Gardiner Dairy Foundation invests in emerging leaders and practices to help develop a vibrant, long-term future for the dairy industry and its communities.
Nuffield Australia 2018 Scholar
Shannon Notter, from Carlisle River in Victoria, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Gardiner Dairy Foundation. She will investigate the key factors affecting farmer uptake of information to key factors necessary to maintain a profitable dairy business, in an environment characertisted by variations in price, climate, and cost of production.
Shannon solely manages her family’s seasonal calving dairy farm, located 40km from Colac. Her vision for the 500 cow operation is to focus on improving productivity of cows and grass, simplifying management and improving efficiencies to create a sustainable and profitable business.
“The key factors recognised for maintaining profitable dairy businesses include technical efficiency, cost control, management capability, tactical flexibility, farm financial management and investment decisions, farm system and size,” Shannon said.
“Controlling costs and making the most of resources available are also a major source of creating higher returns.”
However, Shannon hopes her research in Ireland, China, India, Brazil, Argentina and Chile will identify potential new management practices and insights to herd size, exports and trading and subsidies and tariffs, that can be applied to the Australian dairy farming industry to further boost profits.
Her overarching aim is to provide farmers with processes and decision tools to make small changes in management practices that are instrumental to the success of their businesses.