One-on-one help for dairy farmers

Monday 04 March 2013 | From Dairy Australia

One-on-one sessions with experienced dairy advisors are now being offered free to dairy farmers as part of Dairy Australia’s Tactics for Tight Times campaign.

Taking Stock is part of the nationwide campaign to support farmers through the challenges of the 2012/13 season. The Taking Stock sessions are confidential and will be delivered by trained industry advisors to help farm families work through key management decisions.

The advisors will work with key members of the farm team over the kitchen table to support financial and physical analysis of their operation and facilitate discussions regarding the current business position, future options and an action plan for the business.

Want to know more?

The Taking Stock sessions will be available between March and June 2013. If you are interested in taking up the offer of assistance through the Taking Stock program call your local RDP to register.

 Gippsland   Subtropical
 Western Victoria  New South Wales
 Murray Dairy  South Australia
 Tasmania  Western Australia

Dairy Australia’s Group Manager Farm Productivity and Delivery, Chris Murphy, said the offer of free one-on-one assistance through the Taking Stock program was in response to farmer requests.

“The strength of Taking Stock is that it is based on a one-to-one conversation with a trusted, skilled advisor. It gives the opportunity to take time out from the business for three or four hours and have a meaningful discussion about the current situation and plans for the future,” Mr Murphy said.

The financial and physical analysis Taking Stock offers includes: 

    • Understanding and managing your budget 
    • Identifying cost-saving options 
    • Calculating pasture consumption 
    • Managing debt and your balance sheet 
    • Understanding additional services available, ie counselling and health services 
    • Creating an action plan

Taking Stock is one of the many examples of the dairy service levy at work. For more information on this and other levy investments visit

Dairy Australia is the national services body for the Australian dairy industry. The company acts as the collective investment arm of the industry, investing in essential research, development, extension and industry services.

Media enquiries:

Sue Webster — External Communications Manager, Dairy Australia
03 9694 3894
0402 267 802