Mohaka rams

Rare Breeds
Annual General Meeting and Conference


The 2019 Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand was held at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, 60 Hussey Street, Christchurch, over the weekend on 27–28 April 2019.  The programme was as follows.

Friday 26 April:
5.00 p.m. onwards. Meet and Greet plus early registration at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve bar.

Saturday 27 April:
9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Registration and Morning Tea.
10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Rare Breeds AGM.
12.30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. Lunch     Attendees were able to view the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve exhibits and the only White Park cattle in New Zealand were on show. The Society's archives were also available.
2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. Rare Breeds Reports.
3.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Afternoon Tea.
3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Future Direction Workshop.
5.15 p.m. Optional Ko Tāne Maori cultural experience.
7.00 p.m. Dinner. (Hāngi and Maori cultural food.)     With after-dinner speaker Daniel Wheeler talking about his experiences with 'Farming Wild Beasts'.

Sunday 28 April:
11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Field excursion to the Willowbank Farm.
1.00 p.m. Barbecue Lunch at Glenda Goatley's farmyard.

Below are some photographs taken on the AGM weekend by Marina Steinke.

White Park cattle
Justine Rowland with her White Park cattle from Highlea Farm
Zebu cattle
Nadudana Zebu cattle at Willowbank Farm
Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep at Willowbank Farm
Canterbury Blue and Saddleback pigs
Canterbury Blue and Saddleback pigs in Glenda Goatley's Farmyard

Next year's AGM will be held in the North Island – details to come.


Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand

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