DAIRY Australia’s farm business management tool DairyBase can play a key role in lifting business skills in the dairy industry says dairyfarmer Mark Billing.
Mr Billing and his wife Sam milk 450 cows on 240 hectares near Colac.
The couple have always had a business focus monitoring expenditure on their operation and measuring the value from the dollars they spend.
A host of a recent dairy farmer discussion group, Mr Billing’s discussion focused on introducing DairyBase to 45 farmers and he hopes more farmers around Australia will get to grips with their farm business management by using DairyBase.
“It’s true what they say – you can’t manage it until you measure it. I think DairyBase will play a huge role in the industry. Quite simply it helps farmers figure out what makes their business tick.
“It’s also fairly easy-to-use and intuitive with pop-ups to guide you when you are entering your data.”
DairyBase is a secure online tool that enables dairy farmers to measure and compare their farm business over time.
After entering their farm data into DairyBase, farmers can create confidential and comprehensive farm reports to help them understand the overall farm business performance.
Mr Billing said by using DairyBase farmers could calculate their Cost of Production which he viewed as crucial.
“Whether it’s a good or bad figure I think people should know their Cost of Production because when you know that you know your business and you can make the required changes.
“For us we know what our Cost of Production is and that means when the milk price is announced at the start of the year we know what our profit margins will be.”

Training available

Farmers can now access face-to-face DairyBase information and training via Dairy Australia funding support.
Through Dairy Australia’s network of Regional Development Programs (RDPs) farmer groups can learn more about DairyBase and how it can be used to measure and analyse the performance of their farms.
The groups can be either a current discussion group or simply a group of farmers who want to learn about DairyBase.
Funding is also available for DairyBase sessions at conferences or focus groups where farmers are present.
Initially there are two levels of opportunity for groups of farmers to be introduced to the use of DairyBase:
• Option 1: Introduction to DairyBase (estimated to take 1-2 hours)
• Option 2: Introduction to Farm Performance Analysis (estimated to take 2-4 hours)
Both options have the flexibility to be adapted to meet the requirements of groups.
For further information about how you or your group can access DairyBase support and resources visit www.dairyaustralia.com.au/RDPs.