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.
Caleb was born and bred on a dairy farm in the Waikato. He has a PhD in Environmental Science from Massey University, which he completed while working as an Environmental Change Specialist at DairyNZ.
When it comes to farming and the environment, Caleb knows his stuff. The opportunity to help create a space where both can flourish and prosper is what gets him out of bed every morning.
“I have a strong connection to the environment,” says Caleb. “I want to see it preserved, but I also have a passion for dairying and the agricultural industry. My aim is to find a balance between the two so they can thrive side-by-side.”
In January 2021, DairyNZ and AgResearch jointly released findings from a study that showed New Zealand dairy farmers have the world’s lowest on-farm carbon footprint. While Caleb says our industry should be proud of its achievements to date, we need to keep the momentum going.
“As New Zealand’s second largest dairy processor, Open Country has a part to play. We are committed to working alongside our farmer suppliers to help them produce more from less. I feel privileged to be using my knowledge and expertise to help make that happen.”