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Lower prices reflect standard of cattle

Cattle chat: John Mitchell from Leongatha, left and Barry Redmond from Landmark discuss cattle prices at the VLE Leongatha store sale last Thursday.

There were approximately 2300 export and 700 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 1500 head week on week. There was an almost full field of buyers present and operating in a solid market. Quality was good in the 1400 steers and bullocks, however the young cattle were quite mixed with secondary and plainer cattle […]

January 26th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Youth shine at Dairy Week

Cow girls: from left, Meeniyan’s Isabella Mackie, Jasmin Mackie and Ruby Mackie enjoyed plenty of success at this year’s International Dairy Week, held at Tatura recently.

THE 17th annual International Dairy Week (IDW) was held from Sunday, January 17 to Thursday, January 21 at Tatura near Shepparton. Locals had plenty of success in this year’s event, particularly in the National Youth Show. During IDW, more than 900 cattle were entered into seven national shows, with breeders and exhibitors from all states […]

January 26th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Meeniyan puts local dairy on the menu

Dairy essentials: Meeniyan businesspeople Francesco Laera, Felicity Jones and Marty Thomas relish supporting the area’s dairy farmers by using local products in their produce.

MEENIYAN is a small town with a big reputation as a foodie destination, and its local dairy products are at the heart of its thriving restaurant and café culture. The South Gippsland village, which was named the Legendairy Capital of Gippsland for 2015, is surrounded by farms that export their ‘clean and green’ dairy products […]

January 26th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Act now on water

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IN the current dry conditions, Southern Rural Water is reminding farmers to talk to its staff about water options sooner rather than later. “Most of our staff live and work in rural communities, and we understand the stresses of dry conditions at a very personal level,” general manager groundwater and rivers Craig Parker said. “The […]

January 19th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Vealers standout in bigger yarding

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There were approximately 2300 export and 700 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 1500 head week on week. There was an almost full field of buyers present and operating in a solid market. Quality was good in 1400 the steers and bullocks, however the young cattle were quite mixed with secondary and plainer cattle […]

January 19th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Field night to offer work saving tips

Tech talk: Terry Clark from Nerrena will talk about SCR Heat Time 24 computer program and its benefits, at the field day being held at his family’s dairy farm this Friday from 7pm.

THE South Gippsland Sub Branch of Holstein Friesian Association of Australia is holding a field night on Friday (January 22) at the Clark family farm in Nerrena. The field night will start at 7pm at the Densley Road property. On the night, Dr Phil Hentschke will present a talk on how the type of animal […]

January 19th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

A show with the lot

Supreme beef: Scott Pugh, left, and handler Ryan Bajada with Greg and Leigh Price of Trafalgar’s supreme beef exhibit, Debonair Juliet, at the 2015 Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show.

A SUCCESSFUL little country show. That is the Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show at Wonthaggi in the words of Rosemary Loughnan, secretary of the organising committee. But the Wonthaggi Show is anything but a little country show. Visitors to the recreation reserve in Wonthaggi this Saturday will see a high standard of exhibition and a […]

January 5th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Restoring rivers pays off

Taking shape: Cindy and Dan Knee with baby daughter Lexie at the Franklin River revegetation talk with West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority’s Matt Bowler and Dairy Australia’s Gillian Hayman.

JUST a few steps away from the lush dairy pastures of Dan and Cindy Knee’s farm is a river environment of rare beauty and genuine significance. The Franklin River’s journey through the heart of the Toora North farm is just a fraction of a 35 kilometre course that snakes its way down from the Strzelecki […]

January 5th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Prepare livestock for fire

Act now: planning ahead can reduce the impact of bushfire on livestock.

THE Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is urging all livestock owners to be well prepared and plan for the possibility of a fire emergency on their farms. DEDJTR chief veterinary officer Charles Milne said a key factor in minimising the risk to livestock during a bush fire or on extreme fire […]

January 5th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Proof is in the pork

Pork producers: Amelia, Dan and baby Hazel Bright with some of the pigs they raise on their Fish Creek property, Amber Creek Farm.

DANIEL and Amelia Bright raise pigs on their 67 hectare Fish Creek property Amber Creek Farm, working with the environment to produce the best quality pork. They have restored around half the property with native vegetation and have planted around 17,000 trees since purchasing the block. Amelia said anything too steep to be safely farmed, […]

December 30th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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