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Farmers to share tales over snags

FARMING can be a mentally challenging career. Farmers face unreliable prices, variable weather, expensive costs, often work in isolation, and don’t feel able to talk about the pressures of the job. This can lead to farmers experiencing stress and mental health issues at higher rates than those in other occupations. It’s a fact not lost […]

November 6th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

Belinda takes Landcare message to Africa

THE message of Landcare will travel from the rolling hills of South Gippsland to the plateaus of Uganda in coming weeks as Australian Landcare International (ALI) volunteer Belinda Brennan prepares to address the Uganda National Landcare Conference. Ms Brennan, who is partnerships and engagement team leader with the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority at Leongatha, […]

October 29th, 2019 | Posted in Community,News,Rural News | Read More »

Now’s the time to maintain dams

SOUTHERN Rural Water (SRW) said recent rainfall has tested the integrity of some farm dams, serving as a timely reminder for landowners to carry out routine maintenance. SRW’s Hugh Christie said that a dam is a valuable asset on any farm, providing essential stock or irrigation water supplies and should be inspected throughout the year […]

October 22nd, 2019 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

ACM takes share of milk supply

LONG gone are the days when Murray Goulburn and Fonterra were the main milk companies in South Gippsland. Now there are the likes of Saputo Dairy Australia, Burra Foods, ViPlus Dairy, Parmalat, Bega Foods, Lion Nathan and Australian Consolidated Milk (ACM), with the latter making major inroads into the region on the back of a […]

October 18th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

Cows pave the way to dairying careers for South Gippsland students

STUDENTS across South Gippsland continue to gain an insight into dairying careers, thanks to an innovative program. The Cows Create Careers program is exposing students to job opportunities within the industry and not just as farmers. Year 9 students at Newhaven College recently hosted two calves for three weeks as part of the program. Calves […]

September 20th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

DISCO mowers have the moves

NEW CLAAS DISCO MOVE 3600 and 3200 mowers can really shake their stuff. The mowers have an impressive ‘give’ of up to one metre vertically and 30 degrees laterally, allowing them to work with optimal efficiency and safety in even the roughest of paddocks. Available with mowing widths of 3.4 and 3m, respectively, the new […]

September 13th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

South Gippsland Landcare groups awarded

SOUTH Gippsland groups took awards at the recent bi-annual Victorian Landcare Awards. Among them was Gippsland Intrepid Landcare – a group that aims to engage youth in environmental work – which claimed the Young Landcare Leadership Award. The commendation was in recognition of the group’s work in attracting more than 300 young people to volunteer […]

September 13th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Make the right call this silage season

DAIRY farmers will need to restock their silage storages and hay sheds after a dry autumn in some areas. Indications are that we may be heading into a poor late spring, which means we need to make the most of any good spring growth this year. If the El Niño does eventuate, the upside is […]

September 13th, 2019 | Posted in News,Rural News | Read More »

Dairy expo looks to the future

FIND out what Gippsland has to offer the dairy industry in the short and long term, at a panel discussion at the Saputo Dairy Expo. Back by popular demand, Matt Harms, from OnFarm Consulting, is hosting the panel discussion, Gippsland…the next frontier? Is Dairy Heading South?, sponsored by the South Gippsland Shire Council and Rabobank […]

September 6th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Watch for bladder stones in livestock

AS producers have been supplementary feeding for some time, it is worth highlighting several related animal health issues that may develop. One of those issues is urolithiasis due to bladder stones. Bladder stones form as a result of minerals in livestock’s urine, forming crystals that grow to become stones. Bladder stones may either pass in […]

September 6th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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