Conference Programme

Theme: 20 years on . . . stop! recalibrate? repeat?

RESILIENCE is the capacity of a system to absorb and thrive in a changing and uncertain production environment. The 2017 SALH conference explored 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.

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Preliminary programme for 2019

Sunday, 2 June 2019

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

Monday, 3 June 2019

TimeTopicSpeaker
Chair:Simon MatthewsOVER THE INTERNATIONAL HORIZON
09:00Welcome and opening prayerSimon Matthews/Pastor Paul Raper
09:10KEYNOTE ADDRESS: South Africa - the (agricultural) road aheadDr Patrice Motsepe, ARM (to be confirmed)
09:50Global trends shaping the horizons for South African dairy producersDavid Richmond, Fonterra
10:30DISCUSSION
10:40TEA
ChairMark HauffRECALIBRATING - AND RESETTING THE BAR
11:10Profit from pasture - a future perspectiveProf Kevin Smith, Australia
11:50The prudent use of antimicrobialsDr Tine van Werven, The Netherlands (to be confirmed)
12:20DISCUSSION
12:30LUNCH
ChairBasil DoonanTHE PEOPLE POWERHOUSE
13:30Sleep and productivityDr James Maas, USA (to be confirmed)
14:10Sustainability with benefitsDr Judith Capper, UK
14:50DISCUSSION
15:00TEA
FOLLOW FACT NOT FASHION
15:20A blueprint for dairy cowsDr Richard Shephard, Australia
16:00Riding the cycle and winning numbersAidan Bomford, Intelact
16:50Virtual farm visitTo be confirmed
17:30DISCUSSION
18:00HAPPY HOUR

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

TIme TopicSpeaker
Chair:Nigel LokFIGURING IT OUT FASTER!
08:30Overview of day 1Nigel Lok
09:10Using drones - transforming our industry ("keeping up with the drones")James Paterson, Aerobotics (to be confirmed)
09:50Dairy genomicsDr Steven Larmer, Semex
10:30DISCUSSION
10:40TEA & poster session
CONVERTING DATA TO KNOWLEDGE
11:30Turning big data into big outcomesPieter Oosthuizen, Cargill
12:10Quantifying the benefit of using genomic bulls and the potential benefits of testing new-born heifersProf Dorian Garrick, NZ
12:50DISCUSSION
13:00LUNCH
Chair:Rob Stapylton-SmithARE WE THERE YET?
14:00South Africa: the road aheadMax du Preez
14:40South Africa: the solutionLeon Louw, Free Market Foundation
15:20DISCUSSION
15:30T EA
Chair:Joe ViviersTACKLING THE FUTURE HEAD-ON
16:00Refine your point of differenceGreg Mills, Australia
16:40The emergence, development and effectiveness of decision rules for pasture-based dairy systemsProf Kevin Smith, Australia
17:20Virtual farm tourTshilidzi Matshidzula
17:40DISCUSSION
18:00HAPPY HOUR

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

TimeTopicSpeaker
Chair:Dr Chris van DijkFROM GOOD TO GREAT
08:30Overview of day 2Dr Chris van Dijk
08:40How South Africa worked and failed over the past 20 yearsGreg Mills
09:10Cut out the noise - stop, recalibrate, rethink, repeatBasil Doonan
09:40DISCUSSION
09:50Be patient - start small but think BIGDr John Westwood (to be confirmed)
10:50CONFERENCE CLOSES - TEA

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