Waitomo News : 03 June 2014 NKC Farmer
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 3 9 Wahanui Crescent, Otorohanga | vetfocus.co.nz | 07 873 7089 A WArm WelCOme tO All the neW fArmers And residents tO Our AreA VetfOCus is a farmer owned co-operative with a board of directors elected from among its farmer members. the ‘return’ for being a member and supporting the business includes: Better service delivered by passionate vets and support staff 1. Business profits are reinvested in the business – education, 2. technology and equipment Being an incorporated society provides a significant cost benefit 3. which is passed on to members members own the business and can influence its direction through 4. the elected board The team in Otorohanga aim to take care of your individual animal health queries and supply a full range of products at competitive prices. The range of farm supply products, coupled with a delivery service aims to improve the efficiency in the way you operate your farming business. As CEO, I take immense pride in the quality of staff – veterinarians, large animal technicians, rural customer service, veterinary nurses and a team of support staff. To ensure that staff keep to to date with advances in animal health and welfare, VETFOCUS is highly committed to supporting continuing education. While 2014 has been a year of challenges, VETFOCUS has continued to operate as a stable team. We expect farming to be the backbone of the economy for a few years yet and we will continue to invest in staff, equipment and research to improve your farm’s performance. VETFOCUS is of a sufficient size to enable it to employ a widely experienced team of veterinarians, but we are still small enough to recognise your individual needs and special circumstances to work with you to find the best solutions. I would personally like to invite you to join our practice because I know you will enjoy the excellent and friendly service that is the trademark of VETFOCUS. Gavin shepherd Chief executive Officer VETFOCUS COmprEhEnSiVE SErViCES We allocate a primary vet to your farm 1. We are open mon – fri 8am till 5pm and saturday 9am till 12pm 2. infoVet, inCalf and healthy hoof advisors 3. Accredited Body Condition scoring 4. mastitis & milk quality investigation done in house 5. ultra sound scanning & reporting 6. Vet technician – de-horning, dry cow & teat seal insertion, young 7. stock weighing & reporting nutrition / farm management programmes 8. interlact advisor 9. Parasite management programmes 10. By BRUCE WILLS PRESIDENT, FEDERATED FARMERS EVERY year Mystery Creek in Hamilton plays host to one of the largest agricultural fieldays in the Southern Hemisphere. More than 125,000 people are expected to attend next week’s event from June 11-14. As president of Federated Farmers, I will be joining the throng of fellow farmers at Mystery Creek. And I’d like to extend an open invitation for all to join me and the team at the Feds site in the big main pavilion (PF18), which we are sharing due to the kind generosity of FMG. If there is one ‘must attend’ site, aside from food tent, it ought to be us and FMG. FMG insures your farm business against what life can throw at you, meanwhile, FF works to as- sure the viability of your farm business. We will have our excellent policy team manning the site on a rolling roster with our field officers and elected members. This is part of what makes us so unique and responsive. You see FF has to work very hard to retain and expand our membership and policy is set by farm- ers for farming with our excellent array of policy experts to deliver exactly that. Incidentally, we will have a competition running over the duration of Fieldays. Pop into our stand and be in to win. There will be samples of our contracts and agree- ments including our occupational health and safety policy. That policy is more pertinent now than ever, with the Government reducing ACC levies from about 21% and 29% for 2014/15. This reflects an improving safety record on-farm and should go lower as this trend continues. There are hundreds of issues we are involved with but the key thing is that FF has the back of farmers. While at Fieldays I also look forward to can- vassing farmer views on issues such as our Meat Options Paper. Red meat has massive growth potential as our second largest merchandise export worth $6 billion. We are hopeful major reforms will happen this year and they must. The test for reform is whether it will be control- led by farmers or imposed by the banks or even potentially by a foreign entrant. There is boundless potential for meat protein because every second, more than two people enter the world than leave it. Talking progress the Trans Pacific Partnership is edging ever nearer. If the TPP can be concluded it will be worth at least US$2.9 billion to the New Zealand economy by 2025. That is more than the exports of electrical equip- ment and crude oil combined. I believe it to be a conservative estimate, given our exports to China have quintupled since 2008. The TPP, water policy and fiscal policy will, I believe, dominate the 2014 General Election. FF will be running the ruler over promises to ensure they work for farming. So please seek out Federated Farmers at Fiel- days. I’m really looking forward to this year’s event and I cannot wait to get among the estimated 900 exhibitors and our fantastic farming community. Fieldays - there’s a lot to get excited about ON SITE: Federated Farmers national president Bruce Wills will be at this year’s Fieldays at Mystery Creek and is hoping to see as many farmers as possible visiting the Feds stand.
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