Jill gains new contacts and handy tools at bootcamp

Dozens of women from across Victoria have improved their networks and farm management skills through a series of bootcamps recently held for young and new farmers.

The bootcamp series was held at Hamilton, Bairnsdale, Benalla, Maryborough and Horsham during April to June. The Farm Business Boot Camps helped producers to understand and manage business risk, develop a business plan to grow their business and build confidence in their future in agriculture.

A series of real life farm case studies were used in the worskshops, which provided participants with the skills to help manage their farm business now, as well as planning for their business into the future. Participants also had opportunity to discuss their individual circumstances with the presenters throughout the workshops.

“The highlights were the networking, hearing other people’s stories and the financial tools they presented. I have a greater understanding of the financial aspects of the farm business and how to prepare budgets and partial budgets to help make decisions.”

Jill Hill was one of the participants. A part time physiotherapist, Jill runs angus cattle and merinos with her husband Toby and parents Alison and Geoff Burston at Benambra, a remote area of East Gippsland. She said the workshops provided not only an excellent opportunity to gain skills and tools to better assess her farm business and plan for the future, but also a chance to create new networks of other like-minded farmers.

“The follow up session made it all worthwhile and made you really put what you learned into practice.”

Jill said she enjoyed the fact that the Bairnsdale course was in her region and provided the opportunity to meet other farmers.

“The highlights were the networking, hearing other people’s stories and the financial tools they presented. I have a greater understanding of the financial aspects of the farm business and how to prepare budgets and partial budgets to help make decisions.”

“I feel I can go forward with more confidence having gained new skills to assist in decision making and forward planning,” she said.

Topics covered at Jill’s course:

  • Farm profit drivers, risks, and cost structures and strategic planning.
  • Overview of farm financial literacy, determining and improving the performance of your business, evidence based decision making.
  • Plan for profit, risk, succession planning, and pathways to farming for young people or those new to farming.

The workshops were funded by the Agriculture Victoria Drought program, together with support from Australian Wool Innovation and Meat and Livestock Australia.

For further information contact Sarah Wallis on 03 5761 1573.

 

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