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Selwyn Times: December 19, 2017

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2 [Edition datE] Wednesday December 20 2017 28 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Technology company completes capital raising round Farmlands Cooperative Society Ltd has taken a shareholding in farm software company FarmIQ Systems Ltd, as part of a capital raising round, joining shareholders Landcorp Farming Ltd, Silver Fern Farms Joint Ventures Ltd and Veterinary Enterprises Group Ltd. A New Zealand-based technology company, FarmIQ Systems Ltd develops and markets software for farming and agribusiness. FarmIQ chairman John Quirk welcomed Farmlands as a shareholder and also the decision by Landcorp to increase its shareholding. “The FarmIQ board wanted to achieve a broad shareholding to reflect FarmIQ’s role as the provider of an open, independent platform for farming and agribusiness. The shareholding companies now comprise two farmer-owned co-operatives, a national veterinary business and a land-based, state-owned enterprise. Between them, they represent the value chain from farm suppliers, farm consultants and farmers to processors. Importantly, we remain open to working with other companies that can add value to farmers through data.” Farmlands CEO Peter Reidie says the investment will help Farmlands support and service its shareholders. “We are confident this investment will help our shareholders and their businesses, particularly as emerging technology changes how we farm. This is another step towards our goal of being market leaders in agricultural knowledge and expertise.” Landcorp CEO Steve Carden says increasing the Landcorp investment is a vote of confidence in the future FarmIQ CEO Darryn Pegram, left, and chairman John Quirk of FarmIQ Systems Ltd. “FarmIQ has been instrumental in connecting our dayto-day operations with the rest of our business. Farming businesses of all sizes are now adopting FarmIQ as their digital information hub, and we are pleased to see the whole farming ecosystem starting to share their information through the FarmIQ platform. “We welcome Farmlands investment and look forward to a more seamless integration of the information and insights we both have about our farming operations.” FarmIQ CEO Darryn Pegram says this is good news for farmers and agribusiness. “We’re delighted that Farmlands has joined us as a shareholder and a partner in the FarmIQ platform. FarmIQ now has all the resources we need to fuel our growth. We will accelerate new software development to meet the needs of our existing sheep and beef customers at the same time as we launch our dairy product and partner with companies across the pastoral value chain. The result will be more information at farmers’ fingertips.” Silver Fern Farms CEO Dean Hamilton says the new investment is a sure sign of confidence in the future of the FarmIQ software. He says FarmIQ has had strong growth over the past 12 months and bringing on new partners will contribute to that growth continuing. “Silver Fern Farms has itself invested over $5 million in the last seven years in developing the FarmIQ software and supporting its commercialisation as part of the Primary Growth Partnership with the government. We are supportive of FarmIQ being an accessible software platform for New Zealand farmers, and a broader ownership structure is consistent with that.” Farmlands has appointed Andrew Horsbrugh, the Farmlands director of products and services, to the FarmIQ board. GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband ATTENTION all farmers If you’re in need of a resource consent, we can help. • Effluent discharge • Groundwater • Surface water • FEP / Land Use • Due diligence • Monitoring & compliance • Advocacy 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz Canterbury C T H Timber & Hardware Visit us via our new entrance on Manion Rd We are here HOURS Mon-Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am -12pm Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 167 Manion Road, Rolleston jason@cthl.co.nz P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 92 Williams St, Kaiapoi | Ph: 03 375 5015 | www.bowden.co.nz CHRISTMAS SPECIALS!! Genuine $200 off normal retail price Don’t buy another vegetable! 20ft Greenhouse - 6.29m(L) x 2.6m(W) x 2.58m(H) Aluminium powder coated (green) frame & base 6mm Polycarbonate walls & roof with 5yr UV guarantee Wide opening double sliding door Fully adjustable roof vent Spread your own fertiliser! 300 litre corrosion free plastic hopper Spreading range - 10-30m Tractor mounted - PTO driven Recommended tractor HP-20-40 $1,695.00 GST incl. $795.00 GST incl. Tuatara Machinery Ltd • www.lifestyletractors.co.nz Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email. tractors@lifestyletractors.co.nz

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