News

New director appointment

Date: Sep 2021

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

Mark is a Dairy Systems Specialist and Economist with DairyNZ and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the dairy industry.

While in research and development roles, he has worked with economic modelling and optimisation of farm systems, quantifying the impact of environmental regulation on farm profit and understanding international dairy sector competitiveness. More recently he has worked in policy and science-based mitigations for greenhouse gases, and contributed to strategy development.

Mark has managed dairy farms in New South Wales, Australia, and managed operations of grazing-based dairy farms in Chile and the United States.

Mark is passionate about all aspects of the dairy sector, and is enthusiastic about people and businesses succeeding.

We feel Mark is a good fit with our current operations, and has the ability to help us expand our horizons in line with our strategy.

We look forward to having Mark’s input into our governance and strategy.

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. 

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

Jointly hosted by MIA and Beef + Lamb NZ, QCONZ attended the annual Red Meat Sector Conference in Rotorua last week.