Free pad­dock com­pe­ti­tion run­ning now

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Fed­er­ated Farm­ers hopes all farm­ers will en­ter the Pas­ture Re­newal Char­i­ta­ble Trust’s ( PRCT) ‘ Win a Free Pad­dock’ com­pe­ti­tion which be­gan on Jan­uary 20 and runs through to Fe­bru­ary 28.

All farm­ers are el­i­gi­ble to en­ter for three chances to win $8000 worth of prod­ucts and tech­ni­cal ad­vice used in the pas­ture re­newal process.

‘‘Fed­er­ated Farm­ers is proud to sup­port PRCT’s work in this area be­cause pas­ture re­newal is a core farm­ing ac­tiv­ity, im­prov­ing pas­ture qual­ity which in turn brings greater pro­duc­tiv­ity, in­creased re­turns, im­proved an­i­mal health and more farm man­age­ment op­tions,’’ Fed­er­ated Farm­ers board mem­ber and New Zealand Grass­land As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Anders Cro­foot said.

‘‘This com­pe­ti­tion will mean three lucky farm­ers could turn some of their worst per­form­ing pas­ture into their best per­form­ing pad­dock for free. That is a prize worth much more than the $8000 prod­uct value.’’

Even for those farm­ers who do not win one of the three prizes, in­vest­ing in re­new­ing the pas­ture in one or more of their pad­docks this sea­son will be one of the best de­ci­sions they make in 2013.

‘‘Keep­ing ahead of the game and en­sur­ing your pas­ture is healthy means your stock gets all the nu­tri­ents they need to pro­duce the best re­sults whether that is for milk, meat or wool,’’ Mr Cro­foot said.

‘‘Pas­ture re­newal is a great way to in­crease your on-farm re­turns and make your farm­ing busi­ness more ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able.’’

Go to pas­turere­ to en­ter or look for en­try forms at ru­ral re­tail­ers.

The com­pe­ti­tion will be drawn on March 5.

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