Farms Advice Podcast

  • Get The Most From Your Ewe Lambs with Sally Martin

    In this episode of the Farms Advice podcast, host Jack interviews Sally Martin about the Optimizing New Lamb Joining Outcomes project. They discuss the use of mate cell for ram breeding, the role of genomics in sheep breeding, and the busy times in the sheep industry. They also talk about an upcoming field day for the project and the questions that led to its creation. Sally explains the variables and measurements involved in the project, including teaser rams and ram health. They discuss the importance of timing and nutrition in joining ewe lambs and the benefits of using EID tags for improved management decisions.TakeawaysMate cell technology allows for accurate prediction of breeding outcomes before rams and ewes are joined.The Optimizing New Lamb Joining Outcomes project aims to provide a framework for decision-making in joining ewe lambs.Timing, nutrition, and ram health are crucial factors in successful joining of ewe lambs.EID tags can provide valuable information for individual animal management and decision-making.00:54 Using Mate Cell for Ram Breeding02:09 Genomics and Sheep Breeding03:01 Busy Times in the Sheep Industry03:20 Field Day and the Optimizing New Lamb Joining Outcomes Project04:06 Starting the Project and Addressing Producer Questions06:12 Variables and Measurements in the Project08:21 Following Ewe Lambs as Adults09:15 Joining Strategies and Timing10:09 Teaser Rams and Ram Health12:27 Considering Seasonality and Labor Opportunities14:13 Selecting Rams for Young Ewes16:42 Preparing Rams for Joining17:44 Joining Frequency and Timing20:04 Managing Feed and Nutrition for Optimal Joining22:59 Classing Ewe Lambs for Joining23:37 Using EID Tags to Improve Management Decisions26:31 Field Day Agenda and Demonstrations29:06 Key Performance Indicators and Project Goals30:29 Preparing for Mandatory EID Tagging35:00 Wrap-up and Advice for Joining Ewe Lambs
  • 2. Do Farmers Look Fat In This? Ben Wundersitz and the Fat Farmers Journey

    Welcome to the very first full episode for the Farms Advice Podcast. This is the 5th season and it's going to be a great one. Make sure you subscribe to wherever you listen to not miss a moment. Follow us on Instagram Wundersitz, a fifth-generation farmer from Maitland, South Australia, shares his journey of starting the Fat Farmers community and the importance of physical and mental health in farming. The conversation covers topics such as challenges with snails, making time for exercise, measuring the impact of Fat Farmers, and the need for healthy farmers in agriculture. Ben emphasizes the role of Fat Farmers in building community and the importance of surrounding oneself with good people. The conversation concludes with a discussion on starting a Fat Farmers community and the sharing culture in agriculture.TakeawaysPhysical and mental health are crucial for farmers to perform their best on the farm.The Fat Farmers community provides a social outlet and support network for farmers to prioritize their health.Exercise and a healthy lifestyle can have a positive impact on both physical and mental well-being.Surrounding oneself with good people and building a supportive community is essential for personal and professional growth.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Welcome01:11 Ben's Farming Background02:05 Challenges with Snails03:09 Starting the Farming Operation04:11 Giving Up Local Sport05:04 The Birth of Fat Farmers06:15 Making the Decision to Change09:02 Identifying the Need for Change10:01 Making Time for Exercise11:45 The Connection Between Exercise and Mental Health13:55 The Impact of Fat Farmers on the Community15:22 Measuring the Impact of Fat Farmers20:28 The Importance of Physical and Mental Health in Farming23:33 The Role of Fat Farmers in Building Community24:25 The Need for Healthy Farmers in Agriculture26:01 Balancing Health and Farming27:19 Fitting Exercise into the Farming Routine28:05 Advice for Farmers29:08 Advice Passed on to Ben30:36 Taking Care of Yourself and the Community31:15 Sponsors of Fat Farmers32:02 Starting a Fat Farmers Community33:33 Learning from Traveling and Meeting Other Farmers34:12 The Sharing Culture in Agriculture34:40 ConclusionKeep on farming!
  • 1. Let's Go Farming in 2024

    G'day and welcome to the first episode of 2024 and let's go farming!A round up of what happened in 2023 and what is to come in 2024. Only 50% of you have subscribed but for the farmers who haven't do me a favour and subscribe to your platform so that we can build on the podcast, get the best guests on in the business and go to a few events.If you want to be a part of the podcast in 2024 email't wait to rip into this year with you. Keep on farming and follow us on Insta @FarmsAdvice
  • 216. Advocating from Central Australia with Gillian Fennell

    Farms Advice Podcast this week is with the Queen of Twitter, Gillian Fennell. Coming from South Australia she is pretty well smack bang in the middle of Australia, or as others would call. Middle of no where. They operate huge area with the family and are using Twitter as a way to stay connected. she's informed of most things and if she isn't she doesn't try to be.Follow her on Twitter @Stationmum101If you liked this episode please share it with a mate or a retweet. Make sure you've subscribed so you don't miss another for over 200+ episodes looking to improve your farm@farmsadvice on your socials to find us.
  • 216. Behind the Harvest 2023 with Grain Producers Australia

    This year's harvest hasn't followed on from last years crop so here's an update from Grain Producers Australia CEO Colin Bettles and Northern Director Matthew Madden.How's harvest going in 2023Hail storms and farmingMatthews recent trip to India with the Ag MinisterThe Biosecurity levy and it's current stateBoard Position currently open to join GPA.AG Day and what means to be advocating Australian grain producersAlso, predictions that who would with the ODI World Cup but they sat on the fence too much.Take a look at GPA role hereMore episodes you might like with GPA If you liked this episode make sure you share it with a mate and pass on the #FarmsAdviceFollow us on socials @farmsadvice and keep on farming
  • 215. Searching For Gems in Farm Finance with Deb Purvis

    Welcome back to the Farms Advice podcast. Today's episode we talked to Deb Purvis from Purvis Financial. This is a great episode going into how you can look for the best loans, find out whether loyalty works best for you. And as a new entrant into farming, trying to get into the farming game, there is a fair bit of expertise here to listen in to find out different avenues of how it can work for you.The Farms Advice Podcast has been going for 3 1/2 years now and we've been divvying out some great knowledge from the experts in the paddock and also the office. It would be fantastic if you can subscribe to this podcast. We don't want it to stop there, though. We want you to pass on your own piece of farms advice to this generation and the next. It's pretty important for us to start sharing knowledge within Australian agriculture, so it's not lost into the never, never.Until next Tuesday keep on farming farming.Find Deb at and tell her Farms Advice sent you here.For more episodes like this go to and grab yourself a pair of Farms Advice work socks.follow us @farmsadvice on InstagramFollow our YouTubeFollow on Twitter
  • 214. Rain, Hail or Shine – seize tax opportunities for your business with Scott Smith

    Rain, Hail or Shine – seize tax opportunities for your businessThis episode topic will cover high or low income years can present opportunities for your business from a tax perspective. Ensure you know what these are, so that you can take advantage of them. Welcome to the seasoned and new farmers joining us for an informative episode on the Beyond The Tax Return. Scott is a wealth of knowledge and this is his third appearance on the Farms Advice Podcast from succession to estate planning. Now you can get your tax in order. Share this episode with your mates and let us know where you're listening from socials or go to for more information about this episode and others
  • 213. How To Become A High Performance Farmer Starting With Culture with Stuart Wesley

    Farms Advice Podcast is lucky to get Stuart Wesley on again with an add on of the previous episode about people and culture and how it impacts farms across Australia. If you're working within yourself and others on farm either family or not this is a perfect episode for you. Find the snippets in here you might get something from.Get to a place that you're happy with and have a life that you like on and off-farm. We loved this conversation and hope you do to. Have a good week.For more and follow us on Instagram @farmsadviceHave a look at what Stuart and the team do
  • 214. Chaser Bins Can Do What?? New Tech coming to harvests with Melody Labinsky

    Farms Advice Podcast episode this weeks jumps into a little bit of harvest technology and what has changed within tractors with PLM Manager for ANZ New Holland team Melody Labinsky. Some technologies in there that Jack hadn't even heard of. Follow the episode and listen into find out what could be happening on your farm in the next few for more of these episodes. Follow us on Insta @FarmsAdvice.