Annual boron estimation requirements


Good afternoon forestry team and happy 2021!

We've made it through 2020, Zoom prevailed, toilet paper was currency, and “the new normal” became a common catch phrase.

As COVID-19 still spreads throughout the world lucky old New Zealanders get to sit around barbecues with friends and family and enjoy summer holidays as we usually do.

However even though we are Covid free the pandemic still affects us in many ways, Specifically business.

As we all experienced last year level 4 lockdown came during forestry sampling season, which meant a lot of companies didn't get the opportunity to get the foliage sampling completed and were running blind for their boron requirements. It’s suggested this year to get sampling underway earlier rather than later as we all nervously watch the latest Northland Covid case and hope history doesn’t repeat.


As many of you know Andebor boron is sourced in Argentina, which as of mid-December saw the start of their 2nd wave of COVID-19. Currently Argentina are counting an average of 10,000 new cases a day, their hospitals are overflowing, their currency devaluing, and they have spent more time in lockdown in the last 12 months than out. Buenos Aires is still currently in lockdown till 31st Jan.

In light of this the mine is extremely isolated near the top of the Andes mountains, accessed via 4 hour private road. This isolation has meant that the mine has been able to operate and produce our orders on good time. With the delays coming only through freight and shipping. New Zealanders have experienced the shipping and freight disruptions of COVID-19 within our own country, we can only imagine how that reflects in a country that’s clocking 10,000 cases a day.

Our Supplier and ourselves would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their continued support, unending patience and understanding as we have waded through last year’s havoc. You’re all champions!



Our Supplier has informed us there will be a slight price increase as of April 1st. This is in relation to the increased cost they are incurring which we are seeing the world over, as we try to push through these pandemic times. On the plus side, I believe this increase, and inflated shipping prices will be largely offset by the strong NZ /USD in comparison to last year. So heads up, if you would like to save a few bob, place your confirmed order before April 1st.


As usual the intention of this email is to ask you all to look into your crystal ball and email us an estimation of your boron requirements for 2021. This ensures we get the bulk of our NZ requirements underway, (The early bird gets the worm.) Your estimation is not a commitment to buy, should you require more, less, or zero of your estimation, that’s no worries at all.


Below is a short and sweet break down for new clients.


McCord forest services has been operating and supplying boron to NZ forestry since the mid-90s. The name  Andy McCord and “boron” have gone hand in hand since the 70s. The extensive trials and research paid off once boron fertilization was recognized as valuable in the mid 80’s. Andy then when about finding a borate to fit New Zealand’s forestry requirements. The products at that time were sodium borates, which were creating issues with leaching, unevenly applied toxicity stripes, and lack of longevity.

Andebor is a chip that we have tailored specifically for forestry, with a unique make up of boron, calcium, and magnesium. Andebor is a citric soluble chip, meaning the acidic PH level in the soil breaks it down. This means the release is much slower and more gradual than water soluble products, which is ideal for forestry where growth is based on 25-30 years. For an
in-depth read on MFS, and Andebor pop over to our website or ask for our free booklet “45 years of Boron”


Ordering Guideline

  • I will personally work with you from start to finish.

  • Estimation requirements come in at the start of the year and we get mining underway.

  • Foliage sampling is undertaken in Feb/March.

  • Once your results are in, quantities and price are confirmed. Our price fluctuates throughout the year with the NZ/USD exchange rate, we chose to do this rather than build in margin to allow for the market fluctuations, this way we are able to give the best possible price to our clients.

  • From time of order to landing at port is roughly 3 months, but with the state of the world at present, the more time you can give us the better.

  • We have 3 storage locations throughout NZ. Tauranga, Nelson and Christchurch. We will land your boron at the most convenient location to your forest.

  • As weather or landing time isn’t always ideal for getting the boron on the trees, we offer 1 months free storage, so collection can be convenient for you.

  • Once all of your ducks are in a row, email us with the company collecting your boron and we order the release.

  • Bag sizes are 1000kg and 25kg.

  • We order all year round, so feel free to order at the time of year that suits your application schedule.


The closing joke

A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old laws of the church by hand. He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. So, the new monk goes to the head monk to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.


The head monk, says, “You make a good point, my son.”


He goes down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are held in a locked vault. Hours go by and nobody sees the head monk. The young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him. He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing.


“We missed the R! We missed the R! We missed the R!”


“Father!” cries the young monk. “What’s wrong?”


The head monk with tears in his eyes replies, “The word is celebrate!”



Look forward to hearing from you.


  Kind Regards