MIA Conference 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!
The announcement of the Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) today is seen as an exciting opportunity for training and education in the primary industries. The Food and Fibre CoVE is one of a number of CoVEs that will be created through the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE)… Sep 2020
Some of you may have seen a familiar face on the evening news on Wednesday. Chris Leach has been contracted to help develop the DairyNZ “Go Dairy” programme. The three week programme has been designed as an introductory course for people looking to change careers and join the Dairy Industry… July 2020
Leading training provider QCONZ has partnered with Primary ITO to deliver all off-job training for dairy farming in the lower South Island and nationwide for compliance-based training such as Milk Quality, Dealing with Farm Effluent and an introductory course for those new to milking called Milk Smart Principles… June 2020
QCONZ is very proud to announce that we have successfully tendered to be the national deliverer of farm dairy audits and associated services for Fonterra… May 2020
We at QCONZ are proud to support The #PlantASeedForSafety Project in New Zealand.
Targeted at rural women, this project shares positive stories about health, safety and wellbeing in order to influence change in rural industries and communities and boost women’s confidence in their ability to influence change… May 2020
Our very own Peter Wood features here judging the New Zealand Cheese Championships!
A panel of judges at the New Zealand Cheese Championship in Auckland are tasting their way through hundreds of samples to crown the victor of the prestigious prize… Feb 2020
In May this year QCONZ embraced the chance to take over the SPCA Blue Tick animal welfare accreditation scheme as a third party auditor. The SPCA Blue Tick brand is an animal welfare accreditation scheme that carries the respect of the SPCA brand…