Session 3 Workshops: Wednesday morning
Cost control What costs can we control? How can we do better? Hear from farmers currently operating and benefitting from low-cost systems. Blair Robinson, Dairy Holdings Ltd Blair grew up on a 400 cow dairy farm in Taranaki. His background includes time spent in the fertiliser industry, with Fonterra and in rural banking (including debt recovery). Blair’s family currently reside on a small block just out of Ashburton. Their involvement in the primary sector includes part ownership in two North Island dairy farms and two poultry farms. Blair’s role at DHL is Chief Operating Officer, leading a team of seven farm supervisors who oversee 59 dairy farms with 50,000 milking cows. DHL run a farm system of high pasture utilisation and low cost of production. DHL try to replicate a farm system built on people, pasture and process. Carlos Cuadrado Carlos and his wife Gisela have gained a strong reputation for working hard and achieving on their own merit. Both from Argentina, they came to New Zealand to work as farm assistants on a dairy farm near Tauranga. By 2009/2010 they had set up their company (Canterbury Pampas Ltd) and started operating as Lower Order Sharemilkers. Since 2014 they have also run the farm on behalf of the owners. In 2011 they had the opportunity to invest in a dairy farm with neighbours. Carlos became Managing Director/CEO for this business. In 2015 this company purchased another farm and they were able to increase their shareholding to 33 percent of both businesses. In November 2020 they dissolved their partnership and are now farm owners of one of their former partner farms. Hannah Fulton Hannah Fulton has been involved in the New Zealand dairy industry since moving to New Zealand in 1997. Hannah and her partner Craig spent time milking in North Island as 50/50 sharemilkers until moving to Hinds in 2009 and going into an equity partnership farm milking 950 cows. They then moved to their current farm milking 630 cows and have been there since 2014. Hannah has a business studies degree focused on agricultural food production from London University. Their farm Paddock Wood has been a LUDF comparison farm for the last three years.
What are the key objectives of the workshop? Hear about: • Getting more for less out of what you are doing. • Spending less on what you are already doing. • Ways of saving. • How to keep control of spending. • Tools for monitoring costs. • Policies for maintenance to avoid large bills.
What will you take away from this session? • Practical steps to take on-farm which will save you money over time. • Ideas for good decision making and cost control implementation. • The opportunity to ask questions and get answers that are relevant to your farm.
Who should attend? Everyone who has a financial interest on farm.
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