Pasco, Hall & Associates Business Consultants  

Agricultural Enterprise

The Rural Connection

We own and operate agricultural enterprises which include:-
The growing of olives for oil, gift packages and pickled products the breeding of Dorper sheep which provide excellent meat products Devon cattle - varied blood lines from England, quality finished beef available.
While not a core business, we have more than 50 years of experience in the production of wheat, sheep, cattle and cash crops. Our consultant can provide management animal health and nutrition advice.

PHA produces a booklet – Guidelines for Workers in Agriculture to assist farmers with OHS compliance on farms.

Olive Trees Australia

Currently our olive grove (600 trees) is mature. 

Olive oil can be packaged for customers with their label in 250ml and 500ml bottles and 4 litre tins for Christmas, business launches or special occasions.

Dorpers Dorper sheep

We are producing fat Dorper lambs. The produce is ready for sale on an ongoing basis. 

The Dorpers are fast growing, food efficient and extremely hardy animals.

Devon Cattle Devon Cattle

Our Devon cattle included a number of imported blood lines. Heifers and young bulls are available annually. 

Grass-fed fat cattle for sale July-November. In 1962, Newstead Ox, a product of our herd was Grand Champion on all breeds ‘on the hook’ at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

General Safety Guidelines for Workers in Agriculture

Simple guidelines on OHS/WHS requirements and general agricultural safety to distribute to your staff. They sign acceptance of this information and receive a pocket sized booklet which provides guidance on a range of relevant topics. This strategy is used by many large companies to inform outside work teams in other industries, e.g. construction and logistics.

Cost              5 units                 $50 + GST              + pp $5.00

                      10 units               $80 + GST              + pp $7.50

                      20 units               $150 + GST            + pp $10.00

View cover art and Table of Contents

Other quantities on application.

Complete enquiry form and our bank details will be provided for payment prior to despatch.

Advertising is available for companies in the booklet. If you want your own branded version, contact us.

Hazard and Risk Assessments – Curbside Advice

The WHS legislation seeks the elimination of all hazards and their associated risks. Hmmm!?

Due to the vagaries of the workplace, that is almost impossible. Hazard assessments should be

about dealing with the unexpected, as well as the predictable although aircraft crashes and

meteor strikes on buildings are difficult to predict.

The assessment of equipment hazards should commence with the operator’s manual. The

manufacturer is required to provide information about hazards. It is worth considering their

view of the issues associated with operating their equipment. Under the new codes practice,

they should have undertaken the analysis. The equipment will also have instructions and decals

identifying hazards. The information is a starting point when considering the step by step

execution of the task. The extension of the hazards depends on where the equipment is

operating, i.e. in relation to other equipment, vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Sometimes

people put in place a control for one item which actually increased the hazard associated with

an adjacent work station. This process can actually increase the overall risk. Where no

equipment is involved, then the process needs to be examined to identify potential hazards of

the preparation for and execution of the task. Think the process through step by step.

The risk of the hazard creating a problem is measured by the likelihood of the hazard causing

injury and the consequences are the potential outcomes of that injury. There are a number of

risk matrices in use around Australia. Some commentators appear to focus on major instances

which are unlikely to occur. I don’t provide much credence to guarding against that meteor


My suggestion is to look at hazards which, while they may only have minor consequences, have a

greater likelihood of occurring. Years of examining incident and accident registers, convinces

me that this is the area where most gains can be made. Quite often the hazard is not

adequately controlled and the accident reoccurs. Yes, the staff continue to commit the same

mistake. Because it is not considered serious, nothing is done about it. There are costs

associated with these minor issues, however, there can be potential for greater injury. Often

the simple things do not get the necessary attention. Read the manufacturer’s information,

listen to all opinions and have staff sign off on the solution.