On the land Archive

Farmer confidence on the rise

VICTORIAN rural sentiment has staged a strong rally, with the state’s farmers now among the most confident in the nation, the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey has found. Dairy farmers were behind much of the upswing, with 45 per cent expecting conditions to improve

State won’t provide rates relief for farmers, says MP

VICTORIA’S Agriculture Minister has, for the first time, definitively ruled out state government intervention to relieve the rate burden on the state’s farmers. On ABC Gippsland radio last Wednesday morning – ahead of the official announcement of a $31 million drought assistance package for

Time to tackle thistles

THISTLES lead to many problems for landowners and the Arawata/Mt Eccles Landcare Group has urged people to act now to control their spread. Four species of concern in South Gippsland are Slender/Shore Thistle (Carduus pycnocephalus), Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare), Variegated Thistle (Silybum marianum) and

Giant earthworms in our backyard

TWO local Landcare networks, in association with the Natural Environment Program of DELWP, are funding a free field day to assist landholders in protecting Giant Gippsland Earthworms and burrowing crayfish. Come along to the free field day and learn more about them and hear

Demand for Aussie beef in China set to rise

CHINA is on the cusp of becoming Australia’s largest beef export market in 2019, with little sign of demand abating anytime soon, as Chinese consumers shift away from pork to other proteins in the wake of African Swine Fever, according to a leading animal

Learn about soil biology

DID you know that a teaspoon of healthy soil contains more microbes than there are humans on earth, with tens of thousands of microbial species? By looking after and enhancing soil biology, farmers can improve the health and quality of plants and grazing animals,

Getting tough on gorse

THE Bass Coast Landcare Network (BCLN) has proven that gorse is not too tough to handle through their efficient gorse management program of 2018/2019. The BCLN obtained a Victorian Gorse Taskforce (VGT) annual community grant for the second consecutive year, assisting them with their

New DISCO mowers have all the moves

NEW CLAAS DISCO MOVE 3600 and 3200 mowers can really shake their stuff, with an impressive ‘give’ of up to one metre vertically and 30 degrees laterally, allowing them to work with optimal efficiency and safety in even the roughest of paddocks. Available with

Practical advice for farmers

AGRICULTURE Victoria’s Dairy Services team will be ready to assist you at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo. The team will be on-hand at site 89 at this week’s expo to provide information and advice on issues related to managing a dairy business. If you’re

Improvement is the goal

FOURTEEN months ago, the Moon family from Yanakie were selected to be one of three Focus Farmers in the region under an initiative from GippsDairy and Dairy Australia. Alex, Tricia, Jared and Melissa, have made a commitment of business and personal goals as a

Enough is enough: MP – Time to ‘fix’ farm trespass laws

FIXING farm trespass laws was again in the spotlight in August, with the petition to change farm trespass laws tabled in State Parliament. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath, said she was delighted to present over 6500 signatures calling for better

State recognition for local Landcare group

A CHILLY start made way to a beautiful day last Friday for the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards, when a bus of 18 people from Bass Coast made their way up to the grand surrounds of Government House in Melbourne. This group represented a mix

Farmers share knowledge on adapting to climate change

A COMMUNITY-LED collaboration is harnessing local knowledge for a positive regional response to climate change. The Growing Southern Gippsland project is profiling local farmers successfully adapting to climate change, running knowledge-sharing workshops on local farms and providing tailored scientific and business management resources via