Step 1: Agree to change

For your plan to work, you need to be prepared to do things differently.

Step 2: Challenge

You’ve reviewed your farm and made some changes. Great stuff. Now for the real challenge: investigating what your farm’s performance could be, operating at its peak potential. Look at your current pasture/stock/farm production and performance and determine what it could be, taking into consideration your climate, location and environment.

Step 3: Set New Goals

Define the steps you’ll need to take to reach your optimum goals for your farm, animals and lifestyle.

Step 4: Plan

A sound plan and timeline for change are vital for success. What you’re trying to achieve must be financially viable and sustainable for the environment.

Step 5: Seek

Reliable information is key, along with choosing the right people to give you the best advice and support. Consider everything from your soil health through to pasture change, animal health and finance.

Surround yourself with people who can give experienced advice and challenge your thinking. Share your plan with them to help implement it.

Step 6: Implement

Set your plan in motion with the help of your support network, building relationships that you can call on for encouragement and advice.

Step 7: Review

It’s important to look back at the changes you’ve made to help gauge success. This will help with future planning and goal setting.You’ll be able to review a number of factors including farm production, financial rewards, and positive environmental and personal change.

This should be an ongoing process as there will be a mixture of short and long-term success from all aspects of your farming operation.