On the land Archive

Topping the dairy genetics charts

GIPPSLAND is home to some of the best dairy herds in the country, with several herds ranking in the top 5 per cent in Australia for their breed, based on genetic merit for profit, which is expressed as the Balanced Performance Index (BPI). In

Partnerships from paddock to plate

VICTORIAN producers will be supported to work together to market their produce, grow our local industries and boost exports thanks to the State Government’s new $20 million Food Source Victoria program. Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, officially unveiled Food Source Victoria on Thursday night

Joan a champion for Landcare and women

LANDCARE in Victoria has paid tribute to the significant contribution made by the late Joan Kirner AC in bringing communities together to tackle local environmental issues. In the 1980s Joan Kirner, then Minister for Conservation, Forests and Lands, joined forces with Heather Mitchell, then

Local bacon is the best

NADINE and Clive Verboon’s stall is a popular destination for flavour hunters at farmers’ markets around the region and beyond. It’s only a short trip to the Coal Creek Farmers’ market for them from their farm at Wattlebank where their happy pigs, cows, steers

Toora milk factory ready to ramp up

IT’S full steam ahead for the ViPlus dairy factory in Toora. Contractors are about half way through stage one of the plant’s grand expansion. Contractors with Kubale Constructions are adding on a huge 4000sqm warehousing space. The warehouse will initially hold raw milk powder

Ryegrass persistence an issue?

WITH perennial ryegrass being the cornerstone of our dairy systems, it is no surprise that there is a lot of emphasis on its persistence. Ideally, you would sow a pasture once and never need to sow it again. Unfortunately, that is not reality. There

Farmers armed with solutions

THE last day of the successful ‘Solutions on Farm’ series of workshops run by the Bass Coast Landcare Network was held recently, the final session focussing on weed management. More than 30 participants from 21 farms across Bass Coast and beyond participated in this

Soils that Cope in all conditions

GRAEME and Jenny Cope’s dairy farm near Fish Creek was the perfect venue for last week’s Understanding Healthy Soils event. The event was hosted by the Copes and organised by Jill Vella, the South Gippsland Shire Council’s Agricultural Climate Resilience Officer, with support from

Can the family farm model survive?

By John Lyne THE answer is a resounding yes! As opposed to the corporate model, the family farm has significant advantages in a number of areas. Areas such as labour cost and animal husbandry are major in cost of production. The corporate model possibly

Truck load of hay lost in fire

A truck carting hay caught fire on Tuesday afternoon on the Stony Creek Dollar Road. Photo by Erin Azzopardi. A FARMER was lucky to escape injury after hay he was carting spontaneously combusted on Tuesday afternoon. The hay bale fire quickly travelled through the

Show of rural force wanted at Kilcunda meeting

IT’S unlikely that the Kilcunda Hall will be big enough on Thursday night, May 23 at 8pm, if all those who’ve so far expressed concern about the Bass Coast Shire Council’s Rural Land Use Strategy (draft) decide to show up. But, according to Phillip

DSE says “sorry” for disastrous Hallston fire

DSE District Regional Manager for Gippsland, Geoff Pyke says sorry to the Hallston comunity for the disastrous ‘fuel reduction burn’ in the area prior to Easter. Read all about it in next week’s Sentinel-Times.

Another fire meeting on Wednesday

Some of the damage caused to private property as a result of last week’s runaway ‘controlled burn’. THERE’S still some lingering anger in the Hallston community after last week’s DSE ‘controlled burn’ got out of control and burnt 570 hectares of bush, plantation and