Sec­ond boot­camp set for young farm­ers

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - “HERE’S MY CARD” -

Due to pop­u­lar de­mand, Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria will host an­other Young Farmer Busi­ness Boot­camp in Gipp­s­land, this time in Sale.

The boot­camp is suited to young farm busi­ness man­agers and own­ers seek­ing to forge a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in the beef, sheep and dairy in­dus­tries.

The course will bring a group of young farm­ers to­gether to share in­for­ma­tion and ex­pe­ri­ences and de­velop skills to man­age a farm busi­ness for the short and longer-terms.

The course is free and will be tai­lored to the dry sea­sonal con­di­tions be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced across East and Cen­tral Gipp­s­land.

It will be de­liv­ered over two days at the Port of Sale, De­cem­ber 7 and 17, start­ing at 9.30am and fin­ish­ing at 3pm each day. Lunch will be pro­vided.

Paul Black­shaw from Merid­ian Agri­cul­ture, a statewide agri­cul­tural con­sul­tancy busi­ness, will co-de­liver the event with Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria.

Par­tic­i­pants who at­tend the course can ex­pect to im­prove their un­der­stand­ing of profit and loss and cash flow bud­get­ing, bal­ance sheets and gross mar­gins, plan­ning for and man­ag­ing risks, as well as fi­nan­cial plan­ning and anal­y­sis.

Lo­cal live­stock farmer Jen Smith has played a part in bring­ing the boot­camps to the re­gion.

“These work­shops pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery farm busi­ness to learn some­thing that is di­rectly ap­pli­ca­ble for their fi­nan­cial man­age­ment,’ she said.

Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria di­rec­tor Dou­gal Pur­cell said the boot­camps weree an im­por­tant part of the sup­port the depart­ment pro­vides to farm man­agers.

“We are de­liv­er­ing these events to sup­port young farm own­ers and man­agers tackle the cur­rent con­di­tions and think ahead to the longer-term di­rec­tion of their busi­nesses,” Mr Pur­cell said.

“The tar­get au­di­ence of young farm­ers is very broad, roughly de­scribed as peo­ple up to around 45 years of age,” he said. Par­tic­i­pants can reg­is­ter on Eventbrite: http://sale­boot­ If you are un­able to reg­is­ter on­line or would like fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Caro­line Love on 5152 0603.

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