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Selwyn Times: January 31, 2017

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28 Tuesday January 31 2017 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Dairy Woman of the Year nominations open Dairy Women’s Network is on the hunt for an inspiring industry leader. Nominations open for the sixth Dairy Woman of the Year on 1 February 2017. “There is no shortage of potential winners out there doing amazing things in the industry every day,” says DWN trustee Alison Gibb. “It’s just that these women often don’t realise that what they are doing is exceptional because they are driven by their own beliefs and passions without knowing the effect they are having on the wider industry at the time and in the future.” Gibb says the 2017 winner, who will be announced at the Network’s conference in Queenstown in May, will be someone who is passionate about the industry, is a leader in her attitude and who is out there making things happen beyond the farm gate and beyond her community. “It’s so important that DWN has created this opportunity to acknowledge the work that these women do in championing the 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING Mon-Fri 6.45am-6pm, Sat 8am-12 noon (WOFs only) 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! dairy industry,” says Gibb. “The Dairy Woman of the Year is the only award of its kind in the dairy industry. There are plenty of industry awards – but nothing acknowledging the huge contribution women make. “So this is a unique opportunity to acknowledge the incredible and valuable role that dairy women play in this country.” With that in mind, she also said anybody could nominate a DWN member for the title. “Nominators don’t need to be female, or even DWN members. They might be bank managers, colleagues, neighbours, sales reps – it doesn’t matter.” Visit to find out more about the awards or to nominate someone. 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213 SIAFD will be even bigger and better The 2017 South Island Field Days (SIAFD) at Kirwee promises to be even bigger and better than before with the purchase of neighbouring land allowing for more displays and demonstrations. The expansion of the event, held from 29 to 31 March, will underscore the fact SIAFD is New Zealand’s premier demonstration event for agricultural machinery. In 2015, SIAFD held its first field days at the site it purchased off Courtenay Road, Kirwee. The SIAFD board bought the site when it outgrew its leased site near Lincoln University, where it was based for more than 30 years. “When we moved to Kirwee we purchased 40ha, which allowed us to accommodate up to 450 exhibitors. Now we have purchased an additional 40ha of land adjacent to our site,” says spokesperson Daniel Schat. “While we will not occupy the entire 80ha at the 2017 Field Days, we will have more exhibitors and a bigger demonstration space than last time. “The machinery demonstrations will feature beet harvesters and maize choppers as well as a full range of balers and cultivation equipment.” A true community event, a group of dedicated volunteers organise and run the Field Days, and community groups provide many of the services –parking, catering and clean-up – that make them function smoothly. “We also provide $5000 in scholarships that go to two Lincoln University students. We will announce the winners of the 2017 scholarship winners soon,” he says. South Island Field Days switches between Canterbury and Southland each year. During the off year Kirwee farmer Tony Redman leases the SIAFD site and in recent months Cressland Contracting Ltd has been doing site development work on the newly acquired portion of the site. For more information, check out the For Exhibitors, The Event and the Downloads sections or contact SIAFD secretary Nicola Burgess on 03 423 0537 or SELWYN TIMES 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 •

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday January 31 2017 29 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Farmers reminded to irrigate the grass not the road Environment Canterbury is reminding irrigators to be aware of where their water is going and irrigate the grass-not the road. Environment Canterbury principal resource management advisor Richard Purdon said some irrigators across the region needed to adjust their aim and irrigate the grass rather than the road. Irrigation onto roads, particularly gravel roads, is not only a waste of water but also has the potential to create safety issues for motorists, he said. “It is the surprise element and the force of the water that could easily startle a motorist, it is especially dangerous for those on motorcycles” Richard said. Richard said irrigation consent holders are responsible for the use of water that is applied to their properties. “Resource consent conditions authorise the use of water to a consented piece of land, not to run to waste,” Richard said. “We understand it can be difficult on very windy days but hardstand areas such as state highways and rural roads are not consented or authorised to be irrigated.” Irrigation system operators must monitor the use of their water and equipment to make sure the water is used in the way that was authorised by their resource consent. “All irrigators should ensure that their water allocations are used diligently and not wasted, especially in a dry season. We will continue to monitor unauthorised use of water utilising our new locally based water zone officers and deal with it on a case-bycase basis,” he said. Irrigation New Zealand chief executive Andrew Curtis said the two main culprits for water going over-boundary were the end guns on pivot irrigators and travelling irrigators set up too close to roads. “Watering onto roads creates a significant safety hazard, so it’s really important for irrigators to ensure they water within their property boundaries.” “My advice is to ensure end guns are set and operating correctly and regularly checked. When you set up your travelling irrigator always have a set-back distance from the road,” he said. Farmers should ensure they’re being responsible with their water. “Aside from the safety issue, people don’t like seeing water being wasted by being sprayed onto roads. Farmers who irrigate do so under strict regulatory regimes so it’s important they justify their use of water by being efficient and responsible with it,” Andrew said. Anyone experiencing spray on the road that is clearly coming from an irrigation system should contact Environment Canterbury on 0800 324 636. If there is immediate danger to road users they should contact the police. Roundwood Farm posts Deer Fencing Post and Rail Fencing Yarding Timber Oregon Rails Oregon Gates Sheep and Deer Netting Gallagher Strainrite Fencing Systems Rural Section HOURS Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am- 12pm Weedons Ross Rd to Rolleston We are here Berketts Rd Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 Trents Rd Main South Rd / SH1 Your Local Timber Merchant Selwyn Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › WOF’s › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres › Motorbike WOF’s & Repairs › Courtesy Cars Available Phone 329 5841 | 132 Leeston Road, Springston |