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

Don't forget to enter the draw for our special Christmas cakes. Only a few days left!Yes, we are doing it again!
It is time for our fabulous annual Christmas cake giveaway! We would like to give you and a dairy farming friend the chance to win a delicious cake. Entering is easy:

* Like our page.
* Tag the friend you would like to get a cake too.

**Multiple entries accepted. Competition closes Monday 7th December. Prize is for two Christmas cakes, one for you and one for your friend (we will need both of the winners' dairy supply numbers). The winner will be picked by a random draw.***
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Not a SMASH day but recommend attending one of our supporters Lisa Groen's discussion group on Te Kanawa Road in Te Aroha on Thursday ... 65ha farm producing 126,000 kgms (524kgMS per cow and 2000 kg/ha). High input .... yes! but they are investigating options to reduce Nitrogen/stocking rate whilst maintaining profitability. ... See MoreSee Less

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Great talk on preventing mastitis from Steve Cranefield, AgriHealth NZ, at our Waikato field day. To see some of the information he shared have a look at our website www.smallerherds.co.nz/knowledge-hub/health/mastitis-management-a-challenging-future/ ... See MoreSee Less

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SMASH On-Line Milk Price Fixing - The Fundamentals

I believe every dairy farmer should be familiar with and using fixed milk pricing as part of their business risk strategy. You enter into fixed contracts with feed and interest rates on the expense side and you now have a tool to manage income risk and therefore provide assurance around profit margin. Rather than gambling over 15 months to get paid the last cent, you can bank on certainty and make decisions on that basis.

Nigel, MBS Advisors, is a chartered accountant and advisor who walks the talk. He combines hands-on farming experience with extensive business and financial insight. An active member of the dairy industry and the local community, Nigel is the Chairman of the Morrinsville Chamber of Commerce and Director of Maheno Farms. He is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Streaming live on YouTube and Facebook youtu.be/mQk7fSabg5w 12 pm – 12.40 pm, Friday 4th December
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RECENT BLOG POSTS / What have our farmers been doing?

Testimonials / See what people say about us

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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.”

Markus

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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