Taking stock

Dairy Australia’s Taking Stock program provides one-to-one support for dairy farmers. For more information get in touch with your Regional Development Program – they will provide you with all the information you need to access this service.

The delivery of Taking Stock is proudly funded by:

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Tactics for Tight Times and Taking Stock


One-to-one Business Advice

Dairy farmers looking to improve their profitability are signing up for free one-on-one sessions with experienced dairy advisors offered through Dairy Australia’s Taking Stock program.

Taking Stock delivers confidential one-on-one support, over the kitchen table, to assist dairy farm businesses in identifying their current issues, where they are now and what the next important decisions are for them. 

Taking Stock sessions offer an opportunity for farmers to evaluate their business and prepare for next season. 

The program was first developed in 2004 for use by the whole industry and since then more than 2,500 dairy farm businesses have participated in a Taking Stock session.

The ‘Taking Stock’ approach

Taking Stock is an approach designed to allow a meaningful informed discussion with a farm business over three or four hours with a trusted, skilled and trained advisor. The process involves collecting and analysing a minimum amount of data that still provides a valuable picture of the farm business.

Taking Stock helps the dairy farm business assess its current financial and physical position including:

  • understanding and managing your budget

  • identifying cost saving options

  • calculating pasture consumption 

  • managing debt and your balance sheet

  • understanding additional support services that can be accessed, including counseling and health services

  • creating an action plan

Download your copy of the Tactics for Tight Times Taking stock of your situation fact sheet.