Rural women connect at ladies’ events across NZ

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Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) hosted its annual Ladies' Long Lunch events throughout the South Island and Western North Island, providing rural women the opportunity to connect.

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The events, held in Northern South Island, Central South Island, Southern South Island and Western North Island, celebrate the achievement of rural women and provide an opportunity to upskill and make new connections.

Attendees range from farmers to industry professionals.

Hannah Blakely, B+LNZ’s Lead Extension Manager South Island, who attended the Southern South Island event says networking events like the Ladies Long Lunches are important in rural areas to provide both support and inspiration.

“By promoting collaboration, empowering women, and fostering industry connections, the events reinforce B+LNZ’s commitment to supporting and showcasing women in our sheep and beef industry,” she says.

“The room was buzzing as we heard from incredible women adding value to their farm, businesses and rural community. We sampled delicious locally produced beef and lamb and connected over our passion for the sector and food.

“There is a real sense of community within the industry, support for each other and excitement for the future of New Zealand’s red meat sector.”

Keep a lookout for future events like these by visiting B+LNZ’s events webpage.

Other ways B+LNZ is supporting rural women

B+LNZ is involved in many initiatives that ensures women are supported.

As a strategic partner of Agri-Women’s Development Trust (AWDT) and a Territory Partner of Meat Business Women NZ, B+LNZ is supporting the uplifting and upskilling of women working in agriculture. 

B+LNZ is encouraging women to take on leadership opportunities through its own programmes such as the Generation Next programme and encouraging a diverse B+LNZ Farmer Council. 

Understanding the importance of rural storytelling, B+LNZ sponsors Shepherdess Magazine

On top of these, B+LNZ also works alongside organisations like Rural Women New Zealand and Dairy Women’s Network to cross-share information and opportunities.

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