Working with People in Agriculture: AgGuide – Business Series

NSW Agriculture
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 It’s people who make agriculture. It’s the individuals, families and communities involved in farming that make it tick. So often our focus is on the weather, the environment, machinery, technology and the science of producing food. The people side of farming remains hidden in the shadows.

This book deals with people and how they manage the complex world of agriculture: the finances; the global trends; the markets; human relationships; the social and political challenges. Technology can only take us so far in grappling with all this. How partnerships can be developed between people is a focus for this book.

This is not just another book on Human Resources and how to get more out of your employees. It challenges you to think differently about all the people working in the farm business and what type of workplace they work in. And asks the question; how can the ethos and culture of the business be improved to better meet the needs of the employer and employee alike?

Table of contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Four principles to work by      

Chapter 2: Building sound and productive working relationships

Chapter 3: Attracting and engaging people

Chapter 4: Analyse your business from a people perspective

Chapter 5: Negotiating working arrangements

Chapter 6: Creating and implementing policies and procedures

Chapter 7: Building business succession plans

Chapter 8: Developing a plan for the people on the Farm – putting it all together

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NSW Agriculture
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Published on
Jul 24, 2015
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Pages
70
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ISBN
9781742563367
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Language
English
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Reference / General
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For the two years 2013 and 2014 most olive growers in the lower Hunter Valley experienced poor grove performance. Yields, generally, were well below standard and in many cases non-existent.

There was much discussion between the growers as to the cause. All sorts of theories were advanced but

no one suggested that perhaps the growers themselves may have contributed to the problem.




The Hunter Olive Association decided that it was important to develop a better understanding of the causative factors and, if possible, to develop guidelines to assist growers to make informed decisions and to take actions to develop sustainable production levels. Over a 15 month period the committee conducted a detailed study of representative groves across the Hunter. In return for professional mentoring and consulting, growers agreed to provide data and share experiences on varieties, irrigation, fertilisation, outcomes and more.




This handbook documents the findings and suggests a number of practical and strategic initiatives based on the collated evidence. Unsurprisingly, many of the findings relate to paying better attention to agricultural basics. It found that excellent gains in olive production levels can be achieved by the implementation of specific programs; especially those of tree pruning and grove irrigation. It is clear that serious growers need to work their groves with a broader, more disciplined approach. There are no silver bullets.




The good news is that new benchmarks have been established that show the essentials of developing a sustainable olive business in the area. The essence of the success is to have a high quality product that will enable a better than average financial return. This requires work and does not happen by accident.

This is a practical handbook for those growing olives and for those who are thinking about doing so. These guidelines are factual and concise. The vast majority of olive growers in this country are small growers with less than 2000 trees in their grove. In the main they are searching for information and hungry for guidance. They are the heart of the industry, and this book is for them.
This publication is an extension of research in the Division of Sustainable Development and Human Settlements on sustainable development and policy in Latin America and the Caribbean. The syndrome approach to global environmental change proposed by the German Advisory Council on Global Change was previously adapted for the examination of sustainable development in the region, and a potential regional syndrome of agriculturalization in the Argentinean Pampas was proposed and explored by regional experts from an array of disciplines . The syndrome approach is meant to facilitate a transdisciplinary analysis of socio-ecological trends and the identification of patterns of sustainability of development. In order for a causal complex, such as agriculturalization, to be considered a syndrome, it must occur in multiple locations. Thus, the current study compares the process of agriculturalization as it has been described for Argentina to similar processes occurring in Australia in order to assess the utility of this causal complex as a syndrome of sustainability of development and to elucidate some of the complex socio-ecological processes and interactions that occur in agriculture in different regions of the world. A brief examination of the Australian case shows potential for the occurrence of the agriculturalization syndrome in that region and several differences between the two cases illustrate the importance of government policies in the socio-ecological processes of agriculture. In addition, positive aspects of sustainability in Argentinean and Australian agriculture are discussed.--Publisher's description.
For many new entrants to the alpaca industry a major allure is the thought of breeding these beautiful, intelligent and easily-handled animals. The challenging question that new breeders must ask themselves is “Why do I want to breed alpacas?” This leads to other vital questions – “Huacaya, suri, or both?”; “White, coloured, or a bit of everything?”; “How much do I need to spend?”; “How many should I buy?”

For some people purchasing alpacas, the initial reason is as a small-scale hobby farm. However for many of these people, as they begin to breed and learn more about their alpacas, their focus changes and they use their knowledge to improve the quality of their stock – whether for fibre production, for stud breeding, or with an eye to winning show ribbons.

This book is a basic guide to some of the skills and practices of alpaca production. This guide covers information on alpaca production including health, breeding and farming, nutritional needs and breeding to improve fleece.

Table of contents:

·      The Australian Alpaca industry in Australia

·      Alpaca breeds

·      Farming alpacas

·      Farming alpacas as a breeding enterprise

·      Farming alpacas for meat production

·      Alpacas as guardian animals

·      Alpacas as pets on small acreages

·      Farm infrastructure

·      The digestive system and how it works

·      Alpaca nutrition

·      Pasture and land management

·      Breeding to improve fleece

·      Fleece assessment

·      Preparation of fleece for processing

·      The genetics of alpaca breeding

·      Purchasing decisions

·      Health problems and preparing for the vet

·      Digestive disorders and dental conditions

·      Vitamin and mineral deficiencies

·      Poisoning and liver disease

·      Parasite worms, fluke and ticks

·      Extremes of heat and cold

·      Injuries

·      Pregnancy, birthing and neonatal problems

·      Biosecurity, record keeping and transport

·      Alpaca shows

·      Management planner

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