Tuesday 23 June 2020 Timetable

8.30am – 9.30amWelcome and introduction – Julia Jones
9.30am – 10.30amKeynote address:Dr Ceri Evans
10.30amMorning tea
11.00am – 12.30pmWorkshop 1 A
12.45pm Lunch
1.30pm – 2.45pmKeynote address: Logan Williams 
2.30pm – 4.25pmWorkshop 2
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 Morning tea
10.30am – 12.30pmWorkshop 3
12.30pm – 1.15pmLunch
1.15pm – 3.15pmSession 4
3.15pm – 4.15pm Julia Jones final word – Conference close 


Day 1 Workshops

You can attend one workshop from the list

Getting up when life knocks you back

Resilience building tools and strategies we can all use 

Gerard Vaughan – Farmstrong 

What are the key objectives of the workshop?

  • Increasing understanding of mental wellbeing and why it is such an important asset for life and work. 
  • Giving practical ideas, tips and skills based on the latest science that will help improve farming sector performance and resilience. 
  • Increasing confidence to apply tools and strategies as a wellbeing leader to help others cope through ups and downs. 

What will you take away from this session? 

  • We will draw on participants existing knowledge and expertise to create open discussion, as some of the best learning about what works will be shared by those there.   
  • Farmers wisdom on wellbeing through videos and tips. 
  • The “big picture” – mental health through the ups and downs in life. 
  • The “Wellbeing Bank Account”. 
  • Helpful thinking techniques and mindsets that improve performance. 
  • Why sometimes struggling can contribute to your wellbeing in the long term. 
  • Applied learning from high performers in the world of business and sport. 

 Who should attend this workshop? 

Farm managers, sharemilkers and  owners who can make  these decisions on farm.

Freshwater - Making sense of it all, what do I need to do next?

Freshwater – Making sense of it all, what do I need to do next? 

Come  along  to this workshop to hear about the  latest in policy and  legislation  and  how it will affect day to day farming  in the  regions.


This session will be spent helping  farmers to understand what  they need to do under these new central government regulations, and  how new requirements dovetail  into regional rules.

The workshop will be hosted by a DairyNZ senior policy advisor  and  will be suited to anyone with an interest or responsibility in environmental management on farm.

Milking regimes - Making the switch

Paul Edwards – DairyNZBrent Boyce – LIC FarmwiseSteve and Tracey Henderson – Legendairies southland farmers 

A panel discussion challenging traditional thinking about milking times 

Paul Edwards will review and discuss the results from the studies he has carried out into the 3-in-2 milking trials on the Lincoln farmlet 

Brent Boyce will talk about how 3-in-2 looks in the bigger picture and how you could implement some of the different milking routines into your current system. 

Steve and Tracey Henderson will talk about their actual practical experience of trialling 3-in-2 and 10 milkings in 7 days. 

 What are the key objectives of the workshop? 

  • Farmers will get some evidence-based feedback from trials carried out by Paul Edwards and DairyNZ on 3 in 2 milking and the preliminary findings from this research. 
  • To challenge the traditional thinking of farmers about milking times and what we can get away with while achieving the same production. 

 What will you take away from this session? 

  • What other potential milking routines look like and how these would impact your business at a farm level. 
  • The potential for changing milking routines to create a resilient farm system that can improve the work environment of dairy farms. 
  • Ideas to enable time to be spent on more rewarding and interesting work for managers and employees alike. 

 Who should attend? 

This workshop is aimed at all levels of attendees, with a range of presenters to cater to decision makers and the team on the ground.

Milk Futures and Fixed milk price

Volatile milk prices have had a big impact on many farmers. Is Fixed milk price the way to manage it?  

Charles Fergusson – Head of Farm source Canterbury, Tasman, Marlborough  

Harry Hewitt – Vice President, Derivatives, Jarden NZ 

Securing your milk price  is a new business strategy for many  farmers and  business owners. Jarden  NZ has  been a specialist in offering  milk futures for period of time and  now Fonterra has  also started to offer guaranteed milk price  to their  suppliers. Using milk futures and  guaranteed milk price  as a business tool is a great way to reduce volatility and  risk while securing income that  can be used for development, growth or debt repayment.

 What are the key objectives of the workshop? 

  • Introduction to how fixed milk price works. 
  • Different ways to manage business risk. 
  • Why you would do it, or not.  

 What will you take away from this session? 

  • New ways how to manage risk. 
  • A challenge to your current thinking and the way you manage your business.  
  • How to take control of your profits and development. 

 Who should attend? 

Anyone who would like to secure a milk price or to understand the benefits and risks.

Session 2 Workshops

You can attend one workshop from the list of four


BrightSIDE was a new initiative to the conference last year 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 1.00pm with a Keynote address from innovator and entrepreneur Logan Williams and finishes with drinks and nibbles with the sponsors. You can also register to join us for SIDE Barn Dance on Tuesday night at Pemberton, Prebbleton buses available from Lincoln.

BrightSIDE Workshops

MC Tanagoroa Walker – Farm 4 Life

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

How to have a successful career in dairy

Sarah How  – Developer in the DairyNZ people team 

Creating great dairy farm workplaces

Planning for 2030 by adapting in 2020 

Callum Eastwood, Senior Scientist – DairyNZ 

 What are the key objectives of the workshop? 

To create understanding of how New Zealand workplaces are evolving to attract talent. 
To get delegates to think about the types of people we will want to attract to dairying in 2030, and who will be in the workforce by then. 
Most sectors in NZ are competing for staff. We want to show you that you have an opportunity to play to your strengths in the dairy industry and be an employer of choice. 

 What will you take away from this session? 

You will leave with an awareness of what you can do in the next 100 days to begin on your path to great 2030 workplaces. 
Several workplace principles that farmers can work towards. 
Workplace concepts that have been tested with farmers in the past year. 
Ideas that farm teams can implement in the next 30 days that can and will make a difference. 

 Who should attend this workshop? 

Farm owners, farm managers in particular – but there will also be messages for everyone in the farm team.

Appetite for Discussion

An opportunity for you to get answers to all those questions you have regarding the environment around your farming practices, with a different format.

Get your specific questions answered by environmental specialists about:

  • Farm systems to reduce environmental impact – Katherine McCusker,DairyNZ
  • ECan regulations relating to the rural sector – Sylvia McAslan 
  • Environmental audits – Ali van Polanen, EnviroPlan 
  • Irrigation practices
  • Supplier environmental support – Marcelo Aguirre Wibmer, Fonterra
  • Fertiliser practices – Ravensdown 

Less of a workshop and more of a frank and open dialogue with the experts, you will be sitting in small groups with each expert for a prescribed length of time for a one-to-one opportunity to discuss what YOU want to know. This is a chance to dig deep into the knowledge and experience of these experts, led by questions from you!

Who should attend this workshop?

Owner operators wishing to understand their current environmental regulations and future options for their farming businesses.
SM/VOSM/CM & Managers wishing to understand the current environmental requirement for the operations they are managing – compliance, audits, etc.
Farming business owners wishing to understand current tools available for reducing the environmental footprint of their operations.

Due to the style of this workshop numbers are strictly limited – don’t miss out!

Into the Future

What are the key  objectives of the workshop?

  • Insight into current technology used in day-to-day life on farm.
  • Introduce people to new innovative  projects, giving them an insight into what  is being  achieved through modern technology.
  • Recognise what  farming  will look like in 2030,  and  how it could  impact farmers who don’t evolve with technology.


What will you  take away from this session?

  • A better understanding of current technology systems being  used in day-to-day life and  how these can be implemented on a dairy farm.
  • A vision of what  the  future of farming  will look like with the  use  of advanced technology.
  • A memorable experience you will want  to tell others about.
  • Inspiration to research and  implement on-farm tech.


Who  should attend this workshop?

All skill levels – interesting for everyone.

Understanding your financial position and the importance of benchmarking

What are the key objectives of the workshop?

The DairyNZ Dairybase  team,  with Brown Glassford  and  Co Ltd

What are the key  objectives of the workshop?

  • For farm managers and  new business owners to have  a better understanding of their  financial statements.
  • To show  how benchmarking your farm can help  make  your business more profitable and  drive future management decisions.


What will you  take away from this session?

  • Attendees will take  away a much better understanding of their  accounts and  use  this to make  better business decisions in the  future.
  • They will be able  to start having better financial conversations with their  rural  professionals, be more confident to benchmark their  business against others, and  competent in analysing results.


Who  should attend this workshop?

Farm managers and  sharefarmers.

Wednesday 24 June Timetable

Day 2 workshops

Session 3 Workshops

Choose one of the following workshops as a double session 

OR attend two single sessions Going beyond the 3R’s to reduce on farm waste or Cost control 

Books and business - Let’s talk about new banking regulations

Gain a better understanding of what the new banking regulations are, why they are and the effect they can have on our books and businesses.

Nathan Penny – ASB, Regional Manager, David Seath – Brown Glassford and Co Ltd

What are the key  objectives of the workshop?

  • To give you a better understanding of what  the  new banking  regulations are  and  why they are  being  introduced.
  • To give you an understanding of how these will affect their  business and  how best to deal  with the  new regulations.
  • To give you an understanding of how these will look on the  books.


What will you  take away from this session?

  • A better understanding of the  new regulations which will help  you deal  with them and  the  consequences for your business.
  • What these regulations will look like in your accounts.
  • What you need to do or be aware of going forward.
  • Adjustments that  may be needed or conversations you need to have  with your own bank  manager and  accountant.


Who  should attend?

This workshop is aimed at business owners and  people dealing  with financials.

High performance, lower footprint farming

Hear  from farmers who are  operating efficient, high  performing farm businesses,  and  the steps they are  taking to lower the farming footprint and  remain profitable.

Virginia Serra Co-Development Lead DairyNZ: Meeting  a Sustainable Future: Hinds and  Selwyn, with a panel  of

Canterbury farmers involved  in the project

What are the key  objectives of the workshop?

  • To consider the  key drivers  of current losses from dairy farm systems, primarily through N surplus and  drainage.
  • To understand, with real life farmer examples, some of the  initial practical steps you can make  to influence a reduction in these losses, through efficient management and  application of technology and  science.
  • Real-life examples of the  effect  these applications have  current and  future operating profits.


What will you  take away from this session?

  • Know how to access support to work out  where in your farm business unnecessary losses are  occurring due  to N

surplus or additional drainage events.

  • Understand from farmer examples what  some of the  steps are  that  you can apply to your farm business to begin  to operate a lower footprint farm.
  • An appreciation that  many  of the  efficiency gains you can get on farm through strategic use  of inputs could  actually be

better for your bottom line, depending on management decisions to date.

Who  should attend?

Owners, sharemilkers, contract milkers, LOSM and  farm managers, decision makers who can drive implementation on farm. Farm staff would benefit from understanding.

Herd reproductive performance

Vanessa Robinson – DairyNZ, Developer Feed & Animal ,Jair Mandriaza – LIC, Senior Reproduction Solutions Advisor

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, so is intervention the only answer?

What are the key  objectives of the workshop?

  • Gain an understanding of “intervention”,  and  that  there are  both hormonal and  non-hormonal interventions they you implement.
  • To look at Canterbury’s reproductive journey over the  past six years  and  where your herd sits in comparison.
  • To discover key areas of opportunity for Canterbury in relation to reproductive performance.
  • To be informative but  practical,  providing  information that  can be implemented straight away and  in the  coming months.

What will you  take away from this session?

  • Motivation  to investigate your own performance and  identify key areas of opportunity that  you can work on with the help  of your trusted rural  professional or network.
  • An awareness of the  different methods of intervention available  and  a desire to identify those best suited to your


  • Awareness that  your decisions through the  entire season drive reproductive performance.
  • You will leave the  session discussing and  planning what  you are  going to change on farm.


Who  should attend this workshop?

Decision  makers who can change day to day decision making or farm systems.

Going beyond the 3 R’s to reduce on-farm Waste

Trish Rankin

We’ve all heard of the 3 R’s – reduce, recycle and reuse – but what are the 6 R’s? And how do we implement them on-farm?

Trish is a dairy farmer sharemilking with husband Glen, a primary school teacher at Opunake Primary for three terms (she has the third term off for calving) , mother to four busy sporty boys, a Dairy Environment Leader, and DairyNZ Climate Change Ambassador, among other things.

What are the key  objectives of the workshop?

  • Find out  how to reduce waste on-farm and  across the  whole  agricultural sector.
  • Recycling is number six on the  decision-making triangle – there are  lots of other aspects. You will find out  more about

reducing, refusing, swapping out  for something re-usable, and  re-purposing.

What will you  take away from this session?

  • Learn  about the  many  ways to reduce waste on-farm.
  • Simple and  easy steps to be able  to reduce waste on-farm.
  • Learn  to make  better decisions around consumption.
  • Greater awareness of our  carbon footprint.


Who  should attend this workshop?

This workshop is aimed at everybody who wants to reduce their  waste.

Cost Control

What  costs can  we  control? How  can  we  do  better? Hear  from farmers currently operating and  benefitting from low-cost systems.

Blair Robinson – Dairy Holdings Ltd

Blair grew up on a 400 cow dairy farm in Taranaki.  His background includes time spent in the  fertiliser  industry, with Fonterra and  in rural  banking  (including debt recovery).  Blair’s family currently reside on a small block just out  of Ashburton. Their involvement in the  primary  sector includes part  ownership in two North  Island dairy farms  and  two poultry  farms.

Blair’s role at DHL is Chief Operating Officer, leading  a team of seven farm supervisors who oversee 59 dairy farms  with

50,000 milking cows. DHL run  a farm system of high pasture utilisation and  low cost  of production. DHL try to replicate a farm system built on people, pasture and  process.


Carlos Cuadrado

Carlos and  his wife Gisela have  gained a strong reputation for working hard and  achieving  on their  own merit.  Both from

Argentina,  they came to New Zealand to work as dairy farm assistants on a dairy farm near Tauranga. By 2009/2010

they had  set  up their  company (Canterbury Pampas Ltd) and  started operating as Lower Order Sharemilkers. Since 2014 they have  also run  the  farm on behalf  of the  owners. In 2011  they had  the  opportunity to invest in a dairy farm with neighbours. Carlos became Managing  Director/CEO  for this business. In 2015  this company purchased another farm and they were  able  to increase their  shareholding to 33 percent of both businesses.

Hannah Fulton

Hannah Fulton has  been involved in the  New Zealand dairy industry since  moving to New Zealand in 1997.  Hannah and her  partner Craig spent time milking in North  Island as 50/50 sharemilkers until moving to Hinds in 2009  and  going into an equity  partnership farm milking 950 cows. They then moved to their  current farm milking 630 cows and  have  been

there since  2014.  Hannah has  a business studies degree focused on agricultural food  production from London University. Their farm Paddock Wood has  been a LUDF comparison farm for the  last three years.

What are the key  objectives of the workshop?

  • Getting  more for less out  of what  you are  doing.
  • Spending less on what  you are  already doing.
  • Ways of saving.
  • How to keep  control of spending.
  • Tools for monitoring costs.
  • Policies for maintenance to avoid large  bills.


What will you  take away from this session?

  • Practical  steps to take  on-farm which will save you money over time.
  • Ideas  for good  decision making and  cost  control implementation.
  • The opportunity to ask questions and  get answers that  are  relevant to your farm.



Who  should attend?

Everyone  who has  a financial interest on farm.


Session 4 Workshops

You can attend one workshop from the list of four


The Roan Milk story- What you can achieve when you think differently

James and  Chloe Davidson   – Young Entrepreneurs thinking  outside the box

Located in the  heart of Canterbury plains  is boutique milk Company Roan. Roan started delivering  milk in October

  1. 2019. The focus  of Roan farm is keeping cows in their  natural environment and  ensuring the  footprint Roan has  on the environment is reduced where possible. Roan cows are  100 percent grass feed  and  farmed using organic  principles. A portable milking trailer  is taken to the  A2 cows once a day for milking. The milk is then processed and  delivered in glass bottles around Canterbury to be sold. James  and  Chloe showcase what  can be achieved through different thinking and hard

What are the key  objectives of the workshop?

  • Exploring diversification.
  • Adding value to your product.


What will you  take away from this session?

  • New ways of thinking about your business.
  • Opportunities and  inspiration.
  • Something new and  different.


Who  should attend?

Anyone who appreciates success and  trying new ways of doing  things.

Preparing for a successful winter

Dawn Dalley, Senior Scientist Dairy DairyNZ  , Nick Tait, Developer Responsible Dairy, DairyNZ 

Wintering  in the  South Island is now on everyone’s radar – farmers, politicians,  environmentalists, the  public, and international consumers of NZ dairy products, so there has  never been a better time for the  dairy industry to act. Farmers, more than anyone else, understand the  complexities of aligning animal  care,  environmental, financial, and societal expectations around wintering on farm. However,  as an industry, we need to align these expectations to secure crop-based wintering for future generations.

What are the key  objectives of the workshop?

  • An interactive session highlighting  why a focus  on wintering is important.
  • Decide  what  crop  suits  your farm system.
  • Exploring what  good  management practice looks like.
  • How to develop a wintering plan and  options for adverse weather events.


What will you  take away from this session?

  • Delegates will leave feeling positive  and  knowing that  options do exist for better wintering outcomes

•    An understanding of how this will enhance farming’s reputation locally, nationally  and  internationally.

Get in - get out!

What  those getting out want and  what those getting in have, and  how they fit  together successfully.

Malcom  Ellis – LIC Farmwise  Consultant and  ex-dairy  farmer

Malcolm has  a lifetime association with dairy, and  a particular passion for farm system profitability, the  value of herd improvement and  the  positive  progression of young  people through the  industry. Malcolm and  wife Jody owned and operated a multi-farm Waikato based business until Malcolm took up a role in the  Breeding scheme at LIC in 2011.  This is a story  of staying  involved in the  industry but  removing yourself  from the  day to day management of the  farm and ultimately  reducing the  financial interest in the  business to allow the  pathway of others.

Are you thinking of where you want  to be in 10 years’ time? How do you get there? What might that  scenario look like for you and  your business? Start  taking steps ahead of time by giving yourself  a clear plan for the  future and  some clarity on how you get there! Come  and  listen to what  the  other half want  and  get both sides  of the  picture.

John Donkers has  spent most of his career in the  dairy industry. For the  last twenty  five years  he has  worked  as a farm consultant advising dairy farming  businesses in Canterbury. John is a shareholder and  director for an equity  partnership established in 1994  which owns  four dairy units.  Irrigation  has  been a key interest for John over a number of years  and  he is currently a director of Central  Plains Water  Ltd.

Sam and  Anna O’Reilly are  a great example of a successful equity  partnership. Over the  past seven years  they have  grown their  business to 50 percent farm ownership position on a 740 cow dairy farm. Sam also manages a second farm of 1600 cows nearby. They have  worked  hard and  progressed from being  a Herd  Manager to 50/50 Sharemilking to Ownership by making timely moves and  good  decisions with a little bit of luck.

What are the key  objectives of the workshop?

  • Hear  how other dairy farmers have  made their  way through the  industry. Pick up some tips and  tricks that  may help you to get where you want  to go.
  • Look at models that  ease you off farm over time or get you off farm, possibly  without having to sell.
  • Key ideas for how to manage the  changeover to step down.
  • It is possible! Positive attitude to the  future.


What will you  take away from this session?

  • Steps for planning successful change.
  • Ideas  of what  to include  in the  future plan.
  • Ideas  of how to keep  the  deal  sweet for both sides.


Who  should attend this workshop?

Farm owners still on farm and  those looking to progress.

Attracting and retaining great staff

How  do  we  attract the right  people, and  retain them, in our  farming businesses?


Sarah  Watson  HR specialist  (PeopleMad)  and  Matt Bell (Contract Milker, Mid-Canterbury)

What are the key  objectives of the workshop?

  • To understand what  potential entrants to the  industry want  from a job on-farm.
  • To understand what  we have  to offer potential team members on-farm, and  how this has  been a continual

improvement across time.

  • To understand what  we can do to continue to improve team culture, working conditions, progression conversations.


What will you  take away from this session?

  • An understanding of how you should be pitching  opportunities on your farm to attract potential employees.
  • Ideas  from the  group on other ways to improve the  work environment on your farm to retain good  people.
  • Inspiration to improve rosters, hours, performance reviews, team building  and  training  opportunities.


Who  should attend?

Employers and  farm managers.

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.

SIDE Coordinator
Tammy Johnson

027 886 4628

PO Box 85066
Lincoln University 7647