On the land Archive

Changing agriculture for a changing climate

A CROWD of 35 farmers, researchers, hobby farmers and students packed out the Kernot Community Centre for the first ‘Growing Southern Gippsland’ field day on Wednesday, October 23. The day included talks from experts on parasites, integrated pest management and soil microbiology from experts

All thanks to the Cash cows

KORUMBURRA dairy farmer Ian Cash and his family have been recognised for their support of the Korumburra A & P Society Show. The South Gippsland sub branch of Holstein Friesians Australia awarded the 2018/19 President’s Cup to Mr Cash at their meeting at the

Show success for Hallston sheep

HALLSTON Valley Farm brought home two reserve champion ribbons and an interbreed ribbon from the Royal Melbourne Show with their Wiltshire Horn sheep. In their first Royal Melbourne Show appearance, this relatively new showing team scored second on aggregate points and won significant prize

Stronger dairy role likely for Leongatha

ALREADY regarded as one of the top two or three dairy centres in Victoria, the machinations around Gippsland’s saleyards at the moment could further enhance Leongatha’s dominant role in dairy. With Warragul’s dilapidated saleyards set to be closed down by its operators, Victorian Livestock

Kongwak bull earns breed legend status

THE legend of Genetics Australia’s bull Medallion will live on with a new award and a special resting place for the record-breaker. Bundalong Marks Medallion, who died in June just short of his 14th birthday after siring thousands of daughters, has been named the

Farmer confidence on the rise

VICTORIAN rural sentiment has staged a strong rally, with the state’s farmers now among the most confident in the nation, the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey has found. Dairy farmers were behind much of the upswing, with 45 per cent expecting conditions to improve

State won’t provide rates relief for farmers, says MP

VICTORIA’S Agriculture Minister has, for the first time, definitively ruled out state government intervention to relieve the rate burden on the state’s farmers. On ABC Gippsland radio last Wednesday morning – ahead of the official announcement of a $31 million drought assistance package for

Time to tackle thistles

THISTLES lead to many problems for landowners and the Arawata/Mt Eccles Landcare Group has urged people to act now to control their spread. Four species of concern in South Gippsland are Slender/Shore Thistle (Carduus pycnocephalus), Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare), Variegated Thistle (Silybum marianum) and

Giant earthworms in our backyard

TWO local Landcare networks, in association with the Natural Environment Program of DELWP, are funding a free field day to assist landholders in protecting Giant Gippsland Earthworms and burrowing crayfish. Come along to the free field day and learn more about them and hear

Demand for Aussie beef in China set to rise

CHINA is on the cusp of becoming Australia’s largest beef export market in 2019, with little sign of demand abating anytime soon, as Chinese consumers shift away from pork to other proteins in the wake of African Swine Fever, according to a leading animal

Learn about soil biology

DID you know that a teaspoon of healthy soil contains more microbes than there are humans on earth, with tens of thousands of microbial species? By looking after and enhancing soil biology, farmers can improve the health and quality of plants and grazing animals,

Getting tough on gorse

THE Bass Coast Landcare Network (BCLN) has proven that gorse is not too tough to handle through their efficient gorse management program of 2018/2019. The BCLN obtained a Victorian Gorse Taskforce (VGT) annual community grant for the second consecutive year, assisting them with their

New DISCO mowers have all the moves

NEW CLAAS DISCO MOVE 3600 and 3200 mowers can really shake their stuff, with an impressive ‘give’ of up to one metre vertically and 30 degrees laterally, allowing them to work with optimal efficiency and safety in even the roughest of paddocks. Available with