[10 November/Stuff]

Tatua Dairy Co-op Chairman Steve Allen says that New Zealand’s dairy industry could go 100 percent organic to compete with synthetic proteins. At a Rural Business Network meeting in Hawera, Mr Allen expressed concerns that the alternative protein industry is a threat to our primary sector. He sees non-GMO, grass-fed, chemical free beef might be an opportunity to differentiate ourselves. He implored farmers to be world class and take up that challenge rather than be frightened about it. Waikato-based Tatua Co-operative Dairy Ltd has 110 shareholder suppliers and exports 90 percent of its primarily value-added products to more than 60 countries.