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Dairy, beef, sheep and poppies?

New industry: poppies could be grown in South Gippsland after the Federal Government decided to allow the flowers to be grown on mainland Australia to service the pharmaceutical industry.

POPPIES may one day be growing in South Gippsland. The Federal Government has decided to lift the moratorium on growing commercial poppies on mainland Australia. The government last week announced a five-year roll-out on the creation of a poppy industry, having fielded requests from pharmaceutical companies and industry. Up until now the poppy industry has […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Decade of dairy dedication

Farewell: Dr Danielle Auldist is leaving GippsDairy.

DAIRY leaders have paid tribute to Dr Danielle Auldist, who is stepping down as executive officer of GippsDairy. After 11 years managing the not-for-profit research and extension organisation, Dr Auldist is taking a well earned break before setting off on the next stage of her career. “It’s been an honour and a privilege to work […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Beef outlook optimistic

Going up: Landmark livestock agent Eddie Hams said prices for beef cattle have lifted, which is good news for local breeders.

BEEF cattle prices have lifted recently thanks in part to the onset of warmer conditions and the possibility of widespread rain in the north. Eddie Hams from Landmark said breeders have been struggling last couple of years, and was pleased to see them making some money now “They need it, but it is also good […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Bulls sell well

What’s on offer: Anna and Henry Stuckey of Korumburra inspected the offering at Koonwarra’s bull market.

KOONWARRA hosted a successful bull market at Victorian Livestock Exchange on Tuesday (August 26). “I thought they sold very, very well,” Brian McCormack of Landmark Leongatha said. The top price for a friesian was $3800 for a bull from RH Perrett, while for a jersey bull the top price was $2500 to AH and AR […]

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Young numbers drop

Seeing is believing: Bernie McRae from Lance Creek and Rohan McRae from Elders were at the store sale in Koonwarra last Thursday. Bernie was at the sale to have a look.

There were approximately 950 export and 130 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 80 head week on week. The usual buying group was present and operating in a dearer market. Young cattle were in short supply, with almost half being grown heifers which attracted stronger interest, to lift 8c/kg for the well-finished heavy weights. […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Teens experience dairy

Jersey sure: from left, Korumburra Secondary College students Tash Lacy, Jordan Bell, Spencer Foster and Justin Stewart give calves Sharon and Brian their afternoon feed. The calves are at the school as part of the Cows Create Careers program.

KORUMBURRA Secondary College VCAL students are learning about the dairy industry with the help of two jersey calves. As part of the Cows Create Careers – farm module, the calves are helping to increase awareness of dairy industry careers in a hands on way. The Year 10 VCAL students will rear the calves dubbed Sharon […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Landcare says thanks

THE South Gippsland Landcare Network (SGLN) hosted a lunch on Sunday, August 3 to say thank you to its business partners and supporters. Guests were treated to a delicious barbecue lunch followed by a pleasant farm walk at the Loch property of SGLN board vice chair, Mark Walters. The day was largely about sharing and […]

August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Serrated tussock season approaches

Act now: farmers are being urged to tackle serrated tussock infestations now, before the plants set seed in October.

SERRATED tussock inspections on properties in Gippsland have begun. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries’ (DEPI) biosecurity area leader for Gippsland, Dianne Glen said serrated tussock was a highly invasive perennial grass which posed a significant threat to both agriculture and the environment if untreated. “DEPI biosecurity officers in the West Gippsland catchment have […]

August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Keeping an eye on the Kiwis

Nice sheep: Athlone sheep farmer Ben Hatch with two of his 2013 drop Southdown rams, which will be shown at the Geelong National Southdown Show in early October.

A RECENT trip to New Zealand has helped Athlone sheep farmer Ben Hatch learn more about how the country farms its sheep. He took the trip for two reasons: to source new genetics for his Southdown stud, and to get an overview of general farming practices throughout New Zealand. “I am chasing genetics that include […]

August 5th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Lift likely for beef

Looking up: Landmark livestock agent Terry Ginnane said the local beef market may benefit from a national reduction in cattle numbers, but it is unknown how much.

A LOOMING shortage of cattle and robust global demand for beef may provide a more positive outlook for Gipplsand cattle producers. Landmark’s Terry Ginnane said it is very hard to predict what is going to happen to cattle prices long term. “There is an expectation prices will rise later this year, but how much benefit […]

August 5th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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