Planning for beef and lamb success

by Andy Bryenton

Farming today is more than ever about having a top notch plan — data is as valuable to the modern process of raising the best beasts as water and pasture. So it’s good to know that for the big plans — those which are required at a local government level — that the industry you provide for has your back.

Many local farmers will have been recently contacted by Environment Canterbury regarding an application for consent to farm. Like any of the consent paperwork which brackets most modern business, this can be a headache without guidance, but thankfully for beef and lamb farmers the representative organisation for their industry has been thinking ahead.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand have a plan which conforms to the requirements of ECan’s consent application process, of which a completed farm environment plan from an approved provider is a vital part. All levy payers who are part of this overarching organization are invited to attend free workshops in the coming weeks where industry professionals will walk you through the steps required, making the process hassle-free and simple.

There will be two workshops held in the local area — the first takes place in Ashburton on Wednesday, 31 January at the A and P Showgrounds. Come to the showgrounds committee room upstairs at 10am, with the event lasting until 3pm in the afternoon. A second workshop will be hosted at the Darfield Community Centre on February 1, and once again runs from 10am until 3pm. Beef + Lamb New Zealand advise that it’s a good idea to RSVP — visit them online or call 0800 BEEFLAMB for further information.

A lunch will be provided, and all farmers need to bring is two copies of their farm map, and an overseer budget if possible. 

Beef + Lamb’s experts will fill in the information needed to cut through the paperwork and make 2018 get off to a great start.