Dairy Women's Network achieves goals

L-R  Convenor,Tyler Langford  with Katrina Thomas and Penny Muller at the  Dairy Womens Action Planning Workshop held in ...
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L-R Convenor,Tyler Langford with Katrina Thomas and Penny Muller at the Dairy Womens Action Planning Workshop held in Winton.

Southland's female dairy farmers had the opportunity to network and learn new skills at a workshop focused at planning for the future in Winton on Tuesday.

Developed jointly with the Dairy Women's Network and DairyNZ the workshop attracted more than 23 participants, both dairy farmers and rural professionals.

Southland's workshop was the last in a serious held throughout the country.

Dairy Women's Network Invercargill regional group convenor Katrina Thomas said the workshop was a success.

"It was a good interactive day, everybody was very positive considering the Fonterra situation. People were excited about how to look forward and set business and personal goals."

Last week's Fonterra decision to slash its forecast dividend by five cents was water under the bridge, Thomas said.

"We're getting on with it, dwelling on it doesn't achieve anything," she said.

Dairy Women's Network regional group convenor for Golden Bay Tyler Langford was a guest speaker at the event.

"There was fantastic discussion around the room and it was great to hear different perspectives and experiences in dairy farming," Langford said.

A follow up to the workshop will be held in June, to see where people were at with achieving the goals they set at the workshop, Thomas said.

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 - The Southland Times

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