Wednesday, 10 July 2024 08:55

'A roaring success'

Written by  Staff Reporters
Jonathon and Stacey Hoets with their two children. Jonathon and Stacey Hoets with their two children.

Organisers of the South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) 2024 say it was a ‘roaring success’, with over 400 attendees.

SIDE held its 25th event at Lincoln University in Canterbury last month.

Event committee chair of SIDE 2024, Jonathon Hoets says the event is not just about sharing knowledge; it’s about fostering innovation and pushing boundaries.

“The dairy industry is constantly evolving and events like this are crucial in helping farmers adapt to change.”

One of the highlights of SIDE 2024 was the participation of BrightSIDE attendees. Abby Rawcliffe, the BrightSIDE coordinator, emphasised that young attendees play a vital role in shaping the future of the dairy sector.

“Empowering our youth to take on roles within the industry is essential for its longevity,” says Rawcliffe.

“BrightSIDE provides a platform for students and young farmers to ignite curiosity and ambition among young individuals in the industry, connect with experienced professionals, and learn some hands-on skills.”

The conference featured a lineup of keynote speakers, including former Australian SAS medic Dan Pronk, Jeremy Hill, Fonterra, farmer Siobhan O’Malley, and economist Cameron Bagrie. Attendees also enjoyed a field trip to Ashley Dene and Lincoln University Research Farms, and informative sessions with workshops and panels covering a wide range of topics.

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