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Sheep end on a high

STRONG sheep and lamb prices have continued through to the end of the season at VLE Leongatha, with the final sale of the year held last Wednesday. SEJ general manager livestock Bill Egan said producers finished off the year with a strong market. “There were some nice lots of lambs which sold wonderfully well and […]

June 20th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Ben expands his leadership vision

LEONGATHA South’s Benjamin Vagg wants to build community networks for dairy farmers through his involvement in the Gippsland Community Leadership Program (GCLP). He said the 10 month program presented an exciting opportunity to promote the dairy industry as well as Gippsland communities, which are just as important as each other. Ben was recently granted one […]

June 20th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Organic farming given local tick of approval

MORE local farms are choosing to go organic and are reaping the benefits. The Hales family – based in Korrine – became a fully certified organic dairy property eight months ago; an achievement that took three years to fulfil. The transition into organics included a culling of the herd from 175 to 125. Despite milking […]

May 30th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Secondary cattle fit the bill

There were approximately 1625 export and 350 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 280 head week on week. The usual buying group was present and competing in a mostly dearer market. Quality declined in the grown steers and bullocks, with only a handful of well finished lots and not much weight overall. Quality was […]

May 30th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

$30m boost for farmers

MCMILLAN MP Russell Broadbent has welcomed a Federal Government commitment of an extra $30 million in concessional loans for Victorian farmers. The announcement was made by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, who said the extra funds were needed to help farm businesses rebuild from drought and the downturn […]

May 30th, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Take charge of fertility

FOR Gippsland dairy farmers Mick and Julie Fusinato, completing an In Charge Fertility workshop has meant better calving outcomes and healthier cows. The Neerim South couple made the five day commitment to the workshops and have since noticed lower empty rates in their younger cows. “I initially baulked at the five day commitment, but when […]

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

Lamb demand grows

STRONG demand and limited supply is being credited for lifting lamb prices in the first quarter of 2017, which is good news for the region’s sheep producers. Continued demand for Australian lamb both domestically and internationally should ensure the outlook for prices remains positive for the rest of the year. SEJ livestock agent Bill Egan […]

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

Cattle theft mystery

POLICE are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the theft of 16 Angus steers from Andrew Harmon’s Pound Creek farm in December 2016. He is offering a $10,000 reward to find out who stole his cattle. Mr Harmon believes several people loaded the steers, aged 18 to 20 months, on to a truck, after drafting them […]

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

MG considers reaction to ACCC court action

DAIRY company Murray Goulburn is considering its options after being told the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against it. The ACCC alleges MG engaged in unconscionable conduct and made false or misleading representations in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law. The ACCC also alleges that former managing […]

May 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Heavy steers stand out

There were approximately 1800 export and 300 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 450 head week on week. The usual buying group was present and competing in a dearer market. Quality declined with fewer well finished grown steers and bullocks and a similar trade offering with a few more light weights. Trade cattle sold […]

May 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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