Royal visit to New Zealand dairy farm

Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden visited a dairy farm during their visit to New Zealand this past week.

Their Royal Highnesses, together with the Minister for International Development and Foreign Trade, Johan Forsell, and His Excellency Pontus Melander, the Ambassador of Sweden in New Zealand, visited the Marphona Farms – a near new 54 bail DeLaval Rotary milking system E100 installation, outside Auckland in northern New Zealand. The farm is run by the owners Philip and Sheree Pulman since 1983. Together, they run Green Valley Dairies, an independently owned milk processor and organic milk producer with more than 2,700 cows across five different farms. 

From the left: Ken Ward, Prince Daniel, Crown Princess Victoria, Sheree Pulman, Philip Pulman, Chris Watkins. Photo: Stephen Barker / Barker Photography. ©DeLaval

Joining the group for the farm visit were Ken Ward, VP Market Development & Sales Support Asia Pacific, and Chris Watkins, Commercial Manager Oceania, from DeLaval. Their Royal Highnesses placed a specific focus on the animals and wanted to understand the key differences in farming styles between New Zealand and Sweden.

Animal welfare, farm profitability, food safety, and work efficiency are challenges that many dairy farmers face around the world. As a global provider of milking solutions, we at DeLaval are determined to support farmers with integrated solutions to help meet those challenges and make sustainable food production possible.