Pasture symposium looks to the future

NZGA president Warren King and RPS organising committee chair David Chapman.

Registrations for the the Resilient Pastures Symposium 2021 are open.

The event will bring farmers, scientists and rural industry leaders together to map out a secure future for New Zealand pastures.

Pasture is a significant global advantage for New Zealand, but faces increasing pressure from climate change, environmental regulation and social and market expectations, says event organising committee chair and DairyNZ principal scientist, David Chapman.

“The uniqueness of NZ’s high value animal protein exports – their embedded naturalness and low per unit emissions compared with competitor countries – rests on our pasture base,” says David.

“We want to make sure our market strength continues to grow from this base, because that is critical to NZ’s economic future.”

A key goal for event is to achieve broad-based primary sector collaboration and direction for further pasture development.

It also seeks Government and industry recognition of the pressing need to invest in future proofing pastures for the good of all New Zealanders.

The two-day programme will feature peer-reviewed research papers and a range of keynote presentations, including strong focus on farmers’ own experiences and observations.

Q&A sessions and workshops will also feature.

The NZGA Resilient Pasture Symposium will be held on May 11-12 at Karapiro. Register, at


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