Two more sleeps and we open the farm gate warts and all for our Field Day.
A huge amount of work has gone into getting both farms ready (or as close as we can with all the major rainfall events) both on farm and at the regional Landcare facilitator’s office at the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority.
I have three presentations to get ready which is bad enough and now I hear the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry is going to film the entire event.
Research shows 9 out of 10 farmers learn from other farmers. We know we push boundaries and we don’t always get it right so its important what you share.
So I have decided to focus one of my talks on what we could do better.
This started by listing 10 things we do well and then listing 10 things we want to do better and second list was frightening
Firstly I wrote down what I thought, then I asked Michael and then I got Nick’s opinion and OMG did I end up with a long depressing list. So I think the first thing we need to do better is not be so hard on ourselves
So here is the list of what we do well
- Very focused on doing what it takes to stay in business and employing young people and contributing to local economy
- Animal well being and environmental stewardship focused
- Chase knowledge and implement technology
- Outsource the expertise we don’t have
- Push the boundaries
- Grow pasture well
- Engage with the community
- Monitor inputs and outputs
- Share/communicate our story with the farming community
- Whole of industry vision and we partner and collaborate
Now I am off to whittle down that long list of things that we could do better
Meanwhile David and the dry cows get on with seeding season. See previous post here http://cloverhilldiaries.com/2012/03/08/seeding-season-begins-with-a-bang-and-a-whimper/