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


Milk Price Fixing – The Fundamentals

Gaynor Tierney currently farms with her husband in Ngaruawahia, milking 240 cows on a OAD system. They returned from overseas in 2000 and progressed through the industry, from managing, through to sharemilking and farm ownership. All in the local geographic area.

They supply Fonterra and this season made the call to fix 30% of their milk supply. They had recently purchased a new property and made the decision based on their need to ensure an average milk price of $6 for cashflow purposes. At the time, the economists and banks were predicting a milk price as low as $5.40. Since then the future looks very different and whilst they are somewhat disappointed at their call it gave them income certainty for the year ahead. It is a tale of two sides!!

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Spotlight on the System Field Day – Te Aroha

How low can you go? Grade free

Steve, from AgriHealth NZ, will delve into the secrets to our host’s exceptional BMSCC results (31,180 cells/mL in 2019/20 – the second lowest Fonterra supplier). Also, he will talk about how you can prevent and manage mastitis on your farm, and how to get to the root of a mastitis problem. Register at

Steve has over two decades of experience as a dairy practitioner, having worked for the Veterinary Enterprises Group in the Waikato. His focus over the last 6 years has been on mastitis management. He helped to establish PureMilk and was a senior mastitis consultant.
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Spotlight on the System Field Day – Te Aroha

Flexible milking – the ins and outs
Paul, from DairyNZ, will outline some of the practicalities of the various flexible milking options. Also, the latest research on 3in2 milking at different stages of lactation and the effect of different 3in2 milking times at peak lactation. This information will help you to identify the options that will best suit your business and make the switch successfully. Register at

Paul works at DairyNZ Lincoln where he is involved in a project looking into flexible milking and its potential to improve the work environment of dairy farms. He is also involved in the Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching project.
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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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