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Foxes, rabbits in Landcare’s sights

THE South Gippsland Landcare Network has started working on a new fox and rabbit control program. Covering 16,000ha of coast and farmland, project planning and works have been underway for six months, with another two years of onground work to come. Fox control will be undertaken through baiting on farmland and public land, with fox […]

August 23rd, 2019 | Posted in News,Rural News | Read More »

Jersey chief, Glen Barrett, pursues Chinese market

A FORMER Korumburra man was an instrumental part of a dairy delegation to China to open opportunities for the Jersey breed. China needs 109 million tonnes of dairy to meet current nutritional targets but last year Australia exported only 840,000 tonnes. A recent dairy trade mission to China has identified Jersey as a potential growth […]

August 23rd, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Focus on the future

A FARMING family with eyes well and truly on the future will be in the spotlight during this month’s Focus Farm open day. The Moon family of Yanakie are building on their dairy legacy to ensure their farm business is sustainable in the current climate and for future generations. GippsDairy’s co-facilitator of the Yanakie Focus […]

August 16th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

Eating parmas backs farmers

LEONGATHA pizzeria Serafinos has presented $1200 to Gippsland Farmer Relief for drought stricken Gippsland farmers. Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath, who also contributed a personal donation, said Serafinos owners Fred and Mandy Truscio were concerned about mounting pressures on local farmers and wanted to help. “They understood Gippsland farmers were having an incredibly hard […]

August 12th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

Wayne Kuhne keeps Jersey cattle on national stage

THE Kuhne name has been synonymous with the Jersey breed for more than 70 years and so it’s little wonder the younger generation continues to give back to their treasured tan brown cows. Wayne Kuhne milks and breeds Jerseys at Koonwarra and has stepped up his involvement in the industry off-farm by becoming a director […]

July 30th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Federal action to protect farmers against activists

THE Federal Government is proposing to introduce new legislation and tough new penalties on law-breaking activists who encourage others to trespass on farms. Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath said the new federal legislation would strengthen protections for law-abiding farmers. “The federal laws will better protect farmers’ privacy by stopping animal activists using carriage services […]

July 30th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Dairy industry in need of skilled labour

  THE dependency on skilled labour and attracting people to a career in dairy continues to be a priority with an additional 800 employees needed on Australian dairy farms by 2023. This statistic is in-line with an increase in farms with six or more employees across the industry from four per cent to 20 per […]

July 30th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Dairying looks to better times

DAIRY farmers can look forward to an improving industry after a challenging time for the sector. Dairy Australia’s latest Situation and Outlook report indicates ongoing dry conditions until now had impacted national milk production, farm profitability and farmer confidence. Despite continued higher costs for grain, hay and water, Dairy Australia is tipping a better outlook […]

July 23rd, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Get on board GippsDairy

CURRENT and former directors have urged people who want to contribute to the dairy industry to consider nominating for GippsDairy board positions. Nominations for farmer and industry specialist positions are now being called for. GippsDairy is the dairy Regional Development Program for the region, delivering research, development, and extension programs to improve the profitability and […]

July 23rd, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Feeding roughage is worth the effort

AS recent rainfall results in the growth of new pasture, farmers may be asking if they need to keep feeding livestock roughage. Roughage, such as hay, may still be needed during winter for the following reasons: Livestock require a minimum amount of fibre and long roughage to maintain their digestive systems. This is sometimes referred […]

July 23rd, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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