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WE'RE PUTTING OUR MONEY WHERE OUR
In January 2013 our column dealt with Employee Engagement
and we talked about the Say, Stay, Strive model with regards to
measuring Employee Engagement in your business; in March
we talked about celebrating success and this year we have had
the pleasure of being involved in the awards ceremonies for two
farming businesses as well as the New Zealand Dairy Business of
the Year awards...
One thing that we think is missing is an award that celebrates the
fantastic employees that we have everywhere in NZ agribusiness
-- the people who may not meet the lofty criteria required for a
national award but they sure make a difference to your business. I
know; No8HR is by NZ standards a small to medium sized enterprise
and my people make all the difference to me both personally and
professionally as I work alongside them everyday.
For a few years now under our People4Success brand that
operates in the non-agribusiness sector, we have sponsored an
'Employee of the Month' award with the Te Awamutu Chamber of
Commerce. This award has enjoyed great success as it recognises
those whose efforts really make a difference in the business and
are often the 'unsung heroes' for the business owner...
So we're branching out and instigating an 'Employee of the
Month' award in the agribusiness sector under the No8HR brand...
so get in quick. We are looking for nominations from business
owners / senior managers who want to nominate an unsung hero,
quiet achiever, great team player, great coach, the one that can be
relied on in all weathers, the one that you can't do without....or will
miss sorely when they move on with their career...
We're not looking for 'flash in-the-pans' so they will need to have
been with you for a reasonable period of time and demonstrated
their dedication to you, their career and the agribusiness sector.
On offer is a gift voucher, certificate and mention in our monthly
newsletter...and who knows, we may even come up with an
Employee of the Year at the end of it all.
Our employee of the month will largely be an honesty-based
process and we will select from the nominations we receive. It is
one small way that we can put our money where our mouth is and
recognise and honour performance in our sector.
Got someone you'd like to nominate? Jump onto our website at
www.no8hr.co.nz, download and complete a nomination form and
send it in to us by the 25th of the month.
Lee Astridge, Principal Consultant
Please contact us at email@example.com or on 07 870 4901 if you
have any questions about this or any other people related matter.
If you have suggestions or questions you would like us to cover
in our column please let us know.
22 The Dairyman September 2013
Calves grow on
able results were not surpris-
ing and aligned with scientific
knowledge that the particular
farming system was an
important determinant of
the effectiveness of probiotic
''The trial group aimed
to collect a large amount of
reliable data to set against
local anecdotal information
and the suggestions in the
literature that probiotics have
a positive effect on animal
growth rates and we believe
we have done this,'' Mr
Deverson, the author of the
''Where the probiotic
supplement worked, it really
seemed to work well,'' he said.
''Of course we really don't
know why and how it had
the weight gain effect that we
observed from the raw data.''
Mr Deverson said more
trials woud be required to
establish a definite link.
The report suggests that
farmers may get the most
benefit from the micro-
organisms in probiotics when
animals are under some
stress, for instance when
they are moved from rearing
pen to grass and also during
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periods of bad weather.
''I doubt if it's just acciden-
tal that the one farm where
the supplement appeared to
have the least effect was the
farm which kept their calves
in a warm and sheltered
rearing shed with no grass for
the whole seven weeks of the
trial,'' he said.
The report explains
further trial work that the
project group would like to
undertake, including trying to
find out under what farming
work best, whether there are
other health benefits, whether
probiotics affect calf survival,
whether feed efficiency is
improved and whether this
varies by calf weight class at
''The statisticians had a
field day with all this data
and surprisingly enough they
didn't all agree,'' Mr Dever-
son said. ''I hope we have
provided them with a lot to
''Farmers are being told
that they need to produce
more from the same envi-
ronmental footprint, so
anything that could give even
a marginal edge in produc-
tion should be investigated
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