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industrial dairy Archive
Yep, it’s the Crafar boys again. From interest.co.nz: Poor management and the pressures of massive debts obtained during rapid expansion meant this farm was so poorly managed that none of the staff trained the calves to drink milk, allowing them to die of dehydration in a muddy pen even though their trough was often full. [...] read moreSeptember 29, 2009 11:26 am - 10 Comments
Oh bless! Greenpeace carried out a “dairy conversion” on National Party leader John Key’s electorate office early this morning to highlight the issue of deforestation for intensive dairying. Intensive dairying is one of New Zealand’s biggest contributors to climate change. Photo credit: Greenpeace read moreOctober 30, 2008 10:23 am - 22 Comments
OK, so barbecued lamb chops are not really my major concern with large scale dairy conversions, but it seems they (dairy conversions) are partly to blame for the ratio of sheep to people falling from 22 sheep for every person in 1982 to 8 to 1 today: Economic Service executive director Rob Davison says the [...] read moreAugust 9, 2008 8:57 am - 37 Comments
Industrial dairy’s big payout - by frog
While it is good to see some of our farmers doing well I do have to wonder what Fonterra’s record payout for dairy farmers ($7.30 per kilogram of milk solids, up from $4.46/kg last year) will do to further encourage dairy conversions. New Zealand is currently rapidly converting diverse farms and forests into a monolith [...] read moreApril 11, 2008 3:04 pm - 22 Comments