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Selwyn Times: February 07, 2018

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24 Wednesday [Edition datE] February 7 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi 2 SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Milk processor welcomes new member of senior leadership team Synlait is adding a new member to its senior leadership team on April 1, when Dr Suzan Horst takes up the role of director of quality, regulatory and laboratory services. Managing director and CEO John Penno says Dr Horst is a leading authority in the global dairy industry and has much to offer Synlait. “Suzan’s executive experience with large multinational dairy companies complements the breadth of leadership and commercial capability we already have in our senior team,” Mr Penno says. “Our organisation will be in an even stronger position as a result of Suzan’s expertise, which is defined by her extensive oversight of food safety in infant formula and fresh consumer dairy products. “Suzan’s role is significant and carries considerable responsibility across our value chain,” he says. “Having the right food safety systems and risk management in place throughout the business is critical. “Not only do we repeatedly test all facilities, raw materials and finished products, but we also have a full quality assurance and traceability programme for everything we produce.” Synlait’s quality testing laboratory, which was commissioned in 2015 and consists of Dr Suzan Horst, Director of Quality, Regulatory and Laboratory Services chemistry and microbiology laboratories, carries out almost 200,000 tests a year. “Our on-site laboratory gives us greater control and visibility around our products, as well as the benefit of having substantial technical competence within the organisation,” Mr Penno says. Synlait also plays a leading role in providing market access for customers and securing regulatory approval for products, which means Dr Horst’s position will also have an international regulatory focus. “As we become a more diversified and balanced business, Suzan will ensure we continue to have the right capability in all of these areas.” “This underpins the integrity and confidence in food safety we provide to not just our customers, but their consumers as well.” Dr Horst says she feels “really honoured” to join the Synlait team. “The company has an impressive track record over the last decade and has exciting plans for the future. “It’s great that sustaining the high performance of quality, regulatory and laboratory services is defined by the senior team as a critical factor for the ongoing success of the company, especially as our portfolio becomes more diversified. “I look forward to supporting the company in building and maintaining solid quality systems that result in safe products and highly satisfied customers,” Dr Horst says. Dr Horst is currently director quality affairs, business group EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) for FrieslandCampina. She has held other senior roles since joining them in 2005, including director corporate QA, crisis and issue management and corporate quality assurance manager. Prior to joining FrieslandCampina, Dr Horst was global food safety competence manager for Nutreco B V and lectured agricultural economics and food safety before that. Dr Horst holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry from the Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands, part of which involved study at Massey University in New Zealand. The company has an impressive track record over the last decade and has exciting plans for the future. 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 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 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! 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday February [Edition 7 datE] 2018 25 3 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Potential Chilean needle grass control under consideration New Zealand farming’s vulnerability to Chilean needle grass may be reduced if an application to release a rust fungus from Argentina wins approval. Chilean needle grass is found at some 300 sites in New Zealand, covering around 4000 hectares. But research suggests up to 15 million hectares may be potentially at risk. Chilean needle grass is common in Australia, where it has caused production losses of up to 25 per cent in infested pastures. It displaces other types of grass, but is less palatable and nutritious to stock. The grass also reduces the sale value of stock. Its sharply pointed seeds bore into the skins of grazing animals, damaging the pelt and reducing carcass value. It can also cause distressing wounds, sometimes blinding lambs and injuring farm dogs. Marlborough District Council has applied to introduce the rust fungus on behalf of a consortium of regional councils and the Department of Conservation. The fungus – Uromyces pencanus – infects the leaves of Chilean needle grass and competes with them for nutrients, with debilitating effects. Its spores spread rapidly on the wind. A year-long study in Argentina found the fungus did not spread to plants other than the target needle grass. Other research suggests there is no direct threat to nontarget plants in New Zealand, so no native or ornamental plants would be at risk. This rust is unlike myrtle rust, which infects a wide range of plant host species within the Myrtaceae family. Myrtle rust arrived accidentally in New Zealand, whereas the introduction of U. pencanus would be intentional for a defined purpose – to control the invasive plant, Chilean needle grass. The Environmental Protection Authority will consider the risks and benefits before any decision is made to release the rust in New Zealand. Public submissions on this application opened on January 29, 2018 and will close on March 13, 2018. 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 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