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Dry conditions will persist

Drought tolerant: Koonwarra dairy farmer Shawn Hollingworth has measures in place on his farm to reduce the impacts of drought like conditions, like those expected this summer.

SOUTH Gippsland can expect lower rainfall and warmer temperatures this summer, with El Niño likely to persist into early 2016. Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Jonathan Pollock said the outlook for November to January showed drier than normal conditions were likely for parts of South Gippsland. Mr Pollock said the outlook reflects a combination of a […]

November 24th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Jersey club recognises top cows

Reason to smile: from left, judge Amy Wright with Tanya Privitera, Barrie Allan and Sue Allan representing Inverlair Heights Jersey Stud, winner of the champion cow in the South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club’s annual On Farm Challenge competition.

THE South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club hosted its annual On Farm Challenge competition recently. Judge Amy Wright from World Wide Sires had the challenging job of placing 188 head over three days of judging across 22 studs. The presentation dinner was held at the Leongatha RSL on November 4, where a large room full of […]

November 24th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Disease control vital

Sharing message: from left, farmers Graham Wood, Rachael Nicolson, Daryl Hook, Jenny O’Sullivan, Nena Caithness, Lee Storti and Marg Hauser, Agricultural Climate Resilience Project officer Jill Vella and Livestock Biosecurity Network veterinarian Pat Kluver at the biosecurity information session held at Inverloch last Thursday.

FOOT and mouth disease could cost the Australian beef market billions of dollars if an outbreak was allowed to spread due to poor biosecurity. That was the message heard at the Agricultural Climate Resilience Project’s biosecurity information session at Inverloch last Thursday. Participants heard from Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources biosecurity officer […]

November 24th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Young Landcarers form new network

Leading way: two co-founders of the Network of Young Gippsland Landcarers, Kate Williams (left) from the South Gippsland Landcare Network and regional Landcare program officer Kathleen Brack.

ARE you in your twenties or thirties, working in or interested in sustainable agriculture, the environment or natural resource management, and looking to network with similar people in the area? If so, you are invited to the first ever meeting of the Network of Young Gippsland Landcarers at 7pm on Friday, November 20 at the […]

November 17th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Zerbes farewell Buffalo

Time to smell the roses: from left, Marie and Gavan Zerbe are moving to Meeniyan after selling their Buffalo farm.

BUFFALO was on the move Friday morning, or to be more exact, the Zerbes were. Marie and Gavan Zerbe have lived on the property at Buffalo for 50 years but that is all changing. Mrs Zerbe said, “We have loved it to death but it is time to move on.” Landmark Real Estate put the […]

November 17th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Jerseys rule the day

Show stopper: Wayne Kuhne parades his prized Galaxie Ferleaf. She was sold for $20,000, the highest price paid on a day when the average price for a cow was $5803.

BUSHLEA Farms landmark 25th anniversary sale attracted buyers from across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia to the Koonwarra property on Saturday. There were even several buyers from New Zealand and bids were taken by phone from Canada and the United States of America. The owners of Bushlea, Keith and Pat Kuhne and Wayne […]

November 10th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Make your farm drought resistant


WITH the onset of an El-Nino and the potential for an early drought, it is timely for Gippsland farmers to start making their farms more tolerant of drought conditions. The Southern Gippsland Agricultural Climate Resilience Project will host a workshop on the Drought Resistance Index, highlighting the 18 drought resistant indicators and the management options […]

November 10th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Dairy drives Gippsland

South Gippsland link: from left, GippsDairy chairman Graeme Nicoll discusses the industry with Dairy Australia policy strategy manager Claire Miller and South Gippsland Shire Council’s economic development coordinator Ken Fraser at the Leveraging Opportunities event.

THE Gippsland dairy industry is worth about $3 billion to the region’s economy and has the potential to increase with opportunities for further investment. The dairy industry’s importance to the Gippsland economy and the growth opportunities on the horizon were highlighted at a forum in Warragul recently involving key decision-makers from the region. The forum, […]

November 10th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Livestock biosecurity keeps animals safe


EVERY livestock producer should have their own on-farm biosecurity plan to help protect their livelihoods from the threats posed by diseases, pests and weeds. South Gippsland Shire Council is hosting a free livestock biosecurity information session featuring Dr Pat Kluver, Victorian regional officer from the Livestock Biosecurity Network, to help producers keep their animals safe. […]

November 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Top Holsteins stand out

Best in show: from left, judge Daniel Holmes with most successful breeder Ash and Jane Harrison with boys Cohen and Raiden and sponsor Richard McGrath from Ridley Agriproducts.

THE 2015 Holstein Australia South Gippsland sub branch held its annual Semex on farm challenge recently, with Terry and Janine Clark’s Harklajye Goldwyn Debutante winning highest pointed cow. Ash and Jane Harrison were named most successful breeders. The winner and runner up of each section will go on to the state final judging in November. […]

November 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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