The DairyNZ Whole Farm Assessment looks at the whole farm system to identify and prioritise key issues, opportunities and options for change in line with the business strategy.
The assessment combines analysis of physical and financial benchmarking data (through DairyBase) with on-farm observation and a structured discussion with the farm team covering the business objectives and management practices.
Strengths, weaknesses, risks and opportunities across all components of the business are assessed. The result is a comprehensive report and succinct action plan providing a pathway for the farm business team.
Examples of results
- Through financial and physical benchmarking farm owners identified potential to lift profit by $2,000/ha.
- The farm owner’s goals for the future did not align with farm performance. The strategic plan was re-written with much clearer financial and farm management targets to achieve the owner’s goals.
- Benchmarking showed electricity costs at well above average. They were over-irrigating and could save $1,150/month, reduce nitrate leaching and increase pasture performance by optimising irrigation.
- Benchmarking showed pasture utilisation had progressively dropped over the last five years - farm performance has now lifted by implementing grazing management fundamentals.
- Replacement heifers were entering the herd underweight so an improved approach to managing heifers was implemented, increasing overall herd performance.
Who completes these assessments and how do I get one?
Whole farm assessments (WFA) are carried out by trained consultants using a process developed by DairyNZ.
If you would like a WFA of your farm please complete the form below. Please note that certified consultants are not yet available in all regions and as they are private consultants there is a cost.