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Introduction to the SA Large Herds Conferences


I Ever since a Large Herds Conference was first mooted for South Africa during the latter part of 1998,there has been a growing interest from farmers and industry alike both here and overseas. News spread fast and requests for more information are regularly received from various European countries, North America, South America and several from New Zealand.

Since the first conference in 1999, several overseas delegates have attended the eight conferences held to date, the last one being from 3-5 June 2013 at the Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Centre just outside Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa. Amongst these were a number of internationally acclaimed dairy academics and scientists, some of whom took part in the event, amongst them Prof Dana Tomlinson, Zinpro Corp, USA; Basil Doonan, Davey and Maynard Agricultural Consulting; Nicola Shadbolt, Associate Professor in Farm and Agribusiness Management, New Zealand; Philippe Jachnik, International Affairs Counsellor for CNIEL, France and Bill Russell, Dairy Extension Officer, Dept of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia.

The eighth South African Large Herds conference was extremely successful and brought us speakers such as Mark Brown, who was back after his successful presentation in East London. Two other very popular local speakers at the last conference were Tim Noakes and Max du Preez.

The biggest challenge always facing the organising committee is to find a big enough venue!

A Large Herds Conference takes an holistic approach to dairy farming, concentrating on issues peculiar to the large herds operator. Topics such as Systems Management, Strategies for change, Operations Management, Market Trends, Environmental and Technological Trends, Finance and Taxation, Human Resource Management, Motivation and Lifestyle are addressed. These conferences are for progressive dairy farmers serious about their business. However, the conferences are not all work – happy hours, cocktail, safaris, gala dinners, farm visits, ladies' programmes, etc are the order of the day.

This event gives South Africa a unique opportunity to join a select group in the farming community and also benefit from the most up-to-date information available. Delegates from leading dairy farming areas around the world regularly share knowledge and information on techniques and technology that are of enormous benefit to local farmers.

The aim of the conferences is to put participants in the position to take away a strategic business plan for their own farms after the conference, based on their own individual circumstances and needs. This is achieved by creating one-on-one interaction during the conference in the form of the happy hours where delegates can relax and interact to their heart's content.

The committee is already hard at work on the 2015 conference where the theme is: "Productivity through Technology and Innovation".



For further information contact:

Julie McLachlan - MPO Events Organiser
Cell: 083 740 2720 (preferably use cell phone number) - Tel: 012 843 5638
fax: 086 433 2359


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