Waimatuku farmers Andrew and Margaret Hall are doing some serious scanning of the Fly Buys website after picking up 10,000 Fly Buys points in a Summit Quinphos 20th birthday celebration.
The couple, who own a 137ha dairy grazing block about 30kms west of Invercargill, have their own ideas as to what to buy with the points, but Andrew accepts his wife will likely win the day.
“We’re quite excited by the win,” says Mr Hall, “it’s a great prize. I’ve a few ideas, but Margaret’s had a good look through the website and she’ll make the final call. She’s the Fly Buys boss.”
Mrs Hall is keeping her powder dry, but admits to having a hankering for a flight. The couple have three grown-up sons and a daughter, all involved in rural enterprises in Otautau, Wallacetown, Edendale and Hastings.
The Halls were selected at random by the Fly Buys computer after entering Summit Quinphos’ 20,000 Bonus Points promotion, part of its birthday celebrations. Ten other farmers won 1,000 Fly Buys points each in the promotion, which ran through March and April.
To qualify for the draw, customers had to buy any Summit Quinphos fertiliser or animal nutrition product over that period, collecting Fly Buys points along the way.
Mr Hall says they started buying Summit Quinphos products about eight years ago, and in the past three years have bought virtually everything from Summit Quinphos.
They mainly buy a tailor-made blend of Dairy King, a mix of soluble and sustained release phosphate with three different types of nitrogen, plus a bit of potash.
“Simon Croom, our Summit Quinphos Field Consultant, does the testing and makes the recommendations about the right mix, and we tend to go along with him,” says Mr Hall.
The Halls farm 150 beef store cattle, grow about 45ha of grain, and winter 500 cows for a local dairy farmer. They have roughly a third of their farm on sandy ground, which is good for wintering stock, a third on wet, peaty soil – and the rest being reasonably good ground.
Summit Quinphos General Manager Willie Thomson says the promotion coincided with the first anniversary of Summit Quinphos’ introduction of the Fly Buys programme to the fertiliser industry.
“We weren’t sure what the response would be, but we now have about 90 percent of our loyal customer base signed up. It is clearly something farming families want to be part of and we will look at further ways of enhancing our Fly Buys offering,” says Mr Thomson.
“We like to be a little bit different. It doesn’t take long for a typical farmer to earn a significant number of points, so Fly Buys are yet another advantage of being a Summit Quinphos customer.”
The winners in the Summit-Quinphos 20th birthday Fly Buys promotion are:
10,000 Fly Buys points: Andrew Hall, Invercargill
1,000 Fly Buys points (each):
Margaret Wright (Whakatane)
Vicky Sainsbury (Matamata)
Andrew Butler (Havelock)
Mary Pearce (Ashburton)
Sharron Hall (Gisborne)
John McLean (Lumsden)
Janice Carroll (Stratford)
Blackwell Osborne (Dargaville)
Andy Collins (Wanganui)
Troyeden Kuter (Tokoroa)
2 June 2010