B+LNZ FarmSmart Conference 2019

FarmSmart 2019 is the Northern South Island Farmer Council’s annual flagship event. It aims to provide you with tools and ideas to help build confidence in your business.

Theme: ‘Pushing Play: How Data is Transforming Our World.’

Download Conference Programme HERE (PDF, 445KB)

This year’s B+LNZ FarmSmart Conference is addressing the issues that affect today’s red meat producers.

The theme this year is 'Pushing Play: How Data is Transforming Our World'. Our speakers will cover a range of topics from using technology to drive productivity and profitability on-farm to the challenges of attracting, training and retaining people to work in our industry.

Richard Scholefield General Manager of Gisborne’s Whangara Farms is the keynote speaker and other speakers include Hamish Bielski, Tina and Duncan MacIntosh, Tony Plunkett and Sarah Barr and Nick Garden.

This year’s panel discussion addresses the biggest issue facing our sector  the Zero Carbon bill, the ETS, climate change and what all this means for our sector. Chaired by Robyn Dynes, the panelists are Judy Lawrence, Anders Crofoot, James Palmer and Peter Ettema.


  • 11.15–11.55am: Lunch and registrations.
  • 12–12.15pm: Welcome: Fraser Avery, Vice Chair Northern South Island Farmer Council.
  • 12.15–12.55pm: Keynote speaker:  Richard Scholefield, General Manger Whangara Farms.
  • 1–1.25pm: Phil Smith, B+LNZ Farmer Director – Northern South Island.
  • 1.30–2.10pm: Concurrent session – Tony Plunkett, General Manager Coleridge Downs, and Sarah Barr, Coach Approach Rural.
  • 1.30–2.10pm: Concurrent Session – Hamish Bielski, Rehoboth Farm.
  • 2.15–2.35pm: Afternoon tea.
  • 2.40–4.10pm: Panel discussion – Topic 'More than just Hot Air' How the Carbon Zero Bill, ETS and a changing climate will affect red meat producers. Chair: Robyn Dynes. Panel: Judy Lawrence, James Palmer, Anders Crofoot and Peter Ettema.
  • 4.15–4.55pm: Concurrent session –  Nick Garden, NZX.
  • 4.15–4.55pm: Concurrent session – Duncan and Tina Mackintosh, 2019 Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards Supreme Winners – White Rock Mains.
  • 5–5.15pm: Wrap up and conclusion.


Registrations are essential. Register with Theresa.Laws@beeflambnz.com

For more information, contact Anna Boyd (B+LNZ): anna.boyd@beeflambnz.com


When attending a B+LNZ field day please ensure you have clean footwear and vehicles are not carrying fresh muck or vegetation. This will help reduce the risk of spreading weeds, pests and diseases onto our host farms and across our country. To stay clean, we need to be clean.