New Zealand’s dairy products are world famous and LIC (Livestock Improvement Corporation) is working hard to make sure this vital industry stays ahead of its international competition.
Among a range of services, LIC conducts herd testing for dairy farmers by collecting and analysing milk. When farmers know the amount of milk their cows are producing, along with the milk fat and protein content, they can then breed to improve quantity and quality.
To get their testing specialists out to farms across New Zealand, LIC runs a fleet of Mercedes-Benz Sprinters which have been specially fitted-out by Action Motor Bodies in Hamilton.
“We produce about 12 a year for them, and we go out on site with the LIC people to make sure these vans work in the real world. These are turn-key designs,” said General Manager, Chris Devoy.
“With all their equipment and samples they need a lot of storage which we have kept light by using a laminated composite. We designed the interior to keep access as easy as possible so there’s no unnecessary reaching around.
“We do a version with a refrigerated body for use on the South Island where the runs are longer between farm and depot.”
According to Chris, LIC likes the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter for a number of reasons.
“They are a good all round package,” he said.
“They are really reliable, they get to where they are going, and with longer service intervals the total cost of ownership is better.
“Being Mercedes-Benz they also project the brand image that LIC want – quality and reliability.”
Sounds like New Zealand’s cows are in good hands.