The MLA challenge was a 12 month program that saw six farming families make improvements to their businesses with the help of research outcomes, mentors and benchmarking.
Catch up on what happened along the way by watching this video and reading blogs from all challengers.
Bill and Georgie Wilson
“We started pregnancy scanning, and achieved 97%, which we attribute to regular pasture monitoring and maintaining cow body scores.”
Matthew and Angela Pearce
“We’ve learnt the critical importance of measuring, particularly the cost of production, and working to drive it down.”
Marcus and Shannon Sounness
“We decided to turn off our lambs as 35-40kg shippers instead of 50kg prime merinos. We calculated we could save as much as $40,000 per year in feed costs for our ewes. We changed our focus to production per hectare rather than chasing a high dollar per head market.”
Lachlan and Anna Hughes
“We’ve been buying in cattle to make the most of the feed on offer. This time last year we didn’t have enough cattle to take advantage of it, and we lost the chance to covert grass to kilograms.”
Andrew and Megan Miller
“The biggest achievement for us has been shifting to a whole of business approach,”
“Now our decisions are well researched, informed and defendable, and they will get us the results we’re after."
John and Annie Ramsay
“The main thing we’ve learnt is to get independent, specialist advice and to focus on the things in the business that really make a difference.”