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All Black captain Richie McCaw at Hillpark School, Manurewa, surrounded
by young fans, during the Fonterra Milk in Schools rollout.
McCaw recently gained
an up-close view of Fonterra
in Sri Lanka during a two-day
tour of the co-op's operations
in late March.
McCaw said it was great to
see first-hand how Fonterra
was growing its business in the
''It's my first time in Sri
Lanka and it made me realise
how big Fonterra and Anchor
are in the region.You drive
through Colombo and see
Anchor signs everywhere ---
it's amazing that Sri Lankan
kids are drinking the same
milk that I grew up on in
''You can sometimes forget
that Fonterra's got such a
global reach. The kids and
farmers that I met during the
trip all told me that Fonterra
and Anchor are a big part of
their lives --- not only because
of the products Fonterra
supplies but because the
co-op has become part of the
community over the last 35
McCaw toured the co-op's
milk processing facilities
and saw some of Fonterra's
community and farmer-
development initiatives. He
also spent time meeting some
of the co-op's key stakeholders
flies flag in Sri Lanka
in Sri Lanka.
Todd Muller, Fonterra's
managing cirector co-
operative affairs, said
McCaw's visit helped d
commitment to Sri Lanka --- a
key export market for the New
Zealand dairy industry.
''Sri Lanka is our fourth
largest whole milk powder
market and critical to
Fonterra's global business.
The New Zealand dairy
industry has been providing
high quality dairy nutrition
to people across Sri Lanka
for more than 35 years and
today, two packs of Anchor
milk powder are bought every
''Sri Lanka has a large and
fast growing population which
is becoming increasingly
affluent. This is driving dairy
consumption growth with
pople increasingly looking
for high quality nutrition
that supports the health and
wellness of their families. This
provides a clear opportunity
for Fonterra to continue to
grow its presence in this
''Our relationships on
the ground are vital for us
to continue to grow and
develop opportunities in the
With No8HR -- your rural people specialists
OFF TO THE RIGHT START -- SKILLS CHECK AND COACHING
By now most of you will have your new staff organised for the upcoming
season. For those of you who appointed their staff over a month ago,
now is a good time to touch base with each of your incoming staff.
Some new employees decide to take on other roles or just have a
change of circumstances between being offered your job and the start
of the season so it is important that you keep in touch. If there is a
change in their circumstances it is better to find out now rather than
on the first of June.
Now is also an excellent time to plan the best way to orientate people
into your business. DairyNZ has the dairy farmer levy funded Quickstart
programme which includes an orientation plan. If you are looking for
something more specific for your farm and want some assistance then
we can help with putting together a tailored orientation process for you
and your new team member(s).
Telling your incoming staff that you are putting together their
orientation plan will let them know that you are thinking of them and
will help them transition into your business once they start. You will
also need some paperwork from your new team member(s) including
bank account numbers and tax code declaration forms, giving you a
good reason for making a phone call.
In most cases, the people you have appointed will not arrive with all of
the skills that you need or they may have a different way of operating.
In a perfect world, during their selection you will have gauged your
new team members technical competence and ways of working so you
will not have any surprises. In reality it is impossible for you to know
everything about your new team members skills before they start.
The period between 1 June and calving is therefore an important time
for you to check the skills of your new team members and provide any
coaching they need. Depending on the person and their role, this may
be as easy as working alongside them and showing them the way you
want things done or, for those who are new to the industry or have less
experienced this period may be more intense as you work on making
sure they have the essential skills they need going in to calving.
• Explaining how to do it
• Showing how to do it
• Letting them do it and providing feedback and support as required.
Of course, every employee is different so you may need to adapt your
approach to get the best result. It is worth bearing in mind that most
people need to practice what they have learnt over a period of time to
master a new skill.
When you are coaching your new team members, don't forget the
staff who are staying with you and what their training needs might be.
Involving your rural professionals like your vet and farm consultant in
staff training will help your whole team learn new skills. For example,
Chris has started as a 2IC on a 550 cow farm. He is stepping up form a
senior farm assistant role and will be responsible for the management
of the dairy. Some of the other staff could also use a refresher in the
identification and treatment of common animal ailments. Now would
be a good time to get your vet to provide an overview of treating
common animal health issues. This could be followed up with a review
of your farm's animal health practices.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07 870 4901 if you have
any questions about this or any other people related matter. If you have
suggestions or questions you would like us to cover in our column
please let us know.
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