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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 »

World of farming reveals opportunities

Eye opener: Emma Germano tours a Qatari livestock market with English Nuffield scholar Johnny Alvis. No gates are used in the market.

THINK of farming in India, and many people may think of rice and spices. But there is much more to the local agricultural scene, as Nuffield scholar Emma Germano discovered. The Mirboo North vegetable farmer is now touring the world inspecting agriculture in countries as diverse as Qatar, Turkey, France. She is researching global export […]

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

Dairy prospects brighten

Optimistic: Leongatha South dairy farmer Gordon Vagg said farmers are looking forward to brighter times.

SOUTH Gippsland’s dairy farmers continue to feel good about the industry, as reported by Dairy Australia as part of the 2014 Situation and Outlook Update. Improvement in the farmgate milk price, strong overseas demand, a drop in the Australian dollar and more favourable seasonal conditions are factors behind the boost in confidence. Leongatha South dairy […]

July 1st, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Feed your herd now

Ideal option: Chris (left) and Cameron Brown from Browns Stockfeeds in Leongatha said their long fibre calf mix is available now.

RIGHT now is a good time for dairy farmers to decide if they have enough feed to see them through the rest of winter. Lindsay Davies from Brown Stockfeeds said most farmers have still go some silage left, and reasonable levels of hay in front of them. “There is a bit more hay up north […]

July 1st, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Calving: split versus seasonal

Children and animals: Ruby, Isabella and Scott Mackie from Meeniyan cuddle a few of this season’s calves.

THE majority of South Gippsland dairy farmers operate on a split calving system, rather than seasonal which is the opposite of 15 years ago. Department of Primary Industries and Environment development specialist – farm business management Gavin McClay said the basic premise of seasonal calving is matching feed supply to feed demand. “In winter and […]

July 1st, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Opening season hopes rise


WITH current milk prices at relatively high levels and the end of the season fast approaching, speculation regarding the new season opening milk price has begun. Burra Foods general manager (commercial) Dale O’Neill, said current milk intake is in line with earlier forecasts and when compared to last year, volumes are up considerably, particularly in […]

June 24th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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