In a world of price volatility and environmental limits, a whole farm system approach is essential to achieving your goals. 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 including strategy, finance, governance, people, pasture, feed, environment, animals, reproduction and infrastructure. The end result is a comprehensive report and succinct action plan providing a pathway for the farm business team.
Some individual results we've seen:
- 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 does these assessments?
Whole farm assessments (WFA) are being undertaken by consultants as part of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM) Dairy Farm Systems Consultant Certification Scheme, and by DairyNZ Consulting Officers as part of their on-going training. DairyNZ will refer farmers to those consultants who are involved in the programme. Where a consultancy fee is required, this will be quoted to the farmer by the consultant undertaking the assessment.
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.