The importance of people in your farm team
Ian Evans farms a 390ha hill country sheep and beef farm at Matahuru in Northern Waikato alongside his wife Kirsten and children Connor and Lucy. He recently joined the Mid Northern North Island Farmer Council and has a strong passion for the agricultural sector and its future prosperity. Ian shares his insights into the importance of having a good team around you – officially and unofficially.
Plan early and communicate
This year can be chalked up as another of those ‘character building’ seasons. If the drought wasn’t enough, then COVID-19 gave farmers additional challenges to negotiate. Those that have experienced droughts in the past know how important it is to try and limit the financial impact to a shorter timeframe as possible. Te Kuiti-based ANZ Agri Manager Sian Mitchell provides some timely financial planning advice.
Tools and resources
Good farm business planning is critical in helping sheep and beef farmers increase productivity and profitability.
Information drives farm profitability
When it comes to improving your farm business profitability, the more information you have, the better.
The Red Meat Profit Partnership, of which Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) is a partner, has developed an online business planning tool - BizPlan.
New resource launched to help measure farm business performance
A new resource designed to help farmers measure their farm business performance has been launched by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP).
A chemical reaction
If clover is gold then the application of agrichemicals to poor-quality hill country pastures could be considered alchemy.
International Beef Alliance highlights similarities and differences
A 33,000ha Paraguayan beef operation is far removed from New Zealand’s more modestly proportioned beef farms but farmers in both countries face similar internal and external challenges.
Tapping into like-minded farmer support
For farmers Angus and Peter McCraith, Northland’s Extension 350 programme is providing invaluable contact with like-minded farmers.
Updated Sheep5K represents a step change for sector
International collaboration is behind New Zealand’s latest leap in maternal sheep breeding technology.
New Season Outlook 17-18
The new season outlook for 2017-2018 has been released, with information on economic conditions, exports, climatic conditions, and regional farm revenues, expenditure and profits.