Dairy farmers throughout New Zealand will benefit from specialist animal health knowledge, as Dairy Women’s Network enters into a new partnership with global veterinary diagnostics and leading research and development organisation IDEXX.
The partnership is the latest in a series of IDEXX community support initiatives worldwide, and sees a team of in-house specialists and vets become available to the Network for national and regional events, said Dairy Women’s Network CEO Jules Benton.
As well as contributing knowledge to Dairy Women’s Network members, a percentage of each dairy test completed with IDEXX technology will be set aside in a fund for Dairy Women’s Network.
“Women in the dairy industry are the heart of Dairy Women’s Network. As an organisation we are dedicated to providing women with the knowledge and skills they need to go further in the industry,” said Benton.
“This partnership not only means extra monetary funding for the Network, but an invaluable set of knowledge that our members can draw on and implement in their communities.”
IDEXX chose Dairy Women’s Network to receive funding because both organisations share a passion for their communities and for enabling people to make informed decisions and do the right thing, said IDEXX New Zealand general manager Carl Eden.
“I see such synergies in what we’re looking to do in the future as New Zealand looks to maintain our productivity but doing it in a manner that is socially responsible, looking after the health and wellbeing of all those involved in the rural industries.”