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Buffalo surprise in the paddock

  THINK of South Gippsland and milk, and one typically conjures up the image of a herd of Friesian or Jersey cows. But in the far east of the region, there is an animal of a different kind in a milking shed, a bovine usually associated with Australia’s tropical top end. Buffalo are being milked […]

January 14th, 2020 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

Farmers gave hay to mates in need

FARMERS from South Gippsland have donated hundreds of hay bales to farmers affected by bushfires in East Gippsland. Leongatha South CFA and Leongatha Lions Club united to organise a hay drive, with donations coming from as far as Poowong and Dumbalk. Leongatha South machinery dealership Cervus Equipment donated a tractor for use in loading the […]

January 7th, 2020 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

Farmers urged to focus on biosecurity

SOUTH Gippsland farmers have learned valuable lessons about the importance of rigorous on-farm biosecurity. During a recent state-wide webinar, Agriculture Victoria’s Dr Jeff Cave shared his recollections of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in the United Kingdom in 2001. Dr Cave was deployed to Cumbria – the most severely affected part of the country – […]

December 31st, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Crothers to step down from Burra Foods’ helm

  GRANT Crothers is standing down as the leader of Korumburra dairy processor, Burra Foods. He wrote to suppliers advising that as of December 31, he would step aside as CEO and move to “the less active role of executive director”. “The last 29 years as CEO and managing director have been a wonderful journey, […]

December 3rd, 2019 | Posted in News,Rural News | Read More »

Scholarship keeps rural dream alive

HANNAH Thorson has gone to the city to learn more about agriculture but her heart remains in South Gippsland. Thanks to receiving Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s 2017 Bill Pyle Tertiary Scholarship to support her Bachelor of Agricultural Science study at La Trobe University, Hannah has been able to bring her new knowledge back to the farm […]

November 19th, 2019 | Posted in News,Rural News | Read More »

Farmer says it’s time to speak out

LEONGATHA South dairy farmer Benjamin Vagg says it’s time for farmers to show the world what they have to offer. Benjamin, who has recently taken on a senior role with the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria, says the views of farmers are too often ignored but they will become more important as the world meets the […]

November 12th, 2019 | Posted in News,Rural News | Read More »

Hundreds support clearing sale of Ginn family

MORE than 100 farmers and their families attended the clearing sale of Dennis Ginn and Christine Gicquel at their Cape Paterson property, Yancowinna, last Friday. It was a “bittersweet day” for Dennis and Christine as they auctioned their farm machinery and equipment. Dennis said a lot of familiar faces from the farming community were there, […]

November 6th, 2019 | Posted in News,Rural News | Read More »

Farmers to share tales over snags

FARMING can be a mentally challenging career. Farmers face unreliable prices, variable weather, expensive costs, often work in isolation, and don’t feel able to talk about the pressures of the job. This can lead to farmers experiencing stress and mental health issues at higher rates than those in other occupations. It’s a fact not lost […]

November 6th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

Belinda takes Landcare message to Africa

THE message of Landcare will travel from the rolling hills of South Gippsland to the plateaus of Uganda in coming weeks as Australian Landcare International (ALI) volunteer Belinda Brennan prepares to address the Uganda National Landcare Conference. Ms Brennan, who is partnerships and engagement team leader with the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority at Leongatha, […]

October 29th, 2019 | Posted in Community,News,Rural News | Read More »

Now’s the time to maintain dams

SOUTHERN Rural Water (SRW) said recent rainfall has tested the integrity of some farm dams, serving as a timely reminder for landowners to carry out routine maintenance. SRW’s Hugh Christie said that a dam is a valuable asset on any farm, providing essential stock or irrigation water supplies and should be inspected throughout the year […]

October 22nd, 2019 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

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