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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 »

Free movie for farmers

Farmer’s film: Leongatha Secondary College students, from left, Tegan Werahiko, Jemma Sherriff, Stacey Giliam, Stadium 4 Cinema’s Amanda Norton and Keely Price promote the free movie day for farmers this Sunday.

STADIUM 4 Cinema and The Great Southern Star are hosting a free screening of new film Hunt for the Wildepeople for the farming community this Sunday. Both organisations got together and decided a free film on a Sunday afternoon would be just the thing to divert farmer’s attention away from the farm for a couple […]

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

Quality counts for Zuidemas

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YANAKIE dairy farmers Ashley and Deidre Zuidema have been recognised in the Dairy Australia milk quality awards for the sixth year in a row. The awards recognise farms that have the achieved the best milk quality in Australia based on their annual average bulk milk cell count (BMCC). This year, the Zuidema’s received a gold […]

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

Cows lack finish as prices tumble

Family outing: back from left Fiona Indian, Evelyn Indian and Chris Indian with children Ava Simon, T.P Simon, Matthew Indian, Mitchell Indian and Melanie Indian, from Tarwin Lower were at the store sale at VLE Leongatha last Thursday, for a look around.

There were approximately 1900 export and 300 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 300 head week on week. Most of the usual buying group was present but not all operating fully in a cheaper market. Prime cattle were least affected by the price reduction while the plentiful manufacturing cattle were heavily discounted off last […]

July 12th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Downpour fills dams

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WATER storage systems across South Gippsland are nearing full capacity after extreme rainfall filled dams and flooded roadways last week. After having been under Stage Two water restrictions for most of summer, Korumburra’s Coalition Creek received an impressive 72mm of rainfall between Saturday, July 2 and Friday July 8. The reservoir has reached full capacity […]

July 12th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Sprouting new business

Green thumb: Adam Schreurs from Schreurs and Sons with some of the celery planted at the company’s new Middle Tarwin property.

NEARLY 900 acres in Middle Tarwin is being developed into a vegetable farm and processing facility by family company, Schreurs and Sons. The third generation, 52 year old company grows celery, leeks, baby spinach and rocket. Originating in Clyde near Cranbourne, three cousins Chris, Adam and Ben Schreurs took over the business from retiring family […]

July 12th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Spargs calls it a day

Cow cake: Alex Scott and Staff Korumburra branch manager Paul Dunlop and retiring livestock manager Greg Spargo were at the Korumburra Golf Club on Sunday, celebrating Mr Spargo’s career.

ALEX Scott and Staff livestock manager Greg Spargo retired at the end of June, after 48 years in the industry. He was given a send off on Sunday at the Korumburra Golf Club to celebrate his fantastic career, surrounded by colleagues, friends and family. Mr Spargo, known by most as ‘Spargs’, said he was happy […]

July 5th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Farmers feel relief

Farming family: front, from left, Moyarra dairy farmers Charlie, Tina, Bill, Tony, Peter, Warren and Gracie Barlow with Katie Glassock, back, who organised a farmer get together at the Korumburra Recreation Reserve on Sunday.

FARMERS feeling the pinch of the dairy downturn were treated to a free lunch and family friendly event at the Korumburra Recreation Reserve on Sunday. Organised by Katie Glassock and run with the help of The Lions Club, Milpara Community House, Rotary, Kooringal Ladies, Korumburra Business Association, Neville Smith, Evans Petroleum, Divas, Commonwealth Bank, Anglicare, […]

July 5th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Surviving the fall

Power and passion: Kongwak dairy farmer Amy Stark is trying make ends meet after the recent dairy downturn, while slowly recovering from a debilitating autoimmune disease.

KONGWAK dairy farmers Amy and Dale Stark and their three children, Reece, 15, Miah, 13 and Lily, 4 are Murray Goulburn suppliers affected heavily by the recent downturn. They have been is the industry since 2010 and milk around 120 Aussie Red and Friesian cows, on 185 acres. In September last year, Amy was diagnosed […]

July 5th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Free bush dance at Meeniyan

The Hofman family: Esther and Jonathan Hofman and the children have played a big part in getting this special night on for farmers and the community.

MEENIYAN will host a free bush dance for members of the farming community and the broader community this Saturday night, July 2. Backed by the South Gippsland Shire, the UDV and GippsDairy, the event has been organised by Middle Tarwin sharefarmers Esther and Jonathan Hofman. Esther, a 24 year old farmer and local nurse, told […]

June 28th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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