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

Graham Smith talks about this season's MS production, a hot tip to avoid mismothering at calving, and carbon credits from farm forestry, in his latest blog post. It is up on the website now: www.smallerherds.co.nz/the-final-countdown-graham-smith/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Lisa Groen has shared heaps of data in her latest blog post - thanks Lisa!www.smallerherds.co.nz/the-final-push-footrot-and-farm-improvements-lisa-groen/ Have a read when you get a mo to find out: - what her current feed regime/cost and milk production are,- her drying off plans,- why she has footrot issues, and- her infrastructure upgrades. ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations Stuart Roberts from Te Puke for winning the Over the Moon hamper, drawn by Dr Tim Mackle. We hope you had a fantastic day at the DairyNZ Farmer’s Forum, we certainly enjoyed seeing you all. ... See MoreSee Less
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Come see us at the DairyNZ Farmer’s Forum today at Claudelands! Enter our prize draw and you could win a beautiful hamper full of goodies from Over the Moon. ... See MoreSee Less
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The lemon slice made by the team from Bainesse School went down a storm at our Manawatu field day. We asked them for the recipe - here it is for your tasting pleasure! Best you go for a little jog after consuming it...Lemon slice1 packet superwine biscuits (crushed)1 cup coconutRind of 1 lemon120gm melted butter1/2 cup of condensed milk.Mix all together & press into a lined tin, chill until set.Lemon icing40gm melted butter2 cups icing sugarJuice of 1 lemonMix together & ice the set slice, allow to set a bit longer before slicing. ... 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.”

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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