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Selwyn Times: January 10, 2018

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2 20 [Edition Wednesday datE] January 10 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Drought resources offered for farmers While no-one can make it rain, there are a number of management strategies that farmers can put in place to protect the future performance of their capital breeding stock, so we are encouraging farmers to visit our online resource Beef + Lamb New Zealand is offering an online resource for farmers affected by the dry conditions. The resources include a fact sheet outlining strategies to manage and mitigate the effects of drought, coping with stress on the farm and advice on feed requirements and animal welfare during the dry period. Sam McIvor, chief executive of Beef + Lamb NZ, said with the correct planning and use of tools such as early weaning, body condition scoring and feed budgets, farmers could make the most efficient and effective use of limited feed resources. “Scorching temperatures and minimal rainfall over recent weeks is concerning farmers throughout the country as feed quality and quantity falls away and feed crops struggle in the extreme heat. “While no-one can make it rain, there are a number of management strategies that farmers can put in place to protect the future performance of their capital breeding stock, so we are encouraging farmers to visit our online resource.” Mr McIvor said one of the key concerns was the timing of this dry period, which will affect lamb growth. “Farmers who would normally be able to wean and sell lambs are now looking at options around store lambs, at lighter weights, meaning lower values.” The current weather patterns also appear to be persisting with forecast rain not arriving. In the event we do get rain, small amounts can only add to the frustration with increased risks of internal parasite burden and in some areas facial eczema. “Conditions are variable between and within regions. We’re urging farmers to seek advice from Beef + Lamb NZ extension managers and other rural professionals. It’s also important farmers talk to their neighbours and look out for each other,” Mr McIvor said. 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 unbelievable summer 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

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday January [Edition 10 datE] 2018 21 3 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Milk processor partnering with grocery chain to supply fresh milk and cream Synlait Milk is partnering with Foodstuffs South Island Limited to become the cooperative’s exclusive supplier of its private label fresh milk and cream from early 2019. Synlait intends to invest approximately $125 million in an advanced liquid dairy packaging facility to supply Foodstuffs South Island. The investment establishes a platform for Synlait to pursue a range of dairy-based products for domestic and export markets in the future. “Combined, the partnership with Foodstuffs South Island and investment in a new facility is a further and significant step towards our goal of being a more diversified and balanced business,” managing director and CEO John Penno said. “We believe this opens up a new category - everyday dairy - and has the potential to both leverage our current position and explore new customers and markets. “This category represents the dairy products people consume every day. Our long-term success in this category will be based on our ability to win customers in the New Zealand market first and today we’re taking a foundational step towards that.” Synlait’s partnership with Foodstuffs South Island is strategic for both parties. “We are very proud of our Canterbury dairy farmers and the way they farm. We are excited about making our farmers’ fresh milk available to everyone in the South Island, in partnership with Foodstuffs,” Mr Penno said. Fresh milk and cream from Synlait will be packaged in Value and Pams branded products, which are available across New World, PAK'nSAVE, Four Square and On The Spot stores. “The partnership allows the co-operative to provide high-quality fresh milk and cream to our customers. The partnership allows us to give our customers surety around milk supply with an innovative New Zealand-based milk supplier,” CEO Foodstuffs South Island Steve Anderson said. “In time, we are looking forward to collaborating with Synlait to create a range of new and innovative dairy-based products that our customers will enjoy.” Synlait’s research and development centre in Palmerston North, which is a collaboration with Massey University and FoodPilot, will provide the technical new product development expertise needed to establish, validate and deliver these capabilities at Synlait. The expected $125 million investment in an advanced liquid dairy packaging facility is aimed at delivering a state-of-the-art liquid blending and packaging platform. It will allow Synlait to produce fresh milk and cream for domestic use and the ability to pursue a range of dairy-based extended and long-life consumer products in future. “This will be one of the most sophisticated fresh milk and cream processing facilities in New Zealand,” Mr Penno said. “By leveraging what we have learnt about milk quality and blending dairy products in our infant formula business, we will deliver a great facility at Synlait Dunsandel. “Our everyday dairy category offers many B2B and B2C opportunities in the established and growing export milk and cream market.” Synlait Milk is partnering with Foodstuffs South Island Limited to become the co-operative’s exclusive supplier of its private label fresh milk and cream from early 2019. 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 www.selwynauto.com | office@selwynauto.com 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 92 Williams St, Kaiapoi | Ph: 03 375 5015 | www.bowden.co.nz Canterbury Ltd • Pipes, valves, fittings sales • Filtration supply and installation • Pump service, repairs and maintenance • Bore flush and development • Bore pump sales, servicing and maintenance • Quotations for water system designs and water testing • We also sell, service and repair most pump brands including sewage pumps Sales and service | After hours service call Jason 021 649 944 or Mike 021 560 044 0800 GRUNDFOS / 0800 478 633 www.pumps-filters.co.nz