Sus­tain­able sys­tems to set dairy’s fu­ture

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Sus­tain­able farm sys­tems and the new strat­egy’s six com­mit­ments will be cru­cial for dairy’s fu­ture suc­cess, ac­cord­ing to speak­ers at last week’s DairyNZ AGM in In­ver­cargill.

DairyNZ chair­man Jim van der Poel said the 2017/18 sea­son was an­other big year for dairy farm­ers, with great progress made in de­vel­op­ing farm sys­tems for the fu­ture.

“We as a farm­ing com­mu­nity are com­mit­ted to farm­ing within en­vi­ron­men­tal lim­its and max­imis­ing value from our pas­ture­based farm­ing sys­tems. This is what con­tin­ues to be our com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage,” said Jim.

“By con­tin­u­ing to im­prove our sus­tain­abil­ity, we are safe­guard­ing the dairy sec­tor’s fu­ture.”

Jim said the Dairy To­mor­row strat­egy launched in 2017 is now cen­tral to the sec­tor’s fu­ture progress.

“It has six com­mit­ments which en­com­pass the en­vi­ron­ment, re­silient busi­nesses, pro­duc­ing high qual­ity nu­tri­tion, an­i­mal care, great work­places and grow­ing vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties,” says Jim.

“Dairy To­mor­row has helped ev­ery­one in the sec­tor think about the fu­ture and di­rec­tion we need to take.”

The strat­egy’s com­mit­ments are the ba­sis of DairyNZ’s in­vest­ments and next sea­son, DairyNZ will in­vest $6.1m into projects which aim to pro­tect and nur­ture the en­vi­ron­ment.

This is along­side $53.7m for re­search and projects into sup­port­ing com­pet­i­tive, sus­tain­able and re­silient dairy farm busi­nesses, and $7.5m into es­tab­lish­ing dairy farms as great work­places with tal­ented peo­ple.

DairyNZ in­vests dairy farm­ers’ money into a wide range of pro­grammes in­clud­ing re­search and de­vel­op­ment to cre­ate prac­ti­cal on-farm tools, lead­ing on-farm adop­tion of good prac­tice farm­ing, pro­mot­ing ca­reers in dairy­ing and ad­vo­cat­ing for farm­ers with cen­tral and re­gional govern­ment.

The 2017/18 sea­son also high­lighted the im­por­tance of biose­cu­rity to the sec­tor, as My­coplasma bo­vis af­fected rou­tine prac­tices on dairy farms na­tion­wide.

“This year My­coplasma bo­vis has had a real im­pact on our dairy farm­ers and DairyNZ has been pro­vid­ing sup­port to help farm­ers man­age its im­pli­ca­tions,” said Jim.

“As we move to­ward erad­i­ca­tion, M. bo­vis will con­tinue to be a sig­nif­i­cant fo­cus,.”

At the AGM two new mem­bers on the DairyNZ Board of Di­rec­tors were an­nounced.

An elec­tion saw Jac­que­line Rowarth voted in as a new farmer-elected di­rec­tor and Jo Cough­lan rat­i­fied as a new boar­d­ap­pointed di­rec­tor, re­plac­ing Barry Har­ris who re­tired to­day from DairyNZ’s board af­ter 11 years.

Results of sev­eral AGM res­o­lu­tions were also an­nounced, in­clud­ing a new Di­rec­tors Re­mu­ner­a­tion Com­mit­tee mem­ber, dairy farmer John Gre­gan, and new di­rec­tor re­mu­ner­a­tion lev­els.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion on DairyNZ’s An­nual Re­port, fu­ture in­vest­ment pri­or­i­ties and AGM results, visit dairynz.co.nz/agm

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