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Dave Miller seems to think so, and his opinion is based on research into the industry which AgFirst carried out over the last season. This discovered the number of Herd Owning Sharemilking arrangements was dropping, and more Variable Order Sharemilkers were turning to Contract Milking arrangements. The reason appears to be because of milk price volatility.
Belton was one of three category winners announced at the Rural Professional of the Year Awards last week. The judges were impressed with the calibre of the five candidates and said there was little separating them.
Healthy Rivers Plan for change is creating a lot of interest throughout the Waikato with farmers coming to grips with what it could mean for them. For some of the rules such as restrictions on land use change and grazing/cultivation setbacks we can see how they will affect a property and what changes are needed to comply.
AgFirst Waikato has teamed up with Greenlea Premier Meats to help improve profits and outcomes for both the dairy and beef industries along with addressing the growing challenge of bobby calves in the Waikato. The result was a contract based system where dairy farmers utilise proven beef semen over their herd after their initial AB period.
“A lot of the time you do stuff because it’s what you want to do – I had been thinking of making this change, but it was good to have someone to challenge my assumptions – and to look at all aspects of a change.”
Upgrading of whole farm analysis and farm consultancy advice is the objective of a new certification scheme, thought to be the first of its kind in the world.
There are massive opportunities for young people to progress to dairy farm ownership if they are prepared to go down non-traditional pathways.
Dairy farmers who adapt quickest to change will survive in an industry where milk price volatility is an everyday part of farming. The Farmer who was the fastest or strongest was no longer the most likely to survive.
“Traditionally dairy farmer focus is on producing milk, not calves; but the potential to treble their calf cheque by breeding calves in demand by the beef industry is prompting many more dairy farmers to breed cows, after replacements, to proven short-gestation beef genetics.”