Author Archives: Keith Woodford

About Keith Woodford

Keith Woodford is an independent consultant, based in New Zealand, who works internationally on agri-food systems and rural development projects. He holds honorary positions as Professor of Agri-Food Systems at Lincoln University, New Zealand, and as Senior Research Fellow at the Contemporary China Research Centre at Victoria University, Wellington.

Where to for Chiwi agrifood

The current plan for Chinese Yili to buy Westland Co-operative Dairy has brought renewed discussion about the role of China within New Zealand agrifood industries. Of course, the Westland issue is just one part of a much greater issue about … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, China, Dairy, Meat Industry, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Westland Co-operative Dairy demise is self-inflicted

The approaching demise of Westland Co-operative Dairy (trading as Westland Milk Products) has come as a surprise to many people.  It should not have done so.  At the very least, either a partial sale or major joint venture has been … Continue reading

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Farming for cash and capital gain: the rules have changed

Regardless of whether or not a capital gains tax is introduced, the rules of farming have changed.  Cash is becoming a lot more important. I recall going to a conference in late 2000 or thereabouts, soon after my return to … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, Dairy, Rural Finance | 3 Comments

Mycoplasma bovis eradication risks are much greater than admitted

Taxpayers and farmers are collectively committed to pay more than $800 million for eradication of Mycoplasma bovis.  It is therefore reasonable that they are provided with good information as to how eradication is proceeding.  Unfortunately, the current information from MPI … Continue reading

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The pain of Mycoplasma bovis is not being shared fairly

Anyone reading the official information from MPI would be entitled to believe that the Mycoplasma bovis eradication campaign was going remarkably well. However, amongst the directly afflicted farmers, things remain far from sweet. MPI has acknowledged that afflicted farmers have … Continue reading

Posted in Dairy, Mycoplasma bovis | 1 Comment

Dairy debt an outcome of wayward policy and land-banking

In a recent article, I wrote that high debt levels within the dairy industry will constrain the industry transformation that needs to occur.  Subsequently, I have been exploring how the industry got itself such a debt-laden pickle. Here is what … Continue reading

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Finding the path for dairy

I have always been optimistic about the long-term future of dairy. I think it is likely that dairy will remain one of the pillars that underpins the New Zealand economy. But we sure do have some challenges! The first challenge … Continue reading

Posted in Dairy, Land and water | 4 Comments