Minister for the Environment Amy Adams cuts the ribbon on the world's largest milk powder drier at Fonterra's Darfield site, with Fonterra director John Monaghan (left) and Fonterra's director of New Zealand operations Robert Spurway. Photo by Fonterra.
The world's largest milk powder drier - capable of producing
up to 700 tonnes a day - was officially opened at Fonterra's
Darfield site in Canterbury on Saturday.
The giant drier, which has already produced more than 50,000
tonnes of whole milk powder since it started operation, was
ceremonially opened by Environment Minister and Selwyn MP Amy
Adams as part of a public open day.
The milk powder produced at the site was exported to more
than 20 markets worldwide including the Middle East, China
and southeast Asia.
Canterbury was New Zealand's fastest-growing dairying region
and the completion of stage two at the Darfield site meant
Fonterra could continue to process the increasing milk
volumes and meet growing global demand for dairy nutrition,
Fonterra's director of New Zealand operations, Robert
Recent dairy statistics showed there were 1046 dairy herds in
Canterbury, with a total of 826,325 cows. North Canterbury
has the top average herd size (791 cows on average) in New
Zealand, plus the highest average number of cows per hectare
It is followed by South Canterbury at 3.45/ha.