Fred Hoekstra

You may have been trimming your cows for years. You may also have watched veterinarians or a professional hoof trimmer doing some trimming for you. Neither of those options is necessarily going to make you a good hoof trimmer. Watching may give you a somewhat better understanding if the Vet or hoof trimmer is doing a good job and can explain the procedure well. However, I often come across cows that have been trimmed by the farmer but have not been trimmed correctly. I was asked the other day if I could give some tips in my articles.

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So here is one: Often when cows are trimmed there is still a lot of loose horn left that really needs to come off. If you can put your finger nail between loose horn and live tissue then the loose horn needs to come off, because if there is a gap between the horn and live tissue then that means that dirt and bacteria can get in there and that is an ideal recipe for an infection. It will also take longer to  heal. The philosophy of good hoof trimming is to let the air get to the wound and take the weight off it. This doesn’t mean taking the weight off the wound only and spreading it over the rest of the same claw. It means that the weight needs to come off of the wounded claw and go, as much as possible, onto the healthy claw.

Before: Hoof trimmed by farmer

This is a very important concept and there is a very good reason for it. This is something we teach on our hoof trimming courses and it seems a very simple concept when you say it, but it proves to be a very difficult thing to put into practise. It does happen occasionally  that the complete sole may need to come off and that is a scary concept for many of us. Some farmers believe that it is good to make the wound bleed, in that way you get to the root of the problem and then you can let the cow go — this is not correct. For one, making the wound bleed  makes it really difficult to see what you are doing and therefore, pretty much impossible to take all the loose horn off. Second, when you damage the corium (live tissue) it will take  longer for that live tissue to heal before it can grow new horn. These cows have a

After: Same hoof after being trimmed by professional trimmer

tendency to become lame sooner rather than later because the quality of the corium is not as good as what it was before it got damaged and subsequently the quality of the horn is diminished. It is not easy to trim a cow correctly. Most people underestimate the skill involved — the cows are suffering needlessly for it and a farmer’s time is not being well utilised because of it.

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Maximising Fertiliser N Efficiency with Helicopter Spreading

by Dr Bert Quin, fertiliser and soil fertility consultant

In agriculture, helicopters are perhaps most widely used to spray weeds, because of their ability to cover large areas quickly, and to get into tight spaces at low altitude, which comes to the fore in ensuring full coverage and minimising the risk of wind-drift of chemicals onto neighbouring properties. carrying a lot more fertiliser. This makes the fluidised fertiliser bucket viable for putting on full-maintenance fertiliser mixes and/or annual lime applications. There is no need to rely on dubious claims about making existing soil nutrients more available.

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Furthermore, if nitrogen is required as part of the mix, the fluidised fertiliser bucket can apply this as urea to which the urease inhibitor NBPT has been added. This literally doubles the efficiency of the N, compared to granular urea. In fertiliser application, the use of helicopters has largely been confined to two aspects. The first of these is applying nitrogen, where a quick boost to growth is required in situations where the ground is too wet or steep for trucks, or the nearest airstrip is either too wet or too expensive to be used by fixedwing aircraft. The other common use of helicopters has been in the application of low rates of other nutrients, usually in liquid form to allow boom spreading, and mixed with one or more additives designed to release nutrients from the soil. The argument goes that because of the additive, you don’t need as much fertiliser. The main limitations of a helicopter and boom operation are the very restricted weight that can be carried, and the narrow spreading swath. These combine to mean very frequent landings to reload, which pushes up the cost per hectare.

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The ability to add trace elements, weedicides, humic acid and other additives is another major advantage of the Helisika bucket system. Trace elements are almost invariably far more efficient if applied in a form that permits foliar uptake. This is because they are subject to many processes in the soil that reduce their availability.

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Preventative use of Rotagen Combo gaining momentum Rotagen Combo is increasingly being used as a fence at the top of the cliff rather than the ambulance at the bottom when dealing with calf scours. That’s the message from veterinary supply company Vetpak, which says there was a noticeable lift last season in the number of farmers using this unique product as a preventative option rather than just as a treatment.

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The Rotagen combo range is based on Globigen, a spray-dried egg yolk powder derived from vaccinated chickens which contains IgY’s specific to a particular organism — rotavirus 6 and 10, coronavirus, salmonella, cryptosporidium, and E.coli (K99). “Globigen is made by vaccinating high health status flocks against a specific pathogen. The hen then passes maternal immunoglobulins from serum to the egg yolk which is collected, then spray-dried, heat-treated and standardised to a determined IgY titre. This is then formulated into a Rotagen combination product by Vetpak here in NZ. Any Rotagen combination of the above IgY’s can be produced on request to

meet a specific challenge.” The IgY antibodies provide a passive immunity effect in the gut in the same way bovine colostrum would. “Studies have shown that IgY’s successfully passes through the gastro intestinal tract in an active form and are not altered by the digestive process. Their ability to bind to antigens is maintained within the local gut.” As the Rotagen products are based on a local gut immunity provided by immunoglobulins, there is no issue with toxicity and no withholding period. The product can be used with calves of any age and treatment can be initiated at any stage of infection. Calves of any age or weight can be treated at the same dosage rate. For prevention, the recommended dose is 10 grams per calf per day for five days. For treatment, farmers should dose calves with 10 g twice daily for the first day, then 5 g twice daily for three to seven days. Appropriate rehydration is essential and Rotagen can be used in conjunction with electrolytes or milk feeding. For more detail 07 870 2024.

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LIVESTOCK A dog’s tail…

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Gidday, me Billy ‘ere, and that’s wot I just herd tha Boss yellin’ out ova tha paddicks wile we was checkin’ the back damn. I musta lookt sideways ata Boss, an’ he reilised I was mistified by his yellin’. “Nah Dog. Yep.” (There he goes agin, bluddy konfused.) “Itsa Greek werd for win ya discover sumthin’. I still looked wurried. “Ya see Dog, I’ve cracked it ina tax departmint.” he went onta explain he hada give munny ta that govmint evry year, called it inkome ticks. “So wen I sell stock ta tha works, half me munny gets snaffled.” “But ya see Dog, tha Paparoa pub closed down fer a wile, an’ steda meetin’ tha boys fer a bear, I’ve bin lookin’ ata news more. An if ya start a church, ya don’t havta pay tax. Like that weetbrix breakfist crowd.” Sawit on TV, eh,” Boss went on. “That lot got a relijin, an’ don’t pay eny tax. They just give’s a bit ta feed them skoolkids I tole yer about lass week afta tha budjit. That Mr Ki finally gotta messij and give the skools sum munny fer food. Bluddy lovely eh Dog. Gozone country, alla milk fruma cows an’ meet frum lams an’ cattil beests, an korn an alla kumras ya cood want, an’ wear in such state we can’t give peeple enuff jobs an’ munny ter feed tha ankilbiters.” As ya no, Boss an’ Sharlene gunna have

a ankilbiter in a munth or so, so kids been ona Boss’s mine a lot.

“Well, now I gotta idea Dog. We gunna star a cherch here ona farm. We kin tella tax departmint we tha Bushmins Baptish Benevolense Cherch an’ we gunna convert alla blokes ina Pap Pub win it re-opins. I kin be tha minista, Sharlene kin be a treserer, an’ you kin be tha Proffit wot makes pridikshins. We’ll rope in a few blokes like Gazza, ana Plumba, an Albee an’ John. Thasa good cherch name, fer a choir. Then wen we sell a few cattil beests an other animils, we kin spind the munny on good deeds. We kin sen’ sum food ta that lokil skool, and downa rest-home in town. Of korse we’ll havta provide a few beers fer that congregashin. Tha’s cos charity begin’s at home, eh.”

“Yes deah. An’ wot’s Billy?

“Ah,’ seda Boss. Billy? Dog’s gunna be tha Proffit.” Proffit? Didint sound rite ta me, an I slunk off ter me kennil. Then Sharlene brort me tea. I reckin she hada sherry or too. “S’alrite Billy,” she sid. “Juss rememba a Proffit is not without honour.” Eh? See ya nex’ time then. Billy

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“Here deah,” she sid. Got yer tax forms fruma postie.” Boss juss give a laff. “She be rite gerl,” he sid. “Gotta grate new plan ta beat tha taxman. Guna sart a relijin. I’m tha paster, yer tha book keepa.” Sharlene gives her eyes a role in her hed, an’ looks at me.

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LIVESTOCK

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The nation’s primary producers will be pretty well au fait with the National Identification and Tracing scheme — NAIT — to electronically control stock movements across the country, but lifestyle block holders may not be fully in the loop. As more and more families settle on a few acres, with just a few animals, perhaps for the freezer, the Ministry of Primary Industries has some specific advice.

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Fishing, Hunting

Outdoors

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The Karikari Kontiki Klassic is a fishing contest with a difference — and that’s not just because it emphasises the use of those smart, torpedo-shaped machines which anglers all over New Zealand have taken to with gusto over recent years. No, this one is different because it’s all about teams, themes and good fun, with an environmental message to match the action on the water. The contest is now in its fourth year and growing strong, with a great turnout expected on July 25, 26 and 27 to contest the title of last year’s winners, Koromoko, Miko and Jayden Rogers, a grandfather and grandson team from Kaitaia. Teams are encouraged to pick a theme and dress for it, leading to some wild and wacky entrants in a fishing tourney that

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between the business of landing the big ones. There is only space on the scoreboards for 50 four-person teams, so event organisers urge anglers to sign up now and avoid disappointment. And while the soft-hearted may think that fishing in July seems like a recipe for cold and damp, remember that this contest is held in the famously winterless north — and that anglers are a tougher breed in these parts!

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The Kai Iwi lakes are considered to be one of the scenic gems of the Kaipara — with their crystal clear water and beautiful surroundings, these picturesque lakes are a favourite holiday destination over the summer for locals and visitors alike. But there’s another great reason to visit the lakes, especially this time of year — the great fresh water sports fishing! The angling action is set to heat up this season with the 2013 Kai Iwi Lakes fishing contest happening on July 6 and 7, bringing keen fisher-folk from around the district together for some friendly rivalry, fun, and of course the promise of a great fish dinner. The lakes are well stocked with rainbow trout, introduced specifically for the sports angler and maintained by the careful management of our regional Fish and Game representatives. The contest serves a serious purpose, as well as offering two days of fun. The trout caught on the day form a good cross section of the Kai Iwi Lakes population, and so their weights can be used to gauge the health of the

fish stock, and through them provide an indicator of the robustness of the overall ecosystem. While trout were brought to New Zealand by one of the many ‘acclimatisation societies’ long ago, they thrive in our waterways and lakes, and their health and good size (over 2kg fish are not uncommon at the Kai Iwi lakes) indicate a pollution-free environment. Tickets are available now from the Northland Fish and Game Council’s offices, from leading local sporting goods and fishing stores, and don’t forget, all entrants must also hold a current relevant fishing licence to compete. There will be prizes across the board in many categories, for men, women, kids, various weights, and for different techniques, so there’s a great chance that you’ll come home with more than just a basket of fresh trout — you may net an award as well!

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W H O A R E YO U G O I N G T O C A L L ?

by Paul Campbell

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Gypsy week has come and pretty much gone, and around the country there will be new faces in rural communities. The transition from one location to another would once have been a more stressful exercise, an up-rooting from established homes and contacts and services and support. Today, with huge advances in communications and technologies, much of the stress of moving locations has disappeared.

But it’s interesting to look back at the way we were in rural areas. In the early days news was essentially by word of mouth — from a visiting neighbour, or at social gatherings. Stuff like, what stock and produce prices were doing. Then along came newspapers, telephones, and railways,

and New Zealand began to get connected. City newspapers, often dropped off by the rural delivery post, became an important source of information for rural people.

And keeping in touch with former friends and colleagues is no longer an issue. Skype provides free, real-time, face-to-face contact across the country.

All that of course is disappearing into the past, as rural sophistication grows with modern communications, and the city press has given way to rural newspapers that are specific to, well, rural lifestyles!

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by Paul Campbell

The New Zealand road network is vital to rural communities. It takes farm goods to the international marketplace, and is the fabric connecting all economic, social, educational and health issues. So it is well worth a look at the status of the National Land Transport Programme, the government initiative that focusses on improving critical road sections that carry

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Changing Times by Julie Jonker, Northland Rural Support Trust, Coordinator

Change is something we don’t usually look forward to. Especially at this time of the year as we watch the days shorten, the temperatures decrease and the mud increase. Some of you may also have moved to a new farm which is both exciting and stressful.

with friends and family. So make some time to do it before the business of farming all too quickly gains momentum.

I often think we tend to overlook the effect this has on our general wellbeing. We need to allow ourselves time to adjust to new situations and take it easy on ourselves if we feel a little overwhelmed. This is the time when we should not forget the value of getting out and catching up

Settling in to a new area does take time and the challenge is to try and become involved in some of the community events that are taking place. I am always impressed at what is actually going on if you take the time

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to look. It is amazing how much easier it is to find new friends and contacts by just becoming involved. Sometimes that means taking yourself out of your comfort zone and trying something new. The internet is a wonderful tool for doing just that — simply type in your area and what’s on and presto you will be surprised at how much there is on offer. Make it a ritual to try something new at least once a

month it doesn’t need to take a lot of time but it will do both your physical and mental health a huge amount of good. As women we tend to be tasked with making sure everyone is taken care of, that may be children, husbands, partners, workers and even pets. So let’s not forget that to be able to expend that amount of emotional and physical energy we need to take care of ourselves first.

‘Cottage’ industry goes international It’s been a busy time for Northland woman, Jules Smith, who moved to Whangarei a few years ago for a change of pace from her busy corporate role in Auckland. Instead of the ‘quiet life’ she planned, her new venture, WashBar, has grown, picking up business awards along the way. Jules was a finalist in this year’s Rural Women’s Business Awards, celebrating entrepreneurial rural women, and says she was honoured to be part of such a diverse and dynamic group. Jules’ business began with handcrafting a few bars of soap in a garden studio, and selling small numbers to pay for supplies. A girlfriend asked her to develop a soap for her dog, who suffered dreadful flea allergies. Jules did a little research and developed a soap for her which had impressive results. “Then I did some research on the dog market, and I discovered that allergies and problem skin are common issues,” she says. “ I realised I couldn’t make enough in my garden studio, so I found a manufacturer to produce my recipe in bulk and WashBar was born.”

Since then WashBar’s products have expanded to a range of coat care solutions for dogs and horses, and next month sees the release of a range of 100% Natural Dog Shampoos. “Now you’ll be able to wash your pet with shampoo that is more natural than you can buy for yourself” laughs Jules. Late last year she convinced her husband, Pete, to wind up his agricultural fencing business and join WashBar full-time. “It was such a relief to get him off those steep hills and behind a desk,” says jules. “Although he now spends a great deal of time behind the wheel of a car, looking after our 355 stockists across New Zealand. He’s regularly flying to Australia now that we are exporting there, too.” With WashBar’s sights firmly fixed on export growth, he may have to get used to more airline food in the near future!

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The increase in Fonterra’s farmgate milk price is of course welcome news for Northland farmers, particularly when it is expected to pad wallets for Northland dairy farmers to the tune of around $117 million — plus, or $120,000 each. But I must point out that it is not a magic wand to the ravages of the drought. There was some recovery in pastures, and pockets of Northland are looking great, but the cold snaps of winter have slowed down growth and in stark reality, we are looking at the next two years as the recovery period.

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The low advance led many farmers along to the bank and huge overdrafts were incurred. Those overdrafts are still there.

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Add the fact that on average there was a loss to dairy farmers of 13 per cent of milk production because of the drought and you have a financial double whammy. Many herds dried off in January and February this year.

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So while the Fonterra payout will provide some relief, it is just the company finally realising that it must reward farmers with something more than the costs of dairying. We need cost-plus in this industry. Ten per cent of New Zealand’s dairy farmers owe in the region of 10 million dollars, and let’s face it, the banks can put pressure on and there have been a number of farmers forced into sales of their property. I fear those sales will continue. Last year, Fonterra kept a stranglehold on farmers by paying an advance of $3.85 up to December. Then from the 18th of December to March, no appreciable rain fell.

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And then there is the huge cost of re-grassing devastated pastures, a cost of thousands of dollars. So there are farms with overdrafts on average of from a $100,000 to $150,000 and there is not much chance of a decent cheque until around September or October. So in the meantime they need the extra dairy payout simply to deal with drought debts and big overdrafts. Re-capping, Fonterra announced an opening forecast farmgate milk price of $7 a kilogramme of milk solids for the 2013/14 season, which is up $1.20 on the current season, with a higher advance rate schedule of $5 a kilogramme of milk solids, which recognises the forecast farmgate milk price.

So as I have said, Northland farmers are lining up to earn a total of $686 million, or $117.6 million more, but that doesn’t mean they are rushing out to buy stuff. In fact many have sold off some of their Fonterra shares — say 10 or 15 per cent, so it does not affect their supplier status, and that’s another sign of hardship in the present season. The extra Fonterra money most certainly won’t mean Northland’s new car dealers will be rubbing their hands together over the next few months, I can assure you. Farmers need future payouts to match the record $8 to $8.10kg/MS they received before retentions in 2010/11. The sooner they get back to $8 the better, and support the New Zealand industry instead of spending billions of hard earned dollars on overseas development, while restricting returns to our own farmers. Perhaps there will be one benefit from the payout and that is that some farmers will be able to find the money to undertake some deferred maintenance, which could help the rural contracting industry. But there will not be much champagne and caviar on the farmhouse table, or new cars in the shed. Of that we can be sure.

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ATV MATS from $89 — Come in & see us at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres.co.nz. Be quick offer ends 30/6/13. 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. 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. BOAT TRAILERS, full range to suit 12ft to 27ft boats, very competitive prices and immediate delivery for most models now. Call us to discuss free on 0800 162 500 Xpress Trailers. BOX TRAILERS, single and tandem axle trailers at very competitive prices, full range of sizes, 6x4 $1695, 7x4 $1895, 8x4 $2095, 8x5 tandem $2795, 10x5 tandem $3395, 10x6 tandem $3795 Ph 0800 162 500 Xpress trailers. 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. Be quick — offer ends 30/6/13. FURNITURE MOVING Around NZ or around the world. Single items or house lots. Pro Packing, moving, insurance. Via trucks, containers, shared loads. Ph 0800  496  753 www.worldmoving.co.nz. “Experience & Advice You Can Trust”. NEED NEW ATV TYRES? GET 20% OFF RRP & FREE FITTING at Rouse Motorcycles, King Street, Hikurangi. Phone 0800 963 636. www.atvtyres. co.nz. Be quick — offer ends 30/6/13.

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FIELD DAY SPECIALS ENDS JULY 31st

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