Tuesday 23 June 2020 Timetable

8am – 8:00amRegistration
8.30am – 9.00amWelcome and introduction – Julia Jones
9.15am – 10.15amKeynote address:
10.15am – 10.45amMorning tea
10.30am – 12.30pmSession 1: Workshop A
12.30pm – 1.15pmLunch
1.15pm – 2.30pmKeynote address: Logan Williams 
2.30pm – 4.25pmSession 2: Workshop A
2.30pm – 4.25pmBrightSIDE workshops
4.30pm – 5.15pmDrinks and Nibbles with the sponsors 


Wednesday 24 June 2020 Timetable

8.00am – 8:30amRegistration
8.30am – 9.00amWelcome back – Julia Jones
9.00am – 10.00amKeynote address: Dion and Ali Kilmister
10.00am – 10.30amMorning tea
10.30am – 12.30pmSession 1: Workshop A
12.30pm – 1.15pmLunch
1.15pm – 3.15pmSession 2: Workshop A
3.15pm – 4.00pm Julia Jones final word 


BrightSIDE is back to the conference this year – it is a project created by our team, who are passionate about getting the new people in our industry interested, motivated and upskilled so they stay in our sector and become our future stars.

BrightSIDE delegates will join the conference to listen to our keynote speaker, Logan Williams, then get financial advice from the team, how to have a successful career in dairy with an afternoon session on utilisting cows and grass. So book your staff in for Tuesday afternoon for BrightSIDE.

Tuesday 23 June Timetable

8am - 8:45amRegistration
8.45am - 9.00amWelcome and introduction
9.00am - 10.00amKeynote address:
10.00am - 10.30amMorning tea
10.30am - 11.25amSession 1: Workshop A
11.30am - 12.25pmSession 1: Workshop B
12.30pm - 1.15pmLunch
1.30pm - 2.30pmKeynote address:  
2.30pm - 4.25pmSession 2: Workshop A
2.30pm - 4.25pmBrightSIDE
4.30pm - 5.15pmDrinks and Nibbles with the sponsors 

Day 1 Workshops

Session 2 Workshops

You can attend one workshop from the list of four


BrightSIDE was a new initiative to the evetn last year. It aims to get entry level farmers connecting, networking, challenged, empowered and informed about the tools available through future training, on-farm development and the many other opportunities in the dairy sector.
BrightSIDE is a forum panel of speakers where you’ll learn about new opportunities in a changing landscape, get tools to manage your personal finances, and gain understanding on how your daily on- farm performance impacts your career. BrightSIDE is a great personal development opportunity.
BrightSIDE starts at 1.30pm with a Keynote address from Logan Williams, panel session with Tangaroa Walker and finishes with drinks and nibbles with the sponsors.  

Budgeting with the team
Tom Hartmann
Get your personal finances sorted. Tune-up your Daily on-farm performance.

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Wednesday 24 June Timetable

9.00am - 10.00amKeynote address: Ali and Dion Kilmister
10.00am - 10.30amMorning tea
10.30am - 12.25pmSession 3: Workshop A
10.30am - 11.25amSession 3: Workshop B
11.30am - 12.25pmSession 3: Workshop C
12.30pm - 1.15pmLunch
1.30pm - 3.00pmSession 4: Workshop A
3.15pm - 4.15pmKeynote Address - The Yolo Farmer

Session 3 Workshops

You can attend working 3.1 or any two workshops from 3.2-3.5

3.1 Redefining career success
Chris and Lynsey Stratford (equity partners), Josh and Becs Dondertman (contract milkers) and Aldrene Fabela (farm manager)and Richard Kyte (Forward Focus)

The linear progression pathway from manger to contract milker to sharemilker to farm owner isn’t as clear as it used to be, but the dairy sector still offers amazing opportunities for career progression and success.

With the right structure, dairy offers careers and opportunities which meet your individual drivers, whether that’s farm ownership, equity growth, learning and development, or time with family.

Come and hear about three different career pathways on offer (management, contract milking and equity partnership) from people passionate about the dairy industry and their career in it. We’ll also hear from a farm owner who has adapted their structure to attract and retain the right people and how this strategy has benefited their business.


3.2 Techniv8 2.0

If you have an interest in innovative upcoming technology for use on the farm, then this is one to keep you inspired! This workshop will give you an overview of some of AgResearch’s exciting current projects trialling new technologies


3.3 Who's the Boss?
Ben and Nicky Allomes,Nick Bailey

Increasing economic pressures, coupled with an elevation in pressure from anti-farming groups and a definite lack of new people entering our sector means that as farmers, we need to change the way we act and react to challenges if we want to survive and thrive in the new future. So, what are we doing about it? How have we changed on-farm to future proof the HR component of our business?

Come along to hear about what Ben, Nicky and Nick are doing in their business to establish a new future-focused team structure that not only meets the needs of the business but also the needs of the individuals in their team.

Ben, Nicky and Nick run Hopelands Dairies, a 300-ha equity partnership wintering 750 cows near Woodville in the Tararua District. Ben is currently a DairyNZ Director and the DairyNZ representative on the Primary ITO partnership group and is Chair of the Dairy Industry Awards Trust. Ben was also a 2015 Nuffield Scholar, where he studied the impact of self-awareness on leadership. Nick hails from the Wairarapa where he is still heavily involved in Young Farmers and won National Dairy Trainee of the Year in 2016.

In 2018 Ben, Nicky and Nick won the Innovative Employment Practices Award and Minister's Award at the Primary Industries Good Employer Awards.

3.4 Anti-microbial's under the microscope
 Mark Bryan, Director of Clinical and Business Strategy at VetSouth

Agricultural antimicrobial use (AMU) is recognized as being closely linked to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), recognized as one of the greatest risks to human health globally. Around 80% of all antimicrobials used globally are used in agriculture.

New Zealand is the third lowest agricultural user of antimicrobials globally. New Zealand dairy farmers are well placed to further reduce their dependence on AMU in the next years and continue to lead the world in sustainable agriculture.

In 2015, the New Zealand Veterinary Association set an aspirational goal that ‘by 2030, NZ Inc will not need antibiotics for the maintenance of animal health and welfare’. This had the effect of not only highlighting our agricultural industry’s success to date, but also of focusing on how we may improve further. Subsequently, several projects have started with the aim of reducing our AMU further. A key goal is to reduce our dependence on antimicrobials without impacting on animal welfare or farmer profitability.  Come and hear more about the many novel ways of doing this.

3.5 Tomorrows Herd
Ben Watson, Rachel Bloxham NZAEL and Simon Worth LIC

Breeding Worth (BW) is widely recognised as an excellent tool in the identification of the most efficient and profitable animals for the New Zealand dairy industry. This session will cover how BW has morphed over time, how it has improved productivity and profitability on-farm, and its on-going importance within the industry as new challenges emerge. Ben, a passionate dairy farmer, will present on understanding your investment in herd improvement.

Ben is the general manager of his family farming business, which encompasses 1150ha over three properties in the Waikato and King Country. The Watson family business has always aimed to harness the largest possible return from the fact they have an elite herd of dairy cows.


Session 4 Workshops

You can attend one workshop from the list of five

4.1 Lets talk about gas
Nick Tait

Carbon sequestration, long life gases, short life gases, carbon neutral, what does it all mean? Sector experts will explain some of the current government policy developments and extension activities in the New Zealand agricultural sector. We will also cover what we already know about mitigating emissions and what further research is planned.

This is an interactive, informative session where you will gain some base knowledge of greenhouse gases and policy developments, but more importantly, about the research happening and what some farmers and groups are doing to lead the required changes.

4.2 Shaping your Future

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it yourself”
Are you feeling the squeeze from current challenges facing the dairy sector? How can you ensure that the light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train?
This interactive session will explore how we can take control and adapt to the future. Learn about the trends dairying needs to respond to. Identify how you can react to them in a way that fits your business and your goals, while still taking pride in what dairying has achieved.
Who should attend this workshop?
This session is aimed at farm owners and share milkers. Management level discussion and debate.

4.3 Stronger Together
 Lloyd McCall, Raewyn Van Gool, Alistair Body, Ewen Mathieson, Craig Simpson (NZ Land Care Trust)

Fresh water is New Zealand’s hottest topic. In the current landscape, it’s difficult to separate environmental issues from the politics and public perception.

This workshop provides a panel of farmers from the Waituna, Pomahaka and Aparima catchments who have made the decision to step up and lead with passion and purpose in their catchments and community. These farmers are dealing with catchment, river and estuarine issues, and varying media, public and political implications.

The panel will share their lessons learned: How they began their journey to leadership, their catchment story, how to rally a community together, and why you should be involved in some way.

A key part of this discussion is the huge opportunity ahead for New Zealand milk if it is marketed as a clean and sustainable product with a smaller footprint on the environment.

There will be a panel style session at the end of the presentation with the opportunity to ask questions.

4.4 Nuffield Scholars present
Jason Rolfe, Simon Cook, Ryan O'Sullivan, Rebecca Hyde

A thought-provoking session presented by four Nuffield Scholars discussing current topics of importance and the future impact they have on our license to farm.

Jason Rolfe

Investing in Tomorrow

 Jason will focus on personal insights he gained about the future global consumers of our dairy products and discuss where we will need to invest both on farm and in the supply chain to attract these consumers to our products. He will share insights around how consumers are making purchasing decisions, how traditional supply chains are changing, and what the opportunities there are for the dairy industry to leverage.


Simon Cook

Biosecurity: The importance of the farm gate.


In 2018, for the eighth consecutive year, World Class Biosecurity ranked as the number one priority for industry leaders in KPMG’s annual Agribusiness Agenda. While industry leaders recognise this as a critical focus, at grass roots level there seems to be some unwillingness to engage in practical on-farm biosecurity practices. In New Zealand we have one of the best international biosecurity borders in the world, but as we continually see, this border protection cannot stop everything. Given that we can’t eliminate the risk of a future incursion, the next step is preventing or slowing the spread of that incursion. Simon will explore the only way to achieve this - through active farm gate biosecurity protection.


Ryan O’Sullivan

How can pastoral dairying remain competitive?


New Zealand’s dairy industry has enjoyed sound success through a low-cost pastoral based model and rising global demand for protein.  The global dairy industry, mainly the US and Europe, are also positioning to supply the rising demand with aggressive expansion of their containment dairy systems.

The purpose of Ryan’s research was to make comparisons between pastoral and containment models, mainly with respect to relative competitiveness.  He also made observations around consumer trends and questioned if grass-fed dairy could capture a premium.


Rebecca Hyde

Collaboration for environmental gain


All too often we hear and read phrases such as “We need to collaborate more” or “we need to collaborate better”. What does that actually mean? What is effective primary industry collaboration for environmental gain?

New Zealand farmers are facing significant pressure to manage the impact of their land use on water quality which has been affecting their social licence to farm. The environment we farm in underpins the sustainability of our farming businesses and our country. Rebecca believes improved collaboration between sectors and industry can help achieve better environmental outcomes.