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Organic Dairy & Pastoral Group Open Day

  • Chaos Springs 131 Deam Road Waihi, Waikato, 3682 New Zealand (map)


The Organic Dairy & Pastoral Group presents a


Information Day

Thursday March 16, 9am - 3pm

at Chaos Springs Farm, 131 Deam Road, Waihi

Join us for an inspiring day with an outstanding group of seasoned organic farmers, including:

John Pearce: John will talk about his Dung Beetle breading program at Shelly Beach where he and his wife Norrie have been farming Biodynamically for about 40 years.

Cathy Yates: Cathy & David Yates come from the original Yates seed farm which has been in their family for over 100 years. Their robotic milking system is one of the first in the country. First certified in 2005, they have a long history of organic management.

Kathy Bentham: Organic farmers Kathy & Doug Bentham have farmed most things. Starting 23 years ago with milking goats outdoors, they now milk cows and goats near Te Aroha. They also grow maize and raise beef and sheep on their forestry block near Whangamata.

Matthew Minopiro: Young Matt is in his sixth season as an Organic Dairy Farmer. Now running as a one man band on a family owned farm, Matt milks 160 cows on a low input system on the foothills of Mount Pirongia.

Registration is essential, so please fill in the form below to secure your spot.

We will kick off with morning tea at 9am then speakers and discussion through to lunch at 12 noon. There is a farm tour from 1pm to 3pm and following this, everyone is most welcome to stay for the ODPG AGM which will be held at 4pm.

Discussion Topics:

  • Soils
  • Pasture Management
  • Weed Management
  • Animal Health
  • Dealing with Drought
  • Coping with Audits

Outline for the day:

  • 9am: Morning Tea

  • 9:30am: Introduction then presentations from a range of organic pastoral managers explaining their approach and systems for producing healthy organic pastures and animals. Presentations will be open for questions so you can get the answers you need to help bring your system up to the next level. 

  • 12noon: Lunch

  • 1pm: Chaos Springs farm tour, looking at pasture, animals, compost and many other parts of our operation.

  • 3pm: Conclusion 

  • 4pm: AGM

There is no charge for ODPG Members; $10.00 for non-members.  Lunch is included.

Register below, and we will get back to you with further details via email:

Name *
Earlier Event: November 24
Holistic Grazing - John King
Later Event: May 10
Composting with Molly Haviland