STANHOPE’S Craig Emmett has returned from his dairy farming study tour through the South Island of New Zealand with a few tips and pointers.
The tour was organised by the United Dairy Farmers of Victoria (UDV) and funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, and was based in the South Island — home to some of the world’s leading dairy and processing facilities.
“It was really good; it was nice to have a good look at their industry and how it runs,” Mr Emmett said.
Mr Emmett mentioned how impressed he was by the Kiwis’ ability to save money.
“Their general focus was on low cost production, it was good to see just how much milk they can produce at a low cost and how they do it.
“They have a lot of home grown feed too, which I think is one thing we have gone away from back here so that was something to take home from the trip.”
The tour was made up of nine Victorians, seven farmers and two organisers.
The trip wasn’t just about learning either — the group had some time off to take on some thrill-seeking activities that the South Island is known for.
“We spent a bit of time down in Invercargill and also finished our trip in Queenstown, we did some jet boating and also some zip lining so we got out and about.’’