SMASH: Run by dairy farmers for dairy farmers

SMASH has been set up to help dairy farmers, particularly those with smaller operations, to run successful businesses. We mainly achieve this by running events throughout New Zealand. These give farmers the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills which will stand them in good stead back on their own farms.

We also want to foster a supportive farming community – we are all in it together! SMASH is run by a group of New Zealand dairy farmers with a passion for the industry and for helping to build a strong and sustainable future for dairy farming. Read more

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We were lucky to have some nice weather for our visit to Lindy and Michael Bennett's farm where we heard all about calf rearing. Thanks for hosting us guys! The notes from the day are now up on our website: www.smallerherds.co.nz/knowledge-hub/calves/calf-rearing-on-lindy-and-michael-bennetts-farm/And you can also read Emma Cuttance's notes about the correct use of colostrum (we heard some pretty entertaining stories about what has accidentally ended up in people's colostrum buckets in the past 😲):www.smallerherds.co.nz/knowledge-hub/calves/failure-of-passive-transfer-in-calves/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Here are the notes from our Pita Alexander seminars if you were unable to come along. They are also up on our website. Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less
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Thanks for the event mention Andrew. Would have been even better with sound 😉. ... See MoreSee Less
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We’ve had a great series of seminars this week with Pita Alexander in Manawatu, Te Awamutu and Te Aroha. His knowledge and one liners are educational and right on the money. Will post his notes onto the website shortly for those who couldn’t attend. ... See MoreSee Less
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We had a great turn out at our event near Te Awamutu last week. Thanks heaps for hosting us Andrew Macky Andrew Macky ! Luckily the weather ended up being kind. ... See MoreSee Less
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Our Farmers

Keith and Tracey

Smaller herd works for couple

“You are never too old to learn, attending SMASH events, industry and bank days keeps you well-informed and up-to-date. It is great to get off farm to see how other people run their farms.”

Cam

Always learning something new

“I think some people are shy to walk into an event on their own. The way I think about it is if you go to an event and learn one thing, quite often that thing will make you a lot better farmer. There are a lot of practical ideas you can pick up.”

Paul and Abby

Winning shift to the West Coast

“I love the fact that it is much more family-orientated, that is much more sustainable from a people perspective. My kids will grow up like I did, getting out on the farm, helping Dad in the shed. Ultimately, that is where the next generation of farmers comes from. I think we have done well to attract people from the urban setting, but I don’t think that is sustainable. You have to have environments where you can bring up families and that is one of the big benefits of small herds.”

Peter

SMASH supporter from the start

“SMASH events are more relevant for smaller herds farmers, you don’t feel out of place as you are not among the big corporates. It’s good to have small events like SMASH. I would encourage anyone to go to a SMASH event if they get a chance. I enjoy the interaction with the people afterwards as much as the topics.”

Nathan and Rosie

Career switch to smaller herd pays off

“We like the SMASH events so much because they are at a good level, they are deep enough to be worthy of going, and practical enough that we can use them in everyday life. Getting off the farm to go to an event is like a holiday! We feel so refreshed afterwards, it’s like we have been away for ever!”

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