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Farms join GMP scheme
Rolling out: A total of 328 farms have applied to supply 37 million kilograms of milk
solids for Fonterra's Guaranteed Milk Price (GMP) pilot for the 2013-2014 season.
By DIANE BISHOP
A total of 328 farms have applied
to supply 37 million kilograms of
milk solids for Fonterra's
Guaranteed Milk Price (GMP)
pilot for the 2013-2014 season.
The dairy giant has maintained
the size of the pilot program at
the targeted 15 million kgMS,
about 1 per cent of the co-op's
total milk supply, and as a result
all applicants were scaled to 40
per cent of their requested
kgMS, with a minimum thres-
hold of 10 per cent of a farm's
production. Fonterra's Director
of Commodity Risk and Trading
Bruce Turner said that the
uptake from farmers was posi-
''It has given us a broad cross-
section of farmers from right
across the country who are at
varying stages of their farming
operations,'' Mr Turner said.
The pilot was launched earlier
this year, giving farmers the
opportunity to lock in from 10 to
75 per cent of their milk supply
at the opening season's milk
price forecast, which was $7.
''GMP is a bit like having a fixed
interest rate on your mortgage
versus a floating rate.''
As well as more certainty for
farmers, GMP also allows the co-
op to lock in fixed contract
prices with its customers.
''This means even if commodity
prices drop and the milk price
also drops, those customers will
continue to pay the fixed price
for their products, which
supports the GMP price and
means there is no risk to the co-
op,'' Mr Turner said.
Keep calm: DWN Farmer Wellness Project Manager
Southern farmers who want to learn how to cope
during mentally stressful and difficult times are
invited to a free one-day workshop this Tuesday.
The MH (Mental Health) 101 workshop in Gore is
one of 11 being held throughout the country to
help farmers and rural professionals do more
when it comes to looking out for each other's
The workshops, which were limited to 22 spaces,
had been made available through a partnership
between the Dairy Women's Network (DWN),
DairyNZ, Ministry of Primary Industries Primary
Growth Partnership and the Ministry of Health.
DWN Farmer Wellness project manager Lynda
Clark said the workshops were being offered in
response to what has been a particularly difficult
six months for many farmers, particularly with
the widespread North Island drought.
Burnout, fatigue and stress could be significant
issues for dairy farmers at any time and were
exacerbated after a significant event like this
year's drought, she said.
She also said under-reporting of poor mental
health was a factor with farmers.
''Unfortunately the hard-man farmer stereotype
isn't a rural myth -- it exists and it affects how
farmers prioritise their mental and physical
wellbeing -- in many cases it's at bottom of the
MH101 was originally developed by the Ministry
of Health for people working in frontline roles
such as the police and social sector agencies to
give them the confidence to recognise, relate and
respond to people experiencing mental illness.
Ms Clark said training facilitator Blueprint for
Learning has customised the workshop's content
for a rural audience, which was tested through
two pilot workshops in Waikato earlier this year.
The MH101 workshop will be held at the
Heartland Hotel Croydon from 8.30am until
4.30pm on Tuesday, July 16.
Attendance is by registration only.
For more information or to register phone
Amanda Fraser at Blueprint for Learning on
04 381 6395.
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