Note: Meander Valley is regarded as high rainfall and the Midlands as low rainfall.
The Organic Feed Grade Grains & Dairy Gross Margin Report prepared by Macquarie Franklin in June 2016 is available to download (see below). The report provides additional information about the analysis and assumptions that underlie the organic gross margin tools which are available to download from the Gross Margin Analysis Spreadsheets provided below.
Irrigation Investment Analysis (XLSX 177Kb)
Improving Energy Efficiencies On Farm
An energy assessment can reduce your businesses' energy use, save money, improve productivity and provide opportunities to innovate in you energy use.
Self Assessment Tools
A self-audit tool has been developed to assist you in undertaking a point-in-time energy use snapshot.
This self-audit tool highlights some of the most common energy saving opportunities identified for farms and provides guidelines and references for farmers who wish to conduct an energy self-audit of their farms. Annual self-audit energy assessments by farmers can aid in monitoring performance relative to energy benchmarks and identify energy saving targets.
The Action Plan, Checklists and References provided in the tool may be used in combination as part of a farm energy management plan to identify energy use, set benchmarks and targets, and implement energy and cost saving measures. The online calculator tool that complements this manual is also available to aid in conducting energy self-audits of farms.
Please note: Before using the Self Audit Tool, users are advised to read the disclaimer below.
Self Audit Tool Calculator 2020-21 (XLSX 173Kb)Getting help to do an energy audit
You may feel confident to conduct your an energy assessment in your business. If you don’t feel you have the skills within the business to run your own assessment, many external experts or energy services companies may be engaged to do all, or part of it, for you.
What will the energy auditor do?
To comply with the requirements of AS/NZS 3598.1:2014, the energy auditor should carry out a number of tasks which include:
conduct an on-site visit to your business’s premises;
analyse your electricity use and tariffs;
identify energy saving opportunities; and
calculate the financial payback for energy savings opportunities.
Smart Questions to Ask When Investing in Irrigation
Investing in the purchase of water or an irrigation dam is a major decision, similar to the purchase of land. Opportunities are infrequent, and the investments are for the long-term; both land and water purchases add to the lasting physical resources of the business. These investments provide the opportunity for the business to grow. So when opportunities arise they need to be very carefully considered.
The Investing in Irrigation fact sheet describes issues what irrigators might consider when there is an opportunity to source new water for irrigation. The fact sheet was prepared for the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association by AK Consultants with the support of Tasmanian Irrigation.
Investing in Irrigation Factsheet (PDF 344Kb)
Farm Water Access Plan Factsheet (PDF 352Kb)
Investing in Irrigation Case Studies
The Farm Business Resilience Program has produced real-life case studies on investing in irrigation, based on the experiences of two farming families. This information could be valuable to potential investors right across the state.