Nor West News : January 24th 2013
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 15 NOR-WEST NEWS, JANUARY 24, 2013 SPORT 0800 TOTALSPAN 5070936AC www.softball2013.com 1--10 MARCH 2013 ASC012013 HOME OF Your septic tank should be cleaned every 3 years (average family of four) We service all areas Phone: 412 9210 or 0274 924 494 TA WATER ANK CLEANING tts SE TAEPTIC & W ANK CLEA B 5082273AA "Totally Dependable" CALL US NOW 09 417 0110 www.laserwhenuapai.co.nz Your LOCAL for all: • Roofing • Plumbing • Drainage • Drain Unblocking • Gas & Pumps 45 Brigham Creek Rd WHENUAPAI Your LOCAL for all: OFFAL HOLES Wal's HOLES Phone 09 437 3936 or 021 93 2225 www.walsholes.co.nz 5135929AA Women in business Business women are being urged to enter the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Awards. The supreme Enter- prising Rural Women Award will go to the winner of one of the fol- lowing categories: LoveoftheLand-- covering all land-based businesses Help! I Need Some- body -- for businesses with a service-focus Making it in Rural -- for women involved in manufacturing or cre- ative enterprises Stay, Play Rural -- covering businesses engaged in rural tour- ism and hospitality. Each category winner will net $1000 in prize- money and a trophy, with another $1000 going to the supreme winner. Entries close on March 15. Go to ruralwomen. org.nz for information. Rider jumps up the field to victory By JANE THOMPSON Shelley Ross of Helen- sville has jumped to suc- cess at the Puhinui In- ternational horse trials. The international event is Auckland s major three-day equine triathlon. Shelley finished on her dressage score with 8.9 penalties in front of Sam Taylor on Leo Degas to win. She rode on horse Coleraine Coaltown. Shelley and husband Chris run Woodhill Sands Equestrian Cen- tre.The couple has put in countless hours of work into the sport, both as competitors and admini- strators. She puts the victory down to a team effort and gives credit to the horse s owner, Jessica Fieldes. I only took over the ride from Jess as she was over committed with work, and asked me to ride the horse, Shelley says. I ve known Cole- raine Coaltown for a long time, as Jess wor- ked for us while she was doing her nursing train- ing. Jess, now a nurse at the Starship Hospital intensive care unit, knew Shelley and Coleraine Coaltown got on well and she was delighted to be at the event as groom for the combination. The dynamic duo led from the dressage phase and did not collect any further penalties during the two-jumping phases in the three-day compe- tition. They were up against a tough field of 27 com- petitors. Recycling programme makes it easy for farmers Farmers and growers can use a recycling pro- gramme which collects rural plastics and safely disposes of agrichemi- cals. The Agrecovery pro- gramme is also useful for sports turf mana- gers, and contractors. Beef + Lamb is back- ing the programme which collects con- tainers and drums, silage wrap and crop protection netting. Beef + Lamb farm general manager Rich- ard Wakelin says the goalposts are continu- ally shifting, with con- sumers increasingly concerned about animal welfare and how goods are produced. Keeping the farm tidy and operating to its full potential includes careful and considered disposal of contami- nated materials and hazardous substances. Simply put this is good management prac- tice to support sustain- able farms for future generations and it can also contribute to posi- tive market drivers. It s accepted by most exporters that New Zea- land s point of difference in world markets is its brand value based on sound environmental practices, rather than price or volume. To encourage more farmers and growers to recycle, the programme is again offering $5000 worth of rewards. Duncan Scotland of Agrecovery says last year s promotion saw a substantial increase in container plastic col- lected. There was also an increase in people visiting the website. Environmental stew- ardship is critical. Recy- cling is the one way we can turn a perceived environmental negative into a big positive, Federated Farmers chief executive Connor English says. Burial pits and burn- ing piles are common- place on many farms with all sorts of waste included. However studies show there is clear evidence of the health risks and negative environmental impacts of this practice. Farmers and growers can take eligible con- tainers to any of the 70-plus Agrecovery col- lection sites in February and March Go to agrecovery.co.nz or call 0800 AGRECOVERY for more information. LIVESTOCK REPORT The cattle market at Kumeu on January 21 was quiet as buyers stood back while good quality young stock went through at very reasonable prices. A small number of light crossbred steers sold well to $1000 as buyers are very keen for killable cattle. Cattle: Medium crossbred steers $1000, medium yearling steers $540 to $650, medium weaner steers $450 to $500, medium crossbred yearling heifers $580 to $635, weaner heifers $280 to $440. The first sale on January 14 was very buoyant. Nice 15-month steers sold to $740 and boner cows to $1135. Good grass growth over the New Year period prompted buyers to stock up. Buyers and sellers were happy with quality cattle on offer. Cattle: Best two-year steers $992, medium crossbred two-year steers $685 to $720, good 15-month steers $690 to $740, good weaner steers $548, medium prime heifers $845, medium yearling heifers $640, small crossbred yearling heifers $380 to $485, boner cows $670 to $1135.
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