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While the organising committee chairman was looking forward to returning to dairy farming, he was delighted with the success of the South Island Dairy Event (Side), which attracted about 400 people to the ILT Southland Stadium in Invercargill.
Keynote and motivational speakers included Real Insight chief executive Sue Lindsay; Paralympian blade runner Liam Malone; dairy farmer Wayne Langford, the Yolo (You only live once) farmer; and All Blacks mental skills coach Gilbert Enoka.
There was also a range of workshops, as well as the inaugural BrightSide, organised by committee member Amy Johnston, who developed it as an afternoon session designed especially for young farm workers and offering advice on finances and career paths.
Mr Topham was delighted with BrightSide's success.
''We had a really good uptake, an amazing uptake,'' Mr Topham said.
''I think Side will be really keen to do something similar for next year.
''It shows there is a demand for the sessions.''
He said he had received a lot of positive feedback about the whole conference.
''Gilbert Enoka was amazing.
''So was Liam Malone, with an awesome sense of humour.
Other workshops looked at new research, wintering systems, social media, biosecurity and health and safety, and there was a virtual tour of the Southland Dairy Hub.
Ben and Nicky Allomes, along with Nick Bailey, who have a dairy farm in Tararua, discussed how they managed staffing systems.
''They were brilliant and people loved them,'' Mr Topham said.
Steve and Tracey Henderson, who are dairy farmers near Bluff, talked about making spring as simple as possible.
''That's what farmers like: hearing other farmers talking about what they tried, what successes they had, what worked and what didn't,'' Mr Topham said.