Breeze through end of year

After a busy sowing season for many, tax time is now upon us and it’s out of the paddock and into the office. It seems like there are even more tax related sales pushes this year than ever before. Tax time adds make it sound like tax deduction are a 100% cash rebate that disappears…

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What we can learn from Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth’s recent Platinum Jubilee has thrown the Royal family into the spotlight once again and given me reason to reflect on the path trodden by Meghan and Harry.Did I tell you I met them?I met Meghan and Harry in 2019 after a workshop in the Riverina. I also met them 15 years ago when…

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Growing pains

Do you know what I am seeing a lot of lately? Growing pains in farm businesses. What do I mean by this? Businesses which have potentially dramatically increased in size in a decade, but are still basically using the same tools and systems to make decisions and get the work done. In the worst examples,…

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Farm Kids Finance

Kids and farms are closely linked. Most farmers will list “bringing up my kids on the farm” as one of their top five reasons to commit to a future in agriculture. Those adults who grew up on farms attribute many of their positive character traits such as being a hard worker and a community mindset…

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Christ-Vest

A few words on Chris-vest – when doesn’t feel like Christmas time and it’s not really supposed to be harvest either. I wrote this for a @GrainGrowers last year, it’s just as relevant this year, perhaps even more for some. To be honest, our worst harvest in 2019 was also our best Christmas. Everything was…

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Last Minute Gifts

Stuck for farmer present ideas this Christmas – Check these out Yeti drink bottle or stubby holder – they are the bomb. Yeti also do coffee cups but save this for a mid year birthday or mother’s or father’s day. They are online at https://au.yeti.com/collections/rambler but you may have a local retailer. – Kate Burke’s…

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Sharing the bad news

Well it’s been a funny old November hasn’t it? A later than expected start to harvest has been followed by some wet weather. Around the country there has been flooding in some regions, drought breaking rain in others and hail in some places. It can be pretty stressful, even if you are feeling reasonably confident…

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Phones at Harvest

Mobile phone use at harvest time is a big issue, whilst they can be great, there is a lot of potential for accidents, injury and poor performance related to phone use. There is a lot of talk on social media about it,  and a lot of frustrated bosses and staff. WHAT YOU NEED TO SAY…

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Power Down Your Bills

Power down your power bills. Saving money on fixed costs is one of the things I like to push in our Farm Budgeting Masterclass. Why? because it often takes just a little time in the office and has no impact on the productive capacity of our farm businesses. Over a decade, the savings can really add…

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Good Investments

THE ONE KEY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GOOD INVESTMENT AND A WASTE OF MONEY There is a lot of difference between a great investment in machinery or infrastructure and a bad investment. We can get quite technical and look at measures such as return on investment, labour hours saved and total cost of ownership (the lifetime maintenance…

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