On the land Archive

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

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