SPRING 2017

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From the Managing Director

I cannot believe where this year has gone. In our 20th year in business, it was great to celebrate with clients over the three days of the Paskeville Field Days. I had many complementary comments about our 20 year milestone. Thank you for being a client.


2017 Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award Finalist

We are excited to announce that we are finalists in this years SA Community Achievement Awards for the Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award. The Awards dinner will be held in Adelaide on November 17.

The awards also have a Community Choice Award - if you would like to vote for us as your favourite finalist, please click here and simply click on the Rural Directions entry and press submit. Voting closes 13 November. 


Profitable Integration of Cropping and Livestock - Key Principles

Simon Vogt and Tara Graetz 
 
The integration of cropping and livestock plays an important role across many farm businesses in Southern Australia. The added complexity of simultaneously managing multiple enterprises requires careful management to optimise performance. Integration requires the two enterprises becoming complementary rather than competitive. 
 
The MLA funded project, The profitable integration of cropping and livestock in Southern Australia, aims to define the unique profit drivers in mixed farming systems that optimise the available synergies between cropping and livestock enterprises.

New Chain of Responsibility Laws

There are new chain of responsibility laws for heavy vehicles coming in 2018, aimed at increasing regulations to ensure accurate spread of liability, in the case of an accident, and to promote a proactive approach to freight management and safety from all parties whether they be on or off road parties in the supply chain. The new laws give increased investigative powers to authorized officers so that third parties and extra documents can be used to gain evidence. All parties need to take a proactive approach to safety, this includes speeding, fatigue management, load specifications and pressure on drivers to break rules. The new laws aim to protect drivers and freight companies against demands from off-road parties such as farmers and grain buyers.


Transition to Agriculture

Carlyn Sherriff
 
Recently I have noted an increased demand for farm employees. The question this raises for me is … where is all this labour going to come from?
 
Since the start of 2017 Rural Directions has assisted in a record number of recruitment jobs for our clients. I have also noted a large increase in Position Vacant adverts in the Stock Journal and local newspapers.

Wild Dog Activity/Attacks

If you see a wild dog, notice any wild dog activity/attacks, or increased fox activity, please report it by contacting:
 
Josh Rosser 
NRM Senior District Officer, Lameroo
Mobile: 0427 716 210
 

Recruiting Now

Rural Directions is always on the lookout for quality people to join our team. We have had amazing success in recruiting and training graduates over the past 20 years, many of whom have gone on to take senior leadership roles within the business. 
 
Rural Directions is now looking to apply the same philosophy to fill a ‘mid-term’ Agribusiness Consultant position. We see this as an ideal role for someone who has more practical experience in agriculture than a graduate, yet still needs to learn and develop consultancy skills.
 
The role is a full-time position and would suit someone from a farming background who has a tertiary qualification in either agribusiness, agricultural science, commerce, business management or equivalent.
 
We will offer you the opportunity to further develop these qualifications and your experience through our Agribusiness Consultant Development Program. 
 
If you are interested, or know of someone who may be interested, please contact Brenton on 
08 8841 4500 or email, quoting RDHR47.

More Grain Prices at No Added Cost

Rural Directions, through its Market Directions, Prices Direct and Harvest Direct services, provides the most accurate grain pricing in the market place. The grain trade tells us this is the case, and we see the evidence when prices change once Market Directions, Prices Direct and Harvest Direct are published. Buyers see the bids by others in the market, and then adjust their pricing accordingly.
 

Staff Profile - Brendan Wallis

I started with Rural Directions in: May 2010
 
Position: Agribusiness Consultant 
 
What does this mean (in a nutshell):  My role within Rural Directions has changed over the past 18 months. I am now located in the South East of South Australia, operating out of our Naracoorte office. This was an opportunity to make Rural Directions more accessible to clients, whilst also tapping into a ‘new’ market. Having a South East office allows Rural Directions to provide a greater level of services to farming businesses in the South Eastern regions, as well as Western Victoria. 
 
My roles within the team are delivery of the Grain Markeing Service, assisting with the delivery of Agronomy Services and Benchmarking using our SnapShot tool.
 
Favourite food: This would have to be a medium cooked steak 
 
Ultimate travel destination: Canadian Rockies - it can’t get much better!
 
Happiness is .... spending quality time with family and friends!

Crop to Market

Find out the benefits that our Crop to Market service has provided to one of our clients. Crop to Market packages agronomy and our grain marketing service to offer you support for your cropping program from the paddock to the market place. Click on the image below to watch.
 

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