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This show is all about increasing the profitability of your farm so you work smarter and not harder. Your host, Andrew Roberts from the Farm Owners Academy reveals the best farming business tips for more leverage in your farm business.

Profitable Farmer Farm Owners Academy

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    • 4.6 • 69 Ratings

This show is all about increasing the profitability of your farm so you work smarter and not harder. Your host, Andrew Roberts from the Farm Owners Academy reveals the best farming business tips for more leverage in your farm business.

    Episode 88 - An example of Excellence Part 1 - Jack Owen

    Episode 88 - An example of Excellence Part 1 - Jack Owen

    Happy New Year, and may 2022 be your best year yet!


     


    Up to 85% of our success is determined by the QUALITY of our plan and our ability to implement it consistently – It has been proven!


     


    In this episode, I am delighted to share an interview with Farm Owners Academy (FOA) Member Jack Owen. Jack is a valued Take Control Program Graduate and a current FOA Platinum Mastermind Program member. He runs a high-rainfall, meat sheep operation at Smythes Creek (west of Ballarat) in Victoria with his partner Bonnie.


     


    Jack’s story is a compelling one. From a standing start and with a trade background, Jack has embraced the principles and methods taught by the Take Control Program and is now an incredible example of what can be achieved – currently enjoying a highly profitable, well systemised, organised and focused farm with a very bright future.


     


    Thank you, Jack, for sharing your story so openly. You have added immense value to those moving through their Take Control Program and business development journey.


     


    Please note that this interview took place as part of our monthly Coaching Call offerings included with the Take Control program.


     


    As such, Jack references the strategic plan that he was sharing (that you will not see!) and speaks to an audience of current Take Control clients (that you will hear communicated with!).  Please enjoy this interview for the compelling learnings and inspiring insights Jack shares about his FOA journey so far…


     


    I hope this serves as an inspiration to you as you take the steps necessary to set down a compelling plan for this coming season.


     


    All the best to you for 2022!


     


    Game on.


     


    Hutch


     


    P.S. Our Take Control program is where Jack first started his journey! Click here to learn more information about this program.


     


    P.P.S Think someone you know might be interested in listening to this episode?



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    When you’re ready to take the next step and work with us, here are three things you can do:


     


    1. Subscribe to our ‘Profitable Farmer’ podcast
    This free audio podcast delivers ideas to help you run a great business – leading to more profit, control and freedom – Click here.


    2. Join the Farm Owner Academy’s closed Facebook group ‘Profitable Farmer’
    Our new Facebook community is where smart farm owners learn how to get more profit, control and freedom, and you can connect with like-minded farm owners – Click here to join.


    3. Work with us privately
    If you’d like our team to help you scale up your farming business or create a ‘freedom farm’ just email us at support@farmownersacademy.com and put “Private” in the subject line… tell me a little about your business and what you’d like to improve and I’ll send you the information you need to get started!

    • 50 min
    Episode 87 - Creating VALUE in business

    Episode 87 - Creating VALUE in business

    So much of our focus AND the advice we receive is centred around optimising our Farm Businesses. 


     


    When we think about off-farm investing, we look to shares and real estate as our primary options. 


     


    Remember the small business. Often, the small business we run as a ‘side-hustle’ beside our farms get little attention and are often left to play ‘second fiddle’. 


     


    In this podcast, I propose that perhaps our greatest opportunity is in the small business that sits beside our farm business – perhaps there is MORE value to create there? Perhaps your small business may hold the key to helping you achieve expansion, bolster cash flow and move you to the next level! 


     


    Do not underestimate the importance and power of a cash-rich business that complements the farm business you have. AND, as farmers, don’t underestimate your business acumen and your entrepreneurial ability. 


     


    The business principles and entrepreneurial skills we teach at Farm Owners Academy – when applied to your farm AND non-farm businesses – can together be the perfect combination to set you free! I suggest it just takes a shift in thinking, focus, and a stronger strategic plan to make this happen and THRIVE. 


     


    I see so many great examples of this in David & Bianca from ‘Our Cow’, Tom & Phoebe from LambPro, Neil & Coral from the Junee Licorice Factory, Juliet & Huw from the Long Track Pantry, and Sam & Prue from Holbrook Paddock Eggs (just to name but a few)! They have found a way to SCALE with a focus on BUSINESS just as much as FARMING. 


     


    If they can do it, why not you? 


     


    Remember, TIME is our greatest asset. So if you are squandering time and focusing on low-value activities, I encourage you to STOP, RESET and FIND A WAY to allocate one day per week to working ON YOUR BUSINESS, not in your business… this could be the thing that makes all the difference for you. 


     


    I hope this challenges your thinking and offers you some different and BETTER questions over the Christmas and festive season to turn your mind to. 


     


    Here’s to the importance of good business practice – applied both ON and OFF farm! 


     


    Keep winning! 


     


    Hutch & the FOA Team 


     


    P.S. To speak with us about how we can help you scale your non-farm business… book a ‘let’s have a yarn’ call with Westy by clicking HERE.

    • 47 min
    Episode 86 - Meet ‘Our Cow’ - an incredible Aussie success story!

    Episode 86 - Meet ‘Our Cow’ - an incredible Aussie success story!

    In this episode, I welcome Andrew Roberts back for an interview he coordinated with Bianca & David McGiveron, Founders of ‘Our Cow’.

    This is a genuinely inspiring Australian success story.

    Just three years ago, David and Bianca were engulfed by prolonged droughts AND wiped out by fires. They were broke, tired, and forced to do something else… to think ‘outside the box’.

    They asked themselves: how can we re-invent to make our small farm viable long-term? And from a standing start… ‘Our Cow’ was born.

    Just three years on, Dave & Bianca now employ over 25 people in Casino, in a business currently grossing $8m plus per year. Last month, they delivered over 2,800 boxes to almost every part of Australia. Their monthly recurring revenue for their meat subscription alone is now over $650k per month.

    Their passion now is to scale, and for ‘Our Cow’ to see hard-working Aussie Farmers get a fair and stable price for their livestock.

    Remember: doing the same thing over and again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.

    How are you innovating and pioneering to create a business model with the capacity to scale?

    We hope this episode inspires and motivates you, and we can’t wait to see what is next for our friends at Our Cow.

    Hutch, Robbo & Team


    P.S. If you want more information about investing in the ‘Our Cow’ journey, click here, and they will send you more information. If you want to supply to Our Cow (meat), then send them an email at admin@ourcow.com.au

    P.P.S. Our Take Control program is where Our Cow first started their journey! Click here to learn more information about this program.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 85 - Collaborate Farming and all its advantages

    Episode 85 - Collaborate Farming and all its advantages

    Land Prices are through the roof, bank lending policies continue to tighten, and the red tape is getting thicker for all across our industry.


     


    If we are serious about farm expansion, inter-generational transition and driving new & improved operating performance, we need to be looking and thinking ‘outside the box’ now more than ever.


     


    With these realities in mind, I call on Collaborative Farming Expert, Jeff McDonald, to explore the benefits of this Farming option.


     


    Jeff is the Founder & Managing Director of Riverland Lending Services and Collaborative Farming Australia. He is also the Chair of many highly successful collaborative farming ventures across Australia – including Bulla Burra, Sherwood Estate and River Wine Collaboratives.


     


    In this discussion, I expected to explore what underpins successful collaborative farming; to learn about some compelling case studies of farming families doing it well and the benefits of this approach to farming... what I didn’t expect, and thoroughly appreciate, is Jeff’s candour and willingness to explore in detail his comment that:


     


    “Good business governance is critical to collaborative and family farming equally. If you are not full bottle on this, you are already on your way out of farming.”


     


    You might not like all that Jeff has to say. You might find it challenging. But in reality, he speaks a truth that farm owners can no longer deny – be professional or perish.


     


    Jeff, thank you for your openness, straight-talk, and insightful explanation of how a collaborative approach to farm business expansion can see everyone involved achieve more.


     


    Thank you all, and I hope you enjoy this discussion as much as I have.


     


    Sincerely,


     


    Jeremy Hutchings


    Managing Director, Farm Owners Academy


     


    P.S. If you would like to explore this topic further, you can get in contact with Jeff directly (E) jeff@rls.net.au


     


    When you’re ready to take the next step and work with us, here are three things you can do:


    1. Subscribe to our ‘Profitable Farmer’ podcast
    This free audio podcast delivers ideas to help you run a great business – leading to more profit, control and freedom – Click here.


     


    2. Join the Farm Owner Academy’s closed Facebook group ‘Profitable Farmer’
    Our new Facebook community is where smart farm owners learn how to get more profit, control and freedom, and you can connect with like-minded farm owners – Click here to join.


     


    3. Work with us privately
    If you’d like our team to help you scale up your farming business or create a ‘freedom farm’ just email us at support@farmownersacademy.com and put “Private” in the subject line… tell me a little about your business and what you’d like to improve and I’ll send you the information you need to get started!

    • 1 hr
    Episode 84 - Succession... Warts and all!

    Episode 84 - Succession... Warts and all!

    And so, I continue my series of interviews with remarkable rural Australian women.


     


    Ladies & gentlemen, meet Lyn Sykes.


     


    Spending some time in nursing and counselling in her early career, Lyn found herself invited to help a group of farmers better manage family communication… and the rest, as they say, is history!


     


    Thirty years plus and a highly successful career later, Lyn has become an icon in our industry on all things family alignment, communication and succession.


     


    Having studied with Lyn over 20 years ago as a ‘whipper-snapper’ farm consultant, it is with great pleasure that I re-connect with her to discuss a host of critical family farming topics, including:


     


    where and why farm succession goes wrong;

    how communication can fall apart;

    what helps make it right;

    Lyn’s process for fostering good outcomes; and

    the role you best play as the mother, father, son, daughter, in-law or out-law to each succession conversation!


     


    As you will glean, I have a lot of respect for Lyn. I see her as a true pioneer of this space and someone who has had a significant and understated contribution to our industry.


     


    I hope that this podcast does her career justice whilst helping you check in and make improvements to how you are navigating this important conversation.


     


    Thank you, Lyn - enjoy all, and keep winning!



    Jeremy Hutchings


     


    When you’re ready to take the next step and work with us, here are three things you can do:



    1. Subscribe to our ‘Profitable Farmer’ podcast
    This free audio podcast delivers ideas to help you run a great business – leading to more profit, control and freedom – Click here.

    2. Join the Farm Owner Academy’s closed Facebook group ‘Profitable Farmer’
    Our new Facebook community is where smart farm owners learn how to get more profit, control and freedom, and you can connect with like-minded farm owners – Click here to join.

    3. Work with us privately
    If you’d like our team to help you scale up your farming business or create a ‘freedom farm’ just email us at support@farmownersacademy.comand put “Private” in the subject line… tell me a little about your business and what you’d like to improve and I’ll send you the information you need to get started!


     

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 83 - Because the language of farming is finance!

    Episode 83 - Because the language of farming is finance!

    Strong Commodity Prices, a favourable season (for many!), low interest rates and strong capital gains… have you EVER seen such optimism?


     


    In Greg Johnsson’s opinion – this is (for most!) about as good as it gets.


     


    And he is right – if you are not making solid profits now, there could be something wrong in your farm business.


     


    In this Podcast, I call on FOA Founder and fellow Director Greg Johnsson to answer three key questions:


     


    What do we do to make the most of the optimism we are experiencing?



    How can we justify an expansion step given the current land values?

    What are the key financial metrics I need to be monitoring to make the best on-farm decisions at this time?

     


    Greg is second to none in the on-farm analysis space and shares the importance of knowing your numbers, benchmarking, and making robust, confident decisions based on the numbers in front of us.


     


    Importantly, for those wanting to develop your financial skill-set, I give a real insight into FOA’s Farm Financial Framework program.


     


    This program is 40 years of Greg’s experience condensed into a practical, applicable finance program designed to help you get the skills & tools you need around you to make the very best farm expansion decisions.


     


    Simply, there is nothing like it in the industry.


     


    We are offering this program at an incredibly favourable price of $1,500 (plus GST), but be quick as this intake (and the last for 2021) will close on Friday 22nd October 2021.


     


    Click here to learn more about the Farm Financial Framework Program.


     


    Your time on the header or in a chaser bin could be very well spent this harvest… focused on this course and on getting the ‘shot in the arm’ you need on this important topic of farm finance.


     


    The formula is simple:


     


    Step 1:   Learn financial management.


    Step 2:   Optimise the farm you have.


    Step 3:   Expand your optimised farm across more area.


     


    Don’t miss MAJOR expansion opportunities because of a lack of financial management skills. Instead, take yourself and your development in this area seriously.


     


    Your success (in my humble opinion) truly starts here.


     


    Thanks once again, Greg, and well done.


     


    Keep winning, and all the best in this cracking business environment!

    Hutch


     


    P.S Don’t miss out on joining our 14-week Farm Financial Framework Program. This course is designed to help you profit more and become a stronger farm business owner by learning the language of finance. Please click here to learn more.


    *Registrations close 22nd October 2021 or until sold out. 



    When you’re ready to take the next step and work with us, here are three things you can do:



    1. Subscribe to our ‘Profitable Farmer’ podcast
    This free audio podcast delivers ideas to help you run a great business – leading to more profit, control and freedom – Click here.

    2. Join the Farm Owner Academy’s closed Facebook group ‘Profitable Farmer’
    Our new Facebook community is where smart farm owners learn how to get more profit, control and freedom, and you can connect with like-minded farm owners – Click here to join.

    3. Work with us privately
    If you’d like our team to help you scale up your farming business or create a ‘freedom farm’ just email us at support@farmownersacademy.comand put “Private” in the subject line… tell me a little about your business and what you’d like to improve and I’ll send you the information you need to get started!

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

Wirrillah ,

Time well spent!!

Wow, finally someone with real things to listen learn & reflect upon listening to each podcast about those of us out in Australian Agriculture.
Congratulations for a superb job with each & every podcast here- be very proud of yourself & your achievements. We certainly are!

BenTales ,

BenTales

This is with out a doubt a must listen podcast for anyone of all ages involved in agriculture, especially family farms. I have enjoyed listening to and applying everything I have learnt from this fantastic podcast.

Superphenix ,

Great Business Podcast

The podcasts these guys are putting out are simply awesome. Their theories are much broader than just farm businesses. All small business should be listening to these podcasts

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