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A successful, informative and well-attended Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers AGM and Congress 2015

A splendid and enlightening time was had by all who attended the second Annual General Meeting of the Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers (ZADF) and the four days of events that were built around it, for the benefit of its members.

ZADF is just two years old. However, as the CEO’s presentation during the post-AGM Open Session on its own successes, and those of some highlighted Members demonstrated, this organisation has already made its mark in terms of ensuring all Members at every level have excellent access to information and training. ZADF is a proactive and powerful voice in the corner of all its members in every sector, from small scale rural, to large commercial, lobbying for and representing them to Government, its various agencies, and all service providers and organisations who affect their operations.

South African Milk Producer Organisation’s CEO, Chris van Dijk, both attended the Congress and presented at one of the Dairy School Sessions, on the topic ‘Key drivers to the success or failure of dairy farmers in South Africa’. His presentation was very well received by the delegates who welcomed the opportunity to draw from the experiences of their counterparts in our country.

The four day event kicked off on the evening of 14 July with a lively Heifer Sale by Mark Hayter, by video, and an opening Cocktail Party, followed by a light-hearted, yet very educational ‘Pub Quiz’ with all quiz questions dairy farming related. This was hosted by Dr Peter Edmondson from the UK, an always humorous presenter and frequent visiting dairy consultant and vet, who was much involved in the four days’ proceedings and in the Dairy School. 

The Quiz evening was very well attended and much enjoyed, the humour serving to cement the carefully chosen questions which were packed with useful dairy information.

The following morning, the AGM was held and office bearers for the next year of ZADF operations confirmed. An Expo was set up in the grounds of the venue and during the course of the day, delegates were able to meet various suppliers and dairy producers.

The Open Session following the formalities of the AGM was attended by several high level Government officials, including the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, the Honourable Paddy Zhanda, who has been working very effectively to create a favourable operating environment for dairy farmers nationwide. This was a lively and informative session, with several presentations by ZADF and Government representatives, many questions and answers from the floor and much useful discussion and engagement.

The session ended on a positive note, with all inspired for the year ahead. Following lunch, while the VIPs and some of the delegates were taken on an interesting tour of Kershelmar Dairy Factory, others were ferried to tour Penial Valley Farm, a nearby successful dairy venture. Both tours were very informative and much appreciated. 

That evening, delegates relaxed and socialised at an enjoyable Gala Dinner, with VIPs in attendance. During the evening, the ZADF Dairy Oscar was announced and presented, to a surprised and delighted Dr Rachel Stewart, well-known and loved dairy specialist vet who has provided a superb service to the industry, much of this on a voluntary basis, over many years. She is viewed as an absolute mine of useful advice and information by Zimbabwean Dairy farmers and her focus on dairy has proved to be her life’s calling. She was also a presenter at the Dairy School.

Dairy School on the next day proved a big hit. This innovation attracted a packed audience and sessions covered a wide range of very useful topics, taking the farmers back to basics as well as sharing innovations, refreshing them on the keys to success, and providing the opportunity to quiz the presenters and hold useful, educational discussions. 

Morning sessions were attended by all delegates while afternoon sessions offered breakaways on a variety of useful topics from which they could select. The final morning offered a series of three tours of successful dairy farms in nearby areas, led by outgoing ZADF Chairman Craig Follwell. These were much enjoyed and brought the successful Congress to an end.

ZADF is definitely making its mark and serving its purpose well. Zimbabwean dairy farmers left inspired and uplifted, taking with them, a great deal of useful information and guidance for the year ahead!

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Rachel Stewart receives her Dairy Oscar 2015

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