Canterbury (176 farmers) and Waikato/Bay of Plenty (148 farmers) are heading the pack with approved Action Groups and access to funding. Other regions showing interest are Otago (146), Hawke’s Bay (112) and Taranaki/Manawatu (87).
The top five areas of interest that groups are engaging in are animal performance, business planning, financial management, feed management and pasture management.
The RMPP Action Network is an initiative to support farmers to develop the confidence to turn ideas into action on-farm. It’s made up of farmer Action Groups of seven to nine farm businesses.
Action Groups are supported by trained facilitators to guide a group and help identify experts who can share their knowledge and ideas needs to achieve farmers’ goals. Each Action Group is eligible for kick-start funding of $4,000 per farm business, which is pooled for the group to pay for a facilitator and expert advice.
Malcolm Bailey, RMPP chair, says: “Farmers tell us that Action Groups are resulting in tangible outcomes for their farm businesses. They also value the seed money to spend on specialist advise and facilitation.
“These farmers are benefiting from trusted, independent expertise and the knowledge and experience of other farmers. Having access to the funding and expertise is proving to be a huge advantage to farm businesses.
“The seed funding is available through until June 2020, so farmers are encouraged to register now and capitalise on the value of being part of an Action Group.
“It is a great opportunity to join an Action Group and connect with other like-minded farmers wanting to increase productivity and profitability on-farm. They should get involved, take advantage and establish a foundation for their future.”
For more information or to join an Action Group, go to www.actionnetwork.co.nz, call 0800 733 632 or speak to your Beef + Lamb New Zealand extension team.
RMPP is a seven-year Primary Growth Partnership programme that is working to help the red meat sector increase productivity and profitability.
The programme is funded by ten partners – government and private sector (Ministry for Primary Industries, ANZ, Alliance, ANZCO, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Blue Sky Meats, Greenlea Premier Meats, Progressive Meats, Rabobank and Silver Fern Farms).