The Matamata-Piako Dairy Push has completed a successful first year with 35 farmers taking part.
Supported by Dairy NZ and the Interlact, the initiative involves collection of financial, environmental and employment data from farmers.
The group met in Morrinsville on May 25 to hear Interlact data analyst Alanah Bunyard explain data collected on farm over the past year. Chairman Sam Owen said data was collected was phase one of the three-year project. Farmers volunteer their time for the project, which involves three on-site visits from Interlect consultants to collect the data. The purpose of the initiative was to identify any weaknesses in any of the three areas, he said. Phase two of the project would be carried out over the next year, using the data that was collected to make improvements on farm. Phase three of the project was to look at any minor problems. The aim of the initiative is to increase farm profit to $500/ha over the threeyear period.