This news is sent by our SK member, Jeff Pridmore from New Zealand (NZ). Jeff is a graduate of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering at U of S as well. He is currently living in NZ. He worked for Degelman Industries while in Saskatchewan and is continuing to do some work for Degelman Industries in NZ. He is also helping out the equipment distributor that sells the Degelman brand in NZ (REL Group). A NZ crop farm and vineyard operation was looking for the toughest manure spreader in the world and decided on the one made by Degelman. However, they had a brand new application for the machine in mind, with a plan to combat a growing environmental problem in the wine making industry.
Jeff happened to be at the right place at the right time with relevant knowledge, and helped the team at REL assemble the machine. He also conducted all the setup and operational checks at the farm once it was delivered. The grape harvest is coming up soon, so the machine is currently sitting, waiting for truckloads of the freshly pressed marc material to arrive at the farm. Approximately 28-30,000 metric tons of grape marc is expected to be spread on their land.
For more information, reader can look at the articles on the linked webpage above.
Now here is the personal interview with Jeff:
Q: How long have you been living in NZ? What was the reason that you moved to NZ?
My wife and I arrived in NZ at the end of October, then enjoyed a month travelling around the north island and another month travelling the south island. We've settled into the town of Oamaru, which is a lovely spot tucked tightly between the ocean and steep hills. We had been wanting to visit NZ for a long time, a bucket list place we started dreaming about eight years ago. Since it contains so many amazing things to see, we felt that even a month long vacation wouldn't do it justice. A year ago we felt like we wanted to move elsewhere in Canada to experience more of what our own country had to offer, but also looked into how hard it would be to move to NZ. We heard stories from my wife's past classmates about their great experiences in NZ as a first job after completing veterinary school. We decided now was the best time to go, so after qualifying for 23 month working-holiday visas, here we are!
Q: Jeff, what do you like the most for living in NZ?
The reason for moving to NZ instead of any of the other 200 countries in the world is probably the same answer as what I like best about living here. For a person who enjoys the outdoors, the variety of amazingly beautiful scenery packed into such a small area is unbelievable! In Canada we're used to driving vast distances to see the landscape change, but in NZ it only takes an hour or two! We like to call the south island a "mini Canada" because we have rocky coastline, snow capped mountains, flat farmland, hilly pastures, rushing rivers, pristine lakes, and thick forests. With all of this natural opportunity the Kiwi people here have fully embraced the extreme sports, so we're mustering up the courage to try white water rafting, jet boating, mountain go-carts, bungee jumping, and maybe even sky diving (although it seems completely crazy)!!
The following photos shows Jeff traveling in NZ.