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Selwyn Times: September 05, 2018

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40 Wednesday September 5 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES New service aims to help farmers with production, environmental protection Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced details of a new Extension Service Model to be rolled out over four years with $3 million funding from the new Sustainable Food and Fibre Fund. Wairarapa Federated Farmers president William Beetham and Federated Farmers board member and arable chairperson Karen Williams were also at the event, which was held on August 23 at Otahuao Farm near Masterton. Feds members Nathan and Kate Williams’ award-winning Otahuao Farm was described by the Minister as the “kind of aspiration property we’d love to see rolled out across the country”. But he said there were some farmers “down the back of the valley…heads down and bums up” hard at work, who for whatever reason don’t make it to discussion meetings run by the likes of Dairy NZ and the Red Meat Profit Partnership, the Minister said. “We need to help those farmers understand there is new compliance, new expectations and get them up to speed.” Karen Williams described the new extension service, which is intended to bring knowledge and resources to farmers struggling to keep up on production efficiency and environmental protection fronts as a “positive”. “Offering support so farmers can get up to speed is certainly preferable, and more likely to achieve progress, than wielding the big stick of fines and more regulations. “The new extension service could prove helpful but we would urge MPI to continue to work with farming groups on the mechanics of it and how it is rolled out,” Ms Williams said. MPI has been tasked with rolling out the extension service to at least 300 farms in the next year, and 1200 over four years. Other farmers might nominate someone “who needs a bit of help”, or if necessary “MPI will go out and knock on doors,” the Minister said. He told the audience of farmers, agriculture organisation and government agency representatives at the launch that thanks to digital technology “we’re all governed by the lowest common denominator”. “The bad practice of any one farmer on the welfare of animals or the environment can be around the world in the blink of an eye. “The traditional approach in farming is that there’s a bottom 20 per cent ‘and don’t worry about them, they’ll fall over and we’ll buy their farms. We can no longer sustain that approach because the 20 per cent yet to lift their game determines your image in the international marketplace. “If we’re going to get more for our products, we cannot afford to have people who don’t understand why they need to do certain things,” Minister O’Connor said. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor with Nathan and Kate Williams, who run the award-winning Otahuao Farm. It’s the “kind of aspiration property we’d love to see rolled out across the country”, the Minister said. Photo courtesy Federated Farmers Mr Beetham noted that one of the reasons that “farmers down the back of the valley”, as the Minister put it, were not up to speed on knowledge and resources was because they still only had ‘dial-up’ speed connectivity and patchy mobile coverage. “That’s worth doing something about as well.” ROLLESTON LAW • Bulk Cartage • Fertiliser, Grains, Aggregates • Blower Units for all Farm supplies* *Ask for us when ordering • Mini Readymix Concrete* *up to 3m loads • Civil Works & Site Excavations • Bulk Liquids & Tractor Units Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace W: T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 Richard Gray E: Anita Molloy-Roberts E: Kate Warren E: 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

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday September 5 2018 41 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Meeting China’s growing taste for dairy Fonterra’s Darfield site where the new cream cheese plant has started operations. Fonterra’s new cream cheese plant in Canterbury has started production and is set to manufacture up to 24,000 metric tonnes of cream cheese annually, bound for China. China’s changing demographics have driven a surge in popularity for Western foods. The 20kg blocks of cream cheese from Darfield will meet growing demand for bakery goods, such as cheese cakes and cheese tarts. Fonterra’s general manager marketing, global foodservice, Susan Cassidy, says growth in China’s middle class, rapid urbanisation and changing consumer tastes have contributed to explosive growth in the number of consumers wanting New Zealand dairy. “People in China want natural dairy products they can trust in their baked goods. That’s great for Fonterra and New Zealand,” she says. Chief operating officer, global operations, Robert Spurway, says the new plant is an important part of the co-op’s strategy to keep up the momentum in producing more value-added products for its consumer and foodservice business. “Today, one in four litres of milk from New Zealand is sold to China – that’s the equivalent of 3.4 billion litres a year. Our focus is on creating the highest return from each of those litres. “The new plant will enable us to convert more milk to high-value cream cheese, which is in popular demand. We’re really proud of our technology, which alters the firmness and consistency of cream cheese according to customer preference. It’s a technology first and a huge competitive advantage,” Mr Spurway says. Darfield’s acting site operations manager Shane Taylor says the 30 new employees hired to operate the cream cheese plant had been looking forward to the site opening for the last six months. “Most of the team have learnt everything from scratch. They’ve gone from classroom to practice to real life commissioning of the site. If the plant was a ship, they would have been the crew preparing for its maiden voyage and a long life on the ocean,” Mr Taylor said. GROW VEGETABLES ALL YEAR ROUND 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 Now for Spring Growth 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 • Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email. Lifestyle fencing now sold at canterbury timber and Hardware 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 Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm Saturday: 8am-12pm canterbury c t H timber & Hardware We are here new product Selwyn Auto • All residential and light commercial drainage • Septic Tank Systems • Alterations • Excavations • Canterbury Wide • Free Quotes M: 027 437 2468 | E: | W: PO Box 86024, Rolleston West, Rolleston 7658 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 |