Conference Programme

Theme: Resilience – what makes a resilient dairy business going forward?

RESILIENCE is the capacity of a system to absorb and thrive in a changing and uncertain production environment. The 2017 SALH conference will explore what will make successful dairy businesses resilient going forward. This will include the latest from the fields of pasture, soil and animal technology to the human element of what makes a resilient person. The discussion around the four pillars of resources,animal, business and people will hopefully leave delegates with a clear vision of our competitive advantages and enable them to return home to further mould resilient and prosperous businesses.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

TimeTopicSpeaker
17:30Meet & greet - braai
Opening of exhibitions

Monday, 5 June 2017

TimeTopicSpeaker
Chair:Simon MatthewsRESILIENT FARMING SYSTEMS
09:00Welcome and opening prayerSimon Matthews
09:10KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Resilient farming systems: surviving volatilityDr Roger Cady, USA
09:50Resilient farming systems – driving resilienceDr John Fetrow, USA
10:30DISCUSSION
10:40TEA
ChairRob Stapylton-SmithRESOURCES: ENVIRONMENT
11:1050% grass in the diet: sweet spot, risk or opportunityBasil Doonan, Tasmania
11:50Enhancing resilience through water stewardshipSue Viljoen, WWF-SA
12:20DISCUSSION
12:30LUNCH
ChairMark HauffRESOURCES: CROPS AND SOILS
13:30Building soils for long-term productionDr Ants Roberts, NZ
14:10A unique analytical system to better define the characteristics of forages and feed ingredients – designing more cost-effective dietsDr Jay Johnston, Canada
14:50DISCUSSION
15:00TEA
ChairDr Chris van DijkRESOURCES: CATTLE
15:20Resilient cows: why is fertility management so important in a seasonal calving herd?Dr Alessio Valenza, USA
16:00Lifting the bar: why business management mattersDr John Fetrow, USA
16:45Drakensberg Boy’s Choir come in to do a sound check – delegates have some free time. Craft beer provided by Meadow Feeds.
18:00DRAKENSBERG BOYS’ CHOIR
After the choirMarket stall supper by Meadow Feeds

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Tome TopicSpeaker
Chair:Basil DoonanFARM BUSINESS
09:00Overview of day 1
09:10Dairy sustainability – economic profitability should not be the elephant in the roomDr Jude Capper, UK
09:50Global mega trends affecting agribusinessChristopher Nolan, USA
10:30DISCUSSION
10:40TEA & poster session
11:40Resilient farmer types and their risk management strategiesDr Nicola Shadbolt, NZ
12:30A balanced work life /stress in the dairyDr David Bartram, UK
13:10DISCUSSION
13:20LUNCH
Chair:Joe Viviers
14:20Business resilience – no future without itDr John Westwood
15:20DISCUSSION
15:30TEA
15:50Farm video - IxopoRob Stapylton-Smith
16:20Farm video – E CapeBloekomlaan
16:50DISCUSSION of both farm videosPanel
17:30HAPPY HOUR

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

TimeTopicSpeaker
Chair:Nigel LokDAIRY FARMING GOING FORWARD
08:30Overview of day 2
08:40Share milking – a South African success storyZola Gebeda
09:10How lessons learned at the SA Large Herds Conference helped me become a successful dairy farmerTshilidzi Matshidzula
09:40DISCUSSION
09:50TEA
10:10South African opportunities in the next 10 yearsBasil Doonan, Tasmania
10:50The single biggest secret to resilienceGavin Sharples
11:50CLOSING REMARKSChris van Dijk

Speakers

Dr Roger Cady

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Dr Jude Capper

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Basil Doonan

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Dr David Bartram

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Christopher Nolan

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Dr Ants Roberts

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Dr John Fetrow

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Prof Nicola Shadbolt

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Alessio Valenza

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Tshilidzi Matshidzula

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Sue Viljoen

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Prof John Westwood

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Dr Jay Johnston

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Gavin Sharples

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