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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 »

Dairy code under review

DAIRY farmers are awaiting the outcome of a 12 month review of the industry’s voluntary code of practice by the Australian Dairy Industry Council, 12 months after its introduction. Dumbalk dairy farmer Damian Murphy said after the events of April 2016, something needed to be done to rebuild trust and relationships between farmers and processors. […]

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

Demand for land drives value

FARMLAND values in Bass Coast and South Gippsland continued to increase in 2017, a trend replicated across most of the state. Last year in Bass Coast Shire, the median price per hectare was $16,144, nearly $2000 up on the three year average of $14,164. There was an estimated 26 farm sales in Bass Coast in […]

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

Stories help with mental health

WOOLAMAI dairy farmer Paul Kent said when he was approached by Sallie Jones from Gippsland Jersey to be involved in a calendar addressing mental health issues, it was a “no brainer”. “I’ll do near anything to get the mental health awareness out there,” he said. The calendar, launched at Farm World in April, tells the […]

June 5th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

David embraces chance to learn

THE pressures of running a farm make it hard to take time out to learn about new methods and ideas, but for Foster farmer David Hall, it’s an essential part of his business. Amongst the large number of local farmers who have been involved in the Healthy Soils Sustainable Farms program, West Gippsland Catchment Management […]

June 5th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Milk price hopes rise

ANTICIPATION is building in the dairy industry, as farmers expect opening season milk prices to be unveiled soon. Burra Foods and Fonterra Australia have declared they will announce their opening prices shortly. Burra Foods, of Korumburra, yesterday (Monday) announced it is offering farmers the chance to lock in a percentage of their milk at a […]

June 5th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Updated pricing system needed

DAIRY farmers are calling for a simpler and fairer milk payment system, with more emphasis on the value of milk solids. Two reports commissioned by Jersey Australia, funded by Farming Together, had shown pricing systems don’t necessarily represent the current market value of milk components, to the disadvantage of higher component farmers. Jersey Australia said […]

May 29th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Steering farms towards energy efficiency

AN INFORMATION session was held at Outtrim on Sunday, to help farmers and farm businesses learn ways to become more energy efficient. Bob Davie from Phillip Island shared his experience and vision to see a zero emissions beef industry. Kate Chard from SC Group gave participants a chance to ride the EcoCharger electric quadbike, and […]

May 29th, 2018 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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