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Focus on feeding

Talk about it: Leongatha vet Peter DeGaris (right) leads the discussion with Focus Farmer Dan Knee at the field day held at Toora North.

A FOCUS Farm field day at Toora North recently took some of the focus off Dan and Cindy Knee and put it on dry and transition cow feeding. Tarwin Veterinary Clinic’s Peter DeGaris was the guest speaker at the event, which saw around 40 farmers and service providers turnout for a fascinating insight into an […]

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

Average season on the way

On the level: Toora dairy farmer Ray Argento is expecting the 2015-16 season to be average, in terms of both milk price and production.

MURRAY Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited (MG) has opened the 2015-16 season with the second highest price in the company’s history. It has set its southern milk region opening price at $5.60 per kilogram milk solids and forecast a full year price of $6.05kgMS. Traditionally milk companies start the new financial year with an opening price […]

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

Deer up for discussion

Managing problem: from left, Don McLeach from Grantville, Kate Williams, project officer with the South Gippsland Landcare Network and Michael Vella of Terramirra Park Deer Farm at Koonwarra. Mr McLeach won two kilograms of venison eye fillet from Terramirra Park Deer Farm as part of a raffle on the night. Terramirra Park Deer Farm generously donated half of the prize.

A WINTRY Friday night at the Stony Creek Recreation Reserve was an ideal setting for an information session on wild deer recently. A large group of landholders and farmers enjoyed a cosy sit down meal and heard presentations on wild deer from the perspectives of: a government regulator, a landholder and a hunter. The session […]

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

Tree tips save money

Novel idea: native plant nurserymen Frank Smolders of Fish Creek shows attendees a tray of hiko seedlings and planting equipment.

MORE than 30 landholders attended an information session at Mark Walters’s property east of Loch to explore the different techniques available for planting trees recently. Mr Walters presented what he has achieved through revegetation: providing shelter for livestock and habitat for wildlife, as well reducing the sediment load from his creeks into the nearby Bass […]

June 16th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Strong demand for vealers

What’s happening: George Johnson of Nerrena was keen to see how prices were at the VLE Leongatha store sale last Thursday, and was considering bidding for a pen or two.

There were approximately 1600 export and 500 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 100 head week on week. There was a full field of buyers present and operating in a generally firm market, dearer for the cows. Quality improved a little in the grown steers and bullocks, while the young cattle continued to slip. […]

June 16th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Climate conversation in the air

climate change

CLIMATE change adaptation is something we will all have to think about over the next few years. The Agricultural Climate change project is helping to facilitate this dialogue amongst South Gippsland food producers. So far, this State Government funded project has looked at how the weather here is being affected by climate change and the […]

June 16th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Wild deer in the spotlight

In sights: fallow deer are one of four species that have well established wild populations in Victoria.

HOW can we trust hunters for control and who are the trusted hunters? This topic and other aspects of wild deer management will be explored on Friday, June 12 at the Stony Creek Recreation Reserve from 6.15pm to 9.30pm. The impetus for the event has come from landholders and deer hunters alike over concern for […]

June 10th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Soil health explained

Dirt talk: Kevin Hughes from Soilwise Farm Services (centre) spoke to the group attending a soil health workshop on Jenny and Graeme Cope’s dairy farm at Fish Creek last Wednesday as part of the South Gippsland Climate Resilience Project.

THE Southern Gippsland Agricultural Climate Resilience Project held a healthy soil field day on Jenny and Graeme Cope’s dairy farm at Fish Creek last Wednesday. Some 20 people were keen to find out how the soil health of this highly productive farm was developed and maintained. Project officer Jill Vella said, “The impetus to hold […]

June 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Community,Rural News | Read More »

Exploring garlic, nuts and berries

Interest in alternative: South Gippsland Landcare Network held two field days recently; one on growing garlic and another on growing blueberries and hazelnuts. Both were well attended.

TREE planting and weed whacking has long been synonymous with Landcare. Perhaps less recognised, yet just as focal is the aspect of sustainable production. People recently came to Krowera from as far as Maffra and Red Hill to learn about growing organic and biodynamic garlic. Peter Tacey and Carol Farrar of Middle Earth Herbs at […]

June 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Food glorious food forest

Vitamin C: citrus trees grow really well in Di Tod’s Koorooman orchard, as demonstrated by this overflowing mandarin tree.

DURING the past nine years, Di Tod has converted 15 acres in Koorooman into a food forest, with more than 500 trees including 100 avocado trees, 40 carob trees, 30 fig trees and many more. Di was a professional musician for 30 years, playing flute and clarinet in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. “I […]

May 26th, 2015 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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