On the land Archive

Make the most of your slurry

DAIRY effluent ponds contain valuable nutrients, organic matter and water. It is a home-grown fertiliser, and can be used to boost soil condition, plant health and production. The sludge from the bottom can be spread onto soil or pastures, as it contains nutrients that

Dumbalk – the land of milk and honey

YOU can make money, a good living in fact, out of honey production but it’s not just a matter of setting up your hives and watching the bank balance build up on its own. Like most farming pursuits, it’s a labour intensive job that

Why the colour black has got Roger’s goat

GOATS have a lot going for them, according to Roger Sawley of Kardella, which is why he has expanded his herd to 65 head since starting out with goats in 2008. For one, they eat a lot of the rubbish around the farm that

What’s the story with Alpacas?

WE’VE seen the various farming fads come and go. Who could forget the boom time for ostriches when eggs sold for $500 each, or the rapid expansion in boutique vineyards and the drive to develop deer as a sought-after food source? What about Alpacas?

Prices open at $1000

A HUGE crowd of buyers, sellers and onlookers watched as Thursday’s VLE Store Sale at Koonwarra surged past $1000 with ease. Prices opened at $1000 and quickly progressed as competition and conditions improve locally. Pens of G and S Egan (Alberton) Hereford steers were

Time to move in to town

ALEX Scott & Staff hosted a clearing sale for Frank and Keith Dutchman at 1650 Wonthaggi-Loch Road, Almurta on Friday. After 40 years at the farm, father Frank and son Keith said the time is right to move on. “Dad’s retiring and I’m moving

Pasture workshop to enhance production

THERE’S more to grass than you might think. It turns out that managing your pasture is critical for a successful grazing enterprise. Suitable species selection and the correct balance of soil nutrients can have a big influence on your bottom dollar. If you’re looking

Crazy About: BEES

By Anne Tindall What made you crazy about Bees? I HAVE always been interested in bees for some reason. I actually like them for several reasons. I was interested in raising bees, I like how they live. I like them for the environment and

Discussion group’s northern exposure

VISITS to some of northern NSW’s leading dairy and beef farms were among the highlights of a four-day agricultural tour organised by Notman Pasture Seeds in late January. A group of 17 dairy farmers from West and South Gippsland toured Neal’s Dairy on Oxley

How much concentrate?

MANY farmers will be looking to purchase additional feed to make up for the shortfall in home grown feed. The purchased feed needs to be cost-effective, so deciding which feeds to purchase needs to be well thought through. In many cases this season, concentrates

Dairy’s road to recovery

FARMERS looking to bounce back after a tough season are invited to a series of “shed days” being held by GippsDairy and Dairy Australia. The Tactics for Dry Times – Autumn Recovery program will be rolled out across Gippsland in coming weeks, offering farmers

Hardys to farewell Hallston

HALLSTON and Wooreen based farmers were out in force at a clearing sale on Friday. Rob and Sharon Hardy have sold their farm and intend to move in to town. On Friday they opened the paddocks to farmers, and in many cases friends, looking

Prices rise as rain falls

AUCTIONEER James Kyle was hoarse at the end of the SEJ Feature Sale at VLE Leongatha on Friday. Even with the microphone he had to shout over the wondrous sound of rain on the big tin roof. With rain falling across South Gippsland all