Preparing for the future

Keynote speaker Wayne Langford.

The Beef + Lamb New Zealand Mid Northern North Island Farmer Council has a vision to help farmers transform their farming businesses for the future.

The Council guides extension activities in their region which extends from Auckland to Taupo including the Bay of Plenty and Taumarunui.

“It was identified that an event with a range of topics would be a good way of reaching large numbers of farmers and providing options as to what information and expertise they could take home,” says Beef + Lamb New Zealand Mid Northern North Island extension manager Maria Shanks.

“The first event planned in 2020 was hit by the Covid-19 lockdown but the Council are keen to forge ahead in 2021.”

The event on April 8 at the Don Rowlands Centre near Cambridge starts with keynote speaker Wayne Langford, also known as the YOLO Farmer and co-founder of charity, Meat the Need.

“Wayne’s positive outlook is contagious and the Council is looking forward to hearing his insights as to why it’s a great time to be farming,” says Maria.

The following three sessions are ‘pick and mix’ allowing farmers to select the topic most relevant to them for each session. The day will finish with a panel discussion facilitated by Lindy Nelson (farmer and founder of AWDT and Amplifying Us). The panel includes Julie McDade (Greenlea), Jack Keeys (KPMG), Dan Brier (Beef + Lamb NZ) and Wayne Langford.

“This will be an opportunity for farmers to hear their views and ask questions about the future of the industry and where they see the challenges and opportunities,” says Maria.

Tickets are on sale now and anyone requiring further information can contact Maria on: 027 5568836 or:


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