On the land Archive

Proposed changes to animal welfare legislation

THE Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath is encouraging Gippslanders to provide feedback on the state government’s proposed changes to the Animal Welfare Act. The proposed changes would impact livestock farming, hunting, fishing and ownership of domestic animals, Ms Bath said. Submissions

‘Starting afresh’ – Tabro reopening on track for the new year

OVER a third of the original workforce is expected to return to the Tabro Meats export abattoir at Lance Creek when it recommences operations next year, according to the latest update from new owners MMG 1829 Holdings (MMG).

Landcare has rabbits and foxes on the run

THERE is little doubt that foxes and rabbits are two of Australia’s worst invasive pests. Foxes cause livestock and economic losses for farmers and are a major threat to native species. Rabbits detrimentally impact landscapes and biodiversity through causing soil erosion, overgrazing vegetation and

Gippsland Jersey attracts international interest

AUSTRALIAN Jerseys have attracted strong international interest in the first Gone Global Sale, with seven lots selling, including three to a major USA farm. The successes include two embryo packages and a heifer sold to the Jer-Z-Boyz ranch in California, USA. Billed as an

Government needs to support agriculture shows: MPs

THERE are growing calls for the state government to provide financial support for Victoria’s 120 field days and agriculture shows held across regional Victoria each year. Leader of the Nationals and Shadow Agriculture Minister, Peter Walsh said agriculture shows were an important part of

Rural life in the spotlight

#SNAPSHOTRURALVIC, an initiative of the National Centre for Farmer Health, is bringing country Victorians together to tell a unique story of rural life during the second wave of COVID-19 lockdown. Since launching over seven weeks ago, more than 1000 people have shared their photos

Auto feeder is a Victorian first

KARDELLA beef farmer Ian Kondarovskis carefully manages the feed he puts out for his cattle and now he can do it remotely, even from his primary home in Melbourne. Last week Ian became not only the first Gippsland but also the first Victorian farmer

Farmers’ creative response to COVID-19 impacts

By Kirra Grimes BUCKING the trend towards downsizing during COVID-19, a local farming family has seized the opportunity to diversify and expand their offering to cater to a growing interest in fresh local produce. Husband and wife team Colin Trudgen and Sally Ruljancich have,

CFA issues haystack warning to Victorians

AS regional Victoria begins to experience spring growth of pastures and crops, CFA has issued a warning to farmers to exercise caution with the cutting, baling and storage of hay. CFA acting chief officer Garry Cook said CFA crews responded to 86 haystack fires

Profit not a four-letter word, says retiring dairy consultant

A LEGEND of the South Gippsland dairy industry, John Mulvany, has hung up his boots, beanie, whiteboard, laptop or whatever it is a farm consultant hangs up after almost 40 years in the business. A veteran of several major catastrophes in the sector, but

Farming resilience at Fish Creek

FISH Creek farmers Dan and Amelia Bright will share their experience of designing their farming system for resilience in a changing climate in an online field day hosted by the local Landcare network. The couple from Amber Creek Farm and Sawmill operate a mixed

Ultimate juggle: remote learning and calving season

By Shelby Brooks DAIRY families across the region have been juggling the pressures of remote learning with spring calving season. Erin and Alan Olsen of Stony Creek said round two of remote learning had been extremely difficult. Erin said finding time to help her

Every cloud has a silver lining

THE Strzelecki Lions Club is pleased to be hosting the South Gippsland Dairy Expo online from a Gippsland cloud in 2020. This year the Lions Club will be celebrating 21 years of providing the local dairying community with an event that showcases the latest