Posts tagged "DairyNZ"

How NZ could cut agriculture emissions by to 10 per cent

[6 December/NZ Herald] Findings from two years of research by the Biological Emissions Reference Group suggest that most people in the agriculture sector want to reduce their emissions to fight climate change but nearly half of farmers don’t know how to go about it. The work looked at the costs and barriers of reducing biological...

‘Poisoning for profit’: why Greenpeace wants to get rid of synthetic nitrogen

[15 November/Stuff] Greenpeace wants the New Zealand Government to ban the use of synthetic nitrogen on New Zealand farms, orchards and market gardens. Not all of the nitrogen put on the soil is taken up by plants but instead travels underground and ends up polluting aquifers and rivers. Last year’s report by the Ministry for...

Pasture, present and future: NZ-Ireland hold joint summit

[29 October/The Country] New Zealand and Ireland’s first joint Pasture Summit will be held in New Zealand next month. The event will consist of two conferences with one in Hamilton and one in Ashburton. Its Chairman, Colin Armer, said it would have a dynamic group of international and local speakers with cutting edge science and...

Recovery package to get farmers hit by cattle disease back on their feet faster

[9 October/Stuff] Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, announced a recovery package to help farmers get back to business faster after being cleared of Mycoplasma bovis. The package would give access to assistance with compensation claims, online tools, and extra support from the Rural Support Trust. The compensation team was made up...

New Young Farmers CEO is excited to make her return to agribusiness

[10 September/Rural Life] Lynda Coppersmith has been appointed as the first female chief executive of New Zealand Young Farmers. She is currently a senior account manager with MYOB but has worked with DairyNZ and LIC in the past. She was excited about the opportunity. NZYF has almost 80 clubs, runs the FMG Young Farmer of...

Daunting report puts trees first

[5 September/Farmers Weekly] A new report from the Productivity Commission detailed a landscape full of challenges for the primary sector as New Zealand aimed to create a zero carbon economy. Agriculture was at the hard end of the policy shifts. It called for major land use change to increase forestry and horticulture. Reduced livestock numbers...

‘Whistle-blowers’ in animal abuse cases need protection – SAFE

[17 August/Radio NZ] SAFE is seeking to have whistle-blowers protected after they lodge animal abuse complaints. It said some farm workers had received death threats due to reporting animal abuse, and they had no confidence in the Ministry for Primary Industries. SAFE’s Chief Executive, Debra Ashton, said whistle-blowers were vital in preventing animal abuse on...

Nathan Guy – NAIT Bill ‘goes too far’

[17 August/The Country] The NAIT Amendment Bill introduced by the Government last Thursday, and passed under urgency makes rushed changes to the Act which should concern farmers according to National Agriculture Spokesperson, Nathan Guy. The Bill changes the NAIT Act to allow for warrantless inspections of farms, clarifies animal movement requirements, and makes it an...

Farmers back NAIT changes

[18 August/Rural News] Farmers are backing the amended National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Act that was passed under urgency by Parliament. DairyNZ Chief Executive, Tim Mackle, said it had become clear that some farmers hadn’t been taking the requirements to record animal movements as seriously as they should have been. He added DairyNZ supported...

Farmers face levy hike to cover cost of cattle disease

[25 July/Stuff] MPI has announced a further two farms have been infected with Mycoplasma bovis. Farmers face the prospect of a higher industry levy to help pay for eradication costs. The farms were linked to other known infected properties through animal movements. Negotiations continued over the question of how much dairy farmers would pay compared...

AgResearch field-testing GM ryegrass in United States

[13 July/Radio NZ] According to New Zealand scientists who were trialling a genetically modified grass in the United States, the plant could be a game changer for agriculture. Laboratory trials found the high metabolisable energy ryegrass grew up to 50 percent faster than conventional ryegrass. According to AgResearch, it stored more energy, was more resistant...

Hidden footage shows cows abused, hit in milking shed

[28 June/NZ Herald] Footage that showed a Northland farmer violently and repeatedly hitting cows with weapons had been given to the Ministry for Primary Industries who investigated the claims, but the inquiry was dropped due to lack of evidence. Advocacy group, Farmwatch, has subsequently gathered further evidence, which it has now passed to MPI and...

DairyNZ: Robust science the most effective tool to protect water

[5 April/The Country] DairyNZ’s team of environmental scientists, policy advisers and sustainability were taking a solutions focused approach to help farmers meet environmental limits and improve water quality. Levies were being used to deliver science and tools that gave confidence that any required changes were sound. DairyNZ were working with regional councils, crown research institutes,...

Leading bunch of female students contribute to solving nitrogen leaching problem

[9 April/NZ Farmer] A group of women were helping to find answers on the challenge of reducing nitrate leaching. The PhD students joined a team of scientists from various other organisations to investigate which forages would best reduce nitrate losses. Kirsty Martin had been researching the response of pasture forages to nitrogen. She monitored the...

Youth Ag-Summit confirm career path for DairyNZ scholars

 [1 February/ NZ Herald] DairyNZ scholars Beth Hampton and Jemima Snook recently represented New Zealand at the 2017 Youth Ag-Summit. They flew to Brussels last October to take part. They both found the experience to be invaluable and one that reinforced their passion of the industry. Jemima said that the summit discussions made it clear...

Is the 20-year white gold rush over for dairy industry

[25 January/NZ Herald] Chairman of New Zealand’s second largest dairy processor, Open Country Dairy, Laurie Margrain said that the company believes milk production growth in New Zealand has peaked and that they do not believe overall milk production would rise much beyond what it is today.  Mr Margrain said that while there will always be...

Government announces this year’s Partnerships Scheme Investment Round recipients

[30 November/ NZ Herald] DairyNZ has secured $8.4 million in funding from the Government over the next seven years to develop genetically low nitrogen excreting animals and farm management strategies to reduce greenhouse gases. DairyNZ Strategy and Investment Leader for Productivity, Bruce Thorrold said the funding would enable the dairy industry to lower its environmental...

Jim van der Poel elected as new DairyNZ chairman following death of Michael Spaans

[23 November/ Stuff] Waikato Dairy Farmer, Jim van der Poel has been elected the new chairman of Dairy NZ. Mr Poel was a director of Fonterra and New Zealand Co-operative Dairies. Mr Poel would replace Michael Spaans, who died earlier this week after a long illness. Mr Poel said Mr Spaans was a skilled, dedicated...

DairyNZ, Fonterra pay tribute after death of Michael Spaans

[21 November/New Zealand Herald] DairyNZ and Fonterra have paid tribute to recent DairyNZ Chairman and Fonterra Director Michael Spaans, 54, who has passed away. Mr Spaans, a Te Aroha farmer, had a successful career in the industry. He served on the DairyNZ board from 2008 before being elected as Chairman in 2015. He also served...

A food future of lab grown steaks and yeast brewed milk

[10 November/Stuff] Tarata farmer Bryan Hocken says the synthetic meat revolution is another challenge for the dairy industry. However, he is not worried. He points out that in New Zealand animals are farmed outdoors all year round and grow fat on a diet dominated by grass. It’s as natural as large-scale farming gets. He believes...

Expert advice on weaning, calf care

[3 November/Otago Daily Times] Dairy Women’s Network recently ran a calf care workshop in Gore. DairyNZ’s Sarah Dirks, LIC Farm Solutions Manager Lynda Ford, Farmwise Consultant Mo Topham and Veterinarians Kath Taylor and Kim Kelly spoke about weaning calves. They highlighted recent research advising against the use of penicillin (penno) milk when feeding young calves,...

Farmer groups looking at more biosecurity influence

 [26 October/Stuff] Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) along with DairyNZ and Deer Industry New Zealand will meet with farmers to discuss signing the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response Deed (GIA). The GIA would give the sector more responsibility in biosecurity, led by the Government. B+LNZ chief executive Sam McIvor said the...

Environment the main focus for the next decade for DairyNZ

[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...

‘Just a matter of time’ before foot and mouth disease reaches New Zealand

[16 October/ Stuff] DairyNZ Biosecurity Readiness and Response Manager Chris Morley said Foot and Mouth disease’s arrival in New Zealand is guaranteed and just a matter of time. Mr Morley said an MPI study conducted two years ago showed Food and Mouth disease, at a small to medium-sized outbreak, would cost New Zealand $16 billion....