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Real Challenges For Dairy Farmers

" 'Rise to the challenge' is the key message to come out of day two of the Dairy Farmers of New Zealand Council Meeting" DFNZ Chairman, Charlie Pedersen said, today.

Farmers were challenged to identify what they value about co-operative membership by Alex Wright and Ian Reid of the NZ Co-operatives Association. " Dairy Farmers need to structure their businesses to exploit the advantages co-operatives bring to the Dairy industry" said Mr Pedersen.

Federated Farmer members, Jim Cotman and Graham McBride ran a workshop about on- farm quality issues. Mr Pedersen said "this workshop asked farmers to raise their perspective, to look past the farm gate and to understand the purpose of on- farm audits. Farmers were challenged to accept the advantages of self-auditing their management processes and to recognise the importance of addressing market expectations".

"Kiwi Co-op Director, Gerard Lynch, spoke to the meeting about governance structures" said Mr Pedersen. Mr Lynch challenged farmers to exert influence as owners of their co-operatives and to develop governance structures, which allow them to do so effectively.

The finale of the day was an address by Graham Fraser, Chairman of the Dairy Board. Mr Fraser shared in confidence the challenges he saw facing the industry as Merge Co develops.

Mr Pedersen said that Council Members were stimulated by the discussion and felt the day ended on a high note, with farmers pleased to have the opportunity to confirm their confidence in New Zealand's most important industry.

ENDS For further information: Charlie Pedersen 025-463-480 Kevin Petersen 025-706-550


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