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


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


Key projects

  • Soil Moisture Probes
  • 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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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. We are focused on supporting farmers of all size and shape and we work closely with government agencies, agribusiness and local agricultural service providers to offer the latest industry information direct to our members.

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

Since commencement TFS has run a large number of successful initiatives that have directly benefited our members’ bottom line, including Soil Club which focuses on fertiliser efficiency, sheep and cattle production days and we provide information from a large network of soil moisture probes which are an important piece of the puzzle in terms of developing accurate seasonal forecasting specific to our region. Most recently we have introduced an incentive based worm egg count testing project which is proving valuable for members.

The farming systems model is proving to be hugely successful right around Australia; particularly because of the 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.


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


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 Tracy Watson, TFS Executive Officer, who would be more than happy to work with you to identify options for your involvement. Tracy can be contact at 0414 811 185 or email  We look forward to welcoming you to the TFS family!

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

Industry Partners
Boyce Accountants
Agri Strategies

McGeechan’s Farm Supplies


Our Team

Charles Knight

Chair, B. Business (Ag Com), Sydney University

Charles is a partner in a mixed livestock operation based on the Southern Tablelands of NSW where the predominant focus is on wool production but also comprising of first cross lambs and cattle trading enterprises. He has been working in, and in later years managing the business, since 2005. Prior to this, Charles spent 3 years working in rural finance for Rabobank at Griffith, NSW. Charles is based at Gunning with his wife Lucy and 3 young children.

John Klem

Vice Chair, B.A.(Ed), HDA

John has 50 years’ experience in the Agricultural Industry and a Diploma of Agriculture from Hawkesbury Agricultural College and a Bachelor of Arts – Adult Education. He and his wife Kathryn currently farm at Bannister near Crookwell producing vealers and fat lambs. John was head teacher of Rural Studies at Goulburn TAFE for 15 years and has been involved in a number of agricultural extension groups and Landcare. John has been chair of the State Catchment Committee, a Board Member of the Sydney Catchment Authority, a Member of the Natural Resources Advisory Committee, a NSW Representative on the Australian Landcare Council and chair of the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority. John has formal training in Corporate Governance and has completed the Company Director’s course. John has a keen interest in supporting and encouraging the next generation of young farmers and believes the TFS group will be a major contributor to this cause.

Craig Croker


Along with his family, Craig operates a sheep and cattle grazing property located at Golspie. Craig is also the Branch Manager of Rabobank Goulburn and has worked in Rural Finance for over 10 years. Prior to returning home and commencing his banking career Craig completed a Bachelor of Rural Science at the University of New England and also worked in beef cattle genetics within the Queensland stud industry.

Tracy Watson

Executive Officer, B.ASc (Arch) - Canberra University, MBA - University of New England

Tracy has lived on the Southern Tablelands for over 25 years and runs a cattle and performance horse enterprise with her husband and son at Mummel.

Tracy has a wealth of experience in communications, marketing and program design and delivery for member-based organisations. In addition to her work with TFS, she runs her residential design practice, CREATE | Consulting, specialising in environmentally responsive homes in the rural context. Tracy is passionate about the contribution agri-businesses make to the fabric of their local, rural communities.

Jan Stone


Jan is a retired Maths teacher having taught in NSW and QLD. For 25 years Jan was a Math Consultant for the Association of Independent Schools of NSW and has been a member of several Education Boards. Along with her husband Robert, Jan has a farm at Baw Baw to the west of Goulburn running Limousin cows and calves. Previously Jan was a partner in a large-scale farming enterprise on the NSW QLD boarder, at Hungerford. Jan joined TFS in 2018 and became a Director in 2019.

Charlie Bell


Charlie has been farming since 1996 and was elected onto the board of TFS in 2019. Charlie runs a straight Merino operation of 8,000 ewes on his home block at Taralga on the Abercrombie River. In addition to this Charlie leases a number of properties in the Goulburn district utilizing these blocks for fat lamb production and forage crops. Charlie holds an Advanced Diploma in Farm Business Management from Marcus Oldham College.

Dr Clive Cawthorne


Clive became a member of TFS in 2016, joining the board 12 months later. Clive is a trained GP with 50 years’ experience and is currently working one day a week in the clinic at Gunning. In the past Clive has been on divisions of GP boards and was the Chair of the Medical Staff Committee in Bowral. In addition to this he has been farming part-time since 1980, in Scottsdale TAS, the Southern Highlands and for the past 6 years on his block at Kialla. Clive runs predominantly Angus cows and calves aiming to meet the vealer market.

Dave McGregor


Dave holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from UNE and has held agronomy positions with Elders and Delta Agribusiness. In January 2014 Dave launched his own Agronomy business DMAC Production Agronomy based out of Crookwell. Dave joined the TFS board in 2019 as an industry advisor.

Dave Ward


Across farms at Bungonia and Cooma, Dave runs self-replacing Merino flocks with his wife Skye and children, Digby and Harriet. Prior to this he worked for Wool Network for five years and has completed an Agribusiness Diploma at Marcus Oldham College. Dave has been a member of TFS since its inception, becoming a Director in 2019.

Donald Burbidge


Don has been farming his home block ‘Burnafahes’ at Bigga since 1974 after he completed a Diploma in Applied Sc Agriculture at Wagga Ag College in 1973. Originally starting with a Shorthorn Cattle breeding herd and a self-replacing Merino flock he now runs just the Merinos for wool production with the potential for opportunistic cattle trading.
Along with being a founding member of TFS, Don is currently involved with Wool Connect Ltd and has held many local volunteer positions including being a founding board member of The Upper Lachlan Foundation and Captain of the Bigga Rural Fire Brigade.

Contact Us

For more information please contact:

Tracy Watson, Executive Officer


Tel: 0414 811 185

Address: PO Box 791 Goulburn NSW 2580

Or complete the contact form.

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