Discussion groups enable farmers to share ideas and gain new ones to help grow their businesses. They're also a valuable networking forum.
Designed to contribute to increase productivity of 3% per annum on sheep and beef farms with lower inputs and more sustainable farm systems; the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Monitor Farm Programme is one of the world’s most successful agribusiness programmes.
How the Programme Works
Local community groups select a facilitator and Monitor Farmer who is relevant and applicable to the local region, both geographically and in the issues being addressed by the farm business. A business plan is then developed and implemented along with associated monitoring plans for 3-4 years.
The programme continues to attract excellent community participation and interest. Since its inception some 125 individual monitor farmers have passed through the programme with an estimated 20,000 farmers cumulatively involved through community groups, receiving newsletters or attending field-days. The estimated benefit to farmers is in excess of $150 million since the programme began.
Website: Monitor Farms
Forums for like-minded farmers, Progression Groups have been developed for those who want to enhance their skills and career options: There are two groups to choose from: Biz Start and Biz Grow.
Biz Start has been designed to meet the needs of farmers in the lower order sharemilker, herd manager and farm manager positions that are looking to progress in the dairy industry. Sessions will focus on building business and people management skills to equip them for senior level management positions, or owning or running their own farm business.
Biz Grow has been designed to meet the needs of farmers in sharemilker and equity partner positions that are looking to speed up their progression in the dairy industry. Sessions will focus on strategic, financial and performance management skills and resources to equip participants for greater equity holding or owning their own farm business.
Website: DairyNZ's Progression Groups
The elements being demonstrated are usually ‘new to market or untested;' the best minds and visionaries (farmers and scientists) coming together to build on the collective thoughts of both groups. The Demonstration farm is innovation in practice.
The Demonstration Farm Programme will deliver outcomes that appeal to early adopters and high performing farmers. The primary point of difference for this concept is that Demonstration Farms showcase and demonstrate a narrow category of farming activity.
The demonstration farm concept was developed out of a need to see increased levels of practice change on farms. Demonstration farmers meet with Scientists to select the innovation they want to trial. The single initiative innovation is implemented and then showcased.
Website: Beef + Lamb's Demonstration Farms
The BPP focus is to achieve an additional 5% improvement in annual beef profit year on year within two years of joining the BPP.
A cluster of beef farmers (usually 10 -15) in the same area agree to meet regularly and work together to improve beef profit productivity and business growth.
BPP farmers set individual key performance targets and take regular, objective and realistic measures. They meet at least every two months and usually they have an independent facilitator who provides ongoing support to BPP farmers.
Website: Beef + Lamb New Zealand
The SPP focus is to achieve an additional 5% improvement in annual sheep profit year on year within two years of joining the SPP.
A cluster of sheep farmers (usually 10 -15) in the same area agree to meet regularly and work together to improve sheep profit productivity and business growth.
SPP farmers set individual key performance targets and take regular, objective and realistic measures. They meet at least every two months and usually. They have an independent facilitator who provides ongoing support to SPP farmers.
Website: Beef + Lamb New Zealand
Industry Sectors: Real Farmers … Real Issues … Real Solutions; Federated Farmers represents the broad spectrum of the rural community, with seven industry groups representing the specific interests of meat & fibre, dairy, grain & seed, rural butchers, South Island high country and beekeepers.
Each industry group has its own governance structure. Industry group councillors hold regular meetings to discuss issues, policy and solutions relevant to their industry sector. Each industry group is represented by a chairperson and a provincial representative who lead experienced, knowledgeable farmers in dealing with matters that impact on the business of farming. The industry groups are made up of real farmers who have a sound understanding of the sector challenges and who have access to the Federation’s advocacy resources and the key industry decision makers.
Website: Federated Farmers