DWN2020 Workshops

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  • W1: Build me up

    W1: Build me up

    Day One

    W1: Build Me Up

    W1: Build me up

    Day One

    Ever snapped over a silly mistake? Or felt really flat for days on end? When we aren’t feeling right in ourselves, it can have a negative impact on performance and the way we interact with others. Understanding these signs is the first step to a happier, healthier you.

    Learning Outcomes:
    – Understand signs and symptoms of depression and burnout
    – Understand the effects of depression and burnout on the individual and the team
    – Tips and trick to improve your wellbeing

    Presenters:
    Gerard Vaughn – Gerard has been project lead for Farmstrong since 2013. Previous roles he has held include National Manager for the “Like Minds” mental health campaign involving well-known New Zealander John Kirwan (five years) and CEO of the Alcohol Advisory Council (five years).

    Sponsored by: FMG

  • W2: Happy Cows!

    W2: Happy Cows!

    Day One

    W2: Happy Cows!

    W2: Happy Cows!

    Day One

    Learning Outcomes:
    – Understanding the hoof to reduce lameness
    – Picking up early signs of lameness to eliminate bigger problems going forward
    – Case studies with local farmers to understanding and learn about what technology is working for them

    Presenters:
    Amanda Kilby – Amanda is a Livestock Technical Advisor for MSD Animal Health.  She provides support for the lower North Island and is based in Wellington. Amanda grew up on a dairy farm in the USA.

    She studied Animal and Plant Science, as well as Agriculture Education, before continuing to veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania.  After graduating in 2012, Amanda moved to New Zealand to work as a dairy vet in Canterbury.

    While in clinical practice, she particularly enjoyed assisting with farm staff training and working with farmers to proactively improve herd health.

    David Dymock – David is a veterinary technical advisor for MSD Animal Health in the upper North Island and is based in the Waikato. David graduated from Massey University and has worked as a practicing large animal and livestock veterinarian in New Zealand, Australia and the USA, over the past 12 years.

    David has worked in the Massey University, the University of Florida and North Carolina State veterinary teaching hospitals and he enjoys engaging with farmers and veterinarians to improve knowledge, health and increase productivity of herds.

    Stuart Rogers Stuart created and operates HOOF IT, a Waikato business providing hoof care services to Dairy, Beef and Lifestyle farmers. This is a specialist professional service, using the latest concept equipment, products and techniques. Thus, offering the farmer the best possible service at a low cost, in a timely manner for North Island customers.

    Coupled to the service, HOOF IT has an online shop, selling directly to the farmer. They offer a complete range of products for the farmer to be able to complete their hoof care, in a safe and easy to use manner.

    Wendy Harker – Wendy and her husband David have been farming on Kakepuke Road, Te Awamutu, for 35 years, gradually expanding their dairying operation to its current size of 252ha milking 430 cows. They run a closed system with all youngstock reared on farm and all supplements grown on farm. A team of 3 full-time staff help them run the operation.

    Wendy is a certified TOP inspector, Milking Shorthorn and Holstein Friesian judge. She is also the past president of Holstein Friesian NZ, the Waikato Branch Chairperson of the Milking Shorthorn Society and a member of the NZ Animal Evaluation Farmers Advisory Panel. The Harker family enjoy exhibiting both Milking Shorthorns and Holstein Friesians at shows, and particularly like to help support the youth in learning how to care and show their animals. The Westell Stud aims to continue to breed profitable, long lasting cows that are no fuss, easy care animals.

    Sponsored by: Allflex Livestock Intelligence

  • W3: It sounds green to me

    W3: It sounds green to me

    Day One

    W3: It Sounds Green To Me

    W3: It sounds green to me

    Day One

    Environmental planning is now an integral part of farming. But once the plan is created, how do we use it to navigate decisions for the upcoming year? Ensure environmental plans remain living documents and learn from others to improve best practice. 

    This session has 2 parts to it, you will need to choose this workshop for morning and afternoon session when you are registering.

    Learning Outcomes:
    – Learn to effectively analyse and interpret data from your Farm Environmental Plan to make informed decisions on-farm and for your farm business
    – Gain an understanding of what steps other industries are taking to support their members/suppliers in regard to the environment – learning from each other.

    Presenters:
    Mat Cullens – Mat is General Manager of Sustainable Dairying at Fonterra. His team is responsible for developing the farmer-facing tools and services that prepare Fonterra farmers to meet the constantly evolving aspirations of communities and customers. In addition, they represent farmers’ views and positions in both regional and national policy processes.

    Matt has worked at Fonterra for 8 years in both farmer-facing field roles and programme development roles, prior to moving to his current role in June 2019. Before joining Fonterra he had roles with the Canterbury Regional Council and spent 4.5 years in the United Kingdom in a range of policy and planning positions before returning to New Zealand, where he is currently based in Canterbury.

    Charlotte Rutherford – Charlotte is one of the most experienced people in the New Zealand agricultural sector, developing and implementing standards and systems that support farmers to achieve meaningful change in farm practice at scale. Past initiatives include the Fonterra Nitrogen Programme, Tiaki Farm Environment plans, and now the Cooperative Difference which is Fonterra’s brand new approach to sustainability on farm. The Co-operative Difference programme will make it easier for farmers to know what is expected today and in the future, as well as recognise those farmers who are taking steps to produce high quality milk in a more sustainable way.

    Charlotte has also spent significant time in the area of development of policy at both the regional and national level. As we move into a significant period of change for dairy farmers as the Government develops the Essential Freshwater and Climate packages of policy and regulation, Charlotte and her team will be busy ensuring Fonterra farmers have the support and information they need to ensure their businesses remain resilient and thriving into the future.

    Alison Howard – Alison is Head of Sustainability at Meridian Energy, and has a wide range of knowledge and experience in how business can accelerate the pace of change, and create value from sustainability. After four years at Deloitte advising a range of businesses on strategy, reporting, climate change and more, she has returned to Meridian, where she started out as an engineer designing wind farms.

    Alison’s passion for sustainability has only grown since becoming a mother of small children, and she hopes businesses are inspired by Meridian to create the change New Zealand needs for a sustainable, net zero carbon future.

    Jen Scoular – Jen Scoular is Chief Executive of New Zealand Avocado. She has successfully raised both the profile and value of the New Zealand industry and advocates strongly for growers and the primary industries. She has a passion and drive to promote avocados, the industry and New Zealand. She chairs the national GIA Deed Governance Group for better biosecurity across primary industries.

    Jen joined the avocado role after a four year posting as a trade diplomat heading the New Zealand Consulate in Hamburg, Germany. She was charged with driving commercial success for New Zealand exporters in Germany, Northern and Eastern Europe, Russia and Turkey, and raising the visibility of New Zealand as a trading partner.

  • W4: Knowing me is knowing you

    W4: Knowing me is knowing you

    Day Two

    W4: Knowing Me Is Knowing You

    W4: Knowing me is knowing you

    Day Two

    Having the tools to quickly identify a staff member’s personality type can really help to strengthen the way you communicate with them and build a great team of people. Everyone is unique but do show particular traits or behaviours that can help you get a sense of their optimal way of working. 

    This session has 2 parts to it, you will need to choose this workshop for morning and afternoon session when you are registering.

    Learning Outcomes:
    – To understand the DOPE (Dove, Owl, Peacock, Eagle) personality programme
    – Understand various personality types to know how to get the best out of your team but also how to deal with the team when there are issues.
    – To understand the different cultures in New Zealand and what overseas workers struggle with when they move to New Zealand and what is the best way to induct them quicker into their new home, New Zealand.

     

    Presenter:

    Viv Robinson

    Sponsored by: PrimaryITO

  • W5: LEAN on me

    W5: LEAN on me

    Day Two

    W5: LEAN On Me

    W5: LEAN on me

    Day Two

    Learning Outcomes:
    – Understanding what ‘waste’ is and the impact and where it is hiding on farm.
    – How to get your team on board and thinking LEAN when you get home.
    – Ideas and tips for developing practical LEAN ideas remove that waste.

     

    Presenter: Sarah Watson

    Sarah’s passion is helping people to be the best employers they can be.

    Sarah’s Background includes:
    – Southland Sharemilking
    – Head of HR for corporate agr/hort business
    – HR Manager Christchurch Casino
    – Canterbury Territory Manager for corporate dairy farmer
    – Consultancy – People Management and Development

    In 2013 Sarah lead the DairyNZ Lean for Dairying project, developing FarmTune, New Zealand’s #1 Lean Management programme for farming. Sarah is the lead provider of this programme in the South Island.

  • W6: Making plans for succession

    W6: Making plans for succession

    Day Two

    W6: Making Plans For Succession

    W6: Making plans for succession

    Day Two

    Learning Outcomes:
    – Gain understanding and insight into the succession planning process
    – An environment where those that are exiting the industry and those that are looking to progress in the industry can ask questions from knowledgeable professionals.
    – Panel style workshop where rural professional can provide their insight on how they can assist in succession planning.

    Presenters:

    Kelly O’Reilly Ward – Committed to growth in the rural sector, Kelly is an experienced farm accountant with a passion for the dairy industry. Having been born and bred on a farm, and now living on and invested in a large-scale dairy farm, she knows first-hand what a farmer’s life entails.

    Kelly has the knowledge, experience and desire to help and encourage her farming clients to take the next steps in their farming journeys.

    Michael Smith – Mike has been with ASB since 1998. He has personal interests in commercial property, dairy farming and agribusiness in general. Mike covers the Matamata/South Waikato area, providing full banking facilities to farmers. 

    Mike completed a Bachelor of Agriculture (Rural Valuation) at Massey University in 1984. He is a senior member of New Zealand Property Institute as well as a Registered Valuer. 

    Jacqui Owen Jacqui is an employment lawyer with Jacqui Owen Legal, and has expertise and knowledge in the area of industry employment law.  She grew up in Morrinsville before qualifying with a Bachelor of Laws from Waikato University.  

    Jacqui divides her time between practicing law and sharemilking with her husband on a 250-cow job. It is this rural background and her ties to Morrinsville that give her the passion for helping young urban and rural entrepreneurs set up good practices and systems to kickstart their farming careers. 

    Mervyn Gyde – Mervyn is a current Chartered Accountant in a private practice, with interests in strategic planning and development, business structures, marketing, succession, business growth and special projects.  

    Mervyn currently holds governance roles as the Founding Director of gfa Chartered Accountant Ltd; a member of Vision Te Awamutu, an informal group looking at the Waipa’s future in conjunction with Waipa District Council; Chairman of Te Awamutu Home Expo Trust, a philanthropic organisation helping local not-for-profits; and a member of the Waipa District Promotions Development Fund Committee, a committee that allocate council funds to qualifying community organisations annually. 

    Mark Heer – Mark has 30 years’ experience in business across Rural and Corporate banking, manufacturing, wholesale and retail SME’s. He has also held governance roles across these sectors both as a shareholding director and an independent director. His most recent corporate role was as General Manager Rural Banking for ASB. 

    Mark currently holds several governance roles including Board and Advisory Board Chair roles across Dairy, Beef, Poultry, Kiwifruit and Avocado farming enterprises and Real Estate. Mark is also Chair of the ASB MAGS Farm Advisory Group and Trustee for Dairy Women’s Network. 

    Sponsored by: NZ CA Limited

     

  • Post Conference Behind the Scenes Tour

    Post Conference Behind the Scenes Tour

    Friday 8 May

    Post Conference Behind The Scenes Tour

    Post Conference Behind the Scenes Tour

    Friday 8 May

    Come join the great post conference tour being held on Friday, 8th May. You will have the opportunity to watch the bull semen collection at LIC, see how your milk is tested everyday at Milk Test NZ as well as a tour of the Fonterra Te Rapa plant.

    It’s a great opportunity to see behind the scene on what happens to help you with your farming businesses.

    Timing:

    8.30am – Bus pick up – Location TBC

    12.00pm – Finish

    12.30pm – Bus Drop off – Location TBC