Many benefits to crossing upgrade
Around New Zealand, more than 99 percent of all regular stock crossing points on dairy farms have bridges or culverts. That equates to more than 40,000 stock crossings nationwide.
Dairy Farmer, Hamish Robinson has carried out a range of projects over the past year to upgrade existing crossings or implement new drainage solutions on the Wyndham farm that he co-owns with his family. Hamish is a member of the Wyndham Young Farmers Club and 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 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.
“For me it is about making sure there is easy access to paddocks for our stock and for farm machinery and equipment. With one of the pipes that I have put in, there was already a bridge in place, but it is about looking for opportunities to improve the farm” explains Hamish. “We are making it easier to move stock around the farm, keeping our paddocks drier and protecting our waterways at the same time.”
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. PGG Wrightson Wyndham helped Hamish source the right solution for his projects in the form of a range of robust, flexible plastic EUROFLO culvert pipes.
“Plastic pipe was definitely the way to go for us. As it is relatively lightweight, it makes for much easier transportation and installation around the farm, which makes our work faster and simpler” explains Hamish.
EUROFLO is a twin walled culvert pipe made from high density polyethelene, and it is the only culvert pipe in New Zealand that has a double ribbed exterior for extra strength. A smooth bore on the interior of the culvert pipe provides fast flow as well as ensuring there is less internal silt build-up. The pipes come in 5.8 metre lengths and widths ranging from 160 mm right up to 2,150 mm. Each have a socket on one end for easy joining. EUROFLO pipes are manufactured to last for 100 years in New Zealand conditions.
Contact your local PGG Wrightson store to find out more about EUROFLO culvert pipes.
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