Business management: dairy's big challenge

Business management and helping farmers make better use of the information available are major challenges facing the dairy industry, according to the outgoing chief executive of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Mary Harney.
Business management and helping farmers make better use of the information available are major challenges facing the dairy industry, according to the outgoing chief executive of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Mary Harney.
Dairy Safely, Home Safely - Building a farm safety culture. That's the focus of the Australian dairy industry's farm safety initiative and a new set of resources to help drive sustainable safety improvements across the dairy industry.
19 Sep 17 Dairy Safely, Home Safely - Building a farm safety culture. That's the focus of the Australian dairy industry's farm safety initiative and a new set of resources to help drive...
Meander, Tasmania, dairyfarmers Brian and Michele Lawrence use an Annual Operating Plan to help them manage their farm business.
12 Sep 17 Meander, Tasmania, dairyfarmers Brian and Michele Lawrence use an Annual Operating Plan to help them manage their farm business.
Practitioners of once-a-day milking and others interested in the logistics of implementing it attended an information workshop at Orbost, Victoria, earlier this year.
07 Aug 17 Practitioners of once-a-day milking and others interested in the logistics of implementing it attended an information workshop at Orbost, Victoria, earlier this year.
A flexible approach to robotic milking in pasture-based systems could offer dairy businesses opportunities to improve labour efficiency, reduce the need for on-call staff and improve energy efficiency at certain times of the year.
07 Aug 17 A flexible approach to robotic milking in pasture-based systems could offer dairy businesses opportunities to improve labour efficiency, reduce the need for on-call staff and improve...
Heywood, Victoria, farmers Steve and Tania Luckin believe that developing operating plans and setting goals is critical to the success of their business. Here they discuss their farm business approach.
01 Aug 17 Heywood, Victoria, farmers Steve and Tania Luckin believe that developing operating plans and setting goals is critical to the success of their business. Here they discuss their farm...
ON THE outskirts of the Bega Valley lies a property run by the well-known Apps family, Ron Apps and his three sons, two grandsons and most recently, a granddaughter.
25 Jul 17 ON THE outskirts of the Bega Valley lies a property run by the well-known Apps family, Ron Apps and his three sons, two grandsons and most recently, a granddaughter.
THE opening price announcements by major milk processors in southern Australia have again been subject to accusations of ‘smoke and mirrors’.
17 Jul 17  1 THE opening price announcements by major milk processors in southern Australia have again been subject to accusations of ‘smoke and mirrors’.
In 1968 the Lammie family migrated to Western Australia from Scotland and bought a half-cleared dairy property at Northcliffe running a 70-cow herd.
17 Jul 17 In 1968 the Lammie family migrated to Western Australia from Scotland and bought a half-cleared dairy property at Northcliffe running a 70-cow herd.
Thirty-three Tasmania private datasets were analysed using Dairy Australia Dairy Base business analysis tool from some of my clients for the 2015-16 season.
05 Jul 17 Thirty-three Tasmania private datasets were analysed using Dairy Australia Dairy Base business analysis tool from some of my clients for the 2015-16 season.
THERE is no doubt farmers need to be mindful when operating equipment in the workplace.
26 Jun 17 THERE is no doubt farmers need to be mindful when operating equipment in the workplace.
Moving into a new financial year is a busy planning period for dairy farm businesses. Dairy Australia's farm business management team suggest six things farmers can do now to help set up for the year ahead.
26 Jun 17 Moving into a new financial year is a busy planning period for dairy farm businesses. Dairy Australia's farm business management team suggest six things farmers can do now to help set up...
It’s time to ‘shut the gate’ on dairying for Queensland dairyfarmer Matthew Cahill.
30 May 17 It’s time to ‘shut the gate’ on dairying for Queensland dairyfarmer Matthew Cahill.
Dairyfarmers who have completed a Taking Stock session in the last 12 months can now access a second round of support to review how things have gone against the action plan they originally put together.
12 May 17 Dairyfarmers who have completed a Taking Stock session in the last 12 months can now access a second round of support to review how things have gone against the action plan they...
THINKING strategically has enabled Mid North Coast NSW dairyfarmers Adam and Donna Darley to turn challenges into strengths and fully capitalise on the natural assets they have at their fingertips.
10 May 17 THINKING strategically has enabled Mid North Coast NSW dairyfarmers Adam and Donna Darley to turn challenges into strengths and fully capitalise on the natural assets they have at their...
DIVERSIFYING their business helped South Australian dairyfarmers Lorraine and Brian Robertson remain in the industry when dairy giants Murray Goulburn and Fonterra dropped prices to below the cost of production in 2016.
24 Apr 17 DIVERSIFYING their business helped South Australian dairyfarmers Lorraine and Brian Robertson remain in the industry when dairy giants Murray Goulburn and Fonterra dropped prices to...
Dairyfarmers in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia have started cashing in on a deal offering by-products from beer and fruit juice plants as a stock feed supplement for their herds.
11 Apr 17 Dairyfarmers in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia have started cashing in on a deal offering by-products from beer and fruit juice plants as a stock feed supplement for their herds.
Farmers have been dealt another blow with the closure of the Hazelwood power station, according to Victorian dairyfarmer Chris Gleeson.
07 Apr 17 Farmers have been dealt another blow with the closure of the Hazelwood power station, according to Victorian dairyfarmer Chris Gleeson.
The DairySage mentoring program kicked off at Maleny, Qld, last year with mentees and mentors coming together for a two-day workshop.
07 Mar 17 The DairySage mentoring program kicked off at Maleny, Qld, last year with mentees and mentors coming together for a two-day workshop.
As a pilot program, Subtropical Dairy has developed a series of resources and tools to help northern Australian dairy businesses estimate the potential profit from making a change to their business.
07 Mar 17 As a pilot program, Subtropical Dairy has developed a series of resources and tools to help northern Australian dairy businesses estimate the potential profit from making a change to...
The current state of the dairy industry is causing angst among farmers.
11 Feb 17 The current state of the dairy industry is causing angst among farmers.
Victoria’s dairy industry has scale and history, but Tasmania has new irrigation water and new investment - which is why a Westpac-sponsored group of innovative Victorian farmers recently travelled across Bass Strait.
13 Jan 17 Victoria’s dairy industry has scale and history, but Tasmania has new irrigation water and new investment - which is why a Westpac-sponsored group of innovative Victorian farmers...
THE ability of dairyfarmers to adapt to a changing environment has been put to the test in a three-year project.
30 Dec 16 THE ability of dairyfarmers to adapt to a changing environment has been put to the test in a three-year project.
Australian cattle, sheep and goat producers will have their knowledge of on-farm food safety requirements assessed from January next year.
22 Nov 16 Australian cattle, sheep and goat producers will have their knowledge of on-farm food safety requirements assessed from January next year.
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Sorghum and maize can each play a part in providing home-grown feed on dairy farms but farmers need to carefully prepare and follow a plan to obtain the most value from these crops.16 Oct 17 Sorghum and maize can each play a part in providing home-grown feed on dairy farms but farmers need to carefully...
Several new additions to the baled silage marketplace will reduce bale spoilage and the number of decomposing bales that can leak effluent into the soil and water tables close to the ground surface. 
27 Sep 17 Several new additions to the baled silage marketplace will reduce bale spoilage and the number of decomposing bales...
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Aus lucerne export to China. how about Aust. dairy farmers? Them don't need any lucerne.Do they?
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The Seralini study showing long term ingestion of GE corn is dangerous to health. This study was
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If GM is so wonderful why is the US in the grip of crop destruction caused by GM Dicamba
Dairyfarmers are reminded that chemicals used on farms, including those used to clean and sanitise the plant and milk vats, must be registered with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
20 Sep 17 Dairyfarmers are reminded that chemicals used on farms, including those used to clean and sanitise the plant and...
When Victorian dairyfarmer Lauren Finger's father said he had an idea, little did she know how much of an impact his invention would improve her on-farm productivity and safety.
05 Sep 17 When Victorian dairyfarmer Lauren Finger's father said he had an idea, little did she know how much of an impact his...
Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.22 Sep 16 Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.
Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition opportunities.25 Sep 16 Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition...