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ODPG Annual Conference and AGM

March 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 22, 2019 @ 2:00 pm


Rich Soils – Rich Social Network – Rich with Knowledge – Rich with Excitement

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The Boatshed | Karapiro | Cambridge | Waikato

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With an incredible Cast of Performers, starring


the Farmer and:

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Dr Pablo Gregorini : Ground-Breaking Research on Powerful Tweaks You Can Make to Boost Pasture Production and Quality

Dr Gregorini is a Professor of Livestock Production and currently involved in the Bio-Protection Research Centre there.  He comes from a ruminant nutrition background and specialises in livestock production systems, ruminant nutrition, foraging ecology, simulation modelling.  He has worked on Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research for the USDA and for Dairy NZ. He is spearheading a Lincoln program to re-envision grazing animals in the NZ landscape. His research paper Grazing management: setting the table, designing the menu and influencing the diner will explore the realities of grazing management and where you need to go.

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Roger & Nicki Beattie : Business Diversity & Opportunity.

Roger and Nicki met on the Chatham Islands and now farm on Banks Peninsula, where they have an Organic pastoral farm of 500 ha overlooking Akaroa and the Pacific Ocean. They have a very diverse range of enterprises including the imported Pitt Island sheep, suppling Organic wool for the Wyld range of woolen garments, they breed and farm Weka from the Chatham’s, they harvest Kelp for a range of health food products and local Paua are farmed for their pearl production. Roger is known for his irrepressible enthusiasm for all things organic and unique.

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Dr Paul Dettloff (via Skype) : Animal Health Q & A

Dr Paul will be with us for approximately 30 minutes via Skype to answer your animal health question.

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Steve Hart – Perspective of Permaculture for Pastural Farmers.

Steve Hart is a Designer, Teacher, Builder of Ecologically Sustainable Resilient Regenerative
Environments, through Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Systems Ecology via Ecological Agriculture. His talk will encompass permaculture concepts into the pastoral landscape. 

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Phyllis Tichinin – Exploring the Link Between Pastural Diversity and Human Health

Phyllis has a soil’s science background from University California Davis and has provided numerous biological agriculture courses over the last 13 years. She has specialised knowledge and a keen interest in the value of saturated animal fats in the human diet.

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Danny Broughton – Pastural Farmer – Danny’s farm was first purchased by his great great grandfather in 1909, he is the fourth generation to work this land. It is now a dairy farm milking 320 cows west of Huntly in the North Waikato. He has been planting and establishing mixed pastures for 12 years and reaping the benefits. He will share his success and failures in creating diverse pastures.


See Below for the Full Two-Day Schedule

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REGISTRATION (open until March 18th)

Members  |  $175

Non-Members  |  $275

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For more information on joining ODPG, please visit our Membership Page.

Our Annual Farm Membership is $100 including gst

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Payment by internet banking or bank deposit. Places must be pre-booked before March 18th.

Payment will be required via internet banking or bank deposit.

All meals on Day One are included in the price, but please bring your own lunch for the farm visit on Day Two.

There is no accommodation at the event, though it is situated close to Cambridge. Please organise your own accommodation as this is not included.

If you wish to attend the social event and dinner only, from 5 p.m, please email us at odpg22@gmail.com.

Please fill out the form to secure your place.
We’ll email you back to confirm, and include an invoice for payment.
We look forward to seeing you!



8:00 – 8:30         Registration  

8:30 – 8:45         Introduction

8:45 – 10:00       Paul Gregorini – Recent Research on Grazing Management

10:00 – 10:30     Danny Broughton – Pasture Diversity  

10:30– 11:00     Morning Tea    

11:00 – 11:45    Phyllis Tichinin – Nutritional Diversity    

11:45– 12:15     Steve Hart – Permaculture      

12:15 – 1:00      Lunch           

1:00 – 1:30         AGM       

1:30– 2:30         Roger Beattie – Business Diversity 

2:30 – 3:00        Paul Dettloff – Answering Animal Health questions

3:00- 3:30          Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Workshops – Expanding Diversity on our farms

3:30 – 4:00        Break into groups and create lists of the current diversity that exists on each farm

4:00– 4:30         Regroup and create lists of the changes you will make to increase your farm diversity

4:30– 5:00         Group Panel and Presentations from Groups

5:00                   Evening Social

6:00                   Dinner

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DAY TWO (10 am to 2 pm)

Field Day at the farm of Phillip and Tracy Bax (more details to come).


March 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am
March 22, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
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The Boat Shed
21 Amber Lane, Karapiro
Cambridge, Waikato 3494 New Zealand
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0800 743 321
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