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Fonterra ‘All things milking’ workshop

Date: May 9, 2022

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

Josh Wheeler (QCONZ) kicked the session off by sharing insight into the science around milking efficiency, milking frequency, and mastitis management, and how this can help farmers plan a simpler and more efficient approach to milking next season.

The key focus in all areas was getting the basics right.  Josh talked about efficient milking routines using our MbT device, and different milking frequency options at calving and through the season. He also spoke about mastitis management and the importance of focusing on the proven controls that work.

Each farmer took away alternative milking routines, and a wall poster on mastitis management that QCONZ and Fonterra designed to assist farmers.

Guest speakers were Ricky Phillips and Gordan McFetridge, two local farmers who have worked with Josh and applied these simpler approaches to milking and mastitis management with great results.

The event was organised by Jen Carter from Fonterra who said it was a great success and good to see farmers enjoying being challenged by new thinking and new approaches.

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