Irrigation New Zealand

In your average paddock, there’s plenty of room for both your irrigator and your tractor right? Well not always so, given how often the two seem to meet each other with disastrous consequences.

During the past 5 years FMG has received over 280 Impact or Accident while in use claims at a total cost of $3 million – and this amount doesn’t include related damage and liability claims for damage to farm bikes, fencing or third-party property!

The vast majority of these losses could have been prevented or minimised, saving the businesses concerned a whole lot of money, time, hassle and the loss of production. Irrigator damage isn’t cheap to fix and the cost of repairs can seriously affect cash flow.

Just a few examples we’ve come across include:

–          An employee driving a tractor under a centre pivot irrigator didn’t have the required clearance. The roof of the tractor caught the supporting rod, tipping the irrigator and damaging the two spans costing more than $50,000.

–          A pile of debris was left in the field on the irrigator tracks. The centre pivot has run over the debris, causing the corner arm to disengage and become damaged from the fall to the tune of $37,000.

 

The extra time taken to walk the irrigator track before flicking the ‘on’ switch could mean saving thousands of dollars.

  • It makes sense to check the paddock for foreign objects and any changes to the ground or surrounding trees, shelter belts and hedges. This is particularly important before making the first run of a new season, as there will undoubtedly have been some growth since the last time the irrigator was run. And don’t forget about any new fences!
  • Where an irrigator crosses a roadway or farm track, there is potential for a trailer, or other extended height unit to strike the irrigator. Irrigators are difficult to see in bright light or dull, overcast weather. Fitting reflective signs that hang lower than the main pipes can reduce this event from happening.
  • Management of the irrigator wheel tracks should be included in the farm maintenance programme. Wheel ruts significantly increase the load and the wear on the drive train and can slow a section of the irrigator down affecting the irrigator alignment and the ability for the irrigator to travel in a straight line
  • Read the operating instructions thoroughly and walk the track with any employees before they operate the machine for the first time. This will also ensure all users avoid any obstacles including trees, hedges, fences or buildings.

NEWS

Common sense prevails on water tax

20th October 2017

IrrigationNZ says that a decision by the new government not to introduce a water tax would be a victory for common sense. IrrigationNZ Chief Executive Andrew Curtis has congratulated Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the new government. Speaking to media….. Read more

Irrigation Innovation Award – entries now open

26th September 2017

Farms and businesses with new products, technologies, or practices that exemplify innovation in irrigation are being encouraged to enter IrrigationNZ’s ‘Innovation in Irrigation Award’, sponsored by Southern Wide Real Estate. The highly prestigious award promotes innovation in irrigation and has a….. Read more

Call for abstracts to benefit irrigators 

26th September 2017

IrrigationNZ is inviting short abstracts to be submitted on irrigated related topics for its 2018 Conference to be held in Central Otago, New Zealand. The conference has the theme of unlocking a golden future and IrrigationNZ is seeking to highlight new,….. Read more

Water tax ‘not about water bottlers’ – they’ll pay less than 3%

22nd September 2017

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern should not answer questions about the party’s proposed water tax by saying it’s about targeting water bottlers, says IrrigationNZ. When Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern was asked in last night’s TVNZ Leader’s Debate whether rural New Zealand….. Read more

Water tax by the numbers: A breakdown

18th September 2017

Recent attempts to estimate the cost of Labour’s proposed water tax to farmers have demonstrated a basic lack of understanding of how irrigation works, says nonprofit membership body IrrigationNZ. This issue, which is compounded by a lack of detail from….. Read more

EVENTS

Irrigation Operator and Manager Training – Darfield

November 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Proudly supported by our Training Partners             TRAINING FOR IRRIGATION OPERATORS AND MANAGERS – IMPROVE YOUR IRRIGATION SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE DARFIELD Where: Darfield Rec Centre When: 10am- 4pm Wednesday 29th November 2017 Cost: IrrigationNZ Members $350 +GST and Non-members $550….. Read more

New Zealand Certificate in Irrigation System Design

January 18, 2018 - January 19, 2018

Acquire the specialist skills required to design technically efficient and environmentally sustainable irrigation systems. This certificate is suitable for people with prior knowledge and experience in irrigation. You will be required to design two different irrigation systems so will need….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

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