On the land Archive

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

Breathe life back into your soils

PETER Boddy, a fourth-generation beef cattle farmer at Woodside, knows the health of his soil means improved pastures and healthier cattle. With Revive Recycled Compost available exclusively from Gibsons Groundspread, he makes that happen every day. The Boddy and Gibson families have been working

South Gippsland Dairy Expo cloud has a silver lining

IT’S on again, in under a week from now! The South Gippsland Dairy Expo is ready to kick off, but not as we know it. It’s all online this year, for obvious reasons, starting from Monday, September 7 through until Monday, September 21. But

Sharing rural stories during ‘unprecedented’ times

VICTORIA looks different right now, with streets deserted, shopfronts closed and school grounds bare. Whilst we might be socially isolating, #SnapshotRuralVic hopes to provide a connection between the isolating and isolated, so we can support one another during these troubling times. #SnapshotRuralVic is a

Seasonal workforce breakthrough for farmers

AGRICULTURE Minister David Littleproud says the Australian Government has developed a national plan to allow seasonal and Pacific workers to fill farming’s labour void and help support Australia’s COVID-19 recovery. “This sensible approach developed by the Australian Government ensures our farmers can keep feeding

Grant boosts ag equipment production

AN award-winning family farming business from West Gippsland will be able to dramatically increase its production of sustainable farming equipment thanks to a grant from the Coles Nurture Fund. The Olsen family of Hallora was one of 12 small and medium-sized businesses to share

Kangaroo ‘harvesting’ resumes in Gippsland

THE Kangaroo Harvesting Program is set to resume across Gippsland and the North East zones after an assessment of kangaroo populations in those regions after this year’s bushfires. In January, the program was suspended as the impact of the fires was considered. The program

BOM says La Niña and more eastern rain likely

FARMERS in South and East Gippsland can expect higher than average rainfall through spring and summer thanks to the likely onset of favourable conditions. The Bureau of Meteorology has today raised its El Niño-Southern Oscillation Outlook to La Niña ALERT status, meaning the chance

Improved border conditions for agriculture welcomed

The Victorian Government has welcomed the New South Wales Government’s permits for critical Victorian agriculture work to continue in NSW, achieved after ongoing collaboration between the two state governments. It’s good news for farmers in Far East Gippsland who regularly access the border to