Women’s net­work finds a Bal­lance

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Fer­tiliser com­pany Bal­lance Agri-Nu­tri­ents has con­firmed it will be the new prime spon­sor of the Dairy Women’s Net­work from June 1, 2013.

The new part­ner­ship will boost the Net­work’s abil­ity to pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties for women in the busi­ness of dairy­ing.

Bal­lance gen­eral man­ager agro­science and mar­ket­ing Liz Muller said that in farm own­er­ship and part­ner­ships, women are in­volved in key busi­ness de­ci­sions.

‘‘It is of­ten women who take the lead role in ar­eas such as farm fi­nances, staff man­age­ment, an­i­mal wel­fare, safety and on­farm com­pli­ance, yet they are un­der-rep­re­sented on farmer co­op­er­a­tive boards of di­rec­tors and in­dus­try agen­cies,’’ she said.

‘‘Bal­lance is tak­ing an ac­tive role in help­ing dairy­ing women de­velop their lead­er­ship skills by sup­port­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Dairy Women’s Net­work, which is fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing fe­male lead­ers.’’

Ms Muller said learn­ing how to man­age within nu­tri­ent loss lim­its is one of the big­gest is­sues fac­ing dairy farm­ers, and women will have a lead­ing role in man­ag­ing the changes re­quired as new reg­u­la­tions im­pact on how New Zealan­ders can farm.

Dairy Women’s Net­work ex­ec­u­tive chair Michelle Wil­son said Bal­lance also part­nered with the Net­work ear­lier this year as its first con­fer­ence spon­sor.

‘‘We are very for­tu­nate to have the con­tin­ued sup­port of one of New Zealand’s lead­ing agribusi­nesses for at least the next two years.’’

Mrs Wil­son added that the Net­work was awarded a $180,000 grant from the Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries’ Sus­tain­able Farm­ing Fund.

‘‘We are en­gaged in a ma­jor three-year pro­ject which will in­crease the lead­er­ship ca­pa­bil­i­ties of dairy farm­ing women, our mem­ber­ship con­tin­ues to grow, and along­side the sup­port of our new prime spon­sor Bal­lance Agri-Nu­tri­ents, we con­tinue to be sup­ported by our prime fun­der DairyNZ and our prime re­gional spon­sor RD1,’’ she said.

‘‘We also have eight sig­nif­i­cant net­work spon­sors, and Fon­terra’s on-go­ing com­mit­ment to the Dairy Woman of the Year award.’’

The Dairy Women’s Net­work was es­tab­lished in 1998.

The Net­work’s pur­pose is to ex­pand the po­ten­tial of women in the busi­ness of dairy­ing by pro­vid­ing lead­er­ship, in­spi­ra­tion, learn­ing and con­nec­tion.

The Dairy Women’s Net­work pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to its mem­bers through Dairy Days work­shops, re­gional groups, con­fer­ences and other events.

In ad­di­tion to its sup­port of the Dairy Women’s Net­work, Bal­lance is sup­port­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of fe­male lead­ers in farm­ing through schol­ar­ships to un­der­take ter­tiary stud­ies in agri­cul­ture, and for women in science lead­er­ship.

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