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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 »

Glorious Googies

Hounds and hens: Emma Brown has two Maremma sheepdogs, Sonya and Sampson, to help protect her flock.

EMMA Brown has created a hen haven on her Korumburra property, producing free range eggs for a burgeoning market, under trading name Glorious Googies. Raised on the property next door, Emma remembers there were always cattle on the farm; it had no trees and soil erosion was an issue. When the property became available for […]

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

Browns opens in style

Talking farming: from left, Cameron Brown, Mark Reid from Leongatha North, Tom Newton, Maxum Animal Nutrition, and farmer Nick Murphy from Leongatha North chat about the industry.

THE barbecue was sizzling, the customers were drifting in and the day was just right for the launch of the new Browns in Leongatha last Thursday, October 30. Part owner Chris Brown was delighted with the day saying there was a steady stream of customers throughout the day especially during the 11am to 2pm period. […]

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

Prices ease at Koony market

Vendors: from left, Tara (6), Tina (4), Angelica and Danniel Hancock. 
The Hancock’s 200 head of Friesians were up for auction at the VLE on Friday morning in a complete herd dispersal. 
Circumstances change and Mr Hancock says, “I have no choice, they have to go.”
He was hoping for a good result from the sale or as he said, “The prices go up as the grass grows.”

There were approximately 850 export and 200 young cattle penned, representing a decrease of 670 head week on week. Reports suggest the reduction in numbers was in response to a decline in demand for prime cattle in recent weeks. The usual buying group was present but not operating fully in a cheaper market. The young […]

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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