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Questions were then raised about HVM’s busi-
ness strategy, which Mr van der Burgh explained
would be targeting a ‘niche market’.
“Look we’re not trying to dominate the world.
We are targeting very niche areas and all of our
research shows that they are well under supplied.
“ There is a big demand for niche products in
both the A2 milk and organic milk space and that
demand will only keep increasing.
“In this market you need a point of difference
and our point of difference is the use of A2 and
“Just like an Ata Rangi wine supplier requires a
small amount of grapes compared to a Montana,
likewise we are a niche player.
“We are not going to go into the Fonterra
space, we’re not treading on those sorts of toes –
we plan to be a boutique producer of consumer
He also said choice and competition would
benefit all dairy farmers.
“Choice is good because it does a number of
things,” he said.
“It creates competition, so even if you’re quite
comfortable with your current arrangements
you are going to benefit because we are going to
generate some competition.
“Our overheads are going to be a lot less, our
production operation is going to be very lean,
our supply chain is going to be very lean and
we’re going to have a lot less costs in our business.
“So it will benefit those who want to switch
to a new independent producer and it will also
benefit those who stay where they are.
“ The world’s big enough to have a big player
a big Montana – and a small specialist player.”
In regards to peak traffic flow, HVM project
director Grant Horan said there would only be
17 trucks per day accessing the factory (for one
eight-tonne dryer) and of the 50-60 jobs, he
expected local people to fill most, if not all of
To begin the discussion MC, Fonterra Share-
holders Council chairman Duncan Coull of
Otorohanga spoke about the financial loss to the
community if they were to compete with HVM.
A dairy farmer,Mr Coull said: “Last year our
co-operative initiated a loan to its shareholders.
“In our community alone that was another $11
million injection to our local farmers and to our
community – that has a huge impact.
“In the absence of our co-operative in our dis-
trict and if our profitable members were to supply
a new milk plant that would lead to a direct loss
of income through our dividend stream.
“My math suggests that if 50 cents in the
dollar of that is lost in our community then we
would have a direct loss of $6 million into our
Otorohanga Zoological Society representative
Jo Russell expressed her concerns about protect-
ing the society’s Ripley Jones Reserve wetland
opposite the proposed factory site.
She believes it will be affected by the amount
of ground water needed to operate the factory.
“We understand from what is one aspect of the
application that they are looking at 720m3 a day
of ground water and that causes us great concern
with the wetland resource right beside it.
“ To my thinking that is six bores in a confined
space that may well lower the lens of freshwater
down in the area that feeds the aquifers to our
Public air concerns over HVM
“Our wetland is QEII covenanted and was left
to us by Ripley Jones in trust for us to protect it.
“So our concerns are very real, they are not
about development, we are not anti-dairy fac-
tories – it is simply about where is that water
coming from and I think as a community we
have the right to hear the whole story.”
Mr Horan said it would take a maximum of
1000m3 of water a day to operate the factory,
which would then produce about 420,000 litres
The discussion was closed with Mr Coull en-
couraging Mr Clibbery to extend the submission
period – which was notified on December 7 and
closed on Friday – to allow more community
members to have their say.
By Wednesday night, only one submission had
been received by the council. And although Mr
van der Burgh welcomed the opportunity, Mr
Clibbery said the designated time was set by law.
HAPPY Valley Milk Ltd project director Grant Horan responds to concerns about traffic and
water volumes needed to operate a proposed $200 million dairy factory in Otorohanga.
WAIKATO Regional Council staff are urging
farmers who find velvetleaf on their properties
to move fast before it seeds and spreads.
The damaging pest plant is easiest to spot in
summer and has been confirmed on 30 proper-
ties in the Waikato region. It was most recently
found in a maize crop just before Christmas by
a landowner in the Morrinsville area.
“Now is the right time to be looking for vel-
vetleaf, and particularly near gateways where
machinery first enter, as well as in the first 12-20
outside rows of the crop,” says biosecurity pest
plants team leader Darion Embling.
“Right now, its buttery-yellow flowers will be
starting to develop and may even be out, and
its distinctive seedpods or capsules should still
“Farmers who spot velvetleaf need to move
fast to eradicate the plants before they seed and
this pest spreads further. Our pest plant officers
can provide expert advice around how to best
Meanwhile, pest plant officers have begun
inspecting about 70 properties found to be at risk
of being infested with velvetleaf in April last year.
This work is continuing, but so far no new
infestations have been found.
In the Waikato, a small number of these in-
festations were linked to imported fodder beet
But subsequent tracing found it had spread in
the Waikato via infested maize and maize silage
and harvest machinery.
Velvetleaf is considered one of the world’s
worst cropping weeds and reduces yields. Com-
bined with the cost of control, it could mean a
significant loss of income if not controlled.
For more information, visit the website -–wai-
katoregion.govt.nz/velvetleaf or call 0800 BIOSEC
(246 732) for help.
VELVETLEAF is considered one of the worst
cropping weeds and the time to find it on rural
properties is now while it’s in flower. PHOTO WRC
Farmers asked to move fast on weed
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