Making it matter

Making it matter

22 October 2019

Making it matter is the focus for the Dairy Women’s Network conference being held in Hamilton in early May next year.

While the diversity of the Hamilton and Waikato provides a number of great options to experience and explore the region, from the underground wonder of the glow worm-studded Waitomo Caves to the middle-earth movie magic of Hobbiton Movie Set, the Allflex Dairy Women's Network conference 2020 is all about networking, idea sharing, educational opportunities, workshops, visiting key and new suppliers, great social events and fantastic entertainment.

“We are working very hard to provide conference content that is of real value for our members,” Dairy Women’s Network Partner Relationships, Marketing and Communications manager Zellara Holden said.

“For our members to take the time to get off farm to attend the conference is often a big commitment so we need to ensure the conference provides what they need to add some real value to their farm and personal lives, it has to matter.”

Being held at the award winning Claudelands Conference & Exhibition Centre in the heart of Hamilton, Holden said planning was well underway taking on feedback from this year’s conference in Christchurch and working with a committee with its “ear to the ground on what is needed to make it matter.”

“We have content planned around awareness and understanding of animal and people welfare, environmental and climate change, waste management and understanding how to get the best out of staff that includes working with overseas staff and different cultures,” she said.

The #DWN2020 conference features two key note speakers and workshops that includes learning about the latest technology Allflex has in terms of animal monitoring, what treatments to use for pain relief and when and how to use different treatments, understanding different animal behaviours and signs to watch out for in cows and how to interpret data from farm environment plans to use as a tool to make decisions.

The conference has secured Waikato local Julia Jones as its MC. Jones, JJ to those that know her well, is former Agri Manager for ANZ, KPMG Agri Specialist and currently Head of Analytics for NZX, New Zealand’s Exchange.

Starting her career in financial Markets in banking she moved into rural banking, and regardless of her role says the pull back to Agriculture is always strong as it is an industry she is proud to be part of, and with experiences that includes being a finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence awards, attending the Te Honoboot camp at Stanford University and graduating the AWDT Escalator Program, is well positioned to MC and facilitate the conference.

“Julia is passionate about inspiring a new generation of food producers as she believes this will ensure long term economic relevance for our rural communities,” Holden said. “Six years with KPMG fuelled her passion for understanding global trends and their impact on New Zealand and this led to her new role as the Head of Analytics with NZX; we’re excited to have her involved in next year’s conference.”

The conference also features the Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year gala awards evening where the winner is announced.

“We will celebrate success at conference and it’s an opportunity to hear the wisdom of high achievers, a chance to learn from peers and connect with like-minded people,” Holden said “It’s a positively justifiable break from the farm and we’re sure it’s going to be our best Dairy Women’s Network conference ever.”

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