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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. Although the site has expanded since he began 15 years ago, Mike holds on to the same values he brought in from the start, creating the most efficient system possible with quality control being at the forefront of everything he does.

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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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A Career With Open Country

Sarj Singh, Open Country’s newest and youngest Milk Supply Manager, says he was always destined to have a career in the agricultural industry.

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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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Open Country Acquires Wood Pellet Manufacturer

Open Country has taken an exciting step to move forward in our journey of environmental sustainability and has acquired Nature’s Flame, New Zealand’s largest wood pellet manufacturer.

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New Online Trading Platform ‘Delivers The Goods’ To Open Country Customers

A new online trading platform is providing Open Country’s international ingredients customers with easy and exclusive 24/7 access to its range of quality dairy ingredients. Developed in New Zealand, Open Country Milk Market Partnership offers the full range of the company’s powders, cheese, WPC and AMF.

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Creating a Space Where Dairying & The Environment Can Thrive

Open Country’s Environment and Sustainability Manager Caleb Higham works every day to find a balance between the worlds of dairy farming and the environment.

When it comes to farming and the environment, Caleb knows his stuff.

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Hayden Paddon Getaway Prize Winners

Speaking to the lucky winners of the Hayden Paddon getaway, there was nothing but fantastic feedback from the group. For many of these Open Country suppliers, this was their first-time off-farm in a very long time, thanks to lockdowns and calving.

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