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Selwyn Times: April 04, 2018

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2 [Edition Wednesday datE] 32 April 4 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Fierce competition will test young farmers’ skills The Tasman Regional Final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year is being held at Innovation Park in Templeton on April 7. Among the eight finalists competing will be partners Vanessa Robinson and Martin Bates, who contract milk 360 cows near Burnham. The finalists will be asked to tackle a series of gruelling modules testing their technical and physical abilities. “Competitors will face off in two adrenaline-pumping head-to-head practical challenges at 10.30am and 1pm,” contest manager Bridget Johnson said. “Entry to events during the day is free, so it’s a great opportunity to see some of the region’s best young farmers in action.” The event culminates in a fast-paced agriknowledge quiz and evening show hosted by TV comedian Te Radar at Innovation Park Hall. “It’s possible Vanessa might beat me, but I don’t want that to happen,” laughed Martin, who’s a qualified builder. “My strengths are the opposite of Martin’s. He’s more practical than I am,” Vanessa said. They will be up against Megan Hands, Andrew Wiffen, Roscoe Taggart, Stewart Watson, Simon Ferguson and Jono Satterwaite. A prize pool of $21,000 is up for grabs and the winner will secure a spot in the prestigious FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final in Invercargill in July. “At grand final, you have a one-in-seven chance of taking out the title. That pressure can make or break people,” Te Radar said. The Tasman regional finals for TeenAg and AgriKidsNZ will also take place in Templeton on April 7. More than 35 teams of students have already registered for the two events. “The aim of the contests is to get kids excited about a career in the primary industries,” competition co-ordinator David Highsted said. “Students tackle fun challenges, which test their practical and theoretical skills.” It’s the 50th anniversary of the iconic agricultural competition, which was first held in 1969. Roscoe Taggart of Oxford is one of the eight finalists. The Tasman Regional Final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year is being held at Innovation Park in Templeton on April 7. 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 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 • All residential and light commercial drainage • Septic Tank Systems • Alterations • Excavations • Canterbury Wide • Free Quotes M: 027 437 2468 | E: office@dynamicdrainage.co.nz | W: www.dynamicdrainage.co.nz PO Box 86024, Rolleston West, Rolleston 7658

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday [Edition April 4 datE] 2018 333 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Poor relationships could be costing the country, research shows New research from Lincoln University shows poor relationships between farmers and their meat processors could be costing New Zealand. Dr Nic Lees said improving those relationships was essential to New Zealand producing higher value products that meet consumer needs. He surveyed over 1000 sheep, beef and deer farmers. These three industries together make up 12 per cent of New Zealand’s exports and currently contribute $5 billion a year to the New Zealand economy. “New Zealand is missing out on higher market returns for meat exports because of a lack of commitment and trust between farmers and meat companies,” Dr Lees said. “The majority of farmers do not commit to forward supply contracts that specify quality requirements and delivery schedules. “We effectively still have a system driven by production rather than market requirements. Farmers sell stock based on their farming requirements and the number of stock and quality often does not match market needs,” he said. Dr Lees said consumers were increasingly making food choices based not only on quality but also on factors such as food safety, animal welfare, provenance and environmental stewardship. The research showed that long-term committed relationships were necessary to ensure farmers supplied stock to processors that met these requirements. “Furthermore, these closer relationships meant that farmers were also more profitable. This means that it’s a win-win for farmers, exporters and the New Zealand economy. Though many have believed this to be the case, this is the first time research has clearly shown this.” Increasing the value of exports provides a way to earn more without having to produce more. This can help to address the current public concern about the impact of expanding farm production on the environment, he said. “Therefore, the environment also benefits.” Dr Lees said the research had developed tools for companies to measure the quality of their relationship with suppliers and identify what they can do to improve. Though a number of exporters are already using these tools, there is potential for wider use by agricultural and horticultural companies that want to improve relationships with their suppliers. “Expanding the use of these tools to other sectors such as the dairy and horticultural industries could significantly increase the benefits of this research to the New Zealand economy.” “ New Zealand is missing out on higher market returns for meat exports because of a lack of commitment and trust between ” farmers and meat companies 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 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 GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz