THINGS ARE LOOKING GOOD AS SPRING FINALLY LOOKS LIKE IT’S DECIDED TO SHOW IT’S PRETTY FACE.
In this edition we’ll update you how the cutting is going and let you know about the two Field Days we recently held for growers and field officers of Simplot and McCains. We introduce Tina from our cutting team and Kevin shares some highlights from his “European Vacation”!
Happy reading. The team at Cherry Hill Coolstores
IN THIS ISSUE
||Kevin’s European Vacation
Read on for these great articles and much more…
Things are looking good and not only has Spring lifted our spirits, but so has the good quality seed we are seeing!
We are now well into our Spring cut stage with over 80% of our seed potatoes cut. It will be full steam ahead until we finish cutting in late November. The quality of seed is looking really good at this stage. The recent wet weather has slowed planting, with most growers waiting for the wet conditions to ease before putting in their crop.
A highlight in September for us at Cherry Hill was the hosting of two field days for growers and field officers of Simplot and McCains. These field days were very well received with over 80 people attending the factory tours and BBQ. It was a great way to show growers and field officers our Cherry Hill facility and we look forward to hostingfurther field days in the future.
Also a reminder, we are able to schedule more cutting of seed if anyone requires. Please give us a call on 03 6426 1590 to book your seed in should you still have some to cut.
Wishing you the best, Brenden, Andrew, Pam and the team at Cherry Hill Coolstores.
CHERRY HILL COOLSTORES SEED GUARANTEE
Our Seed Management Services. Cherry Hill Coolstores will guarantee our services on Seed Growers seed. If you buy someone else’s certified seed, which is presented to Cherry Hill in good condition, and it breaks down, we will replace our cutting and services at no charge.
This guarantee specifically refers to seed piece breakdown (i.e. rot), and refers to seed which is delivered directly to Cherry Hill Coolstores from the seed paddock for chemical application, coolstoring and cutting. In order for this guarantee to be valid, the Buyer must make claims within 24-hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill Coolstores and before planting.
In order for this guarantee to be valid, the buyer must make claims with 24 hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill and before planting.
A SLICE OF LIFE AT CHERRY HILL
We’d like to introduce you to Tina Flannery who has been employed as a potato cutter at Cherry Hill Coolstores for over three years.
Tina’s daily routine involves cutting, sampling, weight recording as well as additional duties such as cleaning and box maintenance in the off season. She is happy to help out where necessary and is a real multi-tasker. Not afraid to get her hands dirty, Tina is a very handy lady to have around. Knowing her way around nail guns, hammers and other tools.
Asked what her favourite part of her role is, Tina simply said, “I love it all.”
Known as the ‘class clown’ of the factory, Tina shares plenty of good humour with us here at Cherry Hill. Although experienced a touch of ‘stage fright’ when asked on the spot to tell us a joke for this editions article!
Tina is local to the Devonport area, attending Devonport High and working in the hospitality industry as a bar tender and waitress before joining the Cherry Hill team.
Pictured: Tina in her St Kilda footy gear as the staff participate in Footy Fever Friday before the AFL Grand Final (top) and hard at work in the cutting shed (right).
KEVIN’S EUROPEAN VACATION
I have just returned from a river cruise in Europe – from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Budapest in Hungary. We then travelled by bus to Prague in the Czech Republic.
Our river cruise ship (MS AmaVerde) carried about 160 passengers, plus crew. The ship had three main decks and a top sun deck. MS AmaVerde is 168m long and 13m wide, a very comfortable little ship. We travelled a distance of approximately 1800km on three different waterways, the River Main, the River Rhine and the River Danube.
We also passed through a man made canal and 68 different locks: the deepest being 35m to raise and/or lower the ships. These waterways are a maze and a highway for different types of freight ships, transporting all sorts of goods including gravel and rock. We would meet or pass one every 10 minutes or so. These ships have a low, long and narrow profile enabling them to negotiate under bridges and through locks. This takes a lot of pressure off the roads and services. Across six different countries this mode of transport looked very efficient. However, I did not see any more than one or two leisure crafts which I found a bit odd.
The countries we travelled through included, the Netherlands, Germany, Bavaria, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Some of the cities we visited included, Amsterdam, Rudesheim, Mainz, Miltenburg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Vienna and Prague. We did see plenty of castles, churches, palaces and heard a lot of interesting history. One question I asked was, “Why can’t I see any farmhouses when we were passing through the farmland areas?”, the answer I got was, “There are none. They live within the villages and towns, of which some still have protection walls around them which were built back in the 1200s or so.”
I must say I was very impressed with the city of Prague in the Czech Republic. This country only moved out of communism in 1996. The city appeared to be thriving with busy crowds of people and the infrastructure clean and well-run. The gardens and green zones were well looked after and spaced thoughtfully throughout the city. As we travelled into the city by bus I could see where some of our Australian jobs have gone. We passed a bustling industrial zone on the highway into Prague, some familiar brands were Volvo, Volkswagen, Invecto, BMW, Case, along with many more.
Our guide informed me the country has only 2.3% unemployment, the average wage for a government worker being equivalent to AU$16,000, with access to full health cover and unemployment benefits. The cost of a medium house is just AU$50,000.
As this trip was mainly a tourist journey, regrettably I have no agriculture news to report. We did pass through a lot of grape growing areas though. Let’s hope the weather here clears up and we have a good planting season.
Hodně štěstí – Good Luck.
Pictured: Kevin Langmaid relaxes on his recent cruise (top banner). Kevin Langmaid (top left). Preparing for one of the delicious meals onboard (right). A few snippets of “Popppy’s” wonderful cruise through Europe (bottom banner).
Kevin is now retired, however can regularly be found out at the Cherry Hill Coolstores. He lives in East Devonport and would describe himself as very happily retired with still a key interest in Cherry Hill. Andrew regularly refers to Kevin for his advice and opinions.
TESTIMONIAL … “VERY SATISFIED CUSTOMER”
“Spring Farm has been using the Cherry Hill Coolstores for 20+ years. Our aim as a potato grower is to achieve high quality and high grossing yields.
As part of our potato business we have found the storage of potato seed and the cutting of seed is of high standard. The professional nature of Cherry Hill Coolstores is a credit to all involved within their company.
Very satisfied customer.”
Andrew Gale – Manager, Spring Farm Pty Ltd.
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