Hi all,

It’s great to see the sun again after a rainfall record was broken for Mid Canterbury. We are looking for brighter skies and some more rainfall for August to set us up for a great spring growth on our farms. Agstaff are busy preparing staff for rouging in the cropping fields again – watch out for our vans which will be hitting the district shortly!

Local dairy farmers are pulling in big numbers after the cold snap as calves start flowing into the sheds. We are looking forward to some more sunshine to finish the calving season. Agstaff always have reliable staff available so give us a call if you find yourself in need of an extra pair of hands to get the job done.

We wish you all a successful lambing and calving season and please remember Health and Safety for you and your workers. Keep safe out there; let’s all get home with a smile to our loved ones.

Whether you need staff for four hours or four months, give the good buggers at Agstaff a call for all your staffing solutions.

Blair O’Donnell

Thicker skins for lambs to boost survival rate

A study showing lambs with thicker skins have a better chance of survival could be huge for animal welfare and the basic economics of sheep farming.

The Massey University study is looking for a way to give farmers a tool to improve lamb survival – lambs with thicker skin do not lose as much heat and in turn, their bodies do not lose valuable energy trying to keep warm nor die as easily after a cold snap. This is the first experiment of this kind anywhere in the world and has already proven that skin thickness is hereditary, which is very exciting for New Zealand. The breeding programme is still in the early stages but has shown promising results, with the thickest skin measured this year being 4.7mm. The study is far from over, but this is a fantastic start and is worth millions to the NZ sheep farming community.

New bobby calves regulation is now in full force

The new rules ban trucking bobby calves younger than four days old, set 12 hours as the maximum journey time, prohibit the shipping of young calves across Cook Strait and forbid ‘blunt force’ (blow to the head) killing of calves except in an emergency. MPI is driving this campaign to hold the “minority” of people accountable who don’t look at the rules, or who ignore the rules and do not consider the rights of animals. Those who breach the regulations can expect a court summons and prosecution.

Meet one of our consultants Andrew MacDonald – Ag guru and all-round bloody good bloke.

Andrew was brought up on a family farm in Geraldine and as such, possesses that special knowledge that farm kids accumulate over the years. He is also a bit of a heavy machinery fiend and owns a number of ploughs and diggers, which he now hires out. Andrew’s intimate knowledge of the industry and his passion for placing the right people in the right job has built him a stellar reputation in the agricultural industry. To talk this recruitment superstar contact us at: www.agstaff.co.nz

Just because ……..


The Ranfurly Shield Match attracted a big crowd 15 years ago when it was last held in Mid Canterbury, and over the weekend, the majestic Log O’ Wood proved a popular draw card once again. It was fantastic to see so many locals get behind their team, and a credit to the players who produced an entertaining 80 minutes of rugby.

Plenty of school children also made the most of the big occasion, carrying on 84 years of history as a new generation will look back on the day the mighty Red and Blacks came to town.

Congratulations to Canterbury on their 69-7 victory.



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