The TIA Dairy Centre offers a free benchmarking service that provides information about the efficiency and performance indicators of dairy farming businesses. Participants have the option of entering the Dairy Business of the Year Award including the Share Dairy Farmer Award and competing for prizes or benchmarking their business performance and receiving the same reports as the Award entrants.
The DBOY provides prizes for the top farm businesses or farmers can just benchmark their performance to monitor progress. All businesses who enter the benchmarking receive a detailed farm report, comparing current and previous years' farm information (if available), including financial and physical information such as costs (per cow, per ha and per kg/MS), milk and feed production, labour efficiency, and pasture utilisation; both for your farm business and a state average for Tasmania.
For more information on entering your farm data into the benchmarking program and/or DBOY awards, please contact Lesley Irvine (Lesley.Irvine@utas.edu.au) or Alison Hall (A.F.Hall@utas.edu.au) from the TIA Dairy Centre.
In 2016, 30 Tasmanian dairy farm businesses were included in the Dairy Farm Monitor Project, a national project funded by Dairy Australia and coordinated through the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. The Dairy Farm Monitor Project analyses business and farm information and from each of the dairying states, and produces individual reports for the state that provides a snapshot of the industry, based on the number of farms data collected.
Dairy Farm Monitor Project Reports:
2013/14 Tas Dairy Farm Monitor Project Annual Report
2014/15 Tas Dairy Farm Monitor Project Annual Report
2015/16 Tas Dairy Farm Monitor Project Annual Report
The above reports, in addition to reports on the other dairy regions of Australia, can also be found on the Dairy Australia website - http://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/Business-and-financials/Dairy-Farm-Monitor-Project.aspx
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Dairy Business of the Year Award, Janefield Dairy owned by Brian and Michele Lawrence.
Congratulations to the other finalists of the 2016 Dairy Business of the Year Award, Gary & Helen Strickland from King Island and Peter & Jo Jones managing Limberlost Dairy at Kayena.
Congratulations winners of the 2016 Fonterra Share Dairy Farmer of the Year Award, Leigh and Kellie Schuuring, share farming with Grant and Kim Archer at Mella.
Congratulations to the other entrants of the share farmer award, Wayne and Caroline Saward, share farming with Sustainable Agricultural Fund at South Riana and Stuart and Karen Burr sharefarming with the Cox Family at Ringarooma.