Rural round-up

Dairying Women’s Award Winners Announced:

Fonterra would like to congratulate the 2016 Dairy Woman of the Year winner, Rebecca Keoghan.

Keoghan wins a place on the 11-month Global Women Breakthrough Leaders programme, sponsored by Fonterra, which was announced at the Dairy Women’s Network conference in Hamilton.

Fonterra’s acting managing director People and Culture, Janette Rosanowski, said Fonterra was pleased to sponsor both the award and leadership in dairying. She said Rebecca was a positive role model for women in the industry. . . 

Fonterra cuts Australian farmgate milk price, offers loan to farmers Tina Morrison

(BusinessDesk) – Fonterra Cooperative Group cut its forecast farmgate milk price to its Australian dairy farmers for the current season, saying it better reflects the oversupply of milk which is weighing on global dairy commodity prices. It also offered farmers a loan linked to future supply.

The dairy processor will pay its Australian farmers A$5 per kilogram of milk solids, down from an earlier forecast of A$5.60/kgMS, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. It also offered its Australian suppliers an interest-bearing support loan of as much as 60 cents/kgMS, linked to a supply commitment and repayable from its 2018 financial year. . .

Oz Clarke inducted in to New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame:

Oz Clarke, the man who helped put New Zealand Wine on the map, will be inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame on International Sauvignon Blanc Day, Friday May 6.

Oz is the first person in the UK to receive this honour, and only the second non-Kiwi (after Australian David Hohnen in 2006) to be recognised for having made major contributions to the development and enhancement of the domestic and export-based wine industry in New Zealand.

A passionate New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc enthusiast and advocate, Oz will be presented with his certificate of membership fittingly on International Sauvignon Blanc Day, at New Zealand House in London. . . 

Brains, Beauty And Brawn in 2016 Dairy Manager Finalists:

The 11 finalists in the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year competition include a former physiotherapist, economist and motor cycle engineer.

National finals judging is underway as the group of 10 men and one woman compete for prizes worth nearly $50,000 and the honour of winning the national title at the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards annual awards dinner in Wellington on May 14.

Winners in the New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year and New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions will also be announced, with nearly $170,000 in total prizes awarded. . . 

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