- Improve profit through better decision-making around pasture.
- Gain access to a closed on-line forum to ask and answer your pasture questions.
- Bounce ideas off other farmers and agronomists, on-farm and online.
Tiller Talk is based around the progress of 16-20 key farms throughout New Zealand as they receive expert advice and support. These farmers will be selected at the end of 2016 and their profiles added to the website in early 2017.
See the results of different management decisions year-round as these farmers work to improve their profitability through better pasture management. The key farms will share their farm system information and progress through field days, small on-farm workshops, online forums and regular emails.
Through the online forum you can discuss seasonally-relevant information, see key farms updates, benchmark your pasture performance against other farms, post questions and help others with answers.
Tiller Talk is about farmers helping farmers become more profitable through better pasture management.
How can you get involved?
There are several ways to get involved. You can become a key farmer, a participant farmer or you can follow the progress of the project online and at field days.
Become a Key Farmer
Key farms are the central focus of the Tiller Talk programme and will be supported by technical experts to improve their knowledge and management of pasture – other farmers will join their journey and learn from them.
DairyNZ are on the hunt for key farmers in November and December 2016.
Do you want to:
- improve your profits through better pasture use
- access one-on-one technical support
- gain confidence in decision-making.
And you are prepared to:
- discuss ideas with other farmers through events on-line and on-farm with the Tiller Talk group.
- measure pasture weekly and use decision support tools
If the answer is yes, then consider becoming a Key Farmer for the programme.
Join a small group who will follow each of the Tiller Talk key farms. Once all key farmers have been enrolled, we will form the small groups in your region, which you can be part of.
This focus group, along with an agronomist, will visit the farm at key times of the year to discuss pasture management and assess results.
A closed online forum, available only to Tiller Talk members, will allow you to share ideas and get answers about pasture instantly.
Tiller Talk history
DairyNZ’s project is modelled on Agriseeds’ Grass into Gold programme which over the last two years has worked with 12 dairy farmers to help them improve the performance of their business through better pasture use. These passionate farmers have shared what they have learned with like-minded farmers.
DairyNZ is now improving and expanding on the movement for better pasture throughout New Zealand.