DairyNZ Farmers' Forum 2019 - Rotorua

Future perspectives — local and global impact

Farmers' Forum

Farmers' Forum 2019 - Rotorua

Friday, 24 May 2019

Be part of what the future holds for New Zealand’s dairy sector.

  • Hear inspiring speakers.
  • Get snapshots of the latest dairy science.
  • Take practical hands-on workshops.
  • Catch up with some mates.

FREE for levy-paying farmers and their staff.

Win a $100 prezzy card! Simply register by 10 May 2019 to go in the draw for a chance to win!

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Guest speakers

  • Dr Matt Glenn, Chief Executive Officer, Robotics Plus Limited (RPL) - Developing robotic and automation solutions for the global agri and horticultural industries. Matt has a PhD in molecular biology.
  • Mike Petersen, New Zealand Special Agricultural Trade Envoy - Where the world is heading and what this means for the sector.
  • Graeme Doole, Principal Economist, DairyNZ - Domestic opportunities; factors affecting the future of dairying specifically BOP, insights from an economist.


Select two from four workshops.

  • Our people our future - future farm systems that are more people friendly.
  • Feeding for profit - are you making money from milk or milk from money? This workshop discusses the success factors for profitable feed usage.
  • Resilient businesses have more options - capital gain can no longer be relied upon for future wealth creation. Look at what is being achieved by top performers in our region.
  • Dairying in a better landscape - gain a deeper understanding of the connection between various regional council expectations and robust science, and how this helps drive farmer behaviour change to farm within limits.

Science snapshots

  • HME Ryegrass - progress towards proof of concept.
  • Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching (FRNL) - nitrogen - against the odds – high production with low environmental footprint.
  • Fertility herd and breeding worth - finding new traits to improve cow genetic merit for fertility.
  • Tightening up our belch - how we'll reduce our methane emissions.
  • Plantain - cool herbs, not spices: plantain-based pastures for production and environmental benefits.
Event Details

Farmers' Forum

Future perspectives — local and global impact. Farmers’ Forum 2019 is coming to your region.

Media interested in attending

Contact Ali Tocker, Senior Communications and Media Advisor, Ali.Tocker@dairynz.co.nz, 027 211 2159

Sharon Morrell

Key contact

Sharon Morrell, Head of Upper North Island, 0274 922 907, Sharon.Morrell@dairynz.co.nz