On the land Archive

Tagging rules being flouted too often

VENDORS sending livestock to saleyards will face stiff fines if animals leave their properties without National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) tags. The NLIS enables livestock to be identified and tracked which helps protect the reputation of Victoria’s livestock industry as a supplier of top

Growing trees cost effectively

MORE than 30 local landholders recently attended an information session at Mark Walters’ property east of Loch to explore the different techniques available for planting trees. Mark gave a presentation on what he has achieved through revegetation. This includes shelter for livestock and habitat

‘Legendairy’ work in and out of the classroom

MORE than 60 excited secondary school students were recognised at a Cows Create Careers – Manufacturing presentation day, held last week. Marist-Sion College claimed the program’s overall $500 school prize, while the winning team was Delicious Dairy Debut (Elliah Candappa, Mikayla Gardiner, Sarah Hatherall

Topping the dairy genetics charts

GIPPSLAND is home to some of the best dairy herds in the country, with several herds ranking in the top 5 per cent in Australia for their breed, based on genetic merit for profit, which is expressed as the Balanced Performance Index (BPI). In

Partnerships from paddock to plate

VICTORIAN producers will be supported to work together to market their produce, grow our local industries and boost exports thanks to the State Government’s new $20 million Food Source Victoria program. Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, officially unveiled Food Source Victoria on Thursday night

Joan a champion for Landcare and women

LANDCARE in Victoria has paid tribute to the significant contribution made by the late Joan Kirner AC in bringing communities together to tackle local environmental issues. In the 1980s Joan Kirner, then Minister for Conservation, Forests and Lands, joined forces with Heather Mitchell, then

Local bacon is the best

NADINE and Clive Verboon’s stall is a popular destination for flavour hunters at farmers’ markets around the region and beyond. It’s only a short trip to the Coal Creek Farmers’ market for them from their farm at Wattlebank where their happy pigs, cows, steers

Toora milk factory ready to ramp up

IT’S full steam ahead for the ViPlus dairy factory in Toora. Contractors are about half way through stage one of the plant’s grand expansion. Contractors with Kubale Constructions are adding on a huge 4000sqm warehousing space. The warehouse will initially hold raw milk powder

Ryegrass persistence an issue?

WITH perennial ryegrass being the cornerstone of our dairy systems, it is no surprise that there is a lot of emphasis on its persistence. Ideally, you would sow a pasture once and never need to sow it again. Unfortunately, that is not reality. There

Farmers armed with solutions

THE last day of the successful ‘Solutions on Farm’ series of workshops run by the Bass Coast Landcare Network was held recently, the final session focussing on weed management. More than 30 participants from 21 farms across Bass Coast and beyond participated in this

Soils that Cope in all conditions

GRAEME and Jenny Cope’s dairy farm near Fish Creek was the perfect venue for last week’s Understanding Healthy Soils event. The event was hosted by the Copes and organised by Jill Vella, the South Gippsland Shire Council’s Agricultural Climate Resilience Officer, with support from

Can the family farm model survive?

By John Lyne THE answer is a resounding yes! As opposed to the corporate model, the family farm has significant advantages in a number of areas. Areas such as labour cost and animal husbandry are major in cost of production. The corporate model possibly

Truck load of hay lost in fire

A truck carting hay caught fire on Tuesday afternoon on the Stony Creek Dollar Road. Photo by Erin Azzopardi. A FARMER was lucky to escape injury after hay he was carting spontaneously combusted on Tuesday afternoon. The hay bale fire quickly travelled through the