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On bank advice and after virtually giving
all their maize away the previous season,
along with the current economic climate, they
felt it prudent to sell their Kiwitahi block and
a neighbour purchased the 42ha in May.
"Instead of giving it away we bought back
220,000kg DM of maize from the runoff and
fed it as soon as it landed in mid April.
"We re-grassed two-thirds of the farm in
autumn and a month of cold weather stopped
growth so we used 120,000kg DM to put con-
dition on the cows," Dick said.
"Selling freed up a bit more capital for
more development here and we extended the
cowshed from an 18 to 24 aside herringbone."
When The Dairyman visited, Dick and
Barbara said that after a month of frosts and
minus 4 and minus 5deg C, they were much
The 2009 season will see them calve down
250 cows, predominately Friesians from AmBreed, Samen and LIC
genetics. They have used Worldwide
Sires in the past.
Dick and Barbara believe the 50 per
cent flat, 50 per cent rolling has got the
potential to milk in excess of 300 cows.
"We are not in it for a numbers game
but we believe the cows we have, if fed,
will produce and our goal is to achieve
100,000kg/MS," Barbara said.
"We will look at putting in a feed pad in
the future to assist the cows to reach their
full genetic potential."
The farm is unique as it has no water
pumps or bores. It is situated next to
Matamata's town water supply and they
are first off the pipeline.
"We no longer have to contend with Springdale's iron in the water
-- just chlorine now."
Looking back, now they say they took on a bit too much and it was
more challenging than anticipated.
"But we looked past all the rubbish and saw the potential and
appeal of the farm and knew we could do something with it," Dick
"We are happy here now --- where else could you be only 10 min-
utes from Matamata's central business district but still be by the bush
and deer with streams and surrounded by pheasants, quails, tuis and
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Notice of Elections
Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
Board of Directors, Shareholders' Council, Directors'
Notice is hereby given that the following three elections will be held concurrently
in 2009 for Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited.
Board of Directors: Election of Three (3) Directors
Shareholders' Council (14 Wards): Election of One (1) Councillor in each ward
Directors' Remuneration Committee: Election of Two (2) Members
Invitation for Candidate Nominations
Nominations are called for candidates to stand for these three elections. Fonterra
shareholders are eligible to stand for all three elections. Nomination forms and
candidate handbooks can be obtained from the Returning Officer.
Nominations must be received by the Returning Officer by 12 noon on
Thursday 17 September 2009.
Elections for Shareholders' Councillors
Elections will be held in the following 14 wards for the Shareholders' Council:
Ward 2 Whangarei
Ward 5 South Auckland
Ward 8 Hamilton
Ward 11 Western Bay of Plenty
Ward 14 Te Awamutu
Ward 16 Rotorua
Ward 17 Eastern Bay of Plenty Ward 18 Otorohanga
Ward 20 Northern Taranaki Ward 23 Egmont Plains
Ward 26 Hawke's Bay
Ward 29 Tasman/Marlborough
Ward 32 Southern Canterbury Ward 35 Western Southland
Voter packs will be posted to shareholders on Friday 23 October 2009. The
elections will be conducted by internet, fax and postal voting, using the Single
Transferable Vote (STV) method. Voting papers must be in the hands of the
Returning Officer by 10.30am on Monday 16 November 2009.
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