05 Mar EUROFLO crossings create access and efficiency on farm
Around New Zealand more than 99% of all regular stock crossing points on dairy farms have bridges or culverts. That equates to more than 40,000 stock crossings nationwide.
Young dairy farmer Hamish Robinson has carried out a range of projects over the last year to upgrade existing crossings or implement new drainage solutions on the Wyndham farm that he co-owns with his family.
“For me it’s about making sure there is easy access to the paddocks for our stock and for all the farm machinery and equipment.”
“With one of the pipes I put in there was already a bridge in place, but it’s about looking for opportunities to improve the farm.”
“We’re making it easier to move stock around the farm, keeping our paddocks drier and protecting our waterways at the same time.”
A member of the Wyndham Young Farmers Club, Hamish was a DairyNZ scholar who attended Lincoln University, gaining a Bachelor of Agriculture.
Although Hamish’s family have farmed in the Wyndham area for over 100 years, he is actually the first dairy farmer in the family. Hamish’s experience on different farms has given him an appreciation of how knowledgeable and proactive the wider farming community is in looking after their land and their animals.
Hamish says a lot of work has gone into recent projects which have included tidying up water courses, resolving overflows and improving drainage on the farm.
“Plastic pipe was definitely the way to go for us. Its relative lightweight makes for much easier transportation and installation around the farm and that makes our work faster and simpler.”
WHAT: EUROFLO® large bore culvert pipe
WHERE: Dairy farm, Wyndham
PROJECT: Installation of stock crossings