Work­shop for dairy heartache

South Taranaki Star - - PROPERTY - STAFF REPORTER

South Taranaki dairy farmer Oth­mar He­bler knows all too well the pain rush­ing into a new busi­ness part­ner­ship can cause.

To help avoid heartache and costly mis­takes, a work­shop called Take Time Be­fore You Sign is be­ing run in In­gle­wood on Novem­ber 30.

‘‘The event is for peo­ple ap­ply­ing for new po­si­tions, but also those keen to im­prove the re­la­tion­ship of an ex­ist­ing agree­ment,’’ He­bler said.

‘‘There’ll be tips on ask­ing the right ques­tions be­fore you en­ter an agree­ment and for do­ing bet­ter due dili­gence.’’

He­bler is the vicechair­per­son of Taranaki Fed­er­ated Farm­ers sharemilker em­ploy­ers’ sec­tion.

‘‘We of­ten help pick up the pieces if re­la­tion­ships be­tween farm own­ers and sharemilk­ers turn sour,’’ He­bler said.

Taranaki has al­most 1700 dairy farms. On more than one third of them, milk in­come is split be­tween farm own­ers and self­em­ployed op­er­a­tors.

They range from her­down­ing sharemilk­ers to vari­able or­der sharemilk­ers and con­tract milk­ers. With new po­si­tions for next sea­son be­gin­ning to be ad­ver­tised, He­bler is warn­ing both sides against rush­ing in. ‘‘It is vi­tal peo­ple take the time to build a suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ship,’’ he said. ‘‘Herd-own­ing sharemilk­ing agree­ments of­ten have a three-year term and both par­ties need to en­sure their goals align.’’

The free work­shop, which runs from 10am un­til 1.30pm at the TET Sta­dium, is be­ing or­gan­ised by DairyNZ and Fed­er­ated Farm­ers.

Fed­er­ated Farm­ers na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers Tony Wild­ing and Richard McIn­tyre will ex­plain con­tracts and an­swer ques­tions.

‘‘Failed busi­ness re­la­tion­ships cost both sides time and money, our aim is to help pre­vent that,’’ He­bler said.

Reg­is­ter through or con­tact Fed­er­ated Farm­ers on 06 757 3423.

Oth­mar He­bler is en­cour­ag­ing farm­ers to at­tend the free work­shop.

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