Farmers will also get a chance to hear the outlook for dairy farming as either DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle or general manager research and development David McCall describe challenges and opportunities for the industry.
Rabobank’s director of dairy research New Zealand and Asia, Hayley Moynihan, will discuss the global economic environment and future forecasts. She will talk about the impact on the New Zealand dairy industry, and the implications for farmers’ businesses.
Ms Moynihan will look at how farmers around the world are reacting to the tough market and discuss how market changes, particularly in Europe and the US, will impact in this country. She will also present an economic outlook for China – a key driver for New Zealand.
DairyNZ developer Dana Carver will lead a session on farmer well-being and the importance of managing stress and avoiding burnout.
In the 'Hot Science' sessions different topics are being tailored to each forum.
In Kerikeri and Balclutha, Managing for Tight Times will see DairyNZ senior scientist Kevin Macdonald and farms systems specialist Chris Glassey emphasise how with a lower milk price and dry conditions, farmers need to rely on the basic principles of science established in recent decades. This session will outline how to ensure cows attain appropriate body condition score, are adequately fed after calving and produce at high levels.
Does feeding cows grain lead to better in-calf rates? In Stratford and Balclutha, DairyNZ team leader- reproduction Chris Burke will explain the results of a field trial last spring and whether they back up an earlier experiment showing that cows fed on maize or grain barley in early lactation cycled earlier and had better in-calf rates.
In Stratford and Balclutha , the popularity of off-paddock facilities such as wintering barns will be discussed by DairyNZ project manager – people and business, Geoff Taylor . He will look at the latest research and examine the issues around investing in one of these structures .
Senior scientist Pierre Beukes will use his sessions in Kerikeri and Balclutha on Reducing Footprint While Maintaining Profit to analyse lessons learnt from a three-season trial comparing a low nitrogen-input farm with a control farm.
In Kerikeri and Balclutha, DairyNZ scientist Cathal Wims will examine how much gain has been achieved from perennial ryegrass breeding over the years and look at the connection between sowing rate and pasture performance.
A session in Stratford by DairyNZ forage value manager Cameron Ludemann will discuss the DairyNZ Forage Value Index and its future developments, including the incorporation of pasture quality and persistence traits into the evaluation.
What do the public really think of farmers and what issues about farming are most important to them? In sessions in Kerikeri and Stratford, DairyNZ brand manager Andrew Fraser will reveal findings of the latest research on this topic.
DairyNZ’s Farmers’ Forums are set for Kerikeri on April 21, Stratford, April 23, Balclutha and April 29, Forums run from 9.30 to 2pm and those attending need to register with DairyNZ.
Register online through the event links below or telephone 0800 4 DairyNZ (0800 4 324 7969).
Northland - 21 April
Kerikeri, The Centre
Taranaki, 23 April
Stratford - War Memorial Hall
Otago/Southland, 29 April
Balclutha - Cross Recreation Centre
For more information, contact DairyNZ brand manager Andrew Fraser 07 858-3868 or 027 706 7877