A new conference has been conceived by farmers who believe dairy farming can and should be profitable and rewarding, and that our pasture-fed products are best for the consumer and environment.
Leading international dairy researchers and farmers will address these core elements at twin events in Hamilton and Ashburton in November.
The Pasture Summit is a collaboration between New Zealand and Ireland. Both countries share an international competitive advantage in the food sector which is dependent on excellence and innovation in pasture-based farming. The event will also help farmers make the most of the latest research into the relationship between dairy pasture systems and cow fertility.
Pasture Summit chair Colin Armer is a North Island dairy farmer with a keen interest in systems for profitable food production from grass. “The ability to remain consistently profitable through the fluctuations of commodity cycles in the dairy sector is an ongoing challenge. This summit is about people who are driven to create a prosperous future, producing food from pasture farming and knowing the benefits to consumers,” says Colin, who is also a director of Dairy Holdings Limited and AgResearch.
Olin Greenan, North Island dairy farmer and conference organising committee member, chose to get involved in the summit because it reinforces what he believes dairy farmers should be doing. “For any enthusiastic grass farmer, young or old, these events are not to be missed. Farmers can come along to hear why New Zealand is a world leader in producing pasture-based food and ensure that this can continue for generations to come.”
Instigated and organised by dairy farmers for dairy farmers, and with support from DairyNZ, the summit conferences will include:
• an assessment of current farm financial situations and the factors that underpin the most consistently profitable farms
• an exploration of where grass-fed dairy products fit with consumer need and other foods, and what can (and must) be done to take advantage of healthy food and nutrition trends
• a session on the tools available (and those under development) to support pasture growth and help farmers be good custodians of the environment
• a presentation of the best and latest research into dairy pasture systems and cow breeding, including research on cow fertility
• a focus on building equity, with presentations from both established and growing farmers, outlining what they’ve done and are doing to reach equity growth goals (particularly in relation to farm ownership).
Visit www.pasturesummit.co.nz to find out more and register your interest.