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Selwyn Times: November 15, 2016

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30 Tuesday November 15 2016 SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Field day to feature speaker from Oregon The Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) is holding its major field day, CROPS 2016, on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the FAR arable site in Chertsey. As usual it will feature a dozen speakers covering a range of subjects relevant to cropping in Canterbury. Gates will open at 9am, and the event will end with a dinner after the last talks finish at 5.30pm. This year’s international guest speaker is Nicole Anderson from Oregon State University, who will discuss issues around seed production in Oregon, drawing links with the New Zealand industry. Other speakers will cover topics ranging from pollination options to precision agriculture in potatoes. Sponsors always play a key role at CROPS and this year seven companies are taking up the option of Platinum Sponsorship demonstration plots. They are Adama, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, BASF, Bayer Crop Science, Dow AgriSciences, PGG Wrightsons and Syngenta. Other sponsors with material on show are AgriOptics, Environment Canterbury, Farmers Mutual Group, Horticentre, Irrigation NZ, NZ Seedlab, PowerFarming, PMR Grain Systems, Precision Farming, Rainer Irrigation and Ravensdown. As in previous years, each of the 12 talks will be repeated morning and afternoon, lunch will be provided and there will be a dinner at the end of the day. Since its inception in 2002, CROPS has developed into FAR’s key field event and a ‘must-do’ for cropping farmers and industry personnel. Over 600 people attended CROPS in 2014, making it New Zealand’s largest one-day agricultural extension field event. Gates will open at 9am, Wednesday, December 7, 2016, and the event will end with a dinner after the last talks finish at 5.30pm. 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

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday November 15 2016 31 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Entries invited for competition to find NZ’s tastiest lamb The search for the nation’s top-tasting lamb is in full swing with entries open for the special 10th anniversary Beef + Lamb New Zealand Glammies competition. The competition aims to find the tastiest and most tender lamb in New Zealand and this year the Producer of the Decade will also be determined following the 2017 results. Farmers and retailers nationwide are invited to enter their lamb into the Glammies with the meat to be scientifically assessed by Carne Technologies in Cambridge for tenderness, yield, succulence and colour. From here, the top four entries from five categories will make it through to the final stage of the competition, a taste test, held at the Wanaka A&P show on March 10. Beef + Lamb New Zealand CEO Sam Mclvor says the competition is a keenly anticipated event for New Zealand farmers and a way for them to display their worldclass produce. “The competition is a chance to celebrate top-quality lamb and the New Zealand farmers who produce it. We all know it’s a Kiwi favourite and our lamb is also preferred by consumers around the world,” Mr McIvor says. Robert Gardyne from Oturehua has had huge success since receiving the 2016 Grand Champion award. “Last year I won the competition with a high-country lamb, which was the first year this has happened and goes to show the vast range of quality products us farmers produce. “Furthermore, this competition has helped me tell my story and promote something that means so much to me and other New Zealand farmers,” Mr Gardyne says. The five competition categories include Best of Breed - Traditional, Best of Breed - Crossbreed, Best of Breed - Terminal Cross, Best of Breed - Open, and Retail. The competition is sponsored by Zoetis and supported by Alliance Group, ANZCO Foods Canterbury, Ashburton Meat Processors, Auckland Meat Processors/ Wilson Hellaby, Blue Sky Meats, Cabernet Foods/Kintyre Meats, Harris Meats, Oamaru Meats, Progressive Meats, Silver Fern Farms and Taylor Preston. Farmer competition entries close on December 2, 2016 with the Retailer competition entries closing on January 13, 2017. For more information and the entry form, visit beeflambnz.co.nz The 2016 Grand Champion Robert Gardyne, left, Rosemary Gardyne, Teri Gardyne and Grant Gardyne with the Grand Champion Trophy. 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 Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch jason@cthl.co.nz P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 Not just a tyre shop! • On-farm services - NO CALLOUT FEE (Selwyn district) • 24 hour fleet service • Full mechanical repairs • Nitrogen fills, batteries, WOF, shock absorbers • Agricultural tyres • Car tyres, 4x4 tyres, light truck tyres, truck & bus tyres • Wheel alignments, puncture repairs, full groom Courtesy car available. Kiddie’s toys & entertainment. enjoy a free coffee, massage (chair) & tV while you wait. Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.00pm, saturday 9am-12pm Call 03 347 4702 or 0800 838 973 847 jones rd, rolleston • www.tasmantyres.co.nz