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REGISTRATION is now open for the
2010 Large Herds Conference to be
held at Stadium Southland in
Invercargill on March 15-18.
The conference, with the theme: Tip of the
Iceberg - Complying to the future, will be
opened by local mayor Tim Shadbolt. He
described the occasion as a big boost for the
region both in terms of exposure and rev-
"I'm told these conferences typically
attract about 500 delegates, which is obvi-
ously a lot of people to accommodate and
feed," Mr Shadbolt said.
"I am excited by the prospect that the con-
ference includes farm tours that will show-
case some of the best dairy farmers and
farms in the region."
Delegates will have the opportunity to
visit Mount Linton Station which is one of
the largest privately owned sheep and beef
stations in New Zealand and tour the Bill
Richardson Truck Museum, which is not
generally open to the public.
Mr Shadbolt said the event will wind up
with a "good old Southland hoedown".
"We promise not to mention the Ranfurly
The four-day event will focus on the grow-
ing need to be able to demonstrate environ-
mental compliance to international
buyers. Leading fertiliser and animal nutri-
tion specialist Summit-Quinphos is backing
the Large Herds Association annual confer-
ence as the principal sponsor.
Summit-Quinphos general manager Willie
Thomson said all conscientious farmers were
aware environmental compliance was a
legal, financial and international issue.
"Summit-Quinphos shares the concerns
that the dairy industry is currently seeing just
the tip of the iceberg when it comes to future
environmental compliance in international
Their chief scientist Dr Jamie
Blennerhassett is one of the experts on the
main panel discussing environmental com-
Chairman of the organising committee
Steven Josephs said the 41st annual confer-
ence was a chance to rub shoulders with
other farmers who think outside the square
and apply it to their dairying operations.
"It is important for all farmers to be proac-
tive rather than reactive. This is why we have
invited international speakers from three
countries who are dealing with the growing
international requirements for compliance,"
Mr Josephs said.
He said confirmed speakers included
Alistair Nelson from Rissington Breedline
(suppliers to Marks & Spencer) and the Rt
Hon Dame Jenny Shipley who is active in
international trade especially in the Asian
International speakers include George
Baikie from the United Kingdom, Thomas
Clinton from Ireland and Larry Vanderway
from the United States of America.
For more information on the conference
Southern venue for Large Herds Conference
AGROUP of New Zealand's top dairy
farmers have been taught how to
become environmental leaders.
New Zealand Farm Environment Award
Trust and DairyNZ organised an environ-
mental leadership event, held in Rotorua.
Twenty-two award winning farmers were
selected to nut out farmer-led solutions to
the environmental challenges facing the
Event chairman Martin Bennett said the
forum was part of a nationwide programme
to help New Zealand dairy farmers be more
proactive about environmental manage-
"The group were given a big challenge to
take the concept of sustainability from a
variety of perspectives and then work out
what that meant to them and how they can
best lead our industry in this area," Mr
Participants heard from experts from the
banking sector, Maori affairs, fresh water
ecologists, policy advisors, key dairy indus-
try figures and Green Party MP Jeanette
"The aim of the programme is to give
these farmers the tools and knowledge they
need to continue the leadership they have
already shown," said Mr Bennett.
"We hope they will then act as advocates,
mentors and spokespeople to help drive
change on the farm and communicate what
they are doing for the sustainability of their
industry to the wider community as well."
DairyNZ strategy and investment leader
for sustainability Dr Rick Pridmore said the
forum had given rise to some quality
"Past participants have become involved
in a variety of environmental programmes
like stream catchment groups, planting ini-
tiatives, and Dairy Action Teams.
Encouraging these people is crucial for our
Environmental leadership event encourages sustainable farming
By RACHAEL BRECKON
Promoting Dairy Excellence
28th 29th & 30th January 2010 • Manfeild Park Stadium, South Street, Feilding
Manawatu Show Promotions Ph (06) 323 1886
Schedule available on the web site: www.nzdairyevent.com
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