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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 »

Chicken business far from paltry

Chicken little: Ilan Goldman with one of the chickens grown for meat on his Mirboo North farm, while Rufus the dog watches closely.

MIRBOO Pastured Poultry is a small commercial chicken operation growing free range, pasture fed birds mainly for farmers markets. Run by Ilan Goldman, the property on Nicholls Road produces around 200 meat birds a month, raised from day old and processed at eight to 11 weeks of age. The chickens are sent to the abbatoir […]

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Luke’s grass is greener

Luke Cockman: loving life on the land in South Gippsland.

SOMETIMES it takes an outsider to show us just how good we have it at home. Three years ago, Englishman Luke Cockman left behind a teaching career in Essex to start a new life in South Gippsland with his Australian partner Lucy. Looking for a career change, the 27 year old tried his hand at […]

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Dairy’s healthy diagnosis

Back to roots: Tarwin Lower’s James O’Sullivan enjoyed getting back to the farm during a regional visit by Monash medical students.

ASK A medical student about an injured calf and they would normally tell you to roll up your trouser leg. On a recent visit to a Gippsland dairy farm, however, a select group of prospective doctors were examining calves of a different type and learning about farm-related health issues. The on-farm initiative is part of […]

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Cows create careers

Thank you dinner: from left, Jo Duffy of Devondale Murray Goulburn and a beneficiary of Cows Create Careers, agronomist Sally Pate of Brown’s Fertilisers Leongatha, at the Cows Create Careers tenth anniversary dinner in Korumburra.

DAIRY Australia thanked supporters of Cows Create Careers and celebrated the program’s tenth anniversary with a dinner at the Korumburra Italian Social Club on Wednesday evening. Cows Create Careers is a dairy industry project designed to raise awareness of careers in the dairy industry and to inspire young people to pursue dairy based careers. The […]

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

Dairy Expo wows Korumburra

Expo staff: Strzelecki Lions Denis Casey, Paul Cook and Stuart McCraw at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo in Korumburra.

MORE than 800 people attended the South Gippsland Dairy Expo at Korumburra on Wednesday and Thursday. Dairy farmers and others in the industry browsed displays, while the young ones enjoyed children’s activities and dairy industry businesses showed their wares at pavilions set up around the Korumburra Showgrounds. Devondale Murray Goulburn was the major sponsor while […]

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

Paddock to plate

Oh deer: Ash and Brayden Greaves with the friendly red deer that was only too happy for a pat at Jill and Michael Vellas’ deer farm.

LOCAL Landcarers took advantage of the wonderful spring weather to celebrate Landcare Week with a bike ride and a farm walk on two local properties recently. Meeting at the Koonwarra Farmers Market with their bikes, 15 Landcarers and friends rode to Sewells Road and the first stop, Koony Natural Lamb. The farm of Veronica and […]

September 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Kazakh export opportunity knocks

Australia tour: members of the Kazakhstan delegation at Yancowinna Angus Study, from left,  Nurpeisov Zharkin, advisor to the Minister of Agriculture; stud principal Dennis Ginn, Dina Sattybayeva, investment department manager with Kazakh  Ministry of Agriculture; Kazakh Deputy Agriculture Minister Gulmira Issayeva; Urazgali Nurgazin Kazakh, deputy director of Agriculture Department of Kostanay Region; and Holly Ludeman, Livestock Shipping Services.

SOUTH Gippsland farmers could realise a new export opportunity after an international delegation visited an Inverloch beef stud last Thursday. Representatives of the Kazakhstan Government’s agricultural department inspected Angus cattle and Australian farming methods at Yancowinna Angus stud. Owners Dennis and Christine Ginn, together with manager Rob Ewing, showed the visitors a variety of cattle […]

September 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

Dairy, beef, sheep and poppies?

New industry: poppies could be grown in South Gippsland after the Federal Government decided to allow the flowers to be grown on mainland Australia to service the pharmaceutical industry.

POPPIES may one day be growing in South Gippsland. The Federal Government has decided to lift the moratorium on growing commercial poppies on mainland Australia. The government last week announced a five-year roll-out on the creation of a poppy industry, having fielded requests from pharmaceutical companies and industry. Up until now the poppy industry has […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Decade of dairy dedication

Farewell: Dr Danielle Auldist is leaving GippsDairy.

DAIRY leaders have paid tribute to Dr Danielle Auldist, who is stepping down as executive officer of GippsDairy. After 11 years managing the not-for-profit research and extension organisation, Dr Auldist is taking a well earned break before setting off on the next stage of her career. “It’s been an honour and a privilege to work […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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