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2024 PROGRAMME

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Sunday, 26 May 2024

TimeTopicSpeaker
15:00Registration opensConference centre
17:30Meet and greetOutside braai patio
Opening of exhibitions

Monday, 27 May 2024

Chair:Georgina Muller
Neil Bisseker

OPENING ADRESSES

TimeTopicSpeaker
08:30Welcome and opening prayer. 10-minute address by Platinum Sponsor.
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 Osbourne & Niel Bisseker
11:00Insight into our unique secondary industryMark Davies
11:40The Energy Crisis. A sustainable way forwardChris Yelland
12:20DISCUSSIONuestions/discussion
12:30LUNCH
ChairNeil Bisseker

EFFECTIVE ENERGY HARVEST

13:30Virtual Farm Video
Off the grid in a pasture-based system
Rory Bryden
13:50Managing pasture harvest under water constraintsGraeme Ward
14:30Multi-species pastures and nitrogen. Findings from IrelandJohn Finn (Teagasc)
15:10Questions/discussion
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
17:45HAPPY HOUR & QUESTION TIME FOLLOWED BY SOCIAL TBA

TUESDAY, 28 MAY 2024

Chair:Neil Bisseker

HARNESSING ENERGY OF PEOPLE

TimeTopicSpeaker
08:30Overview of Day 1Neil Bisseker
08:45Cultivating good work relationshipsSanet Grobbelar
Nyiko Ubisi
09:30Good succession planning – the invisible elderLynn Sykes
10:10Business structures for the generational shiftSteve Colenbrander
10:50DISCUSSION
11:00TEA
Chair:Neil Bisseker

MANAGING OUR SOCIAL LICENSE

11:30Social Responsibility of dairy farmers. Understanding our consumers.Prof Nina Keyserlingk
12:10Power of social media, an Agri perspectiveEmma Saddler
12:50DISCUSSION
13:00LUNCH
ChairNeil Bisseker

SYSTEMS ENERGY FOCUS

14:00ClimateSimon Gear
14:40Breeding an efficient replacement systemDr Steven Hughes
15:20Milking Intervals: Low input vs High inputDawn Dalley
16:00Farm Video – Conrad Basson
16:20DISCUSSION
16:30TEA
ChairNeil Bisseker

FINAL SUMMARY

17:00Making it happen in SABilly Thom
17:30Closing summaryJeff Every
19:00CONFERENCE DINNER