Nurse and natural healer Bhavani Rooks holds on to hope that our environment can recover. Her fertiliser improves soil health and boosts soil organic carbon levels. tm04_0120
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
Australian milk production is forecast to decline four to six per cent, while global demand for beef is expected to rise four per cent. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash at https://unsplash.com/photos/nKUkTnHMg48.
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
Agriculture Victoria research scientist Dr Hans Daetwyler said the research has generated a powerful dataset for Australia’s red meat industry and enables Australian sheep producers to maintain 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
If clinical signs of nitrate poisoning are noticed early enough, vet treatment is possible.
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
Beating the heat, these pickers were out early in South Gippsland helping to fill orders for snow peas at the peak time of the year for salads and outdoor entertaining. m045319
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
Bass Coast Landcare Network sustainable agriculture team leader Joel Geoghegan presenting to a group of local farmers at a ‘Growing Southern Gippsland’ field day in Krowera. Op085319
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
Bob Davie’s legacy won’t be the family farm, it won’t be the quality of the produce or the profits, but it will likely be his carbon sequestering that could change the foundations of modern farming. tm09_5219
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,
Chef Alejandro Saravia cooking Gippsland produce for a ‘Farmer’s Daughters’ event. He says visiting the region reminded him of visiting rural Peru when he was growing up and has formed a real attachment to the area.
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
With ear tags mandatory these days, Leongatha VLE staff member Yvonne Scoles uses a reading wand to check on any lambs that have come to the saleyards untagged. m265219
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 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
David Pugh has been impressed with this year’s crop of hay, calling it one of the best in recent years. m035119
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
The White family of Leongatha were delighted to return to the winners’ dais after six years, claiming the top award in the Leading Edge Genetics on farm challenge for 2019.
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 sales manager James Ristrom has welcomed the introduction of new technology that improves both accuracy and speed in the blending and loading of fertilisers. gm085019
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