Nz dairy herd shrinks as milk boom ends meet

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Fonterra Australia national milk supply manager Matt Watt told Dairy News the “In addition, unlike the New Zealand market – where almost 95% of milk is make ends meet: last season they received $/kgMS for farmgate milk .. leader Chris Boom explained that for the latest trial the farm was to be. meat markets have received a significant amount of attention. commodity cycles, while the price boom did lead significant decline in the global dairy herd. It to a decline in higher-end food product demand.5 Milk product consumption moves higher with GDP growth . New Zealand and Australia have had to supply. JD and Cheryl DeVos, who operate the Kimball Brook Farm organic dairy in North the past year to help meet demand for dairy ingredients used in cheese, milk powder. Now the shrinking economy has pushed consumer demand for pricey Milk Producers drew worried farmers seeking solutions to a post-boom bust.

See the candidates and voting info at dairynz. Plant your maize now. Where is your FEI sitting? But such a call was taken last month by New Zealand Fire and Emergency; two cows managed to keep afloat for an hour inside a water tank before being rescued. The cows got into their predicament while walking on the roof of a hillside water reservoir in Ormond, north of Gisborne, which collapsed under their weight.

Officers had to use sledgehammers to bash a hole in the concrete side, drain the water then bring the cows to safety. It comes from a Midlands farm, making a mile trip because of sanctions imposed on Qatar by four neighbouring Arab states. The liquid milk is a business boost for the dairy farmers who appreciate the guaranteed price. Qatar has also airlifted cows into the emirate to help overcome the sanctions. But nut or soy allergies prevent some people from drinking these.

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Now US estimates of the Canadian cattle population are that by it will be down to 11, The Dairy Apprenticeship Scheme devised by the two organisations and several others will help draw the sting of the arrant nonsense preached by politicians, journalists and the smallbut-vociferous anti-dairy lobby in the lead-up to the election. Smart people in Feds, including Katie Milne, Andrew Hoggard and Chris Lewis, have with ITO put together a brilliant scheme to encourage young New Zealanders to make careers in the dairy industry although it does have a bit of the look of a former dairy cadet scheme.

But now Feds is showing leadership by initiating this scheme and putting in place guarantees in the form of a farm charter and a promise to monitor and enforce standards with the goal of ensuring a safe and enjoyable workplace for the apprentices. For too long the odds on getting a good employer or employee on a farm have been dubious for both parties.

But under the Apprenticeship Act this is removed and the whole process has become a formal one with obligations on both parties. Feds will mentor the farmers and the ITO will look after the training and pastoral care of the employees; hopefully over time will emerge highly trained young managers who can take the industry to new levels.

Primary ITO calls the joint venture with Federated Farmers a marriage made in heaven for the agriculture sector.

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The dairy industry has always had cadets and the apprenticeship scheme is a modern day version of this. This initiative is not just talk about getting young people, it is walking the talk; Feds and the ITO and others deserve all the plaudits in the world for making this happen. May this marriage last for years. Ph Head Office: Fax Postal Address: Ph Sub Editor: Phstephenp ruralnews. Ph Reporters: Ph Pamela Tipa Ph Nigel Malthus Ph Subscriptions: Heavy snow in the ranges might drop as low as m.

The positive is that this system will bring moisture to the western and southern sides of NZ so with warmer air this coming weekend pasture growth should lift next week. Eight years ago he saw a new light in the industry and joined the gold rush of dairying in a new pocket of Canterbury.

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But farmers will want to be involved and the company will work with them to help them transition away from the feed. More than half of the or so suppliers are on some sort of premium arrangement, including about a third on the main Lead With Pride programme. The new forecast allows for an expected recovery in commodity prices in the medium term, Clement said.

There is good production in New Zealand but if the international issues play out they will drive up prices. Earnings growth will continue this year though probably at a slower rate, it said. Because of the rate of growth in infant formula sales, more bulk formula is needed on hand going into balance date to meet the following first-quarter sales. Synlait has a strong balance sheet from which to fund its expansion with major building projects including the advanced dairy and liquid milk facility at the main Dunsandel site and the new infant formula plant at Pokeno in Waikato.

Farmers will be offered an increase in incentive payments as encouragement to secure the certification.

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From April the plant will supply Foodstuffs South Island with all its private label fresh milk and cream. Synlait also announced plans to buy selected assets of the Talbot Forest Cheese business in South Canterbury, including a new production plant at Temuka with 12, tonne capacity.

Synlait is expanding its production volumes and products range, awaiting Chinese and American approvals for milk powders and it building its sustainability credentials, chief executive Leon Clement says. Talbot Forest Cheese has existing sales and sales growth but Synlait is really buying into the strategic asset.

The acquisition cements Synlait as a company with high-quality, flexible dairy manufacturing capabilities tailored to meet customer needs and with diverse revenue streams. The acquired business will have a variety of cheese products. NZ cheese is as big a market as milk, he said. The new processing plant at Pokeno is slightly behind schedule because of some delays getting materials but momentum is building again and it was expected to open in the first half of season.

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Synlait is working to recruit milk suppliers and getting a positive response from dairy farmers. For its biggest shareholder, Chinese group Bright Dairy, Synlait is working to secure registration in China for its infant formula brand that Synlait makes and is doing the same for the New Hope brand.

There has been some tightening up in the regulatory process but approvals are expected this year. But Gibbs says the need for such long transitions and high supplement rates is not supported by the experimentary data or hundreds of farms experience which shows a day transition is adequate.

Dairy feed prices were then high, effectively preventing them from entering the international market. Things are different this time so it will, potentially, take longer for this to clear. The industry has always been subject to volatility but the peaks now are higher and the troughs deeper. Health and safety is part of this.

There is a risk that variable costs can end up being fixed costs. The present crisis provides an opportunity for farmers to examine their farm systems and themselves.

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Getting the right people into agriculture at all levels is a big challenge, he says, but the industry seems to have a comprehensive plan. Other programmes exist to get people into the industry; things have come a long way in the last five years, Mackle says. Financially some dairy farmers have got carried away in recent years with the high milk prices and over-extended themselves.

That is a trap we have to watch and avoid, but no doubt some people have done well out of putting marginal feed into the system when prices are high. But he says in recent times it has worked with the Federation of Maori Authorities FOMA and other partners, making much better progress. They are there for sustainable profit.

He says Fonterra seems to have a calculator different from his. He told Dairy News it would be better replaced by a small group of commercially smart people who could seriously challenge the board. The problem for me is I wonder if there is anything deeper going on within Fonterra. But he says they clearly took a loss with their Darnum operation in Australia. Call to find your local dealer.

Or visit our website, www. But the ,kgMS from their cow herd was still below their target of ,kgMS because of those issues. The increased monitoring, record keeping and budgeting as part of being a focus farm helped them know their farm business much better, they said.

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Both agree grass and feed was the highlight including the success of chicory Dairy News, June Webster Farms is owned by parents Richard and Gillian Webster, and Michael and Megan, who are also responsible for overall operations as contract milkers. The farm is operated as two neighbouring farms with a aside herringbone and the other a bail rotary.

A comment was made that anyone who had been to a DairyNZ Tactics for Tight Times workshop would have seen worse graphs.

They are stripping budgets and have spoken to the bank, which is supportive of their strategy. It has several projects, run with DairyNZ. Michael told a June field day the spring health issues were metabolic issues.

No one could exactly diagnose it but it was a vicious circle where the cows were low in energy and became ketotic.

The first half of calving the cows was fine, but in the second half they went through calving and colostrums, but health issues started when the cows reached the milking herd. A meeting was called with the vets.

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Megan and Michael Webster. We will be quite pedantic about it because it is hard to put our finger on exactly what was happening. On top of health issues, the dry period over January and February took its toll. Gross profit did not include cost of stock but included dairy sales, dairy purchases and other farm revenue like dividends and milk check. They had early culls and stronger-than-anticipated prices at the works. Onfarm Michael said there was focus on pas- ture and pasture utilisation.

We have used chicory for the first time this year planting 20ha; this has provided good yields over the summer.