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Open Country & Nestlé partner to help farmers get ahead in offsetting greenhouse gases

We are excited to share that Open Country and Nestlé are partnering in a new project to help Open Country farmers get a head start on offsetting greenhouse gas emissions by planting native trees on their dairy farms.

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Open Country Launches Innovative New Customer Portal

Open Country has proudly launched a new customer portal, Open Country Hub

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Somatic Cell Count Success Three Years Running

Waikato sharemilkers Alex and Michelle Parrott have topped Open Country’s lowest somatic cell counts for three seasons running but they say the winning secret is their farm worker Bernie Marneth-Rust.

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Daniel Pereira contributing to Open Country’s decarbonisation journey

Daniel Pereira has come on board at Open Country to help the company to become more efficient, with decarbonisation and processing improvements being a core focus.

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A Vital Link in our Business - Meet Rachael, one of our Milk Tanker Drivers

Rachael Croad drives an Open Country milk tanker for a living. It’s the job in a CV that would make a great movie script. There is drama. A storyline that twists. And a lead character you can easily cheer for. Possible title for the movie? “Drive”.

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New Technology Moves More Milk

Innovative digital technology developed in New Zealand is helping Open Country move more milk from farm to factory, while cutting tanker travel – saving fuel, time, and emissions.

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Meet The Man Running Our Awarua Plant

Mike Butler is the site manager for Open Country’s milk processing facility in Awarua, Southland. It is a site known for innovation and excellence in dairy and Mike and his team are proud of being part of the Open Country journey to becoming the second largest exporter of whole milk powders in the world.

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Open Country Cheese Masters Recognised On World Stage

Open Country has won three awards at this year’s prestigious International Cheese and Dairy Awards in Nantwich in England. The showcase is the world’s largest platform on which world class cheese producers are championed.

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Open Country Drives Sustainably

Open Country transported billions of litres of milk from suppliers’ farms to its factories around New Zealand last season. That meant a lot of travelling for the company’s transport operators, whose job is to deliver the precious milk to the right place at the right time.

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Not Your Typical Dairy Farmers

It’s fair to say the Olivers are not typical dairy farmers. Their backyard is home to 93 egg-laying ducks. They’ve befriended bees and run a dozen hives. They spend time and money protecting on-farm long-tailed bats. And they make time to milk 180 cows.

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