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This year’s New Zealand Holstein-Friesian Association (HFNZ) conference will be hosted by the Otago branch in Cromwell next month.
The organising committee of the four-day event is keen to showcase Central Otago’s scenery and activities, hence the conference’s name ‘‘High Octane: Gold, wine, speed’’.
About 100 delegates are expected for the conference, which runs from June 19 to 22.
Organising committee member Katy Button said there would be lots of activities for delegates in addition to the national awards and a formal dinner.
‘‘We decided as the cows were dried off, let’s have a proper holiday and see what the region can offer.’’
‘‘It was good to look outside the box and Cromwell had so much to offer.’’
Many of the delegate were looking forward to curling in Alexandra, she said.
‘‘We will have a southern delicacy on offer — cheese rolls — at the same time.’’
Delegates will arrive on June 18, registration taking place the following day.
Delegates will be able to take a bus trip to North Otago or explore Cromwell before the official conference opening.
Over the course of the conference delegates will be able to go gold mining, have a jet-boat ride, tour dairy developments at Hawea Flats and even visit the National Toy and Transport Museum near Wanaka.
The Semex On-Farm Competition awards will be announced on the evening of June 20, followed by the formal dinner where the HFNZ national awards will be held.
In addition to curling in Alexandra, they had the option of visiting the Highlands Motorsport Park.
The HFNZ annual meeting takes place on Thursday morning or alternatively, delegates can explore Bannockburn and have lunch at Mt Difficulty Wines.