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
  • Worm Egg Count Program
  • Drench Resistance Project
  • Business Benchmarking
  • Farmer Forum Field Days
  • Sheep and Cattle Production Workshops
  • Fertiliser Efficiency and Soil Health
  • Pasture Management and Utilisation
  • Conservation and Environment Sustainability

New Online Tool - Farming Forecaster

The new Farming Forecaster tool was launched in April 2020 and…

Healthy Soils

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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
Nutrien Ag Supplies


Our Team

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.

Kate Garrett

Treasurer B. Bus (Accounting) & IT Charles Sturt University

Kate was raised on a property on the Northern Riverina. She holds a double degree in Business (Accounting) and Information Technology from the Charles Sturt University. Kate joined Boyce as part of their cadetship program in their Wagga office, in March 2003. Kate combined full time work with post-graduate studies to become a qualified Chartered Accountant in 2010. After 14 years in the Wagga Wagga office, Kate transferred to Boyce Goulburn in November 2017.
Kate has been involved in a number of community organisations including the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust and various sporting groups. Outside of work, Kate has two small children that keep her active and is a keen netballer.

Charles Knight

Director, 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.

Don 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.

Dave McGregor

Industry Advisor B. App Sc University of New England

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.

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.

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.

Dave Ward


Across farms at Bungonia and Cooma, Dave runs self-replacing Merino flocks with his wife Skye and children, Digby, Harriet and Jock. 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.

Brad Croker


Brad grew up on the family farm at Taralga. He and his six siblings were always involved in working with their parent’s, running sheep and cattle.

After a few years working as a livestock salesman and auctioneer in Wagga and Bombala, Brad returned to Goulburn to work as a farm manager.

Since 2012, he has been working for Gidleigh Pastoral Co at Bungendore, where he has expanded the grazing business to now include 3 additional leased properties producing beef, lamb and wool.

Brad recently moved back to the family farm at Taralga with his partner Lauren and 3 children. They are enjoying being back home and getting involved in the local community again.

Brad is passionate about farming and sees a bright future for agriculture. He believes that TFS has so much to offer members and will play a big part in helping producers make smarter, more informed decisions in their businesses.

Hugh Klem


Hugh took over running the family farm in February 2017 and runs a self replacing Merino flock. Half the flock are joined to Border Leicester rams for lamb production.
Hugh’s early years were spent on the family farm at Mummel where they ran Mummel Merino Stud.
Post school, Hugh completed his building apprenticeship in Sydney working for 10 years as a carpenter and then for a further 10 years as a qualified builder, returning to Goulburn in 2004.

Pip Frost

Project Officer - B. Business (Ag Com) University of Sydney

Pip and her family live on one of her husband’s farms in Bannister. After completing University, Pip worked for Rabobank for 13 years starting in their Orange office and transferring to the Goulburn office in early 2010.
Along with the work for TFS, Pip volunteers as the treasurer for local organisation, Bannister & District Hall Association and is on the Board of the Upper Lachlan Foundation.

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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