On the land Archive

Yamaha threatens the end of ATVs

IF the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recommendations about quad bikes in their current state are passed as law, Yamaha Motor Australia says it will be forced to cease selling utility ATVs in Australia. The ACCC has drafted what it calls ATV Mandatory

Greener pastures with Chapman Machinery

IT’S that time of year when reseeding or renovating pastures becomes a top priority for our local farmers, and there’s only one place to go to get the tools and know-how to make light work of these important tasks. Chapman Machinery Service in Leongatha

‘Extreme activists’ should leave farmers alone: MPs

A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry to fix farm trespass laws and better protect Victorian farmers will be established after a strong community-driven campaign supported by the Liberal-Nationals. The Liberal-Nationals proposed the inquiry after calls from farmers and communities to strengthen laws and better protect farmers against

Dairy cows sell firm at Leongatha

DUE to the run of public holidays, there hadn’t been a prime sale at the Leongatha VLE Saleyards for three weeks, so a full field of trade and export buyers attended last Wednesday, May 1 keen to fill quotas. It was noticeable that while

Milk prices set to rise: Report

THE Australian dairy industry will continue to face considerable headwinds as it enters the 2019/20 season, however there are some green shoots on the horizon, according to Rabobank’s recently-released dairy seasonal outlook, with the prospect of record high milk prices for southern Australia. In

Ryegrass trial shows herd health benefits

A TRIAL of a biological soil conditioner has shown increases in herd health on a dairy enterprise at Grassmere, in southern Victoria. Coomarook Dairy is part of the Midfield Group. Manager Alex Bowman trialled Great Land biological soil conditioner from Terragen Biotech on 202

How farming has saved Aaron’s life

AARON Thomas reckons he wouldn’t be here today if he wasn’t a dairy farmer. Having suffered a serious mental health breakdown and endured the ravages of alcoholism, Aaron is now back on his feet and keen to share his story with other farmers who

Woodleigh’s changing face

By Rod Hayes and Garry Knox STUART Hayes has sold the farm. After 141 years, the Hayes name will no longer be on the mailbox. The sale of the property to the Jelbart family, and the imminent clearing sale this week, diminishes a very

Farm World clear-out at JSL

AFTER another successful year at Farm World, JSL in Leongatha are letting go all their display stock, at liquidation pricing. “We were pleasantly surprised with how busy we were at Farm World 2019,” said Jared. “The demand for Country Clipper Mowers in a season

Deer farm visit a focus on alternatives

BASS Coast Landcare organised a visit to Michael and Jill Vella’s Terramirra Park Deer Farm at Koonwarra last Wednesday as part of a focus on innovative and alternate farming uses and practices. But events elsewhere in the state, where a man was attacked and

Wave of support for Gippy Goat

THE hot topic of conversation at Farm World was the impact of animal activism, farm trespass and theft on law abiding Victorian farms. Over 1000 people signed the Gippy Goat’s petition at The Nationals stand, adding to the nearly 3500 signatures already collected online.

Farm World brings in a record 60,000 visitors

LARDNER Park was bathed in glorious sunshine across all four days of Farm World 2019. With record breaking numbers, almost 60,000 attendees enjoyed the extensive activities, exhibitor sites and family fun. With the theme being ‘Love Our Farmers’, patrons got behind the farming community

Record store sale with 4000 cattle

By Kirra Grimes LAST week’s store cattle sale at VLE’s Leongatha saleyards was the biggest local agents could recall for the last 15 years, with the yarding of 4009 cattle setting a new record. The sale saw strong competition from feedlotters and local graziers