Brewing up a day of farm business insights

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 28 Oct 2014

Brian Wibberley, chartered accountant

The South Australian grains industry and Coopers Brewery share a lot in common – more than just barley and beer.

Like many of SA’s grain-growing businesses, Coopers is a successful family enterprise built on hard work, commitment and a shared vision.

It is fitting, therefore, that Coopers Brewery chairman and ambassador Glenn Cooper is a keynote speaker at the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) Farm Business Update in Adelaide on November 13.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Bill Long, from Ardrossan, says Mr Cooper will open the Update by presenting on what it takes to maintain a vibrant and successful family business in the 21st century.

“Coopers is an iconic, privately-held family company that has survived enormous challenges throughout its 150 years of operation, so it will be of great interest to learn from Glenn about what family businesses need to do to get ahead and stay there,” Mr Long said.

Another keynote speaker at the Update for farm advisers will be Daniel Healy from Leading Teams who will examine what’s required to develop high performance teams.

Mr Healy, a former development manager at Port Adelaide Football Club, a former player at St Kilda Football Club and a former player, captain and assistant coach at Central District Football Club, will suggest ways to improve output through a focus on teamwork and performance.

The Update will include a program of concurrent sessions, featuring a range of expert speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including:

  • Liam Lenaghan of Gofarm Australia, who will speak on creative options for financing the Australian farm;
  • John Gladigau from Bulla Burra collaborative farm in SA’s northern Mallee, who will dissect the topic of creating economies of scale in the contemporary farming climate;
  • Experienced adviser Bill Winter, who will weigh up the role of business advisory boards in family farming;
  • Consultant Ed Hunt, who will explore the issue of managing profitability and risk in SA farming systems;
  • Chartered accountant Brian Wibberley, who will discuss farm business essentials for service providers in the future; and
  • Penny Brooke from legal firm Piper Alderman, who will analyse the legal requirements for maintaining a safe family farm.

Registrations open from 8:15am for a 9:00am start. The event at the Adelaide Convention Centre will conclude at 4.00pm and includes catering.

For a detailed program or to register, visit or, or contact ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email


For further information

Gavin Beever, ORM

03 5441 6176


Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli

0409 675100

Caption: Chartered accountant Brian Wibberley, one of a number of expert presenters at the GRDC Farm Business Update in Adelaide, will discuss farm business essentials for service providers in the future.

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