Completing the Farms Managers Programme gave David Dysart inspiration to develop his farming operation
Rabobank is helping develop the next generation of New Zealand farmers. The Farm Managers Programme is now in its sixth year, and aims to strengthen the operational and strategic skills of tomorrow’s farm managers.
The programme covers topics around leadership, business planning, financial and economic management, and succession planning. It is open to progressive young farmers from across New Zealand and Australia from a range of agricultural sectors, and is not limited to Rabobank clients.
James (David) Dysart from ‘Apple Tree Bridge Farm’ in Taupo said he undertook the Farm Managers Program in 2010 because he wanted direction to move his career and farm business forward.
He has been managing an 180ha family-owned dairy farm north west of Taupo since 2003, and runs 500 cross bred dairy cows. Completing the Farms Managers Programme gave him inspiration to develop his farming operation, and he says he would recommend the programme to anyone interested in evolving their business to ensure it is resilient and sustainable.
He says the programme exposed him to relevant up-to-date material which is important for modern farming business management. And because the presenters are on top of industry trends and business principles outside of farming, attendees have access to the bigger picture for business growth.
Rabobank group executive country banking, Neil Dobbin, says educating young farmers with the ability to successfully grow and build on their business management skills is the main focus of the programme.
Issues such as global trends, higher demand for food in Asia, price volatility, gaining access into new markets, and even taking advantage of marketing techniques to strategically position farm businesses are all covered.
Applications for the 2011 Rabobank Farm Managers Programme are open until 29 April, with the number of participants limited to 36. The programme will be held in Australia at Clear Mountain Lodge in Brisbane from 20-24 June.
Producers interested in an application form or any further information on the Rabobank Farm Managers Programme should contact Rabobank business programmes manager Nerida Sweetapple on +61 2 8115 4139 or email email@example.com.