Learning modules

Animal Welfare on Farms

This module will help you:

  • Understand why animal welfare matters
  • Understand our collective responsibility
  • Understand the benefits of healthy animals on farm business productivity
  • Know about our animal welfare regulations, and how to deal with animal welfare issues

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Annual Cash Budgets and Monthly Cash Flows

This module will help you:

  • Know what annual cash budgets and monthly cashflows are, why they are important and what they tell you about your farm business
  • Know how to use this information to inform on-farm decisions and improve the profitability of your farm business

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Body Condition Scoring (Sheep)

This module will help you:

  • Understand the value of Body Condition Scoring (BCS) and how to make it part of your farm practice
  • Get to know the Body Condition Scoring scale and how to Body Condition Score
  • Know the key times to BCS
  • Have some ideas of how to deal with different BCS mobs

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Business Planning

This module will help you:

  • Know what a farm business plan is
  • Understand the benefits of having a farm business plan
  • Know how to create a farm business plan

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Employing and managing farm staff

This module has eight sections which starts with setting goals, recruiting and bring staff on board, performance reviews, health and wellbeing, and exiting staff.

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Farm Business Succession Planning

This module will help you:

  • Know what a Farm Business Transition and Succession (FBTS) Plan is
  • Know the benefits of having a FBTS Plan
  • Know how to make a FBTS plan

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Farm Plan  - Natural Resource Management

This module will help you to:

  • Recognise why planning is important and what the planning process looks like
  • Recognise how you can take a stocktake of your resources and make a farm plan

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Feed Fundamentals

This module will help you:

  • Understand the concepts of feed quality and feed quantity at different times of the year
  • Use different tools and/or calculations to assess available feed
  • Identify your animals’ energy requirements

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Growing Good Lambs

This module will help you:

  • Understand the impact of good ewe feeding on future lamb growth over the scanning to lambing period
  • Understand the impact of good lamb feeding from birth to weaning
  • Understand the impact of good lamb feeding post-weaning

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Introduction to Freshwater quality

This module will help you to:

  • Understand the key element of the B+LNZ Environment Strategy
  • Understand key issues of freshwater and issues
  • Understand freshwater monitoring and stream health indicators
  • Know where you can go to take further action and find support

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Managing native biodiversity on your farm

This module will help you to:

  • Recognise why native biodiversity matters
  • Recognise the types of native biodiversity on your farm
  • Recognise how you mange native biodiversity on your farm

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Measuring Progress – KPIs and Benchmarking

This module will help you:

  • What are KPIs and benchmarking and why use them
  • What are the best KPIs to use
  • How to benchmark against a KPI (including using online calculators)

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On-farm Biosecurity

This module will help you:

  • Understand what biosecurity is and why it's important
  • Know the risks - animals and plant
  • Know everyday practices to reduce biosecurity risks

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Principles of Feeding: Growing and Grazing Pasture

This module will help you:

  • Understand why effective growing and grazing of pasture is important for farm profitability
  • Distinguish the main pasture types from one another
  • Know the difference between effective and poor grazing of the main pasture types

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Principles of Feeding from: Lambing to Weaning

This module will help you:

  • Know how a ewe’s’ feed intake during lactation impacts on lamb weaning weights
  • Know how to work with your available feed to get the best possible weaning weights
  • Know how to recognise target pasture cover throughout the year
  • Know what other factors (non-feed) to consider when making weaning decisions

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Principles of Feeding from: Mating to Lambing (Sheep)

This module will help you:

  • Know a ewe's feed requirements from mating to lambing
  • Plan your feed for the period from mating to lambing
  • Know how to work with your available feed to get ewes up to target body condition for lambing

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Principles of Feeding from: Weaning to Mating (Sheep)

This module will help you:

  • Know a ewe's feed requirements post weaning, during the 6 to 8 weeks pre-mating period and throughout mating
  • Know how to work with your available feed to get ewes up to target body condition for mating to get the best possible conception rates

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Principles of Pasture Establishment

This module will help you:

  • Understand the benefits of establishing new pasture
  • Understand best practice around preparation and sowing
  • Know the factors that will lead to the successful establishment of new pasture

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Sheep Genetics

This module will help you:

  • Understand what to aim for in each step of the breeding stock selection and purchasing cycle
  • Consider the right things in choosing replacements
  • Find the breeders who are right for your business needs
  • Recognise the right rams for your ram team.

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Sheep Mating Management

This module will help you:

  • Plan for mating
  • Optimise ewe ovulation
  • Care for rams
  • Know about management practices for mating

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Small Group Learning Supports Taking Action on the Farm

This module will help you to:

  • Discover what small group learning can help you achieve
  • Find out what a well run small group looks like
  • Make small group learning work for you
  • Connect a new group

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Stock Reconciliation

This module will help you:

  • Know why stock reconciliations are important
  • Know what stock reconciliations are
  • Know how to do stock reconciliations

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Stock Water Management

This module will help you:

  • Understand the benefits of a stock water management system
  • Plan a stock water management system
  • Implement a stock water management system

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Understanding our Environment

This module will help you to:

  • Understand the key element of the B+LNZ Environment Strategy
  • Understand the challenges and good work going on
  •  Know what farmers are doing
  • Know where you can go to take further action and find support

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Understanding your Farm Business Profitability

This module will help you:

  • Know what Profit and Loss Statements and Balance Sheets are
  • Know what they tell you about your financial situation and how to use the information to inform on-farm decisions and improve the profitability of your farm business

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Understanding your Soils

This module will help you:

  • Know the physical characteristics of soil
  • Know how to assess your soil
  • Understand soil management practices that match your farm practices with your soil resource to get the right balance for sustainable production

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Wormwise managing worms and sheep

This module will help you to:

  • Use stock integration to manage parasite load
  • Understand how to use testing in managing parasite load
  • Know how to decide what drench to sue and how to drench correctly
  • Know how to tell if your stock has resistance to parasite load 

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