Pasture Summit is a bi-annual event between New Zealand and Ireland. It brings together farmers and local and international researchers to tap into the latest practical and scientific tools, resources and information about turning pasture into profit. Last year’s NZ Summit is being followed up this year with two field days, hosted by farmers with technical input from dairy sector specialists (including DairyNZ).
DairyNZ’s support for the Summit and its follow-up field days recognises the unique competitive edge New Zealand has in the food sector, thanks to our excellence and innovation in pasture-based farming. This year’s follow-up field days feature twin one-day farmer-led events (one in the North Island in September, the other in the South Island in October).
Farmers attending will take a journey inside the farm gate of one of two farmer speakers from last year’s Summit (Pete Morgan and Greg Roadley). It’s an opportunity to find out what makes these two dairy businesses consistently profitable with activities including:
- an overview of each farm and its business financials
- an examination of where each farm sits on costs and profit relative to other farms in the region
- a farm walk to view and discuss pasture, the herd and how to adapt and thrive through the next decade.
Pasture Summit committee member Robert Ferris says this year’s feature farms will show what the sector needs to focus on for the future.
“Providing nutritious food profitably through pasture has, and will, provide New Zealand communities with prosperity for generations to come. These two farms are among leaders in the field – so come and get your boots dirty and see how they tick.”
The Summit’s philosophy also aligns perfectly with DairyNZ’s focus on farmer-led events and learning.
Pasture Summit secretary Alistair Rayne says Pasture Summit events are held for farmers, by farmers who believe dairy farming can and should be profitable and rewarding.
“These farmers also believe that our pasture-fed products are best for the consumer and environment,” says Alistair.
Other activities and topics at each event will include presentations on the pathways for equity growth (e.g. a new farm purchase joint venture, a farm equity sharing partnership, and a herd-owning sharemilking start-up). These examples are designed to demonstrate what’s achievable when combining strong free cashflow and capable managers.
For more information and registration, please visit the Pasture Summit website
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This article was originally published in Inside Dairy August 2019