If you’re thinking of trying something new on-farm, or facing challenges and would like to talk to someone with experience, sign up today and we’ll connect you with a support farmer.
This free and confidential service is available to all farmers; owners, sharemilkers, managers, contract milkers, and farm assistants.
How does Dairy Connect work?
No topic is too small or too big for Dairy Connect. Our areas of support include, but are not limited to:
- Improving reproductive performance
- Overcoming an animal health issue
- Managing cows through the winter
- Rearing youngstock
- Milking intervals e.g OAD/16hrs
Pasture and Feed
- Pasture renovation
- Nutrient management
- New crop or excellent crop yields
- Pasture monitoring and budgeting tools
- Managing pasture weeds and/or pests
- Using supplements
- Setting up or upgrading an effluent system
- Farm infrastructure changes - e.g. feed pad, wintering homes, milking shed improvements
- Water use and management
- Staff recruitment and orientation
- Retaining staff
- Creating more efficient milking routines
- Creating a practical farm manual
- Farm health & safety
- Dealing with depression or workplace stress
- Having students or short term workers
- Networking groups or neighbourhood support systems
- Setting goals and strategies for the future
- Developing and monitoring cashflows and budgets
- Positioning yourself for future career opportunities
- Succession planning
Our Dairy Connect farmers want to encourage others in the industry by sharing their experiences, both good and bad.
More than 400 support farmers nationwide are willing and waiting to give their time to help other farmers.
Many of our support farmers have themselves benefited from mentors and are keen to return the favour to those who are seeking more information.
Meet some of our support farmers
"I have benefited greatly from the advice and experience of other farmers and would like to help others in this regard, where possible." John Assen is a 50:50 sharemilker with 400 cows. (Taupiri, Waikato)
“There are always new ideas to be shared and discussed.” Originally a vet nurse, Angela is operations manager of a 1,350 Friesian cow dairy farm. (Taupo, Waikato)
"Our desire is to return the generosity, openness, frankness and support that we received at the time of converting." Murray and Gaye are farm owners with 800 cows. (Haupiri, West Coast)
Born and bred in the Philippines, Marco has a University Degree in Animal Science. Marco came to New Zealand as a dairy assistant, now he and Boogie own a farm. (Southland)
"My pet project is mental wellness." Lisa Lile has been a hands-on dairy farmer for twenty years. She comes from the hospitality industry and has worked part time off farm. (Te Awamutu, Waikato)
"Finance and HR would be where we could offer support." Corrie and Donna own seven farms in the North and South Island totaling 3400 Friesian cows. (Edgecumbe, Bay of Plenty)
Whangarei dairy farmer Barry Thorne has spent a lifetime in farming and has experience in full autumn calving.
"I don’t like the thought of people struggling over a problem." Anne-Marie Wells is an owner-operator with 640 cows (Outram, Otago).
David was born and raised on a dairy farm but comes to the industry from a corporate and business consulting background.