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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 »

Prices increase for trade cattle

There were approximately 1000 export and 350 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 28 head week on week. A new order joined the regular buying group but not all were operating fully in a dearer market. Quality improved in the trade run, while the bullocks were fairly mixed and there were fewer cows on […]

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

Hay prices rise as supply dries up

FARMERS in Gippsland struggling to keep their livestock fed are facing higher hay prices as supply starts to decline across the state. An unprecedented amount of Victorian hay has been going interstate this winter, as farmers in New South Wales and Queensland battle feed shortages and drought. Farmers in East Gippsland are also facing feed […]

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

Focus Farm wraps up

THE Fish Creek Focus Farm held its final open day last Tuesday, June 26 with a big crowd eager to find out what the Cope family had learned over the past two years. Around 90 people at the open day heard how Graeme, Jenny and Shaun Cope had worked on their initial Focus Farm goals […]

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

Study helps set higher milk price

BURRA Foods is offering a higher price for selected milk after studying a Farming Together-funded report. The Korumburra-based company is offering a higher payment ratio for milk solids – a deal that benefits breeds such as Jersey cows, which have milk of a naturally higher fat content. Jersey Australia sought support from the successful Farming […]

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

Quad bike debate won’t roll over

AROUND 16 people die as a result of quad bike accidents each year, one of the leading causes of death and injury on farms in Australia. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has proposed major changes to improve the safety of quad bikes, including the introduction of a safety rating system, crush protection devices […]

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

Yarding reflects seasonal impacts

There were approximately 1060 export and 180 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 480 head week on week. The usual buying group was present and competing in a dearer market. Quality showed seasonal effects with fewer prime cattle and cows making up half of the sale. A better quality selection of vealers sold 15c/kg […]

June 26th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Farmers disappointed by milk companies

MILK processing companies have disappointed dairy farmers by leaving opening price announcements to the last minute. More disappointing still were the numbers, despite market indicators pointing towards an opening price of around $6 per kilogram of milk solids. Saputo opened at $5.75kg/MS and Fonterra at $5.85kg/MS, while Burra Foods has a forecast range of $5.60 […]

June 26th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Time to manage ponds

A DRY start to winter has opened a small window of opportunity for dairy farmers wanting to irrigate pastures with their dairy pond effluent. Kongwak dairy farmers Andrew Perry and Kerry Fraser hosted a walk-through on their farm recently as part of the Healthy Soils, Sustainable Farms project supported by the West Gippsland Catchment Management […]

June 26th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Beef prices hold steady

CATTLE numbers are dwindling at sales across the state, causing a flurry of buyers at last week’s VLE Leongatha store sale and a subsequent jump in prices. Agents are anticipating lower numbers for most of winter, which could see prices hold steady in the lead up to spring. SEJ livestock agent Terry Johnston said the […]

June 13th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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