Farm Open Day
Tuesday 5 November 2019
Maui Milk’s third annual Open Day was held at Waikino Station on the 5th of November. The sun was shining and around 180 visitors were treated to a milking demonstration before moving to the barn to hear about progress made this year. Maui Milk chairman Paul McGilvary welcomed all before a session focussed on farming and genetics which involved General Manager Peter Gatley, Geneticist Jake Chardon, Farm Manager Katy Day and AgResearch Scientist Dr. Sue McCoard.
A highlight this year was the presentation by the NZ Manager of Danone, Leon Fung. Leon explained the global strength of the company in Early Life Nutrition, and the rapid growth in demand for goat and sheep milk, particularly in Asia where Danone’s Karicare™ GOAT brand is a market leader. The recent launch of Karicare™ SHEEP has been a highlight for the company and this is made exclusively with Maui Milk.
The focus for the year ahead is increasing milk supply, and this is expected to more than double in 2020/21.
Peter outlined the opportunity for farmers to convert and become Maui Milk suppliers. Multi-season contracts are available, along with ewes and rams, for those who can milk in spring 2020. The payout in milk solids equates to about $3/litre, which offers the prospect of improved farm profitability along with a much smaller environmental footprint. There is a strong interest, especially from dairy cattle farms with existing herringbone sheds which are easily adapted for sheep.
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