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Global food security demands that we produce more with less land, water and other inputs, including labour. The challenge for world agriculture is to cater to the needs of a world population growing from seven billion to more than nine billion by 2050. This involves a changing demography driving increased protein demand, an aging population, and a shrinking resource base in terms of arable land and fresh water.

Our team offers a unique blend of knowledge and practical experience of agricultural and farming systems, commodities and markets, natural resources management, economics and policy, water and biodiversity. Our integrated approach to agribusiness solutions encompasses the entire supply chain from paddock to plate.

Key areas that we focus on include:

Agricultural and natural resource economics – Rigorous economic analysis to support policy formulation and decision making is a fundamental requirement of our clients. We are proficient in a range of techniques, including triple bottom line cost benefit analysis, economic impact analysis, financial analysis and socio-economic assessments.

Agricultural impact assessments – Our team provides strategic planning and land use services to identify and assess the potential for development and infrastructure encroachment to impact on agriculture.

Strategic planning and reviews – Our team has extensive experience completing large scale and complex reviews, including a number of performance reviews and project / program appraisals for various agricultural industry bodies.

Feasibility studies – We have extensive experience in evaluating and comparing the economic and financial feasibility of a range of different agricultural developments, including processing plants, irrigation developments and production expansion.

Farm management – GHD is currently managing two farms, including irrigation management, agricultural production, environmental monitoring and reporting, pest and weed management, and native flora and fauna management.

Facility Planning and Design – Whether you're planning a new facility, expanding your present operation, or upgrading to meet environmental regulations, we offer expertise in facility design to help you make the most of your operation.

Regulatory and compliance monitoring – Our team provides comprehensive services for the design, construction, and operation of cost-effective manure and wastewater storage and treatment facilities.

For further information, contact:

Seamus Hoban
Service Line Leader, Agriculture – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 3 8687 8833
E: Seamus Hoban

Jason Haelzle
Service Line Leader, Agriculture – North America 
T: +1 519 8840510
E: Jason Haelzle

Priority list of endemic diseases for the red meat industries

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GHD completed a report for Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) that provides a systematic review of the most economically damaging endemic diseases and conditions for the Australian red meat industry (cattle, sheep and goats). A number of diseases for cattle, sheep and goats have been identified and were prioritised according to their prevalence, distribution, risk factors and mitigation. The economic cost of each disease as a result of production losses, preventive costs and treatment costs was estimated at the herd and flock level, then extrapolated to a national basis using herd/flock demographics from the 2010-11 Agricultural Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Information shortfalls and recommendations for further research are also specified.

A total of 17 cattle, 23 sheep and nine goat diseases were prioritised based on feedback received from producer, government and industry surveys, followed by discussions between the consultants and MLA.

Constraints Management Strategy

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GHD was commissioned by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to complete prefeasibility estimates on the impacts to private agricultural land as a result of changes to pre-Basin flows. We developed a model to capture impacts of land use, value, productivity and the nature of flow impacts across growing seasons for both inundated and interrupted access agricultural land. As the project moved to the feasibility phase in 2015, GHD was again commissioned to refine estimates, drawing upon results from property visits and ‘ground truthing’ assumptions along with input provided by each of the Basin States.

Infant Formula Blending and Canning Plant, Synlait, New Zealand

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GHD, in association with specialist design and build contractor Apollo Projects, has completed the engineering design of the building for a new infant formula blending and canning plant for South Island dairy processing company, Synlait. Together we delivered an integrated solution focused on safeguarding food safety and traceability. Now online, the plant is producing infant formula for export.

Rural and Residential Land Use Studies

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GHD was contracted by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure and Narromine Shire Council to prepare the Rural Lands Strategy. This study focused firstly, on land for intensive plant agriculture and secondly on land for rural residential use around Narromine and Trangie. The agricultural lands analysis was presented in both table and GIS formats that clearly showed the geographical location of intensive plant agriculture within the shire and identified any land appropriate for intensive plant agriculture.

GHD is also completing a similar study for Harden Shire Council.

Economic Loss Assessment

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This economic loss assessment was conducted for a confidential client after approximately 40 properties were affected by a bushfire. This assessment involved extensive consultation with landholders and government agencies. The individual loss assessments were prepared to expert witness standards and assessed the impacts of the fire relating to the individuals’ primary production.

Emerald Abattoir Feasibility Study

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GHD completed a detailed feasibility study for a meat processing facility in the Central Highlands of Queensland. The study investigated current and future market opportunities, supply chain costs, economic benefits, site selection, CAPEX. This report is available at http://www.centralhighlands.qld.gov.au/meat-processing-plant-feasibility-study

Mango Value Chain Analysis

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GHD completed the Value Chain Analysis of the Australian mango supply chains for Horticulture Innovation Australia. The report determined the typical costs involved in all steps of the domestic and export supply chains, with an emphasis on the costs associated with product waste and downgrades. This analysis allowed all supply chain participants to compare and benchmark their own business, as well as other business within their supply chain. In addition this report identified opportunities to increase value through improving efficiencies and transparency throughout the supply chain.

Farm Management

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GHD currently manages two farms, one on the outskirts of Sydney at Picton and the other at Dubbo in the Central-West of New South Wales, together covering more than 350 hectares. These farms use treated effluent distributed via pivot irrigation to produce high quality fodder (principally lucerne, hay and silage), which is sold to surrounding dairy farmers, feedlots and other livestock enterprises. The monitoring, recording and reporting are also undertaken as required by legislation. The farm at Dubbo incorporates a beef-grazing enterprise. In addition to irrigation management and agricultural production, GHD’s role on these projects includes environmental monitoring and reporting, pest and weed management, and native flora and fauna management.

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Seamus Hoban

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Seamus combines strong economic and scientific understanding, with outstanding research and analysis skills to address complex natural resource management issues. With more than nine years’ experience, Seamus has delivered a range of services to both industry and government clients, including: policy development, performance review, program evaluation, strategic planning, research prioritisation, economic modelling and analysis, stakeholder consultation, program development and service delivery.

Service Line Leader, Agriculture – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T:
+61 2 9239 7288
E: Seamus Hoban

Jason Haelzle

Jason Haelzle

Jason’s professional practice encompasses all aspects of regulatory compliance, environmental investigation/remediation and engineering for facilities primarily in the agricultural and agri- food sectors. Jason’s areas of expertise include green field developments, storm water, groundwater and wastewater permitting and compliance; engineering and consulting for facility expansion, demolition and remediation activities. Jason has also implemented numerous monitoring and remediation programs, site operations, building assessments, decommissioning and demolition, groundwater, soil gas, and storm sewer monitoring and regulatory compliance programs for large scale industrial facilities.

Service Line Leader, Agriculture – North America
T:
+1 519 8840510
E: Jason Haelzle

Australia

Joe Lane

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After growing up on a mixed crop-livestock farm in the Riverina region, Joe has worked professionally in agricultural consulting and rural development for more than 40 years.. He has a range of experience in reviewing rural research and development corporations (RDCs), agricultural policies and programs, as well as land use planning, including rural land use strategies and agricultural impact assessments. His skills also include providing on-farm advice and also facilitating farmer and other stakeholder groups on a range of agricultural and livestock issues.

Principal Consultant – Natural Resources and Agriculture
T:
+61242222321
E: Joe Lane

New Zealand

Robert Sinclair

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With more than 30 years’ experience in the food industry, Robert leads our New Zealand Food & Agribusiness group. Robert has delivered realistic and successful outcomes for his clients including the detailed design of a baby formula canning plant in Canterbury and an abattoir in Niger. To talk about how we can help you add value to your business and operations, touch base with Robert.

National Business Leader – Food & Agribusiness
T:
+64 2 7444 6706
E: Robert Sinclair

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