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Selwyn Times: March 07, 2017

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2 [Edition datE] Tuesday March 7 2017 30 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Opportunity for sheep farmers to benchmark flocks Canterbury sheep farmers are invited to enter the nationwide New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition, with entries now open. This unique hogget competition gives farmers the opportunity to benchmark their flocks against others at both local and national level as well as giving them the chance to compare different farming systems and learn from other competitors as well as the judging panel. “The achievments of New Zealand farmers deserve more recognition and acknowledgement,” national convemor Stephen Rabbidge says. “The New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition is in its 21st year and continues to grow momentum in promoting excellence within the sheep industry. It is now more important than ever for sheep farmers to have an efficient and profitable business. This competition provides the ideal opportunity for entrants to compete and compare to ensure future success,” Mr Rabbidge says. North Island entries close on April 10 and South Island entries on April 21, with judging to follow. The National Final Judging will take place in the North Island on April 22-24 and in the South Island on May 1-4. For the first time the presentation dinner is to take place in Napier on June 8, where all breed finalists will receive their awards. The overall winner will be announced at the end of the evening. The competition will conclude later in the year with a field day on the winner’s property. Competition organisers thank the sponsors, Alliance Group, MerialAncare, New Zealand Sheepbreeders, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Beef+Lamb New Zealand, NZ Farmer, and PGG Wrightson Livestock, for their belief in this grassroots competition. Greg Burgess of New Zealand Sheepbreeders’ Assn offers a “massive thanks to the many volunteers who believe in this competition, contacting farmers encouraging entries, and giving up their time and effort for the duration of this event.” It is now more important than ever for sheep farmers to have an efficient and profitable business. THE SIDE-BY-SIDE THAT’S MADE OF STEEL! $1,000 off the retail price Limited time only $19,995.00 SO MANY FEATURES DEALErS WAnTED nOW! 67 hp. 1100cc 4 cyl. 16 valve engine, 5 x speed transmission, hydraulic clutch, 2WD, 4WD, Diff. lock front & rear, max speed 70kph, snorkel, electrically operated rear deck hoist, fully foldable windscreen, front mounted electric winch, roof mounted LED light bar, all steel construction, disc brakes all round, amazing carrying capacity (front, roof, rear tray) road registrable , Dimensions - 3270 x 1550 x 2065(mm) (LxW.H). BUY DIRECT FROM THE IMPORTER! Lifestyle Tractors & Machinery Ltd - Tel. 03-347-4956 - Mob. 0274 770 070 - Email. 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 Visit us at: Corner Main South Road and Barters Road, Templeton. Ph: 344 0331 847 Jones Rd, Rolleston •

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday [Edition March 7 datE] Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi 2017 31 3 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Farmers warned to watch for velvetleaf The pest plant velvetleaf should be high on cropping farmers’ minds over the next few months, Environment Canterbury says. The Ministry for Primary Industries recently sent out an alert to this effect – it is on the website “Left to spread, this invasive pest can quickly impact crops, severely reducing yield and grazing capacity, and impose high costs through lost productivity, increased stock management and lost income,” Environment Canterbury principal management advisor biosecurity Laurence Smith says. Velvetleaf was introduced to New Zealand as a contaminant in fodder beet seed from Europe in 2015. “With over 500 farms having received at least one of the six affected seed lines in Canterbury, there is a real risk of spread both within and to other properties,” Mr Smith says. “Not all plants will have been found so it is highly likely seed will have matured and contributed to a seed bank in the soil. “Farmers will need to be vigilant this season, which runs until May. They should search crops to prevent seeding and make sure seed is not spread by stock, vehicles and machinery.” The Ministry for Primary Industries is managing the velvetleaf incursion response nationally and is assisting farmers with information and advice. Environment Canterbury, in partnership with MPI, is helping affected farmers formulate plans to manage the pest and prevent its spread. “Your farm management plan should include on-farm biosecurity so preventing the spread of velvetleaf and other pests is top of mind at all times,” Mr Smith says. “Farmers can implement farm biosecurity measures on their land by making sure they are notified when people intend to enter their property and implementing hygiene protocols such as checking and cleaning machines and vehicles.” If you have found velvetleaf or would like more information, contact the Ministry for Primary Industries on 0800 80 99 66. For free farm biosecurity signs for your property contact Environment Canterbury at Kline 5 Pod Irrigation Kit Ideal for small lifestyle blocks. 910789 $ 920 MTD Ride On Lawnmower $ 2999 420cc OHV engine. 38” (970mm) cutting deck. 6 speed. 2 year warranty. 182335 BONUS Trailer worth $299 Hornby 370 Main South Road Ph 349 8497 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 | GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband 0800 726 724 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 Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 Trents Rd Main South Rd / SH1 Your Local Timber Merchant Canterbury Ltd E.sybox & E.sybox Mini • The next generation in household water pumps • Exceptionally quiet operation • Constant – Mains-like water pressure • Up to 50% more energy efficient Mention this ad to receive this offer E.SYBOX WAS $2585 NOW $1811 Conditions apply, while stocks last. Valid until Easter weekend 2017 Sales and service | After hours service call Jason 021 649 944 or Mike 021 560 044 0800 GRUNDFOS / 0800 478 633 SPECIAL PRICING E.SYBOX MINI WAS $1820 NOW $1340