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SIDE 2014 – riding the wave

Dairying is all about peaks and troughs, and while the industry’s record pay-outs means it is riding the wave at present, industry stalwarts know that is unlikely to last. This is why South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) Organising Committee Chair Paul Marshall believes farmers should focus on building a resilient enterprise that can weather the…

Message from the Chair of SIDE 2014 – Corrigan Sowman

We are excited to be hosting SIDE in Southland again this year. It has been four years since we last held SIDE in Invercargill due to the snow damage to Stadium Southland. Typical of this great region, the community has rallied and rebuilt an outstanding facility. It will be wonderful to showcase this new venue…

How we can be both Competitive and Sustainable

If you’re part of the problem, you have to work out how to be part of the solution. That’s the message dairy farmers will be getting from Dr Rick Pridmore, Dairy NZ Strategy and Investment Leader for Sustainability, at the South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) at Lincoln University on June 24. Rather than have a…

Probiotics to increase milk production

Ian Collins, Writer in Residence, Lincoln University Lincoln University has many active research projects addressing the complex world of modern dairy farming to ensure dairy farmers remain profitable as well as environmentally sustainable. For example, Lincoln University’s Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Senior Lecturer in Food Microbiology, Malik Hussain, is currently developing microbial tools…

Boosting the bottom line while holding the environmental footprint.

Nutrient limit setting is likely to challenge New Zealand farmers in the coming years, but dairy farmers have successfully negotiated big challenges their businesses in the past and will continue to do so. DairyNZ Principal Scientist Dr David Chapman will outline some of the research that is looking at solutions to nutrient limit setting in…

Taking Action

What does dairy farming have in common with being the first New Zealander to reach the South Pole on foot, unsupported? Believe it or not, quite a lot according to Jamie Fitzgerald, who along with Kevin Biggar starred in the television series “First Crossings.” The pair conducted a successful 52-day expedition to the South Pole…

Feed conversion efficiency is likely to be an increasingly important topic of conversation for dairy farmers.

Farmers looking for production efficiencies and to lessen their environmental impact will be interested in listening to Kevin Macdonald & Ina Pinxterhuis talk about “Gas guzzlers vs. fuel efficient Hybrids: Feed Conversion Efficiency in today’s dairy cow” at the South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) on June 25, this year being held at Lincoln University. The…