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Cowmattress being installed
Established 57 years ago as canvas makers and Saddlers, Sweetmans
Limited has experienced significant growth over the years, in particular
with the invention of the Hoofmat in 1995.
Utilised in the dairy industry, the Hoofmat is essentially a fabric-covered
sponge for cows to walk on and is especially suitable for treatment of
lameness in dairy cows, such as hairy wart, strawberry foot and hoofrot.
The Hoofmat has proven a real success and is now exported
all over the world. Through Sweetmans experience in geotextile fabric,
they now would like to make a further contribution to the dairy industry,
through the supply of cow mattresses to wintering barns in the lower part
of the South Island.
The company has been to Europe and the UK and viewed a number
of farms fitted with the Tencate-fabric mattress. Some are being
used all year round and in good repair considering they
have been utilised for over five years.
Sweetmans are the New Zealand distributors of Tencate Industrial Fabrics,
who manufacture the Tencate Topcover. They are the only provider of a
woven textile fabric who give a ten year warranty
on their product. The company have been using a very similar
product from them for 12 years and have found it an extremely
hard wearing product and can testify to its longevity.
A growing industry, the cow mattress is a popular addition to dairy farms
globally and there are a wide variety of options available. Sweetmans
believe, however, that they are the only company
who have installed sample systems for farmers to view. A kind
farmer in Southland has allowed the company to install around
30 bails for inspection at a convenient time for potential customers.
For more information or an appointment to view, contact the experienced,
professional team at Sweetmans Limited today.
Hunters claim steel shot causes cruelty
Duck hunters are concerned about proposed changes to regulations on duck shooting with a 20-gauge shotgun using lead shot. Elysia
Worried: Gore duck hunter Kevin Fiveash is concerned about proposed new changes to duck hunting regulations.
Everyone agrees it's [steel
shot] cruel. The ducks die
Gore shooter Kelvin Fiveash
Gore duck shooter Kevin Fiveash
is concerned about proposed new
changes to duck hunting regula-
tions and the effect it will have on
the popular sport.
Proposed regulations by South-
land Fish and Game council will
restrict duck hunters to using
steel shot, instead of lead, with a
The new regulations follow
changes made in 1999, which
restricted hunters to using steel
shot with a
into play, many
ticularly those with more experi-
ence, have switched to using
20-gauge shotguns, believing steel
shot to be too ineffective.
Although the 20-gauge shotgun
has less power, the ability to use
lead shot instead gives the gun
more killing power.
Mr Fiveash wants duck hunters
to be made aware of the proposed
changes. He believes there has
been no consultation with duck
hunters, the majority of whom
strongly disagree with the
He had heard many reports from
hunters who had used steel shot
and could see they had hit a bird
while hunting, but not killed it.
These birds would only fly away
and die later, he said.
''Steel just doesn't have the
energy power to kill them, they
won't die.'' Mr Fiveash has been
asking customers at Shooters
World, where he works in Gore, if
they are for or against the new
More than 200 signatures disag-
reed with the change, while only
two people said they did not mind
using steel shot.
agrees it's [steel
shot] cruel. The
were not as bad
as the number of birds which
were shot and injured with steel
shot, which took some time to die
slowly, he said.
Lead shot almost guaranteed a
clean kill, so there was no cruelty
to the birds. Steel shot was
effective only if used within 30
metres, but lead shot had a lot
Mr Fiveash was also sceptical
about Fish and Game claims that
studies had been done in New
Zealand, particularly Southland.
''If it comes in here then other
regions will follow suit,'' he
Southland Fish and Game
reaction, page 9.
Organic lamb goes down well
By SUE FEA
A budding young Queenstown
company, founded to ensure a
taste of New Zealand's best
organic export lamb can be
enjoyed in its homeland, has
celebrated a successful first
Twin Rivers Organic Lamb
directors Ben McGill, Dave
Hockly and Hugh Rouse threw a
birthday bash with an organic
lamb spit roast at a rural
About 50 suppliers, friends and
supporters of the company were
invited to savour the tasty lamb
over a celebration drink.
Twin Rivers Organic Lamb can
already name Blanket Bay,
Matakauri Lodge, Millbrook
Resort, Saffron and The Bunker
among its first-year five-star
Mr Hockly said the aim for next
year was to ''celebrate the whole
carcass'' and encourage ''nose-
''We've already got some really
cool restaurants like Saffron
doing some amazing creative
dishes using different cuts.''
The company has teamed with
Blue Sky Meats using its larger,
more advanced United States
Department of Agriculture-
certified processing plant in
Twin Rivers lamb is USDA
organically certified lamb pro-
duced by award-winning Cat-
lins organic farmers Bruce and
Denise McGill on Te Taunga
farm in the Catlins.
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