On the land Archive

Gippsland’s yummy honey

BEEKEEPERS across South Gippsland are hoping honey lovers will support local makers in the wake of the recent bushfires. President of the South Gippsland Beekeepers Club Bron Barton said many hives have been destroyed by fires this season. “Last spring, commercial beekeepers had taken

Ten years of slogans

A CRUCIAL reminder, the silage sign leaving Leongatha as you’re heading towards East Gippsland is written by dairy farmer Mark ‘Sparky’ Dowling. This is Mark’s tenth year writing a slogan across his silage. “Sometimes it’s a joke or something a little more serious,” he

Sustainable farming can be done best in Gippsland

FERGUS O’Connor – a beef farmer from Berry’s Creek near Leongatha – believes the vegan ultimatum of not eating all meat is, ‘utter nonsense,’ and is sure farming can be done sustainably. Fergus relates beef quality to supermarket egg options. “Everyone knows the supermarket

Hay, the Aussie spirit’s still strong

YOU don’t have to look far to find an Australian that is willing to give a mate a hand. Many go unnoticed and are truly humble in their actions. “It’s just what we do,” says Chris Nixon from Newmerella. He is a true Australian

High quality dairy cows at Korumburra

IT WILL be ‘game on’ for the top dairy breeders in Gippsland and beyond with Saturday’s Korumburra Show hosting the most important dairy competition in Gippsland this year. According to Chief Cattle Steward and show society president, Ian Cash, the society has put together

Lamb prices hit the heights at Leongatha

SUCH was the high level of the prices paid for lambs at the weekly sale at the Leongatha Saleyards last Wednesday that it prompted a couple of wry comments from regular buyer Brian Campbell. When asked, by the Sentinel-Times, if he was a stock

‘Continuous improvement’ for Leongatha saleyards

IT’S location, in the centre of one of Australia’s key beef growing areas will assure that the VLE Leongatha Saleyards at Koonwarra has a long future ahead of it. And according to Victorian Livestock Exchange General Manager, Wayne Osborne, improvements will continue to be

Gary Sansom Scholarship applications open

THE prestigious Gary Sansom Scholarship aims to uncover future chicken meat industry leaders and champion important research working to boost the productivity and sustainability of chicken meat production. After a successful inaugural launch in 2018, and two rounds of scholarships later, applications for the

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