Turning challenges into opportunities

GETTING AHEAD OF THE GAME: As the challenges on farming mount, the aim is to get ahead of the game and pursue the right opportunities, opportunities like these ewes on Mokairau Station represent. They will become part of a sheep milking operation that involves Waimata Cheese. Picture by Murray Robertson

Challenges that face the farming industry and ways to turn them into opportunities will be addresssed again in another Beef and Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) sponsored seminar in Gisborne early next month.

The Turning Challenges into Opportunities seminar will be staged at the Poverty Bay Golf Club on July 4 from 11am-4.30pm.

In this day and age farming has been presented with more and more challenges, the organisers said.

“By being proactive can we turn those challenges into opportunities to benefit our business?”

Nick Beeby from B+LNZ will address the question — challenges in our protein market — does this give us a real opportunity to own the ‘naturally’ reared, raised and healthy spot in the food game?”

Sarah Donaldson from the East Coast Rural Support Trust will look at communities under pressure — how can we work to make sure our rural communities remain vibrant, healthy and happy?

Rick Burke, farmer, and B+LNZ’s Corina Jordon will talk about the perception and regulation of farming’s environment footprint.

“Our businesses are more and more under scrutiny around the effect we have on the environment. Aligning good farming practices to our land platforms can improve both farm returns and enhanced environmental effect,” Corina said.

“Hear how some changes to existing farm systems have created benefits for farmers and the environment.”

Mike White and Ants Roberts from Ravensdown will look at smart nutrient placement — catch up with the latest progress on the Ravensdown PGP and smart fertilizer application that is coming out of this project.

‘Mr Pasture’, Tom Fraser, will talk about how to take the opportunity that late winter management can provide to lay down a great spring.

There will also be a brief summary of B+LNZ’s consultation on a potential levy increase.

Challenges that face the farming industry and ways to turn them into opportunities will be addresssed again in another Beef and Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) sponsored seminar in Gisborne early next month.

The Turning Challenges into Opportunities seminar will be staged at the Poverty Bay Golf Club on July 4 from 11am-4.30pm.

In this day and age farming has been presented with more and more challenges, the organisers said.

“By being proactive can we turn those challenges into opportunities to benefit our business?”

Nick Beeby from B+LNZ will address the question — challenges in our protein market — does this give us a real opportunity to own the ‘naturally’ reared, raised and healthy spot in the food game?”

Sarah Donaldson from the East Coast Rural Support Trust will look at communities under pressure — how can we work to make sure our rural communities remain vibrant, healthy and happy?

Rick Burke, farmer, and B+LNZ’s Corina Jordon will talk about the perception and regulation of farming’s environment footprint.

“Our businesses are more and more under scrutiny around the effect we have on the environment. Aligning good farming practices to our land platforms can improve both farm returns and enhanced environmental effect,” Corina said.

“Hear how some changes to existing farm systems have created benefits for farmers and the environment.”

Mike White and Ants Roberts from Ravensdown will look at smart nutrient placement — catch up with the latest progress on the Ravensdown PGP and smart fertilizer application that is coming out of this project.

‘Mr Pasture’, Tom Fraser, will talk about how to take the opportunity that late winter management can provide to lay down a great spring.

There will also be a brief summary of B+LNZ’s consultation on a potential levy increase.

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