I was pleased to support my colleague and Minister for Primary Industries Damien O’Connor at the launch of Caprine Innovations NZ near Morrinsville.
This initiative was funded through a new investment programme called Sustainable Food and Fibres Futures to move the primary production from a volume to value growth curve.
For the co-operative of Goat Farmers this will see more investment in research collaborations to gather more information about the customer demand and consumer expectation, greater emphasis on deriving further value from goat milk and potentially its bi-products and looking to further innovation in the production and farming cycle to deliver greater gains to the environment. Better research investment and information will see greater value associated with the sector and their product.
But the best part of the day was hearing local business owners Kerry and Robyn Averill who have farmed goats for
twenty years and shared part of their journey and experiences. They were pleased to announce that due to a special event, they now have a kid named Neave to celebrate Jacinda’s new addition, the fact that she too comes from Morrinsville and attended school with their son Shane. On display were goats milk baby formula and goats cheese all produced from milk from the Averill farm.