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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.

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