Monday, 18 October 2021 13:55

More youth funded into sheep and beef careers

Written by  Staff Reporters
B+LNZ chief executive Sam McIvor. B+LNZ chief executive Sam McIvor.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) have signed a funding agreement with the Growing Future Farmers (GFF) Essential Farm Skills Programme, helping attract and train more young people in the red meat sector.

The GFF Programme offers a range of specialised industry training and development opportunities across the country including formal New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) qualifications.

The agreement will give enrolled learners a boost of $500 each in 2021. GFF will also receive a cash injection of $25,000 towards running the programme.

“The future success of our industry relies on attracting talented and motivated young people and equipping them with the skills to be successful,” says B+LNZ’s chief executive Sam McIvor.

“Farmers have told us how important building the next generation is to them and emphasised that they wanted us to focus on initiatives that would build practical capability behind the farm gate, so B+LNZ is implementing that approach.”

GFF chairman John Jackson welcomes B+LNZ’s support as a significant step in the growth and development of the GFF programme.

“The success of this initiative is very much dependent on support from wider industry participants as it relies on our Farmer Trainers who sponsor our students in the workplace as they learn.

“Currently, we have 45 student trainees on farms throughout New Zealand and are expecting to start a further 70 first year students in February 2022,” says Jackson.

Wairarapa’s Palliser Ridge currently has two GFF students. Farm manager and director Kurt Portas says the programme is a good transition for school leavers into the industry and sets them up well for their farming future.

“At Palliser Ridge, we’ve been involved with the GFF programme since its inception. There is some great agricultural training happening all over the country, but we need more of it and at a larger scale to keep our industry thriving. There’s a lot of experience sitting out there in farm businesses ready to be shared. We’ve definitely enjoyed challenging ourselves, and found the programme to have benefits for both us and out students,” says Portas.

The funding is part of B+LNZ’s commitment to investing in and supporting the growing, training and retaining of people in the red meat sector.

“As well as having our own initiatives, B+LNZ collaborates with and provides funding support for other sector organisations to attract, train and retain the talent we need to drive the sector forward,” says McIvor.

More like this

Stop carbon farming!

Beef+Lamb NZ says current Government policies will see too much carbon forestry planted and urgent change is needed.

Oh dear!

OPINION: This old mutt suggests that farmers' growing discontent with Beef+Lamb NZ's performance is going to reach fever peak after its latest stunt.

Catchment group making group progress on improving water

Over the last two and a half years, Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has worked on a project to improve the freshwater health catchment groups from across the country, with help from the Ministry for Environment's (MfE) Freshwater Improvement Fund. One of these groups is the Thomson's Creek Catchment Group in Central Otago.


Machinery & Products

New features on Case IH Optum

The latest Case IH Optum AFS Connect range features a new cab, interior and connectivity package designed to benefit both…

Sustainable battens and outriggers

A Christchurch based business has designed, developed, manufactured and released a modern alternative to the traditional wooden fencing batten.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

No bull!

OPINION: Your canine crusader has had a wee bit of feedback about the new gender and sexual identity change being…


OPINION: This old mutt has questioned before the objectivity of research produced by Landcare Research on regenerative agriculture (RA).

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter