On the land Archive

Practical advice for farmers

AGRICULTURE Victoria’s Dairy Services team will be ready to assist you at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo. The team will be on-hand at site 89 at this week’s expo to provide information and advice on issues related to managing a dairy business. If you’re

Improvement is the goal

FOURTEEN months ago, the Moon family from Yanakie were selected to be one of three Focus Farmers in the region under an initiative from GippsDairy and Dairy Australia. Alex, Tricia, Jared and Melissa, have made a commitment of business and personal goals as a

Enough is enough: MP – Time to ‘fix’ farm trespass laws

FIXING farm trespass laws was again in the spotlight in August, with the petition to change farm trespass laws tabled in State Parliament. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath, said she was delighted to present over 6500 signatures calling for better

State recognition for local Landcare group

A CHILLY start made way to a beautiful day last Friday for the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards, when a bus of 18 people from Bass Coast made their way up to the grand surrounds of Government House in Melbourne. This group represented a mix

Farmers share knowledge on adapting to climate change

A COMMUNITY-LED collaboration is harnessing local knowledge for a positive regional response to climate change. The Growing Southern Gippsland project is profiling local farmers successfully adapting to climate change, running knowledge-sharing workshops on local farms and providing tailored scientific and business management resources via

Dairy expo good for them and us!

THE South Gippsland Dairy Expo is in its 20th year this year of not only bringing the local dairy industry together with its suppliers, innovators and advisors but also benefiting the community at large. Since its inception, the main event of the Strzelecki Lions

Glad to see the tail end of lambing season

By Kirra Grimes SHEEP graziers can begin to breathe a sigh of relief, having almost made it through one of the most difficult lambing seasons in recent years. August saw weather warnings issued to graziers across Gippsland several times, as cold temperatures, heavy rain

Well-grown is ideal

By Dr Sarah Chaplin, Agriculture Victoria Development Specialist WELL-grown heifers are more likely to reach their full potential for milk production and recover their rearing costs earlier, therefore it is key to have a management plan for your heifers and not neglect them. The

Opportunities to increase number of live exports

CHINA’S appetite for Australian dairy continues to grow and it’s not just demand for dairy products. A recent dairy trade delegation of Australian organisations to the 2019 China Dairy Expo in Tianjin found opportunities to increase the number of live cattle exports as well

Parma fit for a farmer

LEONGATHA pizzeria Serafinos has presented $1200 to Gippsland Farmer Relief for drought-stricken Gippsland farmers. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath, who also contributed a personal donation, said Serafinos owners Fred and Mandy Truscio were concerned about mounting pressures on local farmers

Focus on the future

A FARMING family with eyes well and truly on the future will be in the spotlight during this month’s Focus Farm open day. The Moon family of Yanakie are building on their dairy legacy to ensure their farm business is sustainable in the current

Young leaders up for Landcare award

By Kirra Grimes LOCAL volunteer group Gippsland Intrepid Landcare has been recognised for its efforts to mobilise youth to make a positive impact on the environment, with a nomination in the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards. The group has been nominated for the Young Landcare

Jersey market growing in China

AUSTRALIAN Jersey farmers could be major beneficiaries from China’s need for more dairy product while addressing many of the issues confronting the country. China needs 109 million tonnes of dairy to meet current nutritional targets but last year Australia exported only 840,000 tonnes. A