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ProAdvice are proud to present the next ProNet National Conference on 28th, 29th & 30th August 2019 at Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, Hahndorf, South Australia.

Please RSVP before the 1st August.


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We are really excited because this year’s event is being held at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre (Hahndorf)  about 40 mins from Adelaide airport.

We have a great packed bus (business) tour and 1 ½ days of informative and entertaining conference speakers lined up for you.

This program blends the new and the old, with presentations on new technologies and presentations by some of our trusty favourites, it is going to be a great event!  The full program is attached and a summary of some key highlights is provided below.  Over the next few weeks, we’ll provide a little more detail on conference speakers to whet your appetite.

The Bus(iness) Tour

Our focus is “new learning/thinking from medium to large scale Ag related businesses”.

This year, we will be visiting Beerenberg Farm (Hahndorf)…from humble beginnings 200 years ago (fruit and veg production) to value added fruit and veg production (strawberry jam, preserves) now more than 70 products exported to 23 countries and employing 55 people….and still a family business.  How have they done it?   Join us to find out how…


Samwell Family’s Eastbrook Farm (Nairne) – if being Australia’s largest supplier of Brussels Sprouts and Kalettes and continuing to supply Aldi, Coles, Adelaide Wholesale Markets and Fresh Wholesale Markets Australia wide, Foodland, IGA and Klose supermarkets is not challenging enough, then try growing Brussels Sprouts and Kalettes around Adelaide’s peri urban food zone (Mt Barker) with a population of 36 000 people (+ 60% population growth in the next 2 decades) and not being able to sell the land/business!  Oh, there’s 35 staff to manage too!  Plenty to see and discuss here with Leigh Samwell!


Beston Global Food Company (Jervois) is an ASX listed food, beverage and nutritional company producing premium products across dairy, meat, seafood, health and nutritional sectors.  By owning the raw materials, Beston Global Food Company aim to provide natural and verifiably safe food and beverages to global markets so that consumers can make healthy choices.  In its dairy sector, Beston owns dairy farms in South East SA and uses the milk to produce cheese, including mozzarella at the Jervois factory (our visit).  We’ll find out how Beston Global Food Company manage staff, keep shareholders and their dairy farmer suppliers happy at the same time.


Prancing Pony Brewery, (Totness) – brewing and drinking beer is what owners Frank Samson and Corinna Steeb like doing and they hope you do too?   .  This herd of ponies know a thing or two about long flavoured beers with bold, big malt flavours and amazing hop aromas that tickle your senses.  Head brewer, Frank Samson is forever on the hunt for the next brew sensation. Working closely with their team, Frank and Corinna strive to ensure traditions and innovations are upheld and passed on.  How does they run a values based business, find and retain staff and operate an independent commercial brewery amongst fierce competition?


After all that touring we will be hungry, so we’ll go back to Adelaide Hills Convention Centre (conference venue) and enjoy a nice relaxing dinner organised for you at Three Gums.  On Thursday 29th August (conference night #1) we’ll enjoy a meal (and a bit of German culture) at The German Arms Hotel.


The Conference (see the full program)

Jenny Williams, a Psychologist and Master Coach and well renowned sportswomen who represented SA in 6 different sports will present on:

  • ‘Coachability’ – how to coach champions
  • the practical psychology of getting family teams working
  • Managing destructive people
  • How to change and improve behaviour to obtain results

Following on from that David Gillespie returns to share his research and insights from writing his new book “Teen Brain” which delves into  why screens are making your teenager depressed, anxious and prone to lifelong addictive illnesses and how to stop it now.  Definitely a session not to be missed!

Keeping on the technology theme, Rick Llewellyn from the CSIRO will show us how virtual fencing works and the commercial applications of this, Daniel Hayes provides us with tips on how to get fast internet and Dr Wayne Pitchford will update us on the ‘genetic tools’ available to improve livestock productivity.


On day 2 Matt Dalgleish from Mecardo, will provide a commodity update, followed by Will Gurry for a look at rural land and water value trends and drivers.

Then Allan Parker returns to present on “Negotiating change and partnerships”.  In this session Allan will cover the critical success factors in change and leadership, how to have considered conversations with positive outcomes and provide new skills for conflict management resolution.

The Venue & Accommodation

As mentioned the venue is the  Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, for your convenience, we have rooms on hold for you, please call the venue on 1300 763 836 to book your room, and mention the ProAdvice National Conference.

Conference Expenses

The Conference Registration Form outlines the costs for attendance, please complete and return the form or complete and pay online and we will issue you an invoice for payment to secure your place.  You are to cover your own accommodation and external catering costs.

After reading all of this we hope you are as excited as we are about this year’s event, please book now by completing the web form here or download a ‘paper’ form here.

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to give us a call on 03 5241 3888.

Look forward to seeing you in Hahndorf soon.