SIDE 2021 Registration Brochure







The SIDE2021 committee wishes to acknowledge the support of the following organisations

About SIDE


Run by farmers for farmers, SIDE lines up industry experts to deliver keynote addresses, networking sessions and practical workshops. The SIDE event committee includes seven elected dairy farmers from throughout the South Island, who represent the views of people in their region when planning the event format and programme content. Details of current committee members are available on the SIDE website.





South Island Dairy Event 2021

Chairman’s Message 2021 Event Committee

Connect Discover Grow!

The world is an ever-changing place and the dairy sector plays a key part in this. The level and speed of change we are facing is unprecedented, and the days of holding back, pushing back and putting our heads in the sand are gone. Our farming businesses have to evolve if we want to keep up with the changing climate and continue to survive and prosper. These challenges are fundamental to the SIDE 2021 mission statement: “To equip farmers with knowledge, understanding, tools and motivation to lead an ever-evolving dairy sector with pride, confidence and resilience”, and the theme for the 2021 SIDE conference, EVOLVE. The committee and I are proud to bring the event back to Canterbury in a revitalised format, at a fantastic new venue. I am fortunate to have a committed, passionate and extremely enthusiastic committee that has worked tirelessly to bring you this event. We’ve chosen speakers and workshops that will be thought-provoking and crafted a format that encourages networking, conversations, and a good few laughs along the way. We have constructed the event around four pillars: environment, business, people, and cows and grass. Our workshops are designed around three outcomes: connect (where we have come from), discover (new learning) and grow (take-home practical tools). SIDE2021 has a strong focus on interaction, with a lot more time allocated for questions and answers. BrightSIDE focuses on exposing the next generation of dairy farmers and business owners to SIDE and giving them some powerful tools and motivation to kickstart and grow their careers in this awesome industry. We have the engaging Julia Jones as our MC to keep us focused and moving. Our inspirational keynote speakers will set the scene for our workshop presenters to share their knowledge and leave you buzzing after every workshop. It is so exciting to have SIDE 2021 back in Canterbury, and I am thoroughly looking forward to spending two days with like-minded delegates and fellow farmers, learning how we can connect, discover, grow and ultimately EVOLVE, leading the world in what we do best! Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

“We want to equip farmers with knowledge, understanding, tools and motivation to lead an ever-evolving dairy sector with pride, confidence and resilience.”



The Canterbury event committee team continue to raise the bar with this year’s two-day event which asks us all to Connect, Discover, Grow, and EVOLVE.

Terry Kilday

Chairman’s Message 2021 SIDE Governance Group

experiences one on one, learning from each other to build a successful future and help drive progression. Businesses must always look to the future and ask what does it look like for us, where do we fit, and how we can be sustainable long-term, meeting all of our goals at a personal, business, social and community level. SIDE’s Event Committee heard these challenges from farmers, asking us to aim higher and lift our standards. The Canterbury event committee team continue to elevate SIDE workshops and keynote speakers at our 2021 two day event which asks us all to connect, discover, grow, and EVOLVE. Although SIDE is by farmers for farmers, it could not function without the valued partnership of DairyNZ, and ongoing support from gold sponsors ASB, Ravensdown, and Fonterra, and all our valued silver sponsors. Terry Kilday

The first farmer-led South Island Dairy Event was in 1999. Since then SIDE has alternated between Canterbury and Southland with two events in Dunedin. After two years in the lower South Island the SIDE team is excited to have the event back in Canterbury at the Ashburton Event Centre. SIDE strives to keep the event relevant and cutting edge, but its key objectives have remained strong: Providing ongoing fora to enable South Island dairy industry participants to evaluate and apply knowledge, skills, and technology to their businesses, and to provide the knowledge base, capabilities, and encouragement to empower participants to effect and manage change. SIDE gives farmers the opportunity to see and hear leading research, technologies, and farming systems from industry leading farmers and business people based around the South Island, New Zealand and the world. It also brings a large group of enthusiastic people together to share their






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General event information

All delegates, speakers and sponsors can register for SIDE 2021 at Online registration is available now. Early booking is recommended. Priority will be given to farmer registrations.

The venue Ashburton Event Centre 211 Willis Street Ashburton



Cost of Registration

All prices are exclusive of GST. Online registrations only at

Earlybird Before Friday 2 April

Full - after 2 April

Registration costs

Full registration for farmers with a valid supply number



Full registration for rural professionals and industry support



$250 - Farmers

$300 Rural professionals

Individual day registration

BrightSIDE* (Tuesday afternoon – 1.00pm-4.30pm)


Ruralco Barn Dance


Full registration includes entrance to all SIDE sessions, lunches, and morning/afternoon teas.

*BrightSIDE registration opens at 12.30pm on Tuesday. Keynote speaker Logan Williams starts at 1.30pm followed by BrightSIDE workshops from 2.30pm to 4.25pm. Join the rest of the SIDE delegates for drinks and nibbles with our sponsors from 4.30pm-5.15pm. Add dinner to your registration for only $99



Programme 22-23 June DAY 1


Registration - Ashburton Event Centre



Formal welcome/ Housekeeping Julia Jones

Andrew Slater - 2021 event committee chairman



Dr Tim Mackle DairyNZ CE - Industry update/overview


Keynote Address: Dr Ceri Evans


Morning tea

Getting up when life knocks you back

Milking regimes - making the switch

Milk futures and fixed milk price

11.00am Session one

190 N Cap


Lunch | trade stands | BrightSIDE registrations

Julia Jones


Keynote Address: Logan Williams


Understanding your financial position and the importance of benchmarking

Getting calves off to a great start

2.45pm Session two

Creating great dairy farm workplaces

Appetite for discussion

Bright SIDE

Drinks and nibbles with the sponsors


The Pavillion Ruralco BARN DANCE




Julia Jones


Keynote Address: Ali and Dion Kilmister


Morning tea

Changes in the Capital Markets – what you need to know, and adapting to change

Going beyond the 3 R’s to reduce on-farm waste with Trish Rankin

High performance, lower footprint farming

10.30am Session three

Cost Control


Lunch | trade stands

Preparing for a successful winter: Securing the future of crop-based wintering

1.30pm Session four

The future for bobby calves

Herd Performance

Get in get out


Julia jones wrap up | Terry Kilday close | afternoon tea

Ashburton Event Centre 211 Willis Street

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Keynote Speakers

Dr Ceri Evans Dr Ceri Evan’s reputation generates diverse invitations from leading international organisations determined to help their people deliver in demanding situations. His organisations mind model is used by people serious about performing under pressure, from doctors to lawyers, executive teams to specialist teams, professional to amateurs. He is perhaps best known for his work with the New Zealand All Blacks, for whom he has provided specialist consultancy since 2010.

Ceri graduated in medicine with distinction from the University of Otago. He gained first class honors in experimental psychology on a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford while playing professional football in the English Championship. Awarded the Gaskell Gold Medal by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, he then specialised in forensic psychiatry and completed a PhD in traumatic memory. After returning home to Christchurch, he was Clinical Director of the Canterbury forensic psychiatric service and served as an expert witness in major cases. In 2018 he became the Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and awarded his football coaching A license.

Logan Williams Logan’s story of traversing unknown territory to create innovative solutions to a range of problems we face today will leave you inspired and motivated to change the world yourself. Logan is credited with inventing the polarised contact lens as a preventative treatment for photosensitive epilepsy. This technology has empowered sufferers worldwide to live a normal life, free of the ongoing fear of a life-threatening epileptic fit. Logan is also credited with inventing the novel method to turn Didymo ‘Rock Snot’, the pest algae destroying New Zealand’s rivers, into materials. This invention was successfully sold in 2018.

In collaboration with Brendan Cook and Nelson Hartley, Logan has also developed a medical nebulizer which can convert any liquid medication to vapour. Better yet, the vapouriser has no moving parts or batteries, and is made of PLA bioplastic so is completely biodegradable. This is currently being developed with one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Following these inventions, Logan joined Fonterra’s Head Research & Development Centre where he worked on the sustainability portfolio, producing an invention to significantly reduce methane emissions on-farm.



Ali and Dion Kilmister This is a business story that started 15 years ago with Dion and Maria Kilmister moving from Ohura, in the Manawatu, where they were in a Stock Managers position, to their first lease farm in the Wairarapa with 70 steers and a $30,000 overdraft to the now 20-million-dollar farming operation.

There were three things Dion wanted to be - a farmer, a truck driver or a butcher. Farming won and he has been a farmer all his working life. Ali on the other hand is a born and bred city slicker. Country Calendar named them a Formidable Pair. Dion and Ali were the winners of the 2018 Wairarapa Farm Business of the Year, and in the same year won the Paddock category for their Homebred and Homegrown Gourmet Lamb Box, which is sold direct to the consumer. Pride of place in the couple’s office is a framed, hand-drawn sketch of a busy farm scene including a woolshed with the words ‘Dream View’ on its roof. This was Dion’s dream. He drew it one day sitting at the kitchen table with a mate, and it was the beginning of something big. Come and hear all about the journey of “TOVIEWADREAM” delivered by Ali, with Dion at her side for questions.

Julia Jones SIDE MC

Julia Jones is passionate about inspiring a new generation of food producers. She believes this will ensure long term economic relevance for our rural communities. Her six years with KPMG fuelled her understanding of global trends and their impact on New Zealand, and this led to her new role as the Head of Analytics with NZX.

Her career highlights include completing the Harvard Agri Seminar in China, winning the emerging leader scholarship from MPI to attend the Te Hono boot camp at Stanford University, graduating the AWDT Escalator Program, a short stint working in Russia, and being appointed to the primary sector council that is tasked with creating a vision for the New Zealand Food and Fibre sector. Julia lives in the Waikato and feels extremely privileged be part of such a supportive rural community.



Bright SIDE

Tuesday 22 June 1 – 4:30pm

‘Creating a pathway to future success: how planning, passion and people can support you to get there’

BrightSIDE is in its second year of this important initiative by our SIDE team. It is about inspiring you to create your own future within our dairy sector! BrightSIDE delegates will join the conference to listen to keynote speaker, Logan Williams, then hear from sector experts on the opportunities available within dairy, how attitude, performance and planning are keys to success, as well as the importance of personal budgeting. If you are looking to be inspired, challenged and supported to make a difference, BrightSIDE is for you. See for more details.

Why should you attend? • Great workshops to boost your career progression • Opportunity to network with hundreds of dairy leaders who attend the SIDE conference Who should attend? • Farm assistants and 2IC’s looking to progress their careers


Registration starts Ashburton Events Centre

Keynote Speaker - Logan Williams

BrightSIDE workshop panel: Tangaroa Walker - Farm 4 Life | Pathways into dairy careers Erin Christian - Sharemilker | Put it into action how to make your goals a reality Tom Hartmann - Managing Editor | Gold nuggets of financial information

Networking at Sponsors event Drinks and Nibbles


Tangaroa Walker I am a dairy farmer and I love what I do

I want to share with you what I do, how I do it and why I do it. You will get a 360 degree view of farming and I will show you how I was able to achieve six figures by the time I was 21 years old. I’ve never read a book in my life, and only went to school to play rugby. Life is not about what you know so you can answer any question or solve any task, it’s about having the ability and the support networks to excel in all tasks and answer all questions. Networking has been the key to my success. You do not get anywhere fast by yourself. But with the support of others you will have a firm knowledge base to make good decisions and choices. I am a builder, plumber, electrician, engineer, truck driver, vet, accountant, sportsman, employer, employee, Primary ITO trainee, farmer, family man and have also graduated from the school of hard knocks. Support this amazing industry and we will support you! We need skilled young professionals! Get along to BrightSIDE so you can learn to be successful too.

Tom Hartmann Managing Editor at Sorted

Tom’s focus is dialing up people’s long-term wellbeing and helping them get ahead financially, primarily by developing the Sorted ecosystem of websites, calculators, seminars and publishing. His background in journalism and finance dovetails to support the Retirement Commissioner and CFFC in its work to lift the financial capability of all New Zealanders.

Erin Christian Sharemilker

Erin Christian is 50:50 sharemilking with her husband Nathan, on a 700 cow farm in Mid Canterbury for the New Zealand Rural Property Trust. Having previously worked as a Consulting Officer for DairyNZ, she is now doing contract work in the DairyNZ Selwyn/Hinds project, and caring for their two children. Erin has seen a large range of pathways that people have taken through the industry, and has been involved in delivering Biz Start and Grow courses in her time at DairyNZ.

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Session 1 Workshops: Tuesday morning

Double Session Workshops


Getting up when life knocks you back Resilience building tools and strategies we can all use

Gerard Vaughan and Hugh Norris - Farmstrong What are the key objectives of the workshop? • Increasing understanding of mental wellbeing and why it is such an important asset for life and work. • Giving practical ideas, tips and skills based on the latest science that will help improve our farming sector performance and resilience. • Increasing confidence to apply tools and strategies as a wellbeing leader to help others cope through ups and downs. What will you take away from this session? • We will draw on participants existing knowledge and expertise to create open discussion, as some of the best learning about what works will be shared by those there. • Farmers’ wisdom on wellbeing through videos and tips. • The big picture - mental health through the ups and downs in life. • The ‘Wellbeing Bank Account.’ • Helpful thinking techniques and mindsets that improve performance.

• Why sometimes struggling can contribute to your wellbeing in the long term. • Applied learning from high performers in the world of business and sport. Who should attend this workshop? Anyone with an interest in mental wellbeing for themselves or others.


190 N Cap – An opportunity to be more efficient, improve profitability & learn strategies to successfully reduce N fertiliser. Charlotte Wright – DairyNZ Senior Policy Advisor, Environmental Change Team The government’s new synthetic N-Cap rule is here. Find out how it can work for you by hearing how other farmers have

reduced their synthetic N use & how the science principles can help your decision-making. The session will be run by DairyNZ’s policy team and a DairyNZ Farm Systems Expert.




Session 1 Workshops: Tuesday morning


Milking regimes – Making the switch A panel discussion challenging traditional thinking about milking times

Paul Edwards – DairyNZ, Brent Boyce – LIC Farmwise, Steve and Tracey Henderson – Legendairies Southland farmers Paul Edwards will review and discuss the results from the studies he has carried out into the 3-in-2 milking trials on the Lincoln farmlet, as well as the on-farm trials. Brent Boyce will talk about how 3-in-2 looks at the bigger picture and how you could implement some of the different milking routines into your current system. Steve and Tracey Henderson will talk about their actual practical experience of trialling 3-in-2 and 10 milkings in 7 days. What are the key objectives of the workshop? • Farmers will get some evidence-based feedback from trials carried out by Paul Edwards and DairyNZ on 3 in 2 milking and the preliminary findings from this research. • To challenge the traditional thinking of farmers about milking times and what we can get away with while achieving the same production. What will you take away from this session? • What other potential milking routines look like and how these would impact your business at a farm level. • The potential for changing milking routines to create a resilient farm system that can improve the work environment of dairy farms. • Ideas to enable time to be spent on more rewarding and interesting work for managers and employees alike. Who should attend? This workshop is aimed at all levels of attendees, with a range of presenters to cater to decision makers and the team on the ground. Milk Futures and Fixed milk price – what are the risks and benefits? Volatile milk prices have had a big impact on many farmers. Is Fixed milk price the way to manage it? Charles Fergusson – Head of Farm Source Canterbury, Tasman, Marlborough Harry Hewitt - Vice President, Derivatives, Jarden Securing your milk price is a new business strategy for many farmers and business owners. Jarden has been a specialist in offering milk futures for period of time and now Fonterra has also started to offer fixed milk price to their suppliers. Using milk futures and guaranteed milk price as a business tool is a great way to reduce volatility and risk while securing income that can be used for development, growth or debt repayment. What are the key objectives of the workshop? • Introduction to how milk futures and fixed milk price works. • Different ways to manage business risk. • Why you would do it, or not. What will you take away from this session? • New ways to manage risk. • A challenge to your current thinking and the way you manage your business. • How to take control of your profits and development. Who should attend? Anyone who would like to secure a milk price or to understand the benefits and risks.





Session 2 Workshops: Tuesday afternoon


Creating great dairy farm workplaces Planning for 2030 by adapting in 2021 Callum Eastwood, Senior Scientist - DairyNZ; Rhys Roberts, GM Align Farms

This workshop will provide you with information on how New Zealand workplaces are evolving to attract talent, and will give you some great ideas about what you can do on-farm to further improve your workplace and make it more attractive to current and future staff. You’ll also get an insight into how New Zealand’s workforce might change by 2030, and what might appeal to our future workforce. Who should attend this workshop? Farm owners, farm managers, key decision makers, people managers and farm staff.


Appetite for Discussion Get your specific questions answered by environmental specialists

An opportunity for you to get answers from a range of experts on environmental topics and farming practices, with a different format. This event allows you to sit in small groups with each expert for an opportunity to discuss what you want to know. This is a chance to dig deep into the knowledge and experience of these experts, to answer questions from you! Get specific answers for your specific questions about: • Farm systems to reduce environmental impact • Environment Canterbury regulations

• Freshwater reforms • Irrigation practices

• Supplier environmental support • Fertiliser application practices Who should attend this workshop? • Sharemilkers, contract milker and managers wishing to understand the current environmental requirements for the operations they are managing – compliance, audits, etc. • Farming business owners wishing to understand current tools available for reducing the environmental footprint of their operations. Due to the style of this workshop numbers are strictly limited – don’t miss out!




Session 2 Workshops: Tuesday afternoon


Understanding your financial position and the importance of benchmarking The DairyNZ Dairybase team, with Brown Glassford and Co Ltd What are the key objectives of the workshop? • For farm managers and new business owners to have a better understanding of their financial statements. • To show how benchmarking your farm can help make your business more profitable and drive future management decisions. What will you take away from this session? • You will take away a much better understanding of your accounts and use this to make better business decisions in the future. • Start having better financial conversations with rural professionals, be more confident to benchmark your business against others, and competent in analysing results. Who should attend this workshop? Farm managers and sharefarmers. Getting calves off to a great start Nicola Neal – Vet and Share Milker Growing our young dairy stock fast for the first eight weeks of life has the potential to affect their first lactation and future production more than any other single thing. Are we getting our calves off to the very best start? Could we do it better, faster, more efficiently and more cost effectively? This session is designed to challenge you to think about your young stock system and how you can turn surviving into thriving. Nicola has over 25 years in the dairy industry, as a large animal vet and progressing from summer student dairy farm assistant to herd owning share milker. For the last ten years she has been focussed on really understanding how to produce good young stock in New Zealand conditions and helping clients to build robust efficient calf rearing systems. Who should attend? Anyone involved in calf rearing on-farm. Farm owners, managers or team members who want to have a better understanding of how to improve calf rearing to achieve better lifetime production.





Session 3 Workshops: Wednesday morning

Choose one of the following workshops as a double session 3.1 or 3.2 or 3.3 OR attend two single session workshops 3.4 and 3.5 Double Session Workshop


Changes in the Capital Markets – what you need to know, and adapting to change Chris McDonald, Manager Financial System Analysis Reserve Bank of New Zealand; David Seath, Brown Glassford & Co, Kelvin Hore, ASB Get an update from Reserve Bank on: • new bank regulatory capital requirements – what is changing and why, and when do the changes become effective, and commentary from the Reserve Bank regarding the risk of dairy sector debt • background to the monetary policy measures introduced as a result of COVID – Large Scale Asset Purchase programme (LSAP or quantitative easing), and the Funding for Lending Programme (FLP) • The workshop will also provide an update from the banking sector on how it will meet the regulatory capital requirements, how they will use the LSAP and FLP, and how that will impact on the availability and terms of debt capital to the farming and dairy sectors. The session will cover what information dairy farmers should be preparing and sharing with those that provide them capital so that capital is achieved on the best possible terms. What will you take away from this session? • Better understanding of Reserve Bank policy, and the reasoning behind current bank regularity requirements and monetary policy • Information about how regulatory and monetary policy changes may affect the types and terms of banking products and services offered to dairy farmers • Information on what banks may want to see and how to prepare this information. This can inform what questions you ask your financial advisors and banker. Who should attend? Farm owners or sharemilkers or those considering getting into farm ownership or sharemilking. Anyone who wants to know more about how financial and monetary markets operate. High performance, lower footprint farming Hear from farmers who are operating efficient, high performing farm businesses, and the steps they are taking to lower their farming footprint and remain profitable. Virginia Serra, Co-Development Lead DairyNZ: Meeting a Sustainable Future: Hinds and Selwyn, with a panel of Canterbury farmers involved in the project What are the key objectives of the workshop? • To consider the key drivers of current losses from dairy farm systems, primarily through N surplus and drainage. • To understand, with real life farmer examples, some of the initial practical steps you can make to influence a reduction in these losses, through efficient management and application of technology and science. • Real-life examples of the effect these applications have on current and future operating profits. What will you take away from this session? • Know how to access support to work out where in your farm business unnecessary losses are occurring due to N surplus or additional drainage events. • Understand from farmer examples what some of the steps are that you can apply to your farm business to begin to operate a lower footprint farm. • An appreciation that many of the efficiency gains you can get on farm through strategic use of inputs could actually be better for your bottom line, depending on management decisions to date. Who should attend? Owners, sharemilkers, contract milkers, LOSM and farm managers, decision makers who can drive implementation on farm.





Session 3 Workshops: Wednesday morning


Cost control What costs can we control? How can we do better? Hear from farmers currently operating and benefitting from low-cost systems. Blair Robinson, Dairy Holdings Ltd Blair grew up on a 400 cow dairy farm in Taranaki. His background includes time spent in the fertiliser industry, with Fonterra and in rural banking (including debt recovery). Blair’s family currently reside on a small block just out of Ashburton. Their involvement in the primary sector includes part ownership in two North Island dairy farms and two poultry farms. Blair’s role at DHL is Chief Operating Officer, leading a team of seven farm supervisors who oversee 59 dairy farms with 50,000 milking cows. DHL run a farm system of high pasture utilisation and low cost of production. DHL try to replicate a farm system built on people, pasture and process. Carlos Cuadrado Carlos and his wife Gisela have gained a strong reputation for working hard and achieving on their own merit. Both from Argentina, they came to New Zealand to work as farm assistants on a dairy farm near Tauranga. By 2009/2010 they had set up their company (Canterbury Pampas Ltd) and started operating as Lower Order Sharemilkers. Since 2014 they have also run the farm on behalf of the owners. In 2011 they had the opportunity to invest in a dairy farm with neighbours. Carlos became Managing Director/CEO for this business. In 2015 this company purchased another farm and they were able to increase their shareholding to 33 percent of both businesses. In November 2020 they dissolved their partnership and are now farm owners of one of their former partner farms. Hannah Fulton Hannah Fulton has been involved in the New Zealand dairy industry since moving to New Zealand in 1997. Hannah and her partner Craig spent time milking in North Island as 50/50 sharemilkers until moving to Hinds in 2009 and going into an equity partnership farm milking 950 cows. They then moved to their current farm milking 630 cows and have been there since 2014. Hannah has a business studies degree focused on agricultural food production from London University. Their farm Paddock Wood has been a LUDF comparison farm for the last three years.

What are the key objectives of the workshop? Hear about: • Getting more for less out of what you are doing. • Spending less on what you are already doing. • Ways of saving. • How to keep control of spending. • Tools for monitoring costs. • Policies for maintenance to avoid large bills.

What will you take away from this session? • Practical steps to take on-farm which will save you money over time. • Ideas for good decision making and cost control implementation. • The opportunity to ask questions and get answers that are relevant to your farm.

Who should attend? Everyone who has a financial interest on farm.




Session 3 Workshops: Wednesday morning


Going beyond the 3 R’s to reduce on-farm waste We’ve all heard of the 3 R’s - reduce, recycle and reuse - but what are the 6 R’s? And how do we implement them on-farm? Trish Rankin - 2019 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year, teacher and dairy farmer Trish is a dairy farmer who sharemilks with her husband Glen, a primary school teacher at Opunake Primary for three terms (he has the third term off for calving). She is a mother to four busy sporty boys, a Dairy Environment Leader, and a DairyNZ Climate Change Ambassador, amongst other things. What are the key objectives of the workshop? • Find out how to reduce waste on-farm and across the whole agricultural sector. • Recycling is number six on the decision-making triangle – there are lots of other aspects. You will find out more about reducing, refusing, swapping out for something re-usable, and re-purposing. What will you take away from this session?

• Learn about the many ways to reduce waste on-farm. • Simple and easy steps to be able to reduce waste on-farm. • Learn to make better decisions around consumption. • Greater awareness of our carbon footprint. Who should attend this workshop? This workshop is aimed at everybody who wants to reduce their waste.




Session 4 Workshops: Wednesday afternoon


The future for bobby calves Opportunities to add value and rear bobbies beyond weaning David Williams and Brendan Kelly - Maatua Hou Ltd

This workshop will focus on how a group of young rural professionals came up with a new approach to rear bobby calves. Maatua Hou Ltd is an equity partnership of four young couples. In 2020 they purchased a Burnham property to provide a pathway for dairy farmers to rear a larger percentage of their less desirable dairy beef to grazing animals. While Maatua Hou Ltd are calf rearers, their goal is to avoid the traditional calf model of selecting good beef calves to purchase, rear and sell to the beef market. This model can involve up to a $400/calf overdraft and only allows farmers to sell their best beef calves. Maatua Hou rear dairy beef heifers, and other rejected animals that were going onto the bobby truck. Farmers retain ownership of the calf, provide Maatua Hou an advance payment on each calf and then both parties profit share on the sale price of the calve when it reaches 100kgLW. Maatua Hou has been able to rear 550 calves in 2020 with very little overdraft. A challenge that has great potential is building a new beef market, that could see an animal reared to 8-12 months, producing very tender beef. • This would allow farmers to reduce wintering impacts. • If beef farmers take on a larger number of dairy born beef animals, this removes the need for beef cows that produce just one calf a year. The grass that was fed to that cow could be instead be fed to growing young stock. This allows more meat to be produced from the same amount of grass and likely the same amount of carbon emitted. What will you take away from this session?

• Information about new calf rearing options and their profitability • Insight into alternative futures for the dairy beef industry and market. Who should attend this workshop? Farm owners and key decision makers, sharemilkers, farm advisors


Preparing for a successful winter: Securing the future of crop-based wintering Dawn Dalley, Senior Scientist, DairyNZ This workshop will provide an update on recent wintering research and what the results mean for achieving regulatory requirements. The workshop will cover what good management looks like, particularly relating to critical source area identification and management. At the workshop you will be assisted to assess the risks of your 2021 crop wintering system and develop a plan for winter 2022 which improves outcomes for animals, people and the environment. What will you take away from this session: • a plan for addressing wintering risks for 2022 on your farm • improved knowledge of options which achieve better wintering outcomes • understand what current good management practice is and what still needs to be done in the sector • an understanding of how addressing wintering concerns will enhance our sector’s reputation. Who should attend? • Farm owners, managers and farm staff involved in wintering planning.




Session 4 Workshops: Wednesday afternoon


Herd reproductive performance – is intervention the only answer? Jair Mandriaza – LIC, Senior Reproduction Solutions Advisor; Vanessa Robinson, Solutions & Development Specialist DairyNZ “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Yet we often see farmers apply this approach on farm to their herd reproduction. This workshop will help you focus on assessing your herd’s current reproductive performance, identify what you want to improve and start your journey to developing an improvement strategy. What will you take away from this session? You will: • understand how your decisions throughout the season affect reproductive performance • learn what hormonal and non-hormonal interventions are available, and how they might suit your farm • understand Canterbury’s reproductive journey over the past six years and how your herd compares to others • get insight into the key opportunities Canterbury farmers have to improve their herd’s reproductive performance • identify what you should focus on to improve reproduction so you can start to work on this with your rural professional. Who should attend this workshop? People who make decisions about herd management and reproduction. Get in - get out! What those getting out want, and what those getting in have, and how they fit together successfully. Are you thinking of where you want to be in 10 years’ time? How do you get there? Start developing a clear plan for the future setting out how you will get there. Come and listen to what the other half want and get both sides of the picture. Malcom Ellis - LIC General Manager NZ Markets and ex hands on dairy farmer Malcolm has a lifetime association with dairy, and a particular passion for farm system profitability, the value of herd improvement and the positive progression of young people through the industry. Malcolm and wife Jody owned and operated a multi-farm Waikato based business until Malcolm took up a role initially within the breeding scheme at LIC in 2011. This is a story of staying involved in the industry but removing yourself from the day to day management of the farm and ultimately reducing the financial interest in the business to allow the pathway of others. John Donkers - Farm Consultant John Donkers has spent most of his consultant career in the dairy industry. For the last twenty five years he has worked as a farm consultant advising dairy farming businesses in Canterbury. John is a shareholder and director for an equity partnership established in 1994 which owns four dairy units. Irrigation has been a key interest for John over a number of years and he is currently a director of Central Plains Water Ltd. Sam O’Reilly - Farm owner Sam and Anna O’Reilly are a great example of a successful equity partnership. Over the past seven years they have grown their business to 50 percent farm ownership position on a 740 cow dairy farm. Sam also manages a second farm of 1600 cows nearby. They have worked hard and progressed from being a Herd Manager to 50/50 Sharemilking to ownership by making timely moves and good decisions with a little bit of luck. What are the key objectives of the workshop? • Hear how other dairy farmers have made their way through the industry. Pick up some tips and tricks that may help you to get where you want to go. • Look at models that ease you off farm over time or get you off farm, possibly without having to sell. • Key ideas for how to manage the changeover to step down and maintain a positive attitude towards change. What will you take away from this session? • Steps for planning successful change. • Ideas of what to include in the future plan and how to keep the deal sweet for both parties. Who should attend this workshop? Farm owners still on farm and those looking to progress.




Contacts SIDE Coordinator Tammy Johnson PO Box 85066 Lincoln 7647 E: W:

The views presented at SIDE are the opinions of the individual speakers and are not necessarily shared by the SIDE organising committee or supporting organisations. Given the general nature of some of the views and information presented at SIDE, and the fact that every participant’s individual circumstances are different, SIDE participants should not act solely based on the material presented at the event, but should obtain specific advice according to their own circumstances.




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