The 2020 World Hereford Conference (WHC) is being held in Queenstown, New Zealand from the 8th to 13th of March 2020.
It is estimated that 450 Hereford enthusiasts and farmers from South and North America, Canada, Scandinavia, UK and Ireland and Australia will head to New Zealand for the conference.
The conference offers a full three days of presentations from around the world on a range of industry relevant topics including; the importance of accurate data collection, regenerative grazing management and the benefits of genomics.
Attendees will also visit two iconic Hereford hill studs in the Central Otago Hill Country.
Wanaka Show will be held on the Friday of the WHC giving delegates the opportunity to attend one of the South Island’s largest and most popular agricultural and pastoral shows, set on the shore of Lake Wanaka.
The handler competition of the Young Breeders Competition (running in conjunction with the WHC) will also take place at the Wanaka Show.
General Manager of the New Zealand Hereford Association; Posy Moody is looking forward to welcoming people from around the world to New Zealand to see the sights and the cattle.
“Although we are far away, there are so many reasons for breeders around the world to come here.
“To see the cattle, to see the country, to see Queenstown, and experience that Kiwi hospitality,” Ms Moody said.
The innovative nature of farming and Hereford breeding in New Zealand is something else that Ms Moody believes is a drawcard for the New Zealand conference.
“People are very eager to come to New Zealand to learn the latest from our farming systems and discuss using our Hereford sires in their studs.
“Our farming is very innovative and that is very attractive. We pride ourselves on our uniqueness and diversity,” Moody says.
“We have Herefords in Northland where it is semi-tropical, and in tough mountainous terrain in Otago, and that fascinates people. That diversity continues into breeding and we have specialists who have bred Herefords specifically for the dairy industry, as well as those providing for the beef industry. This event will open up a lot of opportunities for us.” Ms Moody said.
Tours of the North and South Islands of New Zealand have also been organised for pre and post conference to give people the opportunity to further explore more of the delights New Zealand has to offer.
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