On the land Archive

Good beef prices call for prudent investment

WHILE prime and store cattle prices hit dizzying heights, confidence is up locally despite lower hay yields. That confidence was evident at the Meikle’s Meeniyan stud, Tarwin Poll Herefords. A steady stream of farmers and customers came to inspect the bulls, heifers and calves

Landowners want to help control rabbits

MORE than 150 landowners and Landcarers attended meetings in Koonwarra, Kilcunda, Warragul and Woodside recently to hear about a new strain of virus being released to help control rabbits across Australia. Rabbit expert and research scientist funded through the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre,

Terry talks about Heatime

AFTER only six months using the SCR Heatime HR System on their cows, Terry and Janine Clark of Nerrena are already saving a lot of time, they know more about their cows and they’ve been submitting significantly more cows for AI. It’s been a

Twilight field day focus on better dairy cows

THERE’S always something to be learned at an organised on-farm visit and such will be the case at an event this Friday, January 22 being facilitated by the local branch of Holstein Australia. And you don’t have to be a member to come along.

Strong prices at first sale for 2016

ROBERT Dowel from Leongatha South kept a close eye on the weaner steer price averages at Hamilton on Tuesday and decided to send in a selection of his stock to the Leongatha VLE based on those good average prices. In all, he put in

Delivering the message about farming and climate change

HELPING South Gippsland and Bass Coast farmers adapt to climate change is the aim of a project being jointly funded and delivered by the two local shires. And last Saturday, officers from both shires took the opportunity to spread the word at the Bass

New strain to add to rabbit arsenal

A SERIES of information sessions are being run in January to provide detailed information to local landholders about the upcoming release of a new overseas strain of rabbit calicivirus. The new Korean strain of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, known as RHDV1 K5, is

There’s money in honey

IT TAKES a special kind of skill to be a beekeeper. And according to Aris Wolswinkel of Bees Business in Loch, the earlier you get stung by one of these industrious little creatures the better, if you plan a career in the business. “Of

Armyworms on the warpath

THERE are reports of thriving armyworm populations in pastures in some areas in South Gippsland. Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) Pasture and Fodder Conservation Specialist, Frank Mickan is urging producers not to be complacent because there could be more outbreaks

Where would we be without water?

WHAT’S the most important thing on your farm? The number of cows you’re milking, their breeding and production potential? What about the state of your pasture, size of the mortgage, supplementary feed, fertiliser history or maintenance of the milk plant? Ask Tim Cashin of

Drilling down into water issues

FARMERS looking to access desperately needed water from existing bores need to be careful before they start pumping. Southern Rural Water drilling inspector Tony Sanders has urged anyone with an existing well to hasten slowly when getting it back into action. He said a

Drought hits Gippsland

SOUTH Gippsland’s coastline has missed out on rains and is in a state of drought. Local farmers in Yanakie have been forced to install pumps and several kilometres of poly pipe to deliver stock and domestic water to their farms. Member for Gippsland South

Government told: Just get on with it!

ADJOINING landowners at Arawata are at their wits’ end to know what to do about their ‘neighbour from hell’. While their paddocks are well-looked after and virtually weed-free, the problem neighbour’s property, on Ritchies Road, is absolutely lousy with ragwort and the heads of