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June 2014

What’s happening in the North East and Goulburn Murray area *LIMITED places are available for the NSW Tablelands and surrounds farm tour 2014 that will take place on Wednesday, June 11 to Friday, June 13. Sponsored by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, BestWool

BestLamb and the Federal Government, topics to be covered include grazing, cropping, soil management, erosion management, herd flexibility, farm business management, recycling nutrients and waste materials through

livestock movement and composting and lifting production. Costs will include accommodation and some meals, with the bus leaving Benalla at 8am on Wednesday, June 11 and returning in the evening of June 13. For more information contact Norm Tozer on (03) 5792 1139.

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*THE Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is holding its 2014 Victorian Agriculture Conference and Expo at Expo Hall, Melbourne Showgrounds on Thursday, June 12 and Friday, June 13. The conference and expo will look to the future as part of the VFF’s annual conference, themed ‘Trade, Investment and Opportunities’ for the future. For more information visit *THE Grassland Society of Southern Australia Inc. is holding its 55th annual

Covering North East Victoria, Southern New South Wales and Goulburn Murray Valleys

conference at Ballarat Lodge, Ballarat from Tuesday, June 17 to Thursday, June 19. Themed ‘What’s driving your pasture business?, conference presentations start on Wednesday, June 18 and will cover pasture, productivity and livestock management drivers. Alongside guest speakers, presentations and tours of local farms and research sites, the conference will also feature a comprehensive trade display area with a wide range of exhibitors to cater to producers. For more information email office@grasslands. *THE Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) together with Murray Dairy is hosting a free ‘Fodder in Dairy Workshop’ on Thursday, June 19. The workshop will provide useful information as well as create networking opportunities for those involved in the fodder



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JULY 18-20: Australian Sheep & Wool Show, Bendigo AUGUST 4-5: Hamilton Sheepvention 6-7: Mallee Machinery Field Days, Speed 15-17: Border RV & Camping Expo, Wodonga SEPTEMBER 7: Finley Show 5-14: Royal Adelaide Show 20-Oct 1: Royal Melbourne Show 23-25: Henty Machinery Field Days 27- Oct 4: Perth Royal Show 30-Oct 1: Horsham Show

For more information on country shows visit or and dairy industries. Dairy farm consultant Geraldine Perkins will speak on the importance of fodder quality in optimising productivity and Tom Acocks will speak on the crucial role fodder plays in his large scale dairy business. Charlie Williams will discuss the many issues associated with large scale fodder production. The workshop will also include visits to two prominent farms in north central Victoria. The workshop will commence with morning tea at 9.30am at Riversdale farm near Rochester and conclude with lunch at 1pm at Jenharwil Baling Elmore. For more information contact Caitlin Scholfield on 0417 962 991. *THE Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) pig and health research unit is offering graduate veterinarians the opportunity to undertake a refresher course in pigs on Thursday, June 19 and Friday, June 20. The course run on Thursday, June 19 will be held at DEPI, corner






*DAIRY farmers, or those eyeing a career in the dairy industry, are invited to attend a business workshop in Shepparton on Tuesday, June 24, run by The Centre for the Study of Rural Australia at Marcus Oldham College. The workshops, to be facilitated by respected dairy industry consultants, John Mulvany and Phill Shannon, is targeted at young dairy farmers, dairy farm employees or sharefarmers, and will step participants through the physical and financial issues related to growing a successful dairy business. These workshops will also include tips from

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of Midland Highway and Taylor Street, Epsom and on Friday it will be held on-farm in Bendigo. This course is relevant to veterinarians who live in the vicinity of pig-owners and who wish to up-skill on their knowledge of all things pig. There is no charge for the course and any accommodation costs will be met by DEPI. For more information contact Trish Holyoake on 0419 231 534.

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the team at Marcus Oldham College’s EntruBIZ program on how to develop entrepreneurial skills and how to adapt and capitalise on change. The workshop will be held at the Shepparton RSL from 10.30 am to 3pm (cost $30, lunch included). For details and bookings phone (03) 5243 3533 or email reception@marcusoldham.


*THE DEPI veterinarians are seeking sheep brains to be tested as part of the National transmissible spongiform enephalopathies (TSEs) surveillance program. The brains will be used to test for proof of freedom from TSE and livestock producers who supply them are eligible for payments of $100 each. To be eligible, sheep need to be 18 months of age or more (but not more than five years) and display at least two clinical signs compatible with ‘scrapie’ – the form of TSEs seen in sheep. For more information visit www. animalhealthaustralia. biosecurity/tse-freedomassurance-program/ national-tse-surveillanceprogram. *THE 2014 BestWool/ BestLamb conference will be held in Bendigo on Tuesday, June 24 and Wednesday, June 25. The conference dinner will be held on the evening of June 24, with a full day of conference proceeding the following day on June 25. For more information visit au. *NOMINATIONS for the Australian Farmer of the Year awards are now open. There are 12 award categories and an overall Australian Farmer of the Year award who is chosen from the award category winners. The awards are judged on innovation, sustainability and overall contribution to the Australian agricultural sector. Award categories include Livestock Producer of the Year, Young Farmer of the Year and Fibre Producer of the Year. A celebratory dinner will be held on Wednesday, September 10 in Melbourne. Entries close on Friday, June 27. Nomination forms are available at www. FarmerOfYear.

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