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Keep an eye out for pinkeye

AGRICULTURE Victoria is reminding cattle producers to be on the lookout for pinkeye. District veterinary officer Jeff Cave said current conditions meant the risk of a pinkeye outbreak was high and farmers needed to be vigilant. “With the summer season will bring increased sunlight and dust, which can make the eye more vulnerable to the […]

January 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Nursery’s future secure

THE vision of long term Phillip Island resident Barb Martin to establish, preserve and defend Phillip Island’s indigenous plant and wildlife habitat will live on. Phillip Island Nature Parks recently announced it would continue the operations of the Barb Martin Bushbank, named in her honour. Almost 20 years after the not for profit native plant […]

January 16th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Firm prices the trend

There were approximately 1,050 export and 250 young cattle penned representing an increase of 540 head week on week. The usual buying group was present but not all operating fully in a mostly firm market which was a little easier in places. Quality improved with greater numbers of prime cattle on offer, while there was […]

January 16th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

VFF calls for illegal workers amnesty

THE Victorian Farmers Federation is hoping to establish a dedicated agriculture visa to ensure the horticultural industry has access to the labour it needs to remain sustainable. VFF horticulture president Emma Germano, whose family grows vegetables in Mirboo North, said the whole purpose of the visa would be to get fruit and vegetables picked. In […]

January 16th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Cow wows judges

OVERWHELMED, shocked and excited is how Outtrim dairy farmers Lyn and Les Hornby felt when one of their cows was awarded overall champion in the eighth Leading Edge Genetics on farm competition recently. The three year old cow, sired by Dorcy, was one of 384 entries from 58 Gippsland farmers, and also won the three […]

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

Dairy cows get groovy

A DAIRY yard surface must provide confident footing for cows under all conditions. CowTime’s Darold Klindworth said simple grooving in the cement can make a world of difference to cow flow into the dairy and safety for cows and workers alike. “Some dairy yards become very slippery when wet or worn. Injury is inevitable when […]

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

Prices fall with yarding

There were approximately 570 export and 200 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 1000 head from the last sale of 2017. The usual buying group was present but not all operating fully in a sale which struggled to find any traction. Quality was fair with the grown cattle consisting of mostly Friesian and crossbred […]

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

Kate’s hoof care win

  LOCH dairy farmer Kate Kirk received a Young Farmers Scholarship from the State Government to complete an advanced hoof care course in New Zealand. Kate was one on 13 farmers in the state to receive a scholarship of up to $10,000. She received $2500 to undertake the hoof care training and $5000 to invest […]

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

MG class action canned

THE class action proposed against dairy cooperative Murray Goulburn (MG) following the price crash in April 2016 has not proceeded. Adley Burstyner principal lawyer David Burstyner said after MG reversed some of the impact of its clawback, the feasibility for pursuing a claim for the remainder of the clawback which MG did not remedy became […]

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

Fonterra revises prices

A STEP up from Fonterra Australia is good news for South Gippsland suppliers, as the season continues to present challenges. Fonterra has increased its 2017-18 farmgate milk price by 10 cents per kilogram of milk solids, bringing its average price to $5.62kgMS. Nerrena Fonterra supplier Terry Clark said the step up was welcome, even if […]

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

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