How dairy consultants help farmers design improved farming systems?
There is concern in the farm management consultancy field about the aging population of consultants and the lack of succession planning. One of the factors constraining the employment of new consultants is the time and cost required to train new consultants. To help overcome this problem, DairyNZ have developed a training programme for new consultants based around the whole farm assessment process they use with their Consulting Officers. The aim of the programme is to improve the capability of novice consultants such that they become proficient more quickly and as such reduce the high training cost of new recruits. One important source of knowledge that would be useful for this training programme, is the knowledge held by experienced farm management consultants. However, little research has been undertaken on the practices of New Zealand farm management consultants to date. This study will initiate a programme of research into the practices of “expert” farm management consultants that will provide material for the further development and refinement of the DairyNZ programme.... [Show full abstract]