DairySA Central Conference to 'lead the field' for dairy

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Preserving family harmony through succession, making wise investment decisions, and imagining a future with farm automation are just some of the topics to be explored at next month’s 2022 DairySA Central Conference in Murray Bridge.

Event details

Wednesday 16 March, 9.30am
Conference: Bridges Event Centre, Murray Bridge Racing Club
Dinner: Bridgeport Hotel Murray Bridge

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Titled ‘Leading the Field’, the Conference continues to build on its strong reputation and success over the past seven years and will see up to 150 dairy farmers and service providers from across SA’s Fleurieu, Barossa Mid-North, River & Lakes and the South-East converge for the popular day. The event will be a welcome start to the year with farmers feeling positive about the state of the industry and looking forward to an opportunity to meet face to face. 

Designed by the Central Conference Committee comprising local dairy farmers, the program features topics including:


  • how to capitalise on your investments to future proof your business

  • a ‘warts and all’ dive into succession challenges

  • Building capacity of your farm business workforce, with renowned Workplace Psychologist, Ireland based Nollaig Heffernan

  • diversifying the farm – benefits and challenges of agritourism

  • Industry Outlook presented by Industry Insights Analysis Manager John Droppert

A new addition to the program line-up will be a dedicated ‘Tech Time’ session delving into activity meters, robotics and autonomous tractors.


During the Conference breaks, there are also plenty of opportunities to network with other farmers, service providers and industry members, which is a highly valued element to the day. 


2022 DairySA Central Conference program highlights:

David Heinjus, Pinion Advisory

“Succession - The ‘S’ word – how one family and their advisor came through it”


Peter Best, Director, Innovating Farm Services

“Precision dairy technology – what does the future hold?”


Panel Discussion with three dairy businesses

“Journey into robotics –stages of the AMS pathway”


Dr Nollaig Heffernan, Independent Management Consultant, Workplace Psychologist

“People – building from within”


Steph Schmidt, Farmer and Psychologist, Act for Ag

“Managing our stress”


Dean Bagshaw, Lessismore Farms, Myponga

“Diversification of the family farm – what can we learn?”

5.30pm ‘Gather and Graze’ Discuss the day’s events with a light graze & drinks, at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge followed by the 2022 DairySA Central Conference Dinner.

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