Monaro Farming Systems – Farmer Driven Initiative for the Monaro Region
The MFS group was established in 2007 by a progressive group of local innovative producers with Industry support with an aim to build capacity and continuous improvement in the Monaro grazing Industry. Over the previous eight years, MFS has grown from strength to strength and now consists of 63 farm businesses which equates to over 200 individuals. With strong, professional leadership from the ground up it has been able to secure over $700,000 in project funding covering several core focus areas which include soil management and fertility, pasture improvement, enterprise comparative analysis, genetic improvement and farm business growth.
The MFS group collectively manages 123,988 hectares on the Monaro and is responsible for approximately 40% of total production. Members run approximately 375,500 sheep and 25,000 head of cattle, produce on average 1,875,845kg of wool per year and turn off over 2,500,000 kg of sheep meat and 4,207,000 kg of beef annually.
The members manage approximately 35% of the privately held land on the Monaro, over 80,000ha, and are responsible for approximately 40% of production. This land includes approximately 20% of the native pasture and 24% of improved pasture within the Bombala, Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River Shires.
MFS is managed by a Board of seven directors, made up of producer members and Industry representatives including a representative from Meridian Agriculture and employs one part-time Project Coordinator based in the Bombala Office.
Aims of MFS:
- provide members with proven, relevant and targeted information which improves knowledge and profitability
- provide a forum to focus on and manage research, development and extension on the Monaro
- provide opportunities for members to interact and exchange ideas
- be member owned and driven
- continue to develop partnerships by seeking the involvement of individuals and organisations in the pursuit of our objectives.
Priorities for the group include pasture management and productivity, soil nutrition, enterprise analysis, optimizing stock performance, helping to train the young agricultural labour force and developing and managing local research and demonstration trials.
Current Board Members
Richard Taylor (Chairman)
Mike Stephens (Executive Officer)
Georgie Hood (Producer Director)
John Murdoch (Producer Director)
Angus Hobson (Industry Director)
Phil Graham (Industry Director)
Jono Forrest (Industry Director)