LARFS@4

Get together with the local agri sector for LARFS@4

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Staff appointments & lean processes

Staff appointments that enhance workplace culture

Have you ever hired staff who fit all the technical requirements, and then wonder why workplace culture has changed? The saying “people are our greatest asset” is only as good as their creativity, drive and ambition. Workplace dynamics have changed vastly in the past two decades from control to co-ordination and collaboration. It is very much a two-way relationship and finding good staff is as important as securing the needs of current staff.

Robyn Young, of Robyn Young HR, has extensive experience in human resource management, working in manufacturing, engineering, FMCG, sales, trades, public sector and not-for-profit organisations, including multi-nationals, of varying sizes. She will outline the recruitment process and use case studies to demonstrate the importance of people management, policies and systems for your business.

Lean processes for improved farm operations

While lean methodologies are commonly linked to manufacturing, any business that has repetitive processes on a yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily basis is ideal for applying lean thinking. Farming is ideal, whether calving, cropping, mating, drenching, fencing, break feeding, shearing, shifting stock or milking.

Jana Hocken brings 20 years of experience practicing, leading, teaching and implementing lean and continuous improvement culture and methodologies into companies globally. She founded The Lean Farm Project to help create awareness of lean in farming and her successful Lean Farm training workshops have delivered to more than 850 farmers across NZ, Australia and Europe. In 2017, she published her first book, The Lean Dairy Farm. The workshop is open to all farming sectors and Jana will give practical steps to apply lean principles on your farm.

This free talk is part of our LARFS*@4 series, bringing local farmers and growers together for an afternoon of innovative opportunities, networking and a bit of a laugh. LARFS@4 will be held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.

*Lifestyle, Agribusiness, Rural and Farming Sessions

May 20, 2021

Your farm as a film set

A rustic outlook, quaint cottage, run-down wool shed, livestock, forest or green fields. These are just some of the numerous places and topics being filmed that location scouts are drawn to. Have you considered a sideline income from hosting a film shoot, what is involved and whether you can stomach someone else calling the shots?

On the back of a recent feature film shot locally, Dr Emma Bugden, Whanganui & Partners – Strategic Lead for Creative Industry and Arts, and Manager of Film Whanganui, will explain the burgeoning film industry in New Zealand and opportunities for those wanting to learn more about the development of this sector in Whanganui.

Flower Power – Floriculture

Everyone enjoys flowers. Growing flowers and foliage can be a way of incrementally building a business towards a commercially viable primary industry. It is a lot of work, which can result in good reward, however, the trick is to grow the right crop, supplied at the right time.

Senior Business Managers from United Flower Growers, talk about the NZ landscape; the art of bringing cut-flower producers and consumers together through bridging the gap between floral demand and production.

June 17, 2021

Recording Animal Movements

Tracing the movement of cattle and deer on and off-farm not only ensures compliance with legislation, but also gives accurate traceability records.

An OSPRI information officer will run a workshop to present the five fundamentals of the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT)and help farmers keep their NAIT accounts up to date.

Carbon Farming

We’ve heard a lot in the news about the price of carbon and the need to plant trees to achieve the carbon zero goal. But, what is the cost of putting the trees in the ground and what management is put in place to secure its viability?

We will have a speaker to answer your questions and concerns, and outline the opportunities they see in the market.

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LARFS@4: Attracting staff with Robyn Young & Lean Farming with Jana Hocken ‍

April 15, 2021

4-6 pm

Location:

Function Room, Stellar Restaurant & Bar, Victoria Ave

Cost:

Free

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