Si­lage turns pink for breast can­cer

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

This si­lage sea­son New Zealand pack­ag­ing com­pany Ag­pac is re­leas­ing a limited run of pink bale wrap and pink/black netwrap to raise aware­ness of breast can­cer in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

Ag­pac crop pack­ag­ing spe­cial­ist Sam Southcombe said his com­pany had worked with two of its in­ter­na­tional sup­pli­ers to de­velop the pink for­age pack­ag­ing prod­ucts.

Is­raeli com­pany Tama is sup­ply­ing rolls of pink and black striped netwrap, and Swedish com­pany Tri­o­plast is sup­ply­ing pink bale wrap.

‘‘ Women have in­te­gral roles in the con­tract­ing and farm­ing busi­nesses that we work with but they sel­dom get the at­ten­tion and recog­ni­tion they de­serve,’’ Southcombe said.

He said ru­ral women did not have the ac­cess to the health­care and in­for­ma­tion that women in towns and cities had.

‘‘We wanted to do some­thing to change this, and the pink bale wrap and netwrap is our way of sup­port­ing breast can­cer aware­ness. Ag­pac sales rep­re­sen­ta­tives will each have an al­lo­ca­tion of pink bale wrap and pink/black netwrap this sea­son, so you can ex­pect to see pink bales dot­ting the ru­ral land­scape all across New Zealand.’’

Ag­pac will do­nate a per­cent­age from the sale of each roll of pink bale wrap and pink/black netwrap to the Louise Perkins Foun­da­tion.

The Louise Perkins Foun­da­tion is a char­i­ta­ble trust that op­er­ates un­der the name Sweet Louise to im­prove the lives of New Zealan­ders liv­ing with sec­ondary breast can­cer.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

RAIS­ING AWARE­NESS: Pink wrap on a si­lage bale this spring will raise aware­ness of breast can­cer in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, hopes com­pany Ag­pac.

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