Erin: Discovering familiar issues on unfamiliar turf

Erin with Arnold and Henry van Dorp. Mowing day today: Their second harvest of mowed grass for the year.
Over a cup of coffee at the kitchen table the similarities began to spring up left, right and centre
Erin with Arnold and Henry van Dorp. Mowing day today: Their second harvest of mowed grass for the year.

The farm stay:

IT'S day 3 on our farm stay and the sun is finally shining in the Netherlands. So far it's been a fantastic experience.

Before coming on this trip we gave Rabobank a brief summary of our operation so that they could pair us with appropriate farm stay hosts.

So when we came from our 8500ha grain cropping enterprise and arrived to a 43ha dairy farm that grows ryegrass we wondered if something had gone astray in translation.

Within 30 minutes and a chat over a cup of coffee at the kitchen table the similarities began to spring up left, right and centre.

Cost of production, efficiencies of scale, succession, implanting new systems, outlay for adopting new technologies, finance costs and public perception of the industry are just a few of the similarities.

It's an interesting and enlightening experience.

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  • Erin Green

    Erin Green

    is a graingrower from Yuna, WA, and a member of Rabobank's Young Farmers Master Class
    Young Farmers Master ClassFollow five Aussie farmers' journey to the Netherlands for the Rabobank Young Farmers Master Class.

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