SMASH Field Day - February

Spotlight on the System, Hukerenui

Our hosts Evan and Sherleen Smeath, and their son and daughter-in-law Clinton and Pam, milk approximately 280 Jersey cows on 95 ha. At this event we will find out about their system and also:

Lameness - stopping the hop
Lameness is a complex problem with many contributing factors. Neil Chesterton, veterinarian and lameness guru, will explain how to tackle lameness by identifying and managing the risks, which include infrastructure and stock management aspects. His lively presentation will look at the issue from multiple angles, and even if you have years of farming experience you will gain new ideas that are simple to action on your own farm.

Filling the summer gap - diverse pasture and crops
Trying to meet summer feed requirements with traditional pasture mixes is a real headache. We will look at how the Smeaths’ diverse pasture, which includes chicory, fescue, lucerne and cocksfoot, and summer crops, including fodder beet, are holding up this summer. Also, Allister Moorhead, Agricom, will talk about the viable options for Northland, their pros and cons, and how to determine if they will fit your system.

This is a free event, all welcome. Morning tea and lunch provided.

Important Covid-19 information:

DairyNZ requires a My Vaccine Pass for all attendees at DairyNZ run in person events. This enables DairyNZ to continue events under all settings within the COVID Protection Framework.  Good health and hygiene standards must be maintained throughout the event and the use of a face mask is encouraged for all attendees. Please do not attend this event if you are unwell or suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

RSVP required by 1st February register online at or phone Anna Kalma 027 5183 133

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