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Beef + Lamb programme being held in six places nationwide.
B+LNZ’s national programme manager, Olivia Weatherburn, says feedback from graduates of the programme has been overwhelmingly positive.
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Beef + Lamb New Zealand is seeking applications for its 2023 Generation Next programme.

Generation Next targets the industry’s future sheep and beef farmers with a free personal development programme designed to nurture, assist and encourage them.

The programme consists of three workshops over a six-month period, giving an understanding of farm management areas. 

Module topics vary but include developing decision-making skills, insights into technology and genetics, and learning about mental health and wellbeing.

Launched in Southland in 2015 through the Southern South Island Farmer Council, the programme was so successful, it was extended to eventually cover the whole of the South Island.

The course is now offered nationwide with 20 spaces available in six locations across New Zealand.

B+LNZ’s national programme manager, Olivia Weatherburn, encourages anyone wanting to take the next step in their farming career to apply.

“The programme builds the confidence and skills our next generation of farming leaders need to thrive,” Weatherburn said. 

“It provides an opportunity for individuals to grow their network and learn about what others in the industry are doing.  

“Feedback from graduates has been overwhelmingly positive.”  

Generation Next’s success is attributed to being a technical programme for practical people while focusing on their goals and aspirations.

“The commitment is minimal and the payback for the time they invest is priceless. 

“It’s been humbling to see the programme sell itself.”

The programme is free to all associated levy payers and their employees, with meals and some accommodation covered.

Applicants must be aged 18-45 years and be associated levy payers actively working on a sheep and beef or drystock property. 

Willingness to learn new skills and understand the drivers to improving on farm profitability of the sheep and beef sector is essential and participants must attend all three workshops.

Applications close February 1, 2023.

For more information and to apply, visit the BLNZ website.

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