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Harrisons’ Holstein wins

Number one: Ashley, Jane, Raidyn (left) and Cohen Harrison from Nerrena with their winning two year old cow, Krishlaye Steady Pixie NYC EX83.

NERRENA dairy farmers Ashley and Jane Harrison and won a section of a major a cow competition. The final of the South Eastern Semex-Holstein Australia On-Farm competition was held recently at the Witchmount Estate winery at Plumpton. Finalists gathered to hear how overjudge Patrick Nicholson of Jugiong Jerseys saw the cows after he had travelled […]

December 17th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Dairy’s in his blood

Fresh ideas: new GippsDairy director Edwin Vandenberg has a lifelong passion for the industry.

EDWIN Vandenberg has dairy in his blood, but business on his mind. The new GippsDairy board member, who has spent most of his working life in the corporate world, is back on the farm and loving every minute of it. Working as a manager at Ajay Group’s 1100 cow Yanakie farm, Edwin has come full […]

December 10th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Ready to learn from NZ

New venture: Hayden Hanratty from Foster will be joining the UDV study tour to New Zealand in February 2015.

HAYDEN Hanratty from Foster will be joining five other young dairy farmers from Victoria on next year’s New Zealand study tour. Organised by United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) and funded by the Gardiner Foundation, the tour will leave Melbourne in February. The eight day tour will include visits to dairy farms, research and processing facilities […]

December 10th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Island expo attracts thousands

Up close: James Eastwood of Bairnsdale, left, and Alyssa Duffy of Cowes with suri alpacas from Tara Hill Suri Alpacas in The Gurdies at the Phillip Island Small Farm and Lifestyle Expo.

THE Small Farm and Lifestyle Expo took place at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday and Sunday with a total attendance over the two days of 2,340. Circuit managing director Fergus Cameron said “overall the feedback we are getting is that for the first year it was a great farm expo. The site […]

November 25th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Free trade a big plus

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FREE trade between Australia and China could mean an increase in farmgate prices for dairy farmers and more demand for beef, sheep meat, wine and other horticultural produce. The recently announced free trade agreement (FTA) with China will mean a wind down on tariffs on many agricultural products. Dairy industry leaders have welcomed the FTA […]

November 25th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Cows crowned in challenge

Winners: Hill Valley Planet Noni won the highest pointed cow in the South Gippsland Semex On Farm Challenge. She is owned by Roger and Helen Perrett of Kongwak.

ANOTHER successful Semex on farm challenge was held in October, with more than 200 cows entered from 21 farms spread right across South Gippsland. The Holstein Friesian Association of Victoria South Gippsland Sub Branch held the presentation night in October in Inverloch. This year, the judge was Glen Gordon of Gorebro Holsteins from Cohuna. The […]

November 25th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Knowledge fest at Phillip Island

Opportunities: turning you plot into productive land will be a key focus of the Phillip Island Small Farm and Lifestyle Expo.

KNOWLEDGE is power and there’s lots to learn at THIS weekend’s Small Farm and Lifestyle Expo! The inaugural expo, to be held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit this Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23, will feature speakers from Landcare, the Bass Coast Shire and Phillip Island Nature Park Reserve in the seminar […]

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Farmers welcome funding to fight rabbits

Fluffy fight: funding will help farmers work together to target rabbits to deliver more effective and efficient action.

FARMERS have welcomed a $300,000 funding commitment from the state government and Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre to help farmers fight rabbits. The new Victorian Rabbit Management Collaboration Initiative includes a training and mentoring program to help up skill the next generation in managing the costly and unwanted pest. “Rabbits have long been a farmer’s […]

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Help for mangy wombats

New method: treating mangy wombats is important to help stop the spread of the mite. A new method has been developed, called the burrow flap method, which means close contact with the animals is not required.

MANGE Management was set up in January 2012 as a not for profit organisation to treat wombats suffering from an infestation of the mange mite which, if left untreated leads to their death. Berry Johnson from Mange Management said wombats are nocturnal and live under ground, which has made any kind of treatment nearly impossible. […]

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Decreased yarding

High hopes: Dennis Russell (left) from Wild Dog Valley and Kevin Brislin from Mt Eccles were hoping for prices to come down a little at last Thursday’s store sale at Koonwarra, as they were looking to buy some steers.

There were approximately 650 export and 150 young cattle penned, representing a decrease of 280 head week on week. There was one regular processor absent from the gallery with the remainder of the usual group showing stronger interest in a dearer market. The young cattle were predominantly plainer drafts with very few suited to the […]

November 4th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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