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January
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Agri-Women's Development Trust YOU Matter programme

Agri-Women’s Development Trust warmly invites you to a special programme for women in the primary sector and rural communities who have been affected by severe weather in 2023.

When we are busy doing the mahi, we often don’t notice how we are tracking or that we are starting to wobble. Set aside the to-do list and take some time out – because YOU matter.

Discover the power of giving yourself permission to pause, connect, re-energise and learn in a calm, safe and supportive space. Oh, and have some fun in the process!

Three locations - Northland, Wairarapa, Tairāwhiti - and one more to be added.

region Northland, Lower North Island, Waikato
time 02:00AM - 01:00AM
location Pawarenga, Northland Pūkaha Mt Bruce, Wairarapa Eastwood Hill, Ngatapa
organisation Agri-Women's Development Trust
contact-email Rachel Morgan
phone 06 370 2568
website
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March
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Lameness Management Workshop - Paeroa

This workshop is designed to give students an overview of issues relating to lameness management and introduce them to the 5 step trimming process according to the Dutch Method.

The workshop has 5 online learning modules totalling 90 minutes which must be completed before the practical trimming day, so bring your gumboots, overalls, warm clothing, lunch, and refreshments.

 

region Waikato
time 09:30AM - 03:30PM
location Paeroa
organisation Dairy Hoofcare Institute
contact-email Sandy or Janice
phone 03 662 6015
website
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Agri-Women's Development Trust Next Level programme

Next Level, is AWDT’s six-month leadership and governance programme for women.

Designed to empower and inspire, Next Level will help you find and foster your strengths, gain clarity on your direction and break through the barriers that hold you back.

You’ll be supported by professional coaches and facilitators who understand rural life and live in your world. Connect and learn alongside other aspiring female leaders from New Zealand’s food and fibre sector and rural communities, gaining the tools and connections to influence and lead into the future.

Next Level is delivered through an innovative mix of face-to-face group modules, online individual learning, individual executive coaching and online facilitated group sessions.

region Bay of Plenty, Lower North Island, Southland/South Otago, Waikato, Canterbury/North Otago
time 02:00AM - 02:00AM
location Christchurch: 19 – 21 March & 10 – 12 September Hawke’s Bay: 21 – 23 May & 12 – 14 November Hamilton: 17 – 19 September & 11 – 13 March 2025 Dunedin: 24 – 26 September & 18 – 20 March 2025
organisation Agri-Women's Development Trust
contact-email Rachel Morgan
phone 06 370 2568
website
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April
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DTL Business by the Numbers - Newstead/Marshmeadow

Step through the process of preparing and monitoring accurate farm budgets to stay on top of farm finances.  Have confidence in achieving longer-term goals such as self-employment or growing your farming business.

3 part-days in-person. 

  • Build a positive and profitable financial plan for going forward
  • Learn alongside other farmers and from farmers (Dairy Training tutors are farmers)
  • Investigate future options for big-picture goals like self-employment or growing your sharemilking or farming business
  • Communicate with your bank and accountant to get the support and understanding you need
  • Feel comfortable in a supportive, interactive and user-friendly learning environment for all levels
  • Balance learning with other commitments
  • Qualify with the Business by the Numbers credential (15 Level 5 credits).

More course info

region Waikato
time 10:00AM - 02:30PM
location Newstead/Marshmeadow
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Laura Littlejohn
phone 0800 467 768

Ashburton NAIT & MyOSPRI Support #2

1 on 1 NAIT and MyOSPRI support sessions

region Canterbury/North Otago
time 10:00AM - 04:00PM
location Farmlands Store 363 West Street, Allenton, Ashburton 7700
organisation Ospri New Zealand
contact-email Fiona Caldwell
phone 0273109515
website
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People, Profit, Planet- Robust farm systems for now and the future

People, Profit, Planet- Robust farm systems for now and the future

Over the next month we will be exploring changes Southland OCD Farmers have been making to their farm systems.

Farmers modify their farm systems for a variety of reasons,

  • Improved or more reliable profit
  • Reduced risk
  • To simplify the system
  • Reduce labour demand
  • Reduce environmental footprint

Changes to a farm system takes planning and can take a couple of seasons to fine tune. At the field days, farmers will be sharing details of their journey, so that fellow farmers can benefit from their collective experiences and make efficient, effective changes that suit their own needs.

 

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Southland/South Otago
time 10:00AM - 01:00PM
location Brydone hall, corner of State Highway 1 and Brydone Glencoe Road
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Ian Butler
phone 02718001981

Managing your SCC and Mastitis - CHB & Northern Tararua

We've teamed up with Fonterra, Farm Source our hosts, the Galloways. We'all start the day off with registration, tea and coffee @ 10.30, followed by:

  • Discussion with Hamish Galloway and Rose Galloway on their pathway to achieving outstanding herd health
  • Grant Rudman & Jess Nation (Fonterra) will present on the Galloway's Farm Insight report and animal health opportunites
  • NMAC Accredited Vet will discuss Udder Health and tools/options to prevent and control mastitis

Everyone is welcome including farm staff and rural professionals. Lunch kindly sponsored by CRV, refreshments kindly sponsored by Ecobab. Please RSVP Janine Swansson 027 381 2025 to help our sponsors cater for you.

 Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed

 

region Lower North Island
time 10:30AM - 01:30PM
location Hamish and Rose Galloway, 5122 State Highway 2, Takapau SN 47410
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Janine Swansson
phone 027 381 2025

Kaupokonui/Otakeho Winter Group

Dom Schuler is kindly hosting us for our end of season group on the 23rd of April. Dom will be almost at the end of his season, so we will be able to hear about how his 23/24 season has tracked for him. 

We haven't been to this farm for many many years so make sure you come along to see what's changed since you were last on farm or come along to support and learn about a new farm to the group. 

We will be talking all things:

- Finishing off the season strong

- Summer/autumn recap

Lunch will be provided

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Taranaki
time 10:30AM - 12:00PM
location Dom Schuler, 159 Auroa Road, SN 42117
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Katie Starsmore

Field Day: Growing Profit, Plantain and Biodiversity

Why attend?

Get inspired by Johan and Kylie van Ras, Waikato dairy farmers who are experiencing the rewards from their focus on both profit and environmental improvement.

They will share:

  • How they got to be in the top 10% of DairyBase for profit.
  • Why they are putting profit into environmental improvements on farm.
  • How they got started on environmental improvements and the benefits they are seeing to biodiversity on farm and their local stream.
  • How plantain has been a key tool for improving their environmental performance.

Plantain in focus

  • Hear from DairyNZ senior project manager Kate Fransen, about how plantain can be used as an easy and economical option for reducing N leaching.
  • See how Johan and Kylie have established plantain by simply broadcasting it on the paddocks.

Waterways and wetlands

  • See the waterway planting and wetlands established on the farm.
  • Hear from DairyNZ principal scientist for water quality, Craig Depree, and Waikato Regional Council about the benefits of planting and how you can get started.

This event is part of the People, Profit and Planet series, looking at robust farm systems for now and the future.

BBQ Lunch Provided. 

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Waikato
time 10:30AM - 02:00PM
location Johan and Kylie van Ras, Waiorongomai Valley Farm, 4182 State Highway 27, Te Puninga
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Chris de Wet
phone 02718004410

Smart Supplement - Ashburton

Matt Cassineri, FarmWise, will take us through how we can feed supplement profitably, by understanding the principles of substitution, limiting factors, and timing.

Hear why understanding key concepts can assist you in making the best decisions around using supplement, with consideration for profitability and environment taken into consideration. 

  • Why use supplement?
  • When to feed – considering both pasture and seasonality
  • What to feed – know where your limiting factors lie 

Lunch supplied thanks to FarmWise.

region Canterbury/North Otago
time 10:45AM - 01:00PM
location Collegiate Rugby Club Rooms, 11 Smithfield Road, Netherby, Ashburton
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Heather Donaldson
phone 027 593 4124

Cheviot Autumn Group - postponed

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to reduce the risk of spreading a disease, pest or weed.

region Canterbury/North Otago
time 10:45AM - 01:00PM
location Please see new listing
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Ross Bishop
phone 027 563 1785

Managing your SCC and Mastitis - Central Manawatu

Join us on farm to discuss all things mastitis! This will be an interactive workshop, catering for all levels on farm, with a focus on SCC and what is driving the numbers and trends we are seeing over the seasons. 

We'all start the day off with registration, tea and coffee @ 11.00 followed by:

  • Discussion with Hayden on his pathway to achieving outstanding herd health
  • NMAC Accredited Vet, Tim Scotland from Southern Rangitikei Vets, will discuss Udder Health and tools/options to prevent and control mastitis
  • Looking at the ways that low SCC and improved herd health can impact profitability and planet. 

Everyone is welcome including farm teams and rural professionals. Lunch is kindly provided by SmaXtec. Please RSVP Tegan Pope 027 808 3411 to help our sponsors cater for you.

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed

region Lower North Island
time 11:00AM - 01:00PM
location Hayden McDonald, 136 Aranui Road, Kairanga SN 45539
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Tegan Pope
phone 027 808 3411

Tīrau/ Putāruru Autumn Group

This month, Hodderville Farms are hosting an Autumn Management workshop that is open to all farmers.

Farmers around the South Waikato are reporting improved repro results from 2024 Matings. What has impacted this? What can we do to maintain performance and build on our progress?

Well, it all starts now in Autumn!

This session we will focus on the skills our team need to manage autumn and winter- to set the farm up for an epic spring and mating. We will cover:

  • Maximising autumn growth rates- 101 of pasture growth and tiller establishment.
  • Reducing wastage and target residuals.
  • Calculating feed available and allocating daily breaks.
  • Feeding requirements to achieve BCS gains.
  • What good management looks like and what happens later in the season when we get it wrong.

Come along and join us for a fun and practical session.

Lunch provided by Hodderville Farms.

 

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Waikato
time 11:00AM - 02:00PM
location Dave Schroeder, 973/1 Old Taupo Road, Putaruru. SN:77924
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Steph Gudgeon
phone 027 8080 170

Ngahinapouri Autumn Group

Join us on farm with our April hosts, Andy & Rachel Hawkings. We will also have agronomic expertise from Barenbrug!

We will be covering key autumn actions:

  • BCS
  • When is the right time to dry off?
  • Drying off best practise
  • Managing new pastures 
  • Feed budget autumn/winter

We will also be focusing on autumn pasture and encouraging tillering for a productive following season. Andy has noticed his pastures are not persisting as long as he would like them to. We will discuss how we can best manage pasture for a long productive lifetime.

Lunch is kindly provided by Barenbrug

All are warmly welcome & we look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Waikato
time 11:00AM - 01:00PM
location Andy Hawkings, 144 Collins Road. SN 73443
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Francesca Bennett
phone 027 702 3760

Managing On-Farm Risk: Exploring Milk Price Hedging Tools - LIVE Webinar

Join James Atkins from NZX to learn about the price risk management tools available to manage your exposure to fluctuating milk price, what to consider when developing a hedging policy and how to access the futures market. 

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Understand the different tools available: futures, options and fixed milk price 
  • Assess the risks involved in hedging 
  • Learn how to access margin facilities and how to connect to the futures market 

Meet your presenter: James Atkinson is NZX’s Dairy Derivatives Manager based in Auckland NZ. In James’ work, he is responsible for the development, sales and building of liquidity in the SGX-NZX Global dairy futures and options market in New Zealand and internationally. Alongside work, James is passionate about New Zealand’s Agricultural industry, having a continued involvement in the family dairy farming operation based in the mighty Waikato. Admittedly, the number of times the gumboots are put on are pretty slim nowadays.

region Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Lower North Island, Top of South Island, West Coast, Canterbury/North Otago, Southland/South Otago
time 12:30PM - 01:30PM
location Online
organisation Dairy Women's Network
contact-email Dairy Women's Network
phone 0800 396 748
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Owl Farm April Focus Day

 Join us for:

  • Update from DairyBase Waikato data 22/23
  • Owl Farm Wagonwheel KPIs
  • Updated cashflow for 23/24
  • Budget for 24/25

Everyone welcome - lunch provided.

Optional herd visit after lunch at 12.30pm.

region Bay of Plenty, Waikato
time 10:30AM - 12:00PM
location St Peter's School 1716 Cambridge Road (Off Hanlin Road at the Velodrome roundabout)
organisation Owl Farm
contact-email enquiries@owlfarm.nz
phone +64 21712680
website

Open Country Hot Air Series: Maximising Profits-Minimising Emissions

 

This workshop will cover Open Country's stance, their customer's expectations and an insight from the banking sector. 

Local consultant, Miranda Hunter, will present results of Southland specific on farm modelling of mitigation options and discuss how it affects your bottom dollar.

Morning tea and lunch provided.

 

RSVP: Birgit.Pemberton@opencountry.co.nz or 021 496 761

region Southland/South Otago
time 10:30AM - 01:00PM
location Dipton Hall, 2022 Lumsden-Dipton Highway
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Chris Wratt
phone 0228501166

50/50 Financial Benchmarking Field Day - Jeff and Sharon Nicholas

Jeff and Sharon are kindly welcoming us onto their family farm and inside their business. 

Jeff and Sharon are in the top 25% of 50/50 sharemilkers for operating profit per hectare.

In the 22/23 season, Jeff and Sharon's farm working expenses were $2.18/kgMS. This is 31% lower than the average Taranaki 50/50 sharemilker. 

Their business is milking 350 crossbred cows at peak on 109 effective hectares (3.2 cows/ha). Their cows are produce 104% of their liveweight. 

The farm is achieving 1,475kgMS/ha while harvesting 16.2 t DM/ha of pasture and crop on farm. The farm imported 935kgDM/cow last season. 

Jeff and Sharon are happy to share their story and farming principles with those that attend. 

Please register here to attend.

Lunch will be provided.

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Taranaki
time 10:30AM - 12:30PM
location Jeff & Sharon Nicholas, 468 Palmer Road, Okaiawa, SN 41675
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Ashley Primrose
phone 021 246 5663

Managing your SCC and Mastitis Field Day - Tararua

We've teamed up with Fonterra, Farm Source and our hosts Racheal Hobbs and Bryan Anderson. We'all start the day off with registration, tea and coffee @ 10.30, followed by:

  • Racheal and Bryan will tell us about their history, herd and how they manage SCC's and mastitis
  • Jess Nation (Fonterra) will present on using your Farm Insight report to identify animal health opportunities
  • Molly Barker from Keinzley Agvet will discuss Udder Health and tools/options to prevent and control mastitis

Everyone is welcome including farm staff and rural professionals. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP Brianna Hull 021 244 3428 to help our sponsors cater for you.

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed

region Lower North Island
time 10:30AM - 01:00PM
location Racheal Hobbs and Bryan Anderson, 233 Doughertys Road, Eketāhuna SN 46803
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Brianna Hull
phone 021 244 3428

Waiau Pa Karaka Autumn Group

Topics discuused include:

  • What's happening
  • Brief farm overview
  • Short discussion on seasonal topics
  • Key Topic: The Transition to Autumn Calving

 

region Northland
time 10:45AM - 01:30PM
location Fraser and Amber Carpenter, 531 Paparimu Road, Paparimu. SN70321
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Mike Bramley
phone +64274864344

Kaikōura Autumn Group - postponed

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to reduce the risk of spreading a disease, pest or weed.

region Canterbury/North Otago
time 10:45AM - 01:00PM
location Please see new listing
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Ross Bishop
phone 027 563 1785

Whanganui Autumn Group

Join us on farm with our hosts Humphrey and Fiona O'Leary. This will be a relaxed, social group with the opportunity to chew the fat with other local farmers and have a look around their farm. Topics for the day will be confirmed closer to the time, so check back then!

This event is open to all farmers and rural professionals, so bring your neighbour and we will see you there!

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed

region Lower North Island
time 11:00AM - 01:00PM
location Humphrey and Fiona O'Leary, 314A Haunui Road, Whangaehu SN 44001
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Tegan Pope
phone 027 808 3411

Paterangi Group

Join us on farm with our April host Fraser Hasnip! And agronomic expertise from Cassey Edgecombe -  Agricom!

This month we are focusing on the key farming fundamentals, cows and grass!

  • When is the right time to dry off and what is considered best practise dry off? 
  • Considering what type of feeds are suitable for our dry cows and transition diets - feed budgetting
  • Encouraging productive pasture, daughter tillers and managing our new grasses for excellent establishment
  • Professional expertise from Cassey Edgecome - Agricom getting the most from our pasture!
  • Key actions ahead of the new season 
  • An overview of Halter in action on this farm, how is it going?

 

Lunch is kindly provided by Agricom - all are warmly welcome!

 

Details to be confirmed

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Waikato
time 11:00AM - 01:00PM
location Fraser Hasnip, 223 Kakaramea Road, Pirongia. SN 73618
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Francesca Bennett
phone 027 702 3760

Smaller Herds

George is second season HOSM on farm and has peak milked 296 cows this season.

 

Heifer MT rates were 2.7% and MA cows 11%! With an 80% 6 week in calf rate!

 

We'll be discussing their farm system and maximsing the autumn.

 

BBQ lunch to round out group.

 

Look forward to seeing you for the first time or catching up with our regulars! 

 

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Southland/South Otago
time 11:00AM - 01:00PM
location George Muschamp, 1759 Edendale Woodlands Highway, Edendale. SN:32287
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Nathan Nelson
phone 0212256931

Rural RoundUp

The Rural Roundup is back and happening at Eastern Districts Rugby Club on April 24th! Gather your friends and family for a fantastic time filled with great conversations and delicious kai. See you there!

region Bay of Plenty
time 04:00PM - 08:30PM
location Eastern Districts Rugby Club Paengaroa
organisation Rural Support Trust Bay of Plenty
contact-email Jodie Craig
phone 021948119
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Muddy Waters Autumn Group

Join us on farm with contract milker Caleb Hill for a special focus on the farm system.

 

Lunch will be provided.

 

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Waikato
time 11:00AM - 01:00PM
location Caleb Hill, 717 Kopuku Road, Maramarua Forest. SN 70500
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Jaimee Morgan
phone 0228507475

Lameness Management Workshop - Ashburton (1)

This workshop is designed to give students an overview of issues relating to lameness management and introduce them to the 5 step trimming process according to the Dutch Method.

The workshop has 5 online learning modules totalling 90 minutes which must be completed before the practical trimming day, so bring your gumboots, overalls, warm clothing, lunch, and refreshments.

region Canterbury/North Otago
time 09:00AM - 03:00PM
location Wakanui, Ashburton
organisation Dairy Hoofcare Institute
contact-email Sandy or Janice
phone 03 662 6015
website
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Pasture Skills - Waipahi

This is a 90 minute pasture session talking about the basics of pasture managment - using a platemeter, importance of the 3 leaf stage, using a feed wedge & managing residuals.  Opportunity to learn new skills or sharpen up your old skills.

With good pasture management being at the forefront of NZ's dairy industry successes, getting pasture management right in the spring is crutial!! Whether its your first season or tenth, this session will be a great opportunity for you or your team to refresh or learn some new pasture skills. It is important for the whole team to be aware of what good looks like and the implications of poorly managed pastures! 

Join us on Monday 29th April starting at 11am at Kate & Scott Burgess (140 Webb Rd - S/N 34021). This will be a 90 minute session so short, sharp and informative! Most of the session is in the paddock, so bring gumboots and wet weather gear.

What we will be focusing on:

  • Pre and post grazing covers
  • Grass leaf stages
  • Seasonal differences in grass composition (dry matter and energy content)
  • Understanding feed wedges

All welcome to attend - there will be something for every ability. 

For more info, or to have one of these sessions run in your area contact Gareth on 0278089425

 

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Southland/South Otago
time 11:00AM - 12:30PM
location Kate Burgess, 140 Webb Road, Waipahi . SN 34021
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Gareth Baynham
phone 0278089425

High Volume Group - April

Come along and listen to the Muller Families journey to High Volume. Are you a system 4 or 5 dairy farmer? Are you looking to change your system?

Then come along to join this group and spend the day with like-minded farmers.

Peter and Marion will share their journey to high volume with mistakes and learnings along the way, and the improvements they have made to be where they are now. 

 

Lunch provided!

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Waikato
time 11:00AM - 01:00PM
location Peter and Marion Muller 418 Mangawhero Road, Otorohanga. SN:74862
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Peter Moorby
phone 021 245 8055

Katikati Group - Case Study

Progression for many family farms can be complicated and they can often look quite different to what one might expect on the surface.

A big thank you to Nick and Mary Dowson, our case study farm situated near Katikati. Bounded by scale, growth opportunities exist around efficiency of the overall operation from cows to feed management. But where might one start in any given situation? With a whole farm and business assessment to help identify areas to work on. Join us as we go over the outcomes of the whole farm assessment and shaping of a plan.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

 

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

 

 

region Bay of Plenty
time 08:00AM - 08:00AM
location Nick Dowson, Pahoia Road, Whakamarama, SN 21192.
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Moana Puha
phone 027 593 4122

Lameness Management Workshop - Mitcham, Ashburton

This workshop is designed to give students an overview of issues relating to lameness management and introduce them to the 5 step trimming process according to the Dutch Method.

The workshop has 5 online learning modules totalling 90 minutes which must be completed before the practical trimming day, so bring your gumboots, overalls, warm clothing, lunch, and refreshments.

region Canterbury/North Otago
time 09:00AM - 03:00PM
location Mitcham, Ashburton
organisation Dairy Hoofcare Institute
contact-email Sandy or Janice
phone 03 662 6015
website
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Pink Ribbon Morning Tea - Waipa

Come join us for a fun morning, filled with lots of PINK!

Before indulging in our Pink Ribbon Morning Tea, you’ll be able to explore the Lily Pads Garden Art Studio before settling down to unwind and mingle.

There will be a range of pink trinkets available for purchase as well as an auction! All items in the auction have been generously donated by members of the local community.

All money raised from the sales or the auction will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

Ticket cost includes morning tea and a hot drink of your choice.

Come along dressed in pink and let’s support a great cause together!

Event Timing: 10.00am – 12.00pm

Cost: $30.00

RSVP: 25 April

region Waikato
time 10:00AM - 12:00PM
location Lily Pad Cafe 1234 Kaipaki Road, Leamington Cambridge
organisation Dairy Women's Network
contact-email Dairy Women's Network
phone 0800 396 748
website
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South Otago Skills Day - Telford

Get your team along for practical and fun skill sessions.  We're running four modules, covering the basics and giving you a taste of the training that's on offer with different providers.  

The day runs from 10am to 1pm.

Four Modules (25 minutes each):

  • Agricademy - Electric Fence trouble-shooting
  • Telford - Water Reticulation and portable troughs
  • Clutha Vets - Administering Dry Cow Therapy and animal handling
  • Danny Simmonds - Fonterra - Dairy Shed Hygiene and trouble-shooting

We're meeting at the Telford Reception carpark, 498 Owaka Highway (about 7 minutes from Balclutha).  Look for the DairyNZ Signs

Registrations are essential - lunch provided.

Bring wet weather gear (just in case) and be prepared to get involved.

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Southland/South Otago
time 10:00AM - 01:00PM
location John Thornley, Owaka Road, Owaka. SN 38142
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Gareth Baynham
phone 0278089425
website
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SIDDC Autumn Focus Days - Methven & Eyrewell Forest

Come along to our Autumn focus days:

LUDF UPDATE
Peter Hancox & Antoinette Archer
• Setting up for dry off
• Milk production
• Season’s financials & outlook for 24/25
• Winter cow management 

FLEXIBLE MILKING
Flo Coetzee (Methven)
Richard Pearse (Eyrewell Forest)
How has flexible milking stacked up?
Hear about the host farm’s milking regime as well as
a review of LUDF’s system
• What did we do?
• Why did we do it?
• How did we do it?
• Key Learnings & practical tips

REPRODUCTION PROJECT UPDATE
Jeremy Savage, Aaron Henderson & Jair Mandriaza
Guest Vets: Donald Arthur & Ryan Luckman
We have halved our not in-calf rate – how did we do it?
LUDF Mating Benchmark Project: Year 2 results
• What were our keys to success?
Reproduction Results & Objectives
• Regional and National trends – how are we tracking?
• Breeding objectives and opportunities 

region Canterbury/North Otago
time 10:15AM - 01:00PM
location Methven Tue 30 April @ 10.15am – 1.00pm Venue: Highveld Pastures 465 Reynolds Road, Methven SN37225 Eyrewell Forest Wed 1 May @ 10.15am – 1.00pm Venue: Waimak Dairies 151 Two Chain Road, Eyrewell Forest SN37777
organisation South Island Dairying Demonstration Centre - LUDF
contact-email Antoinette Archer
phone 0272724069
website
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Managing your SCC and Mastitis Field Day - Carterton

We've teamed up with Fonterra, Farm Source and our hosts, Cam and Jackson Woodhouse. We'all start the day off with registration, tea and coffee @ 10.30, followed by:

  • Jess Nation (Fonterra) will present on using your Farm Insight report to identify animal health opportunities
  • Adrian Evans from South Wairarapa Vet will discuss Udder Health and tools/options to prevent and control mastitis

Everyone is welcome including farm staff and rural professionals. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP Brianna Hull 021 244 3428 to help our sponsors cater for you.

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed

 

region Lower North Island
time 10:30AM - 01:00PM
location Cameron Woodhouse, Waihakeke Road, Carterton SN 46399
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Brianna Hull
phone 021 244 3428

Edendale Autumn Group

Come to Richard and Nicola's farm, we'll talk about:

  • Their good mating results, how their farm business runs
  • How are everyone's wintering plans shaping up?
  • How are input costs and economics tracking?
  • Topics for upcoming groups.

 

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Southland/South Otago
time 10:30AM - 01:00PM
location Richard Abbott, 234 Brydone Glencoe Road, Gore. SN:32224
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Ian Butler
phone 02718001981

Ballance Farm Environment Awards Winners Field Day

Hosted by James and Debbie Stewart and Dave and Jan Stewart, owners of Stewart Dairylands. Come and celebrate this year's winners of the Horizons Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Come and see why the Stewart family not only took out the Supreme Award, but also:

  • Bayleys People in Primary Sector Award
  • DairyNZ Sustainability and Stewardship Award
  • Rabobank Agri-Business Management Award
  • NZFET Biodiversity Award
  • NZFET Innovation Award
  • NZFET Climate Recognition Award
  • Margaret Matthews Trophy for Commitment to Sustainability

A warm welcome to everyone and lunch will be provided.

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed

region Lower North Island
time 10:30AM - 01:30PM
location James and Debbie Stewart, Dave and Jan Stewart, Kelvin Grove Road, Ashhurst SN 44699
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Mark Laurence
phone 027 704 5562

Arohena/Wharepapa South- Autumn Group

This month we are kindly hosted by Cameron & Lizzie Te Brake for our combined Arohena/Wharepapa South group.

We will kick off with our regular catch up and see how things are going on farm. 

Our special focus at this group will be about planning for the future. Specifically, what the Te Brakes have done to make wintering a success, how they are reducing sediment loss and how these changes have reduced emissions on farm.

We will also check out DairyNZ tools designed to make your job easier.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lunch will be provided.

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Waikato
time 11:00AM - 01:00PM
location Cameron Te Brake, 211 Huirimu Rd, Te Awamutu. SN 74713
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Steph Gudgeon
phone 027 8080 170

Manawaru/Wardville Autumn Group

Come join our hosts, Stephen and Sophie Smyllie, on farm for the last seasonal group of the current season.

Apart from celebrating their good performance in the Share Farmer of the Year (Waikato region) competition, where they came second and also picked up 3 merit awards, we are going to delve into the reasons they have entered, how it fits into their progression and career plans and what lessons have been learnt on the way.

We are also going to focus on their farming principles and system in finding that sweet spot between sustainable optimal production, good reproduction, animal health and well-being as well as a balanced lifestyle for everyone working on farm.

Come join us for an interesting day off farm and make sure to bring everyone along.

Lunch will be provided.

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Waikato
time 11:00AM - 01:00PM
location 288 Baker Road, Te Aroha. SN: F76176
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Chris de Wet
phone 02718004410

P3 Monitor Farm Field Day

Join us on farm at the P3 Monitor Farm Field Day with our host farmers, Mike & Brenda Karl, with a composting barn playing an integral part in their farming system.

We will be covering:

  • Performance of the three current P3 monitor farms comparing information and their systems across the last 2 seasons.
  • Herd Homes part 2 - a financial and physical analysis of a composting barn. Why? The pros and cons. This follows on from the assessment of a RedPath covered feed shed at the November field day. Copies of the information from that field day will also be made available.
  • Smart Shelter will provide costings at today's price for a composting barn and oanother option to consider and are kindly sponsoring/refreshments lunch.
  • BNZ will provide a market update

We'll have a farm walk to look at the herd and the Composting Barn so bring appropriate footwear.

Lunch will be provided.

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Waikato
time 11:00AM - 01:30PM
location Mike & Brenda Karl's, 230 Canal West Road. SN 70613
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Jaimee Morgan
phone 0228507475

South Hillend / Dipton Seasonal Group April

Embark on an excitng journey with Maka Morales and Miguel Ortiz, as they share their remarkable progression from novice farm assistants to successful 50/50 sharemilkers. Discover their secrets to nurturing growth within their team, leveraging mentors, discussion groups, and workshops to achieve their results.

Gain invaluable insights into their strategic approach to assembling a new herd in year one, and anticipate upcoming shifts in year two. Plus, delve into expert advice on optimizing pasture growth and reducing reliance on PKE from LIC Farmwise consultant Leo Pekar and the Optimiser modelling tool.

Also don't miss out on essential tips for implementing a mating plan and what the options are ahead presented by VetSouth.

This event promises to empower and equip farmers for unparalleled success.

 

Lunch kindly provided by LIC Farmwise.

 

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Southland/South Otago
time 11:00AM - 01:00PM
location Maka Morales and Miguel Ortiz, 88 Oreti School Road, SN 31721
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Chris Wratt
phone +64228501166

Lameness Management Workshop

This workshop is designed to give students an overview of issues relating to lameness management and introduce them to the 5 step trimming process according to the Dutch Method.

 

The workshop has 5 online learning modules totalling 90 minutes which must be completed before the practical trimming day, so bring your gumboots, overalls, warm clothing, lunch, and refreshments.

region Canterbury/North Otago
time 09:30AM - 03:30PM
location Southbridge
organisation Dairy Hoofcare Institute
contact-email Sandy or Janice
phone 03 662 8015
website
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Pasture Summit Field Day - Bay of Plenty

Come to Pasture Summit’s On Farm Events this May, organised by farmers for farmers, with input from dairy sector specialists, sharing ideas and developments on achieving profitable dairy food production from grass.

We’re in the business of turning grass to milk to cash - it’s our key competitive advantage. Our host farmers are focused on achieving strong bottom-line financial performance and growth. They will present their costs and returns and discuss their farm management strategy to drive profit now and into the future.

Herd reproduction will be covered in detail with the session supported by the legendary scientist Kevin Macdonald and Dr Susanne Meier (DairyNZ Senior Scientist and herd reproduction specialist).

A panel discussion will also explore equity growth pathways for young farmers wanting to progress in dairying

 

Register here. Address available after registration. 

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Bay of Plenty
time 09:30AM - 03:00PM
location Jordyn Crouch & Isaac Algar, Atiamuri. Address available after registration.
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Kevin McKinley
phone 027 288 8238
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DTL Business by the Numbers - Whakatane

Step through the process of preparing and monitoring accurate farm budgets to stay on top of farm finances.  Have confidence in achieving longer-term goals such as self-employment or growing your farming business.

3 part-days in-person. 

  • Build a positive and profitable financial plan for going forward
  • Learn alongside other farmers and from farmers (Dairy Training tutors are farmers)
  • Investigate future options for big-picture goals like self-employment or growing your sharemilking or farming business
  • Communicate with your bank and accountant to get the support and understanding you need
  • Feel comfortable in a supportive, interactive and user-friendly learning environment for all levels
  • Balance learning with other commitments
  • Qualify with the Business by the Numbers credential (15 Level 5 credits).

More course info

region Bay of Plenty
time 10:00AM - 02:30PM
location Whakatane
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Laura Littlejohn
phone 0800 467 768
website

Orepuki / Tuatapere Event

Simon Anderson has been on farm for the past 11 seasons and developed farm systems that work in their environment!

We'll discuss there use of 3 in 2 milking extensively, cow collars and data they are providing, how there self contained operation stacks up.

We will also be focusing on thier people management systems they have learnt and are learning around retention and engagement, technology, employment based around values and attitude set, lean management systems they have implemented. 

All welcome

 

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Southland/South Otago
time 10:30AM - 01:00PM
location Simon Anderson 171 Rauhine Road West, Ruahine 9881. SN:34656
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Nathan Nelson
phone 0212256931

Ikawai/Morven/Glenavy OTOPs Field Day

Come along and hear about what the Smith's are doing on their farm.
We'll talk about:

  • The system they are running
  • An overview of the South Canterbury Sustainable Catchments Project
  • How profitability, N-loss and GHG emissions on the farm are connected
  • Options modelled to reduce environmental footprint, and likely impacts on farm performance

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Canterbury/North Otago
time 10:45AM - 01:00PM
location Robert and Marjorie Smith (O) and Johnny and Lucia Apafi (SM), 321 Andrews Road, Glenavy. SN 36453
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Heather Donaldson
phone 027 593 4124
May

DWN2024 - Enhance, Elevate, Evolve, Conference

Welcome to DWN2024 Enhance, Elevate, and Evolve. A conference is not just an event; it’s an experience that will propel you towards new and exciting destinations in your personal and professional life. 

Enhance your values: Discover the power within as we delve into refining and amplifying your core values. Unearth the essence of what truly matters to you. 

Elevate your skills: Engage in interactive sessions, and dynamic discussions where you will gain practical tools and strategies to enhance your life’s journey. 

Evolve your journey: Surround yourself with a diverse community, forge meaningful connections, and build a network of support that will elevate you to new heights. 

Join us on Thursday 2, May 2024 in New Plymouth to equip yourself through workshops, keynote speakers, networking, and a gala dinner, and unlock the doors to a world where enhancement, elevation, and evolution are the keys to success! 

Tickets on sale Now!

region Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Lower North Island, Top of South Island, West Coast, Canterbury/North Otago, Southland/South Otago
time 08:00AM - 11:45PM
location PLYMOUTH INTERNATIONAL 220 Courtenay Street, New Plymouth
organisation Dairy Women's Network
contact-email Dairy Women's Network
phone 0800 396 748
website
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Nailing Winter Grazing

This workshop will be facilitated by Rural Consulting and is free to attend.

Benefits of attending:
– FEP Auditors are reporting that some farmers are being tripped up / down graded due to winter grazing requirements.
– Leave with a sound understanding of what is required to meet the Management of Crops and Winter Grazing section of the NZFAP+ standard and why these requirements exist.
– Update from a Regional Council representative on what is happening with IWG rules regionally and how Canterbury farmers have been performing.
– Understand what tools are available to assist with your winter grazing management and providing evidence.
– Gain a deeper insight into what good winter management practices look like in the paddock.
– An opportunity to sit down for a 1-1 session with a consultant from Rural Consulting Ltd to cover the following:
o A desktop mock audit / review of your current winter grazing plans and how these stack up against NZFAP+ and FEP audit requirements.
o Where to access resources to assist you with your winter grazing planning.
o Create your winter grazing plan for 2024.

region Canterbury/North Otago
time 10:00AM - 02:00PM
location Lakeside Soldiers Memorial Hall, Leeston, Canterbury
organisation Ellesmere Sustainable Agriculture Inc
contact-email Jo Fearn
phone 0210304783
website
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Huntly Roads Dairies - Budget Case Study & Step Change Field-day

Come along and hear from Duncan and Anne-Marie Wells about what drives their high performing dairy farm business Huntly Road Dairies.

Duncan and Anne-Marie are DairyNZ budget case study farmers for Southland/South Otago, with profitability almost double the average for the region in 2022/23 and impressive pasture and crop harvested figures. 

This is a profitable and productive farm, we'll be looking at how they achieve this perfomance and how this impacts on nitrogen and emissions - what are the options to increase effiency and reduce their footprint?

Sally Dicey from Ahika Consulting will be sharing the results from the energy audit, share opportunities for other farmers to be involved and highlighting the Taieri Catchment group

Come along and be inspired!

Join us from 10:15am on Thursday 2nd May at Huntly Road Dairies 95 Huntly Road, Outram SN38441

 

Protect our industry - please arrive with clean boots to prevent the spread of disease, pest or weed.

region Southland/South Otago
time 10:15AM - 01:00PM
location Duncan Wells, Huntly Road, Outram. SN38441
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Gareth Baynham
phone 027 8089425

Need help with your plans or consents? Dannevirke

If you need any advice, guidence or direction with any of the following, then please call into the Dannevirke Farm Source store. We'll have one of our team avaliable to point you in the right direction.

  • Winter Grazing Consents
  • Winter Grazing Plans
  • Effluent Consents

Drop in anytime between 9:30am and 3pm. Thanks to Paul and the team from Farm Source Dannevirke for accommodating us.

region National Events
time 09:30AM - 03:00PM
location Farm Source Dannevirke, 6 Makirikiri Road, Dannevirke
organisation DairyNZ
contact-email Mark Laurence
phone 027 704 5562
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Advanced Hoof Care Course

This course is aimed at those who are serious about minimising lameness on their farm through gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the contributing factors, as well as becoming competent in the technical aspects of hoof trimming. If you would like to become a professional hoof trimmer, or more competent on farm when treating your herds hooves or add a specific skill to your veterinary practice to offer to your clients then this course is for you.

This is an intensive 5 day course that covers both the theory and the practice of hoof care and hoof trimming techniques led by our director Fred Hoekstra, who is New Zealand’s only fully qualified hoof care instructor.

region Northland, Bay of Plenty, Lower North Island, West Coast, Southland/South Otago, Waikato, Taranaki, Top of South Island, Canterbury/North Otago
time 08:30AM - 05:00PM
location 154 Coplands Road RD 2 Ashburton 7772
organisation Dairy Hoofcare Institute
contact-email Sandy or Janice
phone 03 662 6015
website
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First Aid On Farms Course – Southland

Join us for a First Aid on Farms course!

This course has been tailored for our members by Practical Training Solutions in consultation with farmers. It was developed based on a First Aid Needs Assessment for New Zealand dairy farms to meet WorkSafe compliance requirements. This practical first aid training will focus on scenario work, covering the most likely first aid emergencies encountered on farms. It is designed for everyone working on your farm.

What will be covered:

  • Practical first aid skills such as stopping severe bleeding, managing burns, stabilising limbs, and fractures
  • CPR and shock
  • First aid equipment
  • Scenario work (quad bike rollover, crushing by animal)
  • Dealing with first aid emergencies when working in isolation, cold and remote environments
  • Getting help

Important Information:

Limited spaces available
Bring your own lunch
Tea and coffee provided
Participants will receive a first aid certificate

Event timings:

Registration – 9:45am
Start – 10:00 am
Finish – 2:30pm

Cost: $165.00

RSVP: Tuesday 30 April

region Southland/South Otago
time 09:45AM - 02:30PM
location Southern Fieldays Office 575 Waimumu Road Gore
organisation Dairy Women's Network
contact-email Dairy Women's Network
phone 0800 396 748
website
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Greenhouse gas emissions on New Zealand farms: climate change seminars for rural professionals - 7 May 2024

This online Greenhouse Gas Seminars is designed to expand your understanding of climate change, why agricultural greenhouse gas emissions are important in New Zealand, how they can be estimated within the farm system, and how they can be reduced on different farms.

region
time 09:00AM - 04:00PM
location Online workshop
organisation NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management
contact-email Caroline Jack
website

First Aid On Farms Course – South Otago

Join us for a First Aid on Farms course!

This course has been tailored for our members by Practical Training Solutions in consultation with farmers. It was developed based on a First Aid Needs Assessment for New Zealand dairy farms to meet WorkSafe compliance requirements. This practical first aid training will focus on scenario work, covering the most likely first aid emergencies encountered on farms. It is designed for everyone working on your farm.

What will be covered:

  • Practical first aid skills such as stopping severe bleeding, managing burns, stabilising limbs, and fractures
  • CPR and shock
  • First aid equipment
  • Scenario work (quad bike rollover, crushing by animal)
  • Dealing with first aid emergencies when working in isolation, cold and remote environments
  • Getting help

Important Information:

Limited spaces available
Bring your own lunch
Tea and coffee provided
Participants will receive a first aid certificate

Event timings:

Registration – 9:45am
Start – 10:00 am
Finish – 2:30pm

Cost: $165.00

RSVP: Tuesday 30 April

region