On the land Archive

Flow on effects of river restoration

JUST a few steps away from the lush dairy pastures of Dan and Cindy Knee’s farm is a river environment of rare beauty and genuine significance. The Franklin River’s journey through the heart of the Toora North farm is just a fraction of a

Lamb sales resume

THE first sheep and lamb sale for the season was called to order on Wednesday with the usual whistle, then shouts of ‘Sale-o, sale-o’. Local agents reported the sale was quiet as it was the first of the year with just around 1000 lambs

Bob’s collection attracts a crowd

COLLECTORS travelled from far and wide on Saturday to attend South Gippsland Shire Council Mayor and renowned gatherer Bob Newton’s clearing sale. Hundreds of cars, utes and trucks filled the paddocks of Cr Newton’s property with crowds turning up early for the 10am auction.

White family has a champion

THREE THOUSAND cows on 500 farms throughout the country have now been judged in the Semex-Holstein Australia On-Farm dairy competition, and the White family from Leongatha South are among the winners. The competition, which is in its 15th year, has a distinctive format that

Record hay orders still rolling in

EVEN the little bit of rain that fell in November helped a bit, but a record tonnage of hay has continued to roll into south and west Gippsland, almost unabated, after just 6.0mm was recorded in many areas during a “horrible” October. Rain gauges

$1.2 million boost to Leongatha saleyards

SHELTER from the prevailing weather, an extra row of selling pens and cover for the delivery yards; that will be the outcome of a $1.2 million construction project presently under way at VLE Leongatha Saleyards. Construction contractors were hard at work last weekend, erecting

Best Jerseys picked in on farm challenge

THE South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club recently hosted its annual On Farm Challenge competition. Amy Wright from World Wide Sires had the challenging job of judging 188 head over three days from the 22 studs represented. The presentation dinner was held at the Leongatha

Water dries up on coastal farms

A HUGE turnout at a Tactics for Dry Times event at Inverloch last week has reflected the serious concerns of many dairy farmers along the coastal strip. Seventy farmers filled Warren and Kerrie Redmond’s Bass Highway farm shed on Monday as they sought advice

Beth’s Dutch dairy challenge

FROM a four-year-old feeding calves to a 13-year-old starting her own jersey stud on her parents’ Gippsland farm, Beth Scott has always loved being in the dairy industry. Now she’s on a study adventure that she hopes will lead to benefits for all farmers.

Young people with a passion for the land

THE first ever meeting of the Network of Young Gippsland Landcarers (NYGiL) was held on Friday, November 21 at the Coffee Collective in Wonthaggi. The group is an informal network for people in their 20s or 30s who live in Gippsland and are working

Traf T&M’s new partner

WELL known agricultural machinery identity, Jason Henry, has become a major shareholder and director of the Gippsland-based farm machinery firm Traf Tractor & Machinery. He has had 20 years; experience with Kverneland in a wholesale capacity, and in sales and proprietorships of farm machinery

Bob’s unique collection goes under the hammer

LOOK up a ‘Furphy Water Tank’ on eBay and you’ll find they’re paying as much as $7500 for a complete water tank and cart. Even a Furphy water tank end, on its own, can sell for $750. There’s a whole world of collecting going

Stud farmers achieve their goals

IT’S been a hectic week at the Cock stud Amberley Park. Malcolm and Carol have been wading through 53 years of farm ‘stuff’ and years of documents ahead of the clearing sale this weekend. The Cocks sold their Hallston farm before auction, to beef