QCONZ team take part in the Milking Machine Testing workshop

Date: September 1, 2022

In August, 9 of our QCONZ team members attended a 5-day, hands-on, self-paced ‘NZMPTA ‘ISO Milking Machine Testing’ course workshop covering 11 theoretical and practical modules.

This course is one of many courses provided by the NZ Milking and Pumping Trade Association (NZMPTA) that focuses on the training and development of people working within the milk harvesting and water application sectors and is the same workshop that Milking Machine Testers around New Zealand must complete as a part of the process to gain their practicing certificates.

This course enables testers to fully understand Milking Machine Systems and provides them with high-level technical knowledge that can be integrated in their day-to-day services.

This is just one of the ways in which QCONZ facilitates the growth and education of our staff in order to build a more capable and confident team and has an added bonus of bringing our remote field staff together. Many of our attendees from this year’s course commented on how “it was a momentous week” and that they enjoyed the opportunity to gain more in-depth insight into the milking machine tests as it has helped them to provide better support to our farmers when providing feedback and completing farm dairy audits and milk quality tracebacks.

QCONZ is the proud delivery provider of the ISO Milking Machine Testing courses on behalf of the NZMPTA and we are grateful that we have such knowledgeable tutors that makes the learning process fun and engaging for not only our own staff, but for all those who attend the courses.

Other news

In late October Chris Leach led an MPI dairy development training programme for farmers and extension officers in Pak Chong, Thailand. Pak Chong is the central region of Thailand, approximately a 2 ½ hour drive north of Bangkok, and is at the centre of the developing Thai Dairy Industry. 

We were thrilled to be a major sponsor of the New Zealand Association of Resource Management (NZARM) conference held in Christchurch in October.

We flew the QCONZ flag again this year at the annual Red Meat Sector Conference, jointly hosted by the Meat Industry Association and Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd.

As of 1 October, the QCONZ team will be delivering audits for the New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme (NZFAP). We have been working hard behind the scenes to get systems and processes in place, and from August farmers can expect to start hearing from us regarding audit bookings.

QCONZ proudly sponsored the Milk Quality Conference in Hamilton on the 4th and 5th July. Attended by 125, this was a great opportunity for engagement and collaboration between industry and service providers in the Dairy sector.

In June, the QCONZ team gathered in Hamilton for our biennial staff conference. We had a great time bringing our team together from all corners of New Zealand to celebrate, connect, and have fun! Day one of the conference kicked off with a business update and group sessions where each business unit shared recent work

QCONZ was proud to be a sponsor of the recent Central Plateau and BOP Dairy Industry Awards, where we celebrated the successes of local farmers and connected with future industry leaders.

The Team at QCONZ is very proud, and excited, to announce that we’ve been chosen by New Zealand Farm Assurance Incorporated (NZFAI) and their Members to deliver audits and associated services for their programmes from 1 October 2023.

QCONZ has joined forces with DairyNZ to help deliver their ‘on-farm survey of workforce productivity.’ Our team will visit approximately 150 farms nationwide conducting a 60–90-minute survey with farm owners and managers by March 2023.

A big thumbs up to the organisers of the 2022 ITENZ conference which provided a great networking and learning opportunity for Tertiary Providers. This conference themes of courage, collaboration, capability, and creativity reflected the changing times and the new opportunities for the education sector.