Workshops & Post SIDE Field Trip

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Innovation Breakfast

Learn from two Southland businesses about their challenges of dealing with a changing social, sustainability focused and general business environment. How they have used innovation to capture new opportunities and rise to these challenges.

You will also get an update from Southland's Regional Development Agency, Great South on how the New Zealand energy sector will look in the future.

NOTE: This is a Pre-SIDE presentation and attracts a cost to cover breakfast.
Timing: 7.00am - 8.30am | To register, click here

Benji Biswas - Crunchy (Vertical Farming


Hamish McMurdo - Recycle South 



Steve Canny - Great South & NZ Hydrogen Counci


Mitigating Milk Price Risk: Techniques for Achieving Milk Price Stability 

Join NZX and BDO for an interactive workshop where we'll equip you with the skills and knowledge to manage milk price risk within your business. Rod Hansen, Director at BDO, will explain how to assess risk within your business and develop a hedging policy. Plus, David Sellen and Matt Manning from NZX will guide you through the various hedging tools available. To top it all off, we'll finish with a trading simulation lead by NZX to help you put your new skills into practice. Don't miss out on this opportunity to take control of your milk price risk management! 

Matt Manning - NZX - New Zealand Exchange

David Sellen - NZX - New Zealand Exchange

Rod Hansen - BDO

World of Wearables

Ryan Luckman, a Veterinarian with a big interest in Epidemiology will present this session. The adoption of technology especially behaviour monitoring of collars is ramping up at an incredible pace in New Zealand. With Ryans intensive experience and research in this area he will give us a front row seat to discover how our farmers can leverage the true potential of the data and technology they've paid for. He will also talk about the advantages and disadvantages which go alongside new technology adoption. Through many trials and monitoring data on different farms over a long period of time he will share his knowledge and data findings in all aspects in this area.

Ryan Luckman - The Veterinary Centre, Waimate

Tackle Your To-Do List

Do you ever feel like there’s not enough hours in the day? Loshni Manikam will explain a simple, practical way to tackle your To-Do List, that you can implement immediately, reducing your stress levels and increasing your efficiency.

Loshni Manikam

Skin in the Game - Contract Milking and Being Self-Employed

This workshop looks at contract milking from the angle of both the young farm manager and farm owner by way of a panel discussion with farmers and industry experts.

Panelists are:

  • Marie Crowley-Hughes & Peter Hughes - Farm Owners
  • Jamie McCrostie - Progressing Sharemilker
  • Mark Horgan - Banking background and farmer
  • Tony Miles - Farm Consultant
  • Brett McDonough - Accountant
  • Gonzalo Bascur and Nayabet Espinoza - Contract Milkers
Work Smarter, Not Harder - a guide to using apps in your day to day farming

A panel of three farmers will talk you through what technology, including an e-diary, payroll, gps proof of placement app, and social media, that they find useful in their day-to-day farming.

Panelists are:

Tracy Henderson - Southland Dairy Farmer

Luke Templeton - Southland Dairy Farmer

Stu Russell - Canterbury Dairy Farmer

How to be the Best Boss

The speakers of this workshop will talk about what systems they use to run an efficient business, keeping their staff motivated, and share their experience managing and retaining their people on farm. They will provide tips on navigating the current NZ immigration process when employing migrants on and offshore, as well as the current employer accreditation and job check process.

Stefan and Annalize du Plessis - Southland Dairy Farmers

Amy Heenan - Chileforce Ltd

Catchment Groups - On the Ground Progress through Science

Thriving Southland have been supporting Southlands catchment groups for the last three years and during that time a multitude of projects have been undertaken from building sediment traps and testing water quality to brainstorming new ideas and gaining scientific knowledge. Come and hear about a few of these projects from the farmers driving change from the ground up.

  • Carbon Neutral Dipton – Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Sequestration Journey
  • ACE – Aparima Community Environment – Building our future together with our Community
  • Orauea River Catchment Group – Understanding our Geology
  • Hedgehop Makarewa – Understanding the Landscape to Drive Change.

Rachael Halder - Senior Catchment Coordinator, Thriving Southland

Charleen Withy - Greater Dipton Catchment Group Member 

Luke Templeton - ACE (Aparima Community Environment) Member

Ginny Crawford - Orauea River Catchment Group Member

Simon Topham - Hedgehope Makarewa Catchment Group Member


Growing summer safe crops driven by your cows needs

Our industry specialists will divulge specific nutritional and financial data about a range of alternative summer crops, enabling you to grow the best dry-matter crop for your cows needs for that time of year.

Jim Beer - AgriCom

Daniel Knowles - Advance Agriculture

Tools for Success - Lean Management

Lean Management tools have stood the test of time and are essential to maintaining a ‘Continuous Improvement’ culture. Put simply, 'Lean Management' is committing to a better tomorrow; Lean Tools help make this possible. Apolline Komene from FarmRight believes Lean is a sustainable strategy for every Farm Manager. This workshop offers examples and an honest reflection on the challenges of implementation.

Apolline Komene - FarmRight

Gavin Tayles - FarmRight

Natural Disaster - Are you Prepared?


It is not a matter of IF, but WHEN, as a farmer are you prepared for a natural disaster such as a flood or earthquake?

Hear firsthand from farmers about their experiences of dealing with natural disasters, what they learnt and what you need to know to be prepared.  Industry experts will be on hand to support and add their thoughts to the conversation.

This useful workshop will set the scene with the types of natural disasters we need to be prepared for in NZ and give you practical advice on what you need to plan for.

  • Cathie Cotter, Chair Southland Rural Support Trust
  • Glyn Saunders, Rural Communities & Farming Support - MPI
  • Aly Curd, Emergency Management Southland
  • Greg and Gail Mitchell, Patoka East Coast Napier - Cyclone Gabrielle 
  • Kieran Stone, Dunsandel, Canterbury  - Christchurch Earthquakes
  • Adam McCall, Kelso/Tapanui, West Otago - 2020 Floods
Breaking the Mould on Traditional Investments

If you are looking to grow your equity, or add another revenue stream to your business, come and listen to a panel discussion on how they diversified their business, overcame hardships, and lessons they learnt on their journey to business success.

Toni Auld - Auld Distillery

Tom O'Brien - Welcome Rock

Marijke Dunselman - AgriTourism

Efficient N use - getting the same growth for less

This workshop will cover how to be more efficient with your nutrients to save you money while still maintaining high yields. Jim Risk of Ballance will take you through how to maximise your pasture with precise nutrient use

Jim Risk - Ballance Agri Nutrients 

Post SIDE Optional Field Trip to the Southern Dairy Hub

This is your opportunity to see what goes on at this world class research farm and hear the latest trial results, learning, and what's coming up next for the Hub. This is a must-do for anybody with an interest in research being done at farm level. (2 hours plus a BBQ afterwards)

Dawn Dalley - DairyNZ

Please Note: The views presented at SIDE are the opinions of the individual speakers and are not necessarily shared by the SIDE organising committee or supporting organisations. Given the general nature of some of the views and information presented at SIDE, and the fact that every participant’s individual circumstances are different, SIDE participants should not act solely on the basis of the material presented at the event, but should obtain specific advice according to their own circumstances.