My name is Nick Shady and for more than twenty years, I was involved in running my family’s farming business. My brother and I, with the support of our parents, grew the family farm from 2,000 acres to more than 5,500 acres, turning over more than $2,000,000 per annum.
Our success involved utilising the latest technology and research, including precision farming and no till farming, to generate maximum return. We have customised machinery and trialled new broad acre farming methodologies. I have been responsible for the business management of the farm and the marketing of grain.
In 2009, our family business was restructured, giving more control of farming decisions and financial management to the individual partners. This has involved a complex re-allocation of assets (including land and machinery) as well as taxation and financial implications.
This experience, as well as the changes I have seen in the agricultural industry, has driven me towards the goal of helping family farms stay together. My objective is to utilise my experience in managing a large family farming business as well as knowledge gained through my Masters in Business Management, to work with family farms for increased efficiency, profitability and self-management.
I am keen to assist family farms so that they can be successful and that families can continue to work together on the land in a sustainable and profitable manner. This is integral in maintaining and strengthening rural communities and sustaining the agricultural industry. I’m also passionate about working with small businesses in improving their financial processes, budgeting and planning.
I am also very interested in workplace safety and in 2012, I completed training in OH&S. I have since utilised my knowledge to work with small businesses to develop their OH&S strategies, policies and procedures to ensure they are meeting regulations.
Both Ayesha and myself are committed to utilising our skills and experience to benefit our local community. I’ve been on Committee of Management of the Skipton Football and Netball Club since 2006. I previously ran the Club’s Sponsorship Program and now I’m responsible for Special Projects and Funding. I recently raised $70,000, plus $40,000 in-kind support, for the renovation of the Club’s pavilion and kitchen.
Other contributions in my local community include the Skipton Recreation Reserve, the Skipton Tennis Club, and Victorian Young Farmers. I was also the founding chairperson of the Friends of the RSL – Skipton Branch. A model of engaging with the community for the RSL where there wasn’t a strong enough returned service people to keep a local branch going. As a result, the model that was developed was later rolled out to other areas experiencing similar problems.
Another passion for me is helping the family farming community. Ayesha and I have written a book about farm succession planning called Who Gets the Farm: a practical guide to farm succession planning. I’ve seen the impact that poor or non-existent farm succession planning has on families.
Find out more about me at:
My Personal Website
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