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minister Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that the historic agreement was “good for the economy, good for jobs, good for farmers and good for consumers” – but the dairy sector begs to differ. United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) is “extremely disappointed” at what it said was a lost opportunity to secure a better trade deal with Japan.
UDV president Tyran Jones said that dairy farmers currently paid $116 million a year in import tariffs on $511 million of processed dairy products going into Japan, equal to almost a quarter of the value of Australia’s total dairy trade to Japan. “We understand that all we’re getting out of this free trade agreement (FTA) is a few million dollars of tariff relief at best,” Mr Jones said. “Japan is a huge market for us, with 130,000 tonnes of Australian dairy produce hitting its shores each year. Continued page 13
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*THE Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) are holding a free national symposium on Thursday, May 15 at AgriBio in Bundoora, Melbourne. The GRDCâ€™s soil biology initiative will include discussions on new understandings generated through the five-year initiative and how growers can factor soil biology into their farming systems for positive impact. Headlining the symposium will be University of Chicago microbiologists Jack Gilbert who will present the world view on soil microbial communities and the relevance of these in food production systems now and into the future. For more information contact Pauline Mele on (03) 9032 7083. *To celebrate the launch of the 2014/2015 Upward Rural Diary, stationary and officer products provider WH Annett is offering one lucky farmer a prize pack valued at $90 when they take a selfie. Known as a felfie (a farmerâ€™s selfie), the only condition on the competition is that the
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BOTH the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and Sharman Stone (MHR, Murray) have highlighted the need for limiting urban sprawl into food-producing agricultural land as one of the key areas that must be addressed in their submissions to the Agricultural Competitiveness Issues Paper (White Paper). Among many other issues that both parties have submitted to the Federal Government, including greater protection for farmers in the face of supermarket control of production methods and reduced supermarket competition for agricultural
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products and negotiating free trade agreements that beneďŹ t all agricultural sectors, the continual growing of urban boundaries was of concern to the VFF and Dr Stone. â€œBy 2030 an estimated 2000 square kilometres of food-producing land will be lost around Melbourne compared to what
was there in the 1950s,â€? VFF president Peter Tuohey said. â€œWeâ€™re losing some of Victoriaâ€™s most productive land. â€œIf Victoria is to continue as the nationâ€™s most productive food producer, weâ€™ll need greater rights and protections in the face of urban growth and demands. â€œWhere agriculture is the primary land use, farmers must be allowed to farm without onerous and unreasonable imposition if they are to remain viable,â€? he said.
â€œWe need to be planning for the long-term food security requirements of a growing local and global population given our ďŹ nite resources of soil and water to support this production. â€œWithout farm sectors becoming regularly profitable they cannot sustain or increase their production through investment in innovation and best practice,â€? she said. Mr Tuohey said that local, state and federal governments need to ask themselves if they want Australian
Dr Stone also stated that Australia needs accurate and adequate land capability zoning to protect the limited quantities of arable land and the nationâ€™s surface and ground water resources required to grow food. â€œCompetition between short and longer term mining and gas exploration or exploitation and agricultural production, as well as demand for further urbanisation is occurring without reference to the landâ€™s agricultural production value or capacity,â€? Dr Stone said.
farmers to grow more food and fibre. â€œCouncils should be restricted in their ability to implement by-laws affecting agricultural practices in areas zoned for agriculture activity.â€? The VFFâ€™s submission also highlighted the need to invest more in educating urban audiencesâ€™ understanding of food and ďŹ bre production. â€œThe ďŹ rst step towards improving the urban populationâ€™s understanding of food production has to be education in the classrooms and ďŹ eld trips for school-aged children to the farm,â€? Mr Tuohey said.
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THERE are a few things that are synonymous with farms and farmers including worrying about the weather, whether you have enough feed for the stock, what will the price of water do and dogs. There would hardly be a farm in northern Victoria that doesn’t have a dog and ours is no exception. We have two Labradors that pretend to be working dogs, although following cows to the dairy, snifﬁng interesting scents along the way, having a splash in a channel on a hot day and licking up any milk spilt in the dairy hardly constitutes work. In recent weeks I have had an additional pooch to deal with, he has been here before but not for a while. He’s a black dog, not particularly friendly and has an uncanny ability to sniff out vulnerability. The injury to my Achilles and its timing has been particularly frustrating given the number of tasks to be undertaken at this time of the year and while not the sole cause, it has provided sufﬁcient uncertainty to leave the gate ajar and allow him entry. It is for that reason that I have
NEIL PANKHURST, together with his wife, Tamar, farm 200 hectares at Tongala milking a herd of predominantly jersey cows. Neil is an active member of the community and is a director of Goulburn-Murray Water, Tongala’s Community Bank and a councillor on the shire of Campaspe.
decided this will be my last contribution to the paper. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to express my views and thoughts through this column over the past three years and continue to be amazed by the number of comments and amount of encouragement I have received over the years. I believe the dairy industry, in particular, and agriculture in general faces a bright future in northern Victoria and I look forward to continuing my participation over the years ahead. There are many farmers and particularly some young farmers who are doing great things on farm and I think it would be good to give them the opportunity to tell their stories. There has been a lot going on on-farm although I have been unable to participate in much of it. We had a contractor in to sow about 10 hectares of shaftal clover
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Tax now a serious business THERE are positive times ahead, but beware of the tax office. That’s the message from accountants to the region’s farmers as the end of the financial year draws near. According to RSM Bird Cameron senior accountant Maxine Vale, farmers have experienced an average to aboveaverage harvest, with commodity prices firming since harvest. “This has reversed bank accounts from overdrafts to credit and improved farm equity,” Ms Vale said. “Based on what we have seen, many clients have been surprised at how quickly losses incurred in the drought have been used up and tax is now a real issue. “The key is to make sure producers
are proactive in understanding their tax position and determining strategies to be put into place to minimise their tax,” she said. There are a number of steps that farmers could take to reduce their tax burden. Farming business entities that have a turnover of less than $2 million are eligible for special tax considerations including accelerated depreciation. These businesses are able to write off assets purchased for less than $1000 ($6500 for assets purchased between July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013) and prepay expenses such as interest. “In some circumstances farming businesses might also be able to bring
forward or defer the timing of income and expenses to suit their position,” Ms Vale said. Options open to eligible farmers include the use of farm management deposit to manage the fluctuating nature of primary production income and superannuation contributions with the concessional contribution limit increasing from $25,000 to $35,000 for taxpayers over the age of 60. “We strongly urge you to review your position well before June 30 as it will be too late if left to the last minute. “A failure to plan is planning to fail,” she said. For more information contact Maxine Vale at RSM Bird Cameron Albury on (02) 6041 3700.
I WOULD be interested to find out if rain has any effect on morale. I believe there is a definite link in the mind of every farmer. The 82 millimetres we received before Easter has put plenty of pep into the step of a lot of the farmers around here. It has also guaranteed that a few tractors have been fuelled up and that if sowing hasn’t already commenced, then all is in readiness for an Anzac Day start. I think this is the most April rain we have received for a good number of years and it has certainly started our motors. I guess the issue is, as it always is, will there be follow up rain and will it continue so that the season is better than average? It’s not just the morale of the farmer that is lifted by the rain – the whole agricultural sector has been badly
MURRAY GILBY, with wife Denise and son Colin, farm a 700 hectare cropping property at Kotupna, 30 kilometres east of Echuca. The farming enterprise includes cropping canola, barley and wheat, along with an agricultural contracting business, supplying customers with all their cropping needs.
affected by the lack of rain and any downpour at the right time is heartening. I recently read that farm debt has increased by nearly 75 per cent over the past decade and this statistic is quite daunting when we all know the unreliability that affects most areas of Australian agriculture. Agriculture is one of the only occupations that rely heavily on the weather and when there is a glimmer of optimism, investment in the current season often increases in relation to that expectation. Let’s hope that the optimism of the opening days of this cropping season are realised with bumper crops and money in the bank.
We have been preparing some new ground for the past week – it was a bit wet to start with, but it is now working up quite nicely. We ploughed it first with a disc and have since run over it again with the multi disc and grader board. Truck work continues to be steady and we are plugging away at getting all our grain from last harvest sold. The upside is that grain prices are higher now than they were at harvest, so while we have had a late cash flow, it is better than we first anticipated. I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter break and if the traffic going past our place was any indication, I
would be surprised if there was anyone left in their own homes. The cars, trailers, caravans and boats that were seen hurtling around over the long weekend was astonishing and I think there are a lot who have taken advantage of the Anzac Day holiday being so close to Easter and are taking an extended break.
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â€œBuilding a honey discovery centre during a severe honey drought really raises the image of a pub with no beer, (but) from four generations as honey producers we know that the honey will ďŹ‚ow again.â€? The other issue facing the honey industry is keeping the devastating varroa mite out of Australiaâ€™s honey bee population. Australia remains the worldâ€™s only populated continent where the parasitic mite has not infested the bee population. â€œWeâ€™re so fortunate to be the last country in the world not to have it (varroa) but, on the other hand, keeping it out is the biggest challenge,â€? Ms Goldsworthy said. Ms Goldsworthy is currently at the forefront of a national campaign now under way to convince beekeepers and the food crop industries that rely on bee pollination to support a dramatic doubling of a national honey levy to fund pest prevention and surveillance. Beekeepers presently contribute 2.3 cents per
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FLEXIBILITY and innovation are what irrigation control and automation technology company WiSA believes sets it apart from its competitors. The Australian-owned company is leading the way in automated irrigation systems, having improved farmersâ€™ lifestyles and proďŹ ts for the past 18 years. WiSAâ€™s automated control system has helped to improve the operation and efďŹ ciency of all types of irrigation systems, including pipe and riser, border-check, pivot, lateral drip and micro-sprinkler systems, giving farmers greater control and ďŹ‚exibility over their irrigation management. Real time data is collected through a range of sensors and then integrated with any irrigation system using WiSAâ€™s AquaLink software. The information that is collected can then be used to make essential decisions on how and when to irrigate the farm, with the whole system then able to be remotely controlled from any smart phone or tablet. WiSAâ€™s business development manager Andy Heeps said that the companyâ€™s ďŹ eld
unit assemblies are individually tailored to suit customersâ€™ needs. â€œThe ďŹ eld unit that is controlling a 150 watt DC motor is going to be different to the unit that is turning a little solenoid valve on and off,â€? Mr Heeps said. â€œAlso, all of WiSAâ€™s electronic boards and software are designed in-house and manufactured in Melbourne. â€œWe have pioneered a lot of new technology over the years and most recently we have satellite systems available that are very important to outlying properties that donâ€™t have any connection to the internet,â€? he said. WiSA now has their systems in 97 countries and into all types of farms such as viticulture, vegetables, orchards and broad acre. The company is now helping farmers and businesses overseas with on-going projects in the US, Middle East and Europe. For more information visit www.irrigatewisa.com.au or visit us at the WTC Irrigation Expo on May 28th and 29th at Shepparton.
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Interested in shaping future water services in your region? GMW irrigators and rural water users are invited to nominate for GMW’s Water Services Committees. How do I nominate? Information packs, nomination forms and the Operating Rules for Water Services Committees are available at www.g-mwater.com.au or by calling GMW on 1800 013 357.
WITH 15 years’ experience in the pump and irrigation industry, it is easy to understand why Delatite Pumps and Irrigation owner Jordan Lewis is an expert in pumping systems, ﬁltration and irrigation projects. Benalla-based Delatite Pumps and Irrigation has been operating for the past two years offering the latest and most advanced products relating to all irrigation needs. Mr Lewis’ family is the sixth generation to farm the same land so he is “very familiar” with various irrigation requirements which he feels is a positive to his business as he fully understands his clients’ needs. “Over the years I have had extensive experience in irrigation including vineyards, orchards, pasture crops, vegetables, sporting grounds and efﬂuent disposal,” Mr Lewis said. “We use the most advanced products
to maximise efﬁciency and to limit any associated costs.” The company has teamed up with the European manufacturer Bauer which is the worldwide leader in hard hose, linear and pivot irrigation, and quality efﬂuent disposal. Mr Lewis said he uses Bauer irrigation system products because they are ﬂexible in their use and adequate for all areas. “With its various slurry distributing equipment, Bauer is able to always offer the best solution for all requirements with uniform spreading, high wind resistance and minor losses of nitrogen,” Mr Lewis said. Alongside great products and knowledge, Mr Lewis also boasts enthusiasm and customer service as assets to his business, ensuring its success for years to come. For more information contact Delatite Pumps and Irrigation on 0439 794 017.
GMW may conduct a local ballot to reduce the number of nominations to the number of available vacancies. All nominations are then submitted to the board who consider nominations before making appointments.
How many positions are available? A number of positions are declared vacant each year as members terms expire. This year there are vacancies on 11 of the committees detailed below:
Irrigation Area Water Services Committees
Other Committees Loddon Water Districts
Loddon Campaspe Regional
Kiewa/Mitta Mitta/Upper Murray Regional
Nominations open Wednesday 30th April through to 5pm Friday 16th May 2014 Ph:1800 013 357 www.g-mwater.com.au
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Farm insurance and you ARE you planning to organise business insurance for your farm in 2014? There are many options available; therefore it pays to know a little about them before you decide which type of policy is best for you. Following is a quick run-down of some of the business insurance options on offer at Elders Insurance. Business liability insurance This type of business insurance can protect you if you are held responsible for any losses or damages suffered by a third party due to your negligence. Elders Insurance can provide public and products liability. Public liability protects you if you are found liable for injuring a third party, damaging their property or causing them to lose money. Products liability protects if your products and services are deemed responsible for any of the above incidents. Business property insurance This type of business insurance can protect your assets includ-
ing your property and contents in the event of a loss-causing incident. It can provide you with the funds you need to repair or replace the damaged assets to get your business up and running. You can opt to cover your business for deﬁned events or accidental damage, as well as other expenses such as the removal of debris and landscaping costs. Business interruption insurance While business property insurance is designed to protect your tangible assets, business interruption insurance will protect your intangible assets. This includes your income, which may also be affected by a loss-causing event. Business interruption insurance will cover for loss of proﬁt while your business is out-of-action, making sure your staff and any outstanding debts continue to be paid, giving you time to get back on your feet. For more information contact John Houghton at Elders Insurance Wangaratta on 0407 303 691.
Farmers falling behind in drum recycle muster
RECYCLED REMNANTS: drumMUSTER is calling on all farmers to recycle their chemical containers and participate in the environmental-friendly program.
THE number of empty chemical drums being returned for recycling is stagnating in Victoria as farmers are failing to participate in the rural drumMUSTER program. Victorian drumMUSTER consultant John Knight said the lack of participation of farmers has become a bit of a problem over the past few years. He said farmers are still buying containers ﬁt for recycling, but are not bringing them back to be recycled into new and useful things like plastic cable covers, wheelie bins and pipes. “We have been ﬁghting an up-hill battle to get some farmers to use the program,” Mr Knight said. “A lot of farmers are good and bring their drums in, but we’re still seeing the same people continue to do the wrong thing.” drumMUSTER is now calling on growers to help improve the return rate and prevent drums going into landfill or ending up in creeks or paddocks. Since 1999, drumMUSTER has collected more than 23 million drums nationwide.
This represents more than 28,000 tonnes of waste avoiding landﬁll and being recycled. Mr Knight has been working with councils and community groups to provide more ﬂexible options for farmers by opening convenient drop-off points and extending landﬁll hours. He said these partnerships are pushing the message to farmers that burning or burying drums is no longer an accepted method of getting rid of their waste and in some cases may be illegal in Victoria. “We are constantly developing strategies on how to best approach these farmers who may not understand the program or ﬂat-out refuse to use it,” Mr Knight said. “We’re seeing drums trickle in, but we should really be seeing two or three times more drums in some areas. “I hope calls to action like these really go a long way to changing attitudes about the way waste is handled.” For more information visit www.drummuster. com.au.
A few empty drums go a long way... Community groups like Dederang Recreation Reserve Committee can raise funds for each drumMUSTER eligible chemical container they receive.
23 Community Groups throughout Victoria are looking for your support to raise valuable funds to support local initiatives. Support drumMUSTER and these groups by delivering your drums for recycling to your local collection sites.
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To find out more about community groups in your region visit the drumMUSTER website or give us a call.
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Aussie guide helps farmers
CATALOGUE HELP: Aussie Pumpsâ€™ â€˜Blaster Blitzâ€™ shows farmers how to select the right equipment and offers helpful information.
ing tasks more safely with the right equipment,â€? said Aussie Pumpsâ€™ Hamish Lorenz. â€œOur 88-page catalogue shows how farm clean-up costs can be cut and how operators can be kept safe at the same time,â€? he said. Aussieâ€™s â€˜Blaster Blitzâ€™ catalogue has a strong emphasis on environmental issues as well as safety. The companyâ€™s full range is illustrated from engine drive pressure cleaners right through to heavy duty steam cleaners designed for decontamination or sterilisation. The full range of machines features unique
Australian designs that have won awards in the United States and other export markets. The company specialises in pushing the envelope in higher pressures to enable cleaning tasks to be carried out more efďŹ ciently with less water consumption. A full range of labour saving cleaning accessories is also fully illustrated with details to make selection easy. These include hose reels for long length hoses (ideal for cleaning combines or big machinery items), long length telescopic lances, grit blast kits and replace-
ment unloaders and other major pressure cleaner components. Replacement pumps from the â€˜Big Bertyâ€™ range are also featured with interchange ability data between brands to enable operators to replace complete pumps on their existing machines at minimal cost. There is a two-page section on flat surface cleaning that details how operators can save up to 80 per cent of time by using this technology with the correctly selected blaster. The catalogue features â€˜Aussie Safe Operatorâ€™ clothing.
The outfits include boots, overalls, aprons, jackets, trousers and even gloves rated to 500 bar (7300 psi). Aussie Safe Operator clothing comes with part of the companyâ€™s safety training program and will soon be mandatory for all machines operating at over 3000 psi in professional applications. â€œOur marketing department has spent a year putting together the â€˜Blaster Blitzâ€™ catalogue,â€? Mr Lorenz said. â€œWe intend to blitz the market by making it easy for farmers to select the right equipment ďŹ rst time. â€œIt is an endorsement of Australian design and production techniques and proves that Australian manufacturing can compete not only in Australia but throughout the world.â€? Aussie Pumps is located in Sydneyâ€™s boutique Norwest Business District, operating from a one-hectare works and ofďŹ ce complex. Further information, including free copies of â€˜Aussie Blaster Blitzâ€™, can be downloaded from the Aussie Pumps website www.aussiepumps.com. au or by contacting your Aussie Pumps dealer or distributor.
THE Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is reminding people that firewood can only be collected from designated collection areas until Monday, June 30. A permit is not required to collect firewood for domestic use, but you are only allowed to take wood found lying on the ground in firewood collection areas. On-the-spot fines will set you back about $577 and offences that end up in the courts may be liable for fines up to $7218, one year imprisonment or both. A total of 53 designated firewood collection areas are open for the autumn 2014 season across Murrindindi, Upper Murray, Goulburn and Ovens district. For more information call DEPI customer service centre on 136 186.
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THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED! Polaris sets the pace with a cracking start to 2014. Polaris has bolted out of the blocks in 2014 with its best ﬁrst quarter on record, setting a cracking pace for the Australian ATV and side x side industry to be a clear NUMBER 1 in the Australian market. Polaris is deﬁning an entirely new type of
off road vehicle with the introduction of the Sportsman ACE. The vehicle is completely new to the industry and features a revolutionary, sit in chassis that is nimble and comfortable to operate. The Sportsman ACE has a unique ROPS cab frame previously found only on side by sides. The high back adjustable bucket seat with an adjustable steering wheel gives the driver
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unmatched ﬂexibility when it comes to comfort in the machine. Polaris has made history by releasing the ﬁrst ever All Terrain vehicle designed from the ground up speciﬁcally for the Australian and New Zealand market - the Polaris UTE 570. Powered by a 567cc, fuel injected engine, it has plenty of power to handle the toughest of tasks. With a rear tipping dump box, it is also ﬁtted
with mirrors, indicators and a horn all ready for registration. For steering ease and control under all conditions, the UTE 570 offers EPS as a standard feature. Call in and see John and the team at Benalla Motorcycles & Power Equipment for a test ride on one of these great machines. Polaris Finance is also available at a very attractive rate.
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*Offer ends 30/6/14 or earlier if stocks run out. Only available at participating Polaris dealers. Not valid with any other offer. Excludes ﬂeet clients. #Subject to credit approval, fees, terms and conditions apply. Based on a 24 month Chattel Mortgage with 30% deposit followed by 24 monthly repayments at 0% pa. To approved ABN holders for business purposes only on applications for Polaris Ranger Diesel. Offer expires 30/6/14. Polaris Finance is a program operated by De Lage Landen Pty Limited ABN 20 101 692 040. Model shown with optional accessories. ^Offer ends 30/6/14 or while stocks last. Offer only available at participating Polaris Dealers. Not valid with any other offer. Excludes ﬂeet clients. This accessory offer is only valid for genuine Polaris Accessories on the purchase of a new Polaris Ranger XP 900 model only.
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The dangerous â€˜frothy bloatâ€™ is a form of functional blockage, where a stable foam forms in the rumen and prevents the gas that is normally formed in the rumen from being released. This can be an emergency situation, as many cattle deaths can occur without intervention. The increased pressure in the rumen compromises the circulatory and respiratory systems, and can rapidly lead to death. Clovers in lush pastures are a risk factor for frothy bloat, and some paddock environments will be worse than others. Warm humid days increase the risk also. Avoidance of high risk pastures on high risk days, and strip grazing and/or manipulating pasture type can reduce the incidence of bloat. Feed additives and bloat capsules (Rumensin) can be quite effective at preventing bloat in cattle on high risk pastures.
Bloat capsules should be numbered and recorded with the cow number, as the odd cow will burp one up and require a replacement. Treatment depends on the severity of the bloat. Mildly bloated animals can be saved by removing them from the offending pasture, and administering a bloat oil orally. Severely bloated cattle will need a rumenotomy, which in an emergency situation it may be necessary to stab into the rumen with a knife to relieve the pressure. NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
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Bloat in cattle can be caused by either physical obstruction of the oesophagus, or functional blockage of the rumen/ oesophageal opening. An example of physical obstruction preventing eructation/gas release would be an object such as an apple or potato stuck down the oesophagus, or a cow down for a prolonged period.
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