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Irrigator to pump up South Island Field Days

15/09/2014
When South Island Agricultural Field Days opens at its new home near Kirwee in March next year, the site will feature a half-circle centre-pivot irrigator to ensure a good crop of grass for harvest equipment demonstrations.

Think Water Leeson has made a commitment to supply, install and maintain the irrigator for a period of 20 years and will have a strong presence at the field days.

Next year’s South Island Agricultural Field Days (SIAFD) take place from March 25-27 and will be the first to be held at the new 40ha venue in Courtney Road, outside of Kirwee.

Alastair Robinson thanks Think Water Leeston’s Sam Broomhall

SIAFD organising committee chair Alastair Robinson (left) thanks Think Water Leeston’s Sam Broomhall for donating a centre pivot to irrigate the new site.

SIAFD organising committee chairman Alastair Robinson says work on the new site has progressed steadily and will get into full swing once title of the property transfers to the SIAFD on November 1st.

"We have agreed to give the current lease holder access to the property so that he can take advantage of the spring flush," Alastair says.

"In the meantime, the organising committee has carried on with work needed to prepare the site. We have removed one-and-half hectares of vineyard, replaced a gorse hedge along the roadway with deer fencing, and we have all but finalised the site plan. Once we assume full ownership the pace of work will speed up several notches."

Alastair says the SIAFD organising committee is delighted with the centre pivot irrigator Think Water Leeston has donated. It will irrigate about eight hectares of the field days site.

Think Water Leeston project engineer Sam Broomhall says installing the half-circle centre-pivot irrigator at the new Kirwee site allows the company to showcase its technology.

Think Water Leeston is a family-owned water services business that has been providing pumping and irrigation equipment and solutions to the Canterbury region for more than 25 years.

"Supplying the centre-pivot irrigator to the South Island Agricultural Field Days fits right in with what we do with irrigation and pumping," Sam says.

"It will showcase the latest technology and we’ll be able to upgrade it as time goes on."

Sam says there are a lot of centre-pivot irrigators in Canterbury, and they are the ‘gold standard’ of irrigation.

"It’s the most efficient and cost-effective way to irrigate your land. We think we have a few design advantages over other brands in terms of construction and stability. Our machines are solidly built and can also handle the wind issues in Canterbury."

Sam believes there will be strong interest in the irrigator at the field days, particularly due to the Central Plains Water Scheme coming into the area.

"We decided to take the opportunity to have the irrigator at the South Island Agricultural Field Days because there’s large potential for that type of equipment in that market," he says.

"We have a great relationship with SIAFD going back a number of years and we are very happy to have the opportunity to support this new chapter in their future. Hopefully we’ll see some benefits and increased awareness of our product."

A centre-pivot irrigator at the South Island Field Days’ new site

Think Water Leeston says installing a centre-pivot irrigator at the South Island Field Days’ new site will allow it to company to showcase its technology.

Alastair says Think Water Leeston has agreed to have the centre pivot irrigator installed by December 19th.

"We are very grateful to Think Water Leeston and to our neighbours Don and Tony Redman, who will supply water for the irrigator.

"Unfortunately, given the tight timeframe, this time we will only be able to have irrigated grass for the machinery demonstrations. In future we will have different crops such as fodder beet and maize available for harvest demonstrations."

Alastair says ITM Darfield has provided the SIAFD organising committee a shed to store its gear at the new field days site. It will be incorporated into the ITM display during the field days.

"We have had good support from the agricultural industry during our move to the new site," he says. "Many businesses are right behind us and happy to help us out if they can."

For further information contact us on 03 318 1845 or info [at] siafd.co.nz.

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