Our Farm Our Plan

With the increasingly volatile conditions experienced by our dairy farmers, it is vital that we enable and support them to clarify their strategic long-term goals, identify and prioritise actions needed, manage uncertainty, mitigate risks and capture opportunities when they present. This will be essential for delivering more profit consistently and achieving long-term business and personal goals.

It is in this context that the Our Farm, Our Plan program has been developed. The development of the program was a joint investment by Gardiner Foundation and Dairy Australia, with support from DairyNZ and Dairy Regional Development Programs (RDPs).

Our Farm, Our Plan is simple and takes long term plans and ideas and puts them down on a piece of paper. The ‘Plan on a Page’ requires agreement, is able to be shared and enables you to track your progress.

What you need to get started

Below are the three key documents you can download to get started on the Our Farm, Our Plan program.

  1. Take a self-assessment using the Farm Fitness Checklist to help you identify opportunities for improvement.
  2. Plan it out in three easy steps with the QuickPlan and develop a clear understanding of your long term business and personal goals.
  3. Share your plan with others and track your progress using the Plan on a Page.

You can also order  your free of charge Our Farm, Our Plan kit containing all three documents plus the Risk Register.

Find out more about the program...

Our Farm, Our Plan puts father and son ‘on the same page’

Father and son dairy farmers John and Harrison Keely are confidently “on the same page” about the future of their expanding enterprise in northern Victoria. The fifth and sixth-generation Cohuna farmers first participated in the precursor program to Our Farm,...

Our Farm, Our Plan lets family ‘enjoy the journey’

Gippsland dairy farmers Mike and Sarah O’Brien know day-to-day farm life can distract from progressing the “ideas swirling around” in your head. For this reason, they are happy to have created clarity and direction for their goals through participating in...

Simpson farmers U-turn from dairy exit plan

Two years ago, Simpson dairy farmers Craig and Sophie Bennett were making plans to leave the industry; today they have plans in place for a long-term future in dairying. The turnaround has been inspired by Dairy Australia’s Our Farm, Our...