Gareths OutburstMonday, Aug 28, 2000
Contrary to the best of intentions it has taken two weeks to get some semblance of order back in to
handling this communication technology! Language and technology difficulties aren’t solved by
“its a piece of cake” – it isn’t.
I did not intend to mix my family journey with the content of the farm.net site but it has become difficult
to avoid. Paris can cause matters farming to be lower down the list of priorities! Even more
interesting is the effect on ones perspective on the daily activities in NZ as we as New Zealanders
go about taking our place in the worlds scheme of things.
Continuing concerns about the future of the dairy and wool industries are provoked by Garath Morgans
outburst on there being a dairy industry without needing producers can only be categorised as “bull
Every farmer needs to have foremost in his mind when discussing industry structure – we band together
to work cooperatively for a better return for our products at the farm gate. That is our objective.
If Gareth feels that he wants to invest in profitable processing and distribution of dairy products
let him set up his business and take his chances without security of milk supply and I am sure he
will end up with a business selling fruit drinks and processed meats.
Gareth is indulging himself with Bob Jones style marginal analysis. No matter what industry you are
in there has to be some producers at the margin. Pointing out the obvious in such a crude manner devalues
his contribution at this time as we face up to the futures of the major farming industries.
I repeat – farmers band together to maximise price for produce at the farm gate.