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Aaron inspires farmers through hardship

AARON Thomas reckons he wouldn’t be here today if he wasn’t a dairy farmer. Having suffered a serious mental health breakdown and endured the ravages of alcoholism, Aaron is now back on his feet and keen to share his story with other farmers who may be struggling through difficult times. “It’s about one person reading […]

April 16th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Control of wild dogs and foxes helped by bounty

The Victorian Government’s fox and wild dog bounty will continue to run throughout winter. THE Victorian Government’s fox and wild dog bounty will continue to run throughout the winter. Agriculture Victoria’s, Nigel Roberts, said the fox and wild dog bounty has been running in Victoria since 2011 and in that time they have collected more […]

April 16th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Exhibitors report strong interest

DRY and challenging conditions for many South Gippsland farmers did not damper their spirits or interest at this year’s Farm World, with thousands of farmers and their families flocking to be a part of the action. This year marked 52 years of Farm World tradition – now Victoria’s premier regional agricultural event – and it […]

April 16th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Silage wrap recycling blitz

POOWONG and District Landcare Group recently initiated a media campaign to remind farmers that silage wrap is a recyclable product and must not be burned or buried, and to rather take the wrap to transfer stations. Silage wrap must be uncontaminated, rope twine and net is not recyclable. Transfer stations at Koonwarra and Foster accept […]

March 27th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Draft code to increase fairness

THE draft dairy code of conduct was announced in mid January following continued consultation with processors and farmers from all eight Australian dairy regions. The eventual mandatory code of conduct is expected to cover about 87 processors and 5800 dairy farmers, and whilst the draft phase continues and the mandatory code is developed, a voluntary […]

March 13th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

ACM offers minimum price

AUSTRALIAN Consolidated Milk (ACM) is offering its suppliers price certainty, with a minimum $6.50 a kilogram of milk solids for next season. This price is a “floor” and includes nine months of $7kg/MS and three spring months – September, October, November – at $5.50kg/MS. The company has a pool of milk in Gippsland, with field […]

March 13th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Dairy data revolution

THE Australian dairy industry is on the brink of a data revolution, with new technologies such as genomics, farm automation and sensors generating unprecedented volumes and details of data. The challenge now is to develop tools that enable farmers to make sense of this data and use it to make better management decisions. Delegates at […]

March 5th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Germano steps up as VFF deputy

MIRBOO North’s Emma Germano wants to build trust within farming communities and consumers in her new role as vice president of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF). The third general horticulture and mixed farmer was elected at the VFF’s annual general meeting in Melbourne last week. The Nuffield Scholar has served as the VFF Horticulture Group […]

March 5th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Mick’s ready for dry conditions

INVERLOCH’S Mick Hughes isn’t letting the dry conditions affect him this season. With 32 years in farming and his seventh season on his current 400 acre farm, Mr Hughes says it’s all part of the job. “You always get thrown a curve ball and you just get on with it,” he said.  “We were way […]

February 26th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Prices continue to ease

By South Gippsland Stock Agents Association AGENTS yarded a reduced yarding of 1650 cattle, consisting 1085 steers, 535 heifers, 25 cows and calves. The quality of the yarding was generally good with some annual feature drafts of weaners being offered. Prices improved across the board for most grades of cattle by $30 to $50 and […]

February 19th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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