PROFITABLE PERFORMANCE FARMING South Island | February 2014 How to get a healthy brassica crop Explaining autumn milk fevers Check out our February in-store specials Contents 02 Welcome Autumn is an important time to set your farm systems up to cope with winter and prepare for spring. 03 Forward planning best for autumn fertiliser 04 New pasture options this autumn 05 Certified versus uncertified seed 06 Growers impressed with Ampligo® on brassica pests Diamondback moth and aphids in brassica 07 How to get a healthy brassica crop 08 Lamb management 09 Control feed online for precision and profit 10 Explaining autumn milk fevers Net replacement film the next step in baleage technology 11 We’ve got the power to make a difference. Meridian and PGG Wrightson join forces. 12 GreenWood – strong, durable and cost-effective sheds, bridges and cattle yards 13 Clothes that Work summer sale 14 PGG Wrightson directory 15 Better Buying in-store specials PGG Wrightson’s purpose is helping grow the country and that means our team are here to support farmers by providing information and tools to increase on farm productivity. In this month’s issue we have a number of articles that demonstrate our commitment to delivering this across the country. We consider fertiliser options to bolster soil nutrition prior to winter. PGG Wrightson Seeds introduces two new cultivars this autumn and also discusses certified versus uncertified seed – and the implications of considering uncertified seed for your farm. While many farmers focus on containing costs, it shouldn’t come at the expense of compromising quality or lifting productivity if that is your ultimate goal. Our on farm testimonial sees us in the Canterbury High Country, where the advice from PGG Wrightson Arable Representative, Steve Roulston, is assisting in the control of diamondback moth and aphids. Farm Manager, Tony Plunkett, shares his story around the work that has gone into the pasture and cropping pest control. Turn to page 7 for more on this story. Our Dairy Nutritionist explains autumn milk fevers and we have a number of supporting animal health articles. Our team would love to see you this month and catch up on our latest specials and offer advice to set your farm up for a productive autumn. Shannon Galloway GM Marketing PGG Wrightson Earn 1 Rewards point for every $1 you spend on our in-store products!* *Excludes bulk purchases such as fertiliser, fuel, seed and grain and any items that we order directly from a supplier on your behalf. 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You must use all products strictly in accordance with any product information supplied. Always use professional advice for critical work or where you are unsure of any information. No part of this information may be reproduced, stored, or transmitted without our prior written permission. 02 | PGG WRIGHTSON RURAL DIARY Land production Forward planning best for autumn fertiliser As the end of summer approaches, it’s time to think about your autumn fertiliser plan. If you want to maintain, or grow, your farm’s productive capability, then it’s crucial that your soil nutrient levels are adequate. Since contractors can be difficult to get hold of once the season is underway, it is worthwhile booking them early. When putting your plan together: > Make sure you are adding enough nutrients to optimise your farm’s production > Think about nitrogen applications – they can earn you money > Get in early; it will lower your stress levels! which contains plant-available soluble forms of both P and S. Sulphurgain products are also popular, especially when elemental sulphur is needed. This form of sulphur is released gradually, which is useful if there is a risk of leaching over winter, or if you only apply fertiliser every two to three years. Nitrogen worth consideration Phosphorus and sulphur are key Long-term trials in both the North and South Islands have shown the benefits of regular applications of fertiliser, with phosphorus (P) and sulphur (S) being of primary importance. If these nutrients are inadequate your pasture quality will deteriorate, there will be less clover, a drop in nitrogen fixation and the ingress of weeds and poorer fertility grass species such as browntop. The table below shows the dramatic difference between adding no fertiliser, and low or high rates of superphosphate at Ballantrae Research Station in the Wairarapa. No fertiliser 125 kg superphosphate/ha 375 kg superphosphate/ha Current Olsen P 7 9 34 Pasture production (t DM/ha/yr) 6.7 9.0 12.1 Stocking rate (SU/ha) 8 11 16 Earthworm density (kg/ha) 1,100 1,700 3,700 Soil testing is the best way to monitor the levels of key nutrients. It is a good idea to break your land into blocks, for example, flat versus rolling country, and then you can tailor your fertiliser policy to each block’s different characteristics. The choice of product and rate will depend on the nutrients each block requires. One commonly used option is Superten™, There is still plenty of scope for an increase in the strategic use of nitrogen on sheep and beef farms. In autumn, while the weather is still warm enough for grass to be actively growing, it can be used to build a feed wedge for winter and for finishing sheep and beef to achieve target slaughter weights. You do need to be sure you can use the extra feed, though; a feed budget will help with this. If you cannot be sure of getting at least 10 mm of rain within eight hours of applying nitrogen, SustaiN™ will be a better choice than Nrich urea. Alternatively, PhaSedN could be an option if you would also like to add sulphur. For help putting together the optimum autumn fertiliser regime for your farming enterprise, talk to your local PGG Wrightson or Ballance representative. ARTICLE SUPPLIED BY BALLANCE AGRI-NUTRIENTS FEBRUARY 2014 | 03 Land production New pasture options this autumn At PGG Wrightson Seeds we are constantly striving to deliver improvements over existing products; we work hard to help your business by aiming to develop new cultivars that outperform current cultivars on the market. PGG Wrightson Seeds are excited to bring two new cultivars to the market this autumn: Excess perennial ryegrass with AR37 endophyte is an outstanding example of a high yielding mid-season heading (+7 days relative to Nui) diploid perennial ryegrass with a perfect fit for all intensive dairy, sheep or beef systems. Excess with AR37 provides dry matter when you need it most, with very strong winter, summer and autumn growth. The inclusion of AR37 endophyte offers the benefits of superior insect protection compared with other commercially available ryegrass endophytes. Excess perennial ryegrass with AR37 has tolerance against Argentine stem weevil larvae, black beetle, pasture mealy bug, root aphid and porina. Our trial work showed Excess with AR37 to be the most persistent ryegrass in 10 trials across seven sites in New Zealand and Australia. The increased tolerance provided by AR37 ensures better pasture persistence and maximum pasture production from Excess. Excess perennial ryegrass will produce and persist best under rotational grazing but can tolerate brief periods of set-stocking. Rely perennial ryegrass with AR37 endophyte is a reliable perennial ryegrass to see you and your stock through. It is a densely tillered, fine leaved mid-season heading (0 days, i.e. the same as Nui) perennial ryegrass, perfect for dairy pastures in more challenging environments or for sheep and beef systems. Some of Rely’s parent material had aluminium tolerance, which means Rely is potentially able to tolerate lower pH environments. Rely perennial ryegrass is not only reliable and robust, but matches or outperforms many other top dry matter yielding ryegrasses. Teamed with the well-known agronomic benefits of AR37 endophyte and excellent rust tolerance, Rely AR37 is truly a robust, reliable performer. Base AR1 Power Pak™ – available in bare seed High performance tetraploid pasture with AR1 endophyte. Ideal for better performing paddocks in well managed dairy and rotational finishing farm systems. Highly palatable forage with very late heading date. Clovers: Kopu II and Mainstay. Sow at 25-30 kg/ha. Base AR37 Power Pak™ – available in Superstrike® High performance tetraploid pasture with the superior pest protection of AR37. Ideal for better performing paddocks in well managed dairy rotational finishing farm systems. High quality forage with very late heading date. To discuss your pasture options this autumn, contact your local PGG Wrightson Technical Field Representative. Together we will develop the right plan for your farm. ARTICLE SUPPLIED BY PGG WRIGHTSON SEEDS 04 | PGG WRIGHTSON RURAL DIARY Clovers: Kopu II and Mainstay. Sow at 25-30 kg/ha. Land production Certified versus uncertified seed In this day and age of rising costs, it is always prudent for farmers to examine the cost of inputs, including those associated with pasture renovation. One area where farmers may be tempted to reduce costs is in the choice of the seed sown. The choice is to purchase and sow certified seed, which usually comprises a proprietary cultivar with all the bells and whistles, or go for the much cheaper uncertified option. Uncertified seed is seed that has not been grown to the standards of the New Zealand Seed Certification scheme administered by AsureQuality; the Government appointed regulator. Certified seed requires the seed to pass field inspections while being grown, as well as meeting purity and germination specifications when processed. Therefore uncertified seed, while cheaper, is very likely to be of lower quality than certified seed and its performance compromised. Often the quality of uncertified seed is reduced through contamination with other crop or weed species. This is because production of uncertified seed does not require the grower to adhere to strict field history rules, so the uncertified production can be planted in a field where the previous crop may reseed and contaminate the uncertified seed crop. The grower is also not going to take the same care with weed control because there is no cost benefit in doing so. As a result it is common for uncertified perennial ryegrass seed to be contaminated with annual ryegrass or other grass weeds as well as flat weeds. Using such seed compromises pasture persistence and increases the establishment costs as there will be a need for more weed control. Additionally, purchasing uncertified seed is very unlikely to offer the significant benefits of novel endophyte technology in perennial ryegrass, known to improve persistence and animal performance. All proprietary seed companies grow novel endophyte cultivars under certification and although endophyte is not part of the scheme, it encourages a high level of endophyte purity because the field history rules greatly reduce the possibility of contamination. On the other hand, growers of uncertified seed are not concerned about endophyte contamination or the effort to maintain endophyte in the seed, again because it adds to their cost. The other thing farmers need to be mindful of if they are considering buying uncertified seed or “brown bag” seed directly from other farmers is that not only is it fraught with potential quality and performance issues, but it is also often illegal. If the seed sold is a proprietary variety protected by Plant Variety Rights, then the grower is in breach of the Plant Variety Rights Act; and if the seed contains novel endophytes such as AR1 or AR37, they are also breaking patent laws. Because of the issues identified above, it is false economy to save money on your seed inputs by buying uncertified seed to establish new pasture. The seed you choose (be it uncertified versus certified or a proprietary cultivar with a novel endophyte against a common cultivar), is the cheapest part of pasture renewal, yet the choice of seed has the greatest long term effect on the productivity and profitability of the paddock. A short term saving can result in a long term loss, so for the best results and peace of mind, use certified seed. ARTICLE SUPPLIED BY PGG WRIGHTSON SEEDS FEBRUARY 2014 | 05 Land production Growers impressed with Ampligo® on brassica pests Diamondback moth and aphids in brassica Ampligo controls a wide range of insect pests and lasts longer than traditional OP/SP (organophosphate/synthetic pyrethroid) sprays. Growers are finding that one spray of Ampligo can last for up to three weeks¹, which can get them through the main insect challenge period with fewer sprays. Weather patterns have a huge influence on farming and one of the reasons for this is the effect on growth of plants and pest lifecycles. Last season this was evident when diamondback moth caused major damage to brassica feed crops because of the dry conditions. Diamondback moth loves warm dry conditions, which allow it to increase in numbers quickly and inflict serious damage to crops. The pests reduce the leaf area and damage the growing point where new leaves originate. Control of diamondback moth is important to protect planned feed so keep an eye on your brassica crops. Ampligo is approved for the control of nysius and cutworm in addition to leaf miner, aphids and the caterpillars of white butterfly, diamondback moth and soybean looper. Yield response from controlling insect pests with Ampligo can be significant. In a fully replicated trial² in forage kale, a programme of Ampligo increased dry matter yield by 3,760 kgDM/ha over untreated, and 1,070 kgDM/ha over the standard OP/SP insecticide programme. With feed valued at 20 cents/kgDM, that’s an advantage of $214.00/ha compared to the OP/SP programme and $527.00/ha compared to the untreated, after application and chemical costs. The use rate of Ampligo is just 100 ml/ha plus a non-ionic wetting agent. Coverage is important and water rates of 200 to 400 L/ha are required depending on crop height and density. If aphid pressure is high, the addition of Dovetail® or Pirimor® is recommended, so spray as early as possible before aphid populations explode. Unlike organophosphate sprays, Ampligo has no unpleasant smell and the low use rate means less bulk to carry around and fewer empty containers to dispose of. Ampligo has a 14 day withholding period and is available in 1 L and 5 L packs from your local PGG Wrightson Technical Field Representative or store. ARTICLE SUPPLIED BY SYNGENTA® ¹ Syngenta forage brassica trials – 2009 to 2011 ² Agrivet Services (Ref: 09100) – Culverden, North Canterbury Monitoring for pests like diamondback moth involves walking around the crop and identifying what’s there. Diamondback moth is harder to identify than aphids, which hide on the underside of the leaf and in the growing point. Diamondback moth is trickier to identify because there can be the adult moth, eggs, the caterpillar and the chrysalis present. Often the easiest way to identify a pest is by the damage it causes; and diamondback moth produces distinctive windowing in the leaf where the caterpillar has eaten away the lower leaf material leaving behind a thin transparent layer of waxy cuticle. The good news is that by regularly keeping an eye out for diamondback moth and knowing which tools to use, your crop can remain healthy and grow the feed you have budgeted on. When applying an insecticide select a product or products that will: 1. Control all the pests species present. 2. Have the coverage to reach pests where they are, e.g. under the leaf or in the growing tip. 3. Have residual suitable for the lifecycles present, e.g. a product that controls only adults will be of little use if only eggs are present. For more information or in-field assistance, contact your local PGG Wrightson Technical Field Representative. Matthew Crampton MSc (Hons) BSc Technical Specialist – South Island Agronomy PGG Wrightson High aphid numbers on untreated forage brassica crop. 06 | PGG WRIGHTSON RURAL DIARY Windowing in kale Diamondback moth adult How to get a healthy brassica crop Broad spectrum insecticide Ampligo®, combined with Pirimor®, has been exceptional in controlling diamondback moth and aphids in brassica crops in the Canterbury High Country. Farm Manager Tony Plunkett says he’s pleased with both products and the resulting crop performance. He adds that the advice of PGG Wrightson Arable Representative Steve Roulston has been invaluable in achieving good results. Tony oversees the management of three farms; Coleridge Downs (2,000 ha) and Dry Acheron (1,200 ha) in the Rakaia Gorge and Annavale Farm (2,600 ha) in the Waimakariri Gorge. There are sheep, beef and deer on both Coleridge Downs (12,000 units) and Dry Acheron (8,000 units). Annavale is home to sheep and beef only (8,000 units). He has managed the farms for approximately five years and Steve has worked with him for the last three, mainly overseeing the pastoral side of the business. Steve manages our crops, from sowing right through. He visits all three farms every couple of weeks. His advice is invaluable says Tony. All three farms are mostly north-west facing. Ryegrass and clover, fescue and clover and lucerne are the main pasture types. Environmental challenges are very much dependent on the weather. “It’s all about the rainfall, or lack thereof” remarks Tony. “We probably concentrate mostly on weed control and keeping bugs at bay. Diamondback moth and aphids tend to attack crops that are under stress, so we’ve been working with Steve on ensuring we have these pests well under control come autumn.” influx. Applied at just 100 mL/ha, it’s cost-effective. Ampligo controls leaf miner, nysius, cutworm, and the caterpillars of white butterfly and diamondback moth. It gives some control of aphids but if insect pressure is high, as it was last autumn, it’s advisable to add Pirimor (200 g/ha) to the Ampligo. Brassicas are grown annually for winter feed, namely Aparima Gold Swede, Sovereign Kale and HT Swede. Steve notes that the HT Swede is a new type of swede, “best planted in dirty old paddocks to give better clean up of weeds.” Tony grows in excess of 110 ha of swedes – around 60 ha of Aparima Gold at Coleridge Downs and 45-60 ha of HT Swede at Annavale and Dry Acheron. Sovereign Kale is grown across all three properties. Combining Ampligo and Pirimor ensured we covered both bases Steve has advised Tony on which chemical sprays would work best for his situation. In the past, they have just relied on a post-emergence weed control spray but this last season they used the 3M programme, a combination of Monarch™ and Magister®, which is sprayed pre- and post-emergence. Steve recommended this combination because “although the Monarch is doing the same job as the old post emergence spray did on fathen and thistles, the addition of Magister is controlling shepherd’s purse, which we haven’t properly controlled in past years.” For pest control, they’ve applied Ampligo for the last two years, sometime between February and April, depending on pest notes Steve. “The Pirimor knocks down major infestations of aphids. And last year, being as warm as it was, the aphids were pretty bad.” Specifically designed for use in forage brassica crops, Ampligo is a good product according to both Steve and Tony. “Chiefly, Ampligo provides longevity where other sprays haven’t lasted as long” says Steve. It’s also fast acting on pests, killing them before there is too much damage to the crop. Whilst yield on Coleridge Downs, Dry Acheron and Annavale is only slightly up on previous years, the brassica crops are a lot healthier thanks to the Ampligo, Tony believes. “A healthy crop translates into better quality feed for the animals and, therefore, better animal performance. That’s exactly what we’re after.” Pictured: Tony Plunkett, Farm Manager, with Steve Roulston, PGG Wrightson Arable Representative. FEBRUARY 2014 | 07 Animal health Lamb management You may have heard the term “voluntary feed intake”. In essence it means that the lamb is not concerned about growing at 50 g or 300 g/day. You on the other hand should be very concerned about this as it dramatically affects the time to slaughter. The more days the lamb is on the farm, the more it is eating just to stay alive. This is the “maintenance cost” of living. A 28 kg lamb needs to eat 6 megajoules of metabolisable energy (MJME)/day for maintenance, and to grow at 200 g/day, it needs 12.4 MJME/day. In the article below we discuss some important factors that influence MJME/day intake. Low fibre feed It’s easier to chew and breakdown low fibre feed, which speeds up digestion. Plantain is digested more quickly than perennial ryegrass, transiting the rumen in half the time and allowing more to be eaten¹, increasing the total amount eaten per day. Green growing plants are lower in fibre, while grasses with seed heads and yellowing at the base are higher. When feeding diets very low in fibre, the addition of some straw can aid rumen function. Energy density of the feed Green lucerne may have a ME of 12 MJME/ kgDM, while ryegrass that is seeded may have a ME of 9. For every kilogram of lucerne eaten the lamb receives 33% more energy, which can be used to maintain good rumen function and grow more muscle (meat). Lucerne – lower fibre and high ME creates a realistic lamb growth rate of 250 g/day. Adequate allowance of feed We need to make it easy for the lamb to fill its mouth with attractive food in every bite. Lambs that fossick amongst seeded ryegrass for clover plants are unlikely to consume adequate energy for growth. Allowances of 2-2.5 kg DM/head/day seem to work well when grazing specialist forages, allowing for good lamb growth and regrowth of the crop. If you feel that your lamb growth rates aren’t up to expectation, the first thing to do is weigh some lambs and then decide if they’re being fed optimally. Longer pastures are likely to be better suited to ewe and cattle grazing. Get the feed tested for ME, protein and carbohydrate balance, fibre and mineral levels. when drenching for any evidence of scabby mouth as these lesions are very painful and will reduce growth rates. Check your drench gun nozzles for any sharp points that will damage the lambs’ mouths and replace them if required. And lastly, do not underestimate a lamb’s requirement for adequate, clean and cool water. Discuss your feed and drench requirements today with your PGG Wrightson Technical Field Representative, who can work with you to put a plan in place. Andrew Dowling BVSc Technical Expert Animal Health PGG Wrightson Drench plan Maintain a regular 28 day drench interval with an effective combination drench, ideally a triple combination. Your local PGG Wrightson store has faecal testing kits available, which you can use to collect samples 10-14 days after drenching to make sure it has been done correctly. Seed head pasture with high fibre and low ME creates a realistic lamb growth rate of 100 g/day. 08 | PGG WRIGHTSON RURAL DIARY Treat any issues like foot scald. Have a good look at the mouth of your lambs Formulating total mixed rations from forages – defining the digestion kinetics of contrasting species. Burke JL, et al. Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 60, pp 9-14, Jan 2000. 1 Dairy Control feed online for precision and profit As farmers plan ahead to maintain optimum production over summer and pre drying off periods, it helps to be confident that any supplementary feeding plan is going to deliver the best possible return on dollars spent. Tru-Test’s MilkHub Dairy Automation has developed a standalone online MilkHub Feed Control module. This module manages the delivery of supplementary feed to individual cows, or groups of cows, by matching EID ear tags with feed instructions loaded by the farmer online in the MiHub herd management tool. This means valuable feed resources can be directed where the most profit is likely and not wasted on the poor performers. regime take effect within 20 minutes. The technology is also smart enough to ensure each cow is only fed once and is designed to discourage passengers. Feed allocations are very easy to set up and change for MilkHub Feed Control and can be done from anywhere with internet access. Using the online herd management system MiHub, different feed types are pre-set to feed individual cows or groups during milking. Up to four feed heads are supported (liquid, grain or pellets), and the system works with any third party hardware for delivery of feed in bail. Allocations can be controlled to 0.1 second or 30 grams or less, making it worth its weight when allocating high value minerals. Changes to the feeding This gives the advantage of cost effective individual feeding without having to invest in a full automation system. It also gives the farmer a powerful online herd management tool, MiHub, and includes core technology that enables full automation in the future. Until recently the MilkHub Feed Control module was only available as part of a full MilkHub rotary automation system. Now, all that is required is the MilkHub In-bail Identification module to read cows’ EID tags and deliver the information via Bluetooth to MiHub. Canterbury dairy farmer, Daniel Schat, believes his overall herd productivity is improved by his controlled supplementary feed programme. “I think it’s just a common sense thing, the more small efficiencies you’ve got in your system the more productive you become. It’s all automatic with MilkHub so you can make little changes online and you don’t have to think about it, it just does it.” Cow information from herd tests or in-line sensors may be used to determine which cows are the most responsive to extra feed or need it the most. Body condition scores or weights can also be used to feed for condition, for example, for post calving recovery or pre mating. The ability to control feeding helps support better herd health and reduces the worry that the right cows are receiving the feed they need. By managing feed with greater accuracy there is less wastage, less stress, more efficient herd performance, and the bottom line is likely to receive a significant boost. Contact your local PGG Wrightson store on 0800 10 22 76 or call 0800 Onto Farm (0800 66 86 32) to arrange for a Tru-Test MilkHub representative to visit you on farm. ARTICLE SUPPLIED BY TRU-TEST™ GROUP Tru-Test’s new standalone online MilkHub Feed Control module works with any existing feed system. In-bail RFID technology and Bluetooth is used to deliver precise amounts of feed to selected cows. FEBRUARY 2014 | 09 Nutrition Feed conservation Explaining autumn milk fevers Net replacement film the next step in baleage technology In many cases autumn milk fevers may be linked to calcium deficiency. Review of calcium content in pasture data shows that in the spring, the cow’s demand for calcium (grey) far exceeds the calcium provided by the grass (green). This helps to explain spring milk fever cases. In the autumn we see that calcium demand still exceeds calcium provided in an all grass diet. This is especially true in periods of fast grass growth during the autumn flush. The calcium deficit becomes even greater if grass availability is limited and/or low calcium supplements like grain, PKE, maize silage or whole crop cereal silage are being fed out. Ultimately this calcium deficit can result in downer cows. Milking cows – calcium required vs. calcium provided by grass* Ca required grams /Ca/cow/day 200 Ca provided by grass* 150 100 50 0 Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May *Grass calcium levels based on minimum Ca values for the South Island in samples analysed by Hill Laboratories from 2002 – 2005 and typical grass feeding rates. On farm pasture testing and calcium assessment is strongly recommended. But I don’t have downer cows – should I still feed calcium? Absolutely! During early lactation up to 1,300 grams of calcium is removed from cows’ bones to support peak milk production – this is 22% of a cow’s total skeletal calcium. Just like replacing body condition, calcium mined in early lactation needs to be restored during mid and late lactation. Relying on pasture to provide this calcium may not be enough. Talk to your local PGG Wrightson Technical Field Representative about getting an ‘extended feed test’ on your grass and silages to assess how much supplemental calcium your cows need. The new Film & Film System (F&F) is a revolutionary, dual film technology. It delivers superior quality silage through greater bale density and an enhanced oxygen barrier. The film (Baletite®), which is used to initially wrap the barrel of the bale, is called film-on-film, barrel wrap or net replacement film. After the baler applies this film, standard bale wrap is used to fully encase the bale for ensiling. Agpac Product Managers, Geoff Taylor and Kevin Manuel, say “the advantages of net replacement film is the quality of the bale that comes out of the baler and the quality of the baleage that comes out of the bale. The net replacement film produces a much tighter, more compact bale. The more compact the bale, the better the preservation of forage. Plastic film is a great oxygen barrier and with a tighter bale and less oxygen penetration, the result should be baleage that is higher in dry matter and nutrient value.” The film is designed to cover the entire width of the bale and also offers the option to stretch the film over the edges of the bale. The combination of net replacement film and bale wrap ensures a high quality seal that prevents the growth of undesirable microorganisms. McHale Machinery Sales and Marketing Manager, Paul McHale, says “contractors and farmers in New Zealand who have trialled the film-on-film system over the last four years have commented that the system delivers superior quality silage.” Net replacement film is also easier to recycle than netwrap at a time when recycling is of growing importance. Because Baletite® is made of the same raw material base as bale wrap, it is easier to open the bale with mechanical bale shears and bundle both films together into one waste stream for recycling. When it comes to feeding out, film-on-film makes the job a lot easier as there is only one form of waste to deal with. Contact your local PGG Wrightson Technical Field Representative or store for more information on this new revolutionary baleage wrap. Benefits of F&F technology: >> an increased oxygen barrier around the barrel area >> extra layers mean better shaped, better protected bales >> more compact bales enable more efficient fodder storage >> peels cleanly from the bale leaving no enmeshed forage >> no need to separate or segregate films for recycling. Andrea Murphy BSc (Agr) (Hons) MSc NZARN The Dairy Nutritionist PGG Wrightson Healthy Cow Calcium Supplement 25 kg Healthy Cow is a calcium supplement that helps prevent Milk Fever (hypocalcaemia). Produced from premium limestone (CaCO3>90%). Elemental calcium 35 g/100 g. 10 | PGG WRIGHTSON RURAL DIARY ARTICLE SUPPLIED BY AGPAC Electricity solutions We’ve got the power to make a difference. Meridian and PGG Wrightson join forces. Meridian Energy is proud to join forces with PGG Wrightson, a company with a 160 year history of trusted partnerships in rural New Zealand. PGG Wrightson and Meridian are excited to be working together to bring innovative, effective and affordable electricity solutions to your farm. We offer the following partnership benefits to all PGG Wrightson customers who join Meridian: Both PGG Wrightson and Meridian believe our people set us apart. At Meridian, our Agribusiness team is Primary ITO-trained, so we understand the challenges faced by farming customers and are dedicated to helping you manage your electricity requirements to save power and money. Making the right decision with your electricity requirements from the start ensures you keep your costs down and your profits up. 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GreenWood is supplying an increasing number of feed-pad shelters as farmers look to improve their farm systems in the areas of effluent management, improved feed utilisation and cow welfare and productivity. The feedpad shelter can improve feed usage and animal welfare and provides flexibility in all kinds of weather. The designs are also very versatile with clearspans of up to 35 m achievable. Farm bridges Cattle yards Every GreenWood farm bridge is designed to carry either 6,000 kg or 12,000 kg. The longest clearspan is 8 m and a standard bridge is 3 m wide with wider and higher capacity bridges available. All bridges are individually engineered and certified and normally provide a very economical option for many waterway crossings. They are extremely strong and durable and quick to install without the need for specialist heavy equipment. Unlike some culverts, GreenWood bridges are virtually maintenance free. A good set of cattle yards begins with a good design, which is critical to achieving good stock flow and reducing time and labour required in the yard. GreenWood cattle yards are very quiet to work in, which means settled stock and increased safety. With many years’ experience, GreenWood continues to place significant emphasis on achieving yard strength and good cattle flow. Only strong, heavy duty materials are specified to achieve significant yard strength and GreenWood yards are available at a substantially lower cost than steel yards. For a competitive price on your custom designed farm building, shed, feedpad shelter, farm bridge or cattle yard, contact GreenWood today on 0800 347 259 or visit www.greenwoodinfo.co.nz ARTICLE SUPPLIED BY GREENWOOD PGG Wrightson is the exclusive rural agent for GreenWood. All GreenWood farm buildings, sheds, feedpad shelters, farm bridges and cattle yards are custom made to order and supplied as kitsets with a detailed step-by-step builder’s assembly guide. The above specifications may differ from the final product. 12 | PGG WRIGHTSON RURAL DIARY e l a S r e Summ BUY 1 ITEM OF CANTERBURY CLOTHING AND GET 10% OFF Swanndri Women’s Tasman Shirt Swanndri Paihia Shirt S-2XL Selected colours Normally $69.90 S-3XL Selected colours Normally $69.90 Now $49.90 Canterbury Harlequin Rugby Shorts 26-42 inch Assorted colours Normally $40 BUY 2 OR MORE ITEMS AND GET 20% OFF Now $36 Offer applies to normal retail price. Now $49.90 $20 OFF ss out Don’t mi mer this sum on these great discounts and offers available now at your local PGG Wrightson store. Tussock Creek Moleskins Light Weight 76-112 cm Taupe, Olive Normally $95.90 Now $75.90 $20 OFF Deane Work Trousers Deane Polycotton Overalls Now $44.90 Now $49.90 82-112 cm Beige, Jungle Normally $54.90 4-12 Royal, Spruce Normally up to $59.90 $10 OFF Terms and Conditions: Offers and prices are valid from 1/2/2014 to 28/2/2014 or while stocks last. Prices include GST and are subject to change. Some products, sizes and colours may not be available in all stores. Discount applies to stocked items only. Prices do not include delivery, delivery costs are additional. Images are for illustrative purposes only. FEBRUARY 2014 | 13 PGG Wrightson directory Visit your local PGG Wrightson store for stock food, animal health supplies, farm merchandise, apparel and so much more. Our expert team of Technical Field Representatives are also here to help you choose the right products for the best results in the months ahead. Talk to your local team today, everyone welcome! South Island Stores and Technical Field Representatives 14 Alexandra 85-87 Tarbert Street Rod Dixon (TFR) 03 440 2391 027 590 1611 Mayfield Main Road, RD8 Peter McKnight (TFR) 03 303 6011 027 477 4046 Amberley Main Road Hamish Black (TFR) 03 314 8516 027 434 4076 Methven Main Street Peter McKnight (TFR) 03 302 8407 027 477 4046 Ashburton 447 West Street Dave Steel (TFR) Phil Bloomfield (TFR) 03 307 8737 027 431 4046 027 839 1860 Milton 15 Union Street 03 417 8403 Mosgiel 16 Factory Road 03 489 4174 Balclutha 196-200 Clyde Street Kevin Thomson (TFR) Pam Vanderhilst (TFR) 03 418 1332 027 242 1077 027 444 3304 Motueka 26 Old Wharf Road Wilson Matthewson (TFR) 03 528 8680 027 235 6999 Blenheim 46 Wynen Street Mark Best (TFR) Rachael Davis (TFR) 03 579 3733 027 598 1719 027 598 1720 Murchison 89 Chalgrave Street Mark Prosser (TFR) 03 523 1030 027 598 9948 Cheviot Main Road Ian Murray (TFR) 03 319 8772 027 672 7008 Oamaru 230 Thames Highway Athol Smith (TFR) Ross Wilson (TFR) 03 433 1340 027 702 6149 027 590 4213 Christchurch 411 Blenheim Road 03 341 4318 Otautau 178 Main Street Andrew Cade (TFR) Jason Robson (TFR) 03 225 9710 027 432 0422 027 590 2501 Cromwell 5 Iles Street Gerard McCarthy (TFR) 03 445 3730 027 473 0614 Culverden Main Road David White (TFR) Lucy Murray (TFR) 03 315 3040 027 448 6269 027 434 4097 Outram Holyhead Street Grant Bezett (TFR) Jacqui Aitken (TFR) 03 486 2991 027 488 6411 027 286 6071 Owaka 5 Saunders Street Kevin Thomson (TFR) 03 419 1060 027 242 1077 Darfield 1 Ross Street Robert Buchanan (TFR) 03 318 7850 027 434 4077 Palmerston 61 Tiverton Street Gerrard Pile (TFR) 03 465 4080 027 459 1005 Fairlie Main Road Gerry O’Neil (TFR) Maree Ferriman-Smith (TFR) 03 685 9090 027 431 4057 027 591 8420 Rakaia 56 Railway Terrace West 03 303 5790 Geraldine Main Road Matt Cooper (TFR) 03 693 1025 027 590 8064 Ranfurly 6 Northland Street John Kreft (TFR) 03 444 1033 027 273 9790 Gore Cnr River and Medway Streets Blair Miller (TFR) Lester Howden (TFR) Roger Collins (TFR) 03 209 0314 027 228 4153 027 504 1144 027 435 0740 Rangiora 67 Victoria Street Kaleb Bolton (TFR) 03 313 0880 027 432 8224 Richmond 6 Gladstone Road Wilson Matthewson (TFR) 03 544 6115 027 235 6999 Greymouth 116-120 Tainui Street Chris Tibbotts (TFR) Shaun Barrett (TFR) 03 768 1229 027 457 4416 027 703 0949 Roxburgh 99 Scotland Street Gerard McCarthy (TFR) 03 446 8016 027 473 0614 Takaka Buxton Lane Graeme McCleely (TFR) 03 525 7891 027 590 7502 Hawarden 11 High Street Hamish Black (TFR) 03 314 4458 027 434 4076 Tapanui Bushy Hill Street Gordon Scott (TFR) 03 203 0280 027 436 4140 Heriot Roxburgh Street Blair Miller (TFR) Gordon Scott (TFR) 03 204 2021 027 228 4153 027 436 4140 Te Anau 37 Caswell Road Jeff McFarlane (TFR) Peter Lewis (TFR) 03 249 8610 027 598 9947 027 230 1052 Invercargill Cnr Dee and Earnslaw Streets Darrin Mills (TFR) Phil Simons (TFR) Sandra Utting (TFR) 03 211 3160 027 434 5213 027 664 4317 027 889 3440 Temuka 3 Domain Avenue 03 615 0050 Timaru Evans Street Andrew Brosnahan (TFR) 03 687 7338 027 595 6457 Kaikoura 98 Beach Road Andrew Wilks (TFR) 03 319 5012 027 702 9152 Tuatapere Main Street Andrew Cade (TFR) 03 226 9360 027 432 0422 Kurow 36 Bledisloe Street Paul Verdonk (TFR) 03 436 0534 027 235 0051 Waimate 12 Shearman Street Dave Keane (TFR) 03 689 8059 027 705 8137 Lawrence 23 Ross Place Grant Bezett (TFR) 03 485 1010 027 488 6411 Winton 12 Brandon Street David Wheeley (TFR) 03 236 6121 027 263 3233 Leeston High Street Jim Fuller (TFR) 03 324 8180 027 591 8437 Wyndham Balaclava Street Darrin Mills (TFR) 03 206 2020 027 434 5213 Lumsden 135 Flora Road Jeff McFarlane (TFR) Trevor Todd (TFR) 03 248 9000 027 598 9947 027 705 6624 | PGG WRIGHTSON RURAL DIARY ® G N I Y U B R BETTE February 2014 HOT DEAL! Lion® 490DST 20 L > High strength 490 g/L glyphosate > Dual salt formulation delivers more reliable results Pedigree® Working Dog 20 kg Purina® Tux® Energy 40 kg Normally $227 $189 Normally $74 95 $ SAVE $38 6290 $ GREAT VALUE SAVE $1110 Prac-tic® Flea and Tick Protection 3 Pack Small Dog Normally $42.95 ea 3435 $ 3595 $ 3995 $ Nescafe® Coffee Classic or Fine Blend 500 g Normally $43.20 ea 2990 $ SAVE $1330 Drive® Laundry Powder 5 kg Top Loader 2 x Concentrate Normally $29.10 ea 2490 $ Helping grow the country SAVE $420 Medium Dog Whiskas® Meaty or Seafood Selections 4 kg Normally $25.50 ea 1990 $ SAVE $560 Normally $44.95 ea Large Dog Normally $49.95 ea SAVE 20% BETTER BUYING BONUS DEAL RECEIVE A FREE DRENCH GUN WITH EVERY 21 L + 2 L BONUS PACK. While stoc ks last. Cydectin® Oral with Selenium for Sheep 21 L + 2 L Bonus Pack Tru-Test® Suregrind Emery Papers Coarse or Fine $568 Normally $8.20 6 $ 75 PREMIUM WORM CONTROL Speedrite™ AN90 Energizer with Solar Panel 199 $ Speedrite™ Insulator Wood Post Claw 125 Value Pack 45 $ Speedrite™ Insulator Wood Post Pinlock 125 Value Pack 49 $ PEL insulators available at selected stores. Tru-Test® Supergrind Emery Papers Coarse or Fine Normally $12.95 1095 $ OVER 15% OFF Cyclone® Barbed Staples Galvanised 50 mm x 4 mm 25 kg 5 kg Cyclone® Nails Flat Head Galvanised 100 mm x 4 mm 25 kg 5 kg 29 $119 $29 $119 $ Slice cut also available at selected stores. WE HAVE YOUR FENCING NEEDS COVERED Cyclone® Y Post 150 cm 7 Hole Mainfeeds® Barnyard Layer Pellets 25 kg Normally $27.40 ea BUY 2 FOR 49 $ Pryde’s EasiRide® Horse Feed 20 kg Normally $25.95 ea > Formulated to meet the needs of laying hens > Nutritionally balanced > Contains at least 14% crude protein DOUBLE DEAL 5 $ 49 6 $ 29 7 $ 99 BUY 2 FOR 45 $ DOUBLE DEAL 165 cm 7 Hole Wilson Plastics Water Trough 75 L (WT75) 129 $ DURABLE 180 cm 8 Hole VARIETY Terms and Conditions: All offers and prices are valid from 1 February 2014 to 28 February 2014 unless stated otherwise, or while stocks last. Prices include GST, unless stated otherwise and are subject to change. Some products may not be available in all stores but may be ordered on request. Prices do not include delivery, delivery costs are additional. Images are for illustrative purposes only.
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