[29 October/The Country]

New Zealand and Ireland’s first joint Pasture Summit will be held in New Zealand next month. The event will consist of two conferences with one in Hamilton and one in Ashburton. Its Chairman, Colin Armer, said it would have a dynamic group of international and local speakers with cutting edge science and robust debate. He added they would be talking about innovation, ways to reduce dairying’s environmental impact, and the natural health and wellness benefits of dairy products from pasture-fed cows. Conference Organising Committee Member, Olin Greenan, noted he got involved as it reinforced what he believed dairy farmers should be doing. The Pasture Summit was organised and ran by a group of farm business owners and was supported by DairyNZ. Organisers said registrations and expressions of interest were received from a range of countries. The conference included talks from farmers and scientists, with a strong focus on profit, pasture, genetics, and sustainable business growth.