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From the Managing Director

One of my consulting roles involves being the Independent Chairperson of the National Grains Weeds Advisory Committee (GWAC). The purpose of the committee is to provide strategic advice to the GRDC about the future management of weeds in the grains industry. The advisory committee includes weed scientists and farm advisors from across Australia. I really enjoy this role and its strategic approach.

MLA Southern BusinessEDGE - Driving long term wealth creation

Simon Vogt

Rural Directions is very pleased to be able to bring MLA’s Southern BusinessEDGE workshop to South Australian producers. Southern BusinessEDGE is a high impact two day workshop that tackles many of the big issues influencing the long term success of grazing businesses in Southern Australia.

This two day workshop offers advanced insights into economic sustainability, whole of business performance, rational allocation of capital, beef and sheep enterprise profit drivers, and investment strategies for long term wealth creation.

“This course offers something for everyone, from a young family member returning home to the farm through to the most experienced grazier, there will be valuable take home messages from the workshop for all,” says course deliverer Simon Vogt. “The depth that can be covered in two full days is a real strength of the Southern BusinessEDGE workshop.”

Benchmarking - Round up your 16/17 results now

SnapShot™ analysis outlines your results against key financial and production benchmarks.

Later in the year, your data will also be compared to others across SA.

Now is the time to review the 16/17 production year. Have you returned your data yet?

If you would like to be sent the input sheets or would like data collection support; please email or call 08 8841 4500.

Variable Cost Management

James Hillcoat

Having a disciplined approach to variable costs is a crucial aspect of good farm management in any given year. The added pressure of low commodity pricing means having a well considered and robust approach to inputs will be imperative in the coming year.

Some key messages on disciplined variable cost management have been developed by Rural Directions as part of the GRDC project RDP00013 ‘The integration of technical data and profit drivers for more informed decisions’.

Nuffield 2018 - OPEN NOW

Applications are open for 2018 Nuffield Australia Scholarships!

Please encourage industry contacts, neighbours and friends to consider applying this year.

Applications close on Friday, June 16.

For further information or applications, click here.

Salary Survey Results Now Available

Carlyn Sherriff

On average, Farm Operations Assistants are paid $24.39 per hour and they are working an average of 40 hours per week. This is just one of the findings in the latest edition of the Rural Directions Farm Salary Survey Report.

At the end of 2016, farm businesses from South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia provided data on the wages paid, hours worked, additional benefits received and types of roles undertaken within their businesses. 119 positions were submitted to the survey from the 84 businesses.

Staff Profile - Tara Graetz

Position: Graduate Agribusiness Consultant - Livestock

What does this mean (in a nutshell): It is the opportunity to shadow and learn from successful consultants who are in the industry, and to be moulded into a consultant with the skills, knowledge and drive to assist our clients with livestock enterprise and deliver our livestock services.  

I started with Rural Directions on: 20 February 2017

Favourite movie star: Dead tie between Emma Stone and Scott Eastwood

Two people I would invite to dinner are: Meryl Streep and Garth Brooks

What cartoon character best describes you? My Little Pony’s Pinky Pie

Favourite karaoke song: What’s Up - 4 Non-Blondes

Ultimate travel destination: Outer Mongolia

Life begins .... the moment you decide to let it

New Reports from RD Publications

Rural Directions produces a number of publications that are relevant to today’s farm managers. Whether you employ staff, sell grain or want to understand how your farm is performing, relative to others, there is a rich source of information to suit.

Have Your Say - InTouch Survey

Rural Directions is always looking to provide benefits to our clients by improving what we do. Our quarterly InTouch newsletter has been around a while, with our first issue produced in December 2000. We thought it would be beneficial to obtain some client feedback and suggestions. We would appreciate your time in completing a short (2-3 minute) survey.

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