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StockRock cements in place, no loose stones that can create lameness

Posted 13 November 2018

StockRock Shane Smith with Farmer Mark Muller on farm Taranaki2

Now that we are later in the spring and about to head into summer it is really surprising that whenever we get rain for more than 2 days my phone starts to ring. Farmer will say that “my races looked great and then as soon as it rained it was ankle deep in muck” Next minute they have anywhere from 3 to 10 lame cows within a couple of days.

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Winter milker Spring time challenges

Posted 24 September 2018

Before After StockRock small

Winter months see many new challenges with more and more dairy farmers chasing a higher winter payout but finding the downside being the surface deterioration of the farm races. We find that by the time the weather comes right through some parts of September these winter milk farms really suffer with lameness issues especially if they have previously used brown rock (more-so).

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Get the “Right Stuff"

Posted 6 August 2018

Get the right Stuff StockRock storage

The weather plays a big part in what we do, we find that the huge demand over winter means storage of Stockrock is a must. Last year we undertook building more storage so we can now hold up to 17,000 tonnes undercover.
We are becoming well known for the consistency of StockRock and more and more farmers and contractors are beginning to realise that to get the “right stuff ” it comes
from our Ngakuru Quarry.
Our own farm race contracting side of the StockRock business has been the busiest ever over the last 2 years and our team are well known for their experience in not only doing a great job but having the know-how to help major lameness issues and help with entry/exit race advice. Many people don’t realise that we off er the whole package from consultation, quoting, supply and laying; supply only from quarry and supply and delivery of their StockRock. We also work and consult with farmers' contractors to make sure that they get the best advice. So give me a call, we’re here to help make farmers’ lives better.

See you at National Fieldays, Site E80-82, June 13-16, 2018

Posted 6 June 2018

Renae Flett Rural Catch OptiGuard

We look forward to hosting our customers on the Blue Pacific Minerals site E80-82 at Mystery Creek Hamilton 13-16 June.

StockRock customers, make sure you call in and have a coffee and cake with us out of the cold. Take home your own day-glo StockRock T-shirt (if you like them!). We have mens and womens sizes to give away. Also enter our massive $8000 farm race upgrade promotion. Its easy to enter, simply fill in an entry form on site to be in to win. See the StockRock website for more details. Competition closes end of National Fieldays

The Blue Pacific Minerals Fieldays site will also display our range of animal health products. Now calving season is nearly here, find out about OptiGuard, the premium scour prevention product for calves. It has had fabulous feedback from customers and is available exclusively through your local vet clinic.

WIN one of 3 trips on us when you order one tonne from either of the new Maximin products range. Maximin products are designed to supply key minerals in a rumen dispersible granule to meet most NZ dairy herd supplementary mineral requirements - from post-calving (not pre-calving) and for the majority of the season.

Also check out Renae Flett our very own OptiGuard ambassador who has been picked as one of the four women finalists for the Fieldays rural catch competition! This was previously the rural bachelor competition but now includes 4 girls and 4 guys so is now called "Rural catch". All your support would be greatly appreciated so if you can head over to the Fieldays facebook page Fieldays and check out the rural catch comp, like the photos and once the "Peoples Choice" is up please give Renae a like/vote.
Renae will hopefully be around the Blue Pacific MInerals site on Saturday afternoon (16th) after the rural catch competition is finished so come say hi.

Go Day-Glo

Posted 9 April 2018

Team shoot Waverley SR April3 18 web

CD Fieldays in mid-March generated a record number of quotes for the Taranaki and Manawatu regions, so Shane has been busy getting through these quotes and site visits. If you would like a no-obligation quotation for your farm race upgrade, then now is a good time to catch him while he’s in the area.

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Gearing up for CD Fieldays

Posted 1 March 2018

Lame promotion StockRock 2019

We look forward to seeing you at Central Districts Fieldays in Feilding this year. Take a note of the dates; 15-17 March, site no. 071. Make sure to call in and arrange a no-obligation evaluation of your farm race. And while you are on site, enter our massive 2018 $8000 farm race upgrade promotion. Just fill in an entry form on-site and be in to win, Farmers, let us help make your life better!

Upgrades at the NGAKURU QUARRY

Posted 30 January 2018

new road Ngakuru Quarry

Starting the week before we knocked off for Xmas, working through the Xmas break and through into mid January, the StockRock crew have been at the Ngakuru Quarry upgrading the roads. Shane and his team have upgraded the haul road into the quarry, upgraded the drainage and installed cattle stops for easier access for trucks and trailers. The new StockRock storage shed is also scheduled to start construction soon and be completed by the end of February. This will hold an additional 7000 tonnes of StockRock.

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Xmas hours StockRock

Posted 14 December 2017

Shane and team at quarry

StockRock customers! From Shane and the team: (from back left - Glen, Kuk, Paul, Bevan, Sandy, Bruce, front row - Shane) thanks for your business this year. We have had a great year, National Fieldays is always a highlight, as was getting some new machinery to work with and of course helping farmers in really challenging times is what makes the job really worthwhile.

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Action Stations

Posted 10 November 2017

Tractor in the mud

Supplying StockRock dry has been one of our major successes, thanks to our increased storage capacity. The big sheds hold 1000’s of tons (photos above) of StockRock which enables us to have a constant supply all year around. If you don’t have the rock under cover, you’re buggared. We often get trucks turning up at the quarry as soon as it stops raining, (like the next day) simply because the contractors (including ourselves) need to keep moving when we get so far behind with jobs.

This year in particular we have had several situations where farmers had sections of race that crapped out altogether. The race became impassable due to flooding, or the races had broken right through exposing the clay and then turning into a big bog.  - Photo opposite says it eloquently.

Our sheds are big enough that we can crush rock indoors, which it turns out has been hugely  advantageous. The contracting side of the business has had its challenges also. We ensure the rock loaded at the quarry is covered on the Truck and Trailer units so it arrives as dry as possible on-site. The team then work as quickly as possible to get a section of the race ready and lay and re-surface it between the rainfalls.

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