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The Focus Farms program supports a network of Australian farms, tracking real decisions on real farms under real conditions over a two year period.

Focus Farms

The Focus Farm program centres around farming families and enterprises and aims to assist Focus Farmers to achieve their stated goals during a two year period in which they are supported by a support group made up of farmers and local service providers.

The Focus Farm program has been running for almost 20 years. Dairy Australia currently supports Focus Farms across Murray Dairy, DairyNSW, DairyTas, GippsDairy, Subtropical Dairy and WestVic Dairy.

Focus Farms and their open days give an interesting insight into how on-farm decisions are made and the impact they have on the broader farm business. Farmers can use Focus Farms as sources of inspiration and reference points to inform their own decision-making. 

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Why the Focus Farm program was created

Dairy farming is a decision-intensive business and farmers face an increasingly complex set of management, technical and risk issues. Dairy farmers need more than 170 separate skills in 11 specialist areas to run a successful farm business.

Farmers are making multiple operational and tactical decisions on a daily, weekly and seasonal basis. Some of these decisions can have lasting impact on profitability and sustainability of their farm.

Varying conditions, regional factors and farming approaches across the Focus Farms participants mean we capture a wide range of data and information. These insights then help other dairy farmers to make impactful decisions for their own farms.

How farmers can get involved

Focus farmers are selected through an application process and supported over the two years by a farm consultant and a support group made up of other farmers and service providers.

The support group meets regularly throughout the year, and hosts open days for other interested farmers and the dairy industry to get a closer look at the Focus Farms’ progress.

Contact your local regional team to find out more about joining the Focus Farms program or attending an open day.

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Focus Farms in your region

Select an RDP from the list below to meet the farmers taking part in the Focus Farms program:

 

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