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Farm Days Starring Fonterra Milk Tankers & Milk This Weekend

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14 March 2013

Farm Days Starring Fonterra Milk Tankers And Milk This Weekend And Next

Fonterra Cooperative Group is bringing its high-tech milk tankers to the special ‘Farming in Drought’ Farm Days taking place this Sunday, March 17, in Wellington and Rotorua and next weekend in Tauranga (Sunday, March 24). Farm Day is completely free and is open to the public.

“Every one at Federated Farmers thanks Fonterra Cooperative Group because these milk tankers could rival the Star Ship Enterprise,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers President.

“What is more Fonterra is bringing wholesome milk products to try. A taster for Fonterra Milk in Schools, which by Term One next year, will see most New Zealand primary-aged children enjoying the goodness of dairy every school day through free milk in schools.

“It is truly exciting to have New Zealand’s largest cooperative and exporter partnering with us on Farm Days 2013.

“The milk tankers will attract a lot of interest since they are big, bright and impressive feats of engineering.

“Last year Fonterra spent $45 million to upgrade its tanker fleet in what is the biggest build in the cooperative's history. Fonterra has over 500 tankers on the road which is one of the largest and most iconic fleets in New Zealand.

“For adults and children alike this is a very rare opportunity to get up close and see the technology which goes into collecting and transporting milk.

“All of Fonterra’s tankers are fitted with Tanker Activity Management System, or TAMS, which tracks every tanker’s daily movements.

“That includes the amount of time each tanker spends idling, levels of fuel burn, braking, acceleration and cornering trends.

“We think people will be blown away by the way the tanker analyses milk when it is picked up and the massive logistic operation that goes into the collection of billion of litres of milk every year.

“Farm Days 2013 are this weekend and next and it is a great opportunity to learn about how farmers and our farm animals manage during drought,” Mr Wills concluded.

For directions and details on Federated Farmers ‘Farming in Drought’ Farm Days go to www.farmday.co.nz.

Sunday 17 March 2013 (10am – 3pm):

Rotorua- Taupo - Heather and Barugh Heather and Neil Heather, 945 Paradise Valley Road, Rotorua.

Wellington - Greater Wellington Regional Council, Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui.

Sunday 24 March 2013 (10am – 2pm):

Bay of Plenty - Andrew and Robyn McLeod and Noel Marilyn, 1189 Welcome Bay Road, Papamoa.

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