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AFREE seminar on self
employment and sharemilking --
Onwards and Upwards - is to be
held in Matamata on March 25.
Career coach Wendy Rowe, of
Wendy Rowe & Associates, said
speakers will cover becoming self
employed, sharemilking and con-
tract milking, accounting and legal
responsibilities, loans, lending and
support and how to tell if contracts
are any good.
"Partnerships verses companies
and trusts will be discussed along
with cashbooks, tax deductable
expenses and depreciation, tax and
GXT and succession and business
planning," Mrs Rowe said.
"We will also cover advocacy,
employment contracts and pitfalls,
career path progression and more."
To register phone 027 BUDGET1
(027 283 4381).
AONCE-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear
the world's leading researchers and
practitioners present the latest findings
on mastitis is happening in Christchurch next
The International Dairy Federation Mastitis
Conferences are held every five to 10 years and
speakers provide a mix of basic science and
information on the latest treatment regimes and
The fifth IDF Mastitis Conference is to be
held at the Christchurch Convention Centre,
March 21-24, and is hosted by Dairy Cattle
Veterinarians with support from the New
Zealand Veterinarian Association.
Jenny Weston, who is senior veterinarian at
the Farm Services Clinic at Massey University,
said it was the premier conference for those
interested in the aetiology and the treatment
and control of mastitis.
"Hear papers on how vets might improve
farmer uptake of advice, how bacterial mastitis
pathogens can be identified in less than eight
hours, how to pick winners when treating cows
with clinical mastitis treatment and more."
She said with three streams of content and a
number of corporate symposia there would be
something for everyone at the meeting.
"Once the technical day is done, there are
conference tours and workshops and plenty of
social opportunities to catch up with local and
Richard Tiddy, president of the society of
Dairy Cattle Veterinarians said members of the
DCV executive were excited about the upcom-
"Some of our members have worked long
and hard to bring this event to New Zealand
and despite swine flu, recession and interna-
tional uncertainty it looks as though we are in
for a resoundingly successful conference," he
"This is your chance to attend a major mas-
titis and milk quality research and veterinary
meeting and to rub shoulders with some of the
top dairy specialists in the world -- we look for-
ward to seeing you there."
Log on to www.idf2010mastitis.com to
--- Rachel McNaughton
THE tainted milk powder scandal in
China which made 300,000 children ill,
killed six and resulted in the execution
of two men involved has made Chinese par-
ents wary of product manufactured there.
They are now seeking out New Zealand-
made product from online traders.
The New Zealand Food Safety Authority
(NZFSA) has been investigating the trade of
milk powder and infant formula into China
after reports of a spike in supermarket sales.
There have been hundreds of listings on
trading websites such as alibaba.com and
taobao.com from Chinese New Zealanders
who were buying up product off supermarket
shelves and selling direct into mainland
A spokesman for Fonterra said they were
aware of the sales but were not certain if the
private traders were supplying the correct
certification and urged customers to buy
from legitimate sources.
Neil McLeod, the senior programme man-
ager for NZFSA, said all food products
exported from New Zealand to China
required a certificate from NZFSA and they
would be investigating the New Zealand
based online traders.
Sanlu, along with the other 21 dairy
companies, was found to have sold milk
containing melamine (normally used in
plastics and fertiliser and can cause kidney
stones when ingested) during the scandal,
causing families to question poor quality
controls and put pressure on the government.
Chinese officials said the domestic dairy
industry was showing opportunities for
growth again with foreign investors buying
stakes in Chinese dairies. However a New
Zealand online trader said it would be at
least 10 years before Chinese parents placed
enough trust in locally made formula.
Early last month, three people were
detained in northwest China's Shaanxi
province after being accused of selling 5.25
tonnes of milk powder laced with melamine,
intensifying Chinese parents' desire to give
their children New Zealand-made product.
Chinese parents seek Kiwi milk powder
Mastitis conference a rare opportunity Seminar for the
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