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New WestVic Dairy Focus Farm announced

Shannon Notter

WestVic Dairy is delighted to announce that Shannon Notter has been selected to host the new Business Focus Farm project which will commence early this year.

Shannon farms 360 hectares at Carlisle River, where she and her staff milk 500 cows. Shannon is excited about being selected as a Focus Farmer:

"I hope to apply a whole farm approach to link together the profitability, productivity and sustainability of the business.

"We are currently looking to expand the business so being involved in this project will give me access to a wealth of knowledge and experience which will assist in the decision making process.”

The Business Focus Farm Project focuses on a farming enterprise that aims to improve operating surplus through better understanding operational costs and by maximising home grown feed utilisation. This is achieved by close monitoring of farm activities and expenditure.

Hugh Crockford of HEC Consulting Group will facilitate the project, and the farm will be supported by a group made up of ten farmers and ten service providers from around the region. 

WestVic Dairy extension officer, Laurie Hickey, was involved in the selection process:

“Shannon’s business is well placed to show how the setting of business goals needs to blend with elements of profitability, lifestyle balance and farm succession planning. This business has potential for expansion with key decisions to be made around stock numbers, wet paddock drainage, irrigation and the growing of fodder crops.

“Shannon is currently undertaking a Nuffield Scholarship focused on dairy farm business profitability – which is highly relevant to the Focus Farm process.”

Business Focus Farms provide an opportunity for farmers and service providers to learn from being involved in the two year journey by:

  • Applying good business management principles to decision making.

  • Allowing the opportunity for discussion and analysis.

  • Drawing on the collective experience of a support group.

  • Monitoring and evaluating the outcomes of the decisions that are made.

As the Focus Farm Projects are conducted on commercial farms, the information and learnings are relevant to other farmers in the region.

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