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Attitude change is needed on farms
Quad bike safety must become a core practice if injury numbers are to fall
Support: Federated Farmers health and safety spokeswoman Jeanette Maxwell said larger model ATVs had their place on New Zealand farms.
By GERALD PIDDOCK
Do you have any suggestions or
thoughts on farmer quad bike
What needs to be done?
Farmers are going to have to
make health and safety a normal
part of running their business if
the number of on-farm accidents
is to be cut, Farmsafe says.
Some farmers struggle to give
health and safety the same
amount of attention as they do to
stock health or pasture manage-
ment, says industry-good Farm-
safe national manager Grant
''It's considered a bit of an ogre. It
shouldn't be because it's pretty
easy to put systems in place.''
This comes after a spate of quad
bike accidents around the country
in the past six weeks.
He believed the issue of safety on
quad bikes had to be looked at
from a farming point of view,
where ATV usage is governed by
health and safety laws, and from
recreational use, which was
governed by transport laws.
''They are two different issues.
Safety in the workplace is one
issue and safety in your general
life is another.''
He supported the idea of ATV
licences because they were the
best way of identifying people
who had carried out ATV
Blaming the machines, their size
and power for injuries and
accidents was a cop-out.
''If you drive it sensibly are you
going to harm yourself? No.''
If farmers used ATVs the way
they are designed, they would be
safe, he said.
''Clearly farmers use vehicles
beyond the scope they are
Federated Farmers health and
safety spokeswoman Jeanette
Maxwell said larger model ATVs
had their place on New Zealand
''It's like having a tractor, there
are times when you can do with
having a bigger tractor because
you need that much more grunt to
get the job done,'' she said.
Bigger, powerful bikes were used
if farmers regularly had to tow a
trailer or a spray rig.
''They want to be able to do those
jobs, but do they have the cc
rating appropriate to the jobs they
want to do? That's about having a
good conversation with the bike
That sentiment was backed by
Timaru Honda owner John
The majority of his customers sat
down and discussed this issue
before deciding on their purchase.
Dealers needed to be realistic
about what model of ATV best
fitted each farmer's needs and
farmers needed to be aware of
what model best suited them.
He said they would only have sold
a handful of Honda's most
powerful ATV, the 675cc TRX 680
on a yearly basis.
''If we had a client walk in here
and say 'I've got a flat farm and I
want a 680 for getting around the
place', we would try to push him
into something smaller.''
He doubted most farmers
required an ATV with that much
Those larger capacity bikes, such
as the 680 model were often sold to
farmers who used them to tow
Staff riding those machines
needed to be well trained.
The more powerful models were
generally higher, faster, heavier
and not as stable.
''Most of the people we deal with
wouldn't entertain buying those
sorts of things, but people do.''
Their biggest selling bike was the
TRX 500 , which was 480cc.
That model had a restricted top
speed and enough power to allow
farmers to get most duties done.
About 90 per cent of farmers he
had sold ATVs to who farmed on
the hills preferred ATVs that
were less than 500cc.
Steak of Origin trophy keenly sought by beef farmers
Sizzling: Beef + Lamb New Zealand
Inc chief executive Rod Slater, left,
with 2012 Steak of Origin champion
By DIANE BISHOP
The search is on to find the
country's tastiest steak.
Farmers across the country are
busy selecting their entries for the
2013 Beef + Lamb New Zealand
Steak of Origin.
The competition to find the
country's most tender and tasty
steak is entering its 11th year and
is keenly contested nationwide.
Beef + Lamb chief executive Scott
Champion said the competition
was taken very seriously.
''The Steak of Origin rewards
farmers for their efforts and
showcases the skill in the New
Zealand beef farming industry,''
All entries will go through
tenderness and quality testing,
including tests for colour and
These entries will then be tasted
by judges to narrow the steaks
down to the top 20, with one last
taste test to decide the 2013 Grand
Champion at the Beef Expo in
Feilding on May 13.
For an entry form visit beeflamb
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