- To apply proven research, utilising good on farm practice and scientific monitoring for the farm to become an exemplar in dairy production, financial, environmental and people performance, while maintaining the highest standards of health of safety.
- To encourage more young people into the dairy industry.
- Strategic Objectives
- Providing leadership to dairy farmers and the wider community by demonstrating progressive practices that can be achieved on farm.
- Optimise profit through identifying the appropriate dairy production system for Owl Farm.
- Achieving a farm environmental footprint based on industry good management practice.
- To attract, train and retain quality employees.
- To provide educational opportunities and exposure to the dairy industry which demonstrates career opportunities to students.
- Farm Development Stages
- Stage 1 Objective (2015/16 – 2017/18)
Establish credibility by addressing current issues and performance, whilst setting up the farm for future development. During this stage, the farm will operate a pasture based system, with tactical supplementation strategies, based largely on existing infrastructure, to optimise profit while developing a resilient farm system.
- Stage 2 Objective (2018/19 – onwards)
Testing and investigating in conjunction with partners, innovative strategies to lead sustainable profit. The farm system will be developed over years 1-3 and reflect demonstration requirements of industry that are relevant and appropriate at that time point.
- Stage 1 Operational Objectives
a. Dairy Farm Performance
Owl Farms high level operational objectives relating to the farms performance throughout the duration of stage 1 (2015/16 - 2017/18) are outlined below. A full breakdown of specific key performance indicators within each of the following objectives can be found within the separate Stage 1 – Dairy Farm Performance Plan in which the farms annual performance can be measured and reviewed.
- Planning, monitoring and reporting
- To ensure all farm management and commercial planning is supported by a sound business case, solid rationale and effective modelling
- Set appropriate goals that reflect the strategy, objectives and development plans for Owl Farm, with time bound action plans and key performance indicators.
- To ensure accurate and transparent reporting of success or failures of objectives is undertaken in line with agreed timeframes.
- To ensure performance is reviewed in line with objective timeframes set out within Stage 1 Plan.
- To optimise profit returned through balanced financial management within the farms existing management system
- Invest appropriately in capital development to enable improved productivity.
- To implement sound science supported environmental management systems to achieve sustainable growth and profit while protecting the wider environment.
- To ensure compliance with all regulatory and industry requirements
- To engage with stakeholders to lead towards sustainable farming objectives while influencing future direction.
- To show leadership in establishment of biodiversity management practices relevant to the Waikato.
- To implement best practice in people management.
- To develop and implement best practice effective health and safety systems and build a culture that ensures staff, contractors and any other visitors are protected as much as practicably possible while on farm.
- To capitalise on genetic metric of herd with regard to per cow production
- To achieve or exceed industry targets for mating performance
- To meet or exceed all recognised industry standards regarding body weights and condition within a profitable system
- Use data to measure effectiveness of actions and make information readily available
- Effective health control is optimised through preventative treatments and any immediate health issues are treated as a priority
- To adopt practices in line with the animal welfare code
- To optimise pasture and crops grown and harvested so that cows consume as much metabolisable energy as practical from grazed pastures and supplements.
- To integrate strategic use of supplementary feed when there is a genuine feed deficit and where there’s a clear financial return.
- To establish Owl Farm so as to develop and demonstrate good practice in pasture based dairy farming systems and to transfer good practices to dairy farmers.
- To develop and implement a communications plan to engage the wider community around what we are doing and why.
- Contribute to building positive perceptions around dairying.
b. Stage 1 – Students
- Facilitate student farm visit’s to provide genuine exposure to farm and associated activities.
- Facilitate partner presentations within the educational curriculum.
- Provide data for student analysis that may benefit their area of school learning.
- Support the re-establishment of TeenAG programme within the school.
- Demonstrate career opportunities which exist within dairying and the primary industries through providing exposure with partners and associated companies businesses.
- Provide farm as a resource to other school groups (primary/secondary) to support positive exposure to the dairy industry.
- Facilitate and complete a farm open day for all secondary schools.
- Stage 2 – Operational Targets
Stage two will continue to evolve over the space of the next 3-6 years.