Suppliers Words

“Open Country staff are as good as gold to deal with. The tankers have been slow on the track. Staff relate to you by your name and anything they can do for you is not a problem. The decision we made to change to OCD is one of the best decisions we have ever made.” Leo and Jane Van Marrewijk – Waikato
“Personalised rewards for effort through premiums. Makes share money work for us.” Joe and Julie Webby – Morrinsville
“The main reason for joining was that I felt the return on shares was poor and the shares were over priced. I also had no control over the use of that capital. By going contract milk supply it allows me to release capital and have control of the use of that capital in my own farming operation, maximising return on capital”. Rod and Denise McKenzie – Wyndham
“Supplying Open Country has created new opportunities for us.” (BNZ most profitable farm award. NZ & Australia 2008/09) Sue and Dave Forsythe – Te Awamutu
"The choice to supply Open Country was an easy one, it meant we were able to unlock the equity we had tied up in shares and reinvest on farm. With a high input system and split calving herd we have been able to manipulate our lactation curve to maximise the benefits of Open Country's incentivised payment structure as well as collecting premiums for other production trends. Over the last few years we have been able to double the size of our business without the burden of having to supply the company with any capital. Open Country is proving to be a very competitive and forward thinking company, in particular their new cash advance initiative has been a major advantage for us when trying secure feed supplies. The team at OCD have always been very honest and helpful which make doing business with them simple and straight forward."  Floyd Smit,- Matamata
“The friendly and approachable management team at Open Country gave us confidence in their business model and its ability to do well alongside other processors, returning a competitive milk price to its suppliers. One of the main incentives for change for us was the ability to redeem shares which played a big part in our succession planning and effectively allowed us to transfer that capital into land which suited our situation”. Cherry and Pieter van Miltenberg – Opio, Southland
“We wanted to rationalise the risk with shares and have invested in another dairy farm with the capital. It has allowed us to have control of the use of that capital with the aim of maximising return on that capital within our farming operation”. Angela and Wayne Carpenter – Invercargill
“I went to Open Country so I had someone to talk to on a one to one basis when I needed to. I also wanted to get a better return on the capital I had tied up in shares and have achieved this by having control myself and reinvesting it into my farming operation”. Robyn and John Clarke – Otautau
“Our land is developing and expanding, and with our previous processor we were forever buying more shares. Now we can do as much production as we can, with no penalties, and no finding of capital. Open Country service is also great”. Sandstone Farms - Taranaki
“We joined Open Country to release capital and re-invest back into farm operation. Joining Open Country also encourages competition which is good for the Dairy Industry”. Trevor and Lisa Jane - Taranaki