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FOR TIMELY RELIABLE ESTABLISHMENT OF
• Annual ryegrass into tired pastures
• Summer brassica for lamb or dairy feed
• Winter crops including swedes and chow
• Green feed or grass after cereal crops
• Fertiliser with seed
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Serving the Greater Waimea Plains Area
Phone (03) 236-6077 or (027) 662-1954
53 Great North Road, Winton
"Cow Barn Design & Building
Specialists with 13000 cows
Farmers with dairy wintering barns are reporting savings of
20 to 23% over outdoor wintering costs made up from: -
Savings on winter-feed costs because cows are warmer
and there is less feed wastage.
Savings on pasture damage, pugging, nutrient run-off
and the environment because cows are off the land
during the wetter periods.
Being able to milk longer at the shoulders of the season
and therefore increase milking days.
Less cow walking distance resulting in better yields and
less lame cows.
Fertiliser savings by being able to apply the retained
effluent at a time when the grass can best uptake the
Reduced feed supplement wastage and pasture damage
by using barn as a feed pad during milking periods.
"Turn-key packages for complete shed with
full fit out from $1600 per cow"
Talk to the builders with over 10 years of proven experience
in the business of comfortable and affordable cow housing.
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Planning key for prizewinner, page 10
Year had many highlights
Stewart Island track trek one to look forward to
Welcome to the last issue of the
Otago Southland Farmer for 2012.
There's never a dull moment in the
job and in this issue I take a
reflective look at some of the stories
that made the headlines in a special
A to Z spread.
Picking a newsmaker of the year
was the easy part.
The Ahuwhenua Young Maori Cadet
of the Year Tangaroa Walker stood
out from my first interview earlier
Born on the wrong side of the tracks,
he has carved out a successful career
in the southern dairy industry and
this season took up a contract
He is enjoying mentoring young kids
and has taken part in many speaking
A field day I enjoyed was on the farm
of Otago Ballance Farm
winners Blair and Jane
Smith back in May.
I don't often get to Five
Forks but having just
been to the Deer Indus-
try Conference in
Wanaka, I decided it
would be a good side
I was thrilled when the
Smiths went on to win the national
award and look forward to catching
up with them after their overseas
study tour in the autumn.
On another note, I can't believe how
quickly the year has flown and I'm
looking forward to some much
needed rest and relaxation over the
In the previous issue I mentioned I
was walking the Rakiura Track on
Stewart Island -- well, our party of
two has grown to a party of five. The
more the merrier.
With only 15kg of baggage allowed
on the plane I'm going to have to
pack very carefully -- not too many
clothes but enough food for the 36km
I wish all readers a happy Christmas
and a bright and prosperous new
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