On the land Archive

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

Soil specialists to help dairy farms

A NEW project on six Heytesbury and Otway dairy farms will bring in leading soil specialists to help farmers improve their soil, plant and animal health. As part of the drive to advance Australian agriculture to a more sustainable form of farming, Kim Deans

They’re sly as a fox

THE South Gippsland Landcare Network (SGLN) has commenced work on a new fox and rabbit control program. Covering 16,000ha of coast and farmland, project planning and some works have been underway for six months, with another two years of on-ground work to come. Fox

Prices strong in reduced yarding

By the SGSAA AGENTS yarded 1250 cattle at this week’s Leongatha store sale with the overall quality of the yarding not quite as good as previous sales. The best quality pens of grown steers and well-bred weaners that came forward continued to receive premium prices

Labor’s ignoring us, says MP

THE Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to “stop ignoring Gippsland and offer immediate practical assistance” to drought-affected Gippsland farmers. Speaking in Parliament last month, Mr O’Brien asked the Minister for Agriculture when she would introduce

Improving farm safety

A TIMELY cross-sector alliance to improve farm safety has launched its strategy this week as figures show primary industries have eight times the fatality rate of other Australian industries. Timed to coincide with Farm Safety Week (July 22-26), the Rural Safety & Health Alliance’s

Pensioner’s mission to plant one million trees

By Kirra Grimes A FORMER dairy farmer has reached out to the South Gippsland Shire Council to support his efforts to replant the forest that once covered the Gippsland hills. Lenard Brennan – an 83-year-old pensioner with a disability – in his early life