South Island Dairy Event 2024 returns to Lincoln University

The South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) is returning to Lincoln University on 25 and 26 June 2024, marking a significant milestone alongside the celebration of its 25th event

Some members of the 2024 SIDE organising committee: Will Perriam-Lampp, Jonathan Hoets, Tracey Perkins, Robin Horblow, Stacey Hoets, Russ Young, Henry Norris, and Brad Fallaver

A renowned gathering of dairy farmers, rural professionals and industry partners, the South Island Dairy Event offers a platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and showcasing the latest advancements in the dairy sector. The 2024 theme for the two-day conference is ‘Excelling through Change’.

The event will be chaired by Jonathon Hoets, an equity partner of Kairoa Dairies Limited, a 790-cow farm in Mid Canterbury, for the Rylib Group.

SIDE’s rich history dates back to its first event in 1999. Over the years, it has grown to become an invaluable resource for the dairy industry. The decision to return to Lincoln University, the site of the first SIDE event, for its 25th edition reflects the event’s commitment to its heritage and the valuable relationship between the university and the dairy community.

The 2024 South Island Dairy Event is poised to feature a robust agenda, including three keynote speakers, interactive workshops, a field trip to view on-farm demonstrations, and a range of knowledgeable industry experts and farmers discussing the latest innovations and information in the dairy sector.

It will provide a unique opportunity for industry professionals, researchers, and leading dairy farmers to exchange ideas, best practices, and to collectively drive the industry forward.

Registrations for the 2024 event open in April. For more information about the 2024 South Island Dairy Event, including sponsorship opportunities, visit

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