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The closest possible thing to a manual
teat sprayer without the labour unit.
The Teatwand 400 has 400mm reach on a flexible arm
(100mm further than the original Teatwand) allowing the
nozzle to position closer to the front teats and in so gaining
ideal spray coverage on all four teats.
The Teatwand 400 is placed
at the exit bridge and uses it's
own movement along with the
movement of the platform to
produce an ideal spray pattern.
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cylinder to 500L, 750L or 1100L. ''We
can heat what we need,'' Bryan says.
He says the water is so hot by the
afternoon milking that they can't hold
their hands under it. ''The water is just
steaming, without the use of the hot water
elements -- just from the heat recovery
unit,'' he says.
Bryan has heard a lot of positive
comments from different people,
including refrigeration professionals, who
believe his is the best system they've seen.
He says the initial heating of the water,
to 60C, is the most expensive. His power
board has an extra switch in the meter
that comes on at 11pm and controls
several other pieces of equipment, includ-
ing the irrigator.
''I am blown away by how many people
don't know that a day and night rate
exists,'' he says. ''Used correctly it can
save a fortune.''
Bryan also changes power companies
every couple of years, taking advantage of
the best deals. Doing this, as well as using
the heat recycling pump, has meant major
savings in the electricity department.
''Our annual saving on electricity,
through the heat recovery unit, is $2200,''
Ten years ago, the unit cost $1000 to
make. Since then, there have been no
maintenance costs whatsoever.
Bryan says efficient methods of water
heating are worth investigating when
building a new cow shed.
''Having the hot water cylinder close
to the chiller unit works best,'' he says.
''Future proofing for efficient power use is
definitely worth taking into consideration
when designing a new shed.''
FONTERRA management needs to
be in the Waikato among its dairying
producers, not in downtown Auck-
land, business leaders suggest.
A call by Labour's associate food safety
and regional development spokesman,
Shane Jones, for Fonterra to be made
to shift its head office from Auckland to
the country's dairying capital has been
supported by several regional leaders.
The MP said a forced shift should be
one outcome of Government inquiries
into Fonterra's contamination scare.
Sir William Gallagher, chairman
and chief executive of another global
company, Hamilton's Gallagher Group,
said that if Fonterra was his business, it
would be "closer to the action".
"My view is that, in our organisation,
we have production facilities and we
have offices among that production. I
see some companies put up a glorious
office in downtown, miles away from their
customers and people concerned with the
He said he ensured top management
was close to the production so they knew
what was going on.
"You get the vibes. If I'm on site I get
a feel for production, the people, and
the people orchestrating it. Being among
them is very important, instead of getting
everything filtered through sales staff."
Gallagher, who hosts hundreds of
overseas senior business executives a year
in the Waikato, said, as a loyal Hamilto-
nian, he would like to see Fonterra move
"It's only one and a half hours off the
[Auckland Airport] road."
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 Go back to heartland
Fonterra bosses told
Auckland-based Employers and
Manufacturers Association chief executive
Kim Campbell said that although some
head-office elements of a multinational
company needed to be in a major centre,
for proximity to an international airport
and banking, "quite a sprawling bureau-
cracy" had developed in Fonterra and a
chunk could be sited close to farmers in
"It may be time to reflect where
individual senior people are deployed to.
It comes down to a management philoso-
Waikato University professor of
economics Frank Scrimgeour said:"There
is a compelling case for serious consid-
eration for much stronger back-office
capability here in the Waikato."
Waikato Regional Council chairman
and Fonterra dairy farmer Peter Buckley
said he wanted to see Fonterra's head
office in the heartland of dairying, the
Waikato. He believed Fonterra farmers
had lost their relationship with the
company's "top brass".
Sir William Gallagher, chairman and chief
executive of Gallagher Group.
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