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Extension 350 workshops begin as clusters confirmed

Posted on June 16, 2017

Year One cluster development for Extension 350; the first programme of its kind in New Zealand designed to lift on-farm performance by improving farm systems and profitability through shared knowledge, is underway, progressing well, and on track.

Extension 350 Project Manager Luke Beehre says the clusters are confirmed in the Far North (sheep and beef) and Whangarei South (dairy), and the project is now identifying the last target farm for the Whangarei North (dairy) cluster.

“We’re 95 percent of the way there with the mentor farmers and target farms, and are now actively looking for associate farmers in all three clusters.

Extension 350 project manager Luke Beehre (far left) with some of the attendees at the mentor workshop.
Extension 350 project manager Luke Beehre (far left) with some of the attendees at the mentor workshop.

Luke says farm consultants are making good progress with the whole farm assessments and setting farms up for winter/spring.

This month Northland Inc and The Orchard hosted more than 40 Northland farmers for workshops as they commence their journey together as participants on in the project.

Gideon Hanekom from GH High Performance Consultancy Ltd led a workshop for the mentor farmers from the Far North, Whangarei North and Whangarei South regions. The following week the AgFirst Waikato team facilitated the first two days of their business management programme workshops for target farmers, with an evening session on goal setting led by Chris Neill from DairyNZ. The final day of the business programme will be held on 20 June.

Luke says the workshops help lay the groundwork for the programme, and address any questions and issues.