Read the story not just the headline – Jon Morgan:
Milk not as good as we thought? Milk may do more harm than good – not quite the headlines to lift the confidence of dairy farmers.
Unfortunately, they and others like them have been seen in major newspapers, on TV news and on news websites around the world in the past week.
They come from a study by Swedish researchers that comes to the conclusion that drinking more than three glasses of milk a day may not protect bones against breaking, and may even lead to higher rates of death.
The study suggests certain types of sugars found in milk may increase inflammation and oxidative stress, which can damage body cells.
To the credit of some reports, they also added high up in the story the researchers’ comment that they could not prove “cause and effect” and much more research was needed before anyone would be advised to limit their milk consumption. . .
Dairy farm focus on cost-cutting – Dene Mackenzie:
Dairy farmers will focus on the parts of their business they can easily change as their income drops in the 2014-15 season, according to ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley.
In his quarterly economic forecasts, released this morning, Mr Tuffley said the firstthings farmers would look at were likely to be feed and farm maintenance.
Last season, farmers had incentive to increase production through additional feed and, generally, the feed price was of secondary importance to feed availability. That resulted in palm kernel imports rising by 400 million kg, or 29%, on the previous season, at an additional cost of $120 millon, he said.
”This season, in many cases extra feed doesn’t pay. Farmers may reduce the amount of feed they purchase or make what they do have go further.” . . .
Uruguay link still strong – Sally Rae:
Back in the 1960s, a young Enrique Larraechea, from Uruguay, visited the Robertson family in West Otago and bought a Romney ram.
Decades later, Mr Larraechea has returned, recently purchasing rams from Blair Robertson at the Merrydowns stud at Waikoikoi, and his uncle David Robertson, at the Aurora stud at Palmerston.
Buying from the Robertson family had become a ”very, very nice family tradition” over the years.
”I feel very much together with them … we have complete faith in each other,” Mr Larraechea, known as Kike, said.
In the 1960s, he travelled throughout New Zealand looking at sheep. While the rams in the north were ”very nice” and very refined, they were not what he wanted in a commercial sheep. . .
Speech to Fonterra UHT plant opening in Waitoa – Nathan Guy:
It’s great to be here today at the official opening of Fonterra’s new UHT milk processing plant.
This is a $126 million project which has been completed in just 12 months, and has created 100 new local jobs.
It’s a real vote of confidence in New Zealand’s dairy industry, which continues to be a major contributor to our economy. Dairy is our biggest single export earner.
Our farmers produce a quality product that ends up in over 100 countries around the world. The primary sector is the backbone of our economy that generates around $4 million an hour. This helps the Government get back into surplus and invest in things like schools, hospitals and roads.
As a Government we have an ambitious goal of doubling the value of our primary sector exports to $64b by 2025. . .
The Sheepmeat Council of Australia (supported by Meat & Livestock Australia), Beef + Lamb New Zealand and Organismo de la Unidad Nacional de Ovinocultores (‘the National Mexican Sheep Producers Organisation’) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on sheepmeat cooperation.
The MoU recognises that the sheepmeat industries of Australia, New Zealand and Mexico share the goal of building sheepmeat demand globally. There are also a number of other common objectives including animal health and welfare, food safety, environmental sustainability, and industry profitability.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Director Andy Fox said there are considerable advantages to be gained by working together to further these objectives.
“The Australian and New Zealand sheepmeat industries are seeking to build relationships with producer organisations from around the world. The reality is sheepmeat faces strong competition in the marketplace from other protein sources. It is important the sheepmeat industry works together to promote our premium product,” Mr Fox said. . .
Lincoln University and Massey University are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Williamson as chief executive officer of their joint venture, Agri One.
Mr Williamson was formerly domestic marketing manager at Solid Energy and has extensive management and marketing experience.
Agri One was set up in 2011 with a focus on the two institutions working together to create new market opportunities. It promotes research-led education to assist farming and agri-food industries and facilitates professional development courses, joint research proposals, and seminars and symposia in the area.
It also undertakes a brokering role to introduce agri-food businesses to academics at Lincoln University and Massey University. . . .