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2024 PROGRAMME

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Sunday, 26 May 2024

TimeEvent / TopicVenue / Speaker
15:00REGISTRATIONConference Centre
17:30MEET & GREET: Opening of exhibitionsOutside, Patio Area

Monday, 27 May 2024

Chair:Georgina Muller
Neil Bisseker

OPENING ADRESSES

TimeTopic / EventVenue / Speaker
08:30Welcome and Opening prayerFanie Ferreira
09:00Keynote AddressVusi Thembekwayo
09:30Energy in our economy? A broad perspectiveJP Landman
10:00TEA
Chair:Neil Bisseker

ENERGY IN OUR INDUSTRY

10:20Story of an agribusinessDave Osborne & Niel Bisseker
11:00Insight into our unique secondary industryMark Davies
11:40The Energy Crisis. A sustainable way forwardChris Yelland
12:20Q&A Session
12:30LUNCH
ChairNeil Bisseker

EFFECTIVE ENERGY HARVEST

13:30Farm Video: Rory Bryden
Off the grid in a pasture-based system
Sponsored by Chemuniqué
13:50Managing pasture harvest under water constraintsGraeme Ward
14:30Multi-species pastures and nitrogen
Findings from Ireland
John Finn
15:10Q&A Session
15:20TEA
ChairNeil Bisseker

CONSERVE ENERGY THROUGH NEW TECHNOLOGY

15:40Tools to measure pastures. A panel from grassroots
Carl Van Niekerk
Buzz Hauff
Craig Galloway
Dean Biggs
Hosted by Basil Doonan
16:10Fescue species – the science and the practiceSigrun Ammann
16:30New advances in gene editing pasture speciesGilles Labarneix
16:50Minerals and Cow HealthJonathan Miles
17:10Tech snapshots and evaluating economic returnSA Industry
17:405-minute address by GOLD SPONSOREvonik Africa
17:45Avipharm Feeds HAPPY HOUR

TUESDAY, 28 MAY 2024

Chair:Neil Bisseker

HARNESSING ENERGY OF PEOPLE

TimeTopic / EventVenue / Speaker
08:30Overview of Day 1Neil Bisseker
08:45Cultivating good work relationshipsSanet Grobler
Nyiko Ubisi
09:30Good succession planning – the invisible elderLynn Sykes
10:10Business structures for the generational shiftSteve Colenbrander
10:50Q&A Session
11:00TEA
Chair:Neil Bisseker

MANAGING OUR SOCIAL LICENSE

11:30Social responsibility of dairy farmers: Understanding our consumersProf Nina Keyserlingk
12:10Power of social media, an Agri-perspectiveEmma Sadleir
12:50Q&A Session
13:00LUNCH
ChairNeil Bisseker

SYSTEMS ENERGY FOCUS

14:00ClimateSimon Gear
14:40Breeding an efficient replacement systemDr Stephen Hughes
15:20Milking Intervals: Low input vs High inputDawn Dalley
16:00Farm Video:Coenraad Basson
Biogas energy in TRM system
Sponsored by Nedbank
16:20Q&A Session
16:30TEA
ChairNeil Bisseker

FINAL SUMMARY

17:00Making it happen in SABilly Tom
17:30Closing summaryJeff Every
19:30CONFERENCE DINNERRon Rutland