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CENTRAL SOUTH ISLAND FARMER
HIGH on performance,
survivability, and profit!
Flock A VetLSD® Treated
1000 ewes tailing 120 1200 lambs
1000 ewes tailing 112 1120 lambs
Difference Flock A vs. Flock B 80 lambs
The extra 80 lambs Flock A has
at a value of $65 per lamb = $5200
Take out the cost of the VetLSD® treatment
for the ewes in Flock A: $5200 - $280
= extra $4920 income
For more info or to purchase VETLSD® please contact your local vet clinic or visit us online: www.vetlsd.co.nz
On recommendation from Clutha Vets, Peter McNab decided to try Vet LSD®
to address the low iodine and selenium levels, common on farms in the area.
"Since it was put into a liquid it became far easier to use, and we now use
it regularly, every ewe will get a drench with it pre-lambing, and we will
occasionally use it at other times."
Peter views Vet LSD® as an insurance treatment to help boost ewe health
heading into lambing.
"I put the Vet LSD® down as one of several things we did some years ago to
improve performance, and that mix has led to a significant improvement in
Occasionally Peter will also administer Vet LSD® to hoggets he sees that are
off colour, particularly after a period of prolonged dull weather.
"It could be any one of the elements in Vet LSD® that make a difference, either
the selenium, iodine or Vitamin E, but whichever one it is, we do notice them
Viral pneumonia can be a problem in Otago over winter, and a dose of
Vet LSD® appears to help reduce its incidence in the flock.
"Vet LSD® is not all that expensive, and you do not have to
gain much to make it well and truly worthwhile using."
Peter McNab (Lochindorb Station, South Otago)
Vet LSD® contains vitamins
A,C,D,E, Selenium, Chromium & Iodine
Vital ingredients for HIGH performance,
survivability, and profit!
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NEW CATEGORIES: Three new categories have been added to the
South Island Farmer of the Year. Above, Synlait chief executive Juliet
Maclean with her award after winning the South Island Foundation
Farmer of the Year Award last year.
THE CHANGING face of
farming is behind three new
categories in the South Island
Farmer of the Year
competition run by the
Foundation this year.
Winners will each receive
$5000 for the new categories
in human resource manage-
ment, technology use and
efficient use of resources.
The competition s top prize
has been raised to $20,000.
Foundation board of
trustees chairman Ben
Todhunter said the top prize
was a travel grant to allow the
winners to go overseas to see
other farming practices, new
technologies and innovations.
Another change is that
farmer nominations will be
accepted by third parties.
Todhunter said farmers
were naturally reluctant to
put themselves forward as the
best and nominations would
help bring out more entries.
The competition is open to
all types of land-based
primary production with
winners required to host an
open day on their property.
The human resource
management category winner
must show evidence of
building a happy and
productive team, and strong
relationships with suppliers,
customers and other people.
In the other categories
innovative technology and
systems must be shown to
increase productivity, and
natural resources shown to
Entries have opened.
FEDERATED FARMERS Meat and Fibre will fol-
low up on a positive meeting with the Meat Indus-
try Excellence Group (MIE) with a discussion on
reform and farmer behaviour at its 2013 confer-
ence in Ashburton next month.
MIE gave us an update on where they are at
and some of the changes they are working on,
Federated Farmers Meat & Fibre chairperson
Jeanette Maxwell said.
We had a highly constructive conversation
around meat industry issues and many areas of
alignment emerged. Both organisations realise
they have much in common and want to achieve
the same goals. In the next couple of weeks, there
will be a lot more information to emerge from
Federated Farmers is continuing to work with
MIE to secure a strong future for what is a vitally
important industry for New Zealand farmers.
Only yesterday, did the Ministry for Primary
Industries forecast that exports of meat, wool,
hides and skins could hit $6.37 billion by June
The future of the meat sector will be a big point
of discussion at Federated Farmers Meat and
Fibre conference in Ashburton from July 3 to 4.
We will be looking at the results of Federation s
Farmer behaviour survey and discuss its findings.
We are also holding a panel session on the
afternoon of July 3 focused on culture change for
the meat industry.
The panellists are Reese Hart who has worked
in the meat industry, Doug Leeder on what it took
to get Fonterra, Massey University s Professor
Hamish Gow on the survey and the meat industry,
as well as Dr Michelle Shields on behaviour
We will also have an update from MIE.
You can register by calling 0800 327 646.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY had a South American
flavour last week when the university hosted a
delegation of government officials and education
providers from Colombia.
The delegation of 13 was part of a fact-finding
mission coming after Prime Minister John Key s
recent visit to the South American country, which
canvassed, among other things, a possible free-
trade agreement between the two countries.
Lincoln University s vice-chancellor, Dr Andrew
West, who has notable experience with the dairy
industry in Colombia, emphasised the need for
industry reform in the country, particularly with
regards to production methods (including
introducing a sharemilking model). West offered
through the university and its research partners
to play an advisory role to the Colombian
Government should it be required.
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