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dguppy 07 Aug 2019

Well considered Hamish. Hopefully generates some thoughtful response. I cant imagine there will be much empathy from a foreign corporate interest in 10 years who will be weighing up the dollars and sense of carting a product to market. Good scheme to consider value adding at the source and invest in marketing. It has been discussed for as long as we have been here but maybe this could be a catalyst.

Peter Langford 16 Aug 2019

Something farmers have considered briefly over the last 6 months but it is a big ask to go from putting your milk in a tanker to building your own facility, finding staff, financing the whole package, marketing products, and that is all IF you can comply with NZ regulations and get the required consents in the first place. Could be a step too far for some time. In the mean time we have some special people crating great cheeses in Karamea.

SandraLC 03 Sep 2019

Having watched Country Calendar on Sunday night about Bakers Creek Orchard, we immediately ordered some of their fruit (yet to arrive, but we're looking forward to it). And today I heard more news on the Westland Dairy Company's low milk solids payout. Just a thought for you farmers - there is not a lot of goat and sheep milk cheeses around. The ones being made in Southland (Blue River) have ceased due to the cheesemaker retiring and now that it is owned by Chinese, all their production is going into Baby milk formula for export to China.  There is an opportunity there!  We try out all the sheep and goat cheese we can find due to some people in our family being intolerant of cows' milk, and we have found some very good ones, but they are hard to find. Being isolated needn't be a hindrance to sales as I'm sure Bakers Creek will tell you after the Country Calendar programme aired. If you have good cheesemakers up there, please consider alternative milks for making cheese! Another niche market worth exploring, perhaps?

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