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Tri-Nations Revisited
Profitability variations between the average and the best in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This paper sets out to determine the differences between the levels of profitability in pasture-based dairying in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
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Economies of Scale in Dairying
Are there economies of scale in pasture-based dairying? What is the most economic size of a pasture-based dairy farm? These questions were answered in this paper delivered to the University of Sydney Dairy Research Foundation Symposium in November 2006.
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Key Profit Drivers in Pasture Based Dairying
There are 5 key profit drivers in pasture based dairying. These include pasture harvest, milk production, supplement feed cost, labour efficiency, and base cost structure. These are outlined in detail as part of this paper delivered to the South African Large Herds Conference in February 2005
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Sorting the Best from the Rest
The most profitable pasture based farming systems generally exhibit five key qualities. These are outlined in detail as part of this paper delivered to the South African Large Herds Conference in February 2005.
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Planning is the Key for Young Farmers (Australia)
Planning and seeking a wide range of information from different sources are the foundation on which young south-western Victorian dairyfarmers Alistair Adams and Andrea Beckel hope to build their dairy enterprise. By Carlene Dowie, Dairyfarmer, July/August 2004
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Planning the Way Forward (New Zealand)
Neville & Louise Williams have farmed with various farm systems over the years and when they expanded their farm business recently they knew they had to look in depth at their performance. FarmLink, July 2004
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Drought Sharpens Financial Focus (Australia)
Like many Australian dairy farmers, Russell and Gale Foote had to make some tough decisions during the drought. Even though the drought has broken, it will take some time to see the full impact of those decisions.
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Taking Care of Business (New Zealand)
Over several years Manawatu dairy farmers, Bryan and Jo Guy, have re-structured the way they run their dairy farm, focusing more on business management while handing over the day-to-day operations to their daughter Anna and her husband Ewen Macdonald, with assistance from another three full time employees.
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Making Sense of Farm Performance Analysis
By David Beca, RED SKY Agricultural. What is profit and how do you assess risk? What is solvency and how do you assess efficiency? How should these be measured and which ratios are important to your business?
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Business Planning Pays Off (Australia)
Grasmere dairy farmers, Neil and Penny McLeod were delighted when their son, John and his partner Bettina Jorgensen, decided to come home to the family farm. And they happily bought more land and expanded the herd to enable it to support two families. But what really made it work was ‘getting down to business.’
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Breakeven Milk Price Surprise (New Zealand)
With milk prices down, and likely to stay that way for the immediate future, many dairy farmers are closely examining their business structure, and considering options for cutting costs. It’s worth doing the sums, as the results can be surprising as Te Mawhai dairy farmers, David and Sue Forsythe, discovered.
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Profiting at Low Milk Prices (Australia)
By David Beca, RED SKY Agricultural. With lower milk prices, a rising Australian dollar, and a stagnant world economy, the usual challenges are being directed at farmers, consultants and accountants alike. How can we improve our profit in these conditions?
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Profiting from Low Milk Prices (New Zealand)
By David Beca, RED SKY Agricultural. With lower milk prices, a rising New Zealand dollar, and a stagnant world economy, the usual challenges are being directed at farmers, consultants and accountants alike. How can we improve our profit in these conditions?
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