It’s great to see beef producers benefiting from record prices for their livestock.
Because looking after family farmers is at the heart of our business, here are five steps that producers can consider taking now, to prepare for the inevitable market corrections – and how OBE Organic is helping them.
1. Invest in your natural and human capital to build resilience and productivity. OBE Organic’s FLOURISH sustainability program is improving producer skills by providing GrazingBMP workshops every six months, and facilitating additional training in farm safety, succession planning and spatial mapping.
2. Collaborate and co-operate. Consider supplying a co-operative-style company like OBE Organic, or investigate how you can group together to form your own co-operative. The new Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program may be a source of funding and advice for you.
3. Embrace sustainability. OBE Organic’s FLOURISH sustainability program is helping its supply chain identify emerging risks and opportunities. Sustainability isn’t just about being green – it’s much more than that. Sustainability at OBE Organic involves looking beyond our operations to identify what’s important to people who impact our business – like producers, consumers and government – to make us better prepared to manage change.
4. Assess your financial risk. Making well-informed and timely decisions will help cattle businesses prepare, build resilience and manage risks, regardless of the challenges ahead. For example, if you sell or agist livestock, you can learn more about how the Australian Government’s Personal Properties Securities Register (PPSR) can protect your business.
5. Protect against pests, weeds and disease. OBE Organic and Livestock Biosecurity Network have worked together to produce a biosecurity planning manual to assist organic enterprises in identifying and managing biosecurity risks on their enterprise.