AgriBusiness News may 2016

The publication profiling the best in agribusiness in Waikato. NZ businesses are helping Waikato farmers thrive through research, development and innovation – from identifying farmers’ needs to designing, developing and commercialising unique solutions to help them.

The publication profiling the best in agribusiness in Waikato. NZ businesses are helping Waikato farmers thrive through research, development and innovation – from identifying farmers’ needs to designing, developing and commercialising unique solutions to help them.


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Farmers Forum promotes cheaper farming systems - page 8

'Good female thinking' needed on NZ boards - page 10

Remembering why you love farming - page 16

“Revolutionary” innovation on display at Fieldays

The latest innovations which could

“revolutionise the future of farming”

will be on display next month at the

48th National Agricultural Fieldays at

Mystery Creek.

By Geoff Taylor

More than ever, the

iconic four-day event

has positioned itself

as a platform for innovation.

Last year, 38 percent of

exhibitors launched new products

ranging from grassroots

to international export quality,

and Fieldays has responded

with a theme “Collaborate to

Accelerate Innovation”.

“By bringing all facets

of the agricultural industry

together in one place over four

days, Fieldays is the platform

on which everyone can meet

and foster collaborative relationships,”

says Fieldays chief

executive Peter Nation.

“What will be shown to

the world on June 15 may well

contribute to revolutionise the

future of farming.”

Innovation award winners

from previous events demonstrate

the talent and expertise

on display.

Waikato Milking Systems’

Centrus 84 rotary dairy platform

was last year named

a Fieldays International

Innovation Award winner.

Its dairy platform made from

composite materials including

Kevlar - 80 percent lighter

but five times stronger than

traditional concrete alternatives

- has been described as

the biggest breakthrough in

platform design for more than

two decades.

Waikato Milking Systems,

a finalist in next month’s Air

New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ

Awards for Auckland and

Waikato, exports the Centrus

84 and other products to more

than 20 countries including

China, Australia and the

United Kingdom.

Another award winning

invention at last year’s event

was the Check-Up Mastitis

diagnostic tool by Farm

Medix. Mastitis costs the

industry an estimated $280

million a year. The kit contains

a high-tech petri dish divided

into four sections and tests

for multiple strains of bacteria

from one milk sample. It

allows farmers to indentify the

cause of mastitis within 24

hours so the correct treatment

can be applied and avoids high

performing cows with curable

infections being culled.

Co-founder Natasha

Maguire says Farm Medix

already has distributorships

in Australia, Ireland and two

in Canada and is returning

to Fieldays to exhibit next


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Continued on page 6


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2 Waikato AGRIBUSINESS NEWS May 2016

Simple solutions

to everyday farming.

Take the guesswork

out of heat detection.

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The Drug Detection Agency

Make sure your farm staff aren’t taking drugs

The Drug DeTecTion Agency is sTepping

up efforTs AgAinsT workplAce Drug

AnD Alcohol use in wAikATo, wiTh new

owners keen To creATe sAfe working

environmenTs on fArms.

The new Health and Safety

at Work Act which came into

effect in April makes it more

important than ever for farmers

to identify risks to staff on

their properties.

Central to this is knowing

whether any of your employees

are affected by drug or alcohol

use, therefore exposing themselves

to danger in an already

hazardous environment.

Research shows clear evidence

of the link between a

higher incidence of workplace

accidents and employee drug

or substance use, both in New

Zealand and overseas. The key

themes emerging from these

studies conclude that businesses

with sound workplace policies

are associated with lower risk

levels of workplace accidents

related to alcohol and drug use

among employees.

Key emerging themes from

these studies are:

• Employees who used drugs

are 51 percent more likely to

have increased medical claims

• Regular drug users are 3.6

times more likely to be involved

in a workplace accident

• Testing at the optimal

frequency generates net savings

of at least 15:1, in onboard


• Employees who used drugs

have a 66 percent higher rate of


• Six percent of cannabis

users reported harmful effects

on work

By developing a drug and

alcohol policy and introducing

drug testing, you can safeguard

your farm workers and ensure

you are not liable should accidents


The Drug Detection Agency’s

(TDDA) mobile service means

less down time for businesses

and the agency’s screening and

confirmation testing processes

ensure clients have minimal

exposure to legal challenges.

On-site drug and alcohol

testing can prevent delays from

between 48 hours to as long as a

week in obtaining a result from a

laboratory which is both disruptive

and costly to the company

and the employee.

TDDA cAn proviDe The following:

- Free drug and alcohol policy


A review of your current policy and

procedures with recommendations

to ensure best practice.

- Drug and alcohol policy design

Including consultation,

development, implementation and


- Mobile drug and alcohol testing

A full range of drug and alcohol

testing throughout Waikato and

Coromandel. Purpose-built, on-site

testing vehicles have been designed

to meet legislative requirements.

- Employee training workshops

Topics covered in this 75 minute

session include; drug and alcohol

abuse and effects, drug and

alcohol testing in the workplace,

methamphetamine, introducing

your drug and alcohol policy, what

to expect from the drug and alcohol

testing procedures, work health and

safety legislation.

Couple’s TDDA buy-in brings leadership

strength to Waikato - Coromandel

Drug detection in business is a fast

growing specialist sector.

And the Drug Detection Agency

(TDDA) has grown exponentially.

Graeme and Leona Smith recently

purchased the Waikato/

Coromandel branch of TDDA.

Between them they bring years of

senior leadership experience.

Graeme comes from 30 years in the

NZ agricultural sector, predominantly

in senior leadership positions

with Gallagher Group and

fertiliser company Ballance Agri

Nturients, including three years as

CEO of the animal nutrition division

of Ballance/Seales Winslow.

Leona has held senior administrative

roles in New Zealand and

overseas and was executive assistant

to Hamilton’s mayor before

Clandestine methamphetamine laboratories

cost New Zealand property owners hundreds

of thousands of dollars each year, with some

premises used to manufacture the drug so contaminated

they need to be destroyed.

And rural properties are increasingly

becoming a target because of their relative isolation.

Establishment of P-labs in rural areas is

the elephant in the room and property owners

and investors need to be vigilant.

The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA)

Waikato-Coromandel is launching a new service

to eliminate the risk by providing a mobile

meth detection service.

TDDA, owned in the region by Graeme

and Leona Smith, provides testing to ensure

properties are free from meth, also known as

P, its residue and other contaminates associated

with the drug.

Graeme and Leona bought the business

recently and are passionate about using it to

create safe working and living environments

throughout the region.

moving to Mount Maunganui some

years ago.

Graeme’s experience with drug

and alcohol policy development

and implementation includes

working with The Drug Detection

Agency to train managers, supervisors

and staff as part of the

Ballance policy.

“This enabled us to greatly reduce

the presence of drugs and alcohol

in our business and improve

both our Health and Safety performance

and overall productivity of

the business.”

He describes it a “bit like the

Remington Shaver advertisement

on TV many years back.

“I liked working with The Drug

detection Agency so much, I

bought the company.”

Are your farm houses safe from P?

“It’s estimated that a lab producing a kilo of

methamphetamine creates seven kilos of toxic

by-product contaminating the property with

carcinogenic residue.

The manufacturers of the drug move around

regularly to avoid detection, leaving in their

wake contaminated properties to be purchased

or rented out to unsuspecting families and landlords,”

Graeme said.

TDDA, based in Euclid Ave, Hamilton,

provides pre-purchase testing to identify if a

property has been used for meth manufacture

alongside a comprehensive range of drug and

alcohol testing for businesses.

Pre-occupancy testing ensures a property

is free of detectable levels of meth residues

before a resident moves in and mi-occupancy

testing deters tenants from using or manufacturing

the drug.

“This service puts the power back in the

hands of the property owner and gives them

peace of mind in maintaining a drug-free envi-

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Hansen valves a strong,

reliable Kiwi invention

The Hansen story began back in the

1950s when Bert and Dawn Hansen were

building their family home in Whangarei.

Their inability to find

a reliable toilet valve

prompted entrepreneur

Bert to invent one himself.

The original design fast

became the benchmark for

industry standards. This led

Bert into developing a range

of other high performance,

cost efficient valves and fittings,

with these original

designs still being sold into

rural markets around the

world today.

Hansen understands that

farmers can experience

problems every day and

our dedicated water

system specialist team

visit clients on-farm.”

“This little New Zealand

family owned business started

in Bert and Dawn’s garage,”

says present day company

director Steve Sharpe.

“This was their business hub

with all the machining, assembling

and packaging carried out

there. They worked long hours

to keep up with demand.”

By the early 1970s Bert

and Dawn realised that plastic

was the way of the future and

redeveloped the original Brass

Quick Couplings and Brass

Foot and Check Valves.

Bert and Dawn’s focus was

on what farmers wanted. Their

policy was to engineer the

design and features to eliminate

existing problems that farmers

had with other products. This

meant rigorous testing, but as

they couldn’t afford fancy test

labs they got Kiwi farmers to

test the products themselves.

If products survived and were

given the thumbs up then Bert

and Dawn released them for


In more recent years Hansen

has released many new products

and every product has come

from what farmers have told

them they want, sticking to the

original principles of Bert and


The Superflo Valves feature

a slipper fit piston which

reduces sticking caused by dirt

or hard water. These valves are

able to process large flow rates

(188 l/pm @ 29psi).

The Max-Flow

Valve is suitable for

side, bottom and

top entry and has

a (patented) ‘Self

Cleaning Pilot’ for

use in clean or dirty

water. They are suitable

for high or low

pressure operations

- from 0.2 Bar to 12

Bar and have variable

open and close

action preventing

valve bounce

and water hammer.

These valves are the Rolls

Royce of trough/tank valves and

feature a design that enables

Hansen Maxflo Trough/Tank Valve

them to process huge amounts

of water.

If you are tight for space or

only require small flows, the

Fastflo or Mini Fastflo valves

are ideal. Their compact design

enables easy installation into

very tight areas such as bowl

feeders, portable animal drinking

troughs, water storage tanks

and water cisterns.

Also available in the range

is the True Full Flow Compact

Ball Valve. It is lightweight,

strong and frost-friendly which

is a huge feature, as they have

the ability to stand up in cold

climates well beyond any competitor

valve we have ever seen.

This valve also won't rust or

corrode in general or saltwater


The Foot Valve is used on

the end of a suction line and

stops fluids in the line emptying

when the pump is turned

off, thus eliminating the need

to prime your pump at start up.

Meanwhile, the Ultimate Check

Valve is used in-line as a non

return valve to stop fluids flowing

back through your system.

“Hansen understands that

farmers can experience problems

every day and our dedicated

water system specialist team

visits clients on-farm. They can

test your water systems, help

solve any problems you may be

experiencing and can suggest

which products would be best

suited for your individual application,”

says Steve.

The company is still based

in Whangarei and has evolved

since Bert's first invention. The

winning formula that has been

applied to the product range of

more than 2000 products since

the 1950s has ensured a loyal

customer following, through the

generations. Hansen Products

continues to design, manufacture

and distribute pipe fittings

and valves of the highest quality.

The company has built a reputation

for quality worldwide

and now exports to 18 countries.

Bert’s thinking was ‘keep

Bert Hansen’s Original Toilet Valve 1952

it simple and do it right first

time,’” says Steve.

“This still rings true today.

The Hansen company philosophy

is ‘providing best installed

value for our customers’. Our

products are not only well

priced but we believe ‘install

them once - install them right’

and you will get the results you

are expecting.

If you’re not happy then call us

0800 H2O FIX (0800 426 349)

and we will come and to you

as we are proud of our backup

support and aftercare service.”

Barry Wallace – Hansen Water System Specialist

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6 Waikato AGRIBUSINESS NEWS May 2016

“Revolutionary” innovation on display at Fieldays

From page 1

Weston Stewart from

Lifeguard says the company

now has distributors in

Australia, North America,

Chile, Iceland and is working

on one in Sweden and the

United Kingdom.

“The Innovation Centre at

the Fieldays worked brilliantly,

and we didn’t realise how

much global exposure it has

until after the LifeGuard won

a 2012 award there – we had

people contacting us from all

over the world within days.”

“To date we’ve sold nearly

1500 units, and had numerous

success stories of the

LifeGuard saving people from

injury or death – this has been

the highlight of the whole

exercise, knowing it is actually

saving lives.”

A high profile success was

the Ubco2x2 electric motorbike

brought to Fieldays by

Bay of Plenty-based Anthony


Weighing just 50 kilos, the

bike has a fully electric drive

train powering both the front

and back wheels. It can be

used both on the farm and for

recreation and can travel up

to 100 kilometres on a single

five-hour charge. With no

clutch or gears, it’s safe and

easy for non-motorcyclists to


Te Puna-based Ubco is raising

capital as it plans to ramp

up production of the bike.

Peter Nation says

entrants this year into the

Fieldays Innovations Centre

have reached full capacity.

Meanwhile, in the Innovations

Accelerator, 10 former winners

will be invited to display

again to try to take their innovations

to the next level.

A new element this year

is the Fieldays Innovation

Capital Event, sponsored

by agribusiness investor

Enterprise Angels.

The Capital Event will

allow Innovations entrants to

network with industry influencers,

investors and agribusinesses

in an effort to connect

entrants with their targeted

market, says Gail Handricks,

Fieldays innovations event


Enterprise Angels executive

director Bill Murphy says

bringing innovators and investors

together with the Capital

Event is a fantastic opportunity

for both sides.

“Innovations entrants

seeking capital to drive their

innovation forward will be

given the opportunity to meet

with experienced agribusiness

investors at the event

and based on investor interest

shown, entrants will be invited

to pitch for investment later

in the year at the Fieldays

Innovations pitch event.”

Peter Nation says the

Fieldays 2016 theme highlights

and celebrates New

Zealand’s culture of working

together in the rural sector in

order to advance agriculture,

both domestically and around

the world’.

“With New Zealand’s dairy

sector being hard hit recently,

we believe it’s through collaboration

that the rural communities

will weather this blow.

“In 2015, Fieldays contributed

$142m to Waikato’s

economy, and $396m to the

New Zealand economy.”

Ian Proudfoot, KPMG’s

Waikato Milking Systems’ Centrus 84 in operation.

global head of agribusiness,

says New Zealand agriculture

needs to be ahead of the rest

of the world in terms of innovation.

“Why do we need to collaborate,

accelerate innovation

and transform? We need to

transform the primary sector

in New Zealand because we

are the only developed country

in the world that relies on the

primary sector to pay for our

schools, our roads and our


“We need to have our primary

sector on the edge of

innovation and technology,

leading the world so that we

are delivering the products

that people will pay a premium

for. We cannot be the same as

everybody else.”

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Many of exciting changes

have been made over

the past 12 months at

Fieldays as we work to further

grow and build on the

Southern Hemisphere’s largest

agricultural event, developing

our capability to showcase New

Zealand’s agriculture, agribusiness

and agritech.

At the 48th Fieldays, visitors

can look forward to the great

competitions and demonstrations

on offer, the opportunity to view

the latest in technology and do

business in the largest rural marketplace

in New Zealand has to

offer as we celebrate collaboration

in agriculture, centring on


New developments to make the Fieldays’

experience even better

Fieldays’ theme Collaborate to

Accelerate Innovation.

It’s a tough year in the industry

and the Fieldays 2016 feature

theme highlights and celebrates

New Zealand’s culture of working

together in the rural sector

in order to advance agriculture,

both domestically and around the


By bringing all facets of the

agricultural industry together in

one place over four days, Fieldays

is the platform on which everyone

can meet and foster collaborative

relationships. We pride ourselves

on our focus on innovation and

celebrate what this means to our

industry, our country, our many

innovative exhibitors, and the

inventors that bring their innovations

to our event. What will be

shown to the world on June 15,

may well contribute to revolutionise

the future of farming.

With innovation being

a cornerstone of Fieldays,

we’re excited to announce the

Fieldays Innovations Centre and

Innovations Accelerator have

reached maximum capacity. In

its inaugural year, the Fieldays

Innovations Capital Event, a

joint initiative between Fieldays,

Enterprise Angels and Locus

Research, will provide a dedicated

platform for investors and

industry leaders to get up close

Hill Laboratories gears up for

another Fieldays

and personal with the inventor

and their invention, allowing

them to ask relevant questions

pertaining to their business and

investment portfolio.

As one of our founding pillars,

education is a key focus for

Fieldays. It is through increasing

education and the awareness

around agri-focused careers that

we are able to advance agriculture.

We’re proud to introduce the

Fieldays Careers and Education

Hub, supported by NZ Young

By Peter Nation

CEO, NZ National Fieldays Society

Farmers, Primary Industry

Capability Alliance (PICA), St

Paul’s Collegiate School and the

University of Waikato. Building

on our education programmes of

the past, we’re excited to again

turn up the focus by creating the

Hub to connect those wanting to

find out more about ag careers

with established agribusinesses

and education programmes.

We value the strength of our

relationships with many rural

suppliers, manufacturers and


innovators, and we’re proud

to enable, through not only

our event but 365 days a year,

many rural stakeholders to come

together to debate, challenge and

collaborate on the future of the


Visitors can look forward

to crowd favourites, like

Rural Bachelor of the Year, the

Tractor Pull, Fieldays Fencing

Demonstrations and the National

Fencing Championships, Ag Art

Wear and Kiwi’s Best Kitchen.

As well, the Heritage Village

will be open once again and

we’re proud to be able to showcase

the newly refurbished Barn.

We look forward to you joining

us at Fieldays 2016, New

Zealand’s Global Agribusiness


Hill Laboratories staff are looking forward to

being at Fieldays again this year as they love the

chance to catch up with clients and showcase the

latest their company has to offer.

“Last year was a great success for us”, says marketing

manager Martin Brock. “It’s the highlight of

the year and a great place to meet with customers,

suppliers and the general public.”

Hill Laboratories is 100 percent independently

owned and based in Hamilton with branches nationwide.

The company is constantly growing and

expanding its portfolio of testing. Hill Laboratories

currently employs more than 350 staff. The company

is well known for agricultural testing, and

specifically soil testing; but services include a wide

range of environmental, pesticide and food tests,

including organic testing.

This year Hill Laboratories is promoting three of

its most popular testing areas: soil, feed and water

testing. “Our client services managers love their

time on the stand as it's a great opportunity to speak

with a wide range of people about out testing services”,

according says Martin.

You can find Hill Laboratories staff at stand PC21

right in the centre of action in the main pavilion.

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Forum focuses on

cheaper farming systems

Dairy farmer Gary Rowlands says

running his farm at a cost of under $3/

kg milksolids (MS) is thanks to a simple


Gary and wife Debra are

among the 10-15 percent

of New Zealand farmers

who operate below $3/kg MS

FWE (farm working expenses).

The Rowlands put their

$2.21/kg MS FWE system down

to simple farming – including an

all-grass focus, basic machinery,

doing their fertiliser application/

silage/topping themselves and

looking after their cows well.

Farmers that are lowcost

tend to spend

money on things that

will make them money.

They manage costs

really well and don’t

tend to change their


“It’s a simple system. We

just do the basics well and don’t

spend if we don’t have to,” says

Gary. “Every aspect comes into


Gary is among a line-up of

speakers presenting to dairy

farmers at the DairyNZ Farmers’

Forum, May 17-18, at Mystery

Creek in Hamilton.

During the workshop, he and

two other farmers will give their

perspective on the key ingredients

to operate a farm at $3/kg

MS FWE and how they have set

up their systems to run at a consistently

low FWE level.

“Some of it is gut feeling -

knowing your farm and cows,

and making your own decisions,”

says Gary.

Gary winters 270 cows on

their 83ha Whakatane farm and

buys in 24-36 tonnes of palm

kernel extract (PKE)

each season. A 13ha

support block is used to

graze young stock. Their

Friesian-Jersey herd averages

a 6-8 percent empty

rate, through attention to

the basics of tail painting

and heat identification.

Pasture eaten last

season was 16.5 tonnes

DM/ha, higher than the

Whakatane average of

13.8 tonnes DM/ha.

“We make the most of

our grass. We put on no

more than 120 units of

nitrogen a year and some whey

from the dairy company. We put

lime on every year and sulphur

too. It just works for us, the

pastures are older pastures but

they’re still good.”

The farm also goes once-aday

milking every Christmas,

which contributes to good cow

condition and health.

The farm’s 395kg MS/cow

production is on par with other

farms in the region, but Gary’s

cost efficiencies has set the

farm’s operating profit at $5515/

ha (Whakatane’s three-year

average is $2919).

DairyNZ senior consulting

officer Wilma Foster hopes the

forum workshop will inspire

farmers to find cost-saving

opportunities in their own businesses.

“Farmers that are low-cost

tend to spend money on things

that will make them money.

They manage costs really well

and don’t tend to change their

system,” says Wilma.

“For them, operating at $3/

kg MS FWE is the norm – it is

attained every year.”

Wilma says these farmers also

do the fundamentals of farming

well – pasture management, cow

health and feed budgeting tend to

be key focus areas.

The Forum workshop will

feature a Q&A session with the

three farmers. Speakers at the

forum include Deputy Prime

Minister Bill English, Fonterra

CEO Theo Speirings, Rabobank

head of food and agribusiness

research and advisory, Tim Hunt.

The biennial event will give

dairy farmers insight into how to

adapt their businesses in the current

challenging times and how

the global environment will shape

the future of New Zealand milk


The two-day forum is expected

to attract more than 700 farmers

and is free to levy paying dairy

farmers and their staff.

Registrations are open and essential

before the event. To view

the full programme or register,

visit www.dairynz.co.nz/farmersforum.

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Dairy farmers at the Farmers’ Forum

who are facing the industry’s lowest

milk price in years will also hear lessons

learned by the kiwifruit industry when

Psa struck in 2010.

“We are different industries,

but we are still people.

One looks after animals,

one looks after plants

– but we are people, we have

passion, we have drive, we

earn our income and live our

lifestyles this way,” says Ian

Greaves, kiwifruit industry


The kiwifruit vine disease,

Psa, devastated all Gold kiwifruit

orchards across the Bay of

Plenty but also affected Green,

with many growers only now

getting their first or second crop

since it occurred.

But like all industries facing

adversity, the focus quickly

shifted from practical aspects

(managing the orchards and

plants), to looking out for the

people involved.

“We became aware that this

disease was taking hold and we

needed to look after the people

– because either we’d find solutions

to Psa but all the people

had left, or the disease would

wipe out the industry and leave

the people,” says Ian.

He says the current reduced

milk price is an adversity which

could have a similar impact on

dairy farmers.

Ian and Zespri chief operating

officer Simon Limmer are

among the line-up of speakers

at the event.

But while Psa hit the pockets

of 2000 kiwifruit growers – taking

incomes and knocking an

estimated 75 percent off land

values – the sector is bouncing


“Now the industry is buoyant,

land prices are higher than

before and we have a new Gold

cultivar which is tolerant of Psa,

with management. The world

markets have invigorated too –

people are queuing up for New

Zealand kiwifruit,” says Ian.

“We’re in a real sweet spot

right now. But many of the people

have been quite battered, it’s

still quite close to the surface.”

Which is why Ian and Simon

are spreading the message that

industries facing adversity must

look after their people.

“Look after yourself and

after each other – go and see

how the neighbours are doing.

We all want to keep our skilled

people in the industry rather

than having to find new people.”

Simon says the kiwifruit

industry’s response to the Psa

crisis was broad-ranging, as

they sought to take decisive

action to contain it and develop

a recovery pathway.

“We benefited from being a

cohesive industry with strong,

two-way communication

between Zespri and growers,

and we had significant support

from the government. On top

of that, looking after the mostaffected

people by providing

support, was vital.”

Diploma in Agribusiness Management

“invaluable” experience

“I went to school to play

sport” explains Sarah Milne,

who works as 50/50 sharemilker

in partnership with

her husband, Hamish.

“So when I started the

Diploma in Agribusiness

Management through Primary

ITO, with no formal qualification

to my name, I had no

intention of completing the full

programme. I just wanted to be

more involved and fully understand

what was going on in our

business,” Sarah says.

The couple milks 550 cows

on a 139 hectare property near

Ashburton in the South Island.

They’re both former sheep and

beef farmers who made the

move into dairy farming just

eight years ago.

“I started out with the financial

module of the diploma.

Then, following that, I did a

short course on Rural Staff

Management. I never gave a

further thought to completing

the full diploma programme.

However, I found the learning

came easier than I thought.

The material was

relevant and very

useful to me,” she


“The diploma

study gave me the

confidence to talk

with our accountant

and other rural

professionals with

relative ease. I felt

armed with the

skills and knowledge

to ask the

right questions,”

Sarah explains.

Now, Sarah

has completed

the full Diploma

in Agribusiness

Management programme

and is justifiably

proud of her achievement. She

couldn’t have done it “without

the support of a very good

tutor,” she explains.

Getting involved in the

diploma and gaining the qualification

has been a definite

buzz and Sarah strongly recommends

any prospective diploma

Sarah Milne with her children. From left, Ben 8,

Jessica 12, Ned 10, and Sam 13.


The diploma is a nationally recognised

qualification available throughout New

Zealand. It features:

- Interactive, discussion-based tutorials

- Available online

- Flexible

- Designed to fit around your work day.

Talk with a Primary ITO adviser about

whether the Diploma is right for you.

Call us on 0800 20 80 20 or visit www.

primaryito.ac.nz/diploma for further


candidate to enrol and “get into


“It’s invaluable,” she says.

“I feel like it’s virtually a

requirement and a necessity to

go forward. When we employ

staff we now seek people with

either Primary ITO qualifications

or a willingness to enrol

in a qualification – with our


“My motivation for completing

the diploma was to better

our business and to increase

my understanding of running a

dairy farming business. I certainly

achieved these goals.

Now we are better placed to

progress in the future.”

And with four young children,

they’re looking forward to

the prospects of eventual farm

ownership and the provision of

secure futures for – Sam, 13,

Jessica, 12, Ned 10 and Ben, 8.

“For us, farm ownership is

now a realistic prospect despite

the lower payouts,” Sarah concludes.




10 Waikato AGRIBUSINESS NEWS May 2016

Lack of ‘good female thinking’ on boards

New Zealand needs more women on its

boards of directors, the Allflex Dairy

Women’s Network National Conference

has been told.

Kiwi entrepreneur Diane

Foreman made the comment

when she spoke at

the organisation’s conference

at Claudelands Events Centre


“Research shows businesses

with one woman on the board

make more money than those

that don’t,” Foreman said.

“There’s a lack of good

female thinking.”

“One of the problems is

the boards in New Zealand are

made up of male, pale and stale.

There’s not a lot of females.”

Ms Foreman gave the hundreds

of delegates from farms

around the country tips on how

to succeed in business.

“You have got the most

incredible opportunities. You

guys own your own businesses,

you are a spectacularly successful

group. If you put the net

worth of your businesses on a

balance sheet it would be eye


Most decisions, she said,

were made with the best possible

outcomes in mind. But

asking “what is the absolute

worst that can happen” was

often never asked.

Mentoring was essential in

Ms Foreman’s journey from

a typist at an ear, nose and

throat clinic, to the boss of multinational

companies including

Trigon and NZ Natural. Both

businesses have since been sold.

Ms Foreman is about to

spend a year in London before

embarking on her next enterprise.

“It will be people focused and

brand focused. New Zealand is

the strongest international brand

in the world,” she said.

Personal development was a

strong theme that ran throughout

workshops on both days of

the conference.

Personal and professional

coach Loshni Manikam’s

session, Success Through

Inspiration, included practical

tools to help develop personal

relationships in the home and

on the farm.

“Everyone needs to be

seen heard and acknowledged

because everyone likes

to belong and be liked and it

makes them feel safe,” Loshni,

also a Southland dairy farmer,


She urged delegates to

become active listeners, listening

to understand others rather

than listening to reply to them.

“It’s the most basic tool you

can start with and it will work,”

she said.

Loshni Manikam also

talked about the importance of

understanding the Five Love

Languages as defined by Dr

Gary Chapman in his New York

Outstanding dairy farmer scoops top award

Rebecca Keoghan’s outstanding

contribution to the dairy

industry over the last decade

has led to her being named the

fifth Dairy Woman of the Year.

Rebecca, from Westport in

the South Island, received the

award at the Dairy Women’s

Network conference at

Claudelands Event Centre this

month after being selected by a

panel that included judges from

the Dairy Women’s Network,

Fonterra, Global Women and

Ballance Agri-Nutrients.

She wins a $30,000 place

on the 11-month Global

Women Breakthrough Leaders

Programme sponsored by


“My passion and drive for

dairying is in all aspects of my

life,” said Rebecca who was

nominated by one of her staff,

farm manager Jack Raharuhi.

The mother of two is

Landcorp business manager,

Westland Milk Products director,

NZ Dairy Industry Awards Dairy

Manager of the Year Award team

leader, OSPRI Northern South

Island committee member and

Keoghan Farm director with her

husband Nathan.

At Landcorp, Rebecca has

overall strategic leadership and

direction for five large dairy

farms, a dairy support farm and

a machinery syndicate at Cape

Foulwind and the Grey Valley.

“Leading and inspiring 55

staff along with quality production

across 5000 dairy cows,

4000ha and 2500 young stock

provides an exciting challenge.

This senior management role

with Landcorp provides an

excellent platform to combine

my leadership and business

skills within the industry I am

fiercely passionate about.”

Rebecca loves the challenges

of leadership and governance at

Westland in what she calls “this

exciting and challenging time

of changing economies, milk

prices and industry movement”.

She’s involved in the NZ

Dairy Industry Awards because

she has a passion for helping her

colleagues celebrate their successes

and assist in the development

of young farmers.

Before moving to the

Keoghan Farm in 2006,

Rebecca, a medical science

graduate, was managing medical

laboratories in New Zealand

and Australia.

“The move to the coast kick

started my passion for dairy as

Nathan and I purchased our family

farm to be proud fifth generation

dairy farmers.”

“The move home also brought

about my change in career from

medical science to cement

and dairying. I was operations

manager for Holcim

(cement plant) for eight

years while studying

for an Advanced

Business Management

diploma and an

International Institute

for Management

Development (IMD)

leadership diploma from


The couple have two

children: Amelie, six,

and Spencer, five.

Dairy Woman of the

Year Judge Alison Gibb

described Rebecca as an

Dairy Woman of the Year

Rebecca Keoghan

extremely motivated,

high performer with

positive drive and passion who

likes to take those around her

with her.

Rebecca was one of three

finalists shortlisted for the

award. The other two were

Central West Coast dairy farmer

Renee Rooney and Waihi

based LIC farm solution manager

Michelle Wilson. Past winners

are Katie Milne (2015),

Charmaine O’Shea (2014),

Justine Kidd (2013) and Barbara

Kuriger (2012).

Times bestseller The 5 Love

Languages: The Secret to Love

That Lasts. They are: acts of service,

gifts, quality time, touch

and words of affirmation and

everyone has a preference.

No8HR founder and principal

consultant Lee Astridge

taught delegates the importance

of coaching in her Coaching For

Success workshop.

“It’s the toughest option,”

Te Awamutu based Lee said. “It

leaves the person we are working

with to work out their own


“Coaching can be done on

a spectrum. At one end is the

non-directive, or pulling, which

manifests as the coach listening

to their subject to understand.

At the other end is the directive,

or pulling, style, which sees the

coach telling the subject what

to do.”

Lee also taught delegates

the GROW model which enables

problem solving by working

through a process: Goals,

Reality, Options and Will.

Catriona Williams, who

became tetraplegic after an

equestrian accident, closed the

conference with a truly inspirational

motivational speech about

accepting your reality.

She talked about how hard it

was being in a wheelchair following

her accident, and how

lucky she is to have a wonderful

husband, Sam, and friends who

enable her to do so much.

In 2013 Catriona led two

other tetraplegics, and 12 carers

and crew, on a 730 km hand

cycling trip to Everest Base


Catriona, from Masterton,

founded the CatWalk Spinal

Cord Injury Trust after her 2002


Calf rearing workshops

a great “refresher”

Making sure calves get a good

start is the focus of a series of

workshops being organised by

the Dairy Woman’s Network.

The network is partnering with

compound ruminant feed manufacturer

SealesWinslow and animal

health research and manufacturer

MSD Animal Health to run 18

Growing Great Calves workshops

for free across the country in May,

June and July.

The practical workshop looks at

all aspects of calf rearing including

the biology of calf diseases and

the development of immunity, treatment

of sick calves, vaccination

strategy and calf housing. It covers

colostrum concepts, housing and

calf signals and best practice calf


SealesWinslow nutrition and

quality manager Wendy Morgan

will present at the workshops.

“We are discussing successful

calf rearing, not just to 100kg but

onto the cows coming into milk in

the herd,” Wendy says.

“We will also be looking at best

practice advice and then discussing

how to adapt that to meet their

needs and present set up.”

The workshops will also look at

feed, how to compare feeds and the

amount a calf needs. And there will

be segments on planning and deciding

on your ‘how to’ on farm, cost

and margins and why it is important

to have weight targets and meet

these for animals in the post 100kg


“The day is aimed at all farmers,

particularly beginners and intermediate.

It’s always good to have a

refresher and to start thinking about

planning and preparation before the

season is upon us.

“It is even more important for

us to engage with farmers in a low

pay-out year. Every cost needs to

be scrutinised. However, it is also

imperative to be aware of the knock

on effect of removing a cost – will it

be more expensive in the long run?

“With calf rearing, you are looking

at the future of your herd for a

number of years. When the pay-out

increases, we want to have well

grown, high producing animals to

make more of that valuable milk.”

MSD Animal Health marketing

manager Sam Higgins says the

Upper Hutt-based company will run

the workshops around the learnings

from Australian vet and calf health

researcher Gemma Chuck.

“An important part to a good,

healthy start in a calf’s life is the

management and feeding of good

quality colostrum,” Sam says.

“Colostrum is gold and there’s a

very limited time that we can get

a high level of colostrum into the

calves’ blood stream.”

Colostrum is rich in antibodies.

Calves are born with no antibodies,

so transferring this colostrum into

the calf early is vital.

MSD Animal Health vets will

discuss how to make the most of

colostrum from storage through to

feeding, how to minimise disease

risk through housing, identifying

calf signals, and how to maximise

the benefits of Rotavec Corona vaccination,

which boosts antibodies at

the crucial time when colostrum is

forming to make calves more resilient

against disease.

The vaccine is a registered veterinary

product, so must be prescribed

by a vet. But the success of any

vaccination programme comes back

to good on-farm practices.

Each workshop starts at 9.30am

and finishes at 2.30pm. Male farm

workers and calf rearers are welcome

to join the women and lunch

is provided.

SealesWinslow nutrition and quality manager Wendy Morgan.


Thursday, May 19 at Kiwi 360, 35 Young Road, Te Puke

Wednesday at June 1 at Tokoroa Events Centre, 25 Mossop Rd, Tokoroa

Thursday, June 2 at Centennial Centre, Hauraki Plains College, Haywards Road, Ngatea

Friday, June 3 at Waikare Golf Club, 66 Waerenga Road, Te Kauwhata




True innovation is a collective activity

Innovation is the buzzword of the

decade - and like many buzzwords is

overused, misused and even abused.

Innovation, real innovation,

changes behaviours

and thinking. And innovation

is rife in Waikato.

Electric fencing, the herringbone

milking system,

in-line milk sampling, shoesfor-cows,

trademarked crossbreeds…

Ruakura and the

university… it is the interaction

of different perspectives

and approaches to problems

that creates the hotbed of

ideas. The result is real innovation.

Innovation is a collective

activity; it takes the right

leadership, management

and motivated work

force, where knowledge

and solution-seeking are


Nowhere is the result more

apparent than at the National

Agricultural Fieldays held

annually at Mystery Creek.

The name echoes the concept.

Writing in the Wall Street

Journal, Associate Professor

of Organisational Behaviour

at the French Business School

INSEAD described innovation

as both ‘ubiquitous and


The point is that innovation

is hard to pin down. It

can’t be predicted or even

planned. It can, however, be

enabled by creating the right

focus and environment.

Harvard Business School’s

Professor Theresa Amabile

has identified the foundation

for the creativity which leads

to innovation: knowledge,

problem solving skills and


Based on her research into

motivation, she concluded

that the top motivator of

performance is being able to

make progress. In

analysis of 12,000

diary entries, over

three quarters of

people’s best days

were associated

simply with this

factor. Professor

Amabile has also

pointed out that

enabling progress

is within the control

of leaders and

managers. More

than half (53 percent)

of all ‘best

days’ were associated with

collaboration and 43 percent

were associated with instrumental

support. ‘Budgetary

constraints’ might be cited

as a reason not to increase

investment in instrumental

support, collaboration should

be regarded positively as it

creates synergies and innovation

– and recent research

suggests that innovative companies

obtain their best ideas

from academic research.

Jacqueline Rowarth

Jacqueline Rowarth is Professor of

Agribusiness, The University of Waikato

Writing in Harvard

Business review in April this

year, US-based business consultant

Greg Satell suggested

that ‘we have a long way

to go to bridge the divide

between industry and science’

but that doing so is worth

the effort. He identified that

pooling resources with government,

academia and other

industry players, is a good

thing at the pre-competitive

stage. “Although commerce

is necessarily a competitive

endeavour,” he explained,

“Discovery is a collective

one. The two aren’t necessarily

mutually exclusive. If you

want to compete at the highest

level, you have to treat collaboration

as a competitive


Of considerable significance

is that all of these factors

are under the control of

managers and leaders – they

set the priorities for the company.

Boston Consulting Group’s

Most Innovative Companies

2015 report, released in

December, indicates that top

performance in innovation

reflects the ranking of innovation

in the company’s stra-

tegic priorities. Last year 22

percent of respondents ranked

innovation as their top strategic

priority, and 79 percent

ranked it in their top three.

In 2005, the figures were 19

and 66.

Of note this year was the

increasing importance being

placed on the role of science

and technology in enabling

four attributes that

many executives identified

as critical: ‘speed, well-run

R&D processes, the use of

technological platforms and

the systematic exploration of

adjacent markets’.

Many examples of these

attributes will be apparent

in companies at the Mystery

Creek Fieldays, and part of

their success is the interaction

with other people at the

Fieldays - from the farm to

the consumer. While some

companies such as Fonterra

test consumer reaction to new

products, other companies

will be listening for problems

that they can solve. In both

cases visitors have a part to

play in shaping the future.

Innovation is a collective

activity; it takes the right

leadership, management and

motivated work force, where

knowledge and solution-seeking

are combined. Making

innovation a priority for the

country will take more than

number 8 wire. Each year

Mystery Creek Fieldays provides

a new starting point

for fresh ideas; through collaboration

between research

institutes, educational organisations,

companies and endusers,

innovation will develop.

Waikato has a great track

record of example; more

would be even better and everybody

has a part to play: collaboration

leads to innovation.

“World’s best” fencing demonstrations at Fieldays

This year’s Fencing

Demonstration Site situated

at the end of L road in

the Fencing Area is without

doubt the best by far in the

world, claims Kerry Powell

of Taragate. Kerry has visited

many Fieldays globally

and claims there is no other

show that can compete with

what is on offer at the NZ

National Fieldays Fencing

Demonstration site.

Now in its third year, run

by Taragate Ltd, and supported

by three of the country’s top

fencing suppliers, Farmlands,

Eurocorp and Permapine, this

top line event complements

the fencing competitions held

directly across the road, by

both explaining and demonstrating

all the steps required to

build great fences. No matter

if you are a novice just wanting

to learn a little about fencing

or a professional wanting the

best advice, you will get the

answers you want here.

And it won’t cost you a


The Fencing Demonstration

Site is a non- commercial site

where you won’t have to worry

about sales staff. Kerry calls it

all value/ no cost.

Visitors are welcomed

onto the site from 10am until

3.30pm each day, during which

a programme of live and interactive

demonstrations will

be run continuously by three

top professional fencers and

fencing instructors who will

walk you through every step

to build a perfect fence and

also answer all your questions

from the very basics right up

to competition level fencing.

Get right up close to the fenceline

and the demonstrator in

a relaxed interactive environment

to watch and learn how

to master all the tasks and techniques

needed to build or repair

your fence. In contrast to the

fencing competition site where

the range of fencing is quite

narrow and must all be built

in the old traditions using only

hand tools, the range of fencing

on display at the Fencing

Demonstration site is huge

and uses many of the modern

advantages now available.

It demonstrates a solution to

every fencing requirement. The

site itself is large so will also

feature fences being built using

tractor driven post drivers from

several of New Zealand’s finest


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Friday, June 3, 2016, 12noon

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phone 07 877 8935

email tarangowangus@farmside.co.nz

Come and join us at our on-farm sale:

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Enquiries and inspection always welcome

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Phone 07 877 8977 or 027 355 2927




Innovation plus people equals Gallagher

formula for Fieldays success.

This year’s Fieldays theme “collaborate

to accelerate innovation” is a near

perfect fit with the vision of New

Zealand’s most enduring and iconic

agri-tech company, Gallagher.


Gallagher national

sales manager Darrell

Jones said the company

could not have written

a more ideal theme to exhibit

the company’s latest innovations


“This year proves an ideal

opportunity to showcase how

we continue to not only push

the boundaries on technology,

but also continue to build

strong, collaborative relationships

with industry partners

and farmer customers.”

The complete suite of

Gallagher products resulting

from the company’s innovative,

collaborative approach

to development will be on

display at Mystery Creek this


It will include breakthrough

fencing technology

like the S20 Portable Solar

Energizer, the High Visibility

Sighter and the Dual Purpose

Portable Handle.

Darrell says all the equipment

has come from listening

to issues farmers have had

with equipment they use every

day, and developing products

that do it better, safer and


“The S20 Energizer for

example, it has all the key

features of the highly popular

S10 model, but with twice the

power. It’s ideal for farmers

wanting to push their strip

grazing that little bit further.”

With health and safety

requirements tightening, farmers

will also be interested in

the simple, multi-purpose

applications for the High

Visibility Sighter, capable of

being used not only on bungy

cord or steel wire but also

to highlight specific hazards

around the farm.

“Their ability to be fixed in

a number of ways just adds to

their adaptability and suitability

as low cost hazard identifiers.”

Dairy farmers will also

have the opportunity to

become familiar with the

company’s recently launched

Flashmate® Electronic Heat


The Flashmate is rapidly

proving to be a game

changer for farmers wanting

to lift their herd’s mating performance.

Its simple flashing

light warning system identifying

cows on heat has helped

farmers improve cow submission

rates by detecting cows

Flashmate flashing red indicating cow is in heat

S20 Portable Solar Energizer mounted to Ring Top Post

that may otherwise be missed,

and farmers are also reporting

lifts in their critical six-week

in calf rate through more accurate

heat detection.

“The Flashmate also means

the critical task of heat detection

has been made simpler,

and can be shared amongst

team members on farms,

rather than relying only upon

one person through the entire


But the site is not only

about innovative products.

Gallagher draws on an

immense wealth of practical

and talented field staff who

spend their working lives

helping farmers get the most

out of the equipment offered,

and providing feedback for

continuous improvement.

These same staff will be on

hand over the Fieldays, offering

that advice freely and with

typical Gallagher enthusiasm.

“This is a great chance for

farmers to have a chat about

the equipment, maybe find out

a bit more about something

they already have, or are interested

in investing in, without

the usual distractions that they

would have at home on the

farm,” says Darrell.

Taking the expert advice

a step further, Gallagher

will also have members of

the Fencing Contractors

Association of New Zealand

(FCANZ) on site this year.

“We will have some of

the best fence contractors in

the country putting together

fences that incorporate

Gallagher equipment, showing

how effective and simply the

equipment can be integrated.”

Gallagher is a proud “Gold”

sponsor of the FCANZ, dedicated

to ensuring the highest

standards of fence construction

among its members.

A key theme within the

site this year will be a focus

on equine fencing systems,

highlighting the specialised

technology and equipment

Gallagher has developed over

the years for containing often

highly valuable livestock.

Visitors to the site may even

be able to catch up with some

celebrity siblings many equine

loving visitors will already be

familiar with.

As NAIT compliance

becomes a compulsory “must

do” for farmers, Gallagher

staff will also be on hand

to assist with specific software

and hardware support

for farmers using stock ID and

weighing systems.

“We found at the regional

field days this year there was

very strong interest in weigh

systems and EID technology

as farmers work to try

and maximise their per head

livestock returns – we think

Fieldays will be a repeat of

that interest.”

Darrell said Gallagher takes

particular pride in its Fieldays

site with the entire concept,

layout and build completed

by staff members committed

to showcasing the best talent,

technology and collaboration

the company has available.

Visit the Gallagher site at

Mystery Creek – Gallagher

Building, cnr M Road & D


High Visibility Sighters on bungy gates

Dual Pupose Insulated Handle powering portable fence from the handle end

14 Waikato AGRIBUSINESS NEWS May 2016

Fieldays a healthy distraction for battling

dairy farmers

Next month’s National Agricultural

Fieldays will give farmers struggling

through a tough season an opportunity

to get off-farm for a couple of days and


That’s the hope of New

Zealand Federated

Farmers chief executive

Graham Smith who

says Fieldays is a fantastic

example of everything

that is great about the New

Zealand agricultural sector.

“It really showcases the

degree of technology being

developed in products and

services that goes on in the

agricultural sector. And it

reinforces the fact that we are

a food producing nation.”

Federated Farmers

chief executive

Graham Smith

Dairy farmers are looking

at a lean winter with

milk prices low and minimal


“We all know the issues

dairy farmers in particular are

facing at the moment and this

is an opportunity for them to

get off-farm and get a look at

everything else that is going

on in the sector.”

Graham says Fieldays is

about “the world class things

that go on in New Zealand’s

primary sector” and with the

financial difficulties facing

dairy farmers “it’s easy to

forget that”.

“Fieldays gets people off

the farm and talking to colleagues

and people they don’t

get to talk to very often. That

social aspect can’t be underestimated.

In that respect

Fieldays couldn’t have come

at a better time.”

He says Federated Farmers

finds the Fieldays invaluable

for the opportunity to talk

with hundreds of farmers

and get a snapshot of what’s

going on at grass roots level.

He says it helps Federated

Farmers represent farmers’

interests better.

“We also get the chance



Fieldays gives farmers a welcome chance to get off farm during a difficult season.

to talk to people across the

breadth of the industry – politicians,

captains of industry

and people involved in all the

many support services that

are part of the agricultural


Graham is enthusiastic

about the theme for the 48th

Fieldays starting on June 15:

Collaborate to Accelerate


“Innovation is one of the

key areas of focus. It has

helped to underpin the New

Zealand agriculture sector for

decades. Encouraging innovation

is a key part of our role as

it’s an increasingly competitive


FORSI are specialists in customized treatment systems

for all types of water quality issues.

• Iron, Manganese, Arsenic,

Turbidity Removal

• pH Correction

• Solids Separation

• Waste water recycling

• Car wash recycling systems

• Irrigation Filtration

Visit us

at Fieldays


June 15 - 18


Forsi Innovations Ltd I 14 Waihou Street I Matamata

Ph: 07 880 9479 I Fax: 07 880 9486 I www.forsi.co.nz


Crowds enjoy the atmosphere at National Agricultural Fieldays.

FORSI Innovation market

leaders in water filtration

Matamata-based FORSI

Innovations is a progressive

company at the forefront

of innovation for the dairy,

industrial and municipal

industries. The company’s

innovations include the

Aquafier IM advanced fully

automated water filtration

system, specifically designed

for use on dairy farms, water

purification and installation

of potable water treatment

plants and effluent screening

solutions for dairy shed and

municipal waste.

The Aquafier IM water filtration

systems are designed to

filter out all contaminants to

bring the water back to a high


“We are market leaders in

the innovation of water filtration,”

says operations and

marketing manager Craig


“Not many filtration companies

can offer the technology,

quality and expertise we


It has been shown in studies

that if dairy cows drink quality

water, their milk production

will increase. Dairy cows

are extremely sensitive to the

taste of iron and/or manganese

in the water supply, more so

than humans. Increased water

quantity and quality equates to

increased profit on the farm.

In 2015 FORSI launched

the latest product in its arsenal,

The Forsi Effluent Recycling

System. The system takes

dairy shed wastewater and

filters it into a clean, clear

state ready to re-use, how and

when the farmer wants. This

technology is creating a lot of

interest both in New Zealand

and overseas.

If you need clean water

on your farm, then you need

to talk to FORSI Innovations

about how it can help. See

Forsi Innovations at this year’s

National Fieldays at Mystery

Creek, Site F30.



The Institute of Directors is

supporting rural directors

The Institute of Directors is continuing to support directors

add value to the rural sector with a new resource developed

to help directors before they step onto rural boards.

Farming Directorships: A due diligence guide for directors,

developed with DairyNZ, was released in April to help

prospective independent directors understand the nature

of the business, as part of their preparation in deciding

whether to join a farming company board. It can also be

used as a framework for considering farming advisory board


IoD Waikato Branch Chair Margaret Devlin says being an

independent director on the board of a farming company

can provide a rewarding opportunity to add value to one

of the country’s largest and most important commercial

sectors. “The guide is about equipping prospective directors

and advisors in the rural sector with the best knowledge to

enter the environment” Ms Devlin says.

Directors must be able to

challenge ideas, ask hard

questions, and offer a different

perspective at the board table.

Providing practical tools that can be immediately applied

to the running of a farming business, the course focuses on

strategy, health and safety, and managing risks, as well as

giving attendees the opportunity to network with others in

the rural and agribusiness sectors.

“There is growing recognition of the important role that

governance structures and disciplines play in creating

and protecting shareholder value in a farming business.

Good governance that focuses on setting and reviewing

the organisation’s strategy and risk is critical when any

organisation operates in challenging times. Rural businesses

are no different but there can be added complexities around

the organisation’s structure and ownership.”

In 2015 the IoD launched its Rural Governance Essentials

course designed for rural business. It launched in Invercargill

to give rural businesses insight into the benefits a board can

bring, and the fundamental responsibilities of a board and

its directors.

Demand exceeded the IoD’s expectations so further courses

were added with Waikato being one of the first. It will

return to the region this year in Hamilton on 22 November

and an earlier date to be confirmed.

“Directors must be able to challenge ideas, ask hard

questions, and offer a different perspective at the board

table. They need a broad mix of skills, particularly a strong

grasp of strategy, risk, finance, and compliance. These two

offerings will help Waikato agribusiness,” Ms Devlin says.

“Governance is critical. We recognise that taking the time

to think and plan can seem a luxury but governance in this

dynamic and volatile environment it makes a difference.”


16 Waikato AGRIBUSINESS NEWS May 2016

Holding on to the positives

Sick of the constant negativity in the

mainstream media, dairy farmer Olin

Greenan shared a call to arms on

social media.

“To all my farming

friends, I’m fed up with

the negativity. Let’s buck

the trend and tweet daily why

you love your job. #lovefarminglovelife”

tweeted Olin.

The sentiment is one shared

by many New Zealand farmers,

and Olin says now more than

ever, it’s important to keep the

positives in mind.

“The doom and gloom can

quite easily drag people down,”

says Olin who sharemilks on a

farm in South Auckland.

“We need more stories

about how people have coped

with the downturn. A lot of

people are in unknown territory.

Supporting each other and

working together is crucial.”

Olin’s first tweet on why he

loved being a dairy farmer captured

a photo of his two-year-

Olin and Jack on the farm.

old son Jack’s mini redbands,

with the caption “A farmer of

the future takes a well-earned


Olin says since he and his

wife Anna have had children

(Jack, two and Noah, three

months), being able to spend

more time with them is a massive

benefit of the farming lifestyle.

“I don’t have to travel to

work each day which means

I get to spend a lot more time

with the kids. Taking a break

from the farm and having lunch

together is a real treat. Anna

and I also believe it’s important

to sit down together every night

for dinner.”

When it comes to his mini

future farmer, Olin says Jack

loves being on the farm.

“Farming instils a good

work ethic into you and your

children. We really focus on

achieving a good work-life balance.

We want the children to

see that. We don’t want them

to be put off farming in the

future because we were always

working long hours during their


Olin says as a dairy farmer,

he has the ability to tinker at so

many different things.

“I love that every day presents

a different challenge. I’m

never bored and I’ve become a

specialist in many areas.”

Becoming a dairy training

tutor for farmers studying

towards Primary ITO qualifications

is another role Olin has

taken on and is relishing.

A love for the outdoors and

animals were other major drawcards

to dairy farming for Olin.

“These benefits don’t

change with the milk price. I

still love what I do every day.”

“The path to success does

have ups and downs,” says

Olin, “and it’s unique for everyone.

“To get through a dip, we

focus on our goals. We know

if we keep steering in the right

direction, we will come out

the other side. Knowing what

we’re aiming for, that’s what

keeps us going.”

For Olin and Anna, the end

goal is becoming part owners

in a farm.

Moving to New Zealand

from Ireland in 2001, the visible

pathway progression was

one of the things that enticed

Olin to stay.

“Our medium term goal was

a 50:50 sharemilking position,

which we’re using as a vehicle

to achieve farm ownership.

“Money and success are

also motivating factors. A lot

of our goals involve us being in

the top 10 percent which helps

us to progress.”

Olin acknowledges the need

to be flexible along the way.

“You can’t get too rigid or it

will get you down. Regularly

reassess where you’re at. A dip

may put you back a year or

two, but keeping that end goal

in sight is a great motivator to

stay on the right path.

“Setting non-financial goals

is really important as well,”

says Olin. “It’s not all about the


A slightly larger herd

(480 cows) than their previous

sharemilking position has

given Olin and Anna the ability

to step back from the coal face

more often.

“With staff on-farm, it’s a

lot easier to have a holiday.

“I’ve had to work on my

ability to delegate and accept

that others might not do something

exactly how I would.

“We want to enjoy the journey,

not just the destination.

I’m not going to work a ridiculous

amount of hours and not

see my family.”

One way Olin and Anna

achieve this is having discipline

around their lives.

“As a family, every Sunday

night we have a meeting and

plan the week ahead. We factor

in how we will fit in other commitments

– it’s not just work. It

helps us achieve balance.”

Olin credits his strong relationship

with Anna as being at

Olin Greenan and his son Jack

the heart of all their achievements.

“If the core of your relationship

is strong, everything else

is easier. Prioritise what’s most

important to you.”

As a trained dietician, Anna

adds a valuable outside perspective

for Olin when he is

immersed in the day-to-day

running of the business.

“We approach things as a

team and specialise in our own

areas,” he says.

“Anna is really interested

in looking after employees

and health and safety. She is

now studying for a diploma

in Human Resources – that’s

her specialty in the business.

Coming from another industry

she brings an added dimension

of skills and experience.”

The abundance of support

networks are a major credit to

the industry, says Olin.

“New Zealand dairying has

a big emphasis on professional

development and knowledge

sharing. With networks such

as Young Farmers, Federated

Farmers, Dairy Industry

Awards, Dairy Connect mentoring

and DairyNZ groups,

there are a lot of experienced

and established farmers who

are keen to mentor young


Olin is part of DairyNZ’s

Dairy Connect programme

which links a farmer who is

looking for information or support

with another farmer who

has experience or knowledge

of the issue.

“I’ve been linked with a

couple of farmers and I’ve

found it quite rewarding. It’s

about banding together and

getting support from someone

who’s been through a similar


Simple but regular outings

help Olin and Anna switch off.

With Maraetai Beach 15 minutes’

drive from their house, it’s

a favourite getaway spot which

doesn’t have to cost anything.

“Getting off-farm is a crucial

to help clear the head.

“We’ve got some nonfarming

friends and chatting

to them, we realise there are

similar issues in other careers

as well. It’s about keeping it in


For wellbeing, Olin can’t

emphasis enough the importance

of talking to others.

“I’ll often ring people up

just to check in or chew the

fat. If I’ve got something on

my mind or a problem, it helps

to get other people’s perspectives.”

- Inside Dairy, May. DairyNZ

Breeding programme gives birth to hornless dairy cows

CRV Ambreed’s latest breeding

programme will offer

dairy farmers a wider selection

of high genetic merit,

hornless cows.

The herd improvement

company has been developing

its polled product line for more

than a decade, which has been

driven by farmers concerned

about animal welfare, human

safety and the cost of dehorning


There’s some talk that

by 2025 it may be illegal

to dehorn animals in

Europe. If that happens,

New Zealand could follow

suit and we need to be


“In Europe they are

increasingly asking ‘should

we be dehorning animals?’

and they’re using genetics to

safely manage this,” says CRV

Ambreed research and development

manager Phil Beatson.

“There’s some talk that by

2025 it may be illegal to dehorn

animals in Europe. If that happens,

New Zealand could follow

suit and we need to be

prepared,” he says.

The programme has gained

momentum over the past three

years and polled genetics will

be available to market as soon

as next year.

Phil says the beauty about

polled genetics is that it’s controlled

by a single gene. An animal

needs only one

copy of that gene

– they are heterozygous

for the polled

gene - to be polled.

“In breeding we

have to breed bulls

that have two copies

of the gene, i.e.

they are homozygous,

for polled.

When we breed

heterozygous bulls

with heterozygous

cows there’s a one

in four chance of

getting a homozygous

polled, two in four of

heterozygous and one in four

of a homozygous horned animal

from those matings,” he


“Then when the homozygous

bull is bred to horned

cows all of the progeny will be


The aim is to make sure

the polled progeny are also

high indexing; CRV Ambreed

is aiming at 220+ BW. Mr

Beatson says five heterozygous

cows and five bulls have been

identified with that criterion.

“We’ve been undertaking

embryo transfer programmes

and we’re confident those programmes

will result in some

homozygous polled progeny.

The law of averages says two

or three,” he says.

CRV Ambreed already has

access to a number of overseas

homozygous polled bulls

through its global network, but

many farmers still want highindexing

New Zealand genetics

that have been proven in a

range of New Zealand farming

systems and environments.

CRV Ambreed’s polled

bulls will be released to the

market once they produce

semen in 2017.

They will be guaranteed for

having two copies of the gene

so that 100 percent of their

progeny will have one copy

and will be polled.

The current cost of dehorning

cows is significant. A farm

with 200 replacements at $6-7

per animal equates to about

$1200 to $1400 for dehorning.

Hornless cows bred by CRV Ambreed.



“BigBlocks” the latest innovation from

Counties Ready Mix

Counties Ready Mix based in Drury,

Auckland are known to be leaders and

innovators in the concrete market.

“When we assessed how

much concrete was going

to waste, we knew we

could do something better,

for both the company and the

environment,” says managing

director Andrew Payne.

The Auckland ready mixed

concrete industry produces

around 40,000 cubic metres of

left over concrete per year.

“Usually at the end of a concrete

pour there is some con-

crete left over,” says Andrew.

“Some companies will top

up the old concrete and send

it back out, some try to recycle

the aggregates (which can

produce a lot of slurry waste),

some crush the concrete and

use it as aggregate in new concrete

but a lot ends up in land


Counties which has also

developed environmental initiatives

such as recycling all

their wastewater, have now just

launched a low carbon footprint


“Being a family owned

local business we feel it’s really

important to keep developing

sustainable processes to minimise

our impact on the environment”.

“The development of

our interlocking mass concrete

blocks marketed as

“BigBlocks” was a logical

step for us. It allows us to

quickly dispose of waste concrete,

freeing up our trucks, it

means all our customers get

fresh concrete every time, we’re

preventing waste concrete from

going into landfills and we end

up with a product we can sell at

very competitive prices.

“It’s also great that these

BigBlocks will reabsorb carbon

dioxide (a process called

re-carbonation) further improving

our environment,” says


Counties Ready Mix have

developed three sizes of

BigBlocks starting from

their small 0.5TN block, the

standard 1.1TN block and a

large 1.65TN block. “It’s just

very large building blocks, at

800mm high each, walls are

very quick to install with minimal


Counties Ready Mix have

supplied thousands of blocks to

the rural sector for feed bins and

dividing walls. Scrap steel merchants

and industrial processing

plants also use BigBlocks

as they provide a very solid

concrete wall at over half a

metre thick which can take the

abuse of loaders and large fork

hoists. BigBlocks are also

a popular choice for retaining

walls and barrier walls.

“We have developed engineered

solutions for many

applications which makes it

easy for the customers,” says


“We also provide a 3D layout

of the structure with all the

quantities so the customer can

visualise exactly what they’re

going to get.”

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125 Mystery Creek Road


20 Waikato AGRIBUSINESS NEWS May 2016

Connecting farmers in challenging times

Otorohanga farmer Ged Arbuckle has seen a few downturns.

After 19 years on his current 150ha farm, Ged’s business is a

fine-tuned system - but not without learning a few things

along the way.

Now a mentor for Dairy

Connect, the DairyNZ

farmer-to-farmer support

service, Ged says having

a network to fall back on is

crucial for farmers, particularly

in challenging times.

“The biggest thing is to

Dairy connect

Dairy Connect is a DairyNZ service that connects

farmers with other farmers who can help talk

through strategies, look at a new project on-farm

or assist with a difficult situation.

Support farmers can help in a range of areas.

From animals, staff, pasture and feed, through

to environment, business and adverse events,

Dairy Connect support farmers have a wealth of


To register your interest in Dairy Connect, visit


have a network – that’s the

handiest thing,” says Ged. “To

be able to pick the phone up to

someone you know who’s been

through that sort of thing.”

Ged has been through

downturns in the 1980s and

joined Dairy Connect as a mentor

to help any young farmers

who might be facing their first

big financial challenge right


“I thought I could have a

yarn to guys one-on-one, see

where I could help.”

Born and bred in the city,

Ged “was going to walk over

broken glass to have a dairy


He followed the traditional

herd assistant/sharemilker/

farm owner path. Now Ged and

wife Kay have their daughter

and son-in-law Helen and Peter

Connole as contract milkers.

Since the reduced milk

price, measures have been

taken to keep the farm as profitable

as possible.

“We dropped 10 percent of

the herd last September and we

did 10,000kg MS more with

the same inputs. This season

will be the same or a bit better.

A lower stocking rate is a big

help. We had 400 cows, we

now have 360.”

Ged says fewer cows has

Dairy Connect mentor Ged

Arbuckle with grandson Isaac.

meant less health issues and

enabled them to feed the cows


The farm has a once-a-day

herd of young cows which do

all the walking but keep condition

well and achieve better

mating results.

The farm runs a six percent

empty rate and an 83 percent

six-week in-calf rate.

Traditionally the farm annually

brings in 100t maize silage

and 50ha silage from the runoff.

The 180t PKE (palm kernel

expeller) typically fed in early

spring and mating won’t be

purchased next season.

Ged says things will be frugal

on-farm next season.

“All you need is a working

shed, water supply, good races

and to feed your cows well,”

says Ged. “That said, you still

Ged’s advice for

next season

Look after yourself, your wife and

kids. First and foremost.

Look after your cows. “That’s why we


Pick up the phone. Catch up with

family and friends.

Use your professionals (fertiliser

and farm advisors help reaffirm your


Surround yourself with positive, cando


Stay away from the negative stuff.

have to look after the animals,

you’ll still need to use the vet

when possible and provide

for those cows. Family is also

really important – you have to

get out of the place every now

and then too.

“When you are hands-on

full-time farming, having good

healthy cows calving and coming

in and milking like a train,

it’s still very satisfying.”

Farming and the Health and Safety at Work Act

At its heart, the new law

is about identifying

work risks and creating

a culture of risk management.

So what do farmers need

to know?

Health and safety is about

identifying and managing


The new law does not

require the elimination of all

risks at any cost.

That’s not realistic and not

what WorkSafe New Zealand


And it doesn’t have to

mean a whole lot more paperwork.

Who is responsible for

health and safety?

Everyone has a role to play

in keeping farms safe, with

different levels of responsibility.

The primary duty of care

Rural Support Trust coordinator

Lyn Neeson

works with farmers in some

of their toughest times.

When 150-200 farmers

were affected by the June

2015 flood in Whanganui,

Lyn helped farmers in a variety

of ways from sourcing

diggers to managing finances.

Adverse events like floods,

droughts or snow have been

the Rural Support Trust’s

bread and butter. But now,

more work is done during

what Lyn calls “peace time”.

“Peace time work helps

farmers through a crunch

time – from financial issues

to managing a divorce, we

see a whole range,” says Lyn.

“Rather than being the ambulance

at the bottom of the

cliff, we now have a proactive


Lyn says often when people

are under stress, relationships

become strained – whether

that’s personal relationships

or those between contract

milkers or sharemilkers and

falls to what the law calls the

Person Conducting a Business

or Undertaking (or PCBU).

The PCBU will almost always

be a business, and in the agriculture

sector that will include


Employees also need to

take responsibility for acting

in a safe and healthy way. For

example, this means using the

Businesses need to

identify health and

safety risks on-farm

and do what is

‘reasonably practicable’

to eliminate or manage


right gear, following proper

health and safety processes

and planning how to do a

task safely when a situation


Manage your risks

Businesses need to identify

health and safety risks onfarm

and do what is ‘reasonably

practicable’ to eliminate

or manage them.

This includes risks

associated with the

use of machinery,

vehicles, agri-chemicals

and the challenges

of working safely

around animals. You

are only responsible

for what you can reasonably

influence and


When is a farm a


Farmers have a duty

to manage workplace

Helping farmers through a crunch time

farm owners.

“We often send a

facilitator to help talk

through any issues farmers

have or they can

point people to further

help,” she says.

“We don’t go along

and solve people’s problems.

We listen and give

ideas, we help work

through problems with


Common calls are

around finances. “We

had a young couple contact

us who’d gone contract

milking. They’d

been severely affected

by an adverse event and

hadn’t the experience to

manage income issues,

after farming during a

good period,” says Lyn.

“After the adverse event,

everything came tumbling

down and they didn’t know

what to do. We have talked

to all the people involved

in their business, from farm

owner to the accountant.

Rural Support Trust

co-ordinator Lyn Neeson

We’ve helped develop a system

for them to follow and

they can now move forward.

“It’s really rewarding to

help someone like that. Now

they have a plan and are paying

off their debts.”

risks in the following areas:

• Farm buildings and immediate

surrounding areas (whether

or not work is going on at

the time).

• Other parts of the farm, where

work is being carried out.

In those areas you’re responsible

for the health and safety of

your employees and others, and

for managing the risks that you

can reasonably control.

The law is clear that the farmhouse

is not a workplace.

What about visitors on farms?

Employees, contractors, vets,

and recreational visitors, such as

hunters and trampers, can be on

your land at any given time.

The approach is just the same

for visitors venturing into farm

buildings and immediate surrounding

areas, and areas on the

farm where work is being carried

out. In these cases you owe a

duty to the visitors, just as you

How Rural Support

Trust can help

Financial: help get finances back on track with the

bank, accountants etc.

Neighbour disputes.

Personal relationships: managers/farm owners/


Personal relationships: marriage/partnerships.

Adverse events: drought/flood/snow.

do to your workers.

But, if you couldn’t be

expected to know that someone

is going to be on your farm, it’s

not reasonable to expect that you

have the same level of care for

their safety. Also, if someone

is on your farm for an unlawful

purpose you can’t be held

responsible if there is an incident.

Where a visitor like a hunter

or line worker crosses an area of

a farm not being used for work

purposes, and not close to the

buildings on the farm, then the

farmer shouldn’t need to take

any action in relation to that


One exception would be if

some work had recently been

carried out creating a risk even

though no-one was still working

there, e.g. recent spraying

of agri-chemicals that may still

be in the air. In these situations

Mental health: emotional issues, depression.

There are 14 Rural Support Trusts nationwide.

The service is run by farmers, for all farmers.

The service is confidential. The Rural Support

Trust is funded for adverse events by the Ministry

for Primary Industries. More recently, DairyNZ has

invested in the trust to support farmers for other

issues year-round.

www.rural-support.org.nz | Ph 0800 787 254

you need to think about how to

reasonably manage this for visitors

and others.

Working together with


The Health and Safety at

Work Act also introduces a

requirement on all businesses to

engage with their workers on

health and safety matters. That

engagement will vary from business

to business, but there needs

to be meaningful discussion with


As well as asking employees

for feedback on specific questions,

all businesses need to

have clear, well known ways for

workers to raise suggestions or

issues on a day-to-day basis. It

doesn’t have to be complicated.

A morning chat covering off

the working day ahead and any

risks involved is a great place to

start. Adding health and safety

as a permanent agenda item for

regular team meetings is another

way to ensure employees are


The trick is to make sure

health and safety is integrated

into your farm at every level.

Keeping an eye out for one

another, should be part of everyone’s

daily routine. If it’s not

already then now is the time to

take action. Not only will you

and your workers be safer and

healthier, so will your farming



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22 Waikato AGRIBUSINESS NEWS May 2016 Te Awamutu / King Country rural services


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26 Waikato AGRIBUSINESS NEWS May 2016

Te Awamutu / King Country rural services

Forgeson Law is a rural law firm which has been

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delivers results that are practical, cost effective

and efficient.

Forgeson Law has its main office in Te Kuiti,

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be met by appointment. Our business mainly

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due to increasing demand we are currently

expanding our operations. We operate as a

specialised team drawing on over 65 years of

combined legel experience.

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• Conveyancing

(farms, residential and commercial)

• Advice on easements and covenants

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• Wills, trusts and estates

• Subdivisions

• Maori land law

• Succession planning

• Resource consents

• Relationship property

• Family law

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Te Awamutu / King Country rural services


WAITOMO NEWS Thursday, April 7, 2016 9








near Otorohanga

New quarry opens

‘BIG enough to supply all your needs,

sents, with production beginning

in 2015.

and Gretta Withers


but small enough to care’ is the motto Barton Quarries has a



new Otorohanga business


– Barton

plenty of aggregate ranging

from greywacke rock Quarries recently.

opened Barton

Quarries – the ‘sister’ business of River brown rubble which is perfect

for farm races.

The new venture is

Run Products Ltd.

a ‘sister’ business to

Brian says: “When I was

the couple’s existing

in the dairy industry one of

‘BIG enough to supply all your needs, but small The process River Run Products

the main of complaints establishing I heard the new quarry

enough Owned to care’ by is local the motto couple

Brian and Gretta Barbara Kuriger recently.

2. FOR SALE: Brian

of Taranaki-King new Otorohanga Country started MP, five from years farmer ago was when they the could couple applied


business – Barton Quarries – the ‘sister’ business for resource not get consents, decent rubble with for production their beginning

Withers, Barton The process of establishing

the new quarry started

races. It’s one thing we can

Withers from Barton



River Run





in 2015.

pride ourselves on because

Quarries literally has

Rd Owned covers by 30ha local (74.1ac) couple Brian five and years Gretta ago Withers,

Barton It was officially Quarries opened on Otorohanga by ple applied Rd for covers resource ing con-

from farmers greywacke and plenty rock to of brown it.” rubble which is

when the cou-

Barton we Quarries have good has a plenty rubble of for aggregate rang-

tonnes of aggregate

from geywacke rock

30ha (74.1ac)

perfect for farm races.

to brown rubble

It was officially opened by Taranaki-King Country

MP, Barbara Kuriger on Monday.

Brian says: “When I was in the dairy industry


ready to sell.


one of the main complaints I heard from farmers

was they could not get

The quarry also supplies all stone meantime tell us what your needs decent rubble for their

products, drainage metal, exposed are, we may be able to supply. And races. It’s one thing we

concrete aggregate and sand.

Brian and Gretta already supply 30

concrete plants in the upper North

Island with exposed aggregate

from their parent company River

Run Products. Barton Quarries

supplies concrete aggregate

and crushed metal for roading

contractors. . . with more products

in the pipeline.

Brian says: “The development

of other products will come,

FOR SALE: Brian Withers from Barton Quarries literally has tonnes of aggregate from geywacke

rock to brown rubble ready to sell.

Sourced from Waitomo News

if we haven’t got it, we’ll do our can pride ourselves on

best to source it for you.” because we have good

rubble for farmers and

Quarry staff have the whole nine

plenty of it.”

yards of heavy machinery at their

disposal a 52 tonne digger to


crushers and trucks – a far cry

from the vintage 1965 Fergusson The quarry also supplies all stone products,

and small screen Brian started out drainage metal, exposed concrete aggregate and

with in the late 1990s.


Brian and Gretta already supply 30 concrete

Whether it be a trailer or a

plants in the upper North Island with exposed

truckload, Barton Quarries is the

place to go.

aggregate from their parent company River Run

Products. Barton Quarries supplies concrete aggregate

and crushed 2 metal for roading contractors

. . . with more products in the pipeline.


NEW VENTURE: Brian and Gretta Withers opened Barton Quarries on Monday. The new

venture is a ‘sister’ business to the couple’s existing River Run Products Ltd.

Brian says: “The development of other products

will come, meantime tell us what your needs are,

we may be able to supply. And if we haven’t got it,

we’ll do our best to source it for you.”

Quarry staff have the whole nine yards of heavy

machinery at their disposal a 52 tonne digger to

crushers and trucks – a far cry from the vintage

1965 Fergusson and small screen Brian started

out with in the late 1990s.

Whether it be a trailer or a truckload, Barton

Quarries is the place to go.

River Run Products now trading as



Owned & Operated



for all your




NEW SITE07 873 1777

NEW SITE at: 1241 For Otorohanga all orders phone Rd • Brian RD4 027 Otorohanga 494 1628 • 07 873 1777

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28 Waikato AGRIBUSINESS NEWS May 2016

Experience and versatility the key at

Action Electrical

Introducing the Action Electrical team

A great team with more than a hundred

years experience between them make

Action Electrical the “go to” people for

your electrical needs.

We have Ross Deere

and Sam Needham

as company directors,

leading an equally

experienced team including

Steve Knight, David

Knight, Andy Harhoff, Bill

Balme, James Marshall,

Kris Deere, Jason Wano,

Mitchell Knight and Aaron

Coppin, with administrators

Niki Needham and Margs

Taitoko in the office.

Most of the team have

served their time under the

same roof, which provides a

great team environment.

With a combined experience

of more than 100 years

in the electrical industry, the

team at Action Electrical are

more than capable of handling

all your electrical needs.

These guys do it all from the

smallest domestic installation

to large industrial plants.

Action Electrical provides

a broad range of specialist

expertise including installation

and maintenance in dairy

sheds, metalwork processing

plants, timber processing

plants, agricultural plants and

quarries and new house construction

or renovations.

The guys at Action

Electrical provide a long list

of services not limited to:

· Domestic

· Commercial

· Industrial

With the Action Electrical

team based in Taupo,

Otorohanga and Te Kuiti we

are able to cover a large area,

allowing for minimal turnaround

times, especially handy

for those emergency call outs.

With continuous improvement

at the forefront of the

Action Electrical business

model, we are always striving

to improve our service to you.

For any project or ongoing

service requirements you may

have, give us a call for a

professional, no pressure consultation.

Te Awamutu / King Country rural services


From left

Ross Deere

Sam Needham

The Action


From top left

Steve Knight

David Knight

Bill Balme

James Marshall

Jason Wano

Mitchell Knight

Andy Harhoff

Kris Deere

Aaron Coppin

The AcTion TeAm

is reAdy To go

ACTION ELECTRICAL (L-R): Sam Needham, Andy Harhoff, Kris Deere, Ross Deere, Steve Knight, Bill Balme and Richard Wenzlick

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oTorohAngA Te KuiTi

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30 Waikato AGRIBUSINESS NEWS May 2016

Ecoworld makes finding the right

water treatment solution easy

‘Try before you buy’ demonstration

system ensures

customers get exactly what

they need

We all know the importance

of having clean quality

water on a farm, from trough

water through to the wash

down and more importantly

how it affects production.

Unfortunately all rural

water sources are different.

So finding the right water

treatment solution can be difficult

and end up a costly

exercise if not done correctly.

At the forefront of developing

new innovative rural

water treatment solutions is a

company based in Hamilton

called Ecoworld. Having

had more than twenty years’

experience in the treatment of

rural water in Waikato, they

have focused many resources

on specialising in the removal

of iron and manganese.

Over the last two years,

Ecoworld’s managing director

Ron Walker has developed

a full scale fully automated

portable pilot (or trial) system

to help demonstrate their

‘iRon’ filtration solutions for

the removal of iron and manganese.

The full scale system

which is easily transported

via trailer allows the company

to give potential customers

the option to ‘try before they

buy’ and test the iRon technology

in ‘real time’ on their

own water source. This has

helped Ecoworld to plan the

correct treatment solutions

for their customers.

Since the introduction of

the pilot system more than 18

months ago, the demand for it

has continued to

grow, with it continuously


booked sometimes

months in

advance. Dave

Muggeridge of

Morrinsville took

the opportunity

to try the pilot

system before

he invested in

an iRon filtration

system. Dave

said “The option

to run a full-scale

iron and manganese filtration

system on our bore water has

been nothing less than brilliant.

The two to three week

trial period enabled us to see

and use the water it produces

over our entire farming operation.”

When Meddo Farms

in Morrinsville required a

new solution to their water

demands Ecoworld were

called. Having previously

had two open gravity filters

before installing the iRon filtration

system, former Meddo

Farms farm manager Colin

Torrington says that “before

the installation of the iRon

system the pumps were regularly

running 24 hours to continually

fill the tank. With the

iRon system now installed the

tank is always full”.

According to Colin, not

only did the cows noticeably

consume more water and the

farm pipework was cleaner,

the most important factor was

a regular increase in productivity.

As the portable pilot

filter was already in use on

another farm, Meddo farms

Ecoworld’s ‘try before you buy’

full scale portable pilot system.

did not get the opportunity

to trial it onsite. However,

they had witnessed the filter

in service on a neighbouring

co-operative and

were impressed. Fortunately

the chemical and mineral

‘make up’ of the neighbouring

farm’s water supply was

similar to their farm and Ron

was able to use this data to

build the correct solution for

their needs.

The portable pilot system

is a full scale, fully automated

and operational demonstration

system. The system

is housed in a self-contained

‘crate’ with its own lighting

and cooling system and

containing the latest in wireless

technology. The system

is easily transported from site

to site, only requiring a single

phase power source and a

water supply to run.

Please contact Ecoworld

for more information and to

book your opportunity to ‘try

before you buy’ using their

portable pilot system on your

own water source.

Call Ecoworld 0800 109 202

Don Chapman Waikato

retains high benchmark

Don Chapman Waikato is a licensee

for Chapman Dairy Ltd, designers and

builders of milking parlours since 1967.

More than four decades

of dairy building

experience ensures

that Chapman Dairy Ltd

is capable of designing and

building a dairy parlour that

suits the specific requirements

of your dairy farm


The company has set the

benchmark for the dairy industry

across New Zealand as the

leading specialist in design and

construction of farm milking


Don Chapman Waikato is

a mark of quality, proud of

finishing projects on time and

knowing the importance of

completion dates to suit your

farming requirements.

The company doesn’t make

false promises just to secure

work because it doesn’t need


There is a range of options

in parlour styles, yard layout,

plant room design and pipe

work configuration on offer

and some of the key milking

parlour features include: high

cow flow efficiency, optimised

farm productivity, rotary or

herringbone designs, top quality

materials, easy to clean and

very low maintenance.

Building both state-of-theart

dairy parlours as well as

more simple and cost-effective

designs to suit individual

requirements and budgets is a

company speciality.

With many years of experience

designing and building

dairy infrastructure, the company

offers an extensive range of

customisable designs for feed

pads, effluent systems, silage

bunkers and feed bins.

Qualified staff at Don

Chapman Waikato, has the

experience and skill needed

to work on a range of projects

from residential building

(including renovations and

extensions) to industrial and

commercial construction.

From concept to completion

Don Chapman Waikato is


Attention Farmers

Attention Attention Farmers Farmers

Problems with Iron and Manganese?

Problems with Iron and Manganese?

For a more efficient farm dairy

Specialising in farm dairy

design and construction

• Results guaranteed

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• Fully • automated Fully automated

• Systems designed to suit

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• Latest in electronic technology and alert systems

• Latest • Latest in electronic in electronic technology and and alert systems

• Options for wireless communication

• Options • Options for wireless for wireless communication

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on circumstances, plant dependent demonstration


plant dependent (*Conditions availability) may apply dependent

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• Herringbone or rotary design

• Effluent systems

• Silagebunkers

• Feed pads



Call us

today for an

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Protecting our peat a balancing act

Peat soils are a fragile and important

part of our lowland ecosystems that

regulate water flows and quality.

When managed properly,

peat soils can

also be a valuable,

highly productive resource,

but it must be acknowledged

that use of these soils inevitably

leads to peat loss and

shrinkage through oxidation.

A key to successful longterm

farming on peat soils

is finding the right balance

between keeping the water

table low enough for production

but high enough to minimise

peat loss.

Drainage has greatly

improved our ability

to farm these lands

but too much drainage

can lead to increased

shrinkage of peat soils

and other environmental


The Waikato region has

about half of New Zealand’s

peatlands, with approximately

94,000ha of peatlands containing

about 2.7 billion cubic

metres of peat.

Drainage has greatly

improved our ability to farm

these lands but too much

drainage can lead to increased

shrinkage of peat soils and

other environmental consequences.

When peat is drained, the

carbon in the soil becomes

exposed to air. The carbon is

then able to bind with oxygen

in the air to form carbon dioxide,

an important greenhouse

gas. It’s estimated that developed

peatland releases about

1.3 million tonnes of carbon

dioxide each year.

Drainage of peatlands for

production can also cause a

reduction of water

levels in neighbouring

wetlands and

peat lakes, which are

at-risk natural ecosystems.

And, as peat

shrinks, the depth

of fertile topsoil

also decreases. This

means that further

drainage, cultivation

and pasture renewal

are needed to maintain


increasing the cost

to farmers and the

impacts on the environment.

If we don’t manage our

peat carefully, it will continue

to shrink until eventually there

will be no peat left – a unique

and valuable resource will be

lost forever.

In some areas, the underlying

soils that landowners will

be left with may have poor

fertility, requiring high inputs

to maintain productivity. The

flood risk and pumping costs

in the low lying areas may

increase substantially.

So how can we best strike

that balance between keeping

the water table on peatlands

low enough for production but

high enough to minimise peat


The right drain depth is one

of the keys. Deep drains in

peat cause over-drainage and

rapid subsidence of peat soils.

As the peat dries it shrinks

and cracks, making soils difficult

to re-wet. Rainwater flows

down into the subsoil through

cracks in the peat. When peat

dries it becomes waxy and

doesn’t reabsorb water easily.

By keeping drains shallow, we

can keep the water table high

enough to protect the peat soil.

Keeping the water table

high in drier periods is important

for pasture growth and

maintaining soil quality, for

both peat and mineral soils.

This can be achieved by putting

weirs or stop gates in the


Better water table management

will minimise shrinkage,

allowing for extended summer

grass growth and profitable

farming of peat soils for


Controlling weeds in

drains and fencing them off

By Bala Tikkisetty

Sustainable agriculture advisor at

Waikato Regional Council

to exclude stock reduces

maintenance costs associated

with machine cleaning drains,

which can also lead to them


Most silt in drains comes

from stock damaging the drain

banks. By fencing off your

drains you’ll greatly reduce

the need to machine-clean


Keeping cultivation of peat

soils to a minimum is also

important. Peat is naturally

anaerobic (has no oxygen present)

and is very acid (soil


32 Waikato AGRIBUSINESS NEWS May 2016

Our Oral Health: These

statistics may shock you!

Gum Disease anD Why FlossinG matters


Founder and Principal Dentist at

Old Villa Dental

From the time you were in

primary school you were

probably taught about the

importance of brushing your

teeth. But a lot of people don’t

realize that flossing between

your teeth can be even more

important than brushing

them. In 2010 the Ministry of

Health released a document

called Our Oral Health which

outlined a study about the oral

health of New Zealanders. You

might find the following surprising:

• One in eleven adults

(aged 18 and over) had

lost all their natural teeth

• The average adult that still

has any teeth, has lost 4.6

teeth due to periodontal

disease or decay and one

in three of these adults

had untreated decay

• Only half (47%) visited a

dentist in the last year

• In comparison to our

Aussie neighbours, New

Zealand adults were significantly

more likely

than Australian adults to

have completely lost all

their teeth

Why does flossing matter?

When you eat throughout

the day, food particles

become lodged between

your teeth. Sometimes, you

don’t even realize that you

still have food in your mouth

because it hides in the crevices

and pockets near your

gums. If you don’t remove

these particles and continue

to allow more food to build

up there, you’re giving bad

bacteria a feast. They feed on

the leftovers lying between

your teeth, grow, thrive, and

eventually cause gum disease.

Flossing your teeth regularly

is the best way to prevent

this from happening.

You have heard the

saying “It will cost you

an arm and a leg” but

these statistics show that

we are literally paying in


What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a serious

oral health issue that affects

1.3 million New Zealanders

aged 18 and over. It is an

infection that attacks the

gum tissue and eventually

the bone that supports the

teeth. The infection comes

from bad bacteria that turn

into plaque and then hardened

tartar. In its early stages,

gum disease is called gingivitis,

and in later stages it

progresses to periodontitis.

Without proper treatment

by a qualified dentist, periodontitis

can lead to tooth

loss and contribute to other

much more serious systemic

health conditions, like heart

disease and diabetes.

Flossing and dental care


Flossing may seem like

a chore at first, but the

more you do it, the more

it becomes a healthy habit.

Keep a box of floss and tissue

on your nightstand

so that you

will remember to

floss right before

bed. Use a different

section of the

floss string for

each quadrant of

your mouth to

avoid transferring

bad bacteria from

one part of the

mouth to another.

Notice how much

plaque and food you remove

every time - that would have

eventually hardened into

tartar. Floss at least once

daily, but whenever possible,

floss after each meal.

Another way that you can

improve your oral health

and avoid gum disease is

to brush with a high quality

electronic toothbrush.

These brushes do wonders

for removing food particles

from around the teeth and

gums. It’s also a wise idea

to join a program to quit

smoking or chewing tobacco

if you want to avoid gum disease--smoking

weakens your

body’s ability to stave off an

infection of the gums.

Surprise your dentist

We dentists know how

important it is to floss your

teeth daily in addition to

brushing, which is why we

strongly encourage it and

usually offer you free floss

at your checkups. Surprise

your dentist (and yourself)

at your next biannual

checkup by committing

to a flossing regimen today.

Keep up these oral care habits

to avoid complications

with gum disease and ensure

good dental health well into

the future.

Open Monday - Friday 7am - 8pm

0800 142 717 24 Grey Street, Hamilton


Dr. Henk’s aDvice:

see your Dental Hygienist

Dr. Henk Eksteen is the Principal dentist at

Old Villa Dental in Hamilton East. He also

has a Post Graduate Diploma in Periodontal

Disease from Otago University and focuses on

preventative, minimally invasive dentistry. He

believes that regular checkups with visits to

a qualified hygienist and diligent oral health

practices is the cheapest form of dentistry.

Much cheaper than losing teeth.

• Obligation free quotes

• No job too big or small

• We service the Waikato

Phone Neil 07 849 9092, 027 232 2451

Email neil.mclaren@alliedconcrete.co.nz





If you're on to a good thing then

the idea of ringing the changes can

sometimes be unnecessary.


By john maslin

Review in NZ Herald

Take the Mazda BT-50

ute. It's fairly typical of

the new age ute, able to

crossover deftly from workhorse

to a lifestyler depending

on your needs and wants.

So the makeover that the

BT50 has just experienced

might have been seen as an

opportunity to make significant

change. But apart from giving

the BT-50 a bolder front end,

Mazda has stuck very much to

its knitting.

Bad call? No because the

ute remains the "active lifestyle"

vehicle Mazda intended

it to be.

It's a very solid ute, sitting

on a strong chassis and moved

along by the 3.2-litre five-cylinder

turbo diesel that drove its


Here’s a ute that’s a

more than capable - and

adaptable - fiveseater.

There’s plenty of cabin

space and a load space in

the wellside behind the


It's a worthy engine, pumping

out 147kW of power and

470Nm (from 1750-2500rpm)

and is the same one Ford uses

in its Ranger lineup. Given the

Ranger was the country's best

selling vehicle overall in the

last 12 months, that's an excellent


Importantly it has the ability

to lug a 3.5-tonne braked load

behind the cargo deck.

Buyers can opt for either

six-step auto or six-step manual

transmissions and while

some diehards will crave the

manual, the auto shouldn't be

ignored. It's long-legged enough

to handle the low end torque

from startup and seems right at

home at higher speeds too. We

especially liked the unobtrusive

kick down when decelerating


It can drive through two

or four wheels and the driver

can sort out high or low

ratio through a centre consolemounted

dial. There's a raft

of safety and stability functions

as well. Along with

ABS, dynamic stability control

(DSC), emergency brakerforce

distribution (EBD), emergency

brake assist (EBA) and traction

control (TC), the BT-50 is

equipped with hill launch assist

(HLA), load adaptive control

(LAC) and roll stability control


Toss in trailer sway control

and the locking rear diff and all

the bases are covered.

We were driving the rangetopping

GSX double cab wellside

auto ($57,295). Mazda

has dropped the

Limited from the

line-up with the

GSX stepping into

that role. But it

doesn't carry over

the leather seats,

powered driver's

seat, powered and

folding mirrors and

side mirror indicators.

What it does get

is the side steps,

auto dimming rear

view mirrors, rainsensing

wipers and

auto headlights. And the infotainment

unit has been tweaked

and includes sat-nav, a reversing

camera and rear parking


Buyers don't have to go

for the all-singing, all-dancing


There are cheaper options

in the four-wheel drive variants,

starting with the single

cab chassis GLX at $45,295.

And if two-wheel drive suits

your purpose, then the entry

level single cab chassis GLX

starts things off at $35,295.

What we did like was the

reversing camera and the rear

parking sensors. In a ute this

big they're a definite bonus.

Despite its imposing size the

BT-50 was easily handled. With

such high ground clearance, the

visibility from the roomy cabin

is excellent. And believe me

that cabin is spacious.

Mazda is targeting sales of

1700 units a year and given the

keen buyer interest in this segment

it's probably achievable.

Remember 20 per cent of all

new vehicles sold in NZ last

year were utes.

And Mazda has cropped

pricing to help achieve its target,

drawing back the average

price across the range by

$1000, while some of the 4WD

models have had $2300 pruned

off their price.

The GSX also comes with

cruise control, Bluetooth,

power windows and mirrors

and dual zone climate air-conditioning.

Mazda has had a long association

with Ford and continues

with the BT-50. Both it and the

Ranger were developed sideby-side,

share the same chassis,

and are made on the same production

line in Thailand.

Here's a ute that's a more

than capable - and adaptable

- fiveseater. There's plenty of

cabin space and a load space in

the wellside behind the cabin.

Claimed fuel use figure

of a shade under 9 litres per

100km isn't too bad remembering

this is no shrinking violet

with a kerb weight of just over

2 tonne.

Mazda has stuck to its knitting

with the BT-50 GSX double

cab which was a smart thing

to do.

Sure, it's front end has got

a more mature edge to it but,

essentially, it has retained all

the underpinnings that made its

predecessor so engaging.

34 Waikato AGRIBUSINESS NEWS May 2016

Crystal clear cameras are here now

IP CCTV Camera Systems are now down to

an affordable level

Due to the newer IP

Technology becoming

far more popular,

Smartway Security is now

able to install these superior

quality camera systems

at ridiculously lower prices

compared with even as

recent as this time last year

and they are busy installing

into many businesses, warehouses,

farms and homes.

In fact the largest growth

they are experiencing of late

is the push into the rural sector

and farms but businesss

are also now catching on and

upgrading their camera technology.

Managing director Roger

Bull said: “We have a wide

variety of products and technology

available now that is

able to provide solutions that

were either very limited or

just not possible before with

older analogue cameras, such

as Wi-Fi and Wireless Data

across yards and car parks -

even line of sight across the

largest of properties. IP CCTV

Systems being network based

can work alongside alarms

with 24 hour monitoring.”

"With the latest technology

we have the ability to

connect cameras from remote

buildings. Even over other

buildings by using a wireless

repeater, back to the main

building - so the cameras

are able to be recorded and

viewed in real time. Add to

this the ability to see the cameras

on your Smart Phone and

you have a complete package."

Smartway have a unique

advantage where they can

bring their Mobile CCTV

Demonstration Truck to YOU.

It is set up with the latest

camera equipment and can be

used as a mobile control room


Roger added "We have

found that when clients sit

inside the truck and see for

themselves the difference in

quality between cameras, they

understand why they should

go with IP cameras instead of

investing in old technology

with analogue equipment".

They constantly invest in

R&D, investigating new products

where Roger has visited

Hong Kong, China and

Taiwan on a number of occasions

to keep up-to-date with

the technologies.

A recent innovation is the

ability for cameras and wireless

data repeaters to run on

Do you want to know when

visitors arrive on your property?

Are you having trouble with

theft of milk, fuel or equipment?

Parabeam Wireless Gate

Alerts are the perfect solution

and choice for owners to stay

in touch with driveway traffic.

With a set of beams located

at all your entrances you are

able to monitor when visitors

arrive on your property.

The precision detection

beam reports to a base receiver

which sounds a loud beep,

they can operate from a distance

of 50m to 2.5km from

the beams and run on solar


It can even be interfaced

with your alarm system to trigger

other actions or you can

receive alerts on your mobile

phone with an extra module.

They are fully waterproof

(IP66 rated), professionally

installed and come with a

three year warranty.

There are a variety of uses

for this product such as larger

solar power in the middle of

a car park, for example where

there is no power available

and where they need to transmit

the signal between buildings

or across open areas -

IP is definitely the most cost

effective way to go.

“Another important aspect

of security is, of course, the

alarm system and access control

along with 24hr monitoring.

By integrating these

products a whole new world

of opportunity becomes apparent.”

If you want to see what you

may be missing out on, then

call today for an appointment

and let them show you.

rural properties, dairy farms,

vineyards and orchards, residential

homes, homestays

and resorts, construction and

building sites.

Wireless Gate alerts can

also be integrated with your

camera system to show up

on the playback log and this

makes it easier to monitor traffic

in and out of your property.

And how about another

set of beams to span the

yard (max 40m) where you

store your farm machinery?

Multiple entrances will each

have a different alert tone.

Protect your property NOW.

Call Roger @ Smartway for

further details. 0800 93 63 63





When it comes down to it, Mazda BT-50 is good for business. Built tough to take on any task but with all

the creature comforts to cover off work, play and everything in between. There’s never been a better time

to get a great deal on a Mazda BT-50 and for a strictly limited time every purchase of a BT-50 will include

a year’s worth of pies. * Not bad for an optional extra. So not only will you have a fully-loaded, hardworking

ute to help you get your work done, you’ll have lunch sorted too. Plus, when each mazda commercial care

Fixed Price Service costs only $200 ** – Mazda BT-50 is also good for the office overheads.

^Promotional pricing for a new Mazda BT-50 2WD Double Cab GLX Manual, including GST but excluding

On Road Costs (ORC); for sales between 1 April 2016 and 30 June 2016. *Offer limited to the first 100

new Mazda BT-50s purchased, from a licensed Mazda Dealer, between 1 April 2016 and 30 June 2016.

This offer is not valid for BT-50 Demonstrator or Used BT-50s purchased from a licensed Mazda Dealer.

Limit one per customer and only available for purchases by private buyers. Go to mazda.co.nz for full

terms and conditions. **mazda commercialcare Fixed Price Servicing of $200 including GST applies for

scheduled servicing intervals for the first 3 years or 100,000km (whichever occurs first) following first

registration. Go to mazda.co.nz/services/commercialcare for more information.

Freestyle Cab GLX shown with optional alloy deck.


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36 Waikato AGRIBUSINESS NEWS May 2016





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every day. Through good times and bad, FMG has been there for rural businesses, offering practical

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