1. Rain affected towns in Victoria are holding council meetings to prepare for even more rain, with a band on the north east of the state set to hit again.
2. A review of lifestock farming has found that the biggest concerns for animal welfare are forcing premature births in dairy cows, docking heifers’ tails & mulesing sheep. They are looking to balance the benefits and risks of each.
3. A recent survey found that the 128,000 Australian farm businesses feed approximately 60 million people worldwide, including 24 million Australians. That a total of about 1% of the entire world being fed with Australian-farmed produce.
4. Contestants of the show Farmer Wants A Wife have said that the show ‘ruined their life’, with one farmer hospitalised after struggling to cope with the experience.
5. A bomb that went of in a rich New York neighbourhood, injuring 29 people, is being considered an ‘act of terror’ but has not been connected with ISIS.
6. Bourke, NSW has one of the highest rates of crime in Australia. To combat this problem, they are aiming to spend more money on community-building, rather than the prisons and correctional facilities that are most often employed to solve the problem.
7. The Port of Melbourne has been sold by the Victorian government for $9.7 billion – most of it will go towards improving public transport but $200 million will go to a rural jobs fund.
8. Calls have been made to ban the ATA 5-shot semi-automatic shotgun after a farmer suffered brain damage when his gun exploded sideways during routine shooting.
9. A Brisbane bug breeder is selling predator mites that kill smaller mites that damage strawberry crops and have an immunity to chemical pesticides.
10. A farmer in WA is using a drone that emits bird of prey noises from a speaker to scare birds away from his crops.
5-Star Equestrian Complex for Lorna Joergensen
We have recently had the pleasure of working with gold medal grand prix dressage rider Lorna Joergensen. She asked us to build her a fully featured 15 stall horse stable, barn, and dressage arena complex.
Lorna was really happy with our end-to-end design, construction, and management of the project. Her new equestrian complex is now finished and we recently handed over the keys.
It’s a really impressive complex. When we get a chance to go back again, we’ll take some better photos and post them here.
10 Tips To Improve Your Equine Business
Running a successful equestrian business can be difficult, especially if you are just starting out. Improving your horse business is not about finding an obvious problem, fixing it, and then continuing on the same way you were running your business before. It is about discovering what works in an optimal way for your business and your clients, and implementing this into the running of the business. This can be difficult to find, and advice is hard to give as every business is different. However here are 5 tips to help you get started in making your equine business a success.
Revisit business plan
Having a business plan that keeps your business heading in the right direction is imperative to its success at any stage. Revisit your business plan to work out if you are keeping to it practically and if anything needs to be altered to answer customer needs more soundly.
Improving value proposition
One of the first steps in improving your equine business is to review your value proposition. This describes a description of the customer’s needs, how your business answers these needs and the value of the solution offered in the eyes of the customer. Once you know exactly what your customer wants and how to give this to them your getting yourself on the right track straight away.
Have you thought about how your horse business compares with relevant competitors? It is very important to work out how you will have a competitive advantage over other similar businesses.
It is also key to ensure your business is not lacking in any way when compared with competitors. For example do you have sufficient facilities to be running riding classes? Having an indoor riding arena is a great competitive advantage meaning you can take classes safely in any kind of weather conditions.
Review operations and services
Evaluate all the processes and procedures that occur in your business and which ones could be improved, or if new ones need to be implemented. If you know all systems in place are maximizing efficiency and workability in your business you should find things should run smoothly and successfully.