Interest in gathering physical data on individual farms has escalated in recent years with the establishment of a number of focal farm schemes throughout the country. These schemes are aimed at identifying constraints to farm production at a local level, and then demonstrating techniques to overcome these constraints and hence increase production accordingly. This paper reviews the Northland Focal Farm Scheme and shows that this process of technology uptake by farmers outside such a monitoring scheme is slow to occur. Farmer confidence and other personal factors appear to be major limitations to management change and increased production on many farms.

AS, Davies

Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 52, , 313-314, 1992
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