Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme report series

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The Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme develops emerging food and fibre leaders to help shape the future of New Zealand’s primary sector. The programme develops leaders with the skills, confidence, awareness, and networks to think and act strategically.

It is for farmers, foresters, fishers, growers, and those who have a desire to meaningfully contribute to their rural community, food and fibre production, processing, or profession.

Up to 25 people per intake, meet over several weeks to:

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Build the confidence to take the next step in their work
  • Learn how political, economic, social, cultural, and physical forces impact the primary sector
  • Enhance self-awareness
  • Establish networks with key influencers in New Zealand business and beyond.

Lincoln University has been involved with the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme since 1979. The University recognised then that an enhanced leadership capability would be a critical factor in determining the future performance of primary production in New Zealand.

The course has been a huge success and past Kellogg participants have demonstrated the benefits of the course with their own success in leadership positions locally and globally.

The Programme is delivered by The New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust, which in turn is supported by Strategic Partners: DairyNZ, AGMARDT, Beef+Lamb NZ, The Mackenzie Charitable Foundation, FMG as well as programme, service, regional and academic partners.

Recent Submissions

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    The impact of machine to machine communication on the dairy industry in New Zealand
    (Lincoln University. Faculty of Commerce. Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme., 2015) Anderson, Jeremy
    What is the impact of machine to machine (M2M) communication on the dairy industry in New Zealand, and what is the likely impact in the future? Information and communication technology (ICT) plays a significant role in the information flow across the dairy value chain. M2M communication is a critical component of this information flow. For the dairy industry to move from where it is today, to where the benefits that can be achieved from the adoption of ICT’s are maximised will take significant advances in thinking. There were three components to the research that was undertaken for this paper. These were; a thorough literature review to identify key concepts, a survey of 64 dairy farmers, and four interviews with providers of solutions that utilise M2M communications. A key finding from the research was that, M2M communication is currently having a limited impact on the dairy industry in New Zealand. The potential impact is much greater than what is currently being experienced. Attempts should be made to accelerate the rate of adoption in order to increase the impact. The information flow that M2M communication enables will help add value and ensure sustainability in the increasingly competitive, and volatile dairy industry. This paper recommends that an increase in the impact of the solutions that utilise M2M communication, can be achieved by: Gaining a greater understanding of why and how technological change occurs. Increasing the level of understanding of the technologies behind the solutions. Prioritising the solutions that are going to give the greatest return on investment. Industry collaboration around the direction of M2M communication. M2M communication presents a great opportunity to be able to gain significant control of the dairy value chain. Today the technology is emerging and its impact is limited. This relative immaturity of M2M communication in the dairy industry, will eventually be overcome by time. It is the responsibility of all stakeholders in the dairy industry to play a role in maximising what is such a large opportunity, through the acceleration of its uptake.
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    Supplying compliant beef out of season: a case study on King Island, Tasmania
    (Lincoln University. Faculty of Commerce. Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme., 2015) Sutton, Richard
    Producing beef off grass during spring and autumn is the most common practice for King Island beef farmers. Supplying Meat Standards Australia compliant beef during winter is a common, financially rewarding and challenging system given the environment of King Island at this time of the year. This case study looks into the supplying of compliant beef during the winter months. By lifting compliancy rates at this time of the year farm revenue will increase as a $0.20-0.40 per kilogram premium is received. Current and future production systems were looked at in an attempt to lift compliancy rates.
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    Farmer engagement with Fonterra Shareholders' Council
    (Lincoln University. Faculty of Commerce. Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme., 2015) Wallis, Ross
    It is often expressed from many farmers that there is a disconnect between farmers and Fonterra. There is a feeling that a lot of farmers don’t want to engage with their Co-operative simply because it has got so big and what chance do they have in really making a difference. Therefore first of all we must determine wether or not there is a disconnect and if so what we can do to improve engagement. In this report I will explore ways that the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council can better engage meaningfully with its’ farmers. This is particularly important to me because of my role as a Shareholder Councillor. I believe it is critical not only for the future of a strong and robust co-operative, but also for a favourable milk price for all New Zealand dairy farmers. A strong co-operative means actively engaged farmers that are not willing to jump to competitors for short-term gain. My concern is that if we end up with a fragmented dairy industry, as we have seen in other sectors, dairy farmers will be the ones who loose out due to an unsustainably low milk price.
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    (Lincoln University. Faculty of Commerce. Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme., 2015) Walker, Ngarangi
    What does kaitiakitanga look like in Tairawhiti? What does it mean for uri of Ngati Porou? What does it mean for uri of Te Whanau a Apanui? How do whanau connect to their whenua? How might we improve whanau connectivity to each other and our whenua so our whenua and our whanau are ora?!
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    Antibiotics and dry cow therapy: what's the problem?
    (Lincoln University. Faculty of Commerce. Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme., 2015) Mackintosh, Duncan
    There is global concern about food safety and the effect antibiotic use in animal production has on our ability to treat human infections in high profile “superbugs” such as MRSA. Antibiotic use in animals has come under significant scrutiny, with a call to reduce their use. Global consumer brands have increased the profile of this issue by announcing their desire to reduce antibiotic use in their supply chains. This has further fueled public perception of the potential implications of antibiotic resistance. New Zealand is a recognised leader in food production, particularly in dairy products, and it is the aim of this project to review how the use of antibiotics in this economically important sector may create both risks and opportunities. Antibiotics are an important tool for treating disease and have a critical role in food production systems. By volume and importance, the greatest use of antibiotics in the dairy industry is for dairy cow mastitis (mammary gland infection) and in particular the treatment of cows finishing their milking season, known as dry cow therapy (DCT). In many cases whole herds are treated prophylactically with these antibiotics. In a competitive marketplace where many trade partners are seeking barriers to prevent imports and protect local business, this prophylactic, or blanket use, creates a potential market access risk.