On the land Archive

Amazone makes history

LEADING European farm machinery manufacturer, Amazone, has announced the sale of its 750,000th ‘ZA’ series twin-disc centrifugal fertiliser spreader. Claas Harvest Centre South Gippsland dealer principal, Anthony Blackshaw, says the feat is probably unmatched by any other manufacturer. “Amazone has now sold in excess

Temperament in cattle

Nature v nurture By Claire Harris, Livestock Extension Officer CATTLE behaviour can have a big influence on how a farm is managed? There are three major factors that impact stock behaviour. These include, but are not limited to: • the way we choose to

Guide to dairy improvement

GIPPSLAND’S dairy industry has three key organisations servicing farm capability development. Determining who provides what services in the region has been a challenge up until now. The recently released Dairy Services Guide offers Gippsland’s dairy community a comprehensive resource that showcases the available capability

Gippsland Natural ‘a cut above the rest’

FARMERS may well know they are growing the best produce or animals in the most ethical way, but how do they know their hard work is being properly appreciated and compensated by the consumer? How does environmentally raised produce, careful selection of bloodlines, generational

Plan to make farming stronger: McKenzie

THE Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said for the first time Australia has a long-term plan to make agriculture stronger, following the release of the Commonwealth Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. “The Nationals, working as part of a strong Coalition Government, recognise the

Future looks bright for Phelan and Henderson

DAVID Phelan doesn’t mind a round of golf every now and then. And he’d also like to take a holiday once in a while. But when it comes to looking after his clients, especially those clients who have stayed with him over the years;

MG Unit Trust lists on ASX

MURRAY Goulburn last week successfully completed the implementation of its new capital structure, with the listing of the MG Unit Trust (ASX code MGC) on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). MG has now raised $500 million to fund capital investments as part of its

Cattle boom continues

PRICES at the VLE Leongatha store sale were at their best with bids following the Wednesday fat sale. With showers overhead, the Leongatha sale was packed on Thursday with re-stockers and feedlots competing in the strong market. M&J Elliott of Licola offloaded good quality

High opening price for MG suppliers

MURRAY Goulburn announced last week an opening 2015/16 season price for the Southern Milk Region of $5.60 per kilogram milk solids. It also re-confirmed the forecast Full Year 2015/16 Available Weighted Average Southern Milk Region Farmgate Milk Price (FMP) of $6.051/kg milk solids –

Thirsty Burra Foods to hit 300 litres

BURRA Foods aims to handle around 300 litres in the new milk year and has made a strong bid to boost supply with “a strong opening milk price of $5.60 per kilogram milk solids for the 2015/16 season”. Grant Crothers, Burra Foods Chief Executive

Roughage in winter

Dr Jeff Cave, District Veterinary Officer, DEDJTR ROUGHAGES are the bulky feeds that are considered as being high in fibre and low in energy. The common types of roughages for most livestock are pasture grasses and other grazed forages; hay and dehydrated forages; silage

Focus on feeding

A FOCUS Farm field day at Toora North last week took some of the focus off Dan and Cindy Knee and put it on dry and transition cow feeding. Tarwin Veterinary Clinic’s Peter DeGaris was the guest speaker at Thursday’s event, which saw around

Starting a dairy from scratch

AROUND 160 farmers and service providers attended a field day run by Debenham Australia at the Hibma and Vera dairy farm in Denison last Tuesday. This was the fourth in a series of best practice field days organised by the company in recent years.