“We believe it’s really important that local farmers have the opportunity to hear from experts and talk with each other about the steps we need to take individually and as a sector for continued success,” DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says.
“All the signs are there that dairying in New Zealand will continue to go from strength to strength, but it’s important that we continue working proactively to address challenges,” DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says.
“A key goal of the forums is to ensure farmers have the information and tools they need to take advantage of opportunities and to adapt to changes in farming practice and consumer demand.”
The theme of the forums is Future perspectives – local and global impact. Inspiring speakers will vary at each local event. They include Massey University Professor of Farm and AgriBusiness Management Prof Nicola Shadbolt at Stratford and Rongotea; NZ Special Agricultural Trade Envoy Mike Petersen at Rotorua, and Hon Shane Jones at Whangarei.
“We hold our forums in the regions every second year, alternating with our national Farmers’ Forum, because we want to be accessible to as many people as possible. It’s a great opportunity for locals to come along and hear the latest research, science and dairy economics in their own backyard,” Dr Mackle says.
There will be practical workshops and science snapshots showcasing the latest in research and development to help farmers improve how they farm. The forums will have tailored information for each region. Topics include finding new traits to improve cow genetic merit for fertility, plantain-based pastures for production and environmental benefits, and ‘tightening up our belch’: how we’ll reduce methane emissions.
“There will also be plenty of opportunity for farmers to get to know other people in their community and chat with the speakers. We encourage farmers to register now to secure their place at their local event. Registration is free to levy-paying dairy farmers and their staff.”
To see which speakers are going to which local events, go to dairynz.co.nz/farmersforum.