Today's DairyNZ Farmers' Forum in Rotorua is a chance for locals to hear from the experts and each other about what's going on in the industry.

There will be practical workshops and science snapshots showcasing the latest in research and development to help farmers improve how they farm.

The forums have tailored information for each region.

Topics include finding new traits to improve cow genetic merit for fertility, plantain-based pastures for production and environmental benefits, and 'tightening up our belch': how to reduce methane emissions.


"We hold our forums in the regions every second year, alternating with our national Farmers' Forum, because we want to be accessible to as many people as possible. It's a great opportunity for locals to come along and hear the latest research, science and dairy economics in their own backyard," DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle said.

"There will also be plenty of opportunity for farmers to get to know other people in their community and chat with the speakers. We encourage farmers to register now to secure their place at their local event. Registration is free to levy-paying dairy farmers and their staff."

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle. Photo / Supplied
DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle. Photo / Supplied

"We believe it's really important that local farmers have the opportunity to hear from experts and talk with each other about the steps we need to take individually and as a sector for continued success," said Mackle.

"All the signs are there that dairying in New Zealand will continue to go from strength to strength, but it's important that we continue working proactively to address challenges."

"A key goal of the forums is to ensure farmers have the information and tools they need to take advantage of opportunities and to adapt to changes in farming practice and consumer demand," said Mackle.

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The theme of the forums is Future perspectives – local and global impact. Speakers at the Rotorua event will be:

Dr Matt Glenn, Chief Executive Officer, Robotics Plus Limited (RPL) - Developing robotic and automation solutions for the global agri and horticultural industries. Matt has a PhD in molecular biology.

Mike Petersen, New Zealand Special Agricultural Trade Envoy - Where the world is heading and what this means for the sector.


Graeme Doole, Principal Economist, DairyNZ - Domestic opportunities; factors affecting the future of dairying specifically BOP, insights from an economist.

The Rotorua forum follows one in Whangarei on Wednesday.


• Rotorua, 24 May, Holiday Inn, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Other Farmers' Forums held already this year were:

• Timaru on 17 April
• Westport on 7 May
• Stratford 14 May
• Rongotea 16 May

Register online at