Cash for communities with AFFCO bobby calf scheme

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Last year $90,000 was returned to rural communities with AFFCO’s Cash for Calves programme, and the meat supplier is encouraging farmers to sign up again this year and get behind the cause.

National Livestock Manager Tom Young, says that it’s often AFFCO’s farmer suppliers that volunteer at rural fire brigades and schools, and local people rely on them to bring their communities together, look out for families, and keep them safe.

“AFFCO has been donating to rural primary schools since 2006 through our Bobby Calf Cash for Schools and in 2013 in response to supplier feedback we introduced the option to nominate their rural fire brigade.

“Bobby calves are a fact of life on a dairy farm, and with this scheme everyone wins. We work hard to get the best value for our suppliers; bobby calves are picked up on a very regular schedule and processed fast; and we return cash to our communities at the end of each season.”

Each season the suppliers fill out a registration form and at the bottom of the form they simply nominate their school or fire brigade.

AFFCO donates 40 cents for every calf supplied to the nominated recipient which is a donation by AFFCO and doesn’t come out of the schedule payment.

In December schools receive a payment from AFFCO with a statement of who supplied the calves. The New Zealand Fire Service is given a donation and they distribute payments to their volunteer brigades.

In 2017 a total of $21,000 was donated to fire brigades and a further $70,000 to rural schools.

AFFCO has donated more than $1 million to rural communities since the donation scheme started out in 2006.

Farmers should have received their registration forms by mail, or they can download them from, phone 0800 722 422 or contact their AFFCO/SPM buyer. Registrations are due on 1 May in the North Island and 1 June in the South Island.