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Viticulture Aeration

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The team working on the Lyndon Viticulture project, known as the Terroir 180, have presented their design and fabrication overview at the University of Canterbury Engineering campus.

Testing has begun on different elements of the design and this will continue over the next six weeks. Lyndon Engineering are aiming to complete final prototype testing in the Spring of 2017, and if the project is accepted to then present something in the innovation section of the Mystery Creek Fieldays in 2018.

 

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Contract Machine Builds

Lyndon Engineering not only build their own equipment and commercial machinery, we also provide a contract machine design and fabrication service. We can assist with the CAD design based on your ideas, sourcing competitive pricing on components and fabricating your machine into a real-world product. Our knowledge covers steel work, pneumatics, hydraulics, travelling systems and product delivery systems. Bring us your idea and lets work together to bring your product to the market.

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Viticulture Machinery

 

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The Lyndon Engineering development team are finalising the design for their viticulture soil improvement system after many months of market research. Field trials begin in late May for the machine known as the ‘Terroir 180’ which will improve a vineyards soil structure.

The project team includes four 4th year University of Canterbury Engineering professionals, along with Elton Hyde and Richard Butler from Lyndon Engineering. The development project involves a range of engineering disciplines including steel fabrication, pneumatics, electronics, hydraulics and flow control.

If you would be interested in your vineyard to be part of our trial process in the Spring of 2017 please contact Elton Hyde at elton@lyndonengineering.co.nz or call us on +64 3 3478516. If you have a soil depth of at least 300mm then our trials will be suited to your vineyard.

 

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Pipe Works

A big thanks to the boys from Charter Transport who helped us with a double crane lift with some pipe and screen work on a recent job. They worked safely and quickly to help us get our work in to position. We have some exciting projects coming up and we know we can trust the Charters team to provide assistance with a wide range of crane trucks and help with methodology as well. Contact Lyndon Engineering for help with any engineering project in the Christchurch and Selwyn areas.

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River Intake Protection Screens

The team at Lyndon Engineering welcomed the challenges of this Selwyn District Council project that included fabrication, galvanising and installing at site of galvanised cantilevered beams, posts, overhead walkways and intake protection screens. These screens included a rotating-chain brush system run from an automated timer.

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The team at Lyndon Engineering also supplied the temporary hole-punched alloy screens (seen on right hand intake) which can be easily removed for servicing. We look forward to working on many new projects in 2017 with our custom design and fabrication team.

Contact us today to find out more

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Wide Span Sheds Agent

The team at Lyndon Engineering are very pleased to now be selling agents for Wide Span Sheds. The range of sheds suit our skill base by working with steel, and the family team at Wide Span matches our own family team culture at Lyndon Engineering that now has a history spanning over fourty years.

Lyndon Engineering and the team at Wide Span can design the best suited shed to suit your needs. We can handle everything from design, consent and final build on your property. We can assist you with providing quotes from our trusted local partners for civil works, plumbing, electrical and erection of your building, or you can simply purchase a shed building kit and handle the whole process yourself.

A wide range of sheds are available and the Wide Span team has many examples of sheds throughout the Canterbury region. We can provide industrial warehouses, storage facilities, horse stables, farm sheds, commercial buildings, rural buildings, workshops and mezzanine floored sheds for office or residential requirements. All designs are specifically engineered to suit the wind and snow loadings applicable to your address. We have a wide range of Coloursteel claddings to choose from, and the structural design is a premium level design at competitive prices due to the proven Wide Span construction methods.

Lyndon Engineering can assist you to also build custom yards, handling equipment and anything else you require for your project.

Come and see us at our West Melton office, 717 Weedons Ross Rd or contact us at info@lyndonengineering.co.nz or 03-3478516. Examples of sheds can be found at www.sheds.co.nz

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Hi, Unfortunately due to a recent Spark upgrade our 0800 number has been out of action for the last couple of days. We apologise for the inconvenience. You can contact us at 03-3478516 ext 1 or sales@lyndonengineering.co.nz. Thankyou

How do I promote pasture growth for a dairy farm as cheaply as possible, and how do I minimise dairy farm costs in other ways?

The greatest challenge and issue for dairy farmers, dairy farm managers and dairy farm advisors is how to keep the farm profitable with lower payouts, and ever increasing costs.

In New Zealand the Lyndon harrow has been used for generations in Taranaki and Canterbury to rejuvenate pastures through mild aeration and spreading manure. (that’s free fertilizer and increased palatable grazing when next feeding on that same block of land). All it takes is the purchase of a spike harrow and your away laughing as you already have a work ute or tractor and the employees to complete the quick job of harrowing the paddocks after grazing.

I talked to my brother recently who went to Lincoln University to get his Dip Ag, the thing he cannot understand is why more people do not use their existing labour on the farm to  do more maintenance and improvement work. “What do these staff actually do during the day if they are only shifting the herd from paddock to shed?” he asked me. “I remember doing plenty of repairs, maintenance and pasture management on all the dairy farms I worked on throughout Canterbury”

My brother now lives in NSW working for one of the big banks but he and I did grow up on dairy farms in, Waikiti Valley, BOP and Canterbury throughout the 70’s and 80’s…..it was all border dykes in Canterbury back then…..some of you will remember those days.

The only answer I had for him was that the local labour force has become much smaller (and in many cases hired from non-farming based countries), and that we are possibly missing an opportunity over the next 15-20 years to pay ‘a bit more’ money to get skilled people into the dairy industry that are looking for change. Think about this, if you were to pay $60,000 versus $40,000 what could you get for that extra $20,000 with a practically skilled person on a dairy farm? Perhaps you could hire someone with a fencing, building, irrigation, fabrication background…the list goes on and they are out there.

You can quickly train these practical people to look after the dairy farm stock movements and basic dairy shed upkeep that your lower paid employee currently does. Then; consider what the employee is capable of that you are paying the extra $20,000 to employ….if they come from any sort of trade background, or rural upbringing and are over 40 years old, then odds are you have got a very diverse set of skills at your disposal. I am not talking about tertiary educated knowledge such as animal, pasture and financial management skills, these are very important of course and are certainly required to run a complex business such as your dairy farm.

Right, now take out the cost of having to outsource many of your practical jobs on the farm by having these practically skilled employees capable of undertaking many of these improvement and repair tasks…or at least a good portion of them. If you are based ‘off farm’ then you may currently only get a quarterly report from your farm manager on the ‘forecast expenditure for capital projects and the upcoming repair programme’.Along with this report will be the quotes to do that work, but how great would it be to have control over that work by having this person already employed on your farm that could undertake the improvement work? Not only would you save real $$ by not outsourcing the work at market trade rates, but you get the employee engagement benefits by them undertaking the task at hand (that’s ownership) along with the satisfaction of the employee seeing the improvement working for them on a daily basis to make their job easier. This employee engagement in turn leads to discretionary effort. Discretionary effort from engaged employees is the basis of all top performing companies around the world. (Certainly it has been for the large companies I have worked for, which included American company Fedex Express, and trust me they are no slouch when it comes to producing high performing people which lead to strong financial success!!)

OK that all sounds worthwhile considering you are thinking, but where do I find people with skills like this to assist with my dairy farm performance and profitability?….they are actually everywhere and looking at their options now…but every year that goes by there are less of them prepared to change careers…tick tock.

‘Sunsetters’ is an endearing term sometimes used to describe these people. They are all generally over 50 years old, they are often being marginilsed at work as a younger generation pushes them aside with better IT skills. You do not need to look far in a dairy shed to see the same thing rapidly happening with technology…all very cool tools to have of course but that is not what we are talking about here. These sunsetters are hungry for being paid well to work in an environment that is autonomous, good for their health, hard work is no problem and they like to see ‘real world’ tangible outcomes from their efforts (not screen shots or KPI stats)……that is easy to achieve working on a dairy farm.

The time is now to pitch your hiring at these sunsetters , they are comfortable enough in their jobs, but not happy with the prospect of spending the next 15 – 20 years being threatened with getting ‘pushed’ out of their jobs by the new youth coming through. These people learnt skills from their fathers and mothers that are not generally taught to children in the current environment….. using tools, fixing a fence with hammer & nails, planting trees, changing a tyre, changing a tap washer…. Don’t get me wrong, I am steering my kids to get into computer science, architecture, engineering or the health sector but that is pretty normal for parents these days….trying to guess what is best for the next generation of employees….

The point being that a small portion of kids seem to be attracted to dairy farming, or any farming for that matter, we all hope that the great work the industry is doing now to promote dairy farming as a career will pay dividends but for now we require a solution. I have worked with several +65 year old employees in recent years, they are not keeling over at that age and in fact are often fitter and more willing than most of the 25 year olds….better eating habits and a lot less sugar (think about all those energy drinks and other processed rubbish that is currently being consumed). If you target these sunsetter employees and hire them at 50 or 55, you can expect to have a good 15-20 years solid employment from them. That has got to be better than most peoples expectations of how long a younger employee will stay with you these days……its got to be worth a crack….don’t worry about the extra wages you may have to pay initially…employees at that age have gone through their high expenditure period of life already, they will not be constantly at you for wage rises as their cost of living is most often decreasing as opposed to increasing. See how you go!

Anyway, getting back to harrowing….like all good things harrowing eaten pastures require a bit of effort, but why would we have so many customers harrowing dairy pastures post-feed if it did not provide solid results? It does not appear you will hear a farm advisor recommending harrowing, at least none I have heard of anyway…..they are advising based on a raft of different calculations learnt through varsity so I can understand they do not want to promote what they have not been taught. All we can do at Lydnon Harrows is share the knowledge about harrowing benefits and people can make their own decision on what options are best going forward.

Is this info just about selling harrows…well sure we would like to see more Lyndon Harrows out there, but if a dairy farmer buys from a competitor then that is still good for us as its another dairy farm improving their pastures for a very low ‘whole of life’ cost, and when they share that experience we may see our harrow solution into the next farm….in addition if a farm can save cost and improve pastures then they can use that money to spend elsewhere in the rural economy.

Thanks for reading the blog (or is it a post?)……we will continue sharing with you what we see working around NZ farms.

Catch you next time.

EH.

See below for some harrow info

Video of use on a farm. (after some regrowth)

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Above – the basic Lyndon spike frame harrow hitched to 3PL.

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Hydraulic folding frame trailer unit (4 mtr version). This can be towed on the open road between paddocks and zips along easily out on the pasture with either truck or tractor. (manual hydraulic pump or direct feed hydraulic are fitted)

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Catch you next time.

EH.

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Arena Groomer

Our new arena groomer was launched at the end of 2015 following trials in both dressage and show jumping arenas. Our two best sellers are the double-row tyne groomer at 1500mm wide and the single-row tyne groomer with submarine blade at the front (for dealing with hard packed surfaces). Both groomers have a rear finishing blade which can be set to either a combing finish of flat blade (mainly used for knocking down peaks around jumps). We have some videos available on the website, just take a look under our Harrows section and drop down for Arena Groomer.

We can also design and build to suit your specific needs including 3PL (for tractor towing), installing the Lyndon ripper at the front so you can use on your pugged paddocks (raising the ripper up when you go to the arena work) and can also fit our roto-crumbler on the rear for additional working and flattening out of your arena surface.

Lyndon Harrows will have our arena groomers at Mystery Creek Fieldays, site D55. We look forward to seeing you for a chat or contact us anytime info@lyndonharrows.co.nz

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