On the land Archive

Be alert of facial eczema

DAIRY farmers are being urged to stay informed about facial eczema risk as we head into the high danger period. Facial eczema is a liver disease (often accompanied by photosensitisation) caused by the spores of a pasture fungus that multiply rapidly in warm and

More than $115,000 raised to help devastated farmers

MORE than $115,000 has been raised for farmers impacted by Australia’s bushfires in a special appeal launched by Jersey Australia and Global Impact Supremacy with the support of International Dairy Week (IDW). Funds raised during the drive at IDW are being donated to the

Smaller, greener pastures for the Peters

AFTER a lifetime of farming, Colin has inched closer to retirement with a clearing sale on his former Chisholm Road beef farm last Friday morning. Colin had a considerable but not excessive collection of equipment. And all in good condition considering the farm backs

Bushfire cattle escape to Leongatha for sale

BUSHFIRE cattle from Ensay, Swifts Creek and Omeo boosted numbers at the Leongatha Store Cattle Sale last Thursday. And after the good rains of recent weeks, there was plenty of interest in what was a relatively small yarding of cattle. Not that there was

Beef that’s out of this world

CAROL and Craig Timothy warmly invite you to attend Milky Way Speckle Park’s open day on Saturday, February 1, during Beef Week 2020. A selection of purebred cows, heifers and bulls will be available to inspect plus a number of F1 & F2 Speckle

Showcasing South Kolora’s stud

WHEN visiting friends who lived in the area, John Langley said he always thought South Gippsland “looked like the Garden of Eden”. Eventually, John decided the promise of consistent rain was too good to pass up on, relocating his Hereford stud from Hay in

Tarwin Poll Herefords’ open day

THIS poll Hereford herd was started by the Meikle family in 1950 with David Meikle, the third generation to manage this stud. Over this time, they have bred an animal suited to meet their client’s needs across Gippsland. This is very much a grass-fed

Shearers top score for cricket club

THEY admit that selling raffle tickets would be easier, but the Poowong Loch Cricket Club held their annual sheep shearing fundraiser event once again on Sunday, January 12. “Shearing sheep as a fundraiser is a ‘logistical octopus’, but very well handled by the Poowong

Supporting bushfire-affected farmers

THE State Government is providing assistance to farmers affected by bushfires in East Gippsland and north-east Victoria to make sure they have the support they need during and after the disaster. The Agriculture Victoria Relief and Recovery Incident Management Team has been established and

Fresh is best at thriving Cape Paterson veggie farm

By Kirra Grimes A YOUNG Cape Paterson couple is celebrating a successful first year in business after filling a gap in the market for locally grown organic vegetables. Emma and Michael Burness chucked in their city jobs 10 years ago to make the seachange

We’re going carbon neutral

AMIDST climate change chatter and terrifying weather, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the state of our warming environment, but connecting the human body and natures ability to heal, Bhavani Rooks sees hope. ‘Letting nature do its thing,’ is the philosophy of natural healer

Falling supply challenging Australian agriculture

ONGOING seasonal challenges remains the key issue facing Australian agricultural commodities, with little respite in sight, according to Rural Bank’s Australian Agriculture Outlook 2020. Dry conditions are likely to continue until March, due to a predicted late monsoon season in the tropics which will

New resource to give sheep breeders a competitive edge

AUSTRALIA’S sheep breeders now have a more accurate and cost-effective way to predict traits that are important to domestic and international markets. Agriculture Victoria research scientists have accurately produced the complete genetic code for more than 60,000 sheep – the largest genetic dataset of