Through discussion group activity and events, they take knowledge created by the DairyNZ research and development teams out to farmers as well as facilitating the sharing of farmer know-how.
Also the extension team provide a strong network to the dairy farming community which connects DairyNZ with farmers and helps to ensure that DairyNZ activity is aligned with farmer need.
The extension teams are grouped into 9 regions. Each region has its own plan that defines the regional objectives and ensuing range of activities. These plans are determined by input from local farmers, rural professionals as well as DairyNZ staff. This approach ensures that the work the local extension teams do is targeted at areas which are most relevant to a particular region.
What the teams do
Around 2,000 discussion groups occur each year and these often involve a range of local and national expertise. These are all about providing insights into new ways of doing things, sharing farmer knowledge and giving farmers the inspiration and confidence to implement new practices.
The types of groups include Farm System discussion groups, Progression groups, Pasture Plus groups, as well as the regionally targeted discussion group activity such as Productivity Through People, Wintering Systems, Herd Reproductive Performance, etc.
To find out more about discussion groups, click here.
Whole farm assessment
A three person team comprising DairyNZ expertise and other rural professionals (banker, farm consultant etc) who work with a farmer on a plan that looks at the whole farm system with the view to ensuring that the farmer’s business is sustainable and profitable.