About us

The South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) was established in 1998 to provide a forum for those involved in the South Island dairy industry to evaluate and apply knowledge, skills and technology to their business.

The key drivers of SIDE are dairy farmers. The focus and delivery of all SIDE events is guided by farmer needs and on-going evaluation. The stakeholders in SIDE are: South Island dairy farmers; DairyNZ Ltd; Industry (Processors, Service Industries; Agri-business).

The SIDE committee includes ten elected dairy farmers from throughout the South Island who are responsible for soliciting and contributing the views of their region on the event format and programme content. SIDE committee members are elected for a three-year term with the primary role of governance and in particular, policy and planning.

SIDE is committed to improving dairying practices and techniques through funding research projects and organising regional interactive events like Time outSIDE and one-day farmer conferences throughout the South Island. Suggested areas for research are welcomed and contact can be made through the local SIDE committee member or by contacting the SIDE Secretariat.

SIDE focuses on four main areas

The Event

South Island focused

  • Interactive workshops
  • Organised by dairy farmers
  • Impartial and independent
  • Interactive
  • Educational

Local Learning

  • Regional interactive events with content guided by farmers’ needs
  • Learning in the field with highly regarded presenters

Research & Development

  • Funding activities or initiatives which benefit South Island dairying
  • Working with the South Island Dairying Development Centre (SIDDC)
  • Representing South Island dairy farmers’ research needs

Industry Role

  • Ensuring the needs of South Island dairy farmers are heard at a national level


The SIDE committee includes 10 elected dairy farmers from throughout the South Island who are responsible for representing the views of the people in their region when planning the event format and programme content.

Each SIDE committee member is elected for a three-year term. Their primary role is governance, and in particular, policy and planning.

SIDE 2016 Committee

SIDE ChairSteve Booker
Event Committee ChairRobyn Williams
Nelson/MarlboroughJon Nicholls
West CoastDebra Magner
OtagoNicola Neal
CanterburySteve Booker
Andrew Slater
Terry Kilday
SouthlandHeidi Williams
Chris Withy
Lincoln UniversityRacheal Bryant
DairyNZVanessa Winning
Virginia Serra / Richard Kyte
John Willats
Dairy IndustryCharles Fergusson (Fonterra)
SIDDCRon Pellow
Secretarial SupportRosie Petrowski
Sponsorship Co-ordinatorTBC
TreasurerAndrew Lingard

How To Join SIDE

Join the SIDE committee and become actively involved in the South Island dairy industry.

Download nomination forms

SIDE Coordinator
Tammy Johnson

027 886 4628

PO Box 85066
Lincoln University 7647