Understanding Your Farming Business (UYFB)

Engaging women as critical farming partners

Understanding Your Farming Business (UYFB) engages sheep and beef farming women as critical partners in their businesses by building business knowledge, skills and confidence.  

Red Meat Profit PartnershipRun in regions throughout New Zealand, the programme is designed for women wanting to have a greater understanding of their business drivers and seeking the skills and confidence to participate more in their businesses.

Funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP), the programme aims to increase capability in New Zealand’s red meat sector.  UYFB consists of three high-quality, full-day workshops and an evening graduation ceremony run over four months. 


UYFB 2017 Dates & Regions

Understanding Your Farming Business will be held in the following regions in 2017.  Each programme runs over four months and participants attend all four days. Venues will be confirmed with participants. Download the programme flyer here.


August/September 2017 start - no longer able to apply

Upper Moutere 

23 Aug, 20 Sept, 18 Oct, 15 Nov


24 Aug, 21 Sept, 19 Oct, 16 Nov


30 Aug, 27 Sept, 25 Oct, 22 Nov


6 Sept, 4 Oct, 1 Nov, 29 Nov


7 Sept, 5 Oct, 2 Nov, 30 Nov


13 Sept, 11 Oct, 8 Nov, 6 Dec

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Impact stories

  • Ro McDiarmid
  • Jo Horrell
  • Ally Avery
  • Graduate feedback
  • Ro McDiarmid

    Energised by new knowledge and confidence gained from the AWDT's 'Understanding Your Farming Business' programme, Ro McDiarmid became a key driver of change in the sheep and beef farming business she runs with husband Karl, alongside his parents. Read more...

  • Jo Horrell

    Jo Horrell is feeling very positive about the future of this country's sheep industry. The Southland farmer believes the tide is turning for sheep farming – and she is determined to be part of this. Part of Jo's enthusiasm can be attributed to her having recently completed an AWDT 'Understanding Your Farm Business' course. Jo found the course invaluable for gaining a greater understanding of the farm business she runs alongside her husband Bryce. However, it was having the opportunity to meet like-minded, positive people that for Jo was a real bonus.

  • Ally Avery

    One of 15 women from Nelson/Marlborough to complete UYFB in 2016, Ward farmer Ally Avery talks about how the programme has left her feeling ready for the future women have in the industry. "It has been hugely empowering, reminding us of our role as critical farming partners and what we can bring to the table." Read more...

  • Graduate feedback

    "This course has changed my attitude to farming knowledge. I went on Day 1 with the impression that I would never be needed in our business and by the end I'm certain that I will make a difference in our business over the years to come. It allowed discussions to be started and for me to ask those dumb questions. Without this course I would have continued to know very little about our business and industry, now I have the opportunity to make of it what I will." Read more...

Hear from our graduates

UYFB graduates talk about why they decided to do the programme and their experiences.

Programme content    

In a relaxed and supportive environment, you’ll explore:

  • how to add value as a more engaged critical farming partner
  • business planning to improve farm performance
  • the drivers and language of a farming business 
  • how to measure farm performance and potential
  • how to find and assess financial information. 

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