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Farm management

As the cost of production increases farmers can only maintain their income by either increasing the size of their farm or by increasing their productivity.

This means adopting new technologies, implementing innovative practices or changing the types of crops grown. This requires skilled and well planned farm management.

Farm management includes, but is not limited to

  • developing up farm plans and systems, managing weeds and chemicals on farm and the associated legal responsibilities,
  • farm safety and the associated legal responsibilities,
  • recycling of waste and waste water management,
  • preparing properties for emergencies and natural disasters such as bushfire and flood.

How Local Land Services can help

Local Land Services is on hand to offer assistance and advice for many of the typical farm management tools and systems.

Some of these systems might include whole farm management plans, environmental management systems, organic farming systems, quality assurance systems in order to achieve a profitable and sustainable enterprise.

We work closely with organisations such as the Department of Primary Industries to provide up to date technical advice and support.

Training and courses

We are pivotal in the delivery of education programs such as the PROfarm range of short courses, including Lucerne management online, Farm planning, Introduction to property health, and Property management planning. They will coordinate local producer groups on timely and locally relevant topics.

Other training and courses may also be listed on this website under the Resources Hub tab.

Advice and assistance

Call 1300 795 299 to get in touch with a Local Land Services Officer.

Industry collaborators and resources

Rural industries research and development corporation (RIRDC)
RIRDC works with industry to invest in research and development for a more profitable, sustainable and dynamic rural sector.

NSW Department of Primary Industries
The Department of Primary Industries works to develop and sustain diverse, profitable food and fibre industries, and ensures best practice management of our natural resources.

Property Management Checklist

Hunter Local Land Services has developed a new tool to help you identify gaps and opportunities in your property management – including livestock management, emergency preparedness and caring for natural resources on your farm.

The simple checklist will help you prioritise areas for improvement, whether you run a commercial operation or just want a lifestyle block.

It is suitable for people both new to the land, or longterm farmers as it contains vital information and links to key services and support agencies.

The checklist is available here, or you can get a copy at your nearest Hunter Local Land Services Office.

A USB stick full of related resources is also available if you contact Col Freeman on 4938 4959 or via email on