Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:07

SIDE 2015 attracts good interest

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Close to 600 dairy farmers are expected to converge on Lincoln University in Canterbury this week for the annual South Island Dairy Event (SIDE).

SIDE organising committee chair Steve Booker says the event is attracting good numbers this year. “I think it’s because farmers are realising that taking time out of the day-to-day operations to learn and share is invaluable.”

Booker believes the current dairy downturn makes it more important than ever for dairy farmers to make the effort to attend. “It’s not only being made aware of the latest information on dairying, SIDE also provides the support that comes from networking with fellow farmers all dealing with and facing similar issues.”

The theme this year is UpSIDE, with the emphasis on the farmer.

Booker says the event aims at equipping farmers with ideas, encouragement and motivation for physical and mental well-being. This year’s keynote speakers are motivational presenters who have pushed through adversity to achieve.

At the same time there are many workshops in place to help farmers assess their productivity and to identify efficiencies in their business. Attendees can customise the conference to fit their interests and needs.

“Now is not the time to be pulling down the shutters and looking inward, it’s important to work out what productivity efficiencies are needed, and what your own wellness requirements are.  It’s important to discuss this together as an industry, and also to take this home and work out changes at an individual level alongside family and work colleagues.”

Visit the SIDE website for more information and registration details http://side.org.nz/

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