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Selwyn Times: December 13, 2016

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30 Tuesday December 13 2016 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Grazing service introduced Milk company SELWYN TIMES wins Best Growth A new grazing service for farmers, which facilitates grazing on behalf of stock- owners and graziers, has been set up by PGGWrightson (PGW). Established two months ago, PGGWrightson Livestock Grazing aims to meet the needs of Canterbury dairy farmers requiring grazing for their young stock, matching them with farmers that have pastures available. Former stock agent James Penny has been appointed as grazing manager for the Canterbury region. Coming from a farming background, and with a “passion for animals”, James says PGW’s new business unit was developed in response to the changing face of farming in the region, which has seen large numbers of conversions from sheep and beef to dairy over many years. “The grazing facilities provided by our graziers enables young stock from other farms to be grown out to industry target live weights,” James says, adding that winter grazing can also be provided. Land put forward by graziers is first checked to ensure it is designated for grazing, has a water supply and can be irrigated. The grazing service includes a management plan and animal health plan being established, as well as a feed budget for both stock-owner and grazier. An important factor of the service is the monthly monitoring of the stock, James says. “The animals are weighed every month using our transportable autodrafter.” Strategy award Synlait Milk has won the Best Growth Strategy category at the 2016 Deloitte Top 200 Awards. The annual awards celebrate proven excellence in New Zealand business management and governance. “We’re very proud to receive this award,” managing director and CEO John Penno said. “It recognises the effort we’ve put in since our IPO in 2013 to make more from milk, and the success we’ve had as a result of this approach.” Synlait was one of three finalists in the category, and the judges said Synlait won because of a growth strategy based on selling selected products to leading brands around the world. Synlait reported a record profit in the 2016 financial year (FY16) of $34.4 million, a $23.8 million increase on the prior year. Mr Penno said Synlait’s point of difference was the way they partnered with their customers and milk suppliers. “Partnering with leading global infant formula companies and market disruptors is a key part of our value-added focus. Our FY16 profit stems from significant growth in our ingredients and canned infant formula volumes for our customers around the world. “Our ability to collect and process differentiated milk streams from our 200 Canterbury milk suppliers consistently, and at scale, with some of the most sophisticated production capability in the world creates real value for both our customers and milk suppliers. That’s what’s driving our revenue and profit growth.” Synlait recently launched their next growth phase, which will see approximately $300 million invested over three years. In October they raised $97.6 million of new equity and on November 25 they commenced trading as a dual listed company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Not just a tyre shop! On-FaRM SERViCES No CaLLout Fee (SElwyn diSTRiCT) aGRiCUlTURal TyRES Courtesy car available. Kiddie’s toys & entertainment. Enjoy a free coffee, massage (chair) & TV while you wait. • 24 hour fleet service • Full mechanical repairs • Nitrogen fills, batteries, WOF, shock absorbers • Car tyres, 4x4 tyres, light truck tyres, truck & bus tyres • Wheel alignments, puncture repairs, full groom 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 A canning operator at the Synlait plant 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! Mon-Fri 6.45am-6pm, Sat 8am-12 noon (WOFs only) 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday December 13 2016 31 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Student researching bio-waste potential Native vegetation and bio-waste could be key players in New Zealand’s economic future as the transformation of degraded lands into value-producing, biodiverse ecosystems becomes a necessity and a reality. Inspired by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s focus on native products as a key sector, Lincoln University Soil Science PhD student Salome Seyedalikhani is carrying out a study to determine the effects of bio-wastes on the quantity and quality of essential oils produced from mānuka and kānuka plants. Associate Professor Brett Robinson says Salome’s research is linked with a number of other studies and field trials being carried out. “Salome’s work is part of a larger progamme that seeks to divert biowastes from landfills or waterways onto land where the nutrients that they contain can provide economic value. “Lincoln University is working with the Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research Salome Seyedalikhani (CIBR) on field trials around New Zealand to elucidate the benefits of New Zealand native vegetation on soil that has been improved using biowastes.” Bio-wastes are organic materials of biological origin, such as bio-solids, dairy shed effluent and sawdust. While these materials may contain contaminants such as heavy metals and pathogens, they are also rich in plant nutrients, and a cheap and plentiful resource for rebuilding degraded or low-fertility soils where food is not produced. One such place is former forestry soils, where rebuilding the soils with bio-waste may be a more viable economic alternative than replanting in pines. Bio-wastes would increase the soil’s nutrient and water holding capacity, and provide essential elements to accelerate plant growth. Biowastes would also change the quality of essential oils produced by these plants. The nature of these changes is the subject of Salome’s research. In a series of greenhouse experiments, mānuka and kānuka were grown in low fertility soils, and soils amended with either biosolids, biosolids and sawdust, or dairy shed effluent. The addition of biosolids increased the growth of both species by up to sixty percent. In turn, mānuka and kānuka have an effect on the soil, producing antiseptic chemicals and affecting soil microbes involved in nutrient cycling. The most important components of the essential oils were unaffected by the addition of bio-wastes. Ultimately there is potential for some bio-wastes to be diverted from landfills to degraded land, where they can boost the production of essential oils made with mānuka and kānuka. Fields trials are now being carried out to explore the ecological variables and production economies. While the bio-waste concepts can be applied internationally, mānuka and kānuka production can’t be replicated elsewhere, giving New Zealand a unique industry opportunity and a competitive edge. After winning the Lincoln Postgraduate Conference Prize for top presenter in her faculty, Salome is presenting her findings at an international soils conference this week in Queenstown. Selwyn Auto Happy and safe travels this Christmas holiday season. We will be closed from 24 December reopening 9 January. ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › WOF’s › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 329 5841 | 132 Leeston Road, Springston www.selwynauto.com | office@selwynauto.com 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