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dc.contributor.authorVerissimo, A.en
dc.contributor.authorWoodford, Keith B.en
dc.date.accessioned2008-04-01T00:47:37Z
dc.date.issued2005en
dc.identifier.citationVeríssimo, A., & Woodford, K. (2005). Top performing farmers are information rich: Case studies of sheep and cattle farmers in the South Island of New Zealand. In Proceedings of the 15th International Farm Management Congress (pp. 365-368). England: International Farm Management Association.en
dc.identifier.isbn978-92-990038-2-4en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/420
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to investigate the management behaviours of six top performing sheep and beef farmers from the South Island of New Zealand. Information was obtained through interviews using grounded theory qualitative research methodology. All six farmers were found to be information rich. They source information widely and with a discriminating behaviour. They read widely, typically about one hour per day. They participate in discussion groups but only when relevant information can be obtained. They regularly visit other farms and tend to associate with other high-performing people. They have well developed networks. They have challenging, relevant and achievable goals and targets. All six farmers plan well ahead but with a strong focus on flexibility. They are early adopters rather than first movers in relation to new technologies. Having decided that an innovation has merit they usually test it in a small way before making any major commitment that cannot be reversed. All were benchmarking their operations against other top operators, both formally and informally. They were particularly interested in the reasons why other farmers were achieving success, and hence liked to have direct contact with these people. All of them were interested in the financial benchmark comparisons obtained from their accountant. These top performing farmers have well developed management frameworks such that the process of planning, implementation, monitoring and reflection occurs on a daily basis. Farming is a passion as well as a career.en
dc.format.extent365-368en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherInternational Farm Management Associationen
dc.relationThe original publication is available from - International Farm Management Associationen
dc.source15th International Farm Management Association Congressen
dc.subjectbenchmarkingen
dc.subjectfarm managementen
dc.subjectsheep and beef cattle farmersen
dc.subjectgrounded theoryen
dc.subjectNew Zealanden
dc.subjectinformation sourcingen
dc.subjectdecision making processen
dc.subjectdecision-making processen
dc.subjectLivestock Production/Industriesen
dc.titleTop performing farmers are information rich : case studies of sheep and cattle farmers in the South Island of New Zealanden
dc.typeConference Contribution - Published
dc.subject.marsdenFields of Research::300000 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences::300900 Land, Parks and Agriculture Management::300901 Farm management, rural management and agribusinessen
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Agribusiness and Commerceen
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Land Management and Systemsen
pubs.finish-date2005-08-19en
pubs.notesPaper presented at the 15th International Farm Management Congress, Campinas SP, Brazil, August 14th to 19th, 2005.en
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pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce/LAMS
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
pubs.start-date2005-08-14en
pubs.volume1en
lu.subtypeConference Paperen


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