It is fantastic that the low payout of the past couple of years has passed for now.

What have we learnt from the experience of volatile milk prices? Hopefully we have been concentrating on what we are able to influence and not worrying about things beyond our control.

It has been a good opportunity to focus on all aspects of our businesses, from questioning costs and feed inputs to asking ourselves whether or not we are running the most financially sustainable systems.

The SIDE event programme has been put together with this in mind. A diverse range of speakers will cover a wide range of topics to provoke, challenge and question us.

SIDE is an ideal opportunity for delegates to learn and pick up ideas that they can take back to their own businesses to help improve productivity and profitability. It is also a great opportunity for farmers to network with other like-minded people, especially at the evening social functions.

I urge you to attend and fully immerse yourselves in SIDE 2017 and all it has to offer.

I look forward to seeing you there at Lincoln University in June.