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Collaborative Farming 2 – Dean Wormald & Adrian Gava

Author Growing Solutions
Branding Ag Excellence
Credits SA No-Till Farmers Association
Video Transcript

Mallee farmers Dean Wormald, Adrian, and Heather Gava recently joined forces to create a collaborative farm. Dean and Adrian highlight the benefits of the new and exciting adventure we commenced at the end of the last cereal harvest so pretty much the 1st of January was our first foray into the new company.

About the Collaborative Farming Adventure

The new business that we’ve set up is pretty much bringing together two farming families and where the original families still continue to own the land, and then the new company works that as one entity. Everything that is spent to run the farm is 50/50 We lease the farms, so in other words, the new identity: if I own 10,000, I get leased 10,000.

If Dean owns 6,000, a lease for 6,000, so I have more land so I get more lease, but the actual expenditure is 50/50 and the profit is 50/50. Farming is just a business you’re going into a partnership with it, and the moment you go in to see a solicitor, they explain how to put it all together, things become much clearer.

Seek Out Professional Advice at the Start

We were lucky, I think that, we went in there not saying this is what we want. We more or less went in there and and she gave us an idea of these are you options, but this is what I would suggest you do and this is why. Once she had explained explained it all to us.

I walked out of that solicitor’s office and I turned to Dean and Dean and I both said at exactly the same time “now, wasn’t that worthwhile. That was fantastic.” And that was the turning point said yes, let’s go ahead and do it. One of the biggest hurdles I suppose is stepping away from being your own boss and doing everything your own way and then looking at bringing another partner in and saying okay, you know, some things are going to have to change, but it’s going to be a change for the benefit of all of the individuals involved.

Increased Flexibility and Succession Planning

The benefits for me is having enough work to have a full-time employee being able to better utilise plant & equipment, having a bit more flexibility like if I’m away for one thing or another that I know that there’s someone else In the Business still back there looking after that part of it. You know we all have there own ways of doing certain things and I think it’s fantastic to actually have the extra input.

Absolutely differently because it’s amazing how you get one line of thought and you can’t move away from it. And then all of a sudden someone will come in and say well why are you thinking of that? You know, why don’t we do it this way? It’s gonna be quicker, cheaper and everything changes in your mind and yeah it’s vital.

Partnerships Can Improve and Benefit Everyone Involved

One thing that I learned it’s, you know, quite a long time ago business and whatever that if you’re going to go into partnership with anyone try to get into partnership with someone smarter than yourself. So that it then actually make’s you improve, and you look at your own performance or whatever and you look at how you can improve yourself and by joining forces with people that you believe can benefit both parties, we’re certainly a big part of it

In this video, part of a series of videos on collaborative farming, Dean Wormald and Adrian Gava give us their perspective on why it has been a success for them.

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