Workshops for farmers | Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Workshops for farmers

Our workshops for farmers help farmers find solutions for their farm. With topics ranging from Environment Plans to Body Condition Scoring – there is something for everyone.

B+LNZ organise these hands-on workshops regularly, based on demand. Email your local Extension Manager or to express your interest.

Click on any of the titles below for more information.

  • Beef Cow Body Condition Scoring

This workshop provides the platform to bring together and discuss all the critical elements of condition scoring in beef animals and management applications throughout the farming year

  • Ewe Body Condition Scoring

This workshop demonstrates a quick, easy and low-cost management tool that compares sheep purely on condition.

  • Better Beef Breeding

This workshop helps commercial beef producers and industry personnel make the best use of genetic information when purchasing bulls for breeding purposes

  • Better Sheep Breeding

This workshop has been developed to address the basic principle of assessing the genetic merit of the rams that farmers buy, to improve their ewe flock and lamb performance.

  • Growing great lambs

This workshop targets efficient lamb production and feed use, which ultimately translates into profit. Farmers will have the opportunity to ask questions specific to their farm and hear from others.

  • FeedSmart

This workshop teaches participants to assess the quality of feed and estimate its metabolisable energy, plus introduces you to some handy tools. After the workshop, you will be able to manage pastures and stock feeding even better.

  • Wormwise

In this workshop the latest information and research on internal parasite control is presented. It is divided into multiple sections dealing with worm biology, drenches and drench resistance.

  • 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.

  • GHG Calculator and action plan workshop

Farmers leave this three hour workshop with an understanding of where domestic climate policy is landing, their own properties’ greenhouse gas emissions numbers, and a GHG Action Plan – i.e. having contributed to the sector meeting the He Waka Eke Noa 2021 and 2022 requirements.

  • Trees within Farms

This workshop focuses on opportunities to integrate trees within farms to benefit sheep and cattle farming and the farm environment, and at the same time generate a return from production forestry, from the ETS, and/or localised tree-planting or land-retirement funding programmes.

  • Freshwater

This interactive workshop will help to introduce you to some simple tools to measure key indicators of freshwater quality and ecosystems.

  • Winter grazing

This workshop brings together all the winter grazing resources developed in recent years around managing livestock and crops to minimise the environmental impacts of this practice.

  • Farm Plan: Environment Module

Workshops with a strong practical focus, covering soils, freshwater, biodiversity, climate change, forage cropping and more.

The strength of a workshop approach is access to expert knowledge and the ability to share with and learn from other farmers addressing the same issues as you. The technical content of the environment module will be delivered through two, five-hour workshops with no cost to farmers to attend. By attending these workshops farmers will be able to create much of their environmental farm plan.

If you’re interested in doing a farm planning workshop, head over to

  • Community Catchment Groups Workshop

This Catchment Community Group Workshop will help your group identify your vision and start forming a plan to realise that vision. The workshop covers: the what and why of Catchment Community Groups, what makes groups tick?, Group structure, Forming a plan – The Catchment Action Cycle, The coordinator’s role, and Further resources and information.