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Dairy inquiry reaches out to farmers

DAIRY farmers are being urged to contribute at forums being held by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in February. The most accessible forum for South Gippsland farmers will be held in Traralgon on Tuesday, February 14. Information gathered at the forums will form part of an inquiry into pricing and competitiveness across the dairy […]

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

Generosity buoys farmers

KIND hearted South Gippslanders are helping to keep dairy farmers in business. A convoy of vehicles laden with hay left Korumburra last Thursday for Ballarat, as part of the 10th hay run by Need for Feed, a project of Lions clubs. At Ballarat, the local hay was distributed with a total of 12 semi trailer […]

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

Australia’s genetic showcase for beef cattle

THE outstanding beef cattle seedstock available in south-east Australia will be on display again with 200 plus studs opening their properties for the 26th Stock & Land Beef Week from January 27 to February 4. Beef Week is the biggest event of its type in Australia. It has been said, and it could possibly be […]

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

Prime cattle in good supply at VLE market

There were approximately 1600 export and 400 young cattle penned representing an increase of 220 head week on week. There was a full field of buyers present and operating in a softer market. Quality was good, with prime cattle well supplied. The larger selection of vealers sold mostly 7c to 9c cheaper while the yearling […]

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

Australia Day boosts lamb market

A MARKETING campaign encouraging people to eat more lamb this Australia Day has been credited with causing a lift in local lamb prices. Lamb prices started off the year strong, with substantial increases occurring week on week at the VLE Leongatha sale. SEJ stock agent Bill Egan said prices for lambs continued to lift across […]

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

Cooling your cows this summer

NOW that the hot weather is here, it is a good time to think about the immediate actions that can be taken to minimise heat stress in the herd. There are severe consequences for heat-stressed cows – decreased milk production, reduced feed intake, potential loss of body condition, mastitis, potential to not conceive or to […]

January 19th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Rabbit virus set for release

A NEW strain of rabbit haemorrhagic disease known as RHDV1 K5 or K5 will be released in several sites across South Gippsland in early 2017. Twelve release sites within 100km of Leongatha have been chosen after a rigorous selection process, with a total of 150 release sites across the state. Phillip Island Nature Parks environment […]

January 19th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Jill takes the lead at Landcare

THE South Gippsland Landcare Network will welcome Jill Vella as network coordinator for 2017, while Kate McKenzie is off on maternity leave for 12 months. Jill may be familiar to many South Gippsland Landcare group members as she was a project officer from 2008 to 2013, working on projects including the million trees for South […]

January 19th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Store sales return to VLE Leongatha

  Thursday, January 5 Steers: B. & D. Buckland, Yea, 9 x $1740; Gippsland Grazing P/L, 12 x $1580; M. Wight, Meeniyan, 13 x $1570; Sugarloaf Nominees, Bass, 18 x $1560; L. & M. Fajerman, Toora, 13 x $1540; J.H. & J.I. MacDonald, Leongatha South, 5 x $1480. Heifers: N.R. & L.J. Andrews, Mirboo North, […]

January 10th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Squeeze more out of effluent ponds

MANY dairy farmers are currently facing tight financial times but there may be a hidden, albeit small pot of gold in your effluent system that could be used to offset some fertiliser on some areas of the farm this year, or next autumn. Admittedly some effluent systems may require an input of capital to fully […]

December 21st, 2016 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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