Seminar Programme : Wednesday 23 February

8am    Welcome
            Trade Breakfast with St John Craner from Agrarian:
            How to make more Rural Sales 
Sponsored by Agrarian

St John is a well-known and respected rural marketing specialist who over many years has been privileged to work with a range of companies. He is also a regular blogger and media contributor and key note speaker on the Ag event circuit. 

10.30am Dr Jacqueline Rowarth Adjunct Professor Lincoln University
                Is the pastoral farmer an endangered species?
                  Sponsored by McRae Trust
Jacqueline has been involved in education, research and analysis for over 40 years, focussing on nutrient cycling through the soil-plant-animal-environment. She continues to be a frequent contributor to media and public debate, presenting facts to counteract fiction. In recognition of her endeavours she was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008, became the inaugural Federated Farmers Personality of the Year in 2009, and was the Landcorp Communicator of the Year in 2010. She is part owner of a dairy and a drystock farm in the Waikato and a farmer-elected member of the Board of Directors of DairyNZ and Ravensdown. 

11.30am  Farming Futures
                Oppportunites for our next generation

A panel discussion with Rex Newman, Dr Jacqueline Rowarth, 
Cyn Smith, Grace Watson and a student from Napier Boys High School.

1pm      Working Dog Demonstration with Allen Irwin and Guy Peacock
​​​​​​​              Adele English
BVSc, Eastland Veterinary Services  
            Working Dog Nutrition and Health
Sponsored by Eastland Veterinary Services

Eastland Veterinary Services has been providing professional animal healthcare to Gisborne and the Eastland region for over 30 years. The New Zealand farm working dog is a true endurance athlete.  The Eastland Veterinary Services team of  experienced veterinarians and veterinary nurses have a deep understanding of the role and expectations placed on these dogs, as well as your investment in their breeding and training.

2.30pm  Amy Hoogenboom Zoetics Area Manager, NZ - Beef Genetics
                      The Modern Beef Industry - Embracing EBV's
Sponsored by Zoetics

Amy graduated from Massey University as a veterinarian in 2018 and then spent 2 years working in rural mixed practice in Ranfurly, Central Otago. In late 2020 she joined Zoetis Genetics in a newly developed role as their Beef Genetics Area Manager for New Zealand. In this role, Amy consults to both stud and commercial herds on DNA technologies to make more informed decisions around animal selection to better achieve their breeding goals and lift herd performance. Amy has been involved with the development of new indexes for Zoetis’ commercial beef heifer genomic evaluation and tailoring this evaluation to fit the New Zealand beef farming model. Having been involved with family relatives Angus stud breeding operation, as well as having had the opportunity to experience various parts of the beef supply chain both here in New Zealand as well as Australia and the UK, Amy has a thorough knowledge of areas for increased productivity and profit margin for beef farmers.

3.30pm  Logan Williams:  Managing Director Shear Edge
                Making coarse wool great again
Sponsored by Wairoa Veterinary Club
This is via video link due to inter-island travel restrictions
Logan Williams (Ngai Tahu), is a New Zealand inventor & entrepreneur. To date, Logan has developed and sold four inventions to international corporations.
Currently, Logan is the Managing Director of Shear Edge, a company revolutionizing the strong wool industry.  In recognition of his work Logan was named in Forbes 30 under 30, and was a finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year.

 Seminar Programme : Thursday 24 February​​​​​​​

10am   Peter Manson: MPI Senior Adviser - Integrated Farm Planning
                  Ministry for Primary Industries
Originally from Canterbury but a long time resident of Wairoa, Peter is passionate about the economic and environmental sustainability of the hill country farming industry. He worked for the Hawke's Bay Regional Council since arriving in Wairoa, however Peter now works for Ministry for Primary Industries as a Senior Advisor for Integrated Farm Planning. In recent years he led projects in partnership with MPI and Beef and Lamb NZ, developing methods of establishing soil conservation trees that add value to farms.

11am   Sir Ian Taylor: Listen to Papatūānuku 
Sponsored by Pāmu Farms of New Zealand
This is via video link due to inter-island travel restrictions

​​​​​​​Ian’s back story is a fascinating journey, from growing up in a house without electricity in the 1950s, to being part of a company recognised globally as being at the leading edge of technology and innovation.
A former television presenter for TVNZ children's programmes like Play School, Spot On, and New Zealand's Funniest Home Videos, his very public life started when he joined the band Kal-Q-Lated Risk in 1967 as lead singer. After a stint in the army in the 1970’s Ian went on to complete an LLB degree from the University of Otago before setting up Taylormade Media, a television production company in 1989. The following year he established Animation Research Limited, which quickly became one of the top computer animation companies in New Zealand and known internationally for its work, particularly in television advertising and sports graphics.
At personal level. Taylor was inducted into the New Zealand Technology Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named North & South Magazines 2010 New Zealander of the Year. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of IT Professionals (HFIITP) in 2010 (under its former name New Zealand Computer Society), the top honour of the tech sector in New Zealand.
In the 2012 New Year Honours, Taylor was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to television and business. In 2013 Taylor was named Outstanding Maori Business Leader of the Year.
On 13 February 2019, Taylor was named Innovator of the Year at the annual New Zealander of the Year Awards. Awards organisers cited Taylor's business intuition and expertise as an exemplar of innovation in New Zealand.
In 2020 Taylor was named the Deloitte 200 “Visionary Leader of the Year."

12pm  Shaz Dagg:  From darkness comes light
Sponsored by Rural Women New Zealand
Three years ago Shaz was working on a goat farm, milking 900 goats. A freak accident was the beginning of a very different journey including being the best three years of her life. 
Despite the Everests Shaz continues to climb, she doesn’t let anything get in her way, including preparing for the 2022 Coast to Coast happening the week before the 2022 East Coast Farming Expo! 
She is New Zealand’s first elite para-triathlete, is a sport development advisor for Parafed Manawatu and mentors youngsters on the Cactus Programme. She has three times won the national para-triathlete championships as a PTS4 athlete and has won and twice been second in the Oceania championships.

1pm    Working Dog Demonstration with Allen Irwin and Guy Peacock
Sponsored by Eastland Veterinary Services Turiroa Angus and Fergus Rural