Thursday, 11 June 2015 16:12

Smashing time could be what farmers need

Written by 
Noldy Rust. Noldy Rust.

Smaller Milk and Supply Herds (SMASH) will open its annual conference in mid-June, hosted by Northland, Taranaki and Waikato.

The organisers are in the final stages of planning the one-day event, says SMASH chairman Noldy Rust.

“The programme has come together well, with heaps of opportunities for learning something new, whether from our excellent speakers or from other farmers.

“The SMASH concept has been hugely successful in bringing people together to network, share and learn… a break from our busy schedules… fun, learning, sharing and last but not least, eating.”

The day, with the theme ‘Farming with Vision’, begins with a different opening speaker in each location: John Roche, DairyNZ, in Northland; Danny Donaghue, Massey University, in Taranaki; and Jason Minkhorst, Fonterra, in Cambridge.

Peter Kemp, Massey University, will speak about research at Massey’s No.1 dairy farm. This farm is trialling a variety of methods for increasing profitability without degrading the environment.

Sarah Dirks, DairyNZ, will look at heifer management and how to get the best out of off farm grazing. She will lead a local farmer panel discussing the impact of undergrown young stock, local challenges and management to grow animals well.

Marloes Levelink, an expert at reading cow behavioural signs, will show attendees how to interpret what cow signs mean so they can improve their stock sense, and increase cow longevity and productivity.

The day will end with a session by Country Calendar presenter Frank Torley.

The SMASH conferences will be held in Whangarei, Stratford and Cambridge on June 15, 17 and 19 respectivelywww.smallerherds.co.nz.

 

More like this

Smaller farm fits the bill

A midlife crisis and the desire for a new challenge were the catalysts for Nathan and Rosie Hughes’ switch to smaller herd dairy farming three years ago.

Rules driving farmers out

New farming rules around sustainability are driving elderly farmers out of the dairy industry, says agri-economist Phil Journeaux.

Featured

 

Stop making decisions for farmers

OPINION: From my observations of general media reporting it seems that in today’s world no one wants to take responsibility for their actions.

National

Effluent expo canned

The Effluent & Environment Expo, scheduled for early November in Hamilton, has been cancelled.

Fonterra back in the black

Fonterra chief executive Miles Hurrell says 2019/20 was a good year for the co-op, with profit up, debt down and…

Machinery & Products

Clear cut fodder

CLAAS Harvest Centre product manager, Luke Wheeler, says the end goal should always be the starting point when making purchasing…

Good mower an essential tool

Third-generation dairy farmers Hayden and Tania Edmeades run 500 dairy cows and associated young stock over 190ha near Putararu in…

Mowers get a makeover

Well known throughout New Zealand over the past 18 years, Pottinger has redesigned its rear-mounted Novadisc mowers to incorporate a…

Hardy spotlight

High quality, reliable lighting is essential for anyone involved in agriculture or the great outdoors.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

Eyes have it

OPINION: Painting eyes on the backsides of cows could save their lives, according to new research by Australian scientists.

Walkers versus cows

OPINION: A North Yorkshire teacher has become at least the second member of the public to be trampled to death…

» Connect with Dairy News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter