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


Enterprise Transition

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Tickets - Enterprise Transition Workshop

  February 28 - 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, Goulburn Soldiers…

Soil Moisture Probe Website

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.


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

Tom McGuiness

Director, B.Bus (Ag Com), Sydney University

Tom lives at Bigga in the Tablelands of NSW running a mixed grazing enterprise, comprising merino sheep (wool). Tom has 16 years’ experience working in and managing the business. Tom lives with his wife Georgie and young family and is focused on running a profitable farming business.

Katrina Nixon


Katrina, with her husband Andrew and family, run a commercial Angus enterprise at Merryvale, Roslyn. Their children, Jasmine and Daniel, are the 6th generation of Nixons on Merryvale. Katrina has diplomas in Agribusiness Management, Information Technology and Project Management.

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 with a predominant focus is on wool production, but also comprising of first cross lamb 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 wife Lucy and 3 young children.

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

Chair, B.A.(Ed), HDA

John has 50 years’ experience in the Agricultural Industry. 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 and 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 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. He believes the TFS group will be a major contributor to this cause.

Phil Graham

Director, B.ScAgr, Sydney Uni; Dip Farm Forestry, McMillian Centre

Phil is a pasture and livestock technical specialist based at Yass. Phil’s working career has included time in the cotton, dairy and textile industries with the last 23 years spent with the NSW Department Primary Industries. Since 2005 he has filled the role as technical specialist grazing systems covering NSW.

Craig Crocker

Team Member

Craig lives on his property and is a Branch Manager at Rabobank.

Dr Clive Hawthorne

Team Member

Dr Clive Hawthorne farms from his property at Kialla.

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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