Farmers off to Wellington
Australia's top rural movers and shakers are heading to Wellington.
The Platinum Primary Producers Conference, in Wellington from tomorrow to Wednesday, is billed as an opportunity for farmers "to spin some yarns and solve a few industry problems".
It's attended by more than 130 of Australasia's leading agri-professionals who discuss the topical issues of the day.
PPP Group chairman and Wairarapa farmer, Shane McManaway, says the group is looking forward to discussing current hot topics.
"Our theme, which plays on the capital's meteorological disposition, also allows us to discuss how we navigate the winds of change for the greater good of the agricultural industry," he said.
Delegates will hear from Steven Carden, chief executive of Landcorp Farming, Paul Morgan, chairman of Wakatu Inc, Professor Jacqueline Rowarth from the University of Waikato, James Parsons, chairman of Beef + Lamb NZ, Doug Avery, Marlborough farmer, and Scottie Chapman, chief executive of Spring Sheep Dairy.
There's a field trip to Turanganui Romney Stud in South Wairarapa on Wednesday where the Warren family has been breeding sheep since 1907. It's one of the largest sheep studs in the country.
Nathan Guy, minister for primary industries, is speaking at a gala dinner on Wednesday night.