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 resource designed to help farmers measure their business performance has been launched by RMPP. Key Performance Indicators, or benchmarks, have been developed in conjunction with a group of industry professionals and farmers.
Listen here Rural Exchange 13 October 2018

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

Press Release (17 June 2017)
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

NZ Farmer (22 May 2017)
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

Case Study (9 May 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

Press Release (April 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

Farmers Weekly (30 March 2017)
Click here to read about the latest eASD trials being conducted at the Silver Fern Farms Finegand plant.

More schools giving ag a tick

Farmers Weekly (30 March 2017)
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

NZ Herald (13 March 2017)
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

NZ Farmer (9 March 2017)
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

Press Release (7 March 2017)
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

Farmers Weekly (6 March 2017)
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

Farmers Weekly (20 February 2017)
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

NZ Farmer (10 February 2017)
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

Press Release (January 2017)
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

Northern Advocate (19 January 2017)
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

Sponsored content (19 December 2016)
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

Press Release (16 December 2016)
Click here to read more about RMPP's leadership pathways programme aimed at up-skilling our talented secondary school students.

Farm profit programme expands

Farmers Weekly (30 November 2016)
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

NZ Farmer (23 November 2016)
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

NZ Farmer (17 November 2016)
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

NZ Farmer (14 November 2016)
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

NZ Farmer (14 November 2016)
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

NZ Farmer (9 November 2016)
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

NZ Herald (4 November 2016)
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

Otago Daily Times (31 October 2016)
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

Rural Delivery (29 October 2016)
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

NZ Farmer (26 October 2016)
Click here to learn more about what RMPP are doing to support the red meat sector in Southland.

Rural mentor programme helps rural businesses

Hawke's Bay Today (26 October 2016)
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to read more about the rural mentor programme

One perfect leap for a lamb

NZ Farmer (18 October 2016)
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

Press Release (13 October 2016)
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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

Press Release (7 October 2016)
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

Farmers Weekly (7 October 2016)
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

Press Release (5 October 2016)
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

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (28 September 2016)
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

NZ Farmer (12 September 2016)
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Reliable water supply worth the wait

NZ Farmer (19 August 2016)
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Farms perform better with a plan

Farmers Weekly (29 August 2016)
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Meat companies work together to lift farmers

NZ Farmer (17 August 2016)
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Southland club the biggest in NZ

NZ Farmer (17 August 2016)
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More business understanding gives Southland sheep farmer positive outlook

NZ Farmer (16 August 2016)
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Kiwi invited to world farmer forum

NZ Farmer (5 August 2016)
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Gradual change boosts returns

Farmers Weekly (6 July 2016)
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Marton couple aim to lift farm profits from joining research partnership

NZ Farmer (4 July 2016)
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Young Southland sheep farmers produce faster growing lambs

NZ Farmer (27 June 2016)
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Couple impressed with RMPP programme

Otago Daily Times (21 June 2016)
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New Courses help farmers put technology to work

Media Release (7 June 2016)

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

Media Release (13 April 2016)
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

Media Release (3 March 2016)
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.