The Cooperative Difference and Animal Wellbeing Plans

The Cooperative Difference and Animal Wellbeing Plans
Andy Collier, Senior Veterinarian, Anexa Vets

If you are a Fonterra client, you will have received detail on the requirements to achieve the 10c per milk-solids Cooperative Difference payment in the next season.
At the first level (7c/kgMS) of this, there is a need to complete four areas of work in the areas of Environment (Farm Environment Plan), Co-op and Prosperity (Farm Diary Records), People and Community (DairyNZ Workplace 360 Assessment) and Animal (Farm Animal Wellbeing Plan).

The Animal Wellbeing Plan needs to be worked through with your Vet and for many of you, most of it will be recording actions and plans you already have in place or were intending to do.

However, in completing the new format several times, it has also become obvious that this process gives a valuable opportunity to get everything and everyone on the same page; an opportunity to look at the issues and problems that are particular to your farm and review the best and most economic options available to solve them.
These plans will be reviewed at the time of Dairy Shed Inspections and these happen throughout the season so for those of you who have inspections early in the season it's best to look at this sooner rather than later.

Our veterinarians know all the information that is needed to make this process as simple and straight-forward as possible so it’s just a case of contacting your vet and we can go from there.

Date Added: Thursday, 29th April 2021