Southland sheep and beef Action Group put learnings into action
Sheep and beef farmer Brendon Hargest is already making changes on-farm as a result of being part of a Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group. “We feel we understand a lot more about pasture management and quality vs quantity and how we can improve that side of things,” he says. Read more here Beef + Lamb New Zealand e-diary, 19 March 2020 and Southland Times, 28 March 2020
Group involvement leads to lamb weight gains
Bill McCall's average lamb carcass weights grew from 17-17.4kg to 18kg last summer as a result of taking part in an RMPP Action Group. Now he's hoping further steps, made as the result of work undertaken through the group, will also reduce lamb losses this season. Read more (on page 21) here. Southern Rural Life, 5 February 2020
B+LNZ takes on Action Network
The Red Meat Profit Partnership Action Network has moved Beef + Lamb control before the Primary Growth Partnership programme ends in September. Read more Farmers Weekly, 9 December 2019.
Top farmers are still learning
A high-performing group of East Coast farmers taking part in an Action Group are focused on learning more about diversifying their businesses. Read more. Farmers Weekly, 14 November 2019.
Farmer group is all action
Firing up effective farm health and safety plans is helping King Country farmers who joined a Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group based around Ongarue. Read more. Rural News, 7 November 2019.
Action groups motivate farmers
Working together to gain access to high-level agriculture and business expertise is already leading to efficiency gains for a group of Hawke’s Bay farmers. Read more. Farmers Weekly, 3 October 2019.
Putting succession planning into action
At least 50% of New Zealand farmers identify succession planning as an issue for them, their family and their farm business. Read more here. Rural News 26 September 2019
Farmers aim for carbon-zero target
A group of high-performing Hawke's Bay farmers have developed carbon-zero planting programmes for their farms in a unique display of initiative in an Action Group established a year ago. Read more. New Zealand Herald, Hawkes Bay Today 29 August 2019
Ideas and expertise freely shared
Ben Trotter, an Action Group facilitator in Southland and member of an Otago Action Group says that 'the real power of RMPP Action Network is in people talking and collaborating.' Read more Rural News 19 August 2019
Soil carbon builders pool resources with other Action Groups to bring in overseas expert
Collaborating with other Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Groups enabled a group of Otago farmers to bring a world-renowned holistic management instructor from South Africa to run a two-day workshop. Read more Otago Daily Times Rural Life 15 July 2019
Get the ball rolling around succession
Over half of New Zealand farmers identify succession planning as an issue for them, their family and their farm business. RMPP developed the workshops to take farm businesses through the transition and succession process. Read more Beef + Lamb New Zealand 17 June 2019
Action group helps vet’s work
Rural vet Ginny Dodunski says her Red Meat Profit Partnership facilitator training is proving valuable in her work as well as for the action group she is working with. Read more. Farmers Weekly 7 June 2019
Key to Action Group success
Access to experts with specific skills to add value in farming businesses is a primary outcome from the Red Meat profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Groups, facilitator Sarah Bell says. Country Wide May 2019
Action groups following different paths
More than 900 farmers have signed up to the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Network to help make their farming businesses more productive and profitable. Read more here. Otago Daily Times - Rural Life 21 March 2019
Action Group think is paying dividends
Like-minded farmers working together to improve their businesses' productivity and profitability is paying dividends, Southland farmer Pete Thomson, who's part of a Red Meat profit Partnership Action Group, says. Read more. Farmers Weekly 15 March 2019
A chance to do it differently
Rural professional John King believes traditions and customs rob farmers of profitability. 'You need to question yourself and the questioning is a big part of what the RMPP Action Network is all about.' Read more Northern Advocate 7 March 2019
Farmers encouraged to seek advice on succession planning
Farm succession is one of the pressing issues facing sheep and beef farmers, with more than 50% of sheep and beef farms expected to change hands over the next decade.
An upcoming series of Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) workshops on farm business transition and succession aims to help farmers navigate what can often be a difficult process. The workshops will also be very relevant for people joining the sector and aiming for farm business ownership. Read more. Farmers Weekly 8 January 2019
Ideas coming thick and fast at RMPP Action Network
Farmers are reported to have joined a Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group at Rangiwahia to upskill the people in their businesses and boost their profitability. Read more Rural News 6 January 2019
Farmers act on sustainability
Taihape farmers are exploring ways to ensure environmental sustainability while improving the profits from their sheep and beef farms. Read more Farmers Weekly 6 December 2018
New role too good to ignore
Brendon Patchett, RMPP Action Network Project Manager talks about his role with RMPP and why it was an opportunity too good to ignore. Read more Rural News 6 December 2018.
Sheep and beef farmers encouraged to prepare farm succession plan
Listen to Malcolm Bailey, RMPP chair, talk about the challenges of farm business transition and succession, and the new workshops being offered by RMPP. NewsHub 3 December 2018.
RMPP Action group offers food for thought to Hawke's Bay farmers
Click here to read about Hawke's Bay farmers that are looking to improve feed budgeting skills and have already made on-farm changes since joining a Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group.
Courses help women add value
Demand from women for new skills and confidence in their farming businesses shows no sign of abating with a national programme set to scale up for the third successive year. Farmers Weekly 18 October 2018
RMPP action groups: sign up quick while funding lasts
Farmers are being encouraged to get in quick as funding for the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) action groups runs out in 2020. Farm businesses joining an action group are entitled to $4000 in seed funding to spend on experts to help better farm performance and productivity.
Read more Stuff 23 October 2018
Online calculators offer easy way to measure farm performance
New book to help red meat farmers
A new resource to help farmers measure their farm business performance has been launched by RMPP. The booklet includes detailed descriptions of 16 core Key Performance Indicators, some example calculations and resources for farmers considering how to improve their farm business.
Read more Farmers Weekly 9 October 2018
Educating & empowering women on the farm
North Canterbury farmer Rebekah Kelly talks about the skills and confidence she gained from the RMPP-funded Agri-Women’s Development Trust 'Understanding Your Farming Business' course.
Listen here Rural Exchange Radio 2 October 2018
PGP projects are delivering
Forecasts of billions of dollars in financial benefits from Primary Growth Partnership projects look like being delivered, albeit later than envisaged, an independent review of the programme has found.
Read more Farmers Weekly 24 August 2018
Group aims for measurable gains
Achieving measurable business gains is the aim of a diverse group of King Country farmers who have formed a RMPP Action Group to focus on benchmarking and using Farmax software.
Read more Farmers Weekly 15 August 2018
Action Groups offer great learning opportunities
John Stantiall facilitates five Action Groups in the lower North Island. He says he discovered a very long time ago that farmers learn more from each other than they ever learnt from him.
Read more Rural News 10 August 2018
Farmers must get in behind
Northern South Island Farmer Council chairman James Hoban encourages Canterbury farmers to get involved in RMPP Action Network. Read more Farmers Weekly 20 July 2018
Farmer groups must lead change
The hope is Action Groups will continue long into the future because, as RMPP chairman Malcolm Bailey says, “Farmers will see the benefit of putting a dollar in to get $10 back.” Read more Farmers Weekly 23 July 2018
RMPP: Brainstorm ideas to increase profitability
Farmers are known for their ingenuity and the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) is asking them to bring ideas to the table. Read more Otago Daily Times 20 June 2018
Endless job opportunities in South Canterbury's "food bowl" economy
South Canterbury's 'food bowl' economy means a New Zealand-wide initiative to teach primary school students about the red meat sector will be especially beneficial to the region. Read more Timaru Herald 14 June 2018
Northland students take part in national agri-food programme
Northland school students take part in a national agri-food programme which will see pupils from 100 schools nationwide visit sheep and beef farms. Read more Northland Stuff 11 June 2018
New Action Network connects farmers with experts
RMPP Chairman, Malcolm Bailey, explain how groups of farmers are identifying common problems, then working together to come up with solutions. Listen here Rural Exchange 3 June 2018
The action group that 'crunches into life'
A group of North Otago farmers are working together to find ways to increase profitability, taking advantage of the support offered by the RMPP's Action Network initiative. Read more NZ Farmer, 30 May 2018
Pupils get taste of farming life
Oamaru Intermediate visits Fraser Farm, at Waitaki Boys’ High School, as part of the Agrication project. Read more Otago Daily Times, 28 May 2018
Action Groups want more profit
Farmers are converting ideas into action as they form Action Groups under RMPP Action Network. Read more Farmers Weekly 24 May 2018
"A new direction where extension may finally be catching up with the world of adult education."
Agricultural consultant John King writes about his experience of RMPP's Action Network facilitation training. Read more NZ Farmer, 23 April 2018
Pupils get real taste of farm life
Red Meat Profit Partnership initiative shows how farms operate and spark interest in future career paths. Read more Otago Daily Times, 18 April 2018
100 primary schools to visit sheep & beef farms
Liberton Christian School was the first South Island school to visit a farm as part of a national project to put pupils from 100 primary schools onto sheep and beef farms. Read more NZ Farmer, 19 March 2018
School farm visits to encourage agricultural careers
For some of the pupils it was the first time they'd ever been on a farm, not to mention seeing a sheep in the flesh. Read more NZ Herald 5 April 2018
Planning boost for farming partners
Planning for long-term business success is the focus of a new programme for sheep and beef farming partners, developed in response to strong industry demand. Read more here
From city to farm - Kelston Girls High gets gumboots ready
A new course to let students get a good look at career opportunities from pasture to plate and a new NCEA Level 1 geography assessment are being added to the Kelston Girls College curriculum in 2018, thanks to a RMPP initiative earlier this year. Read more
Rural day out inspires Taranaki students
Students from Highlands Intermediate in New Plymouth took part in the 'Bigger and Better' discovery day to inspire students to consider a career in sheep and beef farming. The discovery day, funded and facilitated by RMPP together with New Zealand Young Farmers and CORE Education, has been developed for teachers to align with their Year 6-8 curriculum. Read more
Understanding Your Farming Business programme expands
The RMMP-funded 'Understanding Your Farming Business' programme for women is set to expand in 2018 to benefit 500 more farms throughout New Zealand. Read more ODT, 20 Nov 2017
Red Meat Profit Partnership is working
Interviewed by the Rural Exchange team with RMPP Chair Malcolm Bailey on RMPP outcomes to date. Listen here Radio Sport, 12 Nov 2017
How to lift farm performance with small tweaks
Brothers Matt and Joe McRae have achieved success through small changes to their system. Read more here
Meat industry means business for students
The RMPP teaching resource that is proving a big hit with city-based teachers. Case Study, 20 October 2017 Read more here
Red meat pilot project inspires full review
NZ Farmer (18 October 2017)
Click here to read more about RMPP pilot farmers, David and Sarah Smith and the awesome achievements they have made in the past couple of years.
Small Changes pay off big for Bulleids
NZ Farmer (11 October 2017)
Click here to read about one of our pilot farmers and the gains they are making on their farm in Southland.
Women are critical farming partners
The Herald (9 October 2017)
Click here to read more about the fantastic achievements of some of the women who have gone through the Understanding Your Farming Business programme.
Streamlining the electronic connection of farm gate to plate
NZ Farmer (29 August 2017)
Click here to read more about how 3 RMPP initiatives are helping streamline real-time proof of origin.
A prime cut above the rest
The Herald (20 July 2017)
Click here to read more from our partner ANZ about the work we have done together around high performing farmers and what makes them tick!
Farmers see gains from Red Meat Profit Partnership
The Herald (19 June 2017)
Click here to read more about the initiatives RMPP are starting to roll out to the sheep and beef sector and how farmers can benefit from these.
Benefits for farmers starting to emerge from largest red meat Primary Growth Partnership programme.
Press Release (12 June)
Click here to read more about an event held in Wellington in early June 2017, giving an update on RMPP projects and what benefits farmers will start seeing as more tools and resources are rolled out.
School students learn about red meat sector careers at Fieldays
National Fieldays this year had some city visitors from Auckland secondary schools learning about red meat sector careers. You can find out more about their visit here.
Big benefits for farmers in data ownership
Click here to read more about how farm data is being used by external parties and what standards are in place to ensure data is being used appropriately.
Shifting lambing dates proves worthwhile
NZ Farmer (18 May 2017)
Click here to learn about what Southland farmers, Tom and Nicola Wylie, have achieved through the extension design pilot project.
Pukepoto Farm Trust are Ahuwhenua Awards finalists for 2017
Pukepoto Farm Trust are part of the wider Awhina Group, some of whom are part of the pilot extension project. They are finalists in this year's Ahuwhenua Maori Sheep & Beef Farming Excellence Awards. Read more about the story behind their successes here.
Computer courses available in 2017
New dates have been set for the popular computer courses created specifically with farmers in mind. Click here to read more.
Trial to end paper trail promising
Click here to read about the latest eASD trials being conducted at the Silver Fern Farms Finegand plant.
More schools giving ag a tick
Click here to read more about what options schools now have to get their students involved in the wider primary sector.
Red Meat Needs to Change
Click here to read more from RMPP General Manager, Michael Smith and Board Chair, Malcolm Bailey about how our sector can make leaps forward.
Profits rise on pilot farms
Click here to read more about how our pilot farms have created success through being involved in the RMPP extension project.
Sheep & Beef Farmers can lift profitability
Click here to read our latest results from the first year pilot farmer evaluations. Why are they getting such great results? Read on.....
Doing the Small Things Better
Click here to see more from the RMPP Board Chair about how small tweaks to a farm system can have great benefit to the bottom line.
Red Meat Story ready for the telling
Click here to read more about Beef + Lamb NZ's red meat strategy and how the work RMPP are doing around the NZ Farm Assurance Programme is critical to this.
Taranaki Rural Business Network Launched
Click here to read more about where Mike Peterson, NZ's Special Agricultural Trade Envoy, thinks our sector needs to focus in order to reach our potential.
NCEA credits now available with an agricultural flavor
Click hereto read more about the new agriculture resources for schools in maths, science and english that are now available throughout New Zealand.
Grazing trial uncovers big gains
Click here to see the surprising results one of our farmers, James Donaldson, found in a recent trial comparing rotational grazing to set stocking
Growing great taste from pasture to plate
Click here to read more about how Silver Fern Farms are encouraging our trial farmers to learn more about the entire food chain.
Leadership skills of students celebrated in red meat sector
Click here to read more about RMPP's leadership pathways programme aimed at up-skilling our talented secondary school students.
Farm profit programme expands
Click here to read more about the opportunity for more farming women to increase their understanding of their farm businesses in 2017 and beyond.
No bad part to first job
Click here to read more about one of our industry's up and coming leaders and what she has learnt from her first job out of University with ANZCO.
Working with farmers a privilege
Click here to read more about Shona Frengley, Alliance Technical Manager, and what she enjoys about her role within the RMPP programme.
New data system makes life simple
Click here to read more about the changes Leveson and Vicky Gower have made on their King Country property where IT-based farm management systems have been crucial.
Farm course boost for Maori women
Click here to learn more about our pilot with Maori women who were keen to do through the 'Understanding Your Farming Business' course.
The Long Trek Home
Click here to read more about Greg Clark, Livestock Rep at Greenlea Premier Meats as he talks about his role supporting RMPP and how he sees the changing relationship between processors and farmers.
Scheme spurs massive rethink
Click here to read more about the big changes David Kidd has made to his farming system after being involved in the RMPP Extension project.
Graduates take red meat path
Click here to read more about how Telford graduates are heading off to make their mark on the red meat sector.
Sustainable improvements through RMPP
Click here to learn more about what David and Sarah Smith from East Otago have achieved in the last 14 months as part of the RMPP programme.
Southland farmers challenged to match profit levels of high performers
Click here to learn more about what RMPP are doing to support the red meat sector in Southland.
Rural mentor programme helps rural businesses
Click here to read more about the rural mentor programme
One perfect leap for a lamb
After our Communications Manager, Natalie Bowie, posted a photo to our Facebook page of a lamp leaping in the air, things started going a little crazy! Click here to learn more.
Industry collaborating to create single standard for farmers
Click here to learn more about the New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme which is being rolled out from this month.
Production and Profit Gains Catalyst for joining Programme
Click here to learn more about how James and Kate McKay are working with experts to make production gains on their North Wairarapa farm.
Need to ease farm path urgent
Click here to learn more about how RMPP are helping support farmers make more informed decisions when it comes to looking at farm business ownership pathways.
Red Meat Network supporting Tertiary students
Click here to learn more about how RMPP are encouraging Tertiary students to explore their options in the red meat sector.
New red meat marketing strategy tells farming story
RMPP are involved in the new Beef + Lamb New Zealand market development strategy. Click here to read more about it
Family put cropping skills to good use
Reliable water supply worth the wait
Farms perform better with a plan
Meat companies work together to lift farmers
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Southland club the biggest in NZ
More business understanding gives Southland sheep farmer positive outlook
Kiwi invited to world farmer forum
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Gradual change boosts returns
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Marton couple aim to lift farm profits from joining research partnership
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Young Southland sheep farmers produce faster growing lambs
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Couple impressed with RMPP programme
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New Courses help farmers put technology to work
The Red Meat Profit Partnership is to launch a series of computer courses to help farmers put technology to work.
"On New Zealand farms, the computer is now as important as the quad bike," says RMPP General Manager Michael Smith.
"This work comes after the conclusion of a successful pilot programme that was held in 2015. We're offering new courses to help farmers get the most out of IT and computers, because that will allow them to make more informed business decisions." Click to view full article.
Red Meat Profit Partnership study gathers vital data to help boost productivity in sector
Nearly half of New Zealand's sheep and beef farmers are strong planners, change-focused and open to advice and outside support to help lift productivity, new research has found.
However, many remain cautious about change, believe profits are largely determined by off-farm forces and have not used digital farm management tools.
Over one thousand farmers took part in the study, commissioned by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP), a Primary Growth Partnership programme working to help the red meat sector increase productivity and profitability. Click to view full article.
First Farm Data Code of Practice accreditations give farmers certainty
The first accreditations have been approved for the Farm Data Code of Practice. The code sets the rules for how farmers' data is handled between various organisations.
Leading farm management software provider Farmax was the first company to begin the accreditation process, followed by farm information hub Farm IQ Systems and environmental management information host Gateway Data Services. Click to view full article.