Whole Farm Planning Glenelg Hopkins
What is Whole Farm Planning?
Whole farm planning is a process of planning, property design and management based on natural resources and economic factors.
A Whole Farm Plan develops short term and long term goals based on the aims of the farming family or operation. Primarily the plan is to simplify management, improve productivity and include biodiversity and ecological issues in farm decision making. It takes into account livelihood, lifestyle and landscape to ensure sustainability of all three.
Example Whole Farm Plan
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Should I undertake a Whole Farm Plan of my property?
- Are you looking at any major enterprise changes?
- Could your farm management be made easier?
- Are you farming within the capacity of your landscape?
- Are you prepared for climatic extremes such as drought, wet periods and fire?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions preparing a whole farm plan will help in your decision making.
Whole Farm Planning Workshops
The Department of Primary Industries conducts Whole Farm Planning Workshops for broadacre farmers and small lifestyle landholders. After completing the workshop you will have the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions about your farm. Using an aerial photograph of your property and a group learning environment you will be able to create an action plan to meet your goals. Topics covered in the workshop include identifying land classes and capability, farm water supply, preparing for dry conditions, emergency preparation, native vegetation management and maintaining healthy pastures and soils. Workshops can be conducted in your local area.
"The workshops provided my husband and I with a great opportunity to access information, create local networks and plan to improve the health of our property" (Catherine Hayes - small lifestyle landholder)
"Whole Farm Planning gave me more of a long term vision and focus on conservation of the different landscapes on the property" (Ewan Read)
For those not wishing to attend a workshop, individual farm visits can be arranged to assist in preparing your whole farm plan.
To express your interest in attending a Whole Farm Planning Workshop in Hamilton please complete the expression of interest form. If you are located in a different region please call our customer service centre 136186 to be connected to your nearest Whole Farm Planning Officer.
Ongoing support to Farmers
To help you with implementation of your whole farm plan the department also provides technical information and ongoing support. Some financial assistance may also be available for on-ground work.
The Sustainable Landscapes team works primarily in Whole Farm Planning also known as FarmPlan 21 and includes highly skilled extension staff. Their aim is to deliver relevant information from research, government and private sector to the landholder.
Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (GHCMA)
Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (GHCMA) strives to foster relationships with the community to develop and implement projects that work towards healthy and sustainable relationships between the natural environment and the community's use of land and water resources. The GHCMA are project partners in the Whole Farm Planning program.
- Southern Grampians Shire
- Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority
- Glenelg Shire
- Rural Industries Skills Training (RIST)
- Landcare Australia
- Victorian Resources Online
Ph: (03) 5336 6607
Fax: (03) 5336 6601