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Food glorious food forest

Vitamin C: citrus trees grow really well in Di Tod’s Koorooman orchard, as demonstrated by this overflowing mandarin tree.

DURING the past nine years, Di Tod has converted 15 acres in Koorooman into a food forest, with more than 500 trees including 100 avocado trees, 40 carob trees, 30 fig trees and many more. Di was a professional musician for 30 years, playing flute and clarinet in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. “I […]

May 26th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Powlett River ecology at risk

Eastern Great Egret: enjoys the extra food and habitat available during the 2015 Powlett River estuary closure.

EARLY in March the mouth of the Powlett River closed up due to a buildup of sand caused by low river flows and ocean swells. The sand has stopped the usual flow of river water reaching the ocean. The closure of the estuary has resulted in flooding of a significant amount of farmland as well […]

May 26th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Be cowful on the roads!

Take care: in the last month the South Gippsland Shire has had reports of cattle, sheep and goats out on roads or on their neighbour’s property.

WANDERING livestock can create a serious public safety risk, more so as we come into winter when available feed in paddocks is reduced and the ground is moist and soft. Stock lean against fences whilst trying to access feed on road reserves and paddocksand this can cause fences to fall and animals to escape, according […]

May 26th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Compost improves water retention

Soil chat: from left, Jack Patton from Berrys Creek, Paul and Tanya Eygenraam from Koonwarra, Colin Truscott from Foster and David Walker from Aussie Compost at the demonstration day held in Koonwarra last Tuesday.

AUSSIE Compost and NutriTech Solutions held a seminar and demonstration day at Paul and Tanya Eygenraam’s Koonwarra property last Tuesday, to inform local farmers of the benefits of composting. Guest speaker, NutriTech Solutions chief executive officer Graeme Sait spoke about how farmers can create soils that are alive and produce better quality food. “The most […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Science made simple at field day

Young farmers: from left, Sally Pate, Paul Sherar and Jason Lee were part of a large  number of young people in attendance at the Cashin’s farm open day.

TIM and Grit Cashin’s farm at Leongatha South was the venue for Dairy Australia and GippsDairy’s field day on Friday and a drawcard for an almost 100 strong crowd. A sizeable number of those attending were young farmers. All were keen to see the progress made on the focus farm during a 12 month period […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Helping Strzelecki koalas at Hallston

Planting a future: volunteers from Sunday’s planting day at Hallston aimed at restoring habitat for the Strzelecki Koala population.

GEOFF and Donna Russell hosted a tree planting day at their Hallston property on Sunday in glorious sunshine. The day attracted 20 volunteers, including friends and family of the Russell’s, as well as members of the local Landcare community and supporters of the Friends of Strzelecki Koalas group. The Russell’s spent both days on the […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Better bulls earn price rise

Pleasing result: Sandra Young of Stony Creek was happy with how her dairy and beef cattle sold at VLE Leongatha on Wednesday.

There were approximately 2800 export and 500 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 300 head week on week. There was a full field of buyers present competing in a dearer market. The quality was good for an autumn sale, however competition was the feature of the sale with prime drafts selling to fierce bidding. […]

May 12th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Heifer sells three times

Three times sold: from left, Leo, Amanda, Matt, Sam and Olivia Johnson of Leongatha at VLE Leongatha at the auction to support research into Prader-Willi syndrome, with buyers Ralf Meyer of Bunyip, Ross Svenson of Walkerville and Graham Goding of Welshpool, each of whom bought the heifer.

A SPECIAL heifer sold three times at auction on Wednesday, raising more than $6000 to support research into a rare medical condition. Many eyes felt the sting of tears at VLE Leongatha saleyards as farmers and others showed extraordinary generosity to support research into a rare genetic disorder, suffered by Leongatha child Olivia Johnson, called […]

May 12th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Fierce bidding for prime cattle

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There were approximately 2800 export and 500 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 300 head week on week. There was a full field of buyers present competing in a dearer market. The quality was good for an autumn sale, however competition was the feature of the sale with prime drafts selling to fierce bidding. […]

May 5th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Help raise funds for PWS

Happy family: from left, Amanda, Olivia and Leo Johnson and Melissa Fowles are looking forward to the charity auction tomorrow (Wednesday), which will raise funds for the Prader-Willi Research Foundation Australia.

A HEREFORD heifer donated by Melissa and Brendan Fowles will be auctioned at the Leongatha VLE tomorrow (Wednesday) to raise funds for the Prader-Willi Research Foundation Australia. The foundation is dedicated to developing a treatment for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). Mrs Fowles’ niece, five year old Olivia Johnson of Leongatha, has PWS, which afflicts […]

May 5th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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