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Antarctic trip inspires Landcare link

Future thinkers: South Gippsland Landcare Network chair Mark Walters (left) with Geoff Gourley in Antarctica last year. They were among 100 business entrepreneurs involved in a two week think tank.

THIS year’s guest speaker at the South Gippsland Landcare Network’s annual dinner came about through a chance meeting between two entrepreneurs in Antarctica. Chairman of the network board and entrepreneur, Mark Walters and global social entrepreneur Geoff Gourley met last year as part of two week business think tank in Antarctica. Over the course of […]

September 1st, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Bull bonanza at VLE

Buying some bulls: from left, Sophie and Stacey Jans from Meeniyan attended the VLE Leongatha bull sales with their parents in hopes of buying some Friesians on Tuesday, August 25.

LAST Tuesday, farmers from across the region stopped by VLE Leongatha for the 55th Annual Landmark Bull Sale. Landmark agent Brian McCormack said the event was \successful with many farmers in attendance. A large number of Leongatha and district farmers bid on the bulls while various other agents looked to sell their angus, hereford, friesian […]

September 1st, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Glen Alvie truffles unearthed

To scale: Glen Alvie’s Neville Chapman demonstrates the size of the truffles he finds on his farm.

WHEN Glen Alvie’s Neville Chapman harvested his first truffle in 2008, he knew there had to be more he could do to guarantee further success in the field. In recent years, leading up to his most recent harvest, Mr Chapman tweaked the system which has resulted in 130gm finds. Growing truffles is not always an […]

August 25th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Yearling heifers drop by 30 cents/kg

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A reduction in numbers yarded saw 300 trade, 400 steers and bullocks, 650 cows and 40 bulls penned, with most of the regular buyers present. Quality was mostly plain to average, with the exception of some pens of good quality grown steers. Prices were generally cheaper for most weights and grades. The trade draft was […]

August 25th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Beef well done

Family concern: Phil Gale and Brad Gale from Waratah Bay supply around 350 cattle a year to the JBS Australia Great Southern program and were recently named beef supplier of the year.

WARATAH Bay beef producers Brad and Irene Gale received the prestigious Great Southern Beef Supplier of the Year Award from JBS Australia recently. The JBS award acknowledges elite suppliers to the Great Southern program, the leading livestock farm assurance program in Australia. They were rewarded with a four wheel motorbike, which Mr Gale said was […]

August 25th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Students sow seeds

Green thumbs: from left, Jack, Scott, Sam and John from Mirboo North Secondary College enjoyed a break at Hallston Hall after a day of tree planting.

STUDENTS from Mirboo North Secondary College enjoyed a day of fresh air while tree planting in Hallston last Friday. The Year 9 Landcare group from Mirboo North Secondary College has partnered with Gippsland Water to attain a $500 grant, with money going towards environmental projects such as tree planting. Landcare teacher Alan Riseley said the […]

August 18th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Will chases national award

Go for it: Dumbalk’s Will Ryan has been named as one of three finalists in the Kondinin Group/ABC Rural Australian Farmer of the Year in the Agricultural Student of the Year category.

DUMBALK dairy farmer Will Ryan has been nominated for Australian Farmer of the Year in the Agricultural Student of the Year category. He is one of three people nominated in the category. The Kondinin Group/ABC Rural awards recognise Australia’s professional, innovative and sustainable approach of farmers and farming families. This is not the first time […]

August 18th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Prices fall, buyers absent

Family fun: Emily and Felicity Perczyk and Gail Baker were at the store sale at VLE Leongatha recently to watch Ms Baker’s steers sell.

Numbers decreased to 1800 head and not all the regular buyers were present and operating fully. The market was 25c to 35c/kg cheaper. Quality was down on last sale, however it only played a minor role in the lower prices as lower demand played the major role. Heavy weight C3 yearling steers to slaughter were […]

August 18th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Low cell count lifts herd

Healthy herd: Yanakie dairy farmers Deidre and Ashley Zuidema (pictured) have been recognised in the Australian milk quality awards for the fifth year in a row.

YANAKIE dairy farmers Ashley and Deidre Zuidema have been recognised in the Australian milk quality awards for the fifth year in a row. The award recognises farms that have the achieved the best milk quality in Australia based on their annual average bulk milk cell count (BMCC). This year, the Zuidemas received a gold award […]

August 11th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Price rises leave farmers smiling

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There were approximately 1600 export and 400 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 330 head week on week. There was a full field of buyers present and competing in a dearer market. Quality was mixed, with prime cattle in limited numbers and secondary and plainer drafts well supplied. The offering of young cattle held […]

August 11th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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