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August 2016
Welcome to the second issue of The Ground Up, the bi-monthly update on what’s happening at the Red Meat Profit Partnership, a Primary Growth Partnership programme. We encourage you to forward this on as we seek to engage with a wider audience.  We also welcome your feedback on improvements and thoughts for future releases.
In the news
Since the last issue there have been a number of articles regarding RMPP pilot farms, including...

Gradual change boosts returns (6 July 2016)
North Canterbury farmer Mike Hodgen wasn’t sure about getting a consultant in to go over the family’s farm operation.Now he wishes he’d done it five years earlier.The Hodgens signed up to the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) pilot farm programme, a Primary Growth Partnership scheme, and just over a year in are seeing tangible gains in their sheep flock . . . Click to read full article.

Marton couple aim to lift farm profits from joining research partnership (4 July 2016)
Marton farmers Brenda and John Stewart are a year into a government and industry funded research programme they say has helped them think outside the square.  Jill Galloway talks to them about the Red Meat Profit Partnership. When approached to join a red meat project to raise farmer profitability and productivity, Brenda and John Stewart were unsure if it was for them.  Click to read full article.  

Young Southland sheep farmers produce faster growing lambs (27 June 2016)
A young Southland farming family is improving their meat production through raising the condition of ewes mobs with the help of the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP). Matt and Natalie McRae manage Eilean Donan farm on behalf of their family, along with Matt's brother Joe. The property at Redan Valley has been in the family's ownership for more than 100 years and supplies stock to Alliance Group.  Click to read full article.

Couple impressed with RMPP Programme (21 June 2016)
.... In March last year, David and Sarah Smith became part of the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) processor programme. They were among a group of five Anzco Foods suppliers in Otago and Southland, each identifying areas they wanted to focus on specific to their business.  The first year of the RMPP's Pilot Farms programme has recently been completed. Click to read full article.


 
Reducing farmer time key to the eASD (Electronic Animal Status Declaration) project
 
Driven both by the issues that exist with the current paper ASD form and the opportunities these present, we have over the past few months been running a ‘proof of concept’ to test a farmer-to-processor electronic version of the Animal Status Declaration. 
 
Farmer feedback has been extremely positive, with many asking when they can stop using the paper form. Processors have also been extremely supportive of the proof of concept. The eASD forms are being pre-populated with a lot of the farm data, and this has reduced the time required to enter information while also improving the accuracy, which means the farmer and processor can focus on performance rather than transactions.
 
OSPRI has been busy developing this with us and we are now working to investigate how we can transition the proof of concept to a wider trial involving more farmers and greater integration with the processors' operational processes and IT systems.

Q&A - Natalie Bowie, Communications Manager

Natalie started this week with RMPP as the new Communications Manager.

What is your background?  
I come from a sheep and beef farm in Northern Wairarapa.  I have two brothers both farming on dry stock properties so am deeply committed to the red meat sector.  I have been working in marketing and communications roles for the past 15 years with the past 8 years being specifically in the primary sector.  

What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
I am really looking forward to working with the team here at RMPP to help make a difference to the lives of sheep and beef farmers in New Zealand.   I believe that the work RMPP is doing can help create a step-change in the industry and am excited about being a part of this.  

To learn more about Natalie's background including her time in China, click here.

Events coming up

8 August 2016 - Presenting at NZIPIM National Conference
10 August 2016 - Presenting at AgFirst Annual Conference

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