DairyNZ Farmers' Forum 2019 - Rongotea

Future perspectives… local and global impact

Farmers' Forum

Farmers' Forum 2019 - Rongotea

Thursday, 16 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.
  • Finish the day with a drink with some mates.

FREE for levy-paying farmers and their staff.

Win a $100 prezzy card! Simply register by 2 May 2019 to go in the draw.

Register now

Guest speakers

  • Dr Farah Rangikoepa Palmer, NZ Black Ferns rugby team former captain; NZ Rugby Board Director; Senior Lecturer, School of Management, Massey Business School; Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit - Hear how Farah’s experiences align with farmers’ challenges. Farah will talk about opportunities to get others on board and how listening to others and looking after yourself is critical. @FarahPalmer4
  • Nicola Shadbolt - Professor, Massey University
  • Graeme Doole - Principal Economist, DairyNZ

Nicola will provide a global perspective on where the world is heading and what this will mean for the sector. Graeme will take Nicola’s insights and explain how the factors affecting the global future translate at a localised level and what this might mean nationally and regionally.


Select two from four workshops

  • Have we Underestimated the Role of Cow Fertility? – Exciting new research will be presented that looks at the impact of cow fertility on reproductive performance at the herd level.
  • Our People, Our Future – Discuss future farm systems that are more people friendly.
  • Feeding for Profit – Are you making money from milk or milk from money? Feed is the single biggest cost item for many dairy farmers and its profitable use has a major impact on overall farm profitability. Discuss the success factors for profitable feed usage and how pasture utilisation changes with feed use.
  • Resilient Businesses have More Options – Capital gain can no longer be relied upon for future wealth creation. Operational performance and generating profit is the pathway to having financial options. Look at what is being achieved by top performers in our region and the key drivers of operational performance.

Science snapshots

  • New Zealand Competitiveness – Old Boots, New Dirt – Competing on cost in a changing world.
  • Plantain – Cool Herbs, not Spices – Plantain-based pastures for production and environmental benefits.
  • DairyNZ’s Forage Value Index Put to the Test – The FVI ranks ryegrass cultivars on their expected economic value to NZ dairy farm businesses.
  • Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching – Nitrogen - Against the Odds – High production with low environmental footprint.
  • Tightening up our Belch – How we will reduce our methane emissions.
Event Details

Farmers' Forum 2019

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

DairyNZ Farmers' Forum 2019 - Stratford

Future perspectives… local and global impact

Key contact

Rob Brazendale, Head of Lower North Island, 021 683 139, Rob.Brazendale@dairynz.co.nz