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New MG chairman predicts strong rebuild

THE new chairman of dairy cooperative Murray Goulburn has indicated his plans to rebuild the company after the dairy downturn. MG last week announced the appointment of John Spark as chairman from April 1. Yanakie farmer Philip Tracy will stand down as chairman and retire from the board on Friday. Mr Spark joined the boards […]

March 28th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Good staff hard to find

DAIRY farmers were given the opportunity to learn innovative techniques to solve recruitment and retention problems at a workshop held in Leongatha recently. Organised by GippsDairy and Dairy Australia, best-selling author, speaker and business adviser Mandy Johnson gave the audience the secrets needed to attract, hire and keep good people. “Rural areas have their own […]

March 28th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Magical milestone for Merlewood Angus

AFTER not quite a decade on the land, the team at Merlewood Angus of Mirboo North was excited to host an inaugural autumn bull sale last Friday on farm. On offer were 30 black Angus bulls from leading industry sires, sold via Landmark and Elders with auctioneer Ross Milne at the helm of the sale. […]

March 28th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Trade cattle rises of 25c/kg stand out

There were approximately 1000 export and 200 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 400 head week on week. The usual buying group was present and operating in a solid market. Quality was mixed with a more limited but good selection of grown steers and trade cattle on offer while there were a few more […]

March 7th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Farmers benefit frompasture evening

GIPPSLAND dairy farmers were at the forefront of a farming innovation evening in Leongatha last Wednesday. The event featured leading pasture researcher Brian Patchett, Rabobank dairy analyst Michael Harvey and dairy farmer and pasture agronomist Peter Notman. More than 300 dairy farmers attended two evenings in Leongatha and in Warrnambool, hearing from pasture researcher Brian […]

March 7th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Is your town Legendairy?

AS a region that accounts for more than one fifth of Australia’s dairy production, dairy is a big part of life in Gippsland. That is why Dairy Australia is calling on people across the Gippsland region to nominate their town as the next Legendairy Capital by sharing their stories and highlighting the way their town […]

February 28th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Teach milkers new tricks

SOUTH Gippsland farmers wondering if they should attend upcoming Cups On Cups Off courses should listen to what a farmer from the other side of the region has to say. Peter Jennings from Bruthen recently sent two of his employees to a course in Orbost and was taken aback by the results. “I can’t believe […]

February 28th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

MG offers prospect of 3 cents/kg step up

Murray Goulburn dairy farmers can only hope for a 3 cents a kilogram step up by the end of this financial year, after the company released its half yearly results this morning. See the full statement below.  

February 24th, 2017 | Posted in Featured,News,Rural News | Read More »

Care for dogs in heat

By Dr Jeff Cave, district veterinary officer IF YOUR dog regularly travels in the back of your ute, you need to take extra care to avoid exposing it to heat stress on very hot days. Adequate shelter, for example a fixed canopy, needs to be provided to protect tethered dogs from climate extremes. While it […]

February 9th, 2017 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

Record yarding for SEJ

SEJ Leongatha yarded 3063 cattle at the VLE Leongatha store sale as the lone selling agents last Friday. The sale was one of the largest single agent sales ever held at Koonwarra. SEJ livestock agent Bill Egan said, “It was a good solid sale with outstanding run of cattle.” There were 232 grown steers, in […]

January 31st, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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