The field day, hosted on-farm by industry body DairyNZ, will give farmers a chance to explore options that meet their goals; understand the financial implications of these options, the benefits they can expect, and the factors they need to consider. It will also provide information about good practice for cow comfort.
Southland farmer Justin Koenig went to a BarnSmart field day at Winton and said he found it very informative.
“I found the event really useful and financially educational. I’m thinking about building a barn so it was good to get a better understanding of what’s involved before making a decision.”
DairyNZ developers Helen Thoday and Kim Mashlan say the biggest benefit of the BarnSmart workshop is that farmers can see practical examples of how others have moved to a housed cow system and why.
“This event is about helping farmers to make good decisions around cow housing. Whether farmers are looking for practical tips or advice to help them make the right choices; the BarnSmart field day, at a farm with a barn, will offer a full range of information on cow housing topics,” says Helen.
Information will include:
- What farmers need to consider when investing in a barn.
- Sessions to help investigate costs and benefits.
- Host farmers’ questions and answers.
- Housed cow health with a local vet.
- Effluent management walk.
- Interactive cow comfort breakout sessions.
The day will provide plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion.
The BarnSmart event will be held on May 28 in Te Kowhai and will run from 10am-3.30pm. The day has been designed so that farmers can choose sessions of most interest to them.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Venue details will be sent on registration.
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