Extension Project

The Challenge:

The uptake of knowledge and its application in sheep and beef farms is hugely variable There is a widening profit gap between top performers and the mid-tier. Widespread uptake of knowledge and the resulting changes on farm will lead to sector-wide improvements in productivity and profitability.

The Status Quo:

The red meat sector has invested heavily in farmer knowledge and practice change over the years with varying success. There is limited formal evaluation around why some ways of acquiring knowledge are more successful than others. This has meant that traditional ways to provide information are continuing to be used but with limited understanding as to whether farmers are actually benefiting at all.

Project Objective

A number of trials are being run to evaluate a range of different extension approaches with farmers and meat processors. Through this we will know which approaches are effective in supporting practice change. This will enable the creation of an extension system, based on evidence. A collaborative national extension system will enable more farmers to increase the amount and the rate of practice change because they have confidence in fine-tuning their farm system. This will lead to more farm businesses increasing their performance and profit across the sector.

Year One Pilot Farmer Results

The extension design project has involved over seventy farm businesses, currently participating in a three-year trial. These trials will test different extension approaches. The purpose of this is to work out the best way farmers learn and help give them the confidence to make better decisions in their farming businesses. You can read more here

B
elow is a PDF of a booklet which outlines what the pilot farmers achieved after their first year being involved in the programme. You can download it as a PDF or email us to request a copy in the post.

Interested in getting involved?

Click here to learn more about how your farming business can become involved.

Couple impressed with RMPP Programme

Growing up on a pig farm near Oamaru, David Smith wanted nothing else but to be a sheep and beef farmer.Leaving school as soon as he was able, he worked on properties around the Waitaki district pursuing that dream.

"That was me. I always had a passion for it,'' Mr Smith said.

For the past 10 years, he and his wife, Sarah, have been farming Mt Watkins, a hill country property inland from Waikouaiti. Click here to read more

$100,000 in additional revenue generated through the programme

At first sceptics to the RMPP pilot farmer programme, the Hodgen family are now advocating as to why other farmers should look at coming on board the national rollout of the programme.    Have a listen here to the Hodgen story as told by Dan Hodgen at the recent Beef + Lamb New Zealand FarmSmart day.