DairyNZ Farmers' Forum 2019 - Westport

Future perspectives — local and global impact

Farmers' Forum

Farmers' Forum 2019 - Westport

Tuesday, 7 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 23 April 2019 to go in the draw.

Register now

A free return bus from Greymouth to Westport is available if enough interest is shown (10+ people); indicate your interest when registering.


  • Minister Damien O'Connor, Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity and Food Safety, Minister for Rural Communities - What agriculture and dairying means to the region.
  • Guy Ryan, entrepreneur, chief executive and founder of Inspiring Stories, and former Young New Zealander of the Year - What is a movement and transformational change? Hear how Guy Ryan’s idea started small and developed into a movement. Be inspired by Guy to focus on what you can control and the power of young people. @GuyRyanNZ
  • Julia Jones, Head of Analytics, NZX Limited - Factors affecting the future of dairying globally and locally.


Attend both workshops.

  • Milking efficiency: creating a sustainable motivated workforce, through milking efficiency.
  • InCalf in the know: building a strong case and know-how for improving reproductive performance and the latest news on fertility research.

Science Snapshots

Vote on arrival, five will be presented.

  • HME Ryegrass - progress towards proof of concept.
  • Lifetime productivity - transition cow - managing the transition cow for improved health and reproduction.
  • Playing the long game: a 'plant's view' of pasture persistence.
  • 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.
  • New Zealand competitiveness - old boots, new dirt: competing on cost in a changing world.
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

Key contact

Tony Finch, Head of South Island, 027 706 6183, Tony.Finch@dairynz.co.nz