On the land Archive

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

Beware of nitrate poisoning

WITH the ongoing drought and dry seasonal conditions there is a heightened risk of nitrate poisoning in livestock. When an animal is poisoned by nitrate, the ability of its blood to transport oxygen is reduced. As a result, an affected animal will have difficulty

Ups and downs for hot crop

SNOW peas from South Gippsland are in big demand at the moment, as supermarket customers seek to make salads and enjoy the outdoor life. And there’s nothing better than some crisp, cool snow peas to add some refreshing summer bite to your salad. The

Reducing emissions one step at a time

A STATE government report has shown agriculture to be one of the biggest climate emissions contributors, but the Bass Coast Landcare Network (BCLN) say that the adoption of new practices in the industry will see a change in the future. In 2017, the agriculture

Bimbadeen’s positive outlook above and below the ground

FARMING with practices that could help reduce climate change, the Davie’s Bimbadeen farm and its rotational grazing with a focus on improving soil carbon has yielded award-winning produce and carbon neutrality. Well known around Gippsland for their innovative programs above and below the ground,

Gippsland food on the rise

SOME of Melbourne’s leading figures in the food industry say Gippsland is on a path to becoming the next big thing for food tourism in Victoria. This year’s edition of The Good Food Guide was recently released and included two Gippsland restaurants, Hoggets Kitchen