Beyond Bovis Seminar

Beyond Bovis Seminar 2018-10-17T00:29:13+00:00

Join us and these industry leading experts in discussing NZ’s biodiversity strategy from farm gate to the world, following the Mycoplasma Bovis Outbreak.

Early Bird Tickets online are $15 and includes lunch and ticket to the A&P Show.

Early Bird is available until 22nd October then it’s $20.

Starts at 10:30am, doors open from 9:45am.

Tickets Available here


The day will be MC’d by Ross Hyland and broken into a morning and afternoon session.

Ross has earned a name for himself as the head, and voice, of one of New Zealand’s largest feed milling operations – the voice of Seales Winslow which told people to ‘get over to Morrinsville’. Following the sale of the business, Hyland was in demand as an Agribusiness Advisor and in the course of that work gained access to some of New Zealand’s most iconic farms. He is the author of a newly published book ‘Our Land, Our People’ which captures the essence of NZ as a country, illuminating some great Kiwis along the way

Morning Speakers

  • Minister of Agriculture – Hon Damien O’Connor
    • Topic: The importance of the Cattle industry to New Zealand.
    • Minister of Agriculture – Minister for Biosecurity, Minister for Food Safety, Minister for Rural Communities, Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth, MP for West Coast / Tasman.
  • Beef & Lamb NZ – Matt Ward – GM North Island
    • Topic: Maximising the Dairy sectors importance as the nursery of the Beef industry.
    • Matt was Raised on South Island sheep and beef farms and had a diverse career before working in the nutrients sector with Ballance Agri-Nutrients for the past 9 years.  Matt joined B+LNZ in January this year and is the GM North Island responsible for the NI Regional team of Extension Managers and Economic Service Managers.  He is also responsible for Beef and Lambs Dairy Strategy and is leading a project around Bio Security workshops for B+LNZ.  M. Bovis will certainly be part of this as the impact it is having on farmers is becoming more apparent each day.
  • DairyNZ – Nita Harding – DairyNZ Veterinarian
    • Topic: Partnering strategies to strength links between the Dairy and Beef industries.
    • Nita works as a veterinarian for DairyNZ, the industry organisation that represents the dairy farmers of NZ.  Her role covers animal health and welfare, and biosecurity.  This role includes working with government in the areas of animal welfare and biosecurity, working with other industry organisations within the primary sector on a range of topics, and input into the development of resources and training for farmers and farm advisors.Since July 2017, Nita has been a member of the DairyNZ team working on the response to Mycoplasma bovis.  During this time, she has been involved in a number of technical working groups, along with MPI staff and representatives of other farming sector groups.  Nita has also delivered over 60 presentations and workshops to farmers on Mycoplasma bovis and biosecurity.
  • Professor Keith Woodford – Independent consultant
    • Topic: Strategies used internationally that could be replicated in the NZ Cattle industry.
    • Keith Woodford is an independent consultant, based in New Zealand, who works internationally on agri-food systems and rural development projects. He holds honorary positions as Professor of Agri-Food Systems at Lincoln University, New Zealand, and as Senior Research Fellow at the Contemporary China Research Centre at Victoria University, Wellington.

Afternoon Panelists

  • Harry Faas – GM Performance Beef Breeders NZ
    • Topic: Beef genetics for the Dairy Industry.
  • Bob Thomson –AgFirst – Agricultural consultant
    • Topic: Good business advice has a Value.
  • Andrew McGiven – Chair of Waikato Federated Farmers
    • Topic: You need Never farm alone.
    • I would like to introduce myself to you, as the Waikato Feds President. I was previously the vice-president for the three years and have been in the dairy industry since 1994. I have a dairy farm near Te Aroha but started at the bottom as a dairy assistant before moving onto sharemilking, leasing and then onto farm ownership.I have a diploma in agribusiness from AgITO and a Master of Business Administration from Waikato University. I have chaired on a local board of trustees and have been involved in several other governance positions over the years. The reason I got involved with Federated Farmers about 10 years ago was that I had a growing sense of frustration from behind the farm gate, and wanted to know there was action being taken to curb the growing sense of inequality from government and councils to justify our way of life, our existence and our contribution to New Zealand’s standard of living.