Com­pet­i­tive­ness

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

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.’’

Re­search:

Tal­ented peo­ple:

‘‘ 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.

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