Dairy farming future bright
South Waikato Federated Farmers chairwoman
There have been a lot of changes going on in our neighbourhood lately.
Despite all the negative reports in the media about the future for young farmers in the dairy industry, it is obvious in our community that this is not the case.
There have been a number of people moving into new farm jobs and people moving up the ladder from lower order sharemilking (a similar position as contract building) to 50/50 sharemilking positions where they own the cows.
Building a business of any kind requires commitment and what I heard referred to the other day as ‘‘sweat equity’’ in the early stages.
The co-operative nature of the dairy industry provides farmers starting out with a wealth of support and mentoring opportunities funded mainly by the levies we all pay based on our milk production. DairyNZ groups such as BizGrow and PasturePlus are excellent places to gain farm and financial management skills. Being involved in these sorts of activities also helps coping when times are stressful, such as during the recent drought.
Since the early 1950s, there has been an annual dinner or social night organised to welcome new farmers into the area. It is a great opportunity to meet people before calving starts.
The Welcome In is on Wednesday, June 26, at the Southern United Rugby Clubrooms on Mossop Rd.