Planning for the 2022 Kelso Winter Workshop is underway
Date: Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th May, 2022.
Venue: Napier War Memorial Centre and Mangatutu Station, Patoka.
The 2021 Winter Workshop was a huge success with a brilliant mix of speakers, an impressive farm tour and a great social gathering.
Hamish Bibby gave an update on what we are up to at Kelso and where we are headed, followed up by a Future Sheep survey from Olivia Ellis. An informative session on maximising the feeding of ewes during pregnancy and lactation was lead by Dr Sue McCoard and HB Vet Richard Lee reminded us on how to look after our investment in rams. Butch Paterson and the team from MyEnviro highlighted the wave of environmental regualtion coming our way and how we can be best prepared. We were then taken to the summit of Mt Everest with Mike Allsop, an adventurer, airline pilot and proud dad who inspired us with his incredible life story. The evening entertainment continued with local legend Cam McLeay enthralling us with his extraordinary rafting adventures behind Gorbachov's Iron Curtain during the late 80's, early 90's.
The farm tour over Roger & Hew Dalrymple's Waitatapia Station was impressive, with outstanding attention to detail over a large scale mixed livestock and cropping operation. Hearing from Roger Dalrymple and Mark Chrystall on their involvement in the setting up of the Rangitikei Rivers Catchment Collective was a great example of rural communities working together, to enhance good management practices and support each other through challenging times ahead.
As we know, getting off farm for a couple of days is important and good for our well being. The social aspect of the Winter Workshop is a big part of it and Orlando Country proved to be a great venue where we were not only well fed and watered, but also entertained by some great and not-so-great golf shots. The atmosphere was very upbeat and positive, everyone enjoyed catching up with friends and like minded people in our Kelso community. Thank you for all the amazing feedback and we look forward to seeing you back in Hawke's Bay in 2022.