Online Future Farm a new tool from B+LNZ

The Beef and Lamb New Zealand Future Farm website is now live — www.futurefarm.co.nz — a year after B+LNZ entered into an agreement to form the new initiative.

In the past 12 months the organisation has focused on establishing the virtual farm, purchasing stock and plant, and building the farm system they plan to apply on the property.

“We want to share our process so far in establishing this partnership,” a B+LNZ spokesman said.

“This includes the property evaluation process, environmental audits and planning, sheep genetics, soil health evaluation, and health and safety which can all be found on the website.”

The spokesman said it was the first stage of establishment and they had focused on getting the farm up and running, as well as setting in place “management and support to achieve farming excellence”.

The next phase will focus on the assessment of new technologies to be deployed on the farm.

“We have the support of the stakeholder group in driving innovation and the advisory panel in evaluating performance against farm and industry performance. These roles are outlined on the website.

“As it evolves, the website will be where you can find online streaming of farm activities, operational performance and upcoming technologies.”

B+LNZ has begun recruiting for a Future Farm insights manager.

“He or she will be responsible for collecting and analysing information and data from the farm and communicating this to farmers.

“The Future Farm insights manager will host farmer groups and visitors to enable the farm team to get on with the business of farming, and will also be the key link for outcomes from the farm into other B+LNZ extension activities.”

The spokesman said the stakeholder group recently evaluated a farm information management software system suitable for use on Future Farm.

“This was assessed against the current and future needs of the farm, and a recommendation has been made to the Future Farm Board — watch this space.”

The Beef and Lamb New Zealand Future Farm website is now live — www.futurefarm.co.nz — a year after B+LNZ entered into an agreement to form the new initiative.

In the past 12 months the organisation has focused on establishing the virtual farm, purchasing stock and plant, and building the farm system they plan to apply on the property.

“We want to share our process so far in establishing this partnership,” a B+LNZ spokesman said.

“This includes the property evaluation process, environmental audits and planning, sheep genetics, soil health evaluation, and health and safety which can all be found on the website.”

The spokesman said it was the first stage of establishment and they had focused on getting the farm up and running, as well as setting in place “management and support to achieve farming excellence”.

The next phase will focus on the assessment of new technologies to be deployed on the farm.

“We have the support of the stakeholder group in driving innovation and the advisory panel in evaluating performance against farm and industry performance. These roles are outlined on the website.

“As it evolves, the website will be where you can find online streaming of farm activities, operational performance and upcoming technologies.”

B+LNZ has begun recruiting for a Future Farm insights manager.

“He or she will be responsible for collecting and analysing information and data from the farm and communicating this to farmers.

“The Future Farm insights manager will host farmer groups and visitors to enable the farm team to get on with the business of farming, and will also be the key link for outcomes from the farm into other B+LNZ extension activities.”

The spokesman said the stakeholder group recently evaluated a farm information management software system suitable for use on Future Farm.

“This was assessed against the current and future needs of the farm, and a recommendation has been made to the Future Farm Board — watch this space.”

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