Strategy progress

What have we achieved

Action Plan for Water Quality Launched
DairyNZ and Federated Farmers have been working with Irrigation NZ, Beef and Lamb NZ, MPI, Ministry for the Environment, Horticulture NZ, and Regional Councils on identifying on-farm practices to improve water quality.  This has resulted in the Good Farming Practice Action Plan for Water Quality, a plan to develop and implement good farming principles and practices for water quality improvement. This provides nationally agreed Good Farming Principles and an action plan to accelerate uptake and report on progress.  For more information, click here.

Aparima Freshwater Management Project Established
DairyNZ and Fonterra have been working with Aparima catchment leader’s group, Environment Southland, Beef and Lamb NZ, Ministry for the Environment, Foundation for Arable Research, NZ Deer Farmers association on improving freshwater quality in the Aparima Freshwater Management Unit (Southland).

This has resulted in a five-year community-led, multi-agency project to implement good farming principles and practices. This project aims to demonstrate improvements in local freshwater quality and ecosystem health, and provide evidence to support application of the good farming principles in other catchments.  For more information, click here.

Farm Gauge DairyNZ have been launched a tool that allows farmers to assess their farm’s performance and identify opportunities for improvement.  Farm Gauge provides a suite of assessments that help farmers to identify and capture improvements in farm performance (contributes to goal 2.3).  For more information, click here.

Economic Impact of Dairy
DCANZ have been working with NZIER on analysis of the flow-on benefits of dairy’s revenue generation.  This has resulted in the report ‘How does the dairy sector share its growth?’, which provides understanding of how the dairy trade supports inclusive growth in New Zealand regions and communities.

Perceptions of Animal Care
DairyNZ have been working on understanding how the NZ public see animal care.  This has resulted in the report ‘World Leading Animal Care – A view from the NZ public’, which provides an important perspective that will be added to the discussions when defining world leading animal care.

Bobby Calf Welfare The dairy tomorrow partners have been working with MIA, MPI, Road Transport Forum, and NZVA on improving the care of young calves along the supply chain.  This has resulted in improved animal welfare outcomes for bobby across the supply chain, which provides evidence of good improvement in the overall care of young calves.  The final report has yet to be released.

Secondary School Agribusiness
The dairy sector has been working with St Paul’s Collegiate School, Beef and Lamb, 11 business partners and 40 partner schools on Phase 1 of the Agribusiness Centre of Excellence program establishing Levels 2 and 3 NCEA in 25 Secondary Schools. This provides students with the opportunity to study agribusiness as an entry into the primary sector from Secondary Schools.  For more information, click here.

Dairy Apprenticeship Scheme
Federated Farmers have been working with Primary ITO on attracting and training people for dairy farming careers.  This has resulted in Dairy Apprenticeship Scheme, launched in October last year, which provides a formal training and support programme to attract motivated and bright New Zealanders into dairy farming careers.  65 apprentices are currently enrolled.  For more information, click here.

Career Changers
DairyNZ have been working with Primary Industries Capability Alliance (PICA) on understanding where the dairy workforce comes from to allow us to better target and provide support.  This has resulted in Career Changer Research, which provides insights to help us design and build support programs to attract and support new entrants to the dairy sector.  For more information, see click here.

What we are working on

Dairy Water Accord
DCANZ, Fonterra, OCD, Miraka, Synlait, Tatua, Oceania Dairy, Westland Milk Products, DairyNZ, and Federated Farmers are working with Regional Councils, MfE, MPI, and Federation of Māori Authorities on close out of the existing Sustainable Dairy Water Accord.  This will result in a report on what we have achieved which will provide evidence of progress by the dairy sector towards meeting its sustainability commitments under the Accord.  For more information, see click here.

Note: The Water Accord has been superseded by other initiatives such as the Aparima catchment project and the implementation of the Good Farming Practice: Action Plan for Water Quality.

Water Quality Footprint
DairyNZ and dairy processors are working with AgResearch and Deltares on quantifying dairy’s water quality footprint across the country.  This will result in a national accounting framework to help quantify the dairy sector’s water quality footprint and provide information to design reporting metrics for on-going monitoring.

Wetland and riparian buffer design guides
DairyNZ and Dairy Processors are working with NIWA, Regional Councils, and the DoC-Fonterra Living Waters Program on practical guides on how to reduce contaminant losses on farm using constructed wetland and riparian buffers.  This will result in guidelines for constructed wetlands and riparian buffers which will provide support for on-farm adoption of mitigation tools to reduce contaminant losses on dairy land.

Animal Care
DairyNZ are measuring progress against animal care targets and identifying areas for more support and improvement.  The annual animal care survey provides an overview of standards of animal care on NZ dairy farms, and is used to inform extension activities across the regions and track progress against sector goals.

Health and Safety
DairyNZ are working with WorkSafe on reducing injuries.  Most dairy farm injuries occur when handling animals, especially associated with milking.  This first phase study will result in information on the factors that leads to injuries so that preventative actions can be developed and implemented, which will provide a safer work environment for people working on dairy farms.

Workforce Supply
DairyNZ is working on understanding workforce supply starting in the Canterbury, Otago and Southland Regions. These regions have lower unemployment rates and a larger migrant workforce than others across the country.  This will result in a farmer view of workforce constraints in Southland and Canterbury, which will provide benchmark information to enable more targeted initiatives to respond to workforce demands.

DairyNZ is working with Primary ITO on the skill needs of the sector: on farms, in support roles, and in science to ensure farm businesses are competitive and resilient.  This will define status of the skills base relative to the dairy industry standardised roles, which will provide the basis for further targeted investment in skills development.

Workplace Improvement
We are refreshing the Workplace Action Plan, which will provide for targeted extension activities to support farmers to work towards the Dairy Tomorrow Goal of providing great workplaces for NZs most talented workforce.

Payroll Essentials for Employers and Employees
Dairy Women’s Network will be delivering workshops with Paysauce in the first quarter of 2019 providing employers and employees practical payroll knowledge and legal requirements. The workshops will explain Payday filing and what this means and other tax changes coming from 1 April 2019.  Payroll can be complex so this workshop will provide clear guidance and understanding for all.

Farm Accommodation
The Farm Accommodation module will cover the compliance requirements for farm owners, employers, and employees of the Residential Tenancy Act.  This includes legislation that requires all rental accommodation is insulated and has working smoke alarms installed by July 2019.

This will demystify the confusion over what is required with the provision of farm accommodation to employees. It will also cover of basics of a healthy home, in line with the proposed requirements of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act.  This module is being developed and delivered in collaboration with key industry stakeholders, including DairyNZ and Federated Farmers, professional service providers, and DWN farming members.

Focus Groups – New Entrants, Migrant Workers, and Career Changers
To support the Dairy Tomorrow targets and gain greater insights from new entrants into the dairy sector, Dairy Women’s Network will be hosting three focus group discussions in 2019.  The focus groups will help us understand how we support, nurture and help with the learning journey from those entering the sector and those who are already established.