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Job’s done after 20 years

What a task!: volunteers join with members of the Poowong and District Landcare Group in celebrating the completion of the 20 year project.

  POOWONG and District Landcare Group was happy to complete a 20 year project on the Bass River between Bena and Poowong recently. The project concentrated on 5km of the Bass River and the riparian area. In 1991 the river was covered in blackberries up to three metres high with ragwort and thistles infecting the […]

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Wart affects everybody

Act now: Sharyn Allott of Welshpool points out some ragwort growing in South Gippsland. To learn more about ragwort, contact Landcare.

WHETHER you’re new to land management, a long time farmer or a public land manager, no one is immune to the threat of ragwort. Having persisted in high rainfall areas of Victoria since the late 1800s, ragwort is unequivocally a tough plant to beat. One plant may produce up to 250,000 seeds each year which […]

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Organic, local and delicious

Meat makers: Sally Ruljancich and Colin Trudgen with their boys, Patrick and Jacob, farm their Dollar property organically, producing lamb and beef for a blossoming market.

DOLLAR farmers Colin Trudgen and Sally Ruljancich are certified organic and will this year be adding beef to their blossoming meat business for the first time. Colin comes from a rural background, and has been interested in the philosophy behind organic farming ever since he had the idea of buying a farm. “We were always […]

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

So much to see at Farm World

Fuelling up: Warren Evans, representing one of Farm World’s major sponsors, Evans Petroleum, on site at Farm World on Thursday.

FARM World is in its 52nd year and is still one of the largest field day events in Australia. It attracts visitors from throughout Victoria, southeast of South Australia and Tasmania and has grown to be Victoria’s largest regional agricultural event, attracting more the 650 exhibitors and 50,000 people through the gates over the four […]

April 1st, 2014 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

Farmers’ chance to play

Top tractors: Glen Vernon (left) and Travers Scott from Windmill Ag in Leongatha South at the ride and drive day held at Stony Creek last Wednesday.

WINDMILL Ag held its annual ride and drive day at Stony Creek last Wednesday, showcasing the new 6000 series of John Deere tractors. Leongatha South Windmill Ag dealer principal Travers Scott said the ride and drive days are held each year, for both the Leongatha and Maffra dealerships. “It was a good day. We had […]

March 18th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Silage waste wrapped up

Environmentally minded: Toby and Nick Leppin from Bena collect silage wrap in bulka bags for delivery to Drouin Waste Recyclers.  The cost of recycling is significantly cheaper than disposal in landfill. 

THERE’S only one downside to a bumper growing season – what to do with all that plastic wrap once the silage has been fed to the cows? Rather than sending it straight to landfill, local councils have made it easier for farmers to recycle the used plastic in a cost effective and efficient manner. Dairy […]

March 18th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Right bull pays off

Talking technology: the advent of smartphones has presented farmers with more opportunities to access information about genetics when choosing bulls. Yancowinna stud manager Rob Ewing (left) is with Southern Beef Technology Services’ Christian Duff and Gemma Wilkinson.

IN THESE days of technology, there is more to picking a good bull than casting an eye over him. So learnt the 30 people who attended a bull selection workshop at Yancowinna Angus Stud at Cape Paterson last Thursday. Beef producers learnt about the variety of online services and smartphone apps available to source the […]

March 12th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Disease ‘outbreak’

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LEONGATHA will be at the centre of a national preparedness plan for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) when the first of many regional workshops takes place this week. Exercise Odysseus is a series of discussion exercises and field activities – the first one in Victoria taking place at the VLE Leongatha saleyards next Thursday and South Gippsland […]

March 4th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Look and act on new pasture invader

Taking hold: Dot and Rob De Gues at the Cann River tip where an infestation of fireweed was found in late 2012. Photo courtesy of Emma Orgill.

THERE are 1500 of species belonging to a family of plants distinguished by their yellow daisy flowers, Senecios. They are possibly the largest family of flowering plants in the world. One species of Senecio well known is ragwort, as too are many native species found in the area such as firewheel groundsel. One species not […]

March 4th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Chefs to taste Gippsland

Produce tour: Bronwyn Debenham from the Victorian Agribusiness Council is looking forward to the chefs’ tour of Victoria, which will include Gippsland.

A TOUR of Victoria’s rich agricultural sectors by some of Malaysia’s greatest chefs has been organised by The Victorian Agribusiness Council (VAC) Inc, with the project spearheaded by Koonwarra’s Bronwyn Debenham. The tour, dubbed the Inward South Eastern Asian Chef’s Mission, includes seven executive chefs from Malaysia as well as a master butcher from Singapore. […]

March 4th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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