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Selwyn Times: August 15, 2018

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28 Wednesday August 15 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi [Edition datE] 2 SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Piggies back on the programme at Selwyn Spring Show The Ellesmere A&P Association is virtually squealing with excitement at the return of pigs to its spring show. Not since pigs last flew by has the show featured a class for this intelligent and social farm animal. Organisers are particularly looking forward to hosting entries in the Commercial Baconer under-12-monthsold section. Leading the charge are two local syndicates – the all-girl Pork Pullers and the Selwyn Swine Breeders. The Pork Pullers had a sizzling first effort at the Canterbury A&P Show last year with their red ribbon triumph over a number of fun but highly competitive syndicates, all vying for best boar. Given the hype that comes with this pig competition it is sure to create interest and should not be missed. With the 2018 theme of ‘Where Town Meets Country’, The Selwyn Spring Show aims to bring visitors and exhibitors from urban and rural roots together to promote the best in country production and living. Along with the wide variety of classes on show, there is also the return of the popular contests Selwyn’s Got Talent, the Sport Canterbury Top Team Challenge and the Wearable Arts. The Mounted Games will also be putting on a fast-paced exhibition of horsemanship in the Matson & Allan Main Ring. Selwyn’s Got Talent is in its second year, and proved very popular last time with highly talented acts appearing. There are some amazing entertainers out there and this quest could be the start of something fantastic. Cash prizes are up for grabs along with the chance to shine. Both junior and senior classes are open for entries now. The Wearable Arts Show has also had a revamp this year, with a scarecrow section included on top of the wearable art and bra design classes. Junior, youth and open grades apply for individual or team entries. Year 6 primary school teams will also compete in the Top Team Challenge, which takes place in the Matson & Allan Ring with great prizes to be won for their school. The Selwyn Spring Show is being held at the Ellesmere Showgrounds in Leeston on Saturday, October 13. For more information and entry details go to www. ellesmereshow.co.nz and check out the Facebook and Instagram page. The schedule is out now. SATURDAY 13thOCTOBER OSBOURNE STAGE - ELLESMERE SHOWGROUNDS, LEESTON N N N N N N 10.00am until MID DAY The Pork Pullers revel in their winnings at the Canterbury A & P Show 2017. The Pork Pullers relaxing with their brilliant boars. Lifestyle fencing now sold at canterbury timber and Hardware new product please call in for your free quote today! Your Local Timber Merchant NEW ENTRANCE: 167 Manion Road, Rolleston Jason Pester P 03 347 7465 F 03 347 7032 E jason@cthl.co.nz Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm Saturday: 8am-12pm canterbury c t H timber & Hardware We are here

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday August [Edition 15 datE] 2018 293 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Farm workers need to feel valued – every day Positive, productive employees are at the heart of any successful business, DairyNZ’s people team manager Jane Muir says. “Like any bosses, rural or urban, dairy farm employers know full well that without good employees their businesses would struggle, and in some cases go to the wall.” Ms Muir made her comments leading up to Farm Worker Appreciation Day, which was last Monday, August 6. “The day is an American invention, but I’m all for adopting it here so Kiwi farm employers have a special day to celebrate their employees – maybe with morning tea or a pizza lunch, or an early finish to the working day,” she said. Apart from doing something special for staff last Monday, Ms Muir said Farm Worker Appreciation Day was a reminder to employers to do the best by their staff every day of the year. She said any employee, no matter the business they are in, would feel more valued when they were paid fairly and had good work-life balance – “and their boss, quite simply, says thank you for a job well done”. Also high on her list for employers is having conversations with staff – tuning into them as individuals. “Take an active interest in your employees – know what appeals to them and motivates them, ask them what their goals are, and take the time to upskill them in areas they are keen about, as well as listening to their ideas and implementing them if they are good, or giving constructive feedback if the concept isn’t suitable or needs further work.” Recent statistics put the number of people working on dairy farms in New Zealand at 36,000, with approximately 50 per cent employees, 45 per cent business owners, including farm owners, sharemilkers and contract milkers, and the remaining unpaid family members. On-farm employee roles range from entry-level dairy assistants to operations managers. Dairy assistants help in a variety of ways including with feeding and caring for animals, milking, and assisting to ensure the farm is environmentally well managed. Operations managers have a strategic role, sometimes across several farms, with direct responsibility for returning farm or shareholder profits and sustainability. In between there are herd manager, assistant manager, and farm manager positions. Ms Muir said DairyNZ provided a range of information for employers, including some practical tools like an annual leave calculator, templates for training and reviews and a guide to choosing a payroll system. “While these have been developed for Farm workers contribute to the success of a business across many areas. dairy farm businesses, where people are the first step in the journey that produces some of the foods we love the best, any employer will find them useful.” For details go to www.dairynz.co.nz/ people/employer ROLLESTON LAW 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 Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace W: www.meareswilliams.co.nz T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 Richard Gray E: rcg@meareswilliams.co.nz Anita Molloy-Roberts E: am@meareswilliams.co.nz Kate Warren E: kcw@meareswilliams.co.nz Diesel Blower Heaters • An industrial diesel powered blower heater, which is ideal for warming a large area. • Clean burning technology and diesel economy allow it to operate for up to 14 hours on a single tank. • Designed especially to keep operation noise to an absolute minimum. • Plug the heater into a standard three pin plug power point and turn the thermostat to the desired heat setting and the burner starts automatically and will continue operation until it reaches the preset heat setting, automatically turning itself off and on as required to maintain the temperature. • A truly powerful, versatile and economical heater 30 kW - $795.00 GST incl 50 kW - $895.00 GST incl BUY DIRECT FROM THE IMPORTER! Lifestyle Tractors & Machinery Ltd • www.lifestyletractors.co.nz Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email. tractors@lifestyletractors.co.nz • 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