Business and strategy

We can help you take a broad view of your farming operation with practical guidance on taking care of your people and farm business.

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Workshops we currently offer

Farm Safety Management System

This workshop provides you with a Farm Safety Management System. This gives you a process for identifying and managing hazards and risks and 90% of your paperwork is already done.

Benchmarking Workshop

This workshop provides a hands-on approach to analysing your agricultural enterprise. Learn how to utilise information gathered to help make those all-important agribusiness decisions.

Farm Ownership and Transition Workshop

A workshop series that takes farm businesses through the transition and succession of their farm business.

Protecting your Patch Workshop

Farmers will leave the workshop with a clear understanding of biosecurity interventions they need to take within their own operation and the importance of excellent on-going biosecurity practices for their industry.

Generation Next Workshop

This programme is designed to nurture, assist and encourage the current and future farmers within our sector.

Rabobank Financial Skills workshops – proudly supported by B+LNZ

Module 1: Introductory one-day interactive workshop involving practical hands-on skills in understanding financial statements and banking requirements

During this module you will:

  • gain an understanding of how to read and interpret financial reports
  • understand what they can tell you about your business.
  • explore how banks assess you and your business along
  • tips to help make the relationship with your as beneficial as possible.

Module 2: Know your numbers, Know your business

(Module 1 does not have to be completed to attend module 2)

Given the current environment of volatile product prices, high inflation, extreme weather events and increasing interest rates; Rabobank have designed a workshop to help farmers and growers take ownership of their finances.

Understanding your key numbers within the current season, helps to plan actions that can be taken if the budget or cashflow is deviating from plan.

During this module you will:

  • expand on areas of looking forward,
  • recognise the significant variation to plan and how best to communicate this.
  • key numbers to monitor and report
  • risks and opportunities.

To register for a workshop or request one in your area, please visit the Rabobank website or email

Computing for farmers: using farm data

This workshop in an introduction to using MS-Excel and other spreadsheets to manage farm data, and also some background on other software tools.

Download the workbook (PDF, 13MB)