Farmers invested more than $5000 a herd in science.
‘‘It may not sound a lot, but imagine every business in New Zealand that generates $800,000 doing the same.’’
‘‘ We need a lot more smart people so we can take dairy farming to the next level.’’
An example was a dairy farm in Canterbury which had an economic farm surplus of $ 7000 a hectare, compared with the Canterbury average of $ 3000. There was untapped potential in increasing milk production per cow, which averaged 400kg of milksolids a year in the South Island and only 320kg in the North Island.
‘‘New Zealand has high standards in food safety. To retain that we need the right people, we need to stand by our product.’’
Industry information systems:
The industry measure for cattle breeding was a good example. It had added many millions of dollars to incomes.