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

It's certainly hot out there at the moment. Here's some great tips from DairyNZ on looking after our cows in the heat.How are you keeping your team and cows cool this summer?

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Our blogger, Noldy Rust, and his wife Bev have made the big shift off the farm. In his latest blog he talks about how they came to the decision that it was the right time, found a partner to take up the reins, and set up their new farm business structure. If you are thinking about stepping back from the day-to-day running of your farm you may be interested in reading about how Noldy has done it.
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We visited Graeme Edwards' farm in Northland at the end of the year and had a look at the AgResearch trial underway to test the forage value of bananas and their possible impact on effluent measures. It was pretty interesting, and apparently the stems are delicious! There is some summary info. up on our website now, if you would like to take a look... ... See MoreSee Less

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Merry Christmas from SMASH. We hope you have a fabulous day with family and friends - we will see you in the New Year! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Farmers

Mac and Lynda

Passionate about dairying

“SMASH has done a hell of a good job at picking good stuff to listen to. Sometimes you go along thinking “I have heard this all before” but it is amazing what new stuff comes up. You will always get something out of it.”

The Roltons and Rombouts

A helping hand for young farmers

“I went to a SMASH event at Karapiro and there were three big chunks of information presented that we were interested in. There’s your information in three hours, all done.”

Aaron and Tania

Successful relationships the key to success

“We have kind of gone off discussion groups because they tend to just look after our little district. Discussion groups are mainly people checking up on what the neighbours are doing whereas SMASH events are different, we get a lot more from them. I wholeheartedly loved it. It is good getting out of the area too.”


Living the dairy dream

Markus Woutersen is just starting out on his dairy farming career: he’s in his fourth season sharemilking on the family farm near Cambridge. Although he is at the beginning of his farming journey his passion for farming dates back to his early childhood.

Matt and Sarah-Jane

Strength in smaller numbers

The strong working partnership of smaller herd farmers Matt and Sarah-Jane Yates has been a cornerstone to the success of their farming business. Matt started his career drystock farming on the family block, but its sale enabled him to buy his own property.

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