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Dairying looks to better times

DAIRY farmers can look forward to an improving industry after a challenging time for the sector. Dairy Australia’s latest Situation and Outlook report indicates ongoing dry conditions until now had impacted national milk production, farm profitability and farmer confidence. Despite continued higher costs for grain, hay and water, Dairy Australia is tipping a better outlook […]

July 23rd, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Get on board GippsDairy

CURRENT and former directors have urged people who want to contribute to the dairy industry to consider nominating for GippsDairy board positions. Nominations for farmer and industry specialist positions are now being called for. GippsDairy is the dairy Regional Development Program for the region, delivering research, development, and extension programs to improve the profitability and […]

July 23rd, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Feeding roughage is worth the effort

AS recent rainfall results in the growth of new pasture, farmers may be asking if they need to keep feeding livestock roughage. Roughage, such as hay, may still be needed during winter for the following reasons: Livestock require a minimum amount of fibre and long roughage to maintain their digestive systems. This is sometimes referred […]

July 23rd, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Minister to hear of weed woes

LANDCARE groups want to discuss the proliferation of weeds in South Gippsland with Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes. Libby Anthony, chair of South Gippsland Landcare Network, has written to the minister. She also chairs Landcare’s Community Weeds Taskforce. The taskforce was formed in 2006 in response to community’s concern over changes in State Government weed […]

July 16th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

New talent benefits clients

ELDERS has long been an established name in South Gippsland’s livestock and real estate scene. Now the team is growing, with branch manager Rohan McRae welcoming Nicky Renden and Damien Minogue to the Leongatha and Korumburra branches. Damien comes to Elders with 30 years’ experience in the industry, and will come as a senior auctioneer […]

July 16th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

In the poo: dung beetles improve soil health

A TINY wonder of nature is transforming soil quality to benefit farmers. The humble dung beetle makes soil healthier and more productive by interrupting parasite life cycles, aerating soil, cleaning paddocks and reducing fertiliser requirements. Dung beetles dig tunnels up to 30cm deep which they line with dung, fertilising the paddock and enabling water to […]

July 9th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Young farmers rise to future challenges

A PROGRAM to help young farmers access study and training was launched by the State Governmetn at Loch last week. The Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarships are now open to young farmers. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes opened the 2019 program during a visit to former scholarship recipient Kate Kirk’s dairy farm at Loch […]

July 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Drought drives sheep demand

POOR conditions that marred 2018 have impacted the national supply of sheep. Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) predicted lamb slaughter has been at its lowest since 2012, down 21.2 million head. Consequently, the decline in sheep numbers drove up export and domestic demand.   This was reflected in the final sheep sales at VLE Leongatha […]

July 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

The only way is up for drones

Drift Media’s Mick Green takes a look at a technology for which the sky is the only limit.   EVERY so often it’s good to look back to gain some direction on where you are heading.  The other morning as I set up the P4 drone up to aerial map a paddock, it struck me […]

June 25th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Praise for Saputo opening price

LOCAL dairy farmers have been buoyed by Saputo’s opening average milk price of $6.80 per kilogram of milk solids. Leongatha South dairy farmer Chris Moscript said the record opening price was “very pleasing”. “It makes up for the years we’ve been battling. It will allow us to do a lot of the things you put […]

June 17th, 2019 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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