Monday 25 June Timetable

8am – 9amRegistration
9am – 9.15amWelcome and introduction
9.15am – 10.15amKeynote address: Richard and Elina Ussher
10.15am – 10.45amMorning tea
10.45am – 11.30amSession 1: Workshop A
11.40am – 12.30pmSession 1: Workshop B
12.30pm – 1.30pmLunch
1.30pm – 2.30pmKeynote speaker: Ian Taylor
2.35pm – 3.20pmSession 2: Workshop A
3.20pm – 3.30pmMove between sessions
3.35pm – 4.20pmSession 2: Workshop B
4.20pm – 5.30pmTechniv8 – Technology and Innovation Stations

Session 1 – Personal Wellness

You can attend one workshop from the list of 1.1-1.3 as a double session or pick 1.4 and 1.5 (two shorter sessions)

1.1: The Human Sustainability Project

Amy Cran,PhysioDirect, Louise Fangupo Thrive Oamaru, Loshi Manikam, 2018 Iceberg Coaching

Sustainability is a buzz word in our industry at present, but what about our most important assets: ourselves? This is a panel style, interactive workshop with three passionate health professionals, working across the health and wellness spectrum. It is designed to get us thinking about how they can physically maximise our potential to farm, farm well and keep farming for the long run. Farming is a physically demanding job, don’t let poor health, or poor work habits force you to choose your direction going forward. Learn and develop simple exercises, techniques, and routines to ensure your body and mind is performing at its peak, now and in the future.

1.2: Driving life from the “Top paddock”

Doug and Wendy Avery (Bonavaree The Resilient Farmer)

Today Doug Avery sees himself as captain of the rural “Sad Bastards Club”. Doug’s emotional state broke under the pressure of an eight-year drought. As a couple they picked themselves up to grow an award winning business. The same farm, the same family, in the same valley with the same weather, but totally different outcomes. Growing emotional intelligence is one of the strongest ways to improve life and business performance. For Doug and Wendy Avery their lives transformed when they learned to approach life and business in a different way. Doug will cover how life changed when he changed the way he used his “Top Paddock”. Wendy will talk about surviving living with a “Sad Bastard” to see her life and marriage thrive again.

1.3 Shape your future in a way that is important to you

Dylan & Sheree Ditchfield with Jenny Malcolm

Have you ever wondered why some experiences feel rewarding and others feel uncomfortable or upsetting?
In this workshop Jenny Malcolm a farmer, and rural based professional coach will describe through personal anecdotes and observations, how individual values are our deep seated emotional drivers that influence our everyday decision making, explaining why we do what we do.

Dylan and Sheree Ditchfield provide examples on how they live and exist by their vision of Positively Impacting People, with a purpose to Empower and Enable Capability in People. This drives everything within their family, farming business, community and life, leadership, and business course -Farming to Freedom. In this workshop you will hear some of their pivotal life experiences and how they discovered and identified their own core values and aligned them as a couple and how they now help others discover their own.

An interactive workshop that invites participants to reflect on what drivers motivate them to act and how by living our values, we have the flexibility to shape a future in a way that is important to us.

1.4 Milk and mussels, or Mid Life Crisis

Art and Helen Blom (Mills Bay Mussels)

This workshop is a personal story of growth and development from dairy farm to mussel farm. Take a Journey through the evolution of a family who’s embracing change in their lives. This infectious couple will leave their footprint. You’ll be inspired to adopt ideas and dare to think outside the square. Lots to take home and ruminate.

1.5 Keeping a wolf at the door

Andrew Muir BVSc (Veterinary Centre Oamaru) and Hugh LeFleming (Morven Action Group)

In the event of a biosecurity threat – how well prepared is your business to stay safe? Several recent local outbreaks of exotic diseases, pests and weeds has left many of us asking – what is our biggest risks to biosecurity and how do we manage them? In this workshop, we will all leave with a better understanding of where our greatest risks lie, how to assess them and how to practically implement a biosecurity plan for your own business.

Session 2 – Innovation and Technology

You can attend two workshops from the list of five.

2.1 The Future of Food

Mark Robinson Fonterra

Disruption is rife across the world. Find out how a rapidly changing world is impacting global business, farming, the food industry, technology and media, and what Fonterra is doing to adapt.

2.2 Life with MAR(s)

Bob Bower, Claire Houlbrook (Wallridge), Gilbert Aztec,(Integrated Water management)

Managed Aquifer Recharge – an exciting new technology to use aquafers for water storage, with trial sites in Hinds and Gisborne showing great results for farmers as well as environmental benefits. Leading innovation in the field of hydrology is being used both worldwide and in New Zealand to store water for varying stakeholder uses and to improve water quality. Learn how can we manage our aquifers to create not only gains for agricultural production and performance but also improve water quality for our communities?

2.3 Future farm systems

Dawn Dalley, (Senior Scientist DairyNZ) Robyn Dynes (AgResearch Farming Systems Scientist)

Increasing environmental regulation and the requirement for New Zealand to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions has prompted the research community to investigate solutions that will allow dairy farmers to achieve their environmental targets within sustainable dairy systems.

The burning question is: Can nutrient limits and GHG reductions be achieved whilst operating profitable farm systems?

This workshop will present and discuss a range of innovations, technologies and farm system designs that will contribute to reducing the environmental footprint. The future starts with us, so come along and find out what can be implemented now to ensure your business is sustainable and profitable in the future.

2.4 Thinking Exponentially, innovation and the future of everything!

Kaila Colbin – co-founder and Chair of the Ministry of Awesome and Curator and Licensee for TEDxChristchurch

Think and act like Google. Gain an understanding as to why and how disruption is fundamentally changing everything from the way we consume to the way we drive. Take home some innovative ideas that may create the synergies to implement your own positive disruption within your own lives

2.5 Dairy NZ fertility pillars project

Chris Burke, (DairyNZ)

With the formation of a fertility research herd and genetic links to lifetime productivity and fertility in the national herd, what are the key learning’s so far of the study? See how management techniques and genetic selection indexes can help shape the future productivity of your herd today. Chris Burke is the Leader for Reproduction research at DairyNZ and is leading the fertility section of large Partnership project between the Government (MBIE) and DairyNZ.

Tuesday 26 June Timetable

9.15am – 10.20amKeynote addressSir Graham Henry
10.20am – 10.40amMorning tea
10.40am – 11.30amSession 3: Workshop A
11.40am – 12.30pmSession 3: Workshop B
12.30pm – 1.30pmLunch
1.30pm – 2.30pmKeynote addressShayne Currie (NZME)
2.40pm – 3.30pmSession 4: Workshop A
3.30pm – 3.50pmAfternoon tea
3.50pm – 4.40pmSession 4: Workshop B

Session 3 – People and business growth

You can attend 3.1 and 3.2 as a double session or choose two workshops from 3.3 -3.6

3.1 How to make todays dream, tomorrows reality!

Bex Warburton

Bex Warburton delivers a high energy, content packed workshop. For anyone who wants to build a financially sustainable business, that can navigate whatever the future might bring, you can’t afford to miss this.

Whether you are just starting out with a big dream or you have been growing your farm business rapidly towards those big dreams, this workshop will provide you with a tool kit bursting at the seams with invaluable information, transforming how you analyse your business.

Bex brings a unique skill set, with on farm experience, farm consultancy, rural banking and leadership coaching that culminates into a workshop packed with hard and soft skills required to be shaping and driving forward into the future of agriculture.

3.2 What after success?

Tony Hammington and Rhodes Donald

You are a successful farmer at the top of your game. How is the next chapter of your life going to unfold? You have done the hard yards, but it can’t go on forever. Or can it?

3.3 What can I do on farm to make this people stuff easier?

Stu Taylor

We listen to experts talk about culture change, Management Practices, Emotional Intelligence, etc., but what can I practically do on farm to make a difference with my team.
Where do I start?
Stu Taylor talks about his path to a better people situation.  Where he came from the mistakes he made, his successes and provides some insights into how you can make it “work with people” on your farm.


3.4 Commit to just a bit

Juliette Maitland DairyNZ People Team

Come along and find out how to thrive in your first year/s as a team leader. If you’re going/or have gone from being an employee to now running your own farm team, you are most likely facing a whole new dimension to farming – managing the people! But where to start? There are so many things you have been told you should be doing, but it seems far too overwhelming! Wouldn’t it be good if you knew which parts would give you the best bang for your buck? You could focus on those and develop a few techniques, before selecting a few more and repeating the process. But which would you choose first? This workshop will provide farmers new to people management with ideas of what to focus on in your first year/s and how to achieve it, to create both productive and enjoyable workplaces.

3.5 What really goes on under a urine patch?

Lincoln University PhD Students

Is all urine the same and are all urine events equal? It would seem not! In this science snapshot, which focusses on soils, you’ll learn about what happens in the soil after a cow urinates and get an insight to research being carried out by young scientists in their goal to reduce N loss.

3.6 The balancing Act

Maitland Manning (DairyNZ)

We all want to live a balanced life where we work hard, get great results but also have time to relax and play. But how do we achieve that balance with the intense mental and physical stresses of farming? Come along to discuss the pressures of modern day farming and how to balance both personal and farm challenges. Gain tips to enhance your resources and manage stress so you can reach your goals without burning out.

Session 4 – Media, Communication and Environmental engagement

You can attend two workshops from the list of six (except if selecting 4.1 and 4.4 which are double sessions).

4.1 Telling your story

Lee Cowan (DairyNZ)

What does the public really think about dairy? Why does public perception matter, what are the media saying, and how do I engage with my community sharing my stories? – Leave the interactive workshop with tangible actions on how you can help tell your story, whether on social media, local or national platforms or within your community.

4.2 Nudge Theory

Dr. Graeme Doole

This workshop will inspire you to make small changes habitual improving the impact of your farming practice and percolating within your team and home alike.

4.3 Building a culture

Sam Andersen-Heather

With teams increasingly made up of diverse age groups and cultural backgrounds how do you develop your own positive farm culture? Delegates will leave able to recognise cultural diversity across nations, backgrounds, and age groups, even for millennials! They will be able to pool that diversity and generate their own unique, encompassing, positive farm culture. This workshop will recognise the importance of our teams – us – as the drivers of our businesses and the responsibility farm owners, managers and sharemilkers have in generating positive work environments.

4.4 Water Matters

Kieran McCall, Lyndon Strang, Justin Kitto DairyNZ

The health of our waterways is a top priority for Kiwis. As a nation, only the cost of living concerns us more. In this workshop we will be opening the floor to discussion around the role of water in farming systems. What is our obligation on-farm and in the wider community when using this natural resource? Three superstar farmers from different locations around the South Island will talk about water use on their farm, challenges they have faced, changes they have made, and future ideas to better utilise water while lowering their farm’s impact in their area. Changes will range from capital investment and infrastructure, through to planting schemes and simply modifying behaviour, altering our attitude to water.

4.5 What really goes on under a urine patch?

Tim Clough, Camilla Gardiner, Anna Carlton, Roshean Woods – PhD students

Is all urine the same and are all urine events equal? It would seem not! In this science snapshot, which focusses on soils, you’ll learn about what happens in the soil after a cow urinates and get an insight to research being carried out by young scientists in their goal to reduce N loss.

4.6 Rural Professionals STOP Look and Listen

Dana Carver (DairyNZ)

Rural Professionals are critical in helping farmers stay well and get help with stress, burnout and mental illness. Come along and learn about the important part you play in industry wellbeing. Familiarise yourself with the dynamic stresses of modern day farming, and the latest stats on farmer wellbeing. The workshop discusses how GoodYarn, an award-winning workshop is designed for rural organisations to imbed in their training regimes to help staff recognise the early signs of stress and anxiety and learn how to talk to someone when they’re concerned.

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