An annual training program held in February over two days (Tuesday and Wednesday), offering information on current best practices in developing a farm business.
The focus covers four major streams with a Harvest dinner and discussion on Tuesday evening.
Subjects are based on these topics:
Stream 1 – Property Management
Managing financial risk
Using whole-farm planning tools
Environmental management – minimising adverse environmental impacts
Personal management – looking after yourself (the most important asset of a farm business)
Stream 2 – Market Gardening
Case studies – what makes a small farm viable?
Production planning for year-round cropping
Produce handling – harvesting, post-harvest handling, packaging
Prolonging the harvest – what’s involved in value-adding?
Stream 3 – Animal Enterprises
Fencing – innovations and best practice for various types of livestock
Best practice pasture management for beef production
Pastured poultry and pigs
Managing local parasites and diseases of livestock
Stream 4 – Horticulture Enterprises
Plant and soil nutrition
Cover-crop management throughout the year
Irrigation – best practices and innovations
Integrated Pest Management