DairyNZ is running specialist workshops aimed at helping Waikato and Canterbury dairy farmers decide on whether they should invest in cow housing such as covered feed pads and barns.
DairyNZ regional leader for South Waikato Wade Bell says farmers need to consider a range of factors when making their mind up about whether to build off-paddock cow shelters.
“The decision to invest usually involves a big capital cost and can be driven by a range of different reasons so it needs to be based on sound analysis of the farm business.
“We’ve put these workshops together to help farmers understand how to use physical and financial modelling to investigate the impact of different options for their farms.
“We think it’s vitally important that farmers are fully informed of everything they need to know and should consider before making the decision to invest in on-farm infrastructure like cow housing. A detailed investment analysis should ideally also be completed using tools such as net present value calculations,” says Wade.
The DairyNZ workshops will pull together the factors a farmer should consider in their decision-making and focus on helping farmers to work through key questions such as:
- What are the main drivers behind the decision to build?
- What are the right tools to evaluate this decision?
- What research has been done and how does that help with analysing options?
The Waikato workshops will be at the Morrinsville Rugby Club, 225 Thames St, Morrinsville on Thursday 13 November and at the Putaruru Memorial Club, 35 Buckland St, Putaruru on Friday 14 November.
The Canterbury workshops will be at the Hinds Community Hall, Hinds on Monday 17 November and at the Dunsandel Sports Centre, Dunsandel on Tuesday 18 November.
The workshops will run from 10.30am to 1.30pm with lunch provided.
For more information go to dairynz.co.nz/events.
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