Nor West News : December 15th 2011
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 10 NOR-WEST NEWS, DECEMBER 15, 2011 NEWS Phone 09 412 8054 027 498 7727 280 Main Rd, Kumeu SH 16 FOR EXPERT CRASH REPAIRS Come in and talk to Phil Free quotes for panelbeating & paint Courtesy cars available 3825488AF ALL MAKES cars, trucks, tractors, commercial vehicles PH 836 1287 OR 836 1440 12B Moselle Ave, Henderson www.westernradiators.co.nz MON-FRI 7.30am to 5.30pm SATURDAY 8am to 1pm OPEN FREE PICK UP & DELIVERY (by arrangement) SAME DAY SERVICE Authorised agents for: 4134241AA 4134241AB HoHoHo The Christmas holidays are a time to relax, so let us take care of your car's needs. Book in now for Servicing, WOF's, Tyres. We wish you all safe journeys and see you in the New Year. Christmas Hours We'll be closed from 12pm December 24th and reopening on January 4th 2012 PREMIER MECHANICAL Ph 420 8843 Ph 420 8843 91-93 Mill Rd Helensville Advertising Feature Weekend Drive Cattle prices very good The Kumeu market on December 12 was held on a windy, wet day but this did not dampen buyer enthusi- asm and prices were very good. With prime steers making to $1525, heifers $1005 and bulls $1730, things are obviously going well. Quality lines of yearling white face steers sold strongly to $850. Cattle: Bulls $575 to $1730, good prime steers $1025 to $1525, good 15-month-old steers $780 to $850, small cross-bred steers $400 to $630, autumn-born weaner steers $470, prime heifers $815 to $1005, yearling heifers $450 to $550, autumn-born weaner heifers $410 to $440, other weaner heifers $345, boner cows $425 to $950. Sheep: Fat lambs $82 to $133. Space invaders: Control alien weeds like the flowering Nodding Thistle which reduce pasture productivity and feed quality. Control common pasture weeds Prolific pomp: A combination of weed control options can get rid of plant pests like pennyroyal. By GREG HOSKINS Auckland Council senior biosecurity officer Weeds like ragwort, thi- stles, pennyroyal and parsley dropwort (aka wild carrot) are common pests which show up in the nor-west each year. They are most notice- able when in full flower and can be aggressive and persistent weeds in pastures. Controlling broadleaf weeds is an important function in good pasture management. Events such as drought, floods, pugging and overgrazing can allow weeds to invade and take over. As weeds get bigger they become more diffi- cult to control, so young, preferably seedling weeds should be targeted. Weeds in pas- ture compete for space, light, soil moisture, and soil nutrients and reduce pasture productivity and feed quality. To choose the best weed control method it is important to identify the weed species present and their location and growth stage. A combination of weed control options may be required to establish and maintain highly pro- ductive pastures and animal performance. Auckland Council pro- duces plant and animal Pestfacts sheets at ser- vice centres in Huapai and Helensville, as well as local farm supply com- panies and nurseries. Always apply herbi- cides carefully as spray drift may cause damage to other desirable plants. Contact Auckland Council on 301-0101 or 0800-806-040 (outside the free calling area); Greg Hoskins on (09) 440-7694 or visit www.arc.govt.nz/ environment/biosecurity/ search-for-plants/ regional-plants_home.cfm to identify pest plant species. Safety when the heat's on The one thing you don t need this summer is a vehicle that breaks down, or worse still, has a mechanical failure that puts you, your pass- engers and other road users in danger. Your vehicle is like any piece of equipment or machinery; look after it properly and it will generally repay the favour. And, like any mechanical device, it s most likely to fail when conditions are the hardest. The Motor Trade Association (MTA) says there is plenty you can do to reduce the chances of problems occurring with your vehicle. There are two common scenarios that generally lead to problems with your vehicle; extremes of heat and frequent stop start driving in a queue. Often, these two con- ditions overlap -- lots of people all trying to get to their favourite spot at roughly the same time, leading to long, frustrat- ing and, in the case of your vehicle, mechan- ically stressful periods. If there is a small fault in your vehicle, chances are that it will come to the fore when things are hot- ting up. A car engine usually operates at around 95 degrees, depending on the make and model of course. Place that same vehicle in a long line of stop start traffic inching its way uphill to the beach or the camping ground in 30 degree plus heat and if things are going to fail, it will often be at times like this. So, when you head out on your great Kiwi road trip this summer, make sure that your car is ready for warmer temperatures. Some simple steps can help save you time, money and headaches during your trip: Consider a pre-trip inspection by an MTA technician; repairs can be more costly on the road. Ask them to check things like the air con- ditioning, cooling sys- tem, drive belts, hoses and clamps, brakes, along with fundamentals like fluids, oil and water. Check the condition and air pressure in all tyres, including the spare, to make sure they are roadworthy. Remem- ber, heat is a tyre s biggest enemy. Replace ragged wiper blades, and make sure the wash reservoir tank is full and you ve added proper cleaning agents -- not dishwashing liquid. Make sure your sun visors are doing the job; glare from the sun either directly or from other vehicles can blind you temporarily. It s also a good idea to have an emergency kit in your car, just in case you need it. It should include: jumper cables a jack and a wheel- brace torch water for both the radiator and yourself -- around two litres blanket and towel emergency reflec- tors. Summer is often the time people choose to try the road less travelled. Enjoy the journey and take time to appreciate New Zealand s scenery. Keep in mind, that if you are trying to avoid those queues of fellow holiday makers, the sce- nic route may not be the quickest, so plan your trip accordingly. Tips to help avoid becoming drowsy while driving. Take breaks every two hours and if you feel tired, are have difficulty focusing or just want to stretch your legs -- pull over and have a walk around. Share the driving with someone. Passengers can help look out for early warning signs of fatigue. Take a15to20minute nap. More than this can make you groggy for at least five minutes after awakening. Consume the equiv- alent of two cups of coffee (eg, soft drinks, energy drinks, coffee, tea) but remember that caffeine takes about 30 minutes to enter the bloodstream and will not greatly affect those who regu- larly consume it. Don t drive if you re sleep deprived, less than six hours sleep can triple your risk of driver fatigue. Don t drive when you would normally be asleep, avoid driving through the night. Over the summer months everyone wants to take advantage of the great weather. This means the roads are busier than ever and therefore drivers need to be even more aware of the risks. By driving to the con- ditions, planning your journey and having patience with other road users, everyone can stay safe on the roads this summer.
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