West Otago farmers have voted to run a Farming for Profit
programme to replace the older monitor farm programmes.
Beef and Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) extension manager for the
southern South Island, Paul McCauley, said about a dozen
farmers attended a meeting in Waikoikoi last Thursday to
discuss what type of extension programme they would like to
see in their area for the next three years.
''We got a feel from them for what sort of project they
wanted and there was a show of support from people keen to go
on a steering committee to kick-start it, which was great,''
Mr McCauley said. Those attending said they wanted a Farming
for Profit programme, which would be run by BLNZ.
The programme runs a series of field days on farms.
''Members of the steering committee all know farmers who
anecdotally do well [on a particular topic] and they will ask
them to host a field day on their farm to show the other
cockies how to do it well.''
He said BLNZ carried out regular surveys, which also
indicated where individual farmers did well.
The steering committee will meet to plan topics for the next
12 months, which could include dealing with California
thistle, environmental planning and health and safety
''We are also going to advertise for a facilitator for the
programme,'' Mr McCauley said.
The first field day is likely to be held in May.