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


Noldy has been quiet for a while, but now he has written a bumper Christmas blog talking about his spring pasture management, getting on top of yellow bristle grass, his mating strategies and buying in supplements for later in the summer. There is plenty to read about when you get a second. And let us know what you think, did he do the right thing using Flashmates? Have you used them, did they fall off?
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Smaller Milk and Supply Herds

We have our winners! Congratulations to Debbie Earnshaw and Jenny Morrison. We hope you enjoy your Christmas cakes!
Thanks to Amber's Cakes By Design for the fine baking efforts!Guess what?! We're doing it again this year! We would like to make your Christmas that much nicer by giving you and a dairy farming friend the chance to win a delicious Christmas cake. Entering is easy:

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

**Multiple entries accepted. Competition closes Friday 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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Is yours looking as good as this?Iran Brown put up the Christmas tree today, nothing flash just a standard tree, and yes it's for reel 😂 ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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The weather was stunning at Kokatahi on the West Coast for the last SMASH field day of the year. Hosted by Hannah and Thomas Oats, a young, industrious and progressive couple in their first season 50:50 and interesting topics and speakers around getting the best from your pasture and soil. ... See MoreSee Less

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Testimonials / See what people say about us

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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