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.
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
Below 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.
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Learn more about our pilot farmers
Our Farmers - In the News
Alliance - Small changes pay on Southland farm
Silver Fern Farms -
Growing great taste from pasture to plate
No bad part to first job
Working with farmers a privilege
New data system makes life simple
The long trek home
Scheme spurs massive rethink
Sustainable improvements through RMPP (video)
Production and profit gains catalyst for joining RMPP
Family put cropping skills to good use
Silver Fern Farms -
Reliable water supply worth the wait
Greenlea & Alliance -
Meat companies work together to lift farmers
No excuses, just get in and get it done
Young Southland sheep farmers produce faster growing lambs
Gradual change boosts returns
Alliance - Young sheep farmers learn from the best
Couple impressed with RMPP programme
Our Farmers - Case Studies
Northland - Kim and Chris Leigh-Mackenzie
Hawke's Bay - O'Rourke Family
North Canterbury - Charlie and Katie Croft
Working more closely with Maori - Awhina Group
Kaipara - David and Janine Kidd
King Country- Leveson and Vicki Gower
Hawke's Bay - Willie and Fee Wilder
Wairarapa - James and Kate McKay
North Canterbury - Hodgen family
Mid Canterbury - McLauchlan family
East Otago - David and Sarah Smith See videos below
Southland - Matt and Natalie McRae
Southland - Chris and Andrea Bulleid
Couple impressed with RMPP Programme
"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.