Keen prices of­fered to our farm­ers Aussie Pumps helps in drought

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Water Management Feature -

LEAD­ING Aus­tralian pump man­u­fac­turer and dis­trib­u­tor Aus­tralian Pump In­dus­tries has put to­gether a pack­age to help strug­gling farm­ers get through the worst drought in 100 years.

The com­pany knows farm­ers who are af­fected will do what­ever it takes to move wa­ter to keep stock alive.

“We put to­gether this pack­age of diesel pumps de­signed to help move wa­ter ei­ther into tankers or stock wa­ter tanks quickly and ef­fi­ciently,” prod­uct man­ager Brad Far­ru­gia said.

“We’ve heard so many hor­ror sto­ries about cat­tle drop­ping dead in the sa­le­yards or sheep be­ing shorn only to be shot straight af­ter­wards.”

The pump and diesel en­gine com­bi­na­tion project is heav­ily sup­ported by Kub­ota, which joined with Aus­tralian Pump to of­fer ex­tended terms on en­gine ac­qui­si­tions.

That al­lows Aussie Pumps to put to­gether a diesel pump build pro­gram that gets prod­uct on the mar­ket at the low­est cost.

The abil­ity to of­fer deal­ers an in­ter­est-free, ex­tended-term pay­ment pro­gram means they can pass on to farm­ers at their dis­cre­tion.

Cus­tomers will be able to buy goods with a spe­cial 90-day term pay­ment and not have to pay un­til the end of Jan­uary 2019.

“We’re not a bank and we’re not in the busi­ness of lend­ing money but when you see what the farm­ing com­mu­nity has done to make us the lead­ing pump sup­plier in Aus­tralia, we thought we had to give some­thing back,” Mr Far­ru­gia said.

Pumps are be­ing of­fered to farm­ers at keen prices through the deal­ers and free five-year ex­tended war­ranties are part of the pack­age.

Aussie Pumps of­fers a wide range of self-prim­ing cen­trifu­gal pumps that out-per­form and out-fea­ture all oth­ers.

The com­pany’s fire pump, the Fire Chief, is re­garded as the world’s lead­ing light­weight portable fire pump be­cause of its per­for­mance and the ex­tra value built into it.

“We sup­ply hot-dipped gal­vanised steel roll frames with all Kub­ota mod­els at no ex­tra charge,” Mr Far­ru­gia said.

The drought re­lief pack­age is all part of Aussie Pumps’ Drought Proof Aus­tralia cam­paign.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the drought re­lief pro­gram is avail­able from the mar­ket­ing de­part­ment.

It ex­plains five points why farm­ers can get through the drought with the best gear, the best price and the best terms of pay­ment they’re ever likely to see on wa­ter-mov­ing equip­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion head to www.aussiepumps. com.au. ONE Queens­land Lock­yer Val­ley grower is grow­ing an ex­tra 4000 bales of lucerne a year thanks to the Aus­tralian com­pany DELTAwa­ter so­lu­tions’ wa­ter treat­ment sys­tem.

For the past 70 years Robert Ho­gan’s fam­ily farm at Heli­don has used salty bore wa­ter to grow crops.

With ideal soils and cli­mate for their crop­ping and live­stock en­ter­prise, the salty wa­ter caused some prob­lems in the past but not se­ri­ous enough to make them too con­cerned.

After floods in 2011 filled the un­der­ground wa­ter ta­ble, the wa­ter be­came even saltier and crops such as lucerne be­came in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to grow.

“We were hav­ing trou­ble with the lucerne after the se­cond wa­ter­ing with it brown­ing off. Over the years too much salt has built up in the ground and even­tu­ally it caught up with us,” Robert said.

His lo­cal Land­mark agent did some wa­ter tests and sent them to New­cas­tle-based DELTAwa­ter so­lu­tions, whose wa­ter treat­ment sys­tems have been suc­cess­fully com­bat­ing prob­lems caused by salin­ity, scale, cal­cium, iron and cor­ro­sion for more than 25 years. Since in­stalling a DELTA unit on his dam in

2015, which con­tains bore wa­ter he pumps from five sep­a­rate bores, Robert’s lucerne crop has flour­ished.

“Over the whole farm we’ve gone from only do­ing

17–20 bales a pad­dock to around 40 bales. In a year, that equates to around

4000 ex­tra bales due to hav­ing the DELTA,” he said.

The re­gion usu­ally gets around 500mm rain a year, but Robert says with on­go­ing dry con­di­tions they rely heav­ily on the bore wa­ter. Since in­stalling the DELTA, he hasn’t looked back.

“The pad­docks are a lot greener and ev­ery­thing over­all is a whole lot bet­ter. In the spring and sum­mer it makes a hell of a dif­fer­ence and I’m happy with my DELTA, def­i­nitely,” he said.

The pad­docks are a lot greener and ev­ery­thing over­all is a whole lot bet­ter. In the spring and sum­mer it makes a hell of a dif­fer­ence...

— Robert Ho­gan

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CLOSER LOOK: Aussie Pumps’ Brad Far­ru­gia and Craig Bridge­ment check a big pro­duc­tion run of Kub­ota-pow­ered Aussie wa­ter trans­fer pumps.

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