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My Daily Digest: December 9, 2020

Opportunity lies in sustainable products When people talk about the need to add value to our primary products, others often reply with a simple question – who will pay that premium?

New Zealand makes a lot of commodity products, whether they be milk powders or grinding beef. They are great quality, for sure, but they’re not branded.

That makes gaining value difficult.

But now Synlait reckons the global push for emission reduction will be positive for sustainable producers like those in NZ.

The powerhouse brands of the world want the best and are increasingly willing to pay for it.

That means we’re well placed to capitalise, as long as our sustainability credentials continue to stack up in this fast-changing world.

Bryan Gibson


Fonterra Australia leaks milk

Fonterra Australia’s milk market share has fallen over the past decade from 20% to about 16% of the domestic industry and the company says that is strategic and not alarming.


Food giants ready to pay for sustainable products

New Zealand dairy producers and food processors have a great opportunity to benefit from recent emission-reduction pledges by global brands, Synlait Milk said.


Digital tool gazes into farm’s future

AgResearch scientists have turned the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” into reality for farmers wanting to visualise their future farm under different land use options. 


Upton recommends reorganisation of funding

The Government needs to reconsider the way it funds environmental research, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton says.


In it for the long haul

Prem Maan is playing the long-term game when it comes to sustainable dairy farming.


Tonight on Sarah’s Country


7:10pm – AgResearchers have developed a tool where farmers can visualise their future farm under different land-use options. Senior scientist Dr Seth Laurenson explains. 


7:20pm – NZ farmers are part of the solution when it comes to climate change. Dr Frank Mitloehner, University of California, discusses his webinar with NZ Roundtable of Sustainable Beef. 


7:30pm – Rabobank sustainability analyst Blake Holgate shares the beef consumption patterns in 2020 following the covid-19 lockdown. 


7:40pm – The conditional ban on livestock cattle exports has been lifted, but under what requirements? Livestock advisor Brent Wallace sheds some light. 

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