Hands-on learning about animal welfare on Massey’s No.1 dairy farm.

Indonesian farmers explore New Zealand systems

A group of Indonesian farmers is studying New Zealand dairy practices at Massey University as part of the Fonterra Dairy Scholarship (Indonesia) Programme.

Ten farmers and two government extension officers are spending two weeks at Massey’s Manawatū campus learning about efficient farming systems, reproduction, effluent management, animal welfare and business management.

Professor of Dairy Production Systems Danny Donaghy says the programme is a great example of how New Zealand education providers and industry partners can work together to deliver Kiwi farming knowledge to help feed the world. “This is not about throwing a particular construct or model at them, it is about working with these farmers to explore their systems and discuss how they can think about things differently.

“Then we provide support and training around technical aspects like detecting mastitis, assessing feed quality and other generic skills they can apply back home,” says Professor Donaghy.

One of the participants Edy Hayatullah, who owns a farm with 25 cows and a side business selling yoghurt, says he has enjoyed interacting and developing connections with Massey students and staff. “It has been wonderful - it’s a great experience for us to study at a university with such a big global reputation like Massey.

“There are some big differences between our countries, for example we only have two seasons and New Zealand has four, but there is still knowledge we can apply on our farms where we face similar problems around animal welfare and milk quality and production.”

The scholarship has already involved ten days with Fonterra learning about best practice milk processing and quality standards and two weeks of on-farm training at the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre.

 

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