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
“We want to equip farmers with knowledge, understanding, tools and motivation to lead an ever-evolving dairy sector with pride, confidence and resilience.”
SIDE2021 - EVOLVE
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