The conferences are coming in June!
24th, 26th, 28th June in Northland, Taranaki and Waikato
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2012 SMASH conference series feedback
Some comments from attendees:
"It is now a few days since the conference and I am still reflecting on what a good day it was. I found it to be thought provoking, educational and fun. Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved in organizing such an excellent program."
"Heaps of different ideas and things to take back to the farm."
"Speakers were great, something for everyone."
"Information, networking, positivity."
Welcome to SMASH
SMASH is run by a group of farmers for famers. Our intention is to offer support, information and a sense of community in a variety of ways. The focus of SMASH is totally on the meeting the needs of smaller herd farmers.
Over 58% of New Zealand's dairy farm businesses have less than 350 cows. Smaller herd farmers may not be seen by the industry, but we have a large part to play! Statistics given at the 2010 SMASH Events, revealed that for Fonterra alone, 17% of their farmers produce less than 50,000 kgMS, 54% below 100,000 kgMS and a whopping 84% under 200,000 kgMS.
SMASH started out with a series of highly successful conferences in 2010. We are building from there with more conferences and a variety of other forums and events for smaller herd farmers - chances for smaller herd farmers to get together; share their own knowledge and expertise and get input from industry experts.
SMASH has been created for the benefit of smaller herd farmers. We are passionate about smaller herd farmers and our intention is to:
Create opportunities for smaller herd farmers to:
- Be inspired, motivated and educated so that they can achieve the most effective and efficient use of their resources - most particularly: time, money, energy and self.
- Communicate and get together in forums so that they can share information and ideas specifically focussed on meeting their particular needs and requirements.
- Give them the opportunity to explore options and innovations that may assist them in running a profitable business and realising their goals.
- Achieve the acknowledgement, appreciation and support of their industry and the wider community.
- Help to increase motivation and levels of morale within the smaller herds community.