Feilding Herald : June 21st 2012
29 THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012 4638794AA CASUALTY COW COLLECTION SERVICE To register your cow for collection please call on 0900 79 733 Calls cost $20.00 inclusive of GST Phone Hours are as follow: Monday to Friday: 7.00am to 5pm Saturday: 7.00am to 12noon Two vital conditions for the continuation of this service are: 1. We must be notified as soon as possible so that the animal can be collected on the next available run so ensuring its freshness; AND 2. Most importantly of all, that hides are in good condition; ie That the animal has not been dragged. Our drivers have strict instructions not to collect damaged or rotten animals. Any enquiries regarding this service can be made to: James Black - Operations Manager Wallace Corporation Feilding - Phone 06 323 7306 4663294AA 4668878AA A1 MEAT PROCESSORS Ltd For all your meat processing requirements inc. • Bacon • Ham • Sausages • Salami Wild game processing a specialty On site killing service Competitive prices Ph: 06 323 6450 or 027 416 9006 Farm couple earn merit awards Hard workers: Michael and Raewyn Hills and daughter Lucy. Hard work and tenacity paid off for the couple, who have met challenges before being successful in the regional New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards. Photo: SUPPLIED By JOAN FORD Michael Hills has a lot to smile about. Recently he and his wife Raewyn were runners-up at the 2012 Manawatu/Horowhenua/ Rangitikei Farm Manager of the Year Dairy Industry Awards. Together they also received a MacDougalls Aims and Attitudes Merit Award and an RD1 Farm Management Merit Award. Michael always wanted to be a farmer. Growing up in Colyton, his childhood was spent on the family dairy farm. He received numerous awards as a youngster for his calves at Colyton School Pet Day and finally in his year 8 took out the much-coveted Supreme Award in 1997. After completing year 12 as a boarder at Palmerston North Boys' High School, Michael worked for Tararua Roading and did some tractor contracting. On a sunny December afternoon in 2003, Michael was driving over the Pahiatua Track when he was seriously injured in a car accident. Michael was in a coma at Palm- erston North intensive care unit, and spent months of rehabili- tation as a result of the head injury he sustained. I needed to get my strength back, and was fortunate to be able to work for RD1 in Feilding for two years. It was very productive for me, and helped me to come back. My short-term memory was difficult and RD1 provided an environment that assisted me in the recovery,'' Michael says. Robin Black, of RD1, remem- bers Michael at that time: He was a good worker, reliable, willing to learn and always posi- tive.'' Throughout this time Michael's sense of humour and determi- nation never left him and eventu- ally he was back on the family farm co-owned by Brian and Alison Hills, and Peter and Sha- ron Hills. In March 2005, Michael had another accident when he rolled into the creek on a four-wheel quad bike. Fortunately he suffered no injuries. Rolling the bike was just a bad decision I made. I should have taken an extra 30 seconds and gone around the longer way,'' Michael says. We always ride slowly on the farm and all the bikes have helmets provided.'' Michael is third gener- ation at Burnside Farm. He is now manager of one of the two herds on the farm assisted by his wife Raewyn. Raewyn and Michael are very much a team. The farm has two dairy sheds and a runoff. Entering the New Zea- land Dairy Institute Awards proved to be a rewarding experience for them. Contestants work through each section, then make a presen- tation for the judges. We had to show what we do on the farm and why we use particular practices, the different ideas we bring in and how we manage chall- enges. The herd is 95 per cent friesian and 5 per cent jer- sey,'' Michael says. We discussed our plans with the judges for continuing to grow the business.'' National convener of the awards Chris Keeping says: A key outcome from participating in the awards is the opportunities presented to progress in the industry. Our entrants are able to take the next step in their career through the feedback they receive from judges, people they meet at the awards dinners, from raising their profile and reputation, and from gaining increased confidence in their ability. Regional compe- titions are held throughout the country. The awards began as the Sharemilker of the Year.'' Judging is based on farm man- agement, including livestock, pasture, farm dairy, safety and health, financial planning and management, human resources management and communication. The determined young couple are kept busy especially now that daughter Lucy, 15 months, has started walking. No doubt Lucy will be winning ribbons at Colyton Pet day in a few years.
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