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Livestock yards reach 10 year milestone

Onwards and upwards: VLE chief executive officer Wayne Osborne said the selling centre at Leongatha has gone from strength to strength over the past 10 years.

THIS year marks 10 years since the Victorian Livestock Exchange (VLE) took over the saleyards in Koonwarra, now known as VLE Leongatha. VLE chief executive officer Wayne Osborne said when VLE purchased the yards, they were an open air, concrete floored facility, which was the conventional design at the time. At the same time, VLE […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Business,News,Rural News | Read More »

Milk down the gurgler

Frustrated: from left, Mirboo farmers Kris, Macie and Amanda Thomas are feeling the stress of a downturn in the dairy industry.

DISHEARTENED farmers are taking extreme measures to demonstrate the adverse effects of poor milk prices. Mirboo’s Kris and Amanda Thomas are tipping their milk down the drain instead of sending it to milk processor Fonterra. “It’s not worth giving our milk to Fonterra, so why should we?” Mr Thomas said. “It’s more than that though, […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in News,Rural News | Read More »

Farmers bare teeth


  DAIRY farmers are considering taking legal action against milk processors in the wake of recent price drops that will cost the average farmer $130,000 over the next three years. South Gippsland farm consultant John Mulvany said many in the dairying community were assuming demands by milk processors Murray Goulburn and Fonterra to pay back […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News,Rural News | Read More »

Deer joins dairy herd

Peek a boo: Hallston dairy farmer Frank Dekker could not believe what he was seeing when he noticed one of his heifers had adopted a fawn.

FRANK Dekker has a new addition to his dairy herd. The bonus animal came free of charge but was far from what he expected. “I thought it was a jersey calf but on closer inspection I saw it was a deer,” he said. The Hallston farmer believes the animal is a male fallow fawn and […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

First class jerseys on show

Social occasion: from left, Leongatha’s Peter Price of Springview Jerseys, Andrew Mackie of DLS, Meeniyan and Maree Deenen of Charisma Holsteins, Leongatha, at the jersey meet.  Although she’s a Holstein breeder, Maree is a relief milker at Bushlea Jerseys, Leongatha.

A 55 YEAR tradition of jersey excellence was on display at the Central Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club fair at Warragul last month. Among the crowd of 230 people was the first winner of that inaugural event, John Blum from Warragul, who took out the champion cow honour at the first show with Blueberry Hill Golden […]

May 10th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Calls for MG board to go

Time to talk: Murray Goulburn board vice chairman Ken Jones, chairman Phil Tracy and director Bill Bodman were at the supplier meeting in Leongatha last Wednesday, attended by more than 300 farmers.

SOME farmers are fuming, some are still trying to comprehend the milk price reduction and some are calling for the entire board of Murray Goulburn to step down. In a move that is expected to impact the average farmer around $130,000 over the next three years, MG’s shock price drop will have a flow on […]

May 10th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Christmas will deliver hope

Long term optimist: Hazel Park dairy farmer Kelvin Jackson is urging Murray Goulburn suppliers to remain hopeful about the industry’s long term prospects.

HAZEL Park dairy farmer Kelvin Jackson has urged Murray Goulburn suppliers to hold out for better times. He said he loves the dairy industry and wants to see it grow and be successful, and for people to be proud they are dairy farmers. “But, we are at a cross roads between seasonal conditions, world commodity […]

May 10th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Making the most of autumn break


RAIN or not, strategies need to be in place to get a start leading into the winter months, particularly securing hay or grain supplies; get it delivered, paid for and stored before it gets cold and wet. Fodder should be bought on an energy basis, so compare feeds on a cents per megajoule of metabolisable […]

May 4th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Lack of water forces sales

Eye out: Aaron Bardwell from Lang Lang was looking to purchase some heifers at the store sale held at the VLE Leongatha last Thursday.

There were approximately 1,650 export and 250 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 300 head week on week. The usual buying group was present and operating in a generally firm market. Quality was mixed, with prime drafts fairly limited and cattle lacking finish still being consigned due to a lack of water at some […]

May 4th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Improving farm efficiency and profit

Sharing knowledge: Adrian James is presenting a workshop in Leongatha for livestock producers, looking at reducing energy and nitrogen losses and increasing production efficiency.

GIPPSLAND farmers are invited to a free workshop on Tuesday, May 10 in Leongatha to help them address losses of energy and nitrogen, and improve productivity. West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority regional Landcare facilitator Sam Shannon said the workshop was specifically designed to provide practical solutions for farmers. “The workshop is being presented by Adrian […]

May 4th, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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