Federated Farmers national dairy chair
One of the highlights of the past 10 years has been our joint work with DairyNZ on the Workplace Action Plan to improve employment practices for employers and employees. Working with DairyNZ to grow leadership capability of dairy farmers has also helped Federated Farmers to attract well-rounded leaders to represent our members and our organisation.
The ability to collaborate with industry organisations, and to combine skills to get great outcomes for dairy farmers, has been noticed by Government and local councils. We work together to achieve results that are practical and affordable, and that benefit animals, the environment and people.
Federated Farmers has a great working relationship with DairyNZ. With a mixture of honesty, science, evidence, farmer voice at industry discussions, and a focus on long-lasting relationships, we work together to deliver for farmers.
Levy investment: DairyNZ supports Federated Farmers by investing the levy in joint projects.
Dairy Women’s Network chair
Dairy Women’s Network (DWN) has created a platform that enables volunteers to feel supported and empowered. Through tools, training and leadership opportunities, we have nearly 100 regional leaders proudly representing DWN. Ten years ago, DWN had a membership of 2500 and this has grown to more than 10,000. Likewise, in 2007 DWN was made up of 13 regional groups run by 26 regional leaders. Today, we’ve more than doubled our regional groups and increased our volunteers to 88 dedicated women.
DairyNZ supports DWN to be a voice for dairy women. They help ensure our sector has strong local leadership and a community that looks out for one another. Through our relationship with DairyNZ we have delivered training which has developed many women to be equal business partners on-farm and, in many cases, empowered women to seek out multiple roles in our industry.
Levy investment in 2017: $442,000
NZ Dairy Industry Awards executive chair
The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards support and recognise the achievements, motivation and passion of our trainee, employee, manager and share farmer entrants. They provide a platform for learning and development of our entrants, and the new generation of dairy farmers, including supporting them to identify a career path that will help them achieve their goals.
The awards showcase best practice and encourage leadership roles in the industry and community. Past entrants and winners have served, or are currently serving, on DairyNZ and other industry boards.
DairyNZ’s support and involvement is key to delivering the awards programme each year, including their role in national judging and facilitating 11 regional winners' field days.
Levy investment in 2017: $155,000
NZ Young Farmers chief executive
Over the past decade, NZ Young Farmers has benefited immensely from DairyNZ’s levy investment, particularly as a result of the Primary Growth Partnership that concentrated on transforming the dairy value chain. DairyNZ’s investment has enabled NZ Young Farmers to shift from being a membership organisation to become a primary industry organisation that delivers and attracts talent into the dairy sector.
Our TeenAg and AgriKids NZ competitions and clubs were a direct result of DairyNZ’s investment, and have enabled us to showcase excellence and opportunity in agriculture at a younger age. The competitions also deliver a new constituency that understands and values the role of New Zealand's agri-food business.
Levy investment in 2017: $838,980, which includes cofunding of $306,101 by the Ministry for Primary Industries' Primary Growth Partnership, and $236,000 by NZ Young Farmers.
Dr Tom Richardson
AgResearch chief executive
The levy investment and our partnership with DairyNZ have allowed AgResearch to more confidently identify and address the most pressing issues for our dairy sector. Good examples are the Pastoral 21 and Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching programmes.
The levy investment has also underpinned key areas of research capability, such as pest management, biosecurity, infectious diseases, animal welfare and nutrition, and forage science. Our partnership provided the foundation for AgResearch’s $5 million investment to help create the new Southern Dairy Hub to support dairying in Southland and South Otago.
DairyNZ has demonstrated strong leadership and is a voice for the industry and broader pastoral sector. Its advocacy for and investment in science is making a real difference.
Levy investment in 2017: $2,385,000
Dairy Environment Leaders chair
The investment in Dairy Environment Leaders (DEL) has enabled us to deliver an annual leadership forum for dairy farmers from across the country. This has given us a closer connection to policy makers, influencers and leaders, and has provided inspiration and motivation. The programme has allowed our farmer leaders to grow in confidence and understand their own style and strengths.
Many DEL farmers are on collaborative stakeholder groups, in local government, and are actively promoting the industry and making connections with people and groups they wouldn’t otherwise have been able to. The 200 dairy environment leaders who have attended the DairyNZ-funded forum in the last four years have become the face of farming in many regions and are sharing and telling the dairy story. These farmers have felt supported and empowered by working with DairyNZ on this project.
Levy investment in 2017: $380,000
South Island Dairy Event chair
The South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) is organised by farmers for farmers and each year attracts about 500 delegates. It provides a forum to discuss the latest research and new ideas, and to listen to inspirational speakers. The support we receive from DairyNZ is invaluable. They market SIDE, they regularly provide speakers, and many of the event facilitators are DairyNZ staff. Without this ongoing support, SIDE would not be able to deliver such a highquality event. Working with the team at DairyNZ has always been a pleasure.
Levy investment in 2017: $14,000 sponsorship plus in-kind support.
Dr Linda Sissons
Primary ITO chief executive
DairyNZ leads by example in its sustained focus on the importance of continuous learning and improvement. Primary ITO and DairyNZ work together on many projects, including Dairy Together, which connects farm business objectives with training opportunities, and assists training advisors and consulting officers to collaborate for the benefit of farmers.
We’re also particularly proud of the growing number of dairy managers and aspiring managers in the Diploma in Agribusiness Management course.
Together, we’re breaking new ground with the launch of a project to develop micro-credentials – bite-sized pieces of learning that certify what farmers know and can do. DairyNZ is a truly committed and collaborative partner working with us to grow capability for the long-term success of the dairy sector.
Levy investment in 2017: $2,050,000
OSPRI implements the national traceability system with NAIT, and has proven that eradication of bovine tuberculosis (TB) is feasible. The TBfree programme has eradicated disease from more than 1.8 million hectares and continues to reduce the number of TB-infected herds. Within the parameters of a restricted funding model, the goal of eradicating TB from New Zealand by 2055 is ahead of schedule.
DairyNZ has encouraged farmers to integrate good animal health, biosecurity, and traceability systems into their business practice. The collaboration between OSPRI and DairyNZ will ultimately achieve the goal of a TB-free New Zealand and will ensure the livestock traceability system delivers outcomes for the supply chain in terms of food safety, biosecurity, disease response and market access. OSPRI and DairyNZ collaborate to ensure uptake and ownership by farmers, and these programmes are delivered to farmers through joint initiatives.
Levy investment in 2017: $14.5 million
NZ Rural Leadership Trust chair
With the support of the levy, both Nuffield New Zealand Scholarships and the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme have provided strong leadership development opportunities for farmers and agribusiness professionals. Although technology will continue to play an important role in business improvement, it remains a priority to develop a pipeline of leaders with knowledge and skills to motivate teams, explore new strategies, influence decision-making and participate in the ongoing resilience and sustainability of rural communities. Scholars from both programmes are making a real difference to New Zealand’s agrifood sectors.
The DairyNZ levy investment and support from other partners has helped grow participant numbers and leadership outcomes for both programmes. Nuffield Scholarships have increased from three to five per year. The Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme has doubled to 48 participants annually, with dairy graduates making up 50 percent of participants. We value and appreciate the involvement from the DairyNZ team.
Levy investment in 2017: $150,000
This article was originally published in Inside Dairy November 2017