Take control of your future and focus on your business without the interruptions of day-to-day life. The course is suitable for couples, business and family partnerships, and individuals.
Registrations open 1 December 2020.
Farmers who registered for the 2020 courses that were postponed due to Covid-19 will be offered first places on the 2021 courses. For more information please contact Paul Bird on 021 0816 2710 or firstname.lastname@example.org or register your interest in 2021 courses here
Mark and Measure 2021 courses
|18-20 May||Wairekei Resort|
West Coast *
|29 June to 1 July||Ashley Hotel, Greymouth|
|Northland **||24 to 26 March||Quality Hotel Oceans, Tutukaka|
Mark and Measure
Designed by DairyNZ and delivered by specialists, Mark and Measure is relevant for any stage of the business journey making it suitable for farm owners, contract milkers, and herd owning or variable order sharemilkers.
- learn wealth creation and financial freedom
- determine a vision and set goals aligned with your values
- feel within your depth with customised course content
- delivered through a mix of interactive presentations and self-work
- analyse your business with experts on hand to help
- develop a platform for effective communication with partners
- benefit from networking and friendship opportunities with liked-minded people
- get the tools and confidence you need.
From pre-event preparation to what you can expect over the days.
Taupo, Queenstown and West Coast
- Pre-event preparation - Be taken through a one-on-one DairyBase financial and physical interpretation for your business and complete Farm Gauge.
- Setting up for success - Knowledge and understanding sets you up for success. But what does success mean and what role does our personality and values play in determining our personal vision of success?
- Linking farm performance with equity growth - Your farming business is your engine room. This session is about ensuring your business activities continue to deliver your desired results.
- Achieving financial freedom - Money isn’t everything, but it gives you choices. The Mark and Measure team have identified six components to financial freedom.
- Guest farmer speaker - Hear from inspirational farmers about their journey and gain insight into what makes their farm business tick and drives them.
- Aligning today with tomorrow - We all want to make wise decisions about our future but sometimes this can be hard. Be guided through a process that links your vision for the future with daily actions.
West Coast course
Additional to the above and because the West Coast has a unique set of challenges, there will be a focus on developing a 10-year financial plan that aligns with Westland’s 10-year guaranteed milk price. You will have the opportunity to discuss issues that have affected you and your businesses for a long time.
Mark and Measure courses are subsidised through the DairyNZ levy.
Course location Price Notes Taupo and Queenstown
$1900 per couple/partnership
$1000 per individual
2021 prices TBA West Coast
$1900 $1000 per couple/partnership
$1000 $600 per individual
For Westland suppliers only. Supported by FMG and Westland.
2021 prices TBA
Northland For E350 associate farmers only. For course price, exclusions and inclusions, contact Jan McPhail, Extension 350 Project Support, email@example.com, 021 056 4698.
Taupo, Queenstown and West Coast inclusions and exclusions
Pre-course DairyBase analysis report and over-the-phone pre-course 1:1 report interpretation (worth $1000). Course fees and materials. Meals: Day 1: afternoon tea and dinner. Day 2: morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Day 3: morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Followup support (two coaching sessions with an experienced rural coach worth over $300).
GST. Accommodation and transport. Travel and breakfasts (these must be arranged and paid for by you separate to the Mark and Measure registration. If booking accommodation at the Taupo, Queenstown or West Coast course venue (Wairakei Resort, Queenstown TBA, Ashley Hotel, Greymouth) let them know you are with Mark and Measure, DairyNZ, to receive a special rate.
You may qualify for financial support for up to 50% off the course. The majority of 2018 and 2019 course attendees qualified.
Management Capability Development funding is provided to a business where Growth Advisors identify a need for management training as part of an action plan to support the business owner to grow and innovate their business.
For more information visit regionalbusinesspartners.co.nz
Register for Mark and Measure to reserve a spot before you know whether you qualify for financial support. If you do not qualify, you can cancel your registration.
Commonly asked questions
Find out if Mark and Measure is right for you with these commonly asked questions.
Will I have to speak in public at Mark and Measure?
At Mark and Measure we invite you to participate to the degree you feel comfortable. You can present to the group during some activities and ask questions throughout. It’s up to you; speaking in front of the group is not essential and you don’t have to.
Will I be out of my depth?
Mark and Measure is pitched at farm owners, contract milkers, and herd owning or variable order sharemilkers. We understand farmers, so don’t worry, the content is tailored to you.
The course is structured for interactive and hands-on learning and we focus on what you can control. All course content is presented in a workbook to take home and review after the course.We appreciate you may not be used to sitting all day and like to start early; we’ve structured days with enough breaks to keep you fresh and make the most of your time.
With whom should I attend?
Mark and Measure is excellent for business partners, couples, families (with succession in mind) and individuals. You could even attend with a trusted rural professional such as your accountant or farm consultant. Make the course a getaway – add a day or two and make it a holiday.
How important is it to attend with my partner?
Partners (couples and business partners) are encouraged to attend Mark and Measure. Not only is it important to take time away from the farm to focus on your business together, but Mark and Measure is a safe place to align your vision. As you work through activities at Mark and Measure, presenters and specialists are available to help should you reach a perceived barrier.
How do I keep motivated after the course?
A core part of the course is your planning wheel worked on throughout the course. Once home, we recommend attendees keep their planning wheel and other course materials in a prominent place. It’s important to keep focused on your goals, actions, and what matters most to you to keep motivated.
You’ll meet other farmers at Mark and Measure in similar situations with whom you can connect and perhaps stay in contact to keep each other motivated. Research has shown that sharing your goals makes you more accountable.
The DairyNZ Mark and Measure presenters are a phone call away should you require Mark and Measure course-related advice.
And we recommend you make a regular time without distractions to review your goals and business plan – covered at Mark and Measure.
I know a previous participant who received a discount on the Mark and Measure course cost is this available to me?
This participant would have received a monetary contribution from the Management Capability Development Voucher Fund.
This discount may be provided to a business where Growth Advisors have identified a need for management training as part of an action plan to support the business owner to grow and innovate their business.
The Management Capability Development Vouchers are only available through the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP) Growth Advisors.
The funding is limited, and Growth Advisors make decisions based on their meeting with the business owner.
Visit Regional Business Partners to find out more.
Give me one good reason why I shouldn't go to Mark and Measure?
We can’t! We know you will love Mark and Measure. It’s a proven formula so don’t hesitate to sign up for the next Mark and Measure course and invest in your future.
Contact Paul Bird, 021 0816 2710, firstname.lastname@example.org
The six Mark and Measure principles
Success is unique to you
Your vision for tomorrow determines your actions today
Knowledge is your best investment
'Free cash’ creates choice and reduces risk
Investing = Criteria + Analysis + Action + Time
Little changes lead to extraordinary results