[26 October/Stuff]

At the DairyNZ annual meeting in Rotorua acting Chairman Barry Harris said the future of dairy lay in increased productivity and sustainability. This would be reflected in the new Dairy Industry Strategy to be launched next month. He said the sector would be positioned to making headway around the environment, animal welfare, the workforce, communities and global competitiveness. Harris said DairyNZ investment for the 2017/18 season would result in $18.5 million going into research and development, $16.1m on biosecurity and product integrity, and $13.7m on farm profit. Chief executive Tim Mackle said the said the change of Government would have little impact on the strategy.