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Selwyn Times: July 12, 2016

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28 2 [Edition datE] Tuesday July 12 2016 SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES More efficient site maintenance the goal during winter shutdown Fonterra is currently undertaking a winter maintenance programme with the aim of delivering savings for the cooperative as it gets “match-fit” for spring. Director of nZ Manufacturing Mark Leslie said this “winter shut” period is an important time of year for manufacturing teams, as all assets across Fonterra’s network of sites are fine-tuned to ensure they are ready for the season ahead. “each year we process around 18 billion litres of milk, with the bulk of this carried out in the spring months. The work we’re doing now will help us get match-fit for that peak period.” Mr Leslie says the goal for manufacturing teams in this year’s winter shut has been finding more effective and efficient ways to maintain sites for the coming season. “together, Fonterra and industry are focused on ensuring we can produce quality product for our customers and support farmers under a constrained milk price. “We have always been efficient in our maintenance projects, so the challenge this year was to come up with new and innovative ways to do things better, faster and smarter.” Hundreds of Fonterra manufacturing site staff are taking part in the annual winter work, with more than 500 projects currently underway around the country, ranging from major capital works to minor overhauls. Winter shutdown manager at te rapa Blair Bond puts the improvements down to an ongoing “owner’s mindset” across the manufacturing teams. “every person on our team is on the same page. We treat the assets as if we were their owners – putting ourselves in our farmers’ shoes and thinking about how we can do things more effectively and drop our bottom line. “This work during the winter shut has also led to innovative thinking that will change the way we process milk during the milking season.” Mr Bond gives the example of the D4 evaporator – which evaporates water out of the milk to then be turned into powder. The team came up with an innovative way of splitting the process into stages, which will allow the evaporator to run for six per cent longer meaning more milk can be processed each day. Mr Bond adds: “it’s year-round for us. Throughout the entire year we’re talking to other sites about what worked for them and leveraging our collective strength to help our co-operative deliver.” Rural Section Roundwood Farm posts Deer Fencing Post and Rail Fencing Yarding Timber Oregon Rails Oregon Gates Sheep and Deer Netting Gallagher Strainrite Fencing Systems HOURS Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am- 12pm Weedons Ross Rd to Rolleston We are here Berketts Rd Trents Rd Main South Rd / SH1 H90 x W130mm John Sunckell ECAN 2016 “Working together taking us forward” • A steady experienced hand • Strong Mid Canterbury voice • Thriving sustainable communities • Responsible resource use • Simple regulatory processes 0274 542 554 john4ecan john4ecan@xtra.co.nz Authorised by John Sunckell, 100 Caldwells Road, Leeston Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch jason@cthl.co.nz P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 Diesel Blower Heaters • An industrial diesel powered blower heater, which is ideal for warming a large area. • Clean burning technology and diesel economy allow it to operate for up to 14 hours on a single tank. • Designed especially to keep operation noise to an absolute minimum. • Plug the heater into a standard three pin plug power point and turn the thermostat to the desired heat setting and the burner starts automatically and will continue operation until it reaches the preset heat setting, automatically turning itself off and on as required to maintain the temperature. • A truly powerful, versatile and economical heater 30 kW - $695.00 GST incl 50 kW - $795.00 GST incl BUY DIRECT FROM THE IMPORTER! Lifestyle Tractors & Machinery Ltd • www.lifestyletractors.co.nz Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email. tractors@lifestyletractors.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday [Edition July 12 datE] 2016 29 3 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Research into nocturnal habits aims to boost pest control Knowing if nocturnal pest mammals are more affected by the phases of the moon or by illumination could bring new Zealand a step closer to being pest free and save control agencies significant sums of money. LincoLn University ecology Master’s student shannon Gilmore’s research into the effect lunar phases and illumination have on activity levels in possums, stoats, rats and mice is aimed at finding more effective and efficient means of targeting and managing these pests. “it costs millions every year to control their populations,” Ms Gilmore says. “We’re waging a kind of war on pests. We need to discover their weaknesses. What trait do all four have in common that we can take advantage of? They are all nocturnal, and many nocturnal animals dramatically reduce their activity with the full moon, while others can become more active. “if i can discover their preferences and am able to predict whether a full moon would make a pest more active, increasing the likelihood of it encountering bait or a trap, then we could decide when it is worth deploying controls. it’s a fine-tuning of our battle plan. ” Ms Gilmore’s research follows on from similar studies, but past researchers were unable to accurately measure illumination levels, a significant drawback as they couldn’t determine whether the animals were responding to the moon’s cycle or the change in light levels. The recent availability of lowcost, portable, weather-resistant and highly sensitive sky Quality Meters (sQM’s) used by astronomers could be a game changer. “i’ll be able to calculate an illumination level throughout a night and this may give some insight. conditions such as cloud cover, season, weather and urban light pollution will also be considered.” she is conducting her fieldwork on Banks Peninsula, which provides a variety of habitats and easy access to possums. camera traps and bite marks on non-toxic wax tags at each field site record the activity levels of the pests. While the broad objective is to discover how the activity levels of possums, rats, stoats and mice change with moon phase or illumination levels, testing new equipment a better way to measure illumination levels, Ms Gilmore says discovering the lunar phase and illumination preferences of pest animals has the potential to provide organisations such as the Department of conservation, regional councils and other agencies with practical information they can use. “streamlining pest control operations means less material assets wasted and reduced labour intensity. conservation work has a reputation for a general lack of cash and any savings tend to be warmly welcomed.” Ms Gilmore says the study would not have been as successful without funding from the Brian Mason trust, whose mission is to advance scientific objectives in canterbury and has facilitated efforts to make new Zealand pest free. ‘Famous for their roasts!’ SCHOOL'S OUT! Treat the Kids! Kids two course special from RESTAURANT & CAFÉ Open daily from 6.30am - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner $ 10 Seniors SPECIAL Two courses Soup/Roast or Roast/Dessert $ 20 We are family friendly. Great Kids menu plus designated play area. Special available lunch only Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm Conditions apply. Shannon Gilmore setting up a camera. Racecourse Hotel Motorlodge 118 Racecourse Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch. Ph 03 342 7150 www.racecoursehotel.co.nz (opposite Riccarton Raceway) Selwyn Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › WOF’s › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 329 5841 | 132 Leeston Road, Springston www.selwynauto.com | office@selwynauto.com