The week-long Boehringer Ingelheim World Hereford Conference will showcase studs in both islands in pre- and post-conference tours.
Speakers will cover topics such as genetics, innovative agriculture, regenerative grazing management, beef cattle and carbon and the environment.
NZ Hereford manager Posy Moody says a highlight will be the inaugural Young Breeders Competition, which pitches teams of young people against teams from around the world in a variety of tasks including preparing and showing cattle.
So far nine teams from as far as Britain, the United States and Sweden have entered and while the competition will start in and around Queenstown the last two days will be contested at the Wanaka A and P Show.
The event starts on March 9 followed by a dinner the next day at Walter Peak Station.
There are tours to the Brown family’s Lochaburn Stud at Lowburn and the Campbell’s Earnscleugh Stud at Clyde.
The final days of the conference will be spent at the Wanaka show supporting the Young Breeders Competition.
A four-day tour of North Island studs precedes the conference and tours to Mt Nicholas Station, Te Anau and Christchurch follow it.