[3 October/ Otago Daily Times]

The Understanding Your Farming Business course is run by the Agri-Women’s Development Trust and funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership Primary Growth Partnership programme. Since 2014, the programme has been used by over 650 women wanting to have a greater understanding of their business drivers and gain the skills and confidence to participate more in their businesses. The course was a catalyst for Mrs Cleveland to leave her part-time job and help her and husband Jeff’s sheep, beef and deer farm. Each four-month course comprised of three full-day workshops and a graduation ceremony. Independent research by UMR showed that six months post-graduation, 90 percent of the women were confident talking with their partners about the business side of their farming operations, 75 percent could understand their farm accounts while 78 percent were doing financial budgeting with their partner.