On the land Archive

Charolais bulls a popular cross for commercial buyers

THE 18th annual Southern Charolais Breeders Group Sale is coming up and event organisers say it’s going to be better than ever. Charolais Society of Australia treasurer Ken Manton said he thought the Southern Charolais Breeders Group Sale was the longest-running multi-vendor stud sale

Corny way to raise money for a trip to Africa

A LOCAL high school student has taken a unique approach to fundraising for an overseas volunteering trip, setting up his own small business selling sweet corn. Aiming to raise enough money to travel to Africa with Newhaven College and the World Challenge program in

Rain, shortage boosts beef prices to record levels

DON’T expect to see too many bargains in the meat tray at your supermarket or in the butcher’s window after trade cattle prices hit record levels at the VLE Leongatha Saleyards last Wednesday. A circumspect buyer for O’Connors at Pakenham, Wayne Reid said the

Good quality at Koonwarra

THERE were approximately 1520 export and 400 young cattle penned at the VLE Leongatha saleyards at Koonwarra last week, representing a decrease of 800 head week-on-week. There was a full field of buyers present – competing in a mostly dearer market. Quality was good

Exploring the local story in our food and fibre

FROM jamologists to providores, craft brewers to agri-tourism businesses, they came from far and wide across the region and beyond to collaborate on establishing a trust token to validate the authenticity of food and fibre produce from Gippsland. Picking up on conversation that began

ViPlus continues to boom

VIPLUS Dairy has expanded its distribution internationally into the retail consumer market, as it showcases a strong future for Gippsland’s nutritional dairy industry. Established in Australia, ViPlus Dairy supplies high-quality nutritional milk formula products from the factory based in Toora. ViPlus continues to develop

McGrath Foundation stocked up by OMK

A GREAT selling climate at the VLE store sale has helped the Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak (OMK) Cricket Club raise over $15,000 for the McGrath Foundation. For Amy and Russ White, the sale was perfectly timed. “We bought the cattle in May and have had

Farmers ‘ignored’, says MP

LABOR has failed Victorian farmers and the agriculture industry, according to Nationals MP Melina Bath. The Inquiry into the Impact of Animal Activism on Victorian Agriculture delivered its final report last week. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath said Parliament had

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