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Trade cattle sell firmer

There were approximately 1400 export and 130 young cattle penned representing an increase of 200 head week on week. The usual buying group was present but not all operating fully in a generally firm market. Quality was mixed with only limited numbers of trade cattle and a similar run of grown steers and bullocks compared […]

July 25th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Roughage in winter

EVEN if there is new growth of pasture and you are using various supplementary feeds, you could ask – why feed roughage? Roughage are the bulky feeds that are mostly considered to be high in fibre and low in energy. Roughage is needed to be fed to your livestock this winter. Even though some roughage […]

July 25th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Beef on the way down

BEEF prices have begun to fall as supply continues to increase and rain evades eastern parts of the country. Meat and Livestock Australia’s midyear cattle update has predicted prices will continue to fall for the rest of the year. In June, eastern state slaughter numbers for supply crossed above year ago levels for the first […]

July 25th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

High hopes for dairy code

NEW dairy code of practice has been introduced, developed by United Dairyfarmers of Victoria, Australian Dairy Farmers and other state dairy farming organisations. The code of practice for contractual arrangements between dairy farmers and processors in Australia will create balance and transparency along the industry supply chain, with farmers to gain more control during contract […]

July 18th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Dairy is in the blood

AFTER growing up on a dairy farm and heading to the big smoke to study and work, Kate Bland returned to the area around 15 years ago to work on the family farm. Since then, she has carved out her own business, which she runs next door to her sister Hannah’s farm in Foster. Hannah […]

July 18th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Let’s talk about foot-and-mouth

THEY are three words that Gippsland farmers never want to hear consecutively, but GippsDairy’s Tony Platt is determined to talk about foot-and-mouth. Tony recently travelled to Nepal where he studied with the European Commission for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD). The program selects veterinarians, industry personal and farmers to be trained in better recognising the disease and […]

July 18th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Fine heifers rewarded

There were approximately 1325 export and 200 young cattle penned representing an increase of 300 head week on week. Most of the usual buying group was present but not all operating fully in a mixed market. Quality improved a little in the prime categories while cow numbers were still prominent. The handful of vealers suited […]

July 12th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Local farmers learn from tour

GOOD farmers went on this year’s Don Campbell Memorial Study Tour, but better farmers returned. The annual Young Dairy Network event saw 10 farmers from Gippsland and two from South Australia visiting some of Tasmania’s most innovative farm businesses. Over five days, the group visited farms that challenged their existing ideas of herd and pasture […]

July 12th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Jersey club starts new term

THE South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club held its annual general meeting at the Leongatha RSL last Tuesday and has voted in a new committee. Members Anthea Day and Trevor Saunders from Araluen Park Jerseys at Shady Creek gave a presentation of their recent tour of Costa Rica. They were some of the Australian delegates who […]

July 12th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Keeping count in Krowera

KROWERA dairy farmers Matthew Loader and Megan Kirk have been named in the top 100 dairy farms in the country for milk quality for the second year running. The Australian milk quality awards recognise farms that have achieved the best milk quality in the country based on annual average bulk milk cell count (BMCC). Gippsland […]

July 4th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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