Taihape farmers thriving in RMPP Action Group
Farmers Weekly (13 October 2020)
“Setting goals, going about them and actually seeing results gives you a huge confidence boost,” says farmer Dan Cottrell, who is part of a Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group based in Taihape.
Cottrell says being involved in a small group has been really beneficial for his business, providing a good opportunity not only to be part of, but to get together as a group of farmers to share expertise from various people and engage experts of our choosing. Read more
Tararua Action Group farm on track to reach goals
Country Wide Sheep (October 2020)
Andy and Nic Gardiner have significantly lifted their Tararua farm business’s gross revenue over the past three years. They have improved ewes’ body condition and lamb birthweights, are docking more lambs, and boosting lamb survival to sale. Read more
RMPP programme to boost farm profits
Farmers Weekly (16 September 2020)
Independent research has revealed the productive benefit of the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) will lift farm profits by almost $100 million by 2025. Read more
RMPP Action Network programme extended
Farmers Weekly (26 August 2020)
The Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Network programme has been extended until early next year.
“The extension is great news for those farmers interested in improving their on-farm productivity and profitability and we’re encouraging new farm businesses to get involved in the programme,” RMPP chair Malcolm Bailey said. Read more
Thanks for sharing: Open minds on-farm
Te Puke Times (16 July 2020)
Rural Te Puke is the home of the Central Bay of Plenty Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group. The group has a strong focus on farm business performance and the environment, as well as the various steps members have taken as a result of being part of the group. Read more on page 12 here
Action Groups carry on-line
Rural News (14 July 2020)
Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group facilitator John Stantiall was unsure, at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, how meetings could work. "But then I discovered Zoom and farmers adapted to that far better than I expected," he says. Read more on page 24 here
Action Network programme extension
Beef + Lamb New Zealand in conjunction with the Red Meat Profit Partnership, its partners and the Ministry for Primary Industries are pleased to advise that the Action Network programme has been extended until 31 March 2021. Read more
Taihape RMPP Action Group setting goals and seeing results
Beef + Lamb New Zealand e-diary (3 July 2020)
“Setting goals, going about them and actually seeing results gives you a huge confidence boost,” says farmer Dan Cottrell, who is part of a Red Meat Profit Partnership Action Group based at Taihape. Read more
Regenerative farmers enjoying greener pastures
Otago Daily Times/NZ Herald, The Country (24 June 2020)
A common misconception around regenerative agriculture is that it is purely based on ideology, Tim Blackler, facilitator for the Regenerative Agriculture South Otago Red Meat Profit Partnership Action Group, says. Read more
Farmer group aims for 150% lambing
Southern Rural Life (10 June 2020)
A group of southern farmers is working towards improving production — without the need for more land or higher inputs — by achieving 150% hogget lambing. Read more
Profound results for Action Group focused on benchmarking and lifting performance
Beef + Lamb New Zealand e-diary (27 May 2020) and Farmers Weekly (17 August 2020)
"This Action Group is different from most others in that our members decided from the outset to focus on benchmarking,” says Steven Howarth, facilitator of the King Country AgFirst Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group. "Rather than regularly bringing subject matter experts in, our members opted to put their resources into the use of Farmax. It has worked very well for them. Read more
Eyes open to different ways of farm ownership
Rural News (19 May 2020)
Farmer Jane Smith was 'blown away' by the group dynamic and drive when she and husband Blair hosted the North Otago-based Growth and Development in Farming Action Group at Newhaven Farms in Oamaru. Read more about this group on pages 20-21, click here
Rural professionals build skills to support farmers
Farmers Weekly (13 May 2020) and Beef + Lamb New Zealand e-diary (9 May 2020)
A group of Canterbury rural professionals have joined forces to develop their skills in helping local farmers make positive changes on-farm. Read more
Southland sheep and beef Action Group put learnings into action
Beef + Lamb e-diary (19 March 2020) and Southland Times (28 March 2020)
Sheep and beef farmer Brendon Hargest is already making changes on-farm as a result of being part of a Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group. “We feel we understand a lot more about pasture management and quality vs quantity and how we can improve that side of things,” he says. Read more here
Group involvement leads to lamb weight gains
Southern Rural Life (5 February 2020)
Bill McCall's average lamb carcass weights grew from 17-17.4kg to 18kg last summer as a result of taking part in an RMPP Action Group. Now he's hoping further steps, made as a result of work undertaken through the group, will also reduce lamb losses this season. Read more (on page 21) here
National Action Group sharing learnings to help move farming forward
“Change is one of those things that most of us know we have to go through but a lot of us fear it – particularly in agriculture,” says farmer Fraser Avery. Read more
B+LNZ takes on Action Network
Farmers Weekly (9 December 2019)
The Red Meat Profit Partnership Action Network has moved Beef + Lamb control before the Primary Growth Partnership programme ends in September. Read more
Top farmers are still learning
Farmers Weekly (14 November 2019)
A high-performing group of East Coast farmers taking part in an Action Group are focused on learning more about diversifying their businesses. Read more.
Farmer group is all action
Rural News (7 November 2019)
Firing up effective farm health and safety plans is helping King Country farmers who joined a Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group based around Ongarue. Read more.
Action groups motivate farmers
Farmers Weekly (3 October 2019)
Working together to gain access to high-level agriculture and business expertise is already leading to efficiency gains for a group of Hawke’s Bay farmers. Read more.
Farmers aim for carbon-zero target
New Zealand Herald, Hawkes Bay Today (29 August 2019)
A group of high-performing Hawke's Bay farmers have developed carbon-zero planting programmes for their farms in a unique display of initiative in an Action Group established a year ago. Read more.
Ideas and expertise freely shared
Rural News (19 August 2019)
Ben Trotter, Action Group facilitator and member of an Otago Action Group says that 'the real power of the RMPP Network is in people talking and collaborating." Read more.
Soil carbon builders pool resources with other Action Groups to bring in overseas expert
Otago Daily Times, Rural Life (15 July 2019)
Collaborating with other Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Groups enabled a group of Otago farmers to bring a world-renowned holistic management instructor from South Africa to run a two-day workshop. Read more
Action group helps vet’s work
Farmers Weekly (7 June 2019)
Rural vet Ginny Dodunski says her Red Meat Profit Partnership facilitator training is proving valuable in her work as well as for the action group she is working with. Read more
Key to Action Group success
Country Wide (May 2019)
Access to experts with specific skills to add value to farming businesses is a primary outcome from the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Groups, facilitator Sarah Bell says.
Action groups following different paths
Otago Daily Times, Rural Life (21 March 2019)
More than 900 farmers have signed up to the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Network to help make their farming businesses more productive and profitable. Read more.
Action Group think is paying dividends
Farmers Weekly (15 March 2019)
Like-minded farmers working together to improve their businesses' productivity and profitability is paying dividends, Southland sheep farmer Pete Thomson, who's part of a Red Meat Profit Partnership Action Group, says. Read more
A chance to do it differently
Northern Advocate (7 March 2019)
Rural professional John King believes traditions and customs rob farmers of profitability. 'You need to question yourself, and that questioning is a big part of what the RMPP Action Network is all about.' Read more
Ideas coming thick and fast at RMPP Action Network
Rural News (6 January 2019)
Farmers are reported to have joined a Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group at Rangiwahia to upskill the people in their businesses and boost their profitability. Read more
Farmers act on sustainability
Farmers Weekly (6 December 2018)
Taihape farmers are exploring ways to ensure environmental sustainability while improving the profits from their sheep and beef farms. Read more
New role too good to ignore
Rural News (6 December 2018)
Brendon Patchett, RMPP Action Network Project Manager talks about his role with RMPP and why it was an opportunity too good to ignore. Read more
RMPP Action group offers food for thought to Hawke's Bay farmers
NZ Herald (15 November 2018)Click here to read about Hawke's Bay farmers that are looking to improve feed budgeting skills and have already made on-farm changes since joining a Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group.
RMPP Action Groups - sign up while funding lasts
Stuff (23 October 2018)
Click here to read about farmers being encouraged to get in quick as funding for the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) action groups runs out in 2020.
Action Groups are still growing
Farmers Weekly (31 August 2018)
Click here to read about more than 700 farm businesses that have joined RMPP Action Network Groups with more than half them in three regions. Most groups have been formed in Waikato-Bay of Plenty with 133, Canterbury 118 and Otago 114.
RMPP Action Group a game changer
NZ Herald (30 August 2018)
Click here to read about a new RMPP Action Group in Hawke's Bay that focuses on personal development and has already helped one farming couple make positive changes to their business after only two meetings.
Group aims for measurable gains
Farmers Weekly (15 August 2018)
Click here to read about a diverse group of King Country farmers who have formed an RMPP Action Group to focus on benchmarking and using Farmax software.
Action Groups offer great learning opportunities
Rural News (10 August 2018)
Click here to read about John Stantiall who facilitates five lower North Island Action Groups that offer real value to farmers.
Farmer groups must lead change
Farmers Weekly (23 July 2018)
Click here to read about RMPP Action Network's work to drive sustainable productivity improvements in the sheep and beef sector to deliver higher on-farm profitability.
Farmers must get in behind
Farmers Weekly (20 July 2018)
Click here to read about northern South Island Farmer Council chairman James Hoban's encouragement of Canterbury farmers to get involved in Action Groups.
Farmers encouraged to join Action Groups
The Country (25 June 2018)
Click here to listen to RMPP Chairman, Malcolm Bailey, explain why RMPP has set up farmer-led Action Groups and how farmers and the red meat sector will benefit.
New Action Network connects farmers with experts
Rural Exchange (3 June 2018)
Click here to listen to RMPP Chairman, Malcolm Bailey, explain how groups of farmers are identifying common problems, then working together to come up with solutions.
The farm Action Group that 'crunches in action'
NZ Farmer (30 May 2018)
Click here to read about a group of North Otago farmers working to increase productivity and profitability through RMPP Action Network.
How to lift farm performance with small tweaks
NZ Farmer (8 November 2017)
Click here to read more about brothers, Matt and Joe McRae and how they have achieved success through small changes to their system.
Red meat pilot project inspires full review
NZ Farmer (18 October 2017)
Click here to read more about RMPP pilot farmers, David and Sarah Smith and the awesome achievements they have made in the past couple of years.
Farmers see gains from Red Meat Profit Partnership
NZ Herald (19 June 2017)
RMPP Action Network, amongst other initiatives are starting to be implemented and the sector are seeing the gains. Click here for more.