Tuesday 25 June Timetable

8am – 8:45amRegistration
8.45am – 9.00amWelcome and introduction
9.00am – 10.00amKeynote address:Sue Lindsay
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: Gilbert Enoka
2.30pm – 4.25pmSession 2: Workshop A
2.30pm – 4.25pmBrightSIDE
4.30pm – 5.15pmDrinks and Nibbles with the sponsors 

Day 1 Workshops

Recognising today
You can attend one workshop from the list of 1.1 or 1.2 as a double session or pick 1.3, 1.4 or 1.5 (Three shorter sessions)

1.1 LEAN all about it
Sarah Watson, (PeopleMad)

Eliminate Waste, Save Time, Cut Costs – Introduction to LEAN

Do you want to improve how productive and profitable your farm is? Do you want to engage your team so they are motivated to eliminate waste? Do you want to understand what LEAN is and how it can be implemented on farm?
In this workshop we will provide you with the process to start eliminating waste, saving time and cutting costs. You will also get to hear one farmer’s LEAN story – the benefits and challenges of implementing LEAN thinking on farm.
We will show you the potential value of introducing Lean Thinking into your farming business, provide examples of Lean in Action on farm, and provide a process to get you started.

1.2 Media and Me
Chelsea Millar ,Grassroots Media

How can we influence public perception in a positive way? How do we tell our story more effectively? Connectivity and communications have changed. We live in a fast paced, clickbait, fake news world, where social media has become the battleground. Chelsea and Leigh will demonstrate how to use this medium to connect to your customers and tell your story to an audience.
Chelsea will take you through conducting yourself on social media, social media platforms, and hot tips for Facebook groups and pages, essentially how to milk Facebook!
Leigh will focus on Telling Your Story. Leigh looks to challenge people from a psychological perspective around media content, getting our industry into a space where they’re better informed to act intelligently and cohesively.
Both presenters will leave you with insightful takeaways to help you in today’s media landscape. This is an interactive session with lots of time for Q and A.

1.3 Me,myself and team
Ian Handcock

2019 is the year to disrupt habits and re look at how we think and do things. Not understanding your ‘why’ can lead to stress, anxiety, and unhappiness in a leader, which flows through to the team.
Disruption is everywhere and life is moving fast, with opportunities arising all the time. With these opportunities comes stress from different angles and stress that may not have been experienced before.
Ian uses his farming background in this workshop to explore how changing mindsets can reduce our stress and change our teams.

This workshop is suited to leaders on farm to learn to assess stress and deal with it..

1.4 Would you like safety with that?
Tony Watson

No more “she’ll be right” attitudes to safety.
No more “don’t have time for this safety stuff/it’s too much paperwork”.
No more preventable injury and deaths.
The agricultural sector is one of New Zealand’s high-risk sectors. Although fatalities have been trending down, there are still too many accidents on farm. There is a need for immediate and sustained change in the way we approach safety on farm. A change in the way we think and a change in the way we do things.
This practical workshop is packed full of useful takeaways you can implement on farm straight away -real things that will make a real difference to real people. You’ll learn how to be part of the solution by creating a safety culture on your farm – whether you are an employee, a manager, an owner or a visitor.

1.5 The Southern Dairy Hub –Virtual Tour

How and why was the Southern Dairy Hub set up? This workshop will give you a bird’s eye view of the property and provide an in-depth understanding of how the farm is being run and the research questions it is tackling on your behalf. The research team will discuss the latest findings from current research projects in an interactive session with plenty of time for questions.

Session 2 Workshops

You can attend one workshop from the list of four


BrightSIDE is a new initiative to the conference this 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 Gilbert Enoka and finishes with drinks and nibbles with the sponsors. You can also register to join us for dinner and entertainment from the Jordan Luck Band.

BrightSIDE Workshops

B1 A successful career in dairy farming
Tony Robertson
This is an inspirational workshop about the opportunities in the dairy sector, and the importance of defining success, timing, and attitude.

B2 Budgeting with the team
Tom Hartmann
Get your personal finances sorted. Tune-up your Daily on-farm performance.
B3 Mapping the progress

2.1 Appetite for Discussion

Welcome to a new workshop format where you can interact with speakers with frank and open dialogue. This unique workshop format gives you the chance to really engage with the speakers.
You will experience 15-minute conversations with six of the ten guest speakers available. Appetite for Discussion is an opportunity for more intimate conversation led by questions from you. Dig deep into the knowledge and experience of sports coaches, a freshwater scientist, lateral thinking entrepreneurs and policy makers, and immerse yourself with leaders from diverse backgrounds. Get your Appetite for Discussion going and join in!

Guests include:
Nicol Horrell (Environment Southland Chair)
Judd Flavell (Sharks Coach)
Justin Kitto (DairyNZ Freshwater Scientist)
Lloyd McCallum (Environment Southland Council)
Regina Bloxham (Southern Steele Coach)

2.2 Connect locally to sell globally
Conall Buchanan and Earl Rattray

New Zealand farmers are world leaders in the production of sustainable milk and hold a pivotal place in both their communities and our country’s economic foundations. But is this the current perception in New Zealand?
Come and hear from two leaders wanting to share their stories and dispel some myths. Conall will speak on community and environmental leadership. Conall will explore options open to you and look at real examples of leadership in our sector, our communities and in the environment. His experience farming in NZ and offshore will inform the presentation.
Earl Rattray will speak on the true value of NZ milk and its future place in the global food chain. Earl will tell some of his story and lead into a discussion on world milk supply and demand, price dynamics, and what’s driving our current and future market outlook.
Delegates will leave this workshop more informed about their great product and its place in the world, understanding the important place they have in their own communities, how leaders in our communities can effect change, and the future of New Zealand milk. 

2.3 Winning at Wintering
Dawn Dalley  Senior Scientist DairyNZ, Nick Tait, Environmental Specialist  DairyNZ ,Tony Dench Animal Husbandry Specialist, DairyNZ

What does the wintering future look like for your farm and how will you get there?

Wintering in the south is now on everyone’s radar – farmers, politicians, the New Zealand public and international consumers of NZ dairy products. So there has never been a better time for the dairy sector to act.

Farmers appreciate the complexities of aligning animal care, environmental considerations, financial viability and societal expectations on-farm. As a sector, taking these all into account is exactly what we need to do.

This workshop will run as a panel session, with each presenter giving a short update on the latest research on nutrient losses, animal care and public perception with regards to wintering, followed by a Q & A session to debate what it means for you.

Delegates will leave knowing options do exist for better wintering outcomes that will enhance our reputation locally, nationally, and internationally.

2.4 Simplifying Spring
Tracey and Steve Henderson, with Ben Worker

Come along to hear from two passionate farming enterprises that have really simplified spring and are keen to share the people friendly systems they use on farm to help make spring time run smoothly.

This is a practical session which aims to challenge the norm of spring management and focus on systems that are not only achieving great outcomes for staff, but stock and the bottom line too.

Tracey and Steve Henderson will lead an interactive discussion on how Ad lib calf rearing works on their farm. An example milk feeding drum will help delegates to see how simple and cost effective their setup is. Delegates will come away with a good understanding of the challenges and the big wins in Ad lib calf rearing, while also hearing key tips on how to cheaply grow big robust calves. A vet will also provide input.

Ben Worker will share his thoughts on how his spring management contributes to consistently achieving 475 kg MS/cow from a grass-based system. Ben and his team use OAD milking combined through August to create a sustainable working environment for staff. An added bonus is that there is less stress on the cows and more time to focus on the important jobs outside of the cowshed. Attendees will come away with Ben’s top tips of how to rejig their plan to reduce stress, find more hours in the day, and ultimately improve their herd’s production and health.


Wednesday 26 June Timetable

9.00am – 10.00amKeynote address: Liam Malone
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.

BrightSIDE is a new initiative 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, Gilbert Enoka, then get financial advice from the team, how to have a successful career in Dairy presented by Tony Robertson with an afternoon session on utilisting cows and grass.