More than 500 dairy farmers and industry representatives
are all ears as they are addressed at the South Island
Dairy Event held at Stadium Southland in Invercargill last
week. Photo by Nicole Sharp
Dairy farmers and industry representatives from across
the country had a busy start to their week last week as the
South Island Dairy Event returned to Invercargill for the first
time in four years.
More than 500 people gathered at Stadium Southland from June
23-25, as keynote speakers addressed the issues facing the
dairy industry and workshops covered day-to-day topics from
family issues to effluent ponds.
Speakers included Rabobank director of dairy research for New
Zealand and Asia, Hayley Moynihan, and Fonterra chief
executive Theo Spierings.
Both addressed the positive outlook for the dairy sector.
Mr Spierings said the dairy industry had been a doing a
fantastic job and the aim for Fonterra was to improve this
success in the coming years and become a globally relevant
South Island dairy event organising committee chairman Paul
Marshall said the programme for the three-day event was set
out to challenge and inspire.
''I judge the success of seminars by the amount of ideas I
can take home.''
The event had featured a total of six keynote speakers and
people in attendance were able to attend 11 different
Mr Marshall hoped that people would have taken home 17
different ideas to put into practice.
Organisers said it was the biggest event so far.