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Research into risk management in mixed farm businesses has highlighted the benefits of focusing on the 'range' of values for key profit drivers when planning or budgeting, not just 'averages'... The importance of considering what happens at the 'extremes' was discussed with Western Australian consultants and farmers attending recent Grain & Graze 2 events, including 'Optimising Farm Business Risk' workshops in the grainbelt... Planfarm consultant and 'risk and uncertainty' project leader Danielle England said the traditional use of averages and 'static values' for profit drivers - including yield, price and cost - tended to over-estimate profits and hide the range, or volatility, in those profits. "..
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
Achieving efficient and profitable farming systems.. If systems and SOP are developed from inside the business they have a far greater chance of success than through an external pressure and the codification of implied systems or habits, encourages accountability within the organisation... A huge thank you to Nuffield Australia and especially to my sponsor, the GRDC. I found no examples of similar organisations delivering the quality, extent and accessibility of research and development activities where growers can have such input and influence on research priorities...
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Recent trials have shown that spring sowing of winter canola can provide increased returns compared to a summer fallow... Spring-sown winter canola at Dunkeld pictured just before grazing in summer 2011 (left) and at flowering in spring 2012 (right).. For a winter variety, this means plants can be sown in spring, grazed during summer and then grow and recover in the lead-up to winter...
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Resource offers guidance on successful mixed farming.. The GRDC's investments in mixed farming aim to provide growers with practical solutions to some of the challenges faced by running modern stock and cropping systems across the same farm, while dealing with a changing climate... Log in or register to leave a comment...
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Outside advice helped following devastating blaze.. With farms at Wanilla, Green Patch and North Shields, Steve lost a house, machinery, sheds, livestock and more than 800 hectares in the blaze which burnt almost 78,000ha in total and, tragically, resulted in the deaths of nine people... Steve says while being underinsured made getting the farm back on track tougher than it could have been, he took the experience as an opportunity to start afresh on his property...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Outside advice helped following devastating blaze.. With farms at Wanilla, Green Patch and North Shields, Steve lost a house, machinery, sheds, livestock and more than 800 hectares in the blaze which burnt almost 78,000ha in total and, tragically, resulted in the deaths of nine people... Steve says while being underinsured made getting the farm back on track tougher than it could have been, he took the experience as an opportunity to start afresh on his property...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
We will use the APSIM and GRAZPLAN agricultural simulation models extensively in this project... enabling the range of participants in Grain and Graze to more clearly understand the "value proposition" for mixed farming: when, where, why and how crops and livestock should be integrated The results of our research will be delivered to each of the 7 Grain & Graze regions and also to national stakeholders (in particular the Australian Government)... We will review the conceptual basis for integration in mixed farming, to help Grain & Graze participants think more clearly about integration questions, and clarify the costs and benefits of integration in mixed farming via systems analyses...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
We will use the APSIM and GRAZPLAN agricultural simulation models extensively in this project... enabling the range of participants in Grain and Graze to more clearly understand the "value proposition" for mixed farming: when, where, why and how crops and livestock should be integrated The results of our research will be delivered to each of the 7 Grain & Graze regions and also to national stakeholders (in particular the Australian Government)... We will review the conceptual basis for integration in mixed farming, to help Grain & Graze participants think more clearly about integration questions, and clarify the costs and benefits of integration in mixed farming via systems analyses...
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MIXED FARMING SUPPORT: Around 65 million hectares of Australian agricultural land is dedicated to mixed farming, so it is essential that land managers understand and implement robust and sustainable mixed-farming systems... To support farmers in their endeavours to establish viable mixed enterprises, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) continues to invest in research aimed at providing practical solutions to some of the challenges faced by combining modern stock and cropping systems, while also dealing with a changing climate... Much of the investment is associated with the more than 60 projects that make up Grain & Graze 2, which encourages faster adoption of management practices and technologies that support integrated livestock and cropping enterprises...
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Return on brown manure crop equal to continuous cropping Data collected from 2009 to 2011 suggests a crop production system comprising a rotation of brown manure field peas, canola and wheat, can be as profitable as continuous cropping... Rob Patterson, of Rural Management Strategies, Cootamundra, NSW, shared these findings at last week's Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Adviser Update held at Narrandera, NSW. "A crop sequence of brown manure field peas followed by canola and two wheat crops can be as profitable at current commodity prices as continuous cropping, or mixed farming involving cropping and Merino sheep," Mr Patterson said... "A crop production system involving brown manure field peas has less production and financial risk compared to continuous cropping, due to lower input and operating costs."..
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