On the land Archive

We’re going carbon neutral

AMIDST climate change chatter and terrifying weather, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the state of our warming environment, but connecting the human body and natures ability to heal, Bhavani Rooks sees hope. ‘Letting nature do its thing,’ is the philosophy of natural healer

Falling supply challenging Australian agriculture

ONGOING seasonal challenges remains the key issue facing Australian agricultural commodities, with little respite in sight, according to Rural Bank’s Australian Agriculture Outlook 2020. Dry conditions are likely to continue until March, due to a predicted late monsoon season in the tropics which will

New resource to give sheep breeders a competitive edge

AUSTRALIA’S sheep breeders now have a more accurate and cost-effective way to predict traits that are important to domestic and international markets. Agriculture Victoria research scientists have accurately produced the complete genetic code for more than 60,000 sheep – the largest genetic dataset of

Beware of nitrate poisoning

WITH the ongoing drought and dry seasonal conditions there is a heightened risk of nitrate poisoning in livestock. When an animal is poisoned by nitrate, the ability of its blood to transport oxygen is reduced. As a result, an affected animal will have difficulty

Ups and downs for hot crop

SNOW peas from South Gippsland are in big demand at the moment, as supermarket customers seek to make salads and enjoy the outdoor life. And there’s nothing better than some crisp, cool snow peas to add some refreshing summer bite to your salad. The

Reducing emissions one step at a time

A STATE government report has shown agriculture to be one of the biggest climate emissions contributors, but the Bass Coast Landcare Network (BCLN) say that the adoption of new practices in the industry will see a change in the future. In 2017, the agriculture

Bimbadeen’s positive outlook above and below the ground

FARMING with practices that could help reduce climate change, the Davie’s Bimbadeen farm and its rotational grazing with a focus on improving soil carbon has yielded award-winning produce and carbon neutrality. Well known around Gippsland for their innovative programs above and below the ground,

Gippsland food on the rise

SOME of Melbourne’s leading figures in the food industry say Gippsland is on a path to becoming the next big thing for food tourism in Victoria. This year’s edition of The Good Food Guide was recently released and included two Gippsland restaurants, Hoggets Kitchen

Restockers active at first Leongatha lamb sale

PRICES for well grown lambs reached $160 at the Leongatha VLE Saleyards last Wednesday as the local lamb season got underway. But there was competition from restockers for undersized lanmbs and in the end as many as 50 per cent of the lambs offered

Farmers gain protections in mandatory dairy code

FARMERS will be protected by a slew of measures to improve transparency and set minimum standards of conduct in milk supply agreements under the dairy industry’s new mandatory code of conduct, to come into force from January 1, 2020. The final code, unveiled in

Hay mate, it’s been great

WHENEVER you talk to visitors to the local area, especially those from East Gippsland and further afield, they never cease to be amazed at the magnificent state of the farming country in this area. And the number of bales of silage and hay in

White cow named on farm best

THIS is not the Melbourne Royal but winning the Leading Edge Genetics on farm challenge for the best commercial dairy cow in the region is better in some ways. And it was a delighted White family of Leongatha; Les and Diane, together with Russell

Brown’s Fertilisers – fast, accurate blends

GIPPSLAND farmers are benefiting from a significant investment at Brown’s Fertilisers in Leongatha that is delivering more accurate blends, more quickly. General manager Conal Wills said the full-service fertiliser business had rolled out computer-operated blending machines to blend and dispatch products “exceptionally fast and