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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 »

Landholders prepare for action on rabbits


THREE workshops are being run to provide landholders with information about integrated rabbit control in the lead up to the release of a new strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, known as RHDV1 K5. The RHDVI 5K virus, due to be released in 2017, aims to boost the effectiveness of the current RHDV1 strain that […]

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

Beef rises again

Beef on high: from left, Landmark livestock agents Stuart Jenkin and Eddie Hams and Korumburra South beef trader David Whiteside are keeping an eye on beef prices, which are hitting record highs at the moment.

BEEF prices have been on a meteoric rise for the last 12 months, hitting record highs in recent weeks and they could rise even higher in the lead up to spring. According to Meat and Livestock Australia, demand for cattle from restockers is currently driving the price rise. The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator hit 700 […]

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

Chinese investment in Burra Foods approved


BURRA Foods of Korumburra will officially be majority owned by a Chinese company. On Friday, the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) provided Burra Foods with written notice there were no objections to the proposed change in shareholding under which leading international dairy farming company, Inner Mongolia Fuyuan Farming Co Ltd (Fuyuan), would take a majority […]

August 16th, 2016 | Posted in Business,Rural News | Read More »

Dairy farmers rearing to go

Useful tips: calf rearing will be the focus of next week’s Young Dairy Network night at Fish Creek.

CALF rearing is an area where farmers can always improve their skills. A Young Dairy Network evening in Fish Creek next week will have an in-depth look at issues surrounding the raisingof healthy calves. YDN Gippsland coordinator Irene Baker said the evening would prove beneficial for any farmer trying to maximise their success rates during […]

August 16th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Rain buoys hopes as spring approaches

Looking forward: Koonwarra dairy farmer Shawn Hollingworth is looking forward to what he believes will be a cracking spring.

DAYS are getting longer and as spring approaches, the regions’ farmers are hopeful good winter rain will bring a bumper growing season. Koonwarra dairy farmer Shawn Hollingworth said currently on his farm, things are shaping up for a decent spring. “We have a good feed wedge in front of us. We are borderline wet, so […]

August 16th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

MG loses out to Bega


MURRAY Goulburn will take a $108 million hit to its revenue annually, after losing its contract to provide a range of private label products to Woolworths. MG will no longer be contracted to supply Woolworths with cheese, UHT milk, adult milk powder and cream. The cooperative has retained the contract to supply private label shredded […]

August 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Rain music to farmers’ ears


JUST months ago South Gippsland was in drought but now farmers could be forgiven for looking skyward and asking for the rain to stop. July’s rainfall figures revealed well above average falls, with Meeniyan receiving 148.mm on 17 days, surpassing the July average of nearly 100mm, said rainfall recorder Lindsay Fromhold of the Meeniyan Post […]

August 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Farmers want MG direction


TWO South Gippsland farmers will be vying for the position of Murray Goulburn director, made available by the resignation of the late Max Jelbart earlier in the year. Hazel Park dairy farmer Kelvin Jackson and Leongatha farmer Bernhard Lubitz are two of four candidates eligible for the Gippsland vacancy. Mr Jackson said he has never […]

August 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Beef back to the top

Come back: Landmark livestock coordinator Eddie Hams said beef prices are staying high, driven by high demand from both the domestic and export market.

BEEF prices have rebounded after they slipped slightly last week as demand for good quality, finished cattle continues to increase. Last Wednesday’s prime sale at VLE Leongatha saw prices jump by up to 25 cent per kilogram with competition increasing as the sale progressed. There was a full field of buyers present, competing in a […]

July 19th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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