Finding the right people for their business and finding the time to manage them once employed are among the big issues facing dairy farmers, which is why this year's Dairy Women's Network Conference has a strong focus on human resources.
“The network conducted an in-depth survey, including interviews with farmers which revealed the number one issue for farmers is people,” says Zelda De Villiers, CEO for Dairy Women's Network.
Zelda says the network took note of what farmers were saying and the conference organising committee, made up of farming women, set about designing a programme which addresses HR issues. These include workshops on recruiting great people and shaping performance through team engagement.
The two-day conference at Rotorua's Energy Events Centre from March 22 to 23 is called “Our land our people” and has a focus on informative practical learning about all aspects of dairy farming.
Up to 350 farming women are expected to attend the conference which also has workshops on animal health, taking a business to the next level, riparian plantings and management, and stepping up to governance roles.
The programme also includes key note speaker Justine Kidd CEO Agribusiness with Milk New Zealand leading its national dairy farming business TheLand Farm Group which produces 10mkgMS across 26,000 cows throughout Canterbury and the Central North Island regions. TheLand retail brand is in over 2600 supermarkets throughout China along with online and TV shopping channels to market.
Justine was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the dairy industry and equestrian sports in 2017, named the Dairy Woman of the Year in 2013 and recognised as the 2015 Hawkes Bay Primary Sector Industry Leader.
Award winning social entrepreneur Lisa King, the founder of Eat My Lunch, will also address the conference. She launched the social enterprise business in 2015 with the belief that clever business solutions can solve big social issues. For every lunch you Buy, Eat My lunch Gives a lunch to a Kiwi kid in need.
The closing speech will be delivered by Cam Calkoen who was born with Cerebral Palsy. Through strength of human attitude and potential he chose to embrace challenges and harnesses his gifts to live in the pursuit of excellence and make life as awesome as it can be. He became an athletic gold medallist, highly effective charitable fundraiser, social entrepreneur and now a globally renowned inspirational speaker.
To find out more about the conference go to: www.dwn.co.nz/dwn18-conference/