Special Reports and Podcasts

Episode 10 – Is maize the answer to growing more feed on farm?

Maize is pretty amazing for dairy farmers with both environmental and animal feed benefits that align with Fonterra’s target of 80% home-grown feed. Hear about Nestle’s recent presentation at a FAR maize field day, how maize is expanding into Southland with short maturing hybrids and how a Waikato dairy farmer is hitting $9,000/ha operating profit regardless of the payout.

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Episode 9 – How to fine tune your pasture utilisation in Autumn

Two farmers and an agri-tech innovator share their pasture philosophy and learnings from top performing dairy farmers in how they focus on pasture utilisation that leads to better outcomes from people, profitability and the environment. 

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Episode 8 – How bringing all your farm data to the table has better outcomes

Journalist Anne Hardie, along with Sheryl Haitana and Sarah Perriam-Lampp, talk with Reefton dairy farmer, Tom Oats, Lely Waikato sales manager, Tristan McLean and Rob McBeth of Peak Agricultural Consultants about how composting cow barns (‘mootels’) can make a real difference in high-rainfall climates.

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Episode 7 – These farmers don’t worry about the weather in winter with their ‘mootels’

Journalist Anne Hardie, along with Sheryl Haitana and Sarah Perriam-Lampp, talk with Reefton dairy farmer, Tom Oats, Lely Waikato sales manager, Tristan McLean and Rob McBeth of Peak Agricultural Consultants about how composting cow barns (‘mootels’) can make a real difference in high-rainfall climates.

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Episode 6 – Are we safe in a slight pivot away from China for our dairy trade?

This episode explains how New Zealand’s dairy industry can be less reliant on China with demand from Middle East, Africa & South East Asia alongside reduced production from other dairy exporters. Guests include Christina Alvarado, Commercial Manager for Dairy Data and Insights, NZX, Hon. Todd McClay, Minister of Trade and Sjoerd Hofstee, Dairy Journalist, Netherlands.

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Episode 5 – How to support & navigate dairy farming as a woman

Editor of Dairy Exporter, Sheryl Haitana and co-host Deputy Editor, Anne Lee, chat with employers including Bernadette Kelly from Pāmu (Landcorp Farming), Emma Poole, Young Farmer of the Year Winner, dairy farmer & vet and Erynne Fields of Devon Dairies, who reveal the rewards they are getting by nurturing women working on farms.

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Episode 4 – Reducing emissions without reducing profitability

The 30% emission reduction by 2030 target was set by Fonterra in November 2023 and the dairy co-op is counting on its 9000 farmers to cut methane with 7% of that total coming from farming more efficiently. So can it be done? Guests include Pete Morgan, Graham Kerr and Jason Rolfe.

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Episode 3 – Is there really value in our dairy-beef calves?

Editor of Dairy Exporter, Sheryl Haitana along with her co-host Anne Lee, Deputy Editor, discuss the change in focus to value opportunities for dairy-beef with industry experts Bob Thomson of AgFirst, Allan McDermott of Pearl Veal and Rebecca Hickson, Geneticist with Focus Genetics.

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Margin squeezed but profits possible

Despite the rapid downward movements in milk price, and upward movements in onfarm costs, the rules of a successful dairy farming system remain the same, Mark Aitken writes.

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Episode 2 – How are the top 25% farming in the sweet spot?

With on-farm inflation, interest rates and a lower payout, what are the top performing dairy farmers doing to find the sweet spot? Editors Anne Lee and Sheryl Haitana delve into the special cost control report in Dairy Exporter Magazine.

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A woman with a farming future

An addition to the family is on the horizon for Finja Philips, with a new generation for the family. Her first baby is due in March, luckily the perfect “time” for a spring calving calendar laughs Finja. By Claire Ashton.

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Co-op focuses on the family

Fonterra has seen a significant increase in return and retention rates since implementing its new parental leave policy. By Sheryl Haitana.

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