Who got that bearing and what was it for?

Do you ever get bills for your farm and wonder who got them or what it was for? It’s often a hot topic of conversation at our Farm Office Plus workshops. Basically, how do we make sure that everything that is put on a suppliers account that you receive a bill for is correct. This…

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In praise of home and family

It’s the time of year when the glossy brochures start circulating in the Land, Weekly Times, the Country Life and magazines aimed at rural ladies. The adds are not for changing seasonal clothes, overseas trips and farm machinery, they are for boarding school. The pictures are so beautiful. We see acne free smiling children and…

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How to manage vehicle registrations

A while back I put a post up on Facebook – 7 Tips on how to managing vehicle registrations. It generated some great comments and conversation. It’s a pain point for many, but not all, farm businesses.Some people thought it was not an issue and that’s great. Possibly they run farm with less vehicles, are…

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Will debt always be there ?

Being debt free in ag is something that lots of people aspire to. The idea of no being answerable to a bank manager and not having to think about the implications of interest rate rises is certainly attractive. However is being debt free achievable in growth focused ag businesses, and is it something worthwhile to…

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Do we just do what everyone else is doing?

We just got back from a lovely beach trip away. Always good to get a break! We go to the same place every year and it is always fun to notice the change, trends and fashions.  This year Cool Cabana beach shades and Tesla cars were everywhere! I listed to a great podcast by the…

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Why is work life balance so hard

Man working

Can you do less work and make more money? Don’t worry – I’m not going to talk you into some sort of pyramid marketing scheme, dressed up as an online business, where you make money convincing others to buy an overpriced thing they don’t need and sign-up other people to do the same. What I…

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Why technology can be hard

June we had an extended weekend away down in Melbourne with the kids. I don’t know much about footy, but there was no argument when I suggested that the big bloke up the back playing goal defence for Brisbane had a good game. Despite his best efforts, Hawthorn won and I could sing “Cheer Cheer…

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Managing Growth in Family Farms

This article was produced with the support of the GRDC and was presented at West Wyalong Farm Business Update 2022 and the GRDC Farm Business Livestream event March 2023 Farm businesses are growing in scale and complexity. Growth is not just about adding hectares, labour and machinery, it’s about leadership, systems and strategy. We need…

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Time flies by in the yellow and green

George Ezra sang about traveling through Barcelona in his song Shotgun. I know all the words because first the preschoolers then the primary school kids had it as their end of year concert song. It was all I heard for months. Key lyric ‘time flies by in the yellow and green” and lots of big hand…

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