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My Daily Digest: January 27, 2021

Good on ya, NZ dairy farmers New research from AgResearch shows New Zealand dairy farmers are the most efficient milk producers on the planet.

In fact, they produce dairy with a carbon footprint that’s 46% less that the average of the other countries studied.

This reinforces what most of us already thought about our farming systems – that they’re world-leading in a range of areas.

DairyNZ, which commissioned the study, says it bolsters the industry’s value proposition.

But chief executive Tim Mackle’s most salient statement is this: “This is not about ‘job done,’ it’s a great base to start from.”

He’s right.

The world is demanding more from food producers and if NZ is going to continue to top the table, its farmers are going to have to continue putting points on the board.

 

Bryan Gibson

 

NZ dairy leads the way with lowest carbon footprint

A new analysis from AgResearch shows that New Zealand dairy farmers have the world’s lowest carbon footprint – at half the emissions of other international producers.

 

 

NZ stands its ground over EU quotas

New Zealand is not backing down from its fight with the European Union over its carving up of import quotas despite other countries with similar complaints rushing to cut deals with the bloc.

 

 

Synlait lifts its milk price

Synlait has added 80c to its farm gate milk price forecast for the current season, taking it from $6.40/kg milksolids to $7.20.

 

 

Northland on the brink of drought

Northland farmers and orchardists are anxiously awaiting any break in hot, dry weather that may come down from the southwestern Pacific Ocean.

 

 

Ministers yet to receive low slope maps review

Nearly 300 landowners have contacted the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) to highlight discrepancies in its online land slope map.

 

 

Tonight on Sarah’s country

 

CHANGE MAKER: We discuss the innovations, ideas and solutions that support the way we farm and grow. 

Here’s what’s on the agenda tonight:

Miraka dairy farmers supply local families with milk in a new charity, an extension of the Meat the Need.

Will our pastoral use of farming see more use of fertigation? Fertigation Systems founder Graeme Pileexplains how far it’s come. 

How can viruses support sustainable food production?  Plant & Food Research’s Dr Robin MacDiarmid explains.

A massive freshwater reservoir was discovered 20 metres below the seafloor. Niwa marine geologist Joshu Mountjoy joins us.

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