MIA Conference 2017

Date: 2017

As a company, QCONZ is always looking to grow and diversification is key to this growth.

An obvious target for us, given our expertise and core skills, is the red meat sector.

On Sunday 30th July Chris Leach, Justin Moss and Peter Wood travelled down to Dunedin to join approximately 180 delegates at the annual Red Meat Conference. All of the major meat processors were represented at the conference, along with delegates from MPI, the Meat Industry Association, Beef and Lamb and a number of allied service providers.

On Sunday, we attended a cocktail function held at Silver Fern Farms offices. The meet and greet, included presentations by politicians from the major parties and a carcass boning demonstration.

On Monday, we manned a trade stand, demonstrated ‘Bobby Calf Tracker’ (our mobile/web/cloud based digital tracking solution) and discussed QCONZ service offerings with delegates. We were able to develop some promising leads that will be pursued over the short to medium term.

The feedback from our first foray into this sector was that the QCONZ stand looked great and we achieved our aim of raising awareness of QCONZ and the audit, training and IT solutions we can provide. We had a TV on our stand running a video and we had laptops and mobile phones to demonstrate some key products we have on offer. Having a team with industry, technical auditing knowledge and IT savvy provided a good mix of on-stand expertise.

The conference closed with a gala dinner on Monday night. The keynote speaker was (the then) Minister Nathan Guy. It will be of no surprise to hear that steak was on the menu at the dinner and it was magnificent!

Other news

Believed to be a world first, a new training programme focusing on the benefits of animal wellbeing has been developed by QCONZ in collaboration with UCOL, Fonterra and DairyNZ.

The Fonterra ‘All things milking’ workshop was held in Pongakawa last week and prior to that in Waihi for local dairy farmers.

QCONZ has been successful in our bid to be an approved audit agency for the NAIT accreditation programme assessment which launched this week.

Ko Tatou – This is us – Biosecurity 2025 Biosecurity is important to our business, our sector, farmers, and farming communities and to the overall economy of New Zealand. A proactive approach to biosecurity is good business risk management. It is also part of caring for the communities we live and work in.

On 31st January Josh Wheeler (QCONZ) and Nick Dowson (BOP Dairy Farmer) began their journey to cycle New Zealand from Cape Reinga to Bluff!  This is no mean feat!

Josh Wheeler was invited to speak at a SMASH Fielday in Taranaki this month where he shared helpful pointers to assist farmers with mastitis management and milking efficiency, including demonstrating the benefits of milking by time and MaxT.

Another QCONZ IT development is near completion!  

QCONZ is leading the way with animal wellbeing training set to launch in Autumn 2022. 

QCONZ is excited to announce the appointment of Mark Neal as an independent Director to our Board.

We are pleased to announce that QCONZ will be helping deliver a ‘Reducing Strains and Sprains’ project co-funded by ACC and DairyNZ.