Registrations are now open for two Farmers’ Forum events in Waikato on April 27 and Canterbury on May 9.
DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says this year’s forums are focused on the theme ‘research to reality: practical science for dairy farmers.’
“The dairy sector continues to face a range of challenges, from workforce shortages to climate change. To combat these challenges, our DairyNZ team is continuing to research and bring practical science-based solutions and innovation to the farm, now and for the future.”
“The forum will provide a unique opportunity for farmers to engage and connect with other farmers, scientists and experts, while hearing scientific insights and the latest research and development, through a mix of great speakers, displays and interactive sessions,” he says.
Scientists and sector leaders will discuss a range of topics, including research underway to improve water quality, boost reproduction, reduce nitrogen loss and improve climate change adaption.
This year’s keynote speaker is Melissa Clark-Reynolds, a foresight practitioner and strategist, who will discuss signals and emerging trends for the dairy sector.
“It will be fantastic to have Melissa share her unique expertise and insights around the global trends affecting dairy,” says Dr Mackle.
“The past few years have seen Covid-19 and war creating huge global disruptions. Melissa will provide thoughts on current and future dairy trends and opportunities for our sector to respond, which will provide solid insights as farmers look to the future.”
Farmers’ Forum events include practical information sessions discussing how to design internationally competitive farming systems for the future, and understanding how the herb plantain can help reduce nitrogen loss. A lunchtime science expo will give farmers an opportunity to connect directly with scientists and researchers.
Farmers are encouraged to register now for the Waikato and Canterbury events to secure their spot. Registrations are open and free for levy-paying dairy farmers and their staff.
For more information, the full programme and registration, visit dairynz.co.nz/farmersforum
Farmers’ Forum 2023 events:
Don Rowlands Centre, Karapiro
Thursday, 27 April 2023
Ashburton Events Centre, Ashburton
Tuesday, 9 May 2023
Register online at dairynz.co.nz/farmersforum
p 027 247 9876