Abundance of new ideas shared

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
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 co-operative.

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 workshops.

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.