Karapiro farmer, Richard McCullough, talks about why being a part of DBOY has been so valuable to their dairy business, the benefits they're gained from being involved and why all dairy farmers should participate.
MOBH Farm - Gore, Southland
"We have entered DBOY three times now as the data gained via the Farm Performance Report is invaluable in assisting us make evidence-based decisions for our business. DBOY allows us to benchmark ourselves with other top-end businesses and provides an accurate “warts and all” critique of our business. The report also helps us set KPIs that ensure relevance for our goals. We now have a comprehensive set of data that we use to not only assess performance, but also assist with planning/modelling future strategies"
2018 Supreme Winner
Andrew & Sibylle Sulzberger - Urenui, Taranaki
"The detailed physical and financial analysis and report from DBOY consultants provided us with a better understanding of key performance indicators in our business. The reports reinforced our low cost structure and identified areas that we could tweak to gain even greater efficiencies. The environmental report we received through the DBOY business analysis report highlighted a few things we could fine-tune such as increasing the effluent spreading area and trying to grow more grass with more regrassing, which we have since done. Winning the Regional and Supreme has put us in good stead with our bank, and they have greater confidence in us and see us as a low risk which is really important, especially for any future developments or opportunities that we may want to pursue."
2017 Supreme Winners
David & Sandy Clark - Waimana, Bay of Plenty
"We entered this competition because at the time we were looking at some of the environmental aspects of our business and the negative impact they may have been having on the land. We found from the competition that we run a pretty robust and financially-sustainable system that is able to perform above average, even in less economic years. From the results produced we were able to identify environmental areas we could improve on and this has made us think about our next steps in farming by looking at what we do well, and where there are opportunities for improvement. It has also focused us on what our involvement and continuing path in farming will be in the future".
2017 Regional Winner