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Landcare says thanks

THE South Gippsland Landcare Network (SGLN) hosted a lunch on Sunday, August 3 to say thank you to its business partners and supporters. Guests were treated to a delicious barbecue lunch followed by a pleasant farm walk at the Loch property of SGLN board vice chair, Mark Walters. The day was largely about sharing and […]

August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Serrated tussock season approaches

Act now: farmers are being urged to tackle serrated tussock infestations now, before the plants set seed in October.

SERRATED tussock inspections on properties in Gippsland have begun. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries’ (DEPI) biosecurity area leader for Gippsland, Dianne Glen said serrated tussock was a highly invasive perennial grass which posed a significant threat to both agriculture and the environment if untreated. “DEPI biosecurity officers in the West Gippsland catchment have […]

August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Keeping an eye on the Kiwis

Nice sheep: Athlone sheep farmer Ben Hatch with two of his 2013 drop Southdown rams, which will be shown at the Geelong National Southdown Show in early October.

A RECENT trip to New Zealand has helped Athlone sheep farmer Ben Hatch learn more about how the country farms its sheep. He took the trip for two reasons: to source new genetics for his Southdown stud, and to get an overview of general farming practices throughout New Zealand. “I am chasing genetics that include […]

August 5th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Lift likely for beef

Looking up: Landmark livestock agent Terry Ginnane said the local beef market may benefit from a national reduction in cattle numbers, but it is unknown how much.

A LOOMING shortage of cattle and robust global demand for beef may provide a more positive outlook for Gipplsand cattle producers. Landmark’s Terry Ginnane said it is very hard to predict what is going to happen to cattle prices long term. “There is an expectation prices will rise later this year, but how much benefit […]

August 5th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Options open for dairy farmers


NEW South Wales dairy company, Dairy Farmers Milk Cooperative, is expanding into Gippsland and is looking for milk suppliers. Greg Griffith CEO said the company was originally founded in New South Wales in 1904, when it was called Australian Cooperative Foods. “In 2004, Australian Co-operative Foods was renamed Dairy Farmers Limited and Dairy Farmers Milk […]

August 5th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,News,Rural News | Read More »

Export doors open

Other side: Agribusiness Gippsland director Alex Arbuthnot visited supermarkets in Kuala Lumpur during a recent trade mission to the area.

GIPPSLAND food exporters need Halal information and training to capitalise on south-east Asian markets, according to a report from the latest Victorian Super Trade Mission. Agribusiness Gippsland director Alex Arbuthnot AM, newly returned from the ASEAN mission, also suggested there is an opportunity for the UHT milk market, including small packs for the hotel/resort market. […]

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Knowledge there to be tapped

Loves her work: Colleen Laws is hoping to encourage older farmers to share their knowledge with newcomers.

YOUNG dairy farmers are missing out on information that could save them the trouble of having to learn from their own mistakes. Dairy farmer Colleen Laws visited Canberra recently to encourage the dairy industry to fund discussion groups at which experienced farmers could impart their knowledge onto young farmers. Ms Laws farms at Jindivick in […]

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Farming in the blood

Family ties: Deb, Craig and Emily Allott on their dairy farm in Hazel Park. Their property has been owned and operated by the Allott family for generations.

CRAIG and Deb Allott, and their daughter Emily, 23, run a 470 acre dairy farm in the hills above Toora. Their son Troy, 25, is a dairy sharefarmer. Another son, Mitchell, 20, is currently completing his apprenticeship as a plasterer and their youngest son Scott, 17, is still at school. “We are a true farming […]

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Dairy power questioned

What’s the buzz: Koonwarra dairy farmer Shawn Hollingworth said off peak power was crucial to running a dairy efficiently.

UNITED Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) members are demanding eastern Victoria’s electricity distributor, SP AusNet, delivers a full eight hours off-peak power to its members. “Anything less than eight hours of off-peak power, from 11pm to 7am, jeopardises our milk quality and risks lowering our farmgate returns,” UDV president Tyran Jones said. SP AusNet spokesperson Jonathon […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Which grass is right?

About choices: the right ryegrass can lift farm profits.

DAIRY farmers will soon be more informed when selecting the right perennial ryegrass to grow on farm profit, thanks to new research by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI). DEPI principal dairy scientist Dr Joe Jacobs said DEPI and Dairy Australia have launched a range of new research projects to improve home grown […]

July 8th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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