Wishing you a Dairy Christmas

Chief executive Wayne McNee reflects on some key highlights for the year and what trends you should keep an eye out for in 2019.

Wishing you a Dairy Christmas

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On behalf of everyone at LIC – AB techs, herd testers, Agri Managers and everyone at the head office – it is my pleasure to wish you a safe and happy Christmas.

I know work will continue largely as normal through this holiday period for many of you, but I hope you are able to take time with family and friends to celebrate and enjoy the magic of Christmas on your farm.

The end of a year is always a nice time to reflect. Here are some of my key highlights:

  • We did a lot of work to refresh our strategy to put our farmers, the NZ dairy industry and our existing core business and capabilities at its heart.

  • The simplification of LIC’s share structure to one single class of shares. This allowed us to address the growing disparity between the previous two share classes and will ensure a more resilient and agile co-op for the future.

  • I know Mycoplasma bovis has been at the forefront for a lot of farmers and an extremely difficult time for those impacted. I am proud of the work we have done to help protect our bulls and your cows from this disease. 

  • Earlier this month we also expanded and localised our teams of LIC sales reps so we can provide a more personal face-to-face service. I know the Agri Management teams are looking forward to spending more time with you on-farm next year.

  • Strong uptake in herd testing and AB services. Up to 30% more farms adopted all-AB mating plans compared to the previous season. This focus on animal performance was confirmed in the latest dairy statistics for the 17-18 season. 

Looking ahead, 2019 looks to be another big year. Have a look at the video below where I cover some of the key trends to keep an eye out for. 

All the best for the holiday period. We look forward to continuing to work with you next year.

Kind regards,

Wayne McNee
Chief Executive

2019 trends from LIC

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Wayne McNee talks about some of the key trends to keep an eye out for at LIC.