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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
FONTERRA’S general manager
of New Zealand industry affairs Jo
Finer is encouraging other women
to step up to the challenge of lead-
One of only a handful of women
to achieve a senior leadership role
in the dairy industry, Jo will MC
the Dairy Women’s Network awards
evening at its annual conference in
Hamilton on May 4.
She says the Global Women’s
Leadership Breakthrough Pro-
gramme she completed in 2012 was
a huge catalyst for change.
DWN also supports the leadership
programme by awarding the Dairy
Women of the Year winner with
attendance on the programme.
“A real point of change was going
through that programme, discov-
ering my key drivers and personal
values, and developing some really
good leadership tools,” says Jo.
“I focussed on differentiating my-
self, exploring every opportunity
that came along, and being open to
new challenges,” says the mother of
She has no doubt that the skills
she learned as a mother have also
played a part in her career.
“You develop patience, tenacity
and coaching skills when you are
“You bring that capability to your
She has worked across multi-
ple links in the dairy value chain,
having grown up on a Manawatu
dairy farm and subsequently been
involved in sharemilking.
Jo became involved in NZ’s dairy
exports in 1992 when she joined
the dairy industry on a graduate
Twenty-four years on she has
worked her way up through the busi-
ness, spending time in operations,
managing laboratories and leading
Fonterra’s global food safety and
regulatory functions, to her current
position where she leads relation-
ships with industry organisations.
She was a guest speaker at Dairy
Women’s Network regional group
convenor’s training event in Wel-
lington last week attended by Ran-
gitoto’s Alison Ferris. (STORY P4)
“I shared my passion for the New
Zealand dairy industry and what it
takes to get through when things get
tough in the short-term,” says Jo.
“For me it’s about continually see-
ing how I can contribute and where I
can make the most difference.
“Helping the industry to continue
to realise its potential, even in very
challenging circumstances such as
the current international market.”
TOUGH economic times are causing dairy
farmers to analyse every aspect of their
business, right down to the performance of
Which is why the Dairy Women’s Network
and Livestock Improvement Co-operative
(LIC) are working together to host workshops
to help farmers learn how to make better
herd management decisions.
DWN chief executive Zelda de Villiers says
she’s excited about the partnership with LIC,
a first for the organisations.
“Not only will those attending the module
be given tools that will help them make more
informed decisions and save time, they will
also get the chance to share their own farm-
ing experiences with other women and learn
from them too.”
LIC spokeswoman Michelle Adam says:
“Farmers are increasingly focussed on mak-
ing efficient decisions around their individual
cows and their herds as a collective asset.
“Having access to timely information and
reports on animal and herd performance,
and knowing how to analyse and use the
information, can make all the difference to
improving productivity and decision making.
“We are looking forward to working with
farmers to help them master these vital
LIC is co-ordinating 10 free workshops
throughout the country from April- June in
partnership with the DWN.
The North King Country/Waipa workshop
will be held on June 3 in the St John Ambu-
lance hall in Otorohanga.
The two-part workshops cover ‘under-
standing your herd’ and ‘reviewing your
herd’s reproductive performance’ using LIC’s
MINDA herd records service. Ninety percent
of NZ dairy farmers use MINDA for man-
agement reports to maximise the benefits of
their herd improvement.
The first workshop session will explain
some of the core principles of breeding and
help demystify key industry metrics.
The second will give an overview of the
MINDA reports and tools that help farmers
analyse their herd’s reproductive perfor-
Registration on the day is from 9.30am,
the workshops start at 10am and finish at
2pm. Morning tea and lunch are provided.
To register, visit the website – dwn.co.nz
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