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Tablelands Farming Systems is focused on the future of farming

TFS is a vehicle for change and driving adoption of new agronomic technologies and farming practices

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Number of Members: 55

Area farmed: 60,000 hectares

Sheep: 240,000

Cattle: 11,000

Main member enterprises: sheep (merino and terminals), cattle, cropping, horticulture.

Member area: Southern Tablelands region – major centres Goulburn, Crookwell, Yass, Gunning, Braidwood, Bigga.

Our goal: productive, profitable and sustainable farmers in the tablelands region of New South Wales

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Key projects

  • Soil Club
  • Seasonal forecasting
  • Business benchmarking
  • Farmer Forum field days
  • Sheep and cattle production workshops
  • Fertiliser efficiency and soil health
  • Pasture management and utilisation
  • Conservation and environment sustainability

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Soil Moisture Probe Website

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The Soil Moisture Network comprises 14 soil moisture probes…

About Us

As a grower-owned organisation founded in 2013, Tablelands Farming Systems has quickly established itself as a credible provider of localised farming information and delivers training and workshops to improve the way farms operate. Focused on supporting farmers of all size and shape, we also work closely with government agencies, agribusiness and local agricultural service providers to provide the latest industry information direct to our members.

Core to the organisation’s mandate is that our members directly influence the types of projects we run that respond to specific challenges in our region and/or enhance our members’ overall farm business and land management.

Over the past three years, we have run a large number of successful initiatives that have directly benefited our members’ bottom line, including the Soil Club which focuses on fertiliser efficiency, sheep and cattle production days and coming online is a large network of soil moisture probes which will be an important piece of the puzzle in terms of developing accurate seasonal forecasting specific to our region.

The farming systems model is proving to be hugely successful right around Australia; particularly because of role the groups play in directly addressing farmers’ needs in a timely and practical way. Our overall success is inextricably linked to the level of engagement of the Tableland Farming Systems Board and members to shape the types of research, development and extension activities that are undertaken.

OUR REACH

Tablelands Farming Systems’ members cover more than 60,000 hectares of the tablelands region—extending from Bigga and Reids Flat in the north-west to Collector and Breadalbane in the south and includes the major agricultural centres of Goulburn, Bungonia, Crookwell, Laggan, Taralga, Tarago, Bungendore, Braidwood, Yass and Gunning.

TFS also reaches the wider tablelands farming community (potentially 2831 farmers and 1,551,118 hectares in the slopes and tablelands LLS areas) through workshops, training and information dissemination. Tablelands Farming Systems’ activities involves growers from five local government areas, including the Upper Lachlan, Goulburn–Mulwaree, Boorowa, Palerang and Yass Valley Shires.

The soils, climate, topography and land use vary significantly across the region, with high, medium and low rainfall production zones and a range of farming enterprises. Although the predominant farm enterprises focused around livestock and mixed farming production.

Map of area

Partners

Tablelands Farming Systems encourages the development of partnerships with businesses and organisations associated with the agricultural industry which are mutually beneficial, and essential to providing services throughout the tablelands region.

Financial partnerships with other members of the agricultural sector are critical to underpinning service delivery to our members, while returning networking and promotional benefits to partners.

We have a range of partnership packages available, but are also happy to tailor a package to meet your business or organisation.

How do you become a TFS partner?
If you would like to develop a relationship with Tablelands Farming System, please contact Jen Medway, TFS Executive Officer, who would be more than happy to work with you to identify options for your involvement. Jen can be contact at 0417 490 329 or email tablelandsfarming@gmail.com.
We look forward to welcoming you to the TFS family!

SPONSORS
Thank you to all our generous sponsors for their continuing support of Tablelands Farming Systems:

Silver Sponsorship
nlp-logoRabobank
Boyce Accountants
CBA
LambPro

Bronze sponsors
Elders
McGeechan’s Farm Supplies

 
 

Our Team

John Klem

John Klem

Chair

Cattle farmer from Bannister, NSW and has experience on NRM Boards and advisory panels.

Skye Ward

Skye Ward

Vice Chair

Runs a merino sheep enterprise with her husband at Bungonia and also on the Monaro. Skye works as the media relations manager for Rabobank.

Peter King

Peter King

Treasurer

A Chartered Accountant and Director at Boyce Goulburn, Peter also owns a sheep property at Golspie, Crookwell.

Phil Graham

Phil Graham

Director

Technical Specialist Livestock Systems with NSW DPI.

Tom McGuiness

Tom McGuiness

Director

Runs a successful sheep enterprise at Bigga, NSW.

Charles Knight

Charles Knight

Director

Manages his family’s large sheep and cattle enterprise at Gunning, NSW.

Tracy Watson

Tracy Watson

Executive Officer

Runs a cattle and performance horse enterprise at Mummel, NSW and is the coordinator of TFS.

Contact Us

For more information please contact:

Tracy Watson, Executive Officer

Email: tablelandsfarming@gmail.com

Tel: 0414 811 185

Address: PO Box 791 Goulburn NSW 2580

Or complete the contact form.

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