On the land Archive

South Gippsland farmers reaping benefits of Charolais cross

AN Inverloch butcher has said a Charolais cross vealer was one of the best calves he had ever killed out. The calf came from Paul and Liz Cummins from Stony Creek who run 120 Hereford and Angus cross cows. Mr Cummins decided to switch

Fighting food waste and reducing landfill

FOOD waste is a $20b a year problem in Australia. One of Food and Fibre Gippsland members, a fresh produce retailer and wholesaler based in the Latrobe Valley, has introduced an innovative solution to the region with a dehydrator system that converts food waste

Improving soil quality

FEED the soil, not the plant, was one part of senior soil scientist Declan McDonald’s message at the Growing Southern Gippsland field day held on Phillip Island on Friday, February 28. The value of soil and its ability to hold water were topics of

Looking after your best work mate

By Dr Jeff Cave, District Veterinary Officer THERE is no argument that working dogs are an enormous asset to farmers and it stands to reason, if your dog travels on the back of your ute, you need to take extra care to avoid exposing

Polaris withdraws from quad bike sales

POLARIS will stop selling their Quad Bike range (ATVs) from October 2020. In a letter last week, Tom Marriott of Marriotts Motorcycles and Power Equipment said the business had been selling Quad Bikes for many years, however the market has been shifting towards the

Charolais bulls a popular cross for commercial buyers

THE 18th annual Southern Charolais Breeders Group Sale is coming up and event organisers say it’s going to be better than ever. Charolais Society of Australia treasurer Ken Manton said he thought the Southern Charolais Breeders Group Sale was the longest-running multi-vendor stud sale

Corny way to raise money for a trip to Africa

A LOCAL high school student has taken a unique approach to fundraising for an overseas volunteering trip, setting up his own small business selling sweet corn. Aiming to raise enough money to travel to Africa with Newhaven College and the World Challenge program in

Rain, shortage boosts beef prices to record levels

DON’T expect to see too many bargains in the meat tray at your supermarket or in the butcher’s window after trade cattle prices hit record levels at the VLE Leongatha Saleyards last Wednesday. A circumspect buyer for O’Connors at Pakenham, Wayne Reid said the

Good quality at Koonwarra

THERE were approximately 1520 export and 400 young cattle penned at the VLE Leongatha saleyards at Koonwarra last week, representing a decrease of 800 head week-on-week. There was a full field of buyers present – competing in a mostly dearer market. Quality was good

Exploring the local story in our food and fibre

FROM jamologists to providores, craft brewers to agri-tourism businesses, they came from far and wide across the region and beyond to collaborate on establishing a trust token to validate the authenticity of food and fibre produce from Gippsland. Picking up on conversation that began

ViPlus continues to boom

VIPLUS Dairy has expanded its distribution internationally into the retail consumer market, as it showcases a strong future for Gippsland’s nutritional dairy industry. Established in Australia, ViPlus Dairy supplies high-quality nutritional milk formula products from the factory based in Toora. ViPlus continues to develop

McGrath Foundation stocked up by OMK

A GREAT selling climate at the VLE store sale has helped the Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak (OMK) Cricket Club raise over $15,000 for the McGrath Foundation. For Amy and Russ White, the sale was perfectly timed. “We bought the cattle in May and have had

Farmers ‘ignored’, says MP

LABOR has failed Victorian farmers and the agriculture industry, according to Nationals MP Melina Bath. The Inquiry into the Impact of Animal Activism on Victorian Agriculture delivered its final report last week. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath said Parliament had