SMASH Conference 2016 – Feilding

In region: Manawatu In category Conference

CRV Ambreed is sponsoring the Smaller Milk and Supply Herds (SMASH) Conference 2016 on 22 June 2016 in Manfield, Feilding.


Theme: Finding the Silver Lining

A positive, vibrant and interactive day organised by dairy farmers for dairy farmers, with plenty of time for informal networking. Get ideas, methods and inspiration to make the shift to a whole new level!


Programme highlights

The attractive option of staying small and highly profitable

Mark Townshend, will speak about the importance of smaller herd farming to the industry and how wealth can be created, and protected, in small to medium-sized farming businesses. Mark is not only a dairy farmer himself, with forty years’ experience of dealing with dairy industry price volatility, but also a former Fonterra director, and he has involvement in dairy farms across New Zealand, in Chile and the USA.

Profitable use of supplementary feed

Ian Williams, Pioneer Brand Products, will cover how you can make money off supplements at a $4.50 payout and will answer questions like: Should I change my system given the lower payout? When should I feed supplements? What supplements do I feed? How much should I pay for the supplements I am feeding? Do different supplements do different things in the farm system? What should I feed when?

Fearlessly facing challenges

Are you daunted by the challenges you need to take on? Kevin Biggar, of TVNZ adventure documentary “First Crossings” fame, will confront your doubts head-on and provide tips, tools and realistic strategies to help you refocus on what you can control so you can create momentum and achieve success.

Programme runs from 10.30am-3pm.

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$50/ticket for DairyNZ levy payers (farmers and staff) $80/ticket for non-levy payers

Meals included in your ticket price.


How to register

Register and pay online and go in the draw for a night’s free accommodation. Registrations close 17 June. Click here to register.


Need more information?

Email or phone Ferg McNaught 027 555 9017.