Extension Design Project
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.
The aim of this project was to enable the creation of a collaborative national extension system. This has happened – and RMPP Action Network is launched. Click here to find out more about RMPP Action Network.
Extension System model
RMPP has done a lot of research with farmers and how best they take up knowledge and turn that into action on-farm. Out of this research the RMPP Extension System was created.
Watch the short video that explains the parts of the model.
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
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.
Year two pilot farmer results
Read about farmers involved in the RMPP Extension Design Project. This booklet provides a two year review and covers:
- Our farm objectives
- What we have achieved
- What benefits we found from being involved
- Future plans
You can download it as a PDF or email us to request a copy in the post.
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
ANZCO - No bad part to first job
Alliance - Working with farmers a privilege
Greenlea - New data system makes life simple
Greenlea - The long trek home
Greenlea - Scheme spurs massive rethink
ANZCO - Sustainable improvements through RMPP (video)
ANZCO - Production and profit gains catalyst for joining RMPP
ANZCO - Family put cropping skills to good use
Silver Fern Farms - Reliable water supply worth the wait
Greenlea and Alliance - Meat companies work together to lift farmers
Greenlea - No excuses, just get in and get it done
Alliance - Young Southland sheep farmers produce faster growing lambs
Alliance - Gradual change boosts returns
Alliance - Young sheep farmers learn from the best
Our Farmers - Case Studies
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.
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$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.