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A collaborative project launched in 2017 by Dairy NSW, Subtropical Dairy, Dairy Australia and the Department of Primary Industries. Download project fact sheets and watch the video series here.

Project 20:20 Pathways to Change

Project 2020 Pathways to Change Dairy NSW Dairy Farmer Cleaning his property

Aiming to grow our industry in NSW, Project 20:20 works with five feature farms to develop their unique business management plans and share the learning through our region.

The business plans are developed across the following topic areas:

  • Farm business management
  • Feedbase and animal nutrition
  • Land, water and carbon
  • People management, and
  • Animal performance

Project 20:20 locations

Feature farms were selected from across our state’s key dairying regions and include farms in these locations:

  • Kyogle - Tony and Jillian Wilson
  • Cowra - Colin and Erina Thompson
  • Burrawang - Grant and Jane Sherborne
  • Stewarts River - Tim and Julie Bale
  • Finley - Neville and Ruth Kydd

Watch the Project 20:20 video series

How do dairy farmers manage their unique environments, people, animals, infrastructure and businesses? In this five part series, we go behind the farm gate to reveal how our feature farms have made their operations more productive, professional and profitable.

Episode #1 – Farm business management 

Generational expansion, managing risk and being pro-active in tough times

 

Episode #2 – Feedbase and animal nutrition 

On-farm systems, practicing change, consultants and training

 

Episode #3 – Land, water and carbon

Land water and carbon management strategies including waste water, nutrient efficiencies, and managing existing environments

 

Episode #4 – People management

Covers family ties and training, train and retain, education and promotion

Episode #5 – Animal performance

Covers cow comfort, data decisions and benchmarking

 

 

Feature farms: Profiles and operations

Feature farm profiles outline each farm's background, farm context and history. Also included is the farm's approach to animal, people, resource and business management.

Downloadable files (recommended for low bandwidth)

Dairy NSW Feature Farm Colin Erina Thompson

Colin and Erina Thompson
Cowra, Central West 

Dairy NSW Feature Farm Grant and Jane Sherborne

Grant and Jane Sherborne
Burrawang, Southern Highlands

Dairy NSW Feature Farm Neville and Ruth Kydd

Neville and Ruth Kydd
Finley, Riverina

Dairy NSW Feature Farm Tim and Julie Bale

Tim and Julie Bale
Stewarts River, Mid North Coast

Dairy NSW Feature Farm Tony Jillian Wilson

Tony and Jillian Wilson
The Risk, Kyogle

 
                       

Project 20:20 Field Walk Resources

A series of field walks were held at each focus farm, providing the opportunity for farmers and industry stakeholders to learn in a practical, on farm environment about the innovation and advancement displayed by each farm. These supporting resources provide first class information for those wishing to benefit from the information presented at the field walk events.  

 A downloadable file of all Field Walk presentations is available below.

Engagement of People in the Dairy Industry
Feature Farm: Colin and Erina Thompson, 
Presented by:  Matthew Waring, NSW Farmers Special Counsel - Industrial Relations

Maximising winter pasture production and managing butterfat
Feature Farm: Grant and Jane Sherborne
Presented by: Dr Neil Moss, Senior Consultant SCIBUS

MNC Agronomy - Soil, Pasture, Livestock, Profit 
Feature Farm: Tim and Julie Bale
Presented by: Matt Thompson, Agronomist, MNC Agronomy

Strong Business Principles in a Volatile Environment
Includes accompanying Field Walk handout
Feature Farm: Neville and Ruth Kydd
Presented by: John Mulvany, Agricultural Consultant

Strong Business Principles in a Volatile Environment
Feature Farm:  Tony and Jillian Wilson
Presented by:  Nicholas Lyons, Development Officer Department of Primary Industries

Download the complete Field Walk Resources pack (9.5MB)

 

Related links

Animal performance

Feedbase and animal nutrition

People

Natural resource management and climate change

Farm business management

  

 

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