Farm­ing will eat tech­nol­ogy

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Pri­mary Agri­cul­ture ex­port re­ceipts, the jewel in the crown as New Zealand’s most se­cure in­come stream, made the head­lines in the mid­dle of July in our area of in­ter­est.

The $3.8 bil­lion dol­lar dairy farm­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the Waikato, to which we can add the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion from the sheep and beef in­dus­try let alone our other land based in­dus­tries, needed to be ac­knowl­edged.

Time and again, commentary has in­di­cated ICT (In­for­ma­tion Com­puter com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nolo­gies) will be the way for­ward for our na­tional econ­omy, yes we have a few whizz kids that de­serve kudos for de­vel­op­ing very use­ful elec­tronic tech­nol­ogy. But I con­sider ICT as an in­dus­try will never achieve the busi­ness scale of our land-based food pro­duc­ers for a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to our eco­nomic well­be­ing of New Zealand.

The GDT (Global Dairy Trade) con­tin­ued a down­ward trend and also re­ceived neg­a­tive commentary from many fi­nan­cial an­a­lysts that had con­no­ta­tions of doom and gloom, ex­cept I sug­gest from many of those on farm em­bark­ing into the next farm­ing pro­duc­tion sea­son.

There are many ra­tio­nales for the rise and fall of world GDT, which I am sure mir­rors the price fluc­tu­a­tion sta­tis­tics of the pre­vi­ous five decades at least in re­gard to our dairy prod­uct ex­port prices.

Prior to the in­tro­duc­tion of this very pub­lic trad­ing plat­form, Co Op dairy com­pany di­rec­tors and man­age­ment dealt with this sit­u­a­tion, so sup­pli­ers did not re­ally know the vari­a­tion of prod­uct re­turns through­out the sell­ing year. What as­tute dairy farm­ing peo­ple do now is take note of the GDT trends, take on board why the GDT trades achieved that sig­nif­i­cant lift which is now head­ing back to a level our main­stream world con­sumer agents have com­peted against each other to set a com­mer­cial mar­ket re­lated bid for prod­uct.

It is not un­til you are ‘‘in the game’’ in ref­er­ence to bovine live­stock ex­port to China, that you be­come aware where things are presently at.

I re­sponded to the mar­ket call for Jersey heifer ris­ing year­lings, the ge­netic J12 I of­fered were very ac­cept­able. Well I can as­sure you Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­try (MPI) con­tracted vet­eri­nar­i­ans and As­sure Qual­ity of­fi­cers are busy as bees due to the num­ber of stock be­ing pre­pared for ship­ment in the very near fu­ture.

Bi­o­log­i­cal se­cu­rity as you know is my keen area of in­ter­est on be­half of my farm­ers, due to the in­creas­ing in­cur­sions into New Zealand of un­de­sir­able nas­ties. But I am im­pressed with the sep­a­ra­tion re­quire­ment on farm, the in­spec­tion process, blood screen­ing, an im­por­tant in­oc­u­la­tion de­manded for ex­port live­stock plus a TB test, so New Zealand can be seen and proven to be pre­sent­ing world top qual­ity live­stock to dis­cern­ing buy­ers off­shore.

I also get that hunch that pos­si­bly ‘‘ev­ery Tom, Dick and Harry’’ are build­ing self con­tained dairies in China to ser­vice the food needs of their peo­ple. Ob­vi­ously one such en­tity is stock­ing up on chan­nel is­land type dairy ge­net­ics, per­haps there is a point of dif­fer­ence from their do­mes­tic mar­ket­ing per­spec­tive. I pre­sume NZ IRD do not take into ac­count ex­port live­stock re­al­i­sa­tions into their an­nual live­stock val­u­a­tion process, as ex­port prices re­ceived in my opinion are re­ally a non equa­tive earn­ing value to sim­i­lar stock classes in the com­mer­cial na­tional herd.

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