DairyNZ’s work includes 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.
How the levy is spent and co-funding is invested
The infographics below illustrate DairyNZ's investment priorities now and in the future. For more information download the Annual Report Summary.
2015/16 project highlights
See the highlights from projects within each investment objective below.
Feed review visits
Feed review visits were delivered to over 800 farmers, with 80 percent making changes to their grazing practices and 98 percent rating the visits positively. Follow-up events reached close to 1000 farms. Use of tools like the Spring Rotation Planner increased by 150 percent. Regional case studies indicated some participating farms captured over $300/ha due to changes from an increased focus on pasture.
There were 36,724 visits to the updated financial tools pages of the website – up from 17,243 (2014/15).
The GrowingNZ brand was launched to attract talented young people into primary industry careers by targeting career expos, teacher conferences and a website. Over 330 (60 percent) secondary schools and over 38,000 students and influencers (teachers, career advisors and parents) were reached.
There was a large increase in the number of applicants for a DairyNZ scholarship. There were 168 applicants (up from 112 in 2015) from 135 schools (up from 72 in 2015). There was also an increase in overall grade point average scores for DairyNZ scholarship recipients.
Despite a challenging environment, industry training completions in 2015 were higher than in 2014. During 2015, there were 2050 Level 3 completions (an increase of 74) and 398 Level 4 completions (an increase of 76).
Plan launch The Sustainable Dairying: Workplace Action Plan was launched in October 2015, with strong support from both farmers (employers and employees) and dairy organisations. As of May 31, 705 people had committed to the Workplace Action Plan (WAP) by signing up online to become a ‘friend’ of the WAP and 379 people had committed to the Good Practice HR Assessment tool.
A new online resource, the DairyNZ Roster Builder, is helping farmers to manage their teams. Over 1000 people have signed up for the Roster Builder, which turns a time-consuming job into a five-minute exercise.
More than 600 rural professionals and farmers participated in GoodYarn workshops increasing awareness of mental health and training people to recognise and respond to others in need. This has extended to a licensing programme, with DairyNZ facilitating the uptake of licences and provision of training.
Water Accord results
DairyNZ met all its 2015/16 commitments in the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord.
Improving water quality
A report has been produced which documents how industry investment in improving on-farm environmental performance has significantly reduced contaminant losses from farms and is leading to improved water quality.
Assessing biosecurity risks
A risk assessment process was developed for evaluating key biosecurity risks to the dairy sector.
lifted A dedicated biosecurity response capability was developed within DairyNZ, which now supports biosecurity initiatives in the sector and with the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Environmental limit setting
DairyNZ’s policy team helped ensure good science informed decisions related to the setting of environmental limits in all major dairying regions.
Greenhouse gas technologies
A detailed plan was prepared by the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium on how to speed up the commercialisation process of greenhouse gas mitigation technologies.
The Rosie’s Education programme is now taught in one-third of New Zealand primary schools and one quarter of secondary schools. In 2015/16 New Zealand teachers downloaded 7155 resources developed by DairyNZ for Rosie’s Education; more than 98,000 children visited the Rosie’s World website, viewing over 917,000 pages; and 12,600 children visited farms through the Find a Farmer programme.
Industry information systems
BCS becomes BW trait
NZAEL incorporated body condition score (BCS) into breeding worth (BW) as a separate trait in February 2016. This will lead to further gains in the functional, profitable cow that farmers want.
DataLinker Ltd has been formed as a partnership between Beef + Lamb NZ and DairyNZ. DataLinker will facilitate the exchange of information between industry players.
Bobby calf management
DairyNZ led the bobby response and developed tools and training to help farmers demonstrate good practices on farm.
A range of joint initiatives with farmers, training organisations and veterinarians supported good stockmanship skills on farm.
Research and development
Research led by AgResearch and DairyNZ has identified that the dominant cause of cows not conceiving is failure of the fertilised egg to develop. This has opened up new areas for future research on oocyte quality.
New breeding values
The high/low fertility breeding value herd is now a reality. Six-hundred calves from contract matings were collected and reared during spring 2015 and have hit target liveweight as yearlings, prior to their first mating.
Strategy for Sustainable Dairy Farming 2013-2020
Summary of progress
Sixteen targets for the dairy industry’s strategy, Making Dairy Farming Work for Everyone, have been developed by industry partners. These describe what is needed to realise the strategy’s 10 objectives. All DairyNZ levy investments are aligned to achieving these targets.
Read the full version of the Strategy Scorecard here.
Industry partners for the Strategy for Sustainable Dairy Farming 2013-2020 include: DairyNZ, DCANZ, Federated Farmers and Dairy Women’s Network.
DairyNZ Annual Report 2015-16
DairyNZ Annual Report 2015-16 summary