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2016 Sheep Milk NZ Conference: Building Momentum

Awapuni Function Centre, 67 Racecourse Rd, Awapuni, Palmerston North

March 14-15, 2016

Conference Review

An industry conference is difficult to review as an organiser. Everything goes passed too fast! There's never enough time to talk to everyone, and never enough time to absorb what has been said; the insights being offered and their implications. But from my perspective, the conference sessions at Awapuni were fantastic. Particularly  interesting, important and compelling on the first day were the speakers in the  Market and Consumer session (e.g. Mr Chen, Diane Rae, Natalie Dang, Scottie Chapman), followed by the scientists in the AgResearch-MBIE session. But thoughout the conference there other moments when the less tangible, and perhaps more meaningful, exchanges were underway.  The photo above captures one such moment.  We had 115 diners to the conference dinner held in the main room of Massey's newly renovated Sir Geoffrey Perrin Building.  David Wallace and Joanie Williams entertained us with David first reflecting on the previous times that he'd  trod the boards as a student in  the room in which we were seated,  and calling out all those that had done the same. And then Joanie, surprising us with the harrowing, heart warming  but ultimately successful tale of Origin Earth's genesis. In the midst of this frivolity were  little moments when one senses that what we have is not a disparate group of business people bent on exchange and profitable gains, but a community that shares a bond. 

Craig Prichard, Conference co-organizer 

A Selection of Post conference comments

 'Thank you very much for the great conference. I was thoroughly impressed with the turn out and the high quality content and presentations. We (Stefano and I) have taken away some good opportunities and met some great people'. Davit Verheiji (AgFirst)

'Just a quick note to say thank you for a fantastic couple of days in Palmerston North.  Quintin and I really enjoyed our time and what a great bunch of people to meet, share ideas with, gather information from and a great chance to hear what is happening in the wider sheep milking scene in NZ (and abroad)'. Kate Boyd, (MSD Animal Health)

'Thank you for putting on such a wonderful conference. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing, learnt a lot and made wonderful contacts who will no doubt be invaluable going forward'. Mick Clews (Vetora, Reporoa)

'I was really impressed by the number, quality and breadth of topics of presentations. It was also a great audience of people and I found it highly valuable touching base with people/groups who are involved in all the many aspects of this industry.' Nick Hammond (Spring Sheep Dairy)

'I would like to add our thanks to you, Linda, and the rest of your team that organised such a great event'. Sean Bennett (Crowe Horwath)

'Thanks for organising a great conference – very enjoyable and informative' Craig Osbourne (Ngaio Tahu Farming)

New Zealand Agri Investment Week

The Sheep Milk NZ Conference 2016 was a part of New Zealand Agri Investment Week 2016 program. 

NZ Agri Investment Week