Leading chefs and futurist part of Headwaters’ 2017 Muster

May 11, 2017

Headwaters marks its first decade with the 10 anniversary annual ‘Muster’ on 1 June in Timaru.

With the theme The World’s Most Adaptive Sheep Farmers, the Muster is an opportunity for Headwaters farmers to reflect on the gains of the first 10 years and to look ahead to the next 10 years.

“Our first decade was marked by a single-minded determination to adapt to a rapidly changing market reality. Adaptability is also set to be the hallmark of the next 10 years,” Headwaters General Manager Ian Hercus says.

The Muster coincides with the launch of Te Mana Lamb, the result of the Headwaters, Alliance and Ministry for Primary Industries’ Omega Lamb Primary Growth Partnership. As such the Muster’s speakers will include chefs Ben Bayly and Gareth Stewart of TVNZ’s My Kitchen Rules series. Both chefs will serve Te Mana lamb in their Auckland restaurants.

On the following morning Ben and Gareth will visit Te Mana Lamb finishing farmers Dave and Millie Harper on Braided Rivers, their Rakaia Gorge farm.

In keeping with the focus on the future, The Muster will also feature leading futurist Roger Dennis, who will traverse some of the major social, economic and technological changes we can expect.

Dennis helps clients around the world understand the changing environments in which they operate to help develop ‘future proofed’ business strategies.

He was a member of the core team for the world’s largest foresight programme, Future Agenda. The programme run over 50 workshops in 25 countries around the world and engaged with scientists, academics, entrepreneurs and politicians.

“The Headwaters Muster is one of the highlights of our year and we’re excited about what’s in store for our farmers this year at a pivotal time in the growth and development of Headwaters,” Ian Hercus said.

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