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
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
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)
Grant and Jane Sherborne
Burrawang, Southern Highlands
Neville and Ruth Kydd
Tim and Julie Bale
Stewarts River, Mid North Coast
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
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