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Entries for the 2014 Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA) have just opened with the competition offered in Taranaki for the first time.
Taranaki farmers are now eligible to enter the 2014 Ballance Farm Environment Awards
The New Zealand Farm Environment Trust (NZFET) has formed a partnership with the Taranaki Regional Council to offer the competition to the region’s farmers and horticulturalists. With the addition of Taranaki, the total number of regions involved in the competition is now ten. NZFET chair Alistair Polson said the trust is delighted to deliver the Ballance Farm Environment Awards to the region. “Taranaki is a well-established farming area with many top operators who take great pride in their farms. “This competition will give the region the opportunity to showcase some magnificent examples of Taranaki farmers doing what they do best.”
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Mr Polson also welcomes the Taranaki Regional Council on board as a regional partner. “Taranaki Regional Council has always shown a strong ethic when it comes to promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. “I’m sure Taranaki Regional Council’s involvement with the Ballance Farm Environment Awards will be extremely
beneficial for the region’s farmers, orchardists and the wider community.” Originally established in 1993 as a joint initiative between the Waikato Conservation Board and Environment Waikato, the competition aims to reward farming operations achieving a high standard in four specific areas. These include sustainable profitability, environmental awareness, good business practices, and social and community responsibility. Successful farms are showcased during a field day. After the Waikato Farm Environment Awards Trust was set up to manage the awards for that region in 1995, the NZFET was founded to administer the awards nationally in 2002. Ballance AgriNutrients became naming right sponsor. There are now nine national sponsors. The awards programme has been available in the Horizons Regional Council area since 2005. Entry forms are available at www. bfea.org.nz. Entries for the Horizons regional competition close on September 13. The Taranaki competition closes on October 20.
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Massey University’s Centre for Service and Working Dog Health has begun a drug study testing working farm dogs with arthritis. Twenty dogs in the lower North Island have been selected for the trial which is expected to run for three months. The dogs involved in the trial have varying degrees of arthritis and veterinarians will be looking for hidden aspects of musculoskeletal disorders. Working dogs have been chosen for the drug study as they are athletic and arthritis tends to be common among them. Their desire to work is also strong which makes it difficult to gauge the impact musculoskeletal disorders have on their work abilities. “Working farm dogs are an important part of New Zealand in terms of the work they do on the farm,” said associate professor of companion animal clinical studies Jonathan Bray. During the trial some dogs will receive the drug, Trocoxil, which has been on the market for less than one year, and others would get a placebo before this is swapped around. Farmers will not know which of their dogs have received the drug. Professor Bray said a mobility collar, fitted on the dogs 24 hours a day and seven days a week, will enable the level of their activity to be monitored and assessed while they are working and resting.
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ae Doughty and her husband Brian run a herd of 67 predominantly Saanen, along with some Anglo-Nubian, goats on their 90ha Brunswick farm. The Anglo-Nubians have been introduced specifically to increase the milk solids total for the cheesemaking enterprise. About 60 cows are also milked on the property, supplying to Open Country, and a few beef cows and sheep are also farmed. The goats graze on around four hectares with young stock grazing an area of bush and scrub, returning to their shed each evening at dusk. Rae said all goats need warm shelter when the weather is wet and cold. “They hate getting wet.” The farm’s 18-aside herringbone shed is quite unique. One side has
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Grain, pellets, hay and silage are available to the herd during winter. Although worm control for goats on pasture can be a problem, Rae and Brian have found cross-grazing the herd with cattle and grazing on long pasture helps to prevent a build-up. A chemical drench is used when the goats are drying-off and an organic type, consisting of cider vinegar, garlic and nasturtium leaves, is used while milking. Rae said unlike milking cows, there isn’t a drench available for milking goats that has a nil withholding period.
“Goats will do anything for food.”
Any goat found to have a worm burden and needing to be drenched must have its milk withheld for 35 days. After first learning to make simple cheese through books, Rae attended the New Zealand Cheese School in Putaruru. And the training paid off as the couple’s Fiery Feta and Pepato cheese won two silver medals in 2010.
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While the potentially fatal clostridium botulinum scare that tore through the New Zealand dairy industry has eased in the light of a false alarm, the issue will not yet disappear. That’s the view of Federated Farmers Food Safety spokesperson, Dr William Rolleston who says in reality, the real damage control is now just beginning. “The issue won’t go away by itself and both Fonterra and the government have to act positively, because bad news travels fast and we must let regulators in our client countries know the good news.” Dr Rolleston said despite the massive ripple effect, Fonterra did the right thing when they issued the product notification alert. “The risk was only ever just that, but they had to weigh up between saying nothing and taking an extraordinary punt that could have literally cost them their industry or come out, own up and notify.” Dr Rolleston said while Fonterra’s action was the right one, the message
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Therefore if potassium is deficient the plant will not receive adequate CO2, moisture and nutrients from the environment or foliar sprays. That will also affect the plants ability to cool itself. K is quite mobile in the plant and moves to the young leaves, therefore symptoms show in the old leaves first.
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The visual signs of K deficiency are similar to nitrogen deficiency; yellowing of the pasture, browning off of the tips of grass blades, and prominent urine patches. If clover growth in urine patches is much stronger than in the rest of the pasture, K deficiency is likely. Potassium is an alkalising mineral, so when potassium is low the fruit can be acidic and therefore taste sour. It is also due to the fact that potassium is not sufficient enough to transport good levels of sugars and nutrients into the fruit, causing the plants resistance to pathogens to be reduced.. The plants resistance to pathogens is reduced. Fungi tend to attack crops at low pH. Low pH simply means too much hydrogen and not enough nutrients.
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About 90% of the potassium found in soils is insoluble. This source is released by microbial activity and weathering over time. K+ is attracted to, and hence stored on, the negatively charged clay colloid. The humus colloid has less attraction, but is also capable of storing potassium.
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Plants access potassium via the soil water. In sandy soils, there are very few storage surfaces for potassium, so some is carried away in the soil water. In light soils, (i.e. soils with a CEC<10) humus can make a significant difference in increasing the potential for potassium retention and storage. Leaching is particularly prevalent in light sandy soils where spoon-feeding potassium may be the better strategy. Animal urine contains 80-90% of the potassium excreted by animals.
Excessive magnesium leads to tight soils which in turn traps potassium in the clay layers. Improving the Ca% in the soil alleviates this problem. In high Mg soils, more K is required to reach that soils higher production potential. The problem of tight soils is alleviated by opening up the soil structure, leaving more space on the external colloid for K to attach to. When pH exceeds 6.5 there is no space for increasing K levels on the colloid. All spaces are filled up with existing cations rather than hydrogen, which can be readily bumped off. The same problem essentially occurs in dry soils where the soil solution and diffusion needed does not occur. K levels cannot be built when pH is 6.5 or higher; unless you use compost or manure. If you have a high pH, just use maintenance levels of K until the pH comes below 6.5. When the base saturation of potassium gets greater than 7.5%, weed pressure increases, boron is tied up and often pastures become less palatable. Soil structure tends to decline because the K ion is dispersive (much like sodium), which contributes to poor soil structure and eventual collapse of the soil particles. Crops will struggle (particularly wheat) when the K% is greater than Mg. Adding K to the soil is easily achieved for crops, but can be problematic where livestock are concerned. It needs to be done with caution and after magnesium and calcium levels have been addressed. It may be safer to apply up to 60 units after mating, but this does depend on individual farms’ soil balance, particularly having correct Mg & Ca levels. With PAL test results, sodium should never be higher than K. If K + Na exceed 10% of base saturation, manganese uptake
will be blocked. That may show up as excess bull calves born over heifer calves. When the soil is properly balanced, the ratio can be 60:40 in favour of heifers. Potassium Sulphate is superior to Potassium Chloride! Potassium chloride raises the brix of many weed species, lowers the brix of many crop species and acts as a biocide. More Energy. Potassium Sulphate costs more per unit, but delivers better value. Money spent on potassium sulphate (K2SO4) will purchase less fertilizer by weight than will one dollar spent on potassium chloride (KCl) but the dollars spent on potassium sulphate will buy significantly more crop growth energy. 47% of KCl is choride and of little use for crop growth. In contrast almost 100% of potassium sulphate is useable by the plant. Lower Salt Index. K2SO4 has a salt index of 46. KCl is 116. The higher the index, the greater the chance of damaging germinating seeds, seedlings and soil biology. Better Uptake of Potassium. Uptake of potassium requires it to be in the phosphate of potassium form. When there is an excess of chlorides the bonding of potassium with phosphate is blocked. The end result is less potassium uptake into the plant in the preferred form. The sulphate form does not overwhelm the soil solution with chloride ions and consequently more potassium is taken up by the plant. Microbial Stimulation vs. Microbial Suppression. Sulphates have a stimulating effect on the microbial system in the soil whereas chlorides at high levels are very hard on soil biology and are never recommended by creditable sources. A small amount of chloride is actually beneficial for soil microbes. This modest requirement is easily met by the 1-2% in potassium sulphate. High rates of chlorides destroy soil carbons. Humus destruction leads to greater N leaching as soil N levels are dependent on humus levels. The better the humus percent, the more anions (particularly nitrate, sulphur and boron), held in the soil. Plants and soils need Sulphur. Most soils are sulphur deficient. In order for plants to make oils and sulphur bearing amino acids such as cysteine and methionine the plants need an adequate supply of sulphur in the sulphate form. This is exactly what potassium sulphate supplies. Better palatability. Pastures, crops, vegetables and fruit taste poorly when the potassium comes from potassium chloride (that’s right, cows prefer K2SO4). This happens because chlorides are also taken up by the plants. Fruit and vegetables grown with calcium chloride taste bitter; this is the main reason why children reject vegetables. Less is more. The application of 100 kg of potassium sulphate will give a greater plant response than 200 kg of potassium chloride. This relates to a soil where the cations are balanced and soil potassium is adequate. Sodium. Sodium (Na) should measure between 0.5 and 3% on the base saturation. It is rarely deficient (there being 60ppm in rain), and should not (but sometimes does), exceed potassium in base saturation as sodium will be taken up by the plant instead. On hot days, this will lead to cell walls bursting and the plant will dehydrate. If Na is in excess, correct the calcium first, then use sulphur to reduce Na. Sodium is involved in osmotic (water movement) and ionic balance in plants. Na may be important in some plants such as sugar beet, but is less so in fodder beet.
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Potassium - the cellular spark plug. Soil samples taken by Kiwi Fertiliser consultants are sent to Perry Agricultural Lab (PAL) in Missouri. After analysis, Kinsey Agricultural Services (KAS) (who receive samples from 70 countries world-wide,) make the appropriate recommendations. Regarding the order of deficiencies found Potassium and Sulphur are invariably at the top of the list. Potassium (K) is involved in nearly every aspect of plant growth. It does not become an integral part of the plant, unlike silicon and calcium that become the main components of the cell wall; and magnesium and nitrogen that are the main components of the chlorophyll molecule. This is the reason why cut hay is so vulnerable to potassium loss due to rainfall. Potassium is second only to nitrogen in terms of quantity taken up by a plant. K is involved in the regulation of around 50 enzymes in a plant. It is needed to convert nitrogen into protein thereby reducing the amount of non-protein nitrogen (nitrate) in the system. It facilitates the movements of sugar and starches and is important in sizing up fruit and grain and preventing build-up of sugars in chloroplasts. K influences stomata regulation. Stomata can open to seven times their original size, therefore influencing gas exchange for photosynthesis and drought resistance and/or water. The positive benefits of adequate K fertility are: Deeper rooting. K helps plant roots penetrate to access deeper soil water. Faster closing of the crop canopy. When the crop canopy closes, the ratio of transpiration to evaporation increases, which means more of the available water is used by the crop. Greater osmotic gradient. The more K inside the plant cell, the better it can attract water from the soil, and control water loss. Earlier maturity. Adequate K ensures plants get through to the critical pollination period before possible drought. Stomata can open approximately seven times their original size.
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PASTURE management Soil Matters with Peter Burton
The role of fertiliser in growing A phone call was received recently from a regular reader of our column and he had a number of questions that we will answer as best we can. And although the caller is a successful vege grower the answers to the queries, because the principles of all soil grown crops are the essentially the same, is equally applicable to pastoral farming as to vegetable growing.
are calcium rich, plants and trees grow readily without the addition of ‘fertiliser’. However to optimise the growth of higher fertility species such as nutritious vegetables and clover based pastures fertiliser is required.
The first question was, ‘what is the role of fertiliser applied to soil?’
All plants grow best with regular applications of natural material such as blood and bone, fish and/or seaweed, and quality compost. Quality growth follows provided the soil is dark, deep and friable.
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The application of sufficient of these materials to grazing properties is usually neither practicable nor cost effective, so the essential major elements of N (nitrogen), P (phosphorus), K (potassium), and S (sulphur) are applied in a more concentrated and easily spread form. How much of each is required can be formulated from a basic soil test carried out by a reputable testing laboratory. Because the cost is relatively low a soil test is recommended even for the home vegetable grower. All good garden outlets sell general purpose garden fertiliser and a little mixed in when digging in the compost will help ensure optimum growth of the next crop.
How long does fertiliser last in the soil? Water soluble NPK nutrients only remain water soluble for a very short period after application, possibly only a day or two. For nutrients to enter a plant they must be worked on by beneficial soil biology, so the requirement to feed the soil with natural materials is essential.
How quickly does nutrient leach from the soil? There are a number of factors however the most important is the amount of humus in the soil. Humus is the result of the biological breakdown of organic matter and is the ‘glue’ in the soil that provides good structure as well as storing both moisture and nutrient.
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Should bare soil be covered? Ideally, always! Bare areas of soil are steadily losing moisture and carbon. In gardens a covering of weed free straw or clippings will help build humus. On farm when the nutrient status, biology, and physical soil structures are ideal vigorous grass and clover plants cover the entire surface. For further information, please call Peter on 0800 843 809.
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If you want the best producing soil on your farm, then read on and discover how easy it is to achieve. All it takes is a change in how you think about the soil and then the change in your soil can begin to happen. The first and foremost thing to realise is that the soil on your farm is the stomach of the plant. All life on the planet has some type of stomach. However, the most abundant form of life on our planet is plants and although they don’t appear to have a stomach, their roots are well entrenched in the stomach which we know as the soil. The gut of the fish contains the same micro-organisms as the gut of humans, animals and the soil. All life is intrinsically connected through these microbes — how magical is that? For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and this is evident in the move to agro-chemical production, particularly over the past 30 years with the inherent toxicity of phosphate rock used in the production of superphosphate and its petrochemical partner, urea. The action of these two products is not only having a negative effect on our environment, but also on our food production, especially with issues over the heavy metal cadmium coming from super phosphate and the excess loading of nitrate in food, resulting from heavy applications of urea. Super phosphate and urea are decimating the microbial mass of the soil. These microbes are
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For the past 460 million years plants have been fixing nitrogen directly from the atmosphere with the help from mycorrhizal fungi and rhizobium bacteria. The addictive use of synthetic nitrogen (urea) suppresses this natural system of free nitrogen supply, in particular clovers (which can fix nitrogen naturally) which instead start resonating at a frequency that attracts the clover flea and root weevil. If however you refrain from using urea, the clover seeds in the soil will germinate and are further enhanced by the applications of Agrissentials best on earth fertilisers. Clover for cows is the ultimate food.
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PASTURE management Copper in soil, animals and plants by Dr Tim Jenkins
Molybdenum is a vital trace element for enzymes in nitrogen fixation in micro-organisms (including the rhizobia bacteria in legume nodules), and nitrogen metabolism and a range of other functions in many micro-organisms and all plants and animals. Certain crops are more commonly limited by low molybdenum levels — these include cauliflower, brassicas generally, lettuce, onion, beets,
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Total molybdenum contents in soil can vary widely between soil types with a range of 0.2 to around 2.5 ppm being typically seen in New Zealand soils. Availability of the molybdenum is greatly affected by soil pH with acid soils having greater ‘lock-up’ of the element by adsorption onto soil minerals. With a higher soil pH eg through liming, availability of molybdenum can improve. Plants need hardly any molybdenum and can generally tolerate very high molybdenum before showing toxicity. The problem with molybdenum toxicity in livestock however, is well known (and humans need to take care in handling the element — the dust is hazardous too). High molybdenum uptake can easily antagonise copper uptake inducing acute copper deficiency in livestock. In most pastures therefore, it is probably safer to try to address molybdenum with bulk liming to bring the pH up to a good level say around 6.0 to 6.2. Fortunately the lime also
Yellowed clover leaves can be an indicator of molybdenum deficiency
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To renovate and protect your pasture it is absolutely essential that you think about the soil biology. The easiest way to begin that thought process is to dig a few holes and count the numbers of earthworms. At the same time break open each sod and examine the root depth of the pasture, 2 simple measurements which tell you a lot about what is happening in your soil. If the average root depth is less than 75mm and you have less than 5–8 worms per spadeful then you can be sure that you will lose your pasture very quickly in a dry spell or drought. And during wet periods the soil won’t drain either! Address the soil biology with the right programme and you can look forward to your pasture hanging on far longer in tough conditions and you will have a more nutritious pasture that will produce noticeably better results from your stock. So how do you achieve better soil biology? It would take many more words
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Wool Perspective From Rob Cochrane GM, Procurement, PGG Wrightson Wool
Wool market remains healthy The first few weeks of the new wool selling season showed that the market is currently in good health, reflecting limited wool supply and a relatively empty pipeline from farm to end market. With reasonably favourable weather conditions experienced during July, shearers were up with the play by early August after being in ‘catch-up’ mode in late June, wool flows into stores were steady and wool quality was very good. Traditional pre-lamb shorn clips, especially from Otago and Southland but also a number from the Canterbury region did not appear to have been too adversely affected by the June snow falls, many looked to have clipped good ‘per-head’ weights and, generally, yield tests were higher than normal.
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PGG Wrightson auctioneers were extremely pleased with the results of the early season auctions considering the range of types offered within their catalogues which included a few Merino lots at each sale, a good range of Halfbred and Corriedale types, plus a very good line up of top quality pre-lamb shorn Crossbred and Perendale types, both full-length fleece and second-shear. All wool types met with enthusiasm from the full bench of buyers present at each auction with a new buyer, introduced through PGG Wrightson, showing interest in some of the early season Merino wools. Oddment types, across the board, continued to sell at levels almost right up to fleece price in many cases and were often quoted as ‘extreme’ by market observers. As we look towards the main part of the wool season, it is difficult to imagine that prices will slump to any major degree due in the main to wool quantities being limited as the national sheep flock continues to diminish. Demand is currently definitely outweighing supply, which augers well for wool growers, with the main influencing factors likely to be currency fluctuation and wool quality, however, and as earlier mentioned, the strong
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The rugged hill country glimpsed from Taranaki’s Forgotten World Highway is very different from the flat pasturelands coveted by New Zealand’s dairy industry. But this picturesque countryside is perfect for sheep — a fact which didn’t escape early Irish immigrant Herbert Johnson when he brought his family to Tokirima in 1915 to establish the core of what is now known as Paparata Station. Today, Herbert’s grandson Trevor runs the station, incorporating the land which his grandfather farmed all those years ago. The steep, hilly terrain has provided its own unique challenges, but it’s also proven to be the ideal place to breed an ‘elite’ strain of Romney sheep, prized for their hardy constitution. Modern DNA science has been backed up with old-fashioned farming know-how to selectively breed a distinctive, resilient and highly productive flock at Paparata Station, starting back in the 1980s and proceeding through to the present day as technology has changed.
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‘Fingers crossed’ for top fishing in Taranaki rivers Taranaki Fish & Game is tipping a ‘reversal’ of the normal hard going — and some very favourable conditions when the new fishing season opens on October 1, 2013. Field officer Allen Stancliff says that early season trout fishing can often be tough with rivers high from spring rainfall and difficult to cross, leaving anglers forced to target the short lulls between freshes, or retreat to the lakes. “But this year, a drought followed by a relatively dry winter has ensured river flows are already tracking towards their summer levels.”
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Mr Stancliff says the warmer than normal conditions have also meant plenty of aquatic insect activity, including prolific hatches of midge and caddis in the lower reaches, and some good mayfly hatches in the headwaters. Instead of battling flood conditions, trout have been able to spend plenty of time feeding to regain the condition lost spawning. Mr Stancliff says that “the lack of major floods so far, fingers crossed, bodes well for the survival of this year’s juvenile trout, and for the fishing in three years’ time when they reach maturity.” He adds that the only downside from these benign conditions is that middle and lower reaches of streams have a build-up of algae that can make for slippery wading conditions. “Hopefully we’ll see a good fresh before October 1 to flush out the river beds.”
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Available from CRT, PGG Wrightson, Farmlands UV Protected Polycarbonate. Fits on any container with a flat surface. Instructions supplied with the fitting.
$20 plus p&p
GORDYS FLYTRAP FITTING 21 LITCHFIELD ST, BLENHEIM
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.gordys-flytrap-fitting.com Patented in New Zealand/Australia
TARANAKI/MANAWATU FARMING CLASSIFIEDS Phone 0800 466 793 STOLEN QUAD-BIKES? You won’t find any listed here, but you can pre-empt this kind of thing happening and protect your fuel too. Visit www.parabeam.co.nz or call 0508 727 223 for more information.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, garlic & manuka honey. 200L - $450 or 1,000L - $2,000 + gst, with FREE DELIVERY. Black Type Minerals Ltd. Phone 021 185 1501. www.blacktypeminerals. co.nz.
Energy Efficient DO YOU LIVE IN A WINDY SPOT? 3 phase wind turbines starting at $2,200 includes 450 watt turbine, 6m pole, charge controller and inverter, Batteries not included. Ring Colin at Windpower Waikato Phone 0274 831 041 A/H 07 843 7983 Email email@example.com
TARANAKI TRUCK Phone Joe, Dave or Bruce
• Suitable for up to 10 hens • Protect eggs from dirt & damage
Animal Health Products Ph 06 344 8685
Eggs “roll away” into a collection tray
Available from Selected Health Stores, Sports Shops and Pharmacies.
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• Septic Tanks & Filters. • Quality Products & Service. • Wastewater Treatment Plants. • We Design, Manufacture, Install and Service our own • Water Tanks, Pumps & Filters NZ Made Products. • Farm Tanks / Killing Sheds. • Residential & Commercial. T 06 353 6157 F 06 353 3020 FP 0800 253 273 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.wrighttanks.co.nz
DOG TRAINING Products — SportDOG remote trainers, Anti-Bark Collars and Containment systems. Trainers with up to 1.6 kms range and can work up to 6 collars. Completely waterproof and rechargeable. Call 0800 872 546. Website www.innotek.co.nz.
Phone Pat now 0800 222 189 Visit www.bridgeitnz.co.nz
BRIDGE IT NZ LTD
September 2013 Taranaki/Manawatu Farming Lifestyles
FREE DELIVERY ORDERS OVER $1500
Retailer of Rural Piping and Farm Supplies
0800 RURAL DIRECT
MAXIculvert SIZE NOMINAL ID
100mm 150mm 225mm 300mm 375mm 600mm
Twin-wall Culvert Pipe
– _ $ 95.00 $165.00 $209.00 $449.00
Incorporating the strength of corrugated outer shell with the smooth inner wall to optimise hydraulics.
9 Bar Rural Pressure Pipe
25mm 32mm 40mm 50mm 63mm
$ per 100m
$ per 200m
$127.00 $159.00 $216.00 $325.00 $495.00
$248.00 $310.00 $421.00 $634.00 $965.00
300mm x 6m Socketed
$ 30.00 $ 65.00 $159.00 $275.00 $349.00 $749.00
ALL PRICES INCLUDE GST
ID nominal bore
Other pressure ratings also available Suits compression and electrofusion fittings
Pressure rating (PSI)
$ per 100m
20mm x 100m 116PSI
Anka & Hansen fittings available
Smaller coils also available
MAXIdrain 110mm OD x 100m 160mm OD x 45m
Punched & Unpunched Drain Coil $ .00
MEGA ROLLS AVAILABLE
110mm x 425m & 160mm x 190m Drainage Contractors call for a quote Manufactured from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
LDPE IRRIGATOR DRAG HOSE
EFFLUENTpipe 8 BAR RATED - SUITS CAMLOCKS
Hard-wearing LDPE suits AG camlocks
63mm x 50m
63mm x 100m
$6.87 per metre $8.55 per metre $11.68 per metre
Suitable for above ground use.
$8.55 per metre
Extruded from ultra tough HDPE plastic Diameter OD
200mm 6.6mm 250mm 7.7mm 315mm 9.7mm 375mm 10.3mm 450mm 14.6mm Joiners and custom
6m $105.00 6m $137.00 6m $245.00 6m $315.00 6m $440.00 fittings available
TARANAKI BRANCH 83 Wallcourt Place, Normanby Phone (06) 272 8187 Fax (06) 272 8188 Trevor 027 323 2976 email@example.com Depot Hours: 8am - 12noon Monday to Friday
Made with 100% recycled materials MANAWATU BRANCH 77728 State Highway 2, Dannevirke Phone 06 374 8971 Sam 021 500 107 firstname.lastname@example.org Depot Hours: 8am - 12noon Monday to Friday
All items in this advertisement are while stocks last. Phone Rural Direct for conditions of delivery. ALL PRICES INCLUDE GST.