New Zealand agriculture doesn't need "the latest fad from America," according to New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science (NZIAHS) president, Jon Hickford.
South Island Dairy Event chair Terry Kilday said registrations for the event at Lincoln University from June 26 to 28 are strong, and he is expecting even more farmers to register this week.
The theme “Controlling the Controllable,” concentrates on what dairy farmers are able to influence. This is clearly hitting the mark - Kilday said SIDE organisers have received positive responses supporting this year’s programme.
“The conference is run by farmers for farmers, which ensures sessions remain relevant to what is topical today and useful tomorrow, with each year’s theme based on feedback gained from the previous event.”
“This time, farmers made it clear they need good information on the everyday things they can do to manage their farms through the highs and lows of milk prices.”
“We’re really pleased with the range of speakers and over 30 practical workshops presenting research and experience on how to control all aspects of farm businesses, from questioning costs and feed inputs to checking if they are running the most financially sustainable systems for their farm.”
Attendees can customise the conference to fit their interests and needs, as well as meet like-minded farmers. SIDE is also a great opportunity to hear about the bigger picture facing the industry, and what might be around the corner.
Registrations are open until the start of the event on June 26. Information can be found at side.org.nz