Join LIC at the Pasture to Profit Conference 2019 to discuss the evolution of dairy systems that ensure sustainable profits. We have brought together a diverse group of speakers to help you plot a path to a profitable future that could see you become a top 10% performer.
Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) in the South Island of New Zealand is within the top 10% of NZ dairy farms and frames the conference this year. LUDF demonstrates responsible profitable dairy farming having executed a major system change under enforced environmental restrictions.
Over the past five years LUDF has remained profitable through the change to a more intensive pasture management system. This has resulted in reductions in fertiliser levels, improvement in milk solids production, better grassland production and utilisation and reduced environmental impact.
We're delighted to announce the keynote speaker for each of the first three sessions is Ron Pellow, who was key to the radical and profitable changes at LUDF.
An informed line up of UK farmers and speakers will support LUDF by presenting their own strategies and knowledge on how you can adapt to ensure long term sustainable profitability under changing environmental pressures.
Session one: Production systems - where can we find the extra 10 percent?
Genetics, production, soil management and fertility will all come under the microscope. This session is chaired by Pasture to Profit farm consultant, Piers Badnell. Guest speakers include:
- Ron Pellow, national manager farms at AgResearch New Zealand
- Tim Byrne, managing director of AbacusBio
- Elizabeth Stockdale, head of farming systems at National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)
Session two: What tools turn grass into grass and milk into profit?
This session, chaired by Pasture to Profit farm consultant, Sean Chubb, investigates how monitoring, benchmarking and lean farm management can lead to increased profitability. Guest speakers include:
- Ron Pellow: Profitability through system change
- Euryn Jones, regional agricultural director at HSBC Bank
- Davis Homer, Chisbury Lane Farm in Wiltshrie
- Dr George Fisher, independent consultant at Gearge Fisher Consulting
Session three: Are you ready to ride the legislative wave?
Discover all things environmental. Chaired by Pasture to Profit farm consultant, Bess Jowsey, this session's speakers include:
- Ron Pellow: Our why - Demonstrating industry responsibility
- Paul Tompkins, Southacre Farm, NFU vice dairy chair and ADHB ambassador
- Grace Whitlow from AHDB
Session four: Ideas for herd improvement within a TB herd
A difficult subject that will interest many farmers. Details are yet to be confirmed.
LIC Pasture to Profit Conference starts with a farm visit to Church Farm (of Pilkingon Farms) in Sherbourne.
Come along to see a great example of a successful block calving dairy system, and the very latest in New Zealand agri-technology.
Here you will see and discuss:
- how finances are managed to ensure a smooth transition and growth
- how grass is managed throughout the season
- challenges of farming close to an urban environment
- how LIC genetics are shaping the future of the herd
- the Pilkington family's different approach to employing and keeping quality staff.
Attendance is free of charge.
While the country is gripped with Rugby World Cup fever, renowned former All Black Zinzan Brook is the guest speaker at the Pasture to Profit Conference networking dinner. Make sure you select the networking dinner when you are purchasing your Pasture to Profit Conference tickets, as it is an additional event.
Tickets to the Pasture to Profit Conference and additional events are limited so don't delay. Make sure you are part of one of the most relevant dairy discussions in 2019.