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Where can you recycle silage wrap?

THE Poowong and District Landcare Group reminds farmers to dispose of their silage wrap responsibly. Some may not realise silage wrap is a recyclable product and must not be burned or buried – EPA fines apply. If it is dumped in waste skips, it ends up in landfill. You need to shake the wrap free […]

October 10th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Farm sale makes farmer’s day

KOONWARRA dairy farmers Shaun Hollingworth and wife Tracey have called it a day. According to Shawn, it was “the best day of my life” after the couple sold their dairy property and equipment, and their cows were auctioned on October 1. Shawn’s expectations were well and truly satisfied at his herd dispersal at VLE Leongatha. […]

October 9th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Solid winter buoys local farmer

LEONGATHA South dairy farmer Gordon Vagg has been pleased with the winter season this year, with his farm looking healthy and green as warmer weather approaches. Mr Vagg said the amount of rain received in the region over the previous few months had been satisfying but not overwhelming. “It wasn’t super wet this year, but […]

October 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Store market falls

WITH the severity of the drought taking hold across eastern Australia extra numbers came forward to this week’s store sale at Leongatha. A yarding of 2150 which included 150 cows and calves and joined females. Large numbers of cattle once again came from East Gippsland and the Bega and Bombala districts of NSW. The recent […]

October 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Stronger demand at store sale

YARDING of 1800 head was consigned to last week’s VLE Leongatha store sale from Cooma, Bombala, Bega, Sale, Giffard, Yarram and local areas. The South Gippsland Stock Agents Association reported demand was generally stronger from local re-stockers and a few domestic lot feeders for a better quality yarding of cattle than the previous sale. The yarding […]

August 21st, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Equipment performance, longevity weigh in Gallagher’s favour

FOR Duaringa Station Grazing Co., detailed records on individual animals is a must. The Donovan family has run the integrated cropping, commercial beef breeding, backgrounding and feedlotting business for decades, with Bruce and Beryl Donovan taking over in the 1960s. The operation is spread across three properties in Central Queensland: a property at Gogango runs […]

August 21st, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Focused on improving calf welfare

KORUMBURRA veterinarian Jamie McNeil travelled to the United States of America late last year, as part of a study tour aimed at identifying ways to improve the management and value of surplus dairy calves in Australia. Dr McNeil, who is the Dairy Australia rearing healthy calves’ program leader, was on the trip with New South […]

August 14th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Increase pasture growth during winter

WITH autumn resulting in less than favourable conditions across a lot of the state, many farmers went into winter with less pasture in front than desired. Agriculture Victoria livestock extension officer Fiona Baker said pasture growth rates during winter can be doubled, through good grazing and pasture management. “In June 2016, a farm in East […]

August 14th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Lack of top calves limits butchers’ choices

There were approximately 1070 export of which 750 were cows and 150 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 110 head week on week. The usual buying group was present but not all operating fully in a mixed market. Quality was limited with prime cattle in short supply and cows representing more than half of […]

August 14th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Hay feeding – is it enough?

HAY alone may not always be the best feed for livestock when there is a heavy reliance on supplementary feed. Whether it is sufficient in meeting the requirements of animals depends on the levels of energy, protein and fibre in the hay. Agriculture Victoria Livestock Extension Officer Fiona Baker said the protein requirements of livestock […]

July 24th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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