Plenty in store for Young Farmers at 2012 National Conference

Posted by on 13 April 2012 | Comments

If you're a NZYF Member then Dunedin's the place to be from May 24th to 27th this year. As per usual an action packed week has been planned for the TBfree New Zealand Young Farmers National Conference.

The Conference runs alongside the Grand Final of The National Bank Young Farmer Contest.

The Great Outdoors themed week kicks off with the infamous bus trip and ends with the equally infamous Chairman's Breakfast and there are workshops, competitions and an Annual General Meeting in between.

Once again, TBfree New Zealand is excited to be involved with the biggest week on New Zealand Young Farmer's Calendar. The Animal Health Board's Chief Executive William McCook said the conference will remind visitors about the importance of the TBfree programme, while educating up-and-coming farmers about the risks they may face.

"Working with farmers ensures the legacy of New Zealand's battle against TB continues. We are keen to talk to young farmers about TB testing and good stock practices," said Mr McCook.

Conference attendees will also hear from several high profile speakers at the workshops taking place on May 26th. Key note speaker Jamie Fitzgerald was one of the first New Zealanders to make the 12,000 km walk to the South Pole unaided. He'll be speaking about how he became a leader and some of his other adventurous experiences.

"The primary sector has a critical role in New Zealand's identity and economic footprint, so developing the skills of New Zealanders who are passionate about taking farming into the future cannot be under estimated or invested in."

"It's great that NZYF puts so much energy into developing the awareness and skills of young farmers, and help them become more confident to contribute on their farms and in their community."

Chairman of Beef + Lamb Ltd, Mike Petersen, will also run a workshop and is "delighted" to be involved in the conference to support one of Beef + Lamb New Zealand's key partners.

"The resurgence of Young Farmers is exciting as we move to an era that is clearly focussed on the key global issue of food security and the production of quality safe food to match this opportunity."

Former New Zealand Young Farmers President and member of the DairyNZ Board of Directors, Ben Allomes, is also "really looking forward" to speaking at the Conference.

"It's a great way for members to catch up with each other, share a few laughs and learn a bit about themselves and New Zealand agriculture."

New Zealand Young Farmers National Chairman Paul Olsen is looking forward to the "inspiring speakers" at the workshops along with the rest of the week too.

He urges all NZYF members to consider heading along to the 2012 Conference. "Remember; the Conference is for all Young FarmersĀ - whether or not you've been before, whether you hold an Executive position or you're brand new to the organisation. Come along, learn something new and expand your network."