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Shannon Notter – 2018 Nuffield Scholar

Shannon Notter from Carlisle River in Victoria, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Gardiner Dairy Foundation. She will investigate the key factors affecting farmer uptake of information to create a strong focus on business profitability.

Shannon has a dairy farm located 40km from Colac. Her vision for the 500 cow operation is to focus on improving productivity of cows and grass, simplifying management and improving efficiencies to create a sustainable and profitable business.

“The key factors recognised for maintaining profitable dairy businesses include technical efficiency, cost control, management capability, tactical flexibility, farm financial management and investment decisions, farm system and size,” Shannon said.

“Controlling costs and making the most of resources available are also a major source of creating higher returns.”
However, Shannon hopes her research in Ireland, Netherlands, UK and the USA will identify potential new management practices and insights to herd size, exports and trading and subsidies and tariffs, that can be applied to the Australian dairy farming industry to further boost profits.

Her overarching aim is to provide farmers and industry with processes and tools to shift farmers mindset towards running profitable businesses that will create a sustainable industry into the future.

Phone: 0477 197 970

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