Precise planning pays off

Toby, Lyn and Nick Leppin believe that precise planning at the beginning of last season was a key factor in the success of their business. Here they discuss their farm business approach.
Toby, Lyn and Nick Leppin believe that precise planning at the beginning of last season was a key factor in the success of their business. Here they discuss their farm business approach.
The Western Australian town of Cowaramup likes to capitalise on its strong dairying history and the `cow’ in its name.
26 Jul 17 The Western Australian town of Cowaramup likes to capitalise on its strong dairying history and the `cow’ in its name.
Ringarooma, a rural community in north-east Tasmania has been named the 2017 Legendairy Capital of Tasmania.
24 Jul 17 Ringarooma, a rural community in north-east Tasmania has been named the 2017 Legendairy Capital of Tasmania.
Murray Goulburn expects to lose 200 million litres of milk this season as a result of suppliers switching to other processors.
24 Jul 17 Murray Goulburn expects to lose 200 million litres of milk this season as a result of suppliers switching to other processors.
Milk companies are scrambling to fill a hole in the market created by the imminent closure of Murray Goulburn's Kiewa, Vic, factory.
21 Jul 17 Milk companies are scrambling to fill a hole in the market created by the imminent closure of Murray Goulburn's Kiewa, Vic, factory.
What fifth-generation dairyfarmer Jason Smith wants is something most people take for granted – to be able to marry the person he loves.
20 Jul 17 What fifth-generation dairyfarmer Jason Smith wants is something most people take for granted – to be able to marry the person he loves.
Cohuna’s link with dairyfarming has always been a two-way street.
19 Jul 17 Cohuna’s link with dairyfarming has always been a two-way street.
Jersey dairy cows could come back into fashion to satisfy the growing demand for butter, according to the New Zealand Federated Farmers.
19 Jul 17 Jersey dairy cows could come back into fashion to satisfy the growing demand for butter, according to the New Zealand Federated Farmers.
Dairy farmers need to commit to tougher safety standards on farm. Keeping ourselves, our families, and our staff safe is the number one priority.
18 Jul 17 Dairy farmers need to commit to tougher safety standards on farm. Keeping ourselves, our families, and our staff safe is the number one priority.
The deputy chairman of the Australian Dairy Industry Council, Grant Crothers, has defended his company’s decision to offer suppliers a three-year supply contract.
14 Jul 17 The deputy chairman of the Australian Dairy Industry Council, Grant Crothers, has defended his company’s decision to offer suppliers a three-year supply contract.
Northern Victorian irrigators are expressing increasing concern the troubled Connections project will run out of money before it’s fully finished.
14 Jul 17 Northern Victorian irrigators are expressing increasing concern the troubled Connections project will run out of money before it’s fully finished.
Saputo chief executive Lino Saputo Jnr says the Canadian-based dairy giant is “hungry for other assets.”
13 Jul 17 Saputo chief executive Lino Saputo Jnr says the Canadian-based dairy giant is “hungry for other assets.”
Infant formula manufacturer Bellamy’s has defended due diligence on the acquisition of the Camperdown Powder’s Braeside factory, which has had its export licence suspended by Chinese authorities.
13 Jul 17 Infant formula manufacturer Bellamy’s has defended due diligence on the acquisition of the Camperdown Powder’s Braeside factory, which has had its export licence suspended by Chinese...
Infant formula manufacturer Bellamy’s remains in a voluntary trading halt, as the company seeks to unravel why Chinese authorities suspended the licence of its newly acquired subsidiary, Camperdown Powder.
12 Jul 17  1 Infant formula manufacturer Bellamy’s remains in a voluntary trading halt, as the company seeks to unravel why Chinese authorities suspended the licence of its newly acquired subsidiary,...
Farming is a long-term business - I am concerned that the recent announcement of opening milk prices has resulted in some very short-term thinking amongst some of my fellow milk producers.
11 Jul 17  1 Farming is a long-term business - I am concerned that the recent announcement of opening milk prices has resulted in some very short-term thinking amongst some of my fellow milk producers.
AUSTRALIAN agricultural exports are expected to improve their competitive standing through the realisation of a new trade deal.
10 Jul 17 AUSTRALIAN agricultural exports are expected to improve their competitive standing through the realisation of a new trade deal.
Troubled dairy company Bellamy's has stumbled early in its recovery journey after Chinese authorities suspended the export licence of the canning facility the company has just acquired.
Dairy company Bellamy's has been hit by a shock decision in China.
10 Jul 17 Troubled dairy company Bellamy's has stumbled early in its recovery journey after Chinese authorities suspended the export licence of the canning facility the company has just...
There's speculation aplenty about asset changes and structural revamps in the dairy industry, including questions about what Bega Cheese is up to.
06 Jul 17 There's speculation aplenty about asset changes and structural revamps in the dairy industry, including questions about what Bega Cheese is up to.
Global dairy prices dipped slightly at the Global Dairy Trade Auction on Tuesday night.
05 Jul 17 Global dairy prices dipped slightly at the Global Dairy Trade Auction on Tuesday night.
The Victorian Winter Fair, which gets underway on Tuesday, has cemented itself as one of Australia's leading dairy shows, offering an opportunity for autumn-calved cows to be shown at their peak.
03 Jul 17 The Victorian Winter Fair, which gets underway on Tuesday, has cemented itself as one of Australia's leading dairy shows, offering an opportunity for autumn-calved cows to be shown at...
Rainfall is needed in northern Victoria to guarantee irrigators high allocations later in the season.
03 Jul 17 Rainfall is needed in northern Victoria to guarantee irrigators high allocations later in the season.
The Code of Practice for Contractual Arrangements between farmers and processors is a major achievement for the industry and will help ensure greater transparency and fairness in milk supply and pricing.
30 Jun 17 The Code of Practice for Contractual Arrangements between farmers and processors is a major achievement for the industry and will help ensure greater transparency and fairness in milk...
The report from the Senate inquiry into the Australian dairy industry has been delayed again.
29 Jun 17 The report from the Senate inquiry into the Australian dairy industry has been delayed again.
Australia's largest milk processor, Murray Goulburn (MG) has announced it will no longer accept excess seasonal milk, from other processors, during October to December.
29 Jun 17 Australia's largest milk processor, Murray Goulburn (MG) has announced it will no longer accept excess seasonal milk, from other processors, during October to December.
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A new definition of 'genetically modified' currently awaiting parliamentary approval could see a swathe of new grasses on the market within three years.
13 Nov 18 A new definition of "genetically modified" currently awaiting parliamentary approval could see a swathe of new...
A person normally breathes about 25,000 times a day, with the lungs taking in oxygen from the air and delivering it to the bloodstream.02 Nov 18 A person normally breathes about 25,000 times a day, with the lungs taking in oxygen from the air and delivering it...
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Don't fall for the processors changing their contracts. They can change them back again without
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This is all very nice for specific LIon suppliers but it does absolutely nothig for the wider
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This is well-written, covers what's going on well. It highlights how wrong the processors
Australian Dairyfarmer's Jeanette Severs checked out the range of new and interesting products and services on show at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo in September, while Peter Roach caught up with suppliers at the Elmore Field Days in October.02 Dec 18 Australian Dairyfarmer's Jeanette Severs checked out the range of new and interesting products and services on show...
The floodplain around Kerang and Swan Hill in north-west Victoria is dotted with depressions and surrounding windblown lunettes.29 Nov 18 The floodplain around Kerang and Swan Hill in north-west Victoria is dotted with depressions and surrounding...
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...