2024 PROGRAM

Program download available here

Sunday, 26 May 2024

Time Topic Speaker
17:30 Meet and greet
Opening of exhibitions

Monday, 27 May 2024

Chair: Georgina Muller/Neil Bisseker

OPENING ADRESSES

08:30 Welcome and opening prayer / 10 min address Platinum Sponsor
09:00 Keynote address

 

Vusi Thembekwayo

 

09:30 Energy in our economy?  A broad perspective JP Landman

 

10:00 TEA
Chair: Neil Bisseker

ENERGY IN OUR INDUSTRY

10:20 Story of an agribusiness Dave Osbourne

 

 

11:00 Secondary industry overview and insights Mark Davies

 

11:40 Energy speaker – overview Zanele Mavuso

 

12:20 Questions/discussion
12:30 LUNCH
Chair: Neil Bisseker

EFFECTIVE ENERGY HARVEST

13:30 Virtual farm video Rory Bryden

 

13:50 Managing pasture harvest under water constraints Graeme Ward

 

 

14:30 Nitrogen – how low.  Biodiversity facts/ multispecies persistency  Irish research. Brendan Horan (Teagasc)

 

15:10 Questions/discussion
15:20 TEA
Chair

CONSERVE ENERGY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

 15:40 Pasture measuring panel:

Carl Van Niekerk, Buzz Hauff, Craig Galloway, Dean Biggs

Host: Basil Doonan

 

16:00 Tech speaker 1: Fescue species – the science and the practice Sigrun Amman, ORF

 

16:20 Tech speaker 2: Minerals and cow health Jonathan Miles

 

16:40 Tech speaker 3:  Applications for new semen technology Steve Hughes
17:00 Tech snapshots: 5 min videos.

Manure – Northfield.  BCS- Delaval. Pasture IO. Halter. Heat detection-Sensehub? GEA.

Evaluating economic return of automated heat detection

(Georgie ROC calc)

Bridging the talent gap with technology

 

RobStrachan                                                                                                        Georgie Muller   

 

17:40 HAPPY HOUR & QUESTION TIME FOLLOWED BY SOCIAL TBA

Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Chair: Neil Bisseker

HARNESSING ENERGY OF PEOPLE

08.30 Overview of Day 1 MC: Neil Bisseker
08.45 Cultivating good work relationships Sanet Grobbelar (30 mins)

 

Nyiko Ubisi (15 mins)

 

09.30 Forage grass breeder Gilles Larbaneix

 

10:00 Business structures for the generational shift Steve Colenbrander

 

10.30 Good succession planning – the invisible elder Lynn Sykes

 

10.50 Discussion
11:00 TEA
Chair: Neil Bisseker

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

11.30 Social Responsibility Prof Nina Keyserlingk
12.10 Power of social media. – SA Agri perspective

Legalities of stalking employees.

fight back or do your own thing?

which platform?

Emma Saddler

 

 

12.50 Discussion
13:00 LUNCH
Chair: Neil Bisseker

SYSTEMS ENERGY FOCUS

14:00 Alternative climate speaker Simon Gear

 

14:40 Breeding an efficient replacement system Dr Steven Hughes
15:20 Energy expenditure in two systems SA vs NZ

(Regulation vs deregulation/labour/complex vs simple)

Simon Lavery

 

16:00 Farm Video
16:20 DISCUSSION
16:30 TEA
Chair: Neil Bisseker

FINAL SUMMARY

17:00 Making it happen in SA Billy Thom (Izuzu)
17.30 Closing summary Rob Archibald
Jeff Every Confirmed
19:00 CONFERENCE DINNER