Profitable Grazing Systems

“The advantage of the coaching focus of Profitable Grazing Systems is that it engages producers over time to build their understanding of information and provide opportunity to practise new skills. As the saying goes, ‘tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn’”- Coach, Simon Vogt, Rural Directions

What is Profitable Grazing Systems? 

Profitable Grazing Systems is a high value delivery program, which drives improved business performance outcomes for participating red meat producers with measurable impacts.

Through Profitable Grazing Systems groups of participating producers build their skills and confidence to implement changes on farm that have the greatest impact on productivity and profitability. With the support of an industry expert and a peer network producers will drive their own business improvement.

The program’s vision is to increase producer skills and capability, practice change and whole farm business improvement through increasing producer understanding of:

                                             Business profit = management capability + evidence + value chain approach

Why get involved?

Producers can rest assured that this program will work for them. The Profitable Grazing Systems model and content has been extensively piloted with 130 goat, sheep and cattle producers across Australia managing over 1.5 million hectares working with 10 coaches.

Participating producers can expect on average a $30,000 or 39% improvement in profit from their businesses. This is based on the results from the pilot of Profitable Grazing Systems, where participating producers saw an increasing return on capital from an average of 1.8% to 2.5%*.

The program takes a whole-of-farm business approach to improve performance and key profit drivers. It enables industry best practice and new research findings to be customised to local environments and farming systems, keeping you ahead of the game.

Through PGS producers will work in groups to acquire new skills and knowledge on topics which drive profit in their red meat businesses. Groups will work together and with the guidance of experienced service providers who will support them to implement their learnings on-farm. There is a strong focus on understanding the financial implications of making decisions.

Producers can choose to work through learning projects targeting the following subject areas: business and people management, genetics and reproduction, feedbase and the value chain or a combination thereof in a more systems styled approach. 

Built by industry for industry

Profitable Grazing Systems has been tried and tested by more than 130 producers from across Australia, so you know you’re paying for the best and it’s designed to meet your needs.

Course costs will be set by your service provider and MLA will make an investment to assist in covering the monitoring and evaluation data collection. This is designed to help ensure the courses are delivered to the highest quality.

Pilot results:

  • In 8/10 groups, all participants indicated they had either “made changes already” or that they “intend to make changes”. Changes ranged from adoption of technologies or infrastructure improvements, to changes in grazing management practices, use of feed budgeting, condition scoring livestock, setting goals and planning, improving financial management and record keeping.
  • The top three benefits producers indicated they received from participating were learning new skills and how to apply them to individual farming systems; seeing and hearing what other producers are doing; and the opportunity to put numbers around decision-making.
  • The pilot mid-term review found that producer knowledge, attitude, skills and aspiration (KASA) audit scores increased from an average of 46% (pre-pilot), to 76%.

To find out more about the pilot click here 

What have other producers said? 

“The Program was an eye opener because of the depth of information available and the value of benchmarking” - Producers Stuart and Anja Croft, Heywood VIC

"One of the key learnings from the program was the importance of pasture identification to determine the percentage of 3P (palatable, productive, perennial) grasses. As a result of the program, we identified areas of non-palatable grasses, and destocked and strategically burned these areas to create a range of palatable grasses to encourage even grazing”- Sam and Cassie Bassingthwaighte, Dalby QLD

For more information 

More detailed information for producers can be found here.

More detailed information for service providers can be found here

Leanne Sherriff, Interim PGS Program Coordinator

Email:     lsherriff@macfrank.com.au

Mobile:   0429 329 349

Phone:    03 6341 3196

*Based on the 2016 program pilot results. 

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