On the land Archive

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

Prices back at Koonwarra

THERE were approximately 1500 export cattle, of which 750 head were cows and 500 young cattle, penned at VLE Leongatha’s Koonwarra saleyards on Wednesday last week, representing an increase of 560 head week-on-week. The usual buying group was present and operating selectively in a

Base data the start of improvements

DAIRY Australia’s farm business management tool DairyBase can play a key role in lifting business skills in the dairy industry says dairyfarmer Mark Billing. Mr Billing and his wife Sam milk 450 cows on 240 hectares near Colac. The couple have always had a

Store prices ease but only slightly

STORE cattle prices eased ever-so-slightly last Thursday at the VLE Leongatha Saleyards on the back of measured concern about dry conditions in some parts of the region. However while we didn’t see the $3.80-plus a kg price we saw a few weeks ago, there

In the business of making friends

IT HASN’T been 10 or 15 years since Browns and then Landmark established their farm supplies store and depot in Power Street, Foster. It was 26 years ago that Chris Geisler joined the fledgling business, working alongside Gary Stoll, rising to manager in 1995

Dairy cows lift as supply drops

THERE were approximately 1,070 export and 300 young cattle penned at the Leongatha VLE, representing a decrease of 220 head week-on-week. There was a full field of buyers present and competing in a dearer market. Quality was mixed, with a larger proportion showing good

Jenny joins meat research council

JENNY O’Sullivan will make up part of what Meat and Livestock Australia is calling ‘The Magnificent Seven’. She is one of the new chairs of the Southern Australia Meat Research Council (SAMRC); producers who will drive the collection of research and development needs from