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TAS Country : May 5th 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011 Tasmanian Country 23 for farms of the future Good business and financial management remains one of the main priorities for dairy farmers' and facilitation for these awards to happen. They would not succeed without the support from industry sponsors especially Impact Fertilisers, ANZ Bank, Ro- berts, De Laval and Ag- riTech, and Fonterra. The program is man- aged on our behalf by TIAR Dairy Centre who provides the adminis- tration, data processing, judging and marketing of the program. We also appreciate the continued support from dairy farmers who make an effort to be part of the benchmarking and awards program. DairyTas also provides support for the industry through a wide range of projects covering financial management, environ- mental and resource man- agement, human resources and training, pasture and feed systems, animal health and welfare and industry development and promotions. Information on these programs is available at dairytas.com.auMARK SMITH DairyTas Executive Officer Top producers defy milk price squeeze BETTER AND BETTER: Most improved award winners Norm, left, Lesley and Rob Frampton of Gawler. PARTICIPATION in the annual Dairy Business of the Year Awards provides farmers with the bench- marks to monitor financial performance and pro- ductivity ratios over time and compared to other farm businesses. The top three farms in terms of return on assets and profit per hectare are selected as the finalists and two judges including last years award winner Grant Rogers visited the finalists to select the 2011 winner based on management of the business, animals, pas- tures, people and the en- vironment. The two runners up in the 2011 awards were the Frampton family from Gawler, who also won the most Improved Award, and the Innes-Smith family from Edith Creek. Neil and Leanne Smith farm at Edith Creek, near Smithton, on the North- West Coast. They have a split calving pattern milking an average of 700 cows on 400 ha. They have installed a centre pivot irrigator to improve the reliability of pasture production. The herd is predominan- tly Friesian but some crossbreeding with Swiss Brown is being underta- ken. The aim is to produce 400 kg MS/cow each season. Neil and Leanne also lease a second, spring- calving farm. In the award year, Neil and Leanne achieved a 10 per cent return on assets with an EBIT per milking hectare of $1888. The Frampton's farm at Gawler, near Ulverstone, on the North West Coast has been in the family for generations and is now managed by Rob Frampton with the assistance of his parents, Norm and Lesley. They milk 440 spring- calving cows on a 254ha farm with 65ha irrigated. The recent purchase of more land will enable the herd to increase to 450. The Framptons have been consistent per- formers in the benchmark- ing program; this being their second time as final- ists in the past three years. In the award year, the Framptons achieved a seven per cent return on assets with an EBIT per milking hectare of $1843. The family increased re- turn on assets for their dairy business from five per cent in 2008-9 despite a fall in the milk price. The increase was in a year that saw average return on as- sets for all participants fall from six per cent in 2008-9 to three per cent in 2009-10. The improved financial performance in 2009-10 was result of a number of changes on the farm. A 40 ha property adjoining the main farm was purchased in 2007-8 but it required significant expenditure on infrastructure and fer- tiliser to get an increased level of production. The improvements were paid for from ca- shflow in 2008-9 and the benefits flowed through in higher production in 2009-10. Herd size, milk pro- duction and pasture utilisation increased in 2009-10. They achieved a high return on assets because of the low operating costs ($2.76/ kg MS compared to the average $4.26/ kg MS). Top farms v all participants 2009-2010 Top farms All farms Return on asset % 8.4% 3.4% Herd Size, cows 559 404 Milk price, $/kg milksolids $5.40 $4.66 Milksolids, kg/ha 1079 1029 Milksolids, kg/cow 369 374 Pasture irrigated 23% 34% Pasture used, kg DM/ha 10,360 10,100 Nitrogen, kg N/ha 120 158 Purchased Feed, % 26% 23% Cows/Labour Unit 112 94 Both days: Morning tea and sponsors displays from 10.00 a.m. f attending please ph TIAR 6430 5297or email firstname.lastname@example.org with numbers for catering. B If IMPACT ANZ Dairy Business of the Year Awards FIELD DAYS DAY 1: Wednesday 18 May, 2011 Dairy Business of the Year Field Day Morning Session: 10.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. MAWBANNA HALL • Winners and judges comments plus presentations • Keynote Address -- Cows and Systems Steve Snowdon, Dairy farmer, Victoria Afternoon Session: 1.30 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. • Farm Walk -- Property of Darron & Veronica Charles, 1719 Mawbanna Rd, Mawbanna DAY 2: Thursday 19 May, 2011 Share Dairy Farmer of the Year Field Day Morning Session: 10.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. BRACKNELL FOOTBALL CLUB • Winners and judges comments plus presentations • Keynote Address -- Cows and Systems Steve Snowdon, Dairy farmer, Victoria Afternoon Session: 1.00 p.m. -- 2.30 p.m. • Farm Walk -- Property share farmed by Grant & Kim Archer, 725 Green Rises Road Cressy 2046919-110506
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