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? 

This workshop is aimed at all delegates. 

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 

This is a new area for many farmers and business owners and seems to have an increasing uptake as Fonterra has started to offer this to their suppliers. Fonterra has offered three fixed milk price this season and the percentage uptake has increased each time. This tool is a great way to reduce risk and secure 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

Get your specific questions answered by environmental specialists 

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

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!

Understanding your financial position and the importance of benchmarking

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. 

Into the Future

How technology and innovation is shaping the future of farming

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.

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

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

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. 

What are the key objectives of the workshop? 

Key Objectives  

To give delegates a better understanding of what the new banking regulations are and why they are being introduced. 
To give delegates an understanding of how these will affect their business and how best to deal with the new regulations. 
To give delegates 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 those that deal with financials.

High Performance, Lower Footprint Farming

Virginia Serra (Co-Development Lead DairyNZ): Meeting a Sustainable Future: Hinds and Selwyn.

With a panel of Canterbury farmers involved in the project

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. 

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 had on the operating profit of these businesses currently and going forward. 

 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 because it will be the way farming is done in the future.

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 their 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/network. 
An awareness of the different methods of intervention available and a desire to identify those best suited to your system. 
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/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 farms and across the whole agricultural sector. 
Recycling is number six on the decision-making triangle – there are lots of other aspects – find out more about reducing, refusing, swapping out for something re-usable, and repurposing. 

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 want to reduce their waste. 

Cost Control

Hannah Fulton, Carlos Cuadrado (Equity Owners  and Blair Robinson Dairy Holdings Ltd    

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 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 the processed and delivered in glass bottles around Canterbury to be sold. James and Chloe showcase what can be achieved through different thinking and hard work.  

 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. 
  • 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   

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.  

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 to potential team members on farm, and how this has been a continual improvement across time 
  • To understand what we can 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 my farm to attract potential employees 
  • Understanding the current pitch, I have available that I may be currently underutilising for opportunities on my farm 
  • Ideas from the group on other ways to improve the work environment on your farm to retain good people 
  • Inspiration to take a step or two 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