Franklin Vets Blog

Fonterra Co-Operative Difference Update

May 31, 2021

With the start of the new season, we see Fonterra giving out an increased milk solid payout for their farmers who meet the requirements of the Co-Operative Difference. There are currently two tiers to the incentive payout. The first tier “Te Pῡtake” is reached when you complete and have signed off 4 out of 5 of the requirements.Fonterra co-operative difference

These 4 are:

  • Environment – Have your farm environment plan in place with at least 3 out of 4 key practices being achieved.
  • People and community – complete the DairyNZ workplace 360 assessment and achieve 100% on the foundation level.
  • Co-op and Prosperity – have full and accurate farm dairy records kept and submitted by 30th June 2022.
  • Animals – have and implement an animal wellbeing plan developed with your vet. Those of you that have indicated to us that you will be doing the Co-operative Difference this season should be sitting down with us to make these animal wellbeing plans within the next month or so.

Achieving all 4 of these requirements will gain you an additional 7 cents per kg of milk solids.

Once Te Pῡtake is achieved the next step is “Te Puku”, the second tier, to gain an additional 3 cents (on top of the 7 cents) per kg of milk solids. This is achieved when the 5th requirement, Milk quality excellence, is completed.

To achieve this, you must deliver grade free milk with a fat evaluation index of A and a somatic cell count of less than 150,000 for at least 30 days in the current season. These do not need to be consecutive days. Once achieved, all milk supplied during the current season that meets this standard will gain the additional payout.

If you are still considering meeting the co-operative difference requirements it’s not too late to sign up for the current season. Get in contact with your local Franklin Vet clinic to discuss further.

Dr Neil Murray VetNeil Murray BVSc – Mixed Vet, Paeroa.