APRIL 2017
Welcome to The Ground Up, Red Meat Profit Partnership's monthly e-newsletter.  We encourage you to forward this on to any colleagues, clients and friends who may be interested in the work we are doing.
National Farmer Workshop Success
The National Farmer Workshop in early March saw over 150 farmers and rural professionals come together for two days in Christchurch.  The aim was for farmers to gain both on-farm and technical insights from their peers and rural professionals and also to explore ways RMPP could go about rolling out a new programme which allows all New Zealand sheep and beef farmers a chance to take part.  To read more about the workshop, click here. 
Workshop attendee feedback
We received a lot of feedback to the survey we sent out after the workshop.  Below are a few comments from  some participants.

"Make sure it is a true interaction of all involved in the industry and not just farmers. We learn and move forward by good interaction with each other eg. our group regularly meet with our key processing people."

"You have taken on a huge mission and it has taken time to get it up and running."

"With 3 years to go I would like to see the KPI's/benchmarking completed within the next 6-12 months. I think some really good work has been done (NZ Farm Assurance project), time to start rolling out results."

"A successful effective extension programme needs to be demand driven (it needs to be wanted by the farmers). As farmers, we don’t know what we don’t know. The industry has a critical role in leading and developing the right industry culture and the opportunities for continual improvement. Then the farmers have to want to receive the opportunities and the information."

"We thoroughly enjoyed being away for 2 days - away from work, kids and commitments, it cleared our heads and helped us focus on what is really important to our farming life and business. We've come home with a renewed energy and more proactive attitude."   

Farm and technical insights

As part of the two days in Christchurch there were a number of farmers and rural professionals who presented on various topics.  Some of these were filmed and we are currently looking to turn these into resources which will be available for people to view.  We will keep you updated as to when these will be made publicly available.  Some presentations that were in Powerpoint are available here to download.

Programme rollout

The largest challenge for the RMPP team has been taking away all of the ideas from the workshop and turning these ideas into an action plan so that we can start looking to roll out the new programme nationally.   This plan is currently being formulated and we will be keeping everyone up to date as we start to pull together the detail.  Farming businesses who are interested in being involved can now register their interest on our website here.  

We will keep in touch with those who have registered as we confirm what the programme involves.

Computer Courses 
Want to know more about how to use a computer to help your farm business?  2017 dates have now been confirmed for the next set of computer courses RMPP are offering.    There are two courses that farmers can choose from. 

Getting Started
Topics covered include how to use email and the internet.
Using Farm Data
Topics covered include an introduction to spreadsheets (Excel) and an overview of some farm management tools.

For more information on either of these courses click here.

Understanding Your Farming Business Programme
There are still a couple of places available on the Understanding Your Farming Business programmes due to start in both Te Akau and Paeroa in May.   If you know of any women who may be interested in being a part of the programme, please pass on the details to them.  Click here for more information.

Farmer mentor programme
RMPP and DairyNZ fund a programme which works with Business Mentors NZ to support farm owners, farm managers and those looking to start up a farming business.  We can provide a fully subsidised confidential one-on-one mentoring approach.  For more information click here.
Megan Mounsey-Smith

Q&A - Denise Bewsell, Extension Specialist

I grew up in Australia on a small block just outside Bendigo in central Victoria. I started out working in extension with fruit growers in northern Victoria. Since then I have lived and worked in a few different rural places in Australia before moving to New Zealand. Now I call Christchurch home! I have been part of the RMPP team since the start of 2016.

What does your role involve?  
I work in the extension team to support the meat companies who are running extension projects. This means helping to plan extension activities, source information and support, and monitor how each project is going.

What do you most enjoy about working for RMPP?
The people! There is such a great group of people involved in the RMPP programme. And I enjoy working in extension – because it is about helping making a difference with the RMPP partners and sheep and beef farmers.

Upcoming events & presentations

6 April - ANZ Business of Farming Showcase, Mangatainoka
3pm - Presentation - tools and technology

6-7 April - East Coast Farming for Technology Expo, Wairoa 
11.45am on 6 April - Presentation - Navigating your way through farm succession 

3 May - NZIPIM/RMPP Manawatu Business breakfast, Palmerston North

3 May - Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ag Innovation Day, Palmerston North

Presentation - time and topic to be confirmed


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