The conferences, now in their fifth year, are organised by Smaller Milk and Supply Herds (SMASH) and supported by DairyNZ.
SMASH chairman Noldy Rust says the line-up of speakers aligns with the conference theme 'innovate or stagnate'.
"The committee, who are all farmers themselves, have enjoyed putting this year's programme together. From human resources through to farming innovation, it has something for everyone," says Noldy.
"A number of the speakers have really inspiring stories to share, which show how goals can be achieved with hard work and innovative thinking.
"Those who attend will go home and hopefully apply what they learn to their own farms. There will be something for everybody in the presentations, plus the usual chance to catch up and share with likeminded farmers over a bite to eat."
Geoff and Bev Laurent will kick off the conference by sharing how they developed Shoof International.
Geoff will talk about how the $400 they had set aside for a lounge suite got diverted into starting a company, and the many iconic New Zealand dairy innovations he has been instrumental in masterminding, developing and taking to the world market.
Doug Avery, well known owner of Bonavaree Farm and 2013 Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year, will speak about how he and his family turned his drought-stricken property into the successful business it is today.
Meanwhile, Malcolm Holm and Jenny Wheeler, from Victoria, Australia, will share their lessons learned by dairy farming in the extremes.
"We have taken our farm business through some really challenging times. From the decade-long millennium drought, which is now compared with the droughts of the 1940s and 1900s, through the global financial crisis, followed by the idea of totally reforming the Murray Darling Basin," says Malcolm.
Lee Astridge, principal consultant for No8 HR, will talk about the benefits being smaller can bring to the dairy labour market and how smaller herd farmers can make sure they are not one of the nearly 75 percent of dairy farms who are breaking the law (MBIE research).
And finally, Terry Smith, from Ballance Agri-Nutrients, will speak about where the key elements in fertiliser originate and what future prospects for supply are looking like, while local Ballance field consultants will demystify Overseer and the demands of nutrient budgeting.
To register for the SMASH conferences in Palmerston North on June 23, Rotorua on June 25 and Cambridge on June 27 visit www.smallerherds.co.nz.
DairyNZ communications advisor
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