On the land Archive

New on-farm technology

THE beginning of a trial aimed at uncovering the benefits of Internet of Things (IoT) technology on dairy farms has seen a new face start at Agriculture Victoria’s Ellinbank Office. Dairy Technology Coordinator Yan Lai was recently appointed to support farmers taking part in

Farmers deserve to feel safe at home

THE Nationals Member for Eastern Victorian Region Melina Bath has welcomed the Federal Government’s proposed new legislation and tough new penalties on law-breaking activists who encourage others to trespass on farms. Ms Bath said the new federal legislation is a positive advancement which will

Farmers get wined and dined

INVERLOCH dairy farmer Bec Casey recently had the privilege of being a winner of the new ‘Thank A Farmer Event’ ran by Mums Who Wine. This event was created by Lauren Oliver, the founder and CEO of Mums Who Wine. She is extremely passionate

Farmers pitch their innovative ideas

ESCARGOT caviar, an app that increases the productivity of fruit pickers, and a platform to help recognise stock theft are among the 12 promising regional, producer-led start-ups selected to take part in the inaugural Farmers2Founders Ideas Program. The producer-led entrepreneurs were chosen from a

Local produce worth all the buzz

By Kirra Grimes A FORMER medical scientist is creating a buzz in the hills of Mirboo North, turning what was once a “fascinating hobby” into a fully-fledged career. Peter Gatehouse began selling locally-produced raw honey and beeswax products under the name ‘Hill Top Hives’

Boost for young farmers

THERE’S still time to apply for the State Government’s Young Farmers Scholarship program. The government launched the latest round of the scholarships late last month, highlighting a local dairy farmer as a shining example of how the funds can help set up productive and

Improving the health of dairy calves

RESEARCH has identified new opportunities to improve the health and productivity of Australian dairy calves, according to new research. The research findings are based on a survey of more than 100 dairy farmers and the analysis of colostrum, blood and faecal samples collected from 23 farms.

Significant milestone for employment program

THE Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Program (GRAEP) has reached a significant two-year milestone of 88 people now in continuous employment. Since April 2017, GRAEP manager Julie Tuhi has been an integral part of that success, supporting job seekers and potential employers through a combination

Plenty of dung to go around

SOUTH Gippsland Landcare Network hosted a dung beetle workshop on Saturday June 29 at the Kernot Community Centre. World renowned dung beetle expert John Feehan presented to over 70 people on how dung beetles can make soil healthier and more productive by interrupting parasite

‘Just keep turning up’

– VFF vice president’s message to women in agriculture MIRBOO North farmer and vice president of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Emma Germano has spoken out about some of the challenges she’s faced as a woman in agriculture, saying the industry still has a

Got a beef with Latin America

A CQUNIVERSITY project aimed at boosting links between the beef research industries in Australia and Latin America through the implementation of DataMuster automated livestock management system, has been awarded more than $750,000 as part of the Coalition Government’s Global Innovation Linkages program. Led by

Act now to prevent milk fever in ewes

HYPOCALCAEMIA, more commonly known as milk fever, is a deficiency of calcium in the blood, with cases in pregnant ewes expected at this time of year. It may be prevented by adding a calcium supplement, or by giving dry roughage to sheep on lush

Making farming dreams come true

By Kirra Grimes THE State Government launched the latest round of its Young Farmers Scholarships last week, highlighting a local dairy farmer as a shining example of how the funds can help set up productive and profitable agricultural careers. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes