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Silage season back on track

Warmth needed: Kardella agricultural contractor Phil McNaughton is happy with the silage he has been cutting this year, but said some warmer weather would be good.

AFTER last year’s dismal silage and hay season, the region’s farmers are experiencing a return to decent yields and high quality. Continued rain and a rise in temperature are now needed to continue the good growth into the hay season. Agricultural contractor Phil McNaughton from Kardella said crops are up at least 30 or 40 […]

November 15th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Dairy documentary celebrates Meeniyan

All together: a scene from the Meeniyan segment in the Dairy Australia documentary celebrating dairying communities.

MEENIYAN will feature in a documentary showing dairying communities across Australia. To celebrate the success of the LEGENDAIRY Capital program, Dairy Australia has launched the documentary featuring dairy farmers and the regional communities that participated in last year’s inaugural program. Meeniyan was named one of Australia’s LEGENDAIRY capitals in the Dairy Australia campaign. Among the […]

November 15th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

One potato, two potato not too many more

Empty sheds: Rod Gregg from Mancarella Potatoes in Mirboo North, stood in a deserted farmyard last Wednesday, amongst idle machinery with barely a bag of potatoes in sight anywhere. IGA’s fresh food specialist Dom D’Agostino said he hasn’t seen prices as high as they are now for a very long time.”

IN a bizarre set of circumstances, a week ago a spring heatwave sparked fires in NSW. The fires raged all along the NSW coast from the Victorian border all the way up the coast to the Queensland border. Have you noticed the price of potatoes in the supermarket in the past week? It is almost […]

November 15th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Thunder on a roll

Cracking bull: Fish Creek Farm Thunderstruck won a slew of champion ribbons at the Royal Geelong Show recently, following on from his recent success at the Royal Melbourne Show. He was handled by stud manager, Erin Grylls.

SPECKLE Park bull Fish Creek Farm Thunderstruck L1 won the junior interbreed bull show against 55 other bulls at the Royal Geelong Show recently. Owned by Jason and Sarah Keays from Fish Creek, Thunderstruck is the first speckle park bull to achieve that feat at Geelong. Thunderstruck also won junior bull and grand champion bull […]

October 25th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Expo inspires dairy farmers

Sharing ideas: GippsDairy regional manager Allan Cameron with Athlone dairy farmers Lindsay and Patrick Anderson at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo.

DAIRY farmers from across the region have used the South Gippsland Dairy Expo to access information and resources to improve their farm business. GippsDairy reported high numbers of farmers enquiring about extension programs that are currently being offered in the region. The ongoing Taking Stock program, which offers farmers fully funded three to four hour […]

October 25th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

On board with GippsDairy

Leading way: new GippsDairy directors Richard Shephard and Dan Armstrong (centre), with GippsDairy chair Graeme Nicoll (left) and regional manager Allan Cameron before the 2016 AGM at Kardella South.

JINDIVICK farm business management consultant Dan Armstrong and Maffra veterinarian Richard Shephard were appointed to the GippsDairy board at the annual general meeting on October 13. The meeting at Kardella South also saw Fish Creek dairy farmer Graeme Nicoll and Hallora dairy farmer Grant Williams reappointed as chair and deputy chair respectively, with Korumburra dairy […]

October 25th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Finished cattle hard to find


There were approximately 1080 export and 100 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 270 head week on week. There was a full field of buyers present and operating in a mixed market as last sales absentee returned to the gallery. Quality was good in the grown steers and bullocks however it was more limited […]

August 30th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

PM talks buoy dairy

Good sign: Hazel Park dairy farmer Kelvin Jackson said getting an audience with the highest level of government recently was a positive step for the troubled dairy processor Murray Goulburn.

MURRAY Goulburn’s head honchos met with the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his deputy Barnaby Joyce to discuss the current predicament facing dairy farmers recently. MG was represented at the meeting by chairman Phil Tracy and directors and staff Ken Jones, Natalie Akers, Mike Ihlein, David Mallinson and Fiona Smith. Mr Tracy said MG was […]

August 30th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Calders turn flood into fodder

Many benefits: Amanda and Tim Calder enjoy the family aspects of dairy farming on their Meeniyan property.

TIM and Amanda Calder are Legendairy farmers with a Legendairy farm located in Meeniyan, Victoria, the 2015 Legendairy Capital of Gippsland. The family own the iconic paddocks that travellers on the South Gippsland Highway, see as they cross the Tarwin River. The land is regularly flooded, turning the low-lying areas of the farm into a […]

August 30th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Dairy farmers aim higher

Sharing ideas: from left, GippsDairy extension officer Karen Romano caught up with Fiona Baker, Jeff Urie and Bruce Manintveld at the Mirboo North Focus Farm field day.

BRUCE Manintveld and Fiona Baker were good operators when they started as Focus Farmers two years ago. Now they are even better. That’s the assessment of farm consultant Jeff Urie, who facilitated the Focus Farm for the Mirboo North couple. “They were very good to start with, but I think the two things that the […]

August 24th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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