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A conference by farmers, for farmers

5 December 2011

A conference by farmers, for farmers

Dairy farmers from across the country are invited to participate in the NZ Dairy Business Conference, the 43rd annual event hosted by the New Zealand Large Herds Association and Altum.

Phil Butler, chairman of the Palmerston North team organising the event says it’s the program designed by farmers, for farmers that makes this event stand out.

“We address the topics that come up outside of the formal discussion groups, around the opportunities for progression and improvement, rather than the mechanics of cows and grass. As the country’s biggest export earner, the dairy industry is vital to the New Zealand economy. As participants in the industry, we need to ensure we are up with the play with research, technology and global trends, to help drive continued progress and improvement” says Phil.

“This conference themed ‘Turbo charge your knowledge’ is a great chance for us to hear from key business and industry leaders on their views of the research, technology and brand opportunities both now and in the future.

Owen Greig, a member of the local organising committee says the opportunity to network with dairy farming business colleagues and agribusiness professionals in a lively, positive environment, was another draw card.

Owen farms with his family 15 mins South West of Palmerston North, the team milks 2000 cows on a self-contained unity of 1500ha. He is also a shareholders councillor for Fonterra’s Southern Manawatu ward.

“The program is designed to challenge our thinking, as we kick off with a look at the state of play in the economy, from a global, domestic and on farm perspective, with Dr Adrian Foster of Rabobank AsiaPacific, and business commentator Rod Oram airing their views. Our afternoon session will explore ways of adding value to NZ through brand and technology opportunities.

“On Wednesday morning we visit the Massey, AgResearch & Fonterra Research Centres, and Landcorp farms in the Motua basin. Spaces on each of these trips is limited, so delegates are advised to register their spot early.

“The Altum Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening features comedian Dai Henwood, and local band Two Old Men.

“On Thursday we explore progression through the industry from solid foundations to governance, strategy and succession planning with addresses from Tim Alpe (2010 Entrepreneur of the Year), Ben Allomes and Theo Speirings.

Owen says farmers will get maximum value from attending the whole conference, but it’s possible to register for individual days if that’s all time allows.

NZ Dairy Business Conference
Tuesday – Thursday 27 – 29 March 2012
Awapuni Raceway, Palmerston North

For full information on the program, line-up of guest speakers and to register, visit . Altum is the premier sponsor and the event is supported by a team of organisations including Merial Ancare, Alltech, and Rabobank.

About Altum

Part of the Ballance Group of companies, Altum specialises in customised nutrient management services, addressing farmers’ complete nutrient needs.

Focused on optimising farm productivity Altum provides tailored advice and science-backed products that meet the nutrition needs of the soil, plant and animal.

The company’s plant nutrient brands include the innovative Granmax fertiliser range and the SustaiN range. Its animal nutrition products include the unique Crystalyx brand which delivers nutrients to balance pasture nutrient deficiencies and the OptiMAX range which provides essential minerals.

As trusted experts in complete nutrient management, Altum’s dedicated team work with farmers to drive nutrient efficiencies, with the outcome of optimal productivity for New Zealand farmers.

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