Organics Gross Margin report
The Organic Feed Grade Grains & Dairy Gross Margin Report prepared by Macquarie Franklin in June 2016 is available to download (see below). The report provides additional information about the analysis and assumptions that underlie the organic gross margin tools which are available to download from the Gross Margin Analysis Spreadsheets provided below.
Designing a Successful Business (147Kb)
Profitability of Irrigated Perennial Crops (115Kb)
Irrigation Investment Analysis (146Kb)
Improving Energy Efficiencies On Farm
An energy assessment can reduce your businesses' energy use, save money, improve productivity and provide opportunities to innovate in you energy use.
Self Assessment Tools
A self-audit tool has been developed to assist you in undertaking a point-in-time energy use snapshot.
This self-audit tool highlights some of the most common energy saving opportunities identified for farms and provides guidelines and references for farmers who wish to conduct an energy self-audit of their farms. Annual self-audit energy assessments by farmers can aid in monitoring performance relative to energy benchmarks and identify energy saving targets.
The Action Plan, Checklists and References provided in the tool may be used in combination as part of a farm energy management plan to identify energy use, set benchmarks and targets, and implement energy and cost saving measures. The online calculator tool that complements this manual is also available to aid in conducting energy self-audits of farms.
Please note: Before using the Self Audit Tool, users are advised to read the disclaimer below.
SelfAuditTool Calculator 2018_9 (174Kb)
Getting help to do an energy audit
You may feel confident to conduct your an energy assessment in your business. If you don’t feel you have the skills within the business to run your own assessment, many external experts or energy services companies may be engaged to do all, or part of it, for you.
What will the energy auditor do?
To comply with the requirements of AS/NZS 3598.1:2014, the energy auditor should carry out a number of tasks which include:
- conduct an on-site visit to your business’s premises;
- analyse your electricity use and tariffs;
- identify energy saving opportunities; and
- calculate the financial payback for energy savings opportunities.
Dairy On-farm Energy Audit and Capital Grant Program
The Tasmanian Government has a program to assist you.
Audit Grants, provide a subsidy to assist farmers to engage a qualified professional to review their farm energy use, infrastructure and systems and identify savings strategies. This may include advice on pumping and efficient irrigation systems, general farm operations, solar, domestic usage, and farm machinery and equipment, which could potentially save thousands of dollars each year in energy charges.
Capital Infrastructure Grants provide a subsidy to assist farmers to purchase new energy-saving or energy-efficient capital infrastructure to support improved or optimised on-farm energy efficiency, as recommend by an audit prepared by a suitably qualified professional. This may include, for example, irrigation pumps, lighting, insulation, ventilation infrastructure, solar panels, solar powered battery storage, or heating or cooling infrastructure.
Property Management Planning - Financial Management Module
Understanding how your farm business finances are performing is integral to being able to make smart decisions relating to the activities that you carry out in your farming operation. While the profit and loss statements and balance sheets included in your tax return provide important figures for the operation of your farm business, the financial data that they provide can be broken down even further to provide more meaningful information which can be used to assess the performance of your farm business finances over time.
The financial management module is a basic tool which helps you, as the farm operator or business manager, to do this and aims to help you to make more informed decisions relating to the management of the entire farming operation. With support from the Tasmanian Government the financial management module was developed by Tasmania Farmers and Graziers Association as part of the collaborative Tasmanian Property Management Planning Framework.
The financial management module is available from the
Smart Questions to Ask When Investing in Irrigation
Investing in the purchase of water or an irrigation dam is a major decision, similar to the purchase of land. Opportunities are infrequent, and the investments are for the long-term; both land and water purchases add to the lasting physical resources of the business. These investments provide the opportunity for the business to grow. So when opportunities arise they need to be very carefully considered.
The Investing in Irrigation fact sheet describes issues what irrigators might consider when there is an opportunity to source new water for irrigation. The fact sheet was prepared for the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association by AK Consultants with the support of Tasmanian Irrigation.
Investing in Irrigation Fact Sheet (129Kb)
Investing in Irrigation Case Studies
Tasmanian Irrigation has produced real-life case studies on investing in irrigation in the north-east of Tasmania, based on the experiences of two local farming families. This information could be valuable to potential investors right across the state.
Information on investing in the Tasmanian wine industry is available from
. A guide for investors
can be found on the
. The guide was developed by the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts (Economic Development is now part of Department of State Growth) and Wine Tasmania.
For further information
, including an investor checklist, details of vineyards for sale and potential partnerships contact Wine Industry Tasmania:
Chief Executive Officer
Wine Industry Tasmania Ltd
147 Davey Street
HOBART TAS 7000
Phone (03) 6223 3770
Fax (03) 6223 1770
Important Information and Disclaimer
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