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Finished cattle hard to find

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There were approximately 1080 export and 100 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 270 head week on week. There was a full field of buyers present and operating in a mixed market as last sales absentee returned to the gallery. Quality was good in the grown steers and bullocks however it was more limited […]

August 30th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

PM talks buoy dairy

Good sign: Hazel Park dairy farmer Kelvin Jackson said getting an audience with the highest level of government recently was a positive step for the troubled dairy processor Murray Goulburn.

MURRAY Goulburn’s head honchos met with the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his deputy Barnaby Joyce to discuss the current predicament facing dairy farmers recently. MG was represented at the meeting by chairman Phil Tracy and directors and staff Ken Jones, Natalie Akers, Mike Ihlein, David Mallinson and Fiona Smith. Mr Tracy said MG was […]

August 30th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Calders turn flood into fodder

Many benefits: Amanda and Tim Calder enjoy the family aspects of dairy farming on their Meeniyan property.

TIM and Amanda Calder are Legendairy farmers with a Legendairy farm located in Meeniyan, Victoria, the 2015 Legendairy Capital of Gippsland. The family own the iconic paddocks that travellers on the South Gippsland Highway, see as they cross the Tarwin River. The land is regularly flooded, turning the low-lying areas of the farm into a […]

August 30th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Dairy farmers aim higher

Sharing ideas: from left, GippsDairy extension officer Karen Romano caught up with Fiona Baker, Jeff Urie and Bruce Manintveld at the Mirboo North Focus Farm field day.

BRUCE Manintveld and Fiona Baker were good operators when they started as Focus Farmers two years ago. Now they are even better. That’s the assessment of farm consultant Jeff Urie, who facilitated the Focus Farm for the Mirboo North couple. “They were very good to start with, but I think the two things that the […]

August 24th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Landholders prepare for action on rabbits

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THREE workshops are being run to provide landholders with information about integrated rabbit control in the lead up to the release of a new strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, known as RHDV1 K5. The RHDVI 5K virus, due to be released in 2017, aims to boost the effectiveness of the current RHDV1 strain that […]

August 24th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Beef rises again

Beef on high: from left, Landmark livestock agents Stuart Jenkin and Eddie Hams and Korumburra South beef trader David Whiteside are keeping an eye on beef prices, which are hitting record highs at the moment.

BEEF prices have been on a meteoric rise for the last 12 months, hitting record highs in recent weeks and they could rise even higher in the lead up to spring. According to Meat and Livestock Australia, demand for cattle from restockers is currently driving the price rise. The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator hit 700 […]

August 24th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Chinese investment in Burra Foods approved

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BURRA Foods of Korumburra will officially be majority owned by a Chinese company. On Friday, the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) provided Burra Foods with written notice there were no objections to the proposed change in shareholding under which leading international dairy farming company, Inner Mongolia Fuyuan Farming Co Ltd (Fuyuan), would take a majority […]

August 16th, 2016 | Posted in Business,Rural News | Read More »

Dairy farmers rearing to go

Useful tips: calf rearing will be the focus of next week’s Young Dairy Network night at Fish Creek.

CALF rearing is an area where farmers can always improve their skills. A Young Dairy Network evening in Fish Creek next week will have an in-depth look at issues surrounding the raisingof healthy calves. YDN Gippsland coordinator Irene Baker said the evening would prove beneficial for any farmer trying to maximise their success rates during […]

August 16th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Rain buoys hopes as spring approaches

Looking forward: Koonwarra dairy farmer Shawn Hollingworth is looking forward to what he believes will be a cracking spring.

DAYS are getting longer and as spring approaches, the regions’ farmers are hopeful good winter rain will bring a bumper growing season. Koonwarra dairy farmer Shawn Hollingworth said currently on his farm, things are shaping up for a decent spring. “We have a good feed wedge in front of us. We are borderline wet, so […]

August 16th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

MG loses out to Bega

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MURRAY Goulburn will take a $108 million hit to its revenue annually, after losing its contract to provide a range of private label products to Woolworths. MG will no longer be contracted to supply Woolworths with cheese, UHT milk, adult milk powder and cream. The cooperative has retained the contract to supply private label shredded […]

August 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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