A temperate climate and fertile soils make Taranaki one of the world’s premiere dairying areas.
Two-thirds of Taranaki’s farms are dedicated to dairy production and their cows produce about 20 percent of New Zealand’s milk. Taranaki-made milk is processed locally into a wide range of products for domestic and export markets, including cheese, cream, butter, ice-cream and milk powder.
Global milk giant Fonterra has numerous farm suppliers and processing plants throughout the region and employs hundreds of people locally.
The sector achieves good rates of return on investment and still boasts significant growth potential. This potential is being achieved through the use of the latest dairy technology, a prime example of which is the development of one of the largest automated rotary milking platforms in the Southern Hemisphere located on the Faull farm in Tikorangi, North Taranaki.
As a result of being a well-developed dairy region, Taranaki has evolved sophisticated infrastructure to support the specific needs of this industry. The region’s modern farming community has access to a wide range of advice and support services relating to farming practices, milk production and processing.
A temperate climate and fertile soils make Taranaki one of the world’s premier dairying areas.
The dairy industry offers many job opportunities. People keen on an outdoor lifestyle can take on farming roles; go ‘share-milking’ and work towards owning their own farm while others may be keen on being tanker or truck drivers. Those with a science and/or technology background may find openings in the dairy processing laboratories.
Engineers are also needed to design, build and maintain the region’s state-of-the art factories, processing plants, tools and equipment.
Those looking to start out in the dairy farming sector can access a variety of training through various providers including Taratahi Agricultural Training College. Taratahi has been successfully operating since 1919 and offers full-time courses, extra-mural study, short courses and work based programmes. It has a non-residential campus near Stratford in central Taranaki.
Another option is the Agriculture Industry Training Organisation (ITO). One of New Zealand’s largest ITO’s, it offers employees and employers industry-funded training and resources, and helps more than 10,000 people every year to gain the knowledge and skills they need for a productive and rewarding career in agriculture.
Taranaki-made milk is processed locally into a wide range of products for domestic and export markets, including cheese, cream, butter, ice-cream and milk powder.