Agstaff Update

Hi all,
Firstly, we would like to thank you all for your support over the last 10 months. The Agstaff team wish you all the best start to your Spring, and hope old mother nature has some kindness in her over the coming months to set us all up for a great summer.

The first day of Spring has brought a happy smile to most farmers out there! Coming from a very wet Autumn and a wetter winter, into what promises to be plenty of Sunshine would make the grouchiest of farmers crack a smile. Hopefully, the conditions will be perfect for the grass to grow and produce some well needed milk solids and give us all a well-needed pre-season boost before Summer is upon us.
With calving coming to an end, and the tail paint almost ready to apply, we must now prepare to start our cycles again! It makes you realise how fast this year has sped by, with only 3 months until Christmas – bloody heck!!

The winter bulbs season has now finished and working to get all plant stock ready to plant, brings it home how wet it is out there. Still lots of puddles in paddocks, some almost have ponds, at least the ducks love their new found environment! We hope this starts to dry out a bit so we can start getting those crops in soon.
When the conditions are great for grass, they tend to be even better for those pesky weeds! This means our (famous in Ashburton) Agriculture team will be very busy soon!!
And remember, 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

Wool Prices Gain Ground

Strong wool average prices have risen about 12% in just the last three weeks, sparking hopes they will move steadily off their lows of this year.

The market barometer 37 micron good-to-average full wool sold at $3.52kg/clean at Thursday’s Christchurch sales, a rise of about 40c/kg clean from early August prices, continuing the trend of intervening sales in Christchurch and Napier. While strong wool showed some recovery, finer Merino wool and mid-micron fleece continued to sell at astonishing prices, the best in many years.

Wakanui World Record Holder Crops ‘The Best Land in Canterbury’

Eric and Maxine Watson have farmed in Wakanui for 25 years, growing a range of crops including cereals, perennial ryegrass and fescues, vegetables for seed, and alternative pasture species, depending on what there’s a market and a contract available for.

Though he’s not one to blow his own trumpet, Eric Watson is widely respected for his innovative thinking and knowledge of technology, which he and Maxine harness to improve productivity. Eric was this year named Federated Farmers’ arable farmer of the year.

The Watsons embraced precision farming techniques nearly a decade ago. Their tractor, harvester and sprayer all have GPS-guided auto-steer which, with a base station for differential correction, gives them accuracy to 2cm. Their sprayer has auto-nozzle shut down to prevent any overlap and they use variable-rate spreading of phosphate, potash and lime with the aim of creating a more even fertility across the paddock. These are just some of the contributing factors that allowed the Watsons to take out the world record for wheat yield last summer and this year’s coveted title of arable farmer of the year. Congratulations Eric and Maxine!

Meet one of our good buggers – Blair O’Donnell

Blair has been involved in agriculture since being a wee fella at school. He quickly worked his way through the farming ranks: gaining experience in everything from construction, farm operations, and horticulture through to managerial roles before focussing on share milking full-time. Agstaff were lucky to nab Blair and his extensive knowledge of the industry.

If anyone can hook you up with the right job, it’s this man right here. Click the link to contact him now: http://agstaff.co.nz/contacts.html

Rugby News – Agstaff Mid Canterbury gear up for South Canterbury Clash

North Otago were too good for the Agstaff Mid Canterbury boys over the weekend, taking out the match 31 to 25. With two of the opposition in the bin in the final quarter Mid Canterbury had their chances but it wasn’t to be.

Agstaff Mid Canterbury A on the other hand were clear winners, taking out North Otago Development 46 to 25. It was great running rugby and an exciting spectacle to watch.

See you at the Ashburton Showgrounds next Saturday, September 9th, when Agstaff Mid Canterbury take on the boys from South Canterbury.


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