On the land Archive

Young leaders up for Landcare award

LOCAL volunteer group Gippsland Intrepid Landcare has been recognised for its efforts to mobilise youth to make a positive impact on the environment, with a nomination in the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards. The group has been nominated for the Young Landcare Leadership Award, which

Jersey market growing in China

AUSTRALIAN Jersey farmers could be major beneficiaries from China’s need for more dairy product while addressing many of the issues confronting the country. China needs 109 million tonnes of dairy to meet current nutritional targets but last year Australia exported only 840,000 tonnes. A

Soil specialists to help dairy farms

A NEW project on six Heytesbury and Otway dairy farms will bring in leading soil specialists to help farmers improve their soil, plant and animal health. As part of the drive to advance Australian agriculture to a more sustainable form of farming, Kim Deans

They’re sly as a fox

THE South Gippsland Landcare Network (SGLN) has commenced work on a new fox and rabbit control program. Covering 16,000ha of coast and farmland, project planning and some works have been underway for six months, with another two years of on-ground work to come. Fox

Prices strong in reduced yarding

By the SGSAA AGENTS yarded 1250 cattle at this week’s Leongatha store sale with the overall quality of the yarding not quite as good as previous sales. The best quality pens of grown steers and well-bred weaners that came forward continued to receive premium prices

Labor’s ignoring us, says MP

THE Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to “stop ignoring Gippsland and offer immediate practical assistance” to drought-affected Gippsland farmers. Speaking in Parliament last month, Mr O’Brien asked the Minister for Agriculture when she would introduce

Improving farm safety

A TIMELY cross-sector alliance to improve farm safety has launched its strategy this week as figures show primary industries have eight times the fatality rate of other Australian industries. Timed to coincide with Farm Safety Week (July 22-26), the Rural Safety & Health Alliance’s

Pensioner’s mission to plant one million trees

By Kirra Grimes A FORMER dairy farmer has reached out to the South Gippsland Shire Council to support his efforts to replant the forest that once covered the Gippsland hills. Lenard Brennan – an 83-year-old pensioner with a disability – in his early life

New on-farm technology

THE beginning of a trial aimed at uncovering the benefits of Internet of Things (IoT) technology on dairy farms has seen a new face start at Agriculture Victoria’s Ellinbank Office. Dairy Technology Coordinator Yan Lai was recently appointed to support farmers taking part in

Farmers deserve to feel safe at home

THE Nationals Member for Eastern Victorian Region Melina Bath has welcomed the Federal Government’s proposed new legislation and tough new penalties on law-breaking activists who encourage others to trespass on farms. Ms Bath said the new federal legislation is a positive advancement which will

Farmers get wined and dined

INVERLOCH dairy farmer Bec Casey recently had the privilege of being a winner of the new ‘Thank A Farmer Event’ ran by Mums Who Wine. This event was created by Lauren Oliver, the founder and CEO of Mums Who Wine. She is extremely passionate

Farmers pitch their innovative ideas

ESCARGOT caviar, an app that increases the productivity of fruit pickers, and a platform to help recognise stock theft are among the 12 promising regional, producer-led start-ups selected to take part in the inaugural Farmers2Founders Ideas Program. The producer-led entrepreneurs were chosen from a

Local produce worth all the buzz

By Kirra Grimes A FORMER medical scientist is creating a buzz in the hills of Mirboo North, turning what was once a “fascinating hobby” into a fully-fledged career. Peter Gatehouse began selling locally-produced raw honey and beeswax products under the name ‘Hill Top Hives’