Production and profit improvements
Our livestock service focuses on improvements in both production and profitability for red meat (sheep and cattle) and wool.
Farmanco consultants in regional locations bring the latest research and practices to your farm. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and commitment, providing balanced and unbiased advice.
This means substantial direct benefits to you and your farming outcomes.
Goals – breeding objectives established; detailed production plans created
Genetics – ram selection and genetic improvements
Big data – outsourced data management and analysis
Biosecurity – creation of detailed biosecurity plans*, including processes and procedures
*Mandatory for all LPA accredited producers from 1 October 2017
Condition scoring – conducted by us; analysed with management options provided
Production – general best-practice principals and operational management advice
Feed – feed budgeting, FOO measurements, ration composition
Pasture – composition status, management, improvement, agronomy, paddock allocation, rotations
Carcass traits – carcass composition analysis from processor feedback; results used in production plan
Economics – cost of production calculations/analysis
Trials and research – conducted on-farm, tailored to your production goals, with scientific outcomes
Equipment – analysed according to your budget and goals with tailored recommendations provided
Technology – up to date advice and assistance with adoption of new technology
Industry literature – access to Farmanco-written livestock articles
James Macfarlane joined the Farmanco team in December 2016. James is based in Kojonup as a Farm Management Consultant, with a strong focus on livestock and mixed-farming in the Great Southern.
James brings 17 years of consulting experience to Farmanco. He has a Bachelor Degree in Agribusiness and is currently studying a post-graduate certificate in Agricultural Consulting through the University of New England.
James specialises in assisting clients in mixed farming systems, also advising on sheep production. He recently became an approved Lifetime Ewe Management trainer – one of only seven in Western Australia. Another area of interest is soil health, which has seen James rise to the position of Vice President (WA) for Soil Science Australia over his past three years on the state committee.
As at November 2017, James is working on several research projects, across different disciplines within agriculture.
Richard Brake, Consultant, joined Farmanco in 2013 and has extensive international agricultural experience. He is currently based at Mundaring.
Richard is from the UK, but after graduating immigrated to New Zealand and established his own consultancy business, which he operated for 13 years. He moved to Australia in 2010 to work as a sales agronomist at CRT in Geraldton. Followed by the Indigenous Land Corporation, where he oversaw the financial management of cattle stations in the Kimberley.
Richard is responsible for developing the Farmanco Profit Series. Contact him if you’d like to include your farm data in our unique bench marking service.
Brent Pritchard, Agronomist Farmanco since 2009 is based in Albany. Brent has worked in agronomy since 1990, spending 14 years with Elders (Katanning and Albany).
Prior to Elders, Brent spent four years as an Adviser working with the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA (DAFWA) in Manjimup and Lake Grace.
Brent’s focus is canola and cereal systems, especially integrated pest and weed management.
Brent is a Farmanco Principal, and manages our Research program