On the land Archive

Meeniyan – a world class dairy town

BRENDON and Kate Martelli have seen plenty of the world – but they still reckon Meeniyan might be the best place they have lived and worked. Having grown up on a New Zealand dairy farm, Brendon was far from home when he met Melbourne

Dairy cow diets

FARMERS often report that rapid changes to a dairy cow’s diet can lead to dramatic reductions in milk yield, presumably caused by variable feed intake, disrupted rumen function and possible health problems. A research project at Ellinbank is focusing on reducing these negative effects

Feed plan essential as big dry continues

THIS time of the year, in a normal season, most farmers would be finalising their silage harvest and locking up some paddocks for the start of the hay season. But this is no ordinary year. According to On Farm Consulting’s Matt Harms, landholders in

Dairy worth billions of dollars to Gippsland

THE Gippsland dairy industry is worth about $3 billion to the region’s economy and has the potential to increase with opportunities for further investment. The dairy industry’s importance to the Gippsland economy and the growth opportunities on the horizon were highlighted at a forum

Top breeders up for the challenge

THE South Gippsland Sub-Branch Semex on Farm Judging Competition has been finalised, with Nerrena farmers scooping the two major awards. Terry and Janine Clark, and nearby farmers Ash and Jane Harrison were the standouts and will be among the section winners who’ll progress to

Record dry month prompts early dairy cow cull

IT’S not a stampede, yet, but dairy farmers in particular are doing the sums and sending their fringe cows to market in solid numbers at a time when they should be at their peak of production. But with monthly rainfall in some areas locally

Farmers warned to activate dry plan

RESPECTED farm consultant John Mulvany has confirmed the worst fears of Gippsland dairy farmers. Mr Mulvany, who is in contact with farmers across the region, said the failure of spring rains has meant that silage harvesting has been dealt a severe blow. “It appears

Pestivirus – a persistent problem

By Emma Rooke, Livestock Biosecurity Network PESTIVIRUS is one of the most important production diseases in the Australian cattle herd, but it can be easily diagnosed and the risk of introduction into the herd can be reduced using some simple biosecurity steps. There is no

Healthy soil means better production

HOW many of us understand what the soil under our feet delivers in terms of productive capacity? How could millions of micro-organisms manage to turn livestock manure into plant nutrients saving us valuable dollars on input products? Chris Alenson and David Stewart have delivered

Priority harvest – Dry conditions put pressure on feed

DRY conditions in some parts of South Gippsland have forced local farmers to rethink their harvest strategies with the result that they are unlikely to have the silage and hay boost they were hoping to get. At Leongatha South, Warren Redmond said he expected

Bush foods booming

BUSH foods are creating a buzz, not just through the restaurant trade, but increasingly for medicinal and cosmetic uses as well. It’s clear there is a market, but how exactly do you get started and how do you incorporate them into your farm? These

New chair on board at GippsDairy

GIPPSDAIRY has elected a new chair and three new directors to its board. The AGM saw Fish Creek dairy farmer Graeme Nicoll chosen to replace Matt Gleeson as GippsDairy chair for the next two years. Denison farmers Brad Missen and Ross Anderson will fill

Support for dairy farmers

GIPPSDAIRY will meet with farmers to determine what action needs to be taken to assist the industry if seasonal conditions worsen. Recent high temperatures have combined with lower than average rainfall to quickly dry-out soils and add weight to concerns over an impending El