Inaugural study tour gives insight to success

Victorian dairy study tour gives an insight to farm success

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Aged 21, Jake Seuren aims to own a farm in five years.

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BUSY: Lang Lang dairy farmer Jake Seuren participated in the inaugural UDV-Gardiner Dairy Foundation study tour of Victoria.

BUSY: Lang Lang dairy farmer Jake Seuren participated in the inaugural UDV-Gardiner Dairy Foundation study tour of Victoria.

Jake Seuren has just turned 21 and already manages a leased farm at Lang Lang in Gippsland.

Mr Seuren also runs a contracting business boasting gear worth more than half-a-million dollars.

And he has no plans to stop there.

He is a young man on a mission, aiming to own a farm in five years and have three under his belt within 20 years.

His participation in the inaugural UDV-Gardiner Dairy Foundation study tour of Victoria cemented his ownership ambitions and opened his eyes to a potential new home in south-west Victoria.

But his determination is not just about growing assets, he wants to pay it forward to his father, Michael.

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When Mr Seuren wanted to work on the farm in 2018, his dad gave him the chance.

"He's working off farm so I could have the opportunity, but he still wants to be a farmer so I hope to be able to help," he said.

The farm business has been through some tough times.

Mr Seuren's dad has been on the land for 20 years, originally as a share farmer, but the property was sold to a sand mining company in 2007 and only half the land is now used for the dairy operation.

The herd of 400 was depleted by a family break up, the 2016 price crash, and a salmonella outbreak.

When Mr Seuren came back to the farm, only 50 cows remained along with one small tractor and some old hay and silage equipment.

I've experienced the real lows of dairying, now it's all on a high and I hope it stays that way. - Jake Seuren, UDV-Gardiner Dairy Foundation study tour recipient

Since then, 100 cows have been purchased and the herd has been built to 180.

Mr Seuren purchased a bigger tractor to do hay and silage instead of relying on contractors, and then two more and other equipment to start his contracting business.

For the past three years, Mr Seuren, who took over full operation of the farm at the start of July, has ploughed profits into machinery - now he has his sight set on land.

"Now that I've got the contracting business established and don't need more machinery, I can build up enough equity to buy a farm," he said.

"I've experienced the real lows of dairying, now it's all on a high and I hope it stays that way."

As part of his Diploma of Agriculture, Jake has developed a business plan setting out his ownership targets.

Participating in the UDV-Gardiner Dairy Foundation study tour was part of this planning process, not only in learning from other farmers but in forging industry contacts and career development opportunities.

The tour started in Melbourne, with visits to the UDV office, Dairy Australia and meetings with bankers and industry leaders, before visiting farms in south-west and northern Victoria, which were completely different to his in Gippsland.

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