Tuesday, 20 February 2024 09:55

Dairy, lamb on the same page

Written by  Peter Burke
Agriculture Minister Todd McClay (left) and Fonterra chief executive Miles Hurrell at national lamb day celebrations in Parliament last week. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay (left) and Fonterra chief executive Miles Hurrell at national lamb day celebrations in Parliament last week.

Fonterra chief executive Miles Hurrell was delighted to throw his support behind the national lamb day celebration held at Parliament last week.

He was among politicians, diplomats, officials, and ag industry leaders who attended a special BBQ in Wellington last week.

Hurrell told Dairy News that he was delighted to be at the event and support the meat industry which he says is very much a partner with the dairy industry in earning export dollars for NZ on the international market.

"We are all trying to sell the same story around the good way we treat our animals and land here in NZ and taking that story to the international market. So, we are saying the same messages and in no way are we competing. Let’s face it, our products go into the same restaurants,” he says.

Hurrell says National Lamb Day is a very special day. He says people talk a lot about the international markets because most of our produce goes overseas, but he says we should also recognise the important part it plays here in NZ.

“So, this is a very good day,” he says.

The same day the country was celebrating the lamb industry, Fonterra lifted its forecast farmgate milk price by another 30c/kgMS.

But while Hurrell acknowledged that things were picking up in the dairy industry, there was still a long way to go until the end of the season. But he added the signs of life are looking good.

“China has come off its lows but still has not rebounded to the levels we’d like to see. But overall, the China relationship is in a good state and our food service business up there is going very well,” he says.

Back home, Hurrell says the country is drying out as the El Nino weather pattern starts to take effect. But he says the occasional bits of rain have helped and milk production is still fine.

The BBQ was to celebrate national lamb day – an event to commemorate the sending of the first refrigerated lamb carcasses to the UK but also to raise awareness of the importance of the sheep industry to the NZ economy. It was hosted by agriculture minister Todd McClay, but was very much a bipartisan political event with representatives from the various political parties in a friendly jovial mood and many, including McClay serving up some delicious lamb sausages and kebabs to guests.

More like this

Fonterra's in good shape

Fonterra released its interim results last month, showing a continuation of the strong earnings performance delivered by the co-op through the 2023 financial year. Here’s what Fonterra chair Peter McBride and chief executive Miles Hurrell said about the results…

Fonterra posts solid results

Fonterra has delivered a solid half-year result, thanks to higher margins and sales volumes across the co-op's diversified product and category mix.


Learnings from tractor incident

A near miss experienced by a North Island farmer worker when their tractor ‘park’ gear failed, has been shared as the latest Safety Alert from Safer Farms.

Frontline biosecurity 'untouchable'

Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard has reiterated that 'frontline' biosecurity services within Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will not be cut under the Government's plan to reduce the public service.

Migrant farmer 'lets the side down'

An appalling case of migrant worker exploitation on a Southland farm isn't acceptable, says Federated Farmers dairy chair Richard McIntyre.

Milk price certainty

Westland Milk has reaffirmed its commitment to pay farmer suppliers 10c above Fonterra farm gate milk price for the following two seasons.


Share farmers with big plans

With only about eight weeks to go before their cows are dried off, the 2024 Manawatu Dairy Industry Awards Share…

Team effort brings results

For the team at Westmorland Estate Limited in Waikato, it has been another year of everyone working together to achieve…

Machinery & Products

New name, new ideas

KGM New Zealand, is part of the London headquartered Inchcape Group, who increased its NZ presence in August 2023 with…

All-terrain fert spreading mode

Effluent specialists the Samson Group have developed a new double unloading system to help optimise uphill and downhill organic fertiliser…

Can-Am showcases range

Based on industry data collected by the Motor Industry Association, Can-Am is the number one side-by-side manufacturer in New Zealand.

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

Exploited by one of their own

OPINION: Milking It believes a recent Employment Relations Authority ruling on the exploitation of three migrant workers from Indonesia highlights…

'Not our fault!'

OPINION: Milking It wasn’t too surprised to hear Kiwis’ trust in media has sunk to a new low.

» Connect with Dairy News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter