About Us

The South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) was established in 1998 to provide a forum for those involved in the South Island dairy industry to evaluate and apply knowledge, skills and technology to their business.

The key drivers of SIDE are dairy farmers. The focus and delivery of all SIDE events is guided by farmer needs and on-going evaluation. The stakeholders in SIDE are: South Island dairy farmers; Lincoln University; DairyNZ Ltd; Industry (Processors, Service Industries; Agri-business).

The SIDE committee includes ten elected dairy farmers from throughout the South Island who are responsible for soliciting and contributing the views of their region on the event format and programme content. SIDE committee members are elected for a three-year term with the primary role of governance and in particular, policy and planning.

SIDE is committed to improving dairying practices and techniques through funding research projects and organising regional interactive events like Time outSIDE and one-day farmer conferences throughout the South Island. Suggested areas for research are welcomed and contact can be made through the local SIDE committee member or by contacting the SIDE Secretariat.

SIDE focuses on four main areas:

The Event

South Island focused

  • Interactive workshops
  • Organised by dairy farmers
  • Impartial and independent
  • Interactive
  • Educational

Local Learning

  • Regional interactive events with content guided by farmers’ needs
  • Learning in the field with highly regarded presenters

Research & Development

  • Funding activities or initiatives which benefit South Island dairying
  • Working with the South Island Dairying Development Centre (SIDDC)
  • Representing South Island dairy farmers’ research needs

Industry Role

  • Ensuring the needs of South Island dairy farmers are heard at a national level



SIDE 2016 Committee

SIDE ChairRobert Wilson
Event Committee ChairHeidi Williams
Nelson/MarlboroughJon Nicholls
West CoastDebra Magner
OtagoNicola Neal
CanterburySteven Booker
Enda Hawe
Terry Kilday
SouthlandPaul Marshall
Chris Withy
Lincoln UniversityRacheal Bryant
Grant Edwards
DairyNZAndrew Fraser
Virginia Serra
Dawn Dalley
Dairy IndustryStuart Gray
Fonterra
SIDDCRon Pellow
Secretarial SupportRosie Petrowski
SIDDC
Sponsorship Co-ordinatorRobyn Williams
TreasurerAndrew Lingard
Event OrganisersConference & Professional Development,
Lincoln University

Join the SIDE committee and become actively involved in the South Island dairy industry.

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