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NEW WAY TO FARM: Katie and Hugh Finlay have pioneered the first organic share-farm, where four individual producers have signed on to lease parts of their farm – including an orchardist, vegetable growers, a micro dairy and a heritage nursery. The Finlays hope that, over time, even more farmers will become involved in the co-op. Read the story below and then turn to pages two and three. PHOTO: David White

BY the end of this month, Mount Alexander Fruit Gardens will herald in a new era of farming. Katie and Hugh Finlay will step back from being orchardists, instead earning part of their income from their land as it is farmed cooperatively by different businesses. Together, the team will become known as the Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance (HOFA). It is a novel idea, and one that is very much in its infancy; plenty of details still need to be thrashed out, including power usage, water rights, infrastructure maintenance costs to name a few. But the idea behind HOFA is as romantic as it is practical; complimentary farming for individual products. The Mount Alexander Fruit Garden, just out of Harcourt, sits

on 60 hectares of granite loam soil. The property has been in Katie’s family for almost 50 years, with 6000 mature apple, peach, pear, cherry and nectarine trees - as well as a self-supplying tree nursery. With an average rainfall of 450mm, the 2018 season is tracking well for sub-soil moisture, which will work with their ongoing soil improvement program to help promote healthy microbial activity. It has also proven to be the perfect time for the Finlays to take a step back – the culmination of a process that started a couple of years ago. “We wanted to retire, but we wanted to stay on farm,” Katie said. This is where the pair hit the oUVWURDGEORFN

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KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: Katie Finlay and Sas Allardice (pictured far right and left) are running Carr’s Organic Fruit Tree Nursery, using the decades of knowledge passed down from Katie’s father Merv (centre).

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Names: Katie Finlay and Sas Allardice. How did you come to be involved with HOFA? We were both already involved with the farm in other ways - Sas in Gung Hoe Growers, Katie as one of the owners. We decided to start the fruit tree nursery just for fun really, and to learn some new skills. Plus it’s a side income, and it’s a great way for me (Katie) to still have a “hands-on� role as a farmer now that Ant is leasing the orchard. What are you farming? We’re growing deciduous fruit trees from scratch, ie first we grow our own rootstocks from seed or cuttings, and then we graft scions onto the rootstock to make the trees. We’re in a great position to do that because Merv (Merv Carr, Katie’s Dad, who the nursery is named for) is here every week to teach and mentor us, plus we have more than 140 varieties of fruit on

the farm already, so we have a good source of scion wood on hand. Biggest challenge in setting up the co-op? It’s been pretty easy for the nursery because it’s such a simple business, but we’re hoping the co-op will bring us benefits with marketing and cost-saving, so trying to understand how to set those systems up has been the hardest thing so far. What do you hope to achieve over the next 12 months? We are planning to have our first selling season next winter, so we’re hoping this summer is really successful in the nursery. We started working on the trees last year, so we’ve got some really interesting multi-grafts coming through (ie multiple varieties on the same tree) that should be ready for sale next June. Contact details: best to send nursery inquiries to Katie at kfinlay@mafg.com.au.

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“It’s a common story among farmers our age; we’re not getting any younger, and while we wanted to take a less active role in the orchard, we also wanted it to stay in production,� Katie said. Back in 2015, Katie and Hugh were approached by a local team looking to rent land for a market garden. The Gung Hoe Growers have now become part of the property landscape – but they planted more than just vegetables. “We had this great experience working with Gung Hoe – which led us to think maybe we could lease out parts of the farm and still have an interest in it - but not so much of the backbreaking work.� Not long after, the Finlays were approached by Tess Sellar – who wanted to establish a 10 cow micro-dairy, but had no equity to buy her own land. “That was enough to kick us into action, to make us chase this new idea,� Katie said. The next step was deciding to look for someone to lease the orchard. The process: 7RoQGWKHULJKWSHUVRQ.DWLHDQG Hugh undertook an extensive social media campaign, ran webinars and contacted local farming groups. They found the right person in Ant Wilson, and offered him a traineeship to help learn the skills he needed to take on the orchard. Next, Katie and Hugh set about developing

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the paperwork - a process that received a huge boost with a $10,000 grant for business development through the Regional Development Victoria Food Source program. The same program has since provided a further $45,000 – to be matched by the co-op farmers – for building infrastructure. “Collaborative farming is a bit of a buzz word at the moment,� Katie said. “We just happened to come along at the right time, and so there has been a lot of support and help made available to us.� Lease documents, which should all be signed by the end of this month, are for three years with two three year options for extension, along with a built-in clause that each can only be terminated by the individual business owners, not the property owners. Running costs like power and water are metered where possible, with each lease oQDQFLDOO\YDOXHGDFFRUGLQJWRODQGVL]HDQG the amount of infrastructure provided. “We have modelled the business on a break-even model for now, just because we want this to work and for it to be affordable for new farmers,� Katie said. After the lease documents are signed, HOFA ZLOORIoFLDOO\IRUPDVDIDUPLQJFRRS Who is involved: So far, there are four active players in the HOFA team. Tellurian Fruit Gardens – leased by Ant Wilson, four hectares of the orchard will be commercially farmed with organic fruit

NEXT GENERATION: Ant Wilson (pictured left) has leased the original organic fruit orchard from the Finlays. He will now operate as part of the HOFA co-op, under the business name Tellurian Fruit Gardens. Ant is pictured with land owner and retiring orchardist Hugh Finlay.

destined for farm gate sales and wholesale markets. Ant spent nine months learning the ropes from Katie and Hugh, and will continue to be mentored by them. *XQJ+RH*URZHUVqWKHoUVWWRDSSURDFK the Finlays, Gung Hoe Growers is owned and operated by Mel Willard and Sas Allardice who currently use approximately a hectare of market garden but are looking to expand. Gung Hoe Growers grow a large range of seasonal vegetables, mainly supplying local restaurants and vegie boxes. Sellar Farmhouse Creamery – still in the development phase, the micro-dairy will be operated by Tess Sellar, who plans to milk 10 cows. Tess has a dedicated lease of 15 hectares, and the opportunity to utilise other

Going Gung Hoe Name: We are Gung Hoe Growers: Sas Allardice and Mel Willard. How did you come to be involved with HOFA? We have been farming with leased land from Katie and Hugh for three years, this creation of HOFA will see us into our fourth (we measure time by garlic plantings). What are you farming? Gung Hoe Growers is a small scale organic (almost certified) market garden. We grow soil, belly laughs, veggie porn and a large assortment of annual and perennial vegetables, fruit, herbs and edible flowers. Biggest challenge in setting up the co-op? Speaking as one half

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ALL SMILES: Being an orchardist is hard work, but there is nothing quite like picking a box of beautiful farm-fresh organic produce. Pictured is Katie Finlay with the 2017 apricot drop.

parts of the farm for grazing when appropriate. Carr’s Organic Fruit Tree Nursery – named for Katie’s father Merv Carr, who originally planted the orchards on the farm. Merv grew and supplied every fruit tree that Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens initially planted. Katie and Sas (from the Gung Hoe Growers) will operate a small scale organic tree nursery, utilising Merv’s knowledge to develop a range of hardWRoQGKHULWDJHIUXLWWUHHV “We still have a few hectares that we could put other small enterprises on,” Katie said. “To help share the cost burden, it would be great to have at least two more intensive horticulture businesses.” 7KHUHLVDOUHDG\DEX\HUZDLWLQJIRUFHUWLoHG organic botanicals, but also potential for

mushrooms, native foods, poultry, bees or berries. Sharing more the just the farm: “Whatever costs possible are to be shifted into the co-op, to reduce the running expenses for our farmers – we are trying to set up a PRGHOWKDWLVORZFRVWDQGKLJKSURoWDELOLW\IRU each enterprise,” Katie said. There are plans to share insurance costs, farm maintenance and even machinery. %XWWKHELJJHVWEHQHoWIRUWKHJURXSZDV ZKHQ1$6$$&HUWLoHG2UJDQLFDJUHHGqMXVW last week – to allow the multiple enterprises to EHWRJHWKHUXQGHUDJURXSFHUWLoFDWLRQ “Everyone can now operate as an organic producer, while sharing the costs associated with that - which can be considerable,” Katie said.

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HOFA members will also have the opportunity to farm land, without paying to enter the real estate market. “One of the biggest obstacles faced by next generation farmers is how to start,” Katie said. “Unless you have family with land, it is almost impossible to gather the equity required. “This way of farming works for all of us; we can share with the farmers, they share the hard work and the costs – and we hope everyone wins in the end.” Future direction: 7KHUHDUHGHoQLWHO\VWLOOREVWDFOHVWR overcome, the Finlays know that. As with any business, there will be teething problems – days when Katie and Hugh may wonder whether they have done the right thing, days when the problems may seem insurmountable. “At times we’ve wondered whether we should have just sold the farm – some mornings we have woken up and thought, why are we doing this?” Katie said. “But I think that’s because no one else has done it, so we’ve had no guidance and have KDGWRoJXUHLWRXWDWHYHU\VWHSy Long term, they hope their farming decision will have an impact across more than just the orchard. “If this works, it could be developed in other places as well,” Katie said. “We would like it to be a replicable model.” Along with running the nursery, Katie and Hugh operate an online business called Grow Great Fruit - teaching people how to successfully grow organic fruit at home. “We really have a passion for helping people learn how to grow their own food, and can’t wait to have more time to expand our teaching business,” Katie said. Looking forward, they hope to become oQDQFLDOO\VXVWDLQDEOHIURPWKHLUOHDVHG property – but more importantly, they would like to help guide the next generation of farmers. “As we move into our golden years, I hope Hugh and I have a thriving organic farm and that we are feeding our community - and growing growers,” Katie said. “That’s what the Harcourt Organic Farm Alliance is really all about.”

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Name: Ant Wilson How did you come to be involved with HOFA? I first heard about the co-op at a knowledgesharing event for small to medium scale regenerative farmers called ‘Deep Winter Agrarians’. About a year later I formally expressed interest and after a few meetings, Hugh and Katie offered me the orchard lease. What are you farming? Organic stome and stone fruit (apples, cherries, apricots, peaches etc). Biggest challenge in setting up the co-op? Maintaining good relationships and having clear expectations. Regular communication

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Name: Tessa Sellar - Sellar Farmhouse Creamery. How did you come to be involved with HOFA? I moved to the area five years ago to intern and work at a local, organic goat dairy and cheese farm. I met Katie and Hugh shortly after arriving. Two years ago I started looking for land to take the big leap and start my own dairy. It was at a food hubs conference in Bendigo, where Katie stood up saying she was looking for young farmers to come and farm with them. I sent her a text that night. What are you farming? I’m slowly building up my micro dairy. Currently I’m running four cows and two future milking calves with the plan to run a herd of 10 milkers. With on-site processing for fresh milk,

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Mornington Shire rejects VFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calls for planning officers THE Mornington Peninsula Shire has rejected calls by the VFF to employ two dedicated agricultural planning RIoFHUV The Peninsula branch of the Victorian Farmers Federation formally asked that the Green Wedge (GW), parcels of non-urban land outside the urban growth boundary, be protected to help defend the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $1 billion local agriculWXUHLQGXVWU\ Instead, the Mornington Peninsula Shire have said they would â&#x20AC;&#x153;pro-actively audit the complianceâ&#x20AC;? of dwellLQJSODQVLQWKH]RQH Last month, farmers from across the region attended parliament house to launch an awareness campaign â&#x20AC;&#x201C; further highlighting the value of Peninsula agriculture in hope of securing its future against XUEDQHQFURDFKPHQW â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Green Wedge zone is a rural zone, not a residential zone,â&#x20AC;? Peninsula VFF branch SUHVLGHQW(GGLH0DWWVDLG â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are disappointed the council didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t implement our recommendations, but we ZLOOMXVWWU\DJDLQQH[WEXGJHW k,W VDQRQJRLQJLVVXHy Currently, 70 per cent of the Mornington Peninsula Shire is listed as being in the Green Wedge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the VFF LQWHQGVLWWRUHPDLQVR They are concerned plan-

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NEWS IN BRIEF z Dick blames Aldi DICK Smith has blamed German supermarket giant Aldi for the closure of his foods company, saying the business has prioritised profits at the expense of Australian farmers. Dick Smith Foods will be wound down over the next 12 months. z Water shares increase THE irrigation season was officially opened last month, with seasonal determinations and water allocation statements released. For northern Victoria, high reliability water shares for Murray and Goulburn systems increased by 10 per cent. z Stolen cows recovered SOME 40 Holstein cows have been stolen from two properties near Stanhope, with 26 of them later recovered. The animals have a combined value of just under $50,000. Police continue to investigate. z Brazil bans glyphosate A BRAZILIAN judge has banned the use of any products containing glyphosate in his country until further toxicology tests and results are available. z $400m in damages AN American jury has awarded a dying man almost $400 million in damages after it was claimed he got terminal cancer from using Roundup. The 42 year old gardener, who has lymphatic cancer, is one of hundreds of patients suing Monsanto who make Roundup.

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evokeAG early bird tickets released AGRIFUTURES Australia has announced early bird tickets are officially on sale for evokeAG 2019, marking five months until the inaugural international event - specifically for the food and farming community - is held in Melbourne. A world-class line-up of speakers will explore ideas shaping the future of agrifood tech, including farm robotics, blockchain, the economics of vertical farming, big data, bringing AI driven automation to the farm and how the agrifood tech investment space is evolving. Global thought leaders confirmed to speak at evokeAG 2019 include

Israel’s Dror Tamir, cofounder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Hargol FoodTech; also from Israel Nitza Kardish, CEO of Trendlines Incubators; leading USA expert David Rosenberg, CEO and cofounder of AeroFarms; and USA based CEO Emma Weston of Australian blockchain start-up, AgriDigital. Renowned global futurist on digital, technology and emerging trends Chris Riddell will lead the cohort of presenters. “With more than nine billion people predicted to be living on planet earth by the year 2050, the time is ripe for a

global discussion,” Mr Riddell said. “There is a growing movement in agriculture to apply information technologies to improve practice, efficiencies and yields.” Led by an expert steering committee, the two-day event will act as a global meeting place to showcase and demonstrate pioneering agricultural technologies, case studies and innovations both nationally and overseas. evokeAG 2019 will take place in Melbourne at the iconic Royal Exhibition Building in February next year, with early bird tickets costing $825. Head to www.evokeag. com for more information.

RECORDS SMASHED: More than one million cattle are “on feed” in Australia, the highest on record by almost 10 per cent.

Record number of cattle on feed THE number of cattle on feed has set a new Australian record with 1.12 million head at the end of the June 2018 quarter, nine per cent more than the preceding period, new statistics from Meat and Livestock Australia prove. Grain fed beef exports over the aforementioned period achieved a new high of 74,932 tonnes shipped weight (swt), up 10 per cent from the same period last year - and the impact of record numbers of cattle on feed has EHHQ IXUWKHU UHpHFWHG LQ WKH ODWHVW H[SRUW oJXUHV DV JUDLQ fed exports in July totalled 28,145 tonnes swt – the largest month on record. Deteriorating seasonal conditions throughout the

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278.14¢/kg lwt – representing a seven per cent decline from the March quarter. Elevated demand and higher prices for grain will continue to pressure lot feeders, as will the ability to source suitable entry weight cattle. The average weight of EYCI eligible cattle purchased by feeder buyers in the June quarter was 360kg, a drop of 14kg on the previous quarter. Overall, the feedlot sector continues to support Australian beef production - as challenging conditions hamper large parts of the country - evidenced with feedlots at 86 per cent utilisation and a record number of cattle on feed.

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More funds for rural communities Ĺ°

$525,000 in grants available for nationwide groups

THE Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is offering more than $525,000 for grants to rural, regional and remote communities to address local community priorities. Generous support from more than 15 partners means community groups nationwide will be able to apply for up to $5000 to support projects that strengthen their community. Priority will be given to towns of 10,000 people or

fewer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rural, regional and remote communities are incredible places to live, work and raise families,â&#x20AC;? Natalie Egleton, chief executive ofoFHURI)555VDLG â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, population size, distance, and remoteness also present challenges and in some cases, greater disadvantage than their urban counterparts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communities with strong local leaders, access to relevant health programs and

services, and support services for the most vulnerable and marginalised are critical to strengthening and sustaining these communities.â&#x20AC;? Ms Egleton says that while the program will rePDLQDVpH[LEOHDVHYHUWKH extra funds mean that money is available to support VSHFLoF DUHDV WKDW KDYH QRW had much support in recent years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the most underfunded areas that we uncovered in a recent review

of FRRRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact over the past 16 years was support to strengthen the resilience and capacity of local, often YROXQWHHUOHG QRQSURoW organisations,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are delighted that Australia Post has responded to this gap.â&#x20AC;? Australia Post head of strategic partnerships and programs, Catherine McKean, said the organisation was pleased to be involved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We appreciate how important it is for rural, regional

and remote organisations to have the right leadership capability to help form communities where everyone feels they belong, are valued and respected,â&#x20AC;? said Ms McKean. Another area that will receive more focus is health and wellbeing, thanks to the John T Reid Charitable Trusts. A long-term partner, this year FRRR was the recipient of a 60th anniversary grant to help improve health and wellbeing outcomes.

Since inception, FRRR has managed the distribution of more than $80 million in grants and provided substantial capacity building support to community organisations across the nation. Applications close on September 26. For examples of the full range funding option, and to see if your organisation is eligible for funding, visit the Small Grants page on the FRRR website.

Footrot vaccine one step closer RESEARCHERS are one step closer to developing a vaccine for ovine footrot. Footrot is an infectious and contagious disease that causes economic loss due to animal suffering and lameness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to develop is a vaccine that is cross-protective â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one that will work against all of the causative bacteria,â&#x20AC;? MLA program manager health welfare and biosecurity, Dr Johann SchrĂśder, said. Having identified five potential vaccine antigen candidates, the research team hopes to move on to further testing and refinement of vaccine formulations.

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September 2018

No plan for the Geelong saleyards

JOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S STORY: Joe is a Gippsland dairy farmer who has learnt that a problem shared is a problem halved.

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THIS story is re-printed from the Gippsland Jersey Calendar. JOE is a dairy farmer from Warragul South and has a story of absolute strength. Joe admits he has wandered over his farm, looking for places to end his life. He would disappear up the paddock after milking and sob into his hands. Farming life had become so lonely. -RH DOZD\V EHOLHYHG KH QHHG ed to maintain the image of a strong, macho male and was too ashamed to share with his mates what he was going through. He thought he was being weak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My wife was ready to leave me at one stage,â&#x20AC;? Joe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She had been asking me to get help for a while. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I went to seek help and ZLWKLQ WKH oUVW IHZ VHQWHQFHV ,

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Beef industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rising champion EMILY Pullen has been named the 2019 NAB Agribusiness Beef Industry Rising Champion. A trained agronomist and the CEO of her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business, Jimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jerky, based in Queensland, Emily headed up a field noted for its enthusiastic entrants. Having been involved in the beef industry for most of her life, Emily is passionate about the role beef producers play in telling their own stories. Now in its ninth year, the NAB Agribusiness Rising Champion Initiative is run by the Cattle Council of Australia (CCA), and aims to empower and support young, passionate

members of the Australian beef industry. Seven finalists were announced, including Gippslandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s James Campkin-Smith, who established his own selfreplacing herd of Black Angus. The seven state finalists attended a fourday networking and leadership program in Canberra last month, with Emily announced as the winner at a gala dinner. She will now be sponsored to attend the 2019 International Beef Alliance Conference. The award is supported by Cattle Council partners including NAB Agribusiness and McDonalds, to name a few.

IT has been 12 months since the Geelong Saleyards ZHUHRIoFLDOO\GH commissioned, with no news yet on what will happen at the site. Last month, the Greater City of Geelong released a VWDWHPHQWFRQoUPLQJ WKDWDoUVWSKDVH environmental assessment had been undertaken â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but concrete plans for a precinct development are yet to be released. ,QVWHDGVPDOO time producers have been left without means to sell their livestock â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and no clear picture as to why the facility was allowed to continue operating short term instead of shut down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has had a UHDOO\VLJQLoFDQW impact on local farm operations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nowhere to take stock anymore,â&#x20AC;? Graeme Brown, president of the Bellarine VFF branch, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Geelong was always good for those stragglers or the odd numbers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; now youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to make up a load to go to Ballart (saleyards); itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pain in the neck.â&#x20AC;? To further exasperate the problem, the new $24 million CVLX saleyard complex â&#x20AC;&#x201C; moved from Ballarat to Miners Rest in June â&#x20AC;&#x201C; means travelling distances are further depending on individual location. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My neighbour wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell anymore â&#x20AC;&#x201C; by the time he loads them, takes them to Ballarat and then comes home itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whole day gone â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a waste of time,â&#x20AC;? Graeme said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is going to sell his stock and slash his paddock â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and there are lots of others like him.â&#x20AC;? Fiona Conroy is a beef and lamb farmer from the outer Geelong area, and is also the vice president with the VFF Bellarine branch. Like Graeme, Fiona said the closing had been felt most by small producers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always have got small numbers of animals that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hit the market we are aiming for â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a cow that has lost a calf, a mismarked lamb â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

all those small lots, those small numbers; the Geelong saleyards were ideal,â&#x20AC;? Fiona said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ballarat is too far â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if you are only VHOOLQJoYHVKHHSLW V a long way to go.â&#x20AC;? Right now, Fiona said buoyant prices were in the marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but worried that it might not last. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The concern is that people will do that (travel) while animals are making really good prices, but what happens if we hit a drought and the value of animals fall dramatically â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DQGWKRVHoYHVKHHS in the trailer are only worth $5,â&#x20AC;? she said. The domino effect of a downturn in prices, Fiona feared, was a rise in private sales â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the risks associated with it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prepared to travel are selling their animals on Gumtree and Facebook,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a lot of cases there is no record of the transaction on the NLIS database, and that creates a biosecurity issue for the rest of the red meat industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done (the closure) is pushed the transactions of a lot of those small lots off the grid in terms of being recorded.â&#x20AC;? The City of Greater Geelong owns the saleyards site, and prior to their closure ran fortnightly sheep and cattle auctions. Activity was suspended in 2017 after occupational health and safety KD]DUGVZHUHpDJJHG at the site the year preceding. An independent report â&#x20AC;&#x201C; completed by Zinc Cost Management and commissioned by WKHVKLUHHVWLPDWHG that works to repair the cattle yards to an acceptable standard would cost just shy of $3 million. City of Greater Geelong administrator chair, Dr Kathy Alexander, said to spend millions of dollars upgrading was not in Geelongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best interest. At the time of going to print, more than 12 months DIWHUVDOHVRIoFLDOO\ ceased, no precinct plan had been released.


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Research shows PMR is worthy BY DR MARTIN AULDIST

Senior Research Scientist, Agriculture Victoria, Ellinbank

AGRICULTURE Victoria researchers at Ellinbank recently hosted a two-day workshop for dairy industry service providers. Around 20 representatives from feed and milk companies and Dairy Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regional development programs attended the invitation-only event to hear researchers present an extended summary of nearly a decadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work into the use of partial mixed rations (PMR) in pasture-based dairy systems. The workshop generated a lot of interest among those present, so I thought I would summarise the key messages from the workshop in this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s column. The series of 11 grazing experiments commenced in 2009 and were interspersed with several shorter studies using metabolism stalls. All were conducted as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Flexible Feeding Systemsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; research program, which concluded in 2015. The program, led by Dr Bill Wales, had its origins in the fact that in 2009 the industry had just come through 10 years of below average rainfall and the use of pur-

RESEARCH: Almost a decadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work went into Ag Vicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research into the potential benefits of feeding partial mixed rations in a pasture based dairy system.

chased supplements was still increasing. The overall aim of the program was to see whether there were better, more efoFLHQW ZD\V WR IHHG VXSSOHments to dairy cows while maintaining pasture as a major part of their daily intake. .H\ oQGLQJV RI WKH SURgram were: z Feeding supplements as a PMR containing maize

grain, maize silage, canola meal and wheat or barley grain produced higher milk solid (fat + protein) yields than equivalent amounts of energy fed as cereal grain in the dairy and forage in the paddock. z Generally, the milk proGXFWLRQ EHQHoWV RI 305 werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t obvious until at least 10kg DM of total supplement/cow/day was fed

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z Adding canola meal to the PMR led to increased intakes of both pasture and supplement: this was a primary factor behind the observed increases in milk solids yield. z Adding canola to the PMR increased cowsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; inclination to graze. z Feeding the main components of the PMR through existing infrastructure in the farm dairy allowed between 75 and 100 per cent of the PLON SURGXFWLRQ EHQHoWV to be captured without the need for a feed pad or mixer wagon. Overall, the work generated a large volume of detailed information useful to farmers interested in optimising the use of existing feeding infrastructure or those considering establishing PMR systems on their farms, whether by choice or necessity. The research results have been thoroughly analysed by Agriculture Victoria farm systems economist Dr &KULVWLH+RZKRFRQFOXGHG that despite the high capital cost of PMR systems, they can be profitable when well managed and milk responses similar to those measured in the Flexible Feeding Systems research can be achieved. Anyone seeking further information is encouraged to contact me at martin.auldist@ecodev.vic.gov.au.


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September 2018

Hay and Silage

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Soil research centre launched AUSTRALIA’S largest collaborative soil research initiative, aimed at enabling farmers to increase their productivity and profitability, launched last month. Soil CRC brings together scientists, industry and farmers to find practical solutions for the nation’s underperforming agricultural soils. Soil CRC aims to provide farmers with knowledge and tools to improve the performance of their soils, and is a collaboration of 39 partners, including eight universities, 20 farmer groups, three state government agencies and eight industry partners. Soil CRC is funded until 2027, with $40 million from the Federal Government, $20 million from Soil CRC partners and $104 million of in-kind contributions. Soil CRC is based at The University of Newcastle, with the university a leading science contributor to the programs.

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Hay and Silage

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THE reliable Farmall is one of the most popular in the Case IH tractor family, and from this month farmers will have even more choice with the addition of the JXM Series. The Farmall JXM, offering 75hp and 90hp options, will join the Farmall B, JX, C and U Series tractors in the Australian market. Seamus McCarthy, Mid Horsepower and Compact Tractors product manager for Case IH Australia New Zealand, said the decision had been made to bring the Farmall JXM down under to meet the needs of the hobby farmer and leisure market. “The Farmall JXM has the power and performance Farmall owners have come to expect, but in a very cost-effective package,” Seamus said. “It’s suited to all types of farming businesses, whether it be as the hard-working utility

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Haloxyfop warning for canola growers AGRICULTURE Victoria is urging canola growers to limit their use of herbicides containing haloxyfop to before the eight leaf growth stage or commencement of stem elongation. Post emergent grass control is important for growers, and herbicides that contain the active constituent haloxyfop are commonly used for this purpose. In 2016 labels for haloxyfop products were changed to provide clear instructions to users on when to apply the chemical. Labels now state: z Do not apply after the 8 leaf stage of the crop; z Do not apply after the commencement of stem elongation. In Victoria, prohibitive label statements such as ‘do not’ statements are legally enforceable under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992. “Based on residue testing conducted by the National Residue Survey (NRS) there have been detections of haloxyfop residues above the relevant Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) for canola, which is of concern,” state-wide chemicals specialist Steven Field said. Agriculture Victoria is

informed of any residues detected above MRLs by the NRS and investigations are conducted to determine the cause of the residues. “This includes a thorough audit of a grower’s agricultural chemical use, so using a chemical in strict accordance with the label is always the best way to manage the risk of unacceptable residues,” Mr Field said. “Growers are also reminded that they should treat on-farm stored grain with registered chemicals in accordance with the labels. “The correct declaration of on-farm treatments at the point of delivery are required to be made. “All farmers should have an appreciation of the importance of maintaining our clean and green image with our export markets.” Agriculture Victoria is working closely with grain handlers and other industry bodies to address the issue, and will provide more information once current investigations have concluded. For more information on keeping grains free of unacceptable residues go to www.grdc.com.au/ GRDC-FS-ManagingMRLs or visit http://agriculture. vic.gov.au/agriculture/farmmanagement/chemical-use.

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September 2018

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SOILS AND FERTILISERS

September 2018

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SOILS AND FERTILISERS Dellavedova helping farmers for more than 50 years

SINCE 1967, Dellavedova Fertiliser Services have been providing independent advice designed to help get the most from every paddock. From agronomy advice through application, the team is committed to not only their clients, but to getting results each season. Part of this commitment is their ongoing accreditation with Fertcare. Fertcare is an independent body that lifts the skills and knowledge of anyone involved

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ODQGoOO &KULV DQG KLV PDWHV investigated the idea of pelletising worm castings. Early trials produced improvements to the root growth of all plants and crops. The trials on cereal crops proved even more exciting when farmers started returning better yields. They were also seeing changes to the soil structure with less compaction and a more friable soil. Worm Hit turns a mixture of worm castings and a carbon food source into a pelletised form creating one of the richest natural fertilisers on the planet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our worm cast pellets stimulate plant growth more than any other natural product on the market and compared WR DUWLoFLDO IHUWLOLVHUV DQG DQL mal manures,â&#x20AC;? Chris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our worm cast pellets are absorbed easily, making it plant available immediately.â&#x20AC;? Worm Hit pellets are full RI D QDWXUDO PL[ RI EHQHo cial soil microbes, enzymes and water-soluble plant nutrients, and are packed with minerals essential for plant growth and over 50 per cent

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WHITTLESEA PRODUCE

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 2018 Whittlesea Show will exhibit classes for red, black, painted (patches of different colours) and standard Boers (white with a red head), as well as classes for commercial non-registered goats judged on their meat potential and a junior class for young farmers.â&#x20AC;? As superintendent of the Boer goat section, Joe said he wanted the show to be a friendly social day of competition among new and experienced breeders - a day for the public to see some amazing animals and source information about Boer goat meat

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and breeding. Berwyn Squire at Agriculture Victoria will also be there to answer any questions about goat health, welfare and NLIS tagging. There will also be an opportunity to get hands on with some goats at the kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; corner â&#x20AC;&#x201C; pun intended. So get along to the 2018 Whittlesea Show, where you can access all the latest information about Boer goats while revelling in the atmosphere of a classic country show, with kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rides, live displays and everything in between.

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REGIONAL SHOWS AND FESTIVALS

Australian Lowlines â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the compact breed with a big future THIS yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Royal Melbourne Show will again showcase the very best in Australian Lowline Cattle â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the compact beef breed with a big future. The registered Australian Lowline cattle of today are descended from those original Aberdeen Angus cattle imported from Canada and Scotland in 1929 by the NSW Department of Agriculture - to run at their Trangie and Glen Innes Farms. From there, every Lowline animal in Australia is able to trace WKHLU '1$ DQG LV SDUHQW YHULoHG before registration to prove they come from the same genetic pool as the one that originated in 1929. According to Lowline breeder and Whitby Farm stud principal, Ken Lorains, Australian Lowline cattle are one of the few breeds that retain pure genetics from the original herds in their countries of origin. %HQHoWV RI WKH /RZOLQH EUHHG include: z Compact frames â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at just 60 per cent of the size of larger breeds, it is possible to run more Lowline cattle per hectare; and z ([FHOOHQW IHHG HIoFLHQF\ q WKH breed offers an exceptional feed to energy ratio, and are early maturing, DEOHWREHoQLVKHGRQJUDVVDQGSURduce more kilos per hectare.

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The Australian Lowline Cattle Association (ALCA) is available to provide information, support and guidance to all breeders, and will be on site at the Royal Melbourne Show to talk about the breed that has everyone interested. The ALCA runs promotional groups in all states of Australia and provides help and support to new breeders. The group has dedicated youth activities for young enthusiasts,

and pride themselves on providing informative and enthusiastic information to all those interested in the breed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For those keen on the commercial breeding of Australian Lowline cattle, we have a lot of information about stud breeding, AI approved sires, heritage semen and more,â&#x20AC;? Mr Lorains said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lowline cattle are perfect for commercial breeding due to their

compact size, longevity, easy calving and quality meat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are the ideal breed for every purpose.â&#x20AC;? For more information, visit the Lowline cattle displays at the Royal Melbourne Show, watch them being judged on Monday, October 1 at the show at 12.30pm, or visit www.victorianlowlines.com. au and www.lowlinecattleassoc. com.au.

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EACH and every year, the Whittlesea Show gets bigger and better. Whether it is impressing with their CWA crafts or providing family entertainment with a free circus, there is something for everyone at the annual event - held on the first weekend in November. This year, there will be heritage displays â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including the original Blackstone engine that powered the refrigeration at Apteds Orchards many years ago, a photography competition, chooks aplenty in the poultry pavilion and the highly anticipated inaugural Boer Goats Australia Show. For the little animals in the family there is the animal nursery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; complete with lambs, goats, chickens and even a donkey and its foal. There will also be four free performances each day by Eronis Circus, and much more for the young and young at heart. For the gardeners in the family there is a home grown produce section, with grass seeds, specimens and a working beehive. So it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter what your interest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from working antiques to worms in your compost â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there is something for everyone at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whittlesea Show. WHAT: Whittlesea Show WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4 WHERE: 28 McPhees Rd, Whittlesea MORE INFORMATION: www.whittleseashow.org.au THEME: 100 Years Since the end of WWI

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Longer battery life with Recharge “EVERY battery you buy, and every battery you own, is sulphated - and sulphation kills batteries,” so says Gerard Anselmi from Recharge Battery Additive. k$QG HYHU\ oHOG GD\ ZH GR KDYH farmers with batteries well over 12 to 14 years and still going.” After 15 years selling Recharge in Australia, and 20 years in NZ, the Kiwi exfarmer says it is a simple formula. “Don’t wait till they die and try and resurrect the dead because sulphation damages the lead plates - the earlier you treat them the less damage is done and the longer batteries will go,” Mr Anselmi said. Lead acid batteries die prematurely from sulphation build-up, but a Recharge treatment will dissolve the lead sulphate build-up; turning those sulphur ions back into sulphuric acid holding electrons, re-aciding the battery. “We are chemically reversing the sulphation process, one chemical reaction to counter another, maximising battery charge holding capacity and preventing premature battery failure,” Mr Anselmi said. “The key is to get in early before the damage has been done.”

Mr Anselmi recommends treating batteries early, and then every two years – and keep them charged. “It is so simple - don’t wait until they die and try and resurrect the dead because after the plates have been damaged, it is too late,” he said. Gerard and Debbie will be at the Elmore Field Days again this year on site 231, where they will be fully stocked. A 2-litre container of Recharge retails on-line for $395, but will be heavily disFRXQWHGWRGXULQJWKHoHOGGD\V The 2-litre is the cheapest way to buy Recharge - with enough to treat 42 x N70s (battery), or about 20 bigger truck batteries, meaning each treatment costs around $7 to treat an N-70zz – getting you as much as double its life expectancy and an ability to keep it running at full capacity. Recharge can also be used to treat sealed batteries - simply drill into each cell. Recharge is also great for deep cycle batteries like fork hoists, golf carts, scissor hoists and stand-alone power system batteries. Email gerard@recharge.net.nz for more info, or to purchase online head to www.recharge.net.nz.

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AUSTRALIA’S longest running agricultural waste management program has reached another milestone with the collection of its 32 millionth chemical container. If you placed each container from end to end, that’s pretty much the entire length of the Australian coastline. Agsafe’s drumMUSTER program, which began in Gunnedah New South Wales in 1999, is an end-of-life product stewardship program that has already saved councils an impressive $32 million in landfill costs, by diverting eligible, empty containers to recycling schemes. This equates to over 36,000 tonnes of material being recycled. Developed with the environment in mind, the drumMUSTER program collects and recycles eligible, pre-cleaned agricultural and veterinary chemical containers. drumMUSTER is a national product stewardship program that is supported by

SAVE DRUMS, MAKE MONEY: Agsafe’s drumMUSTER program has recycled 32 million drums, and shows no sign of slowing down. Pictured is program manager Frank Wimmler. agvet chemical manufacturers, industry stakeholders - which includes member and farming associations - as well as state and local governments. It is only through collaborative efforts that Australia’s oldest product stewardship program continues its success, with 812 collection sites operated by 360 councils and 142 other community-based collection agencies nationwide. Community groups that are involved with the program receive 25c per drum collected, which over time can provide

much needed funds to local organisations and sporting groups. Agsafe’s drumMUSTER program manager, Frank Wimmler, said the milestone means councils save costs associated with putting empty drums into landfill, while proving landowners were keen to keep land and waterways free of waste. He said the community’s commitment to recycling proved that farmers were valuable custodians of the land. Remember, every container counts.

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2018 Elmore Field Days – fun for the whole family THE 2018 55th annual Elmore Field Days are shaping up to be the biggest yet – with more displays, more stall holders, more guest speakers and most importantly, more tractors. Kicking off on October 2 and running for three days, the event showcases all that is new, exciting and innovative in the world of agriculture, from the quarter acre hobby farmer to the large scale broad acre operation. This year, Elmore again falls in the Victorian school holidays which means there is even more reason to pack up the kids and the family and head to one of the biggest ag shows in the state. Because of the timing, a special effort has been made to make all the junior farmers feel like mum and dad - with jumping castles and face painting, along with live kids’ shows and plenty of John Deere merchandise in little sizes. With over 700 exhibitors every interest, age level and dream aspiration is covered – from tools to pools, yards to crushes and everything in between, the Elmore Field Days are a must on the agricultural calendar. There will be plenty to see and do with daily in-paddock demonstrations - highlighting the latest in tillage, haymaking, spraying and sowing machinery. There will be shearing and wool-handling demonstrations

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THE BEST: The 2018 Elmore Field Days will bring more than 700 exhibitors together with 1000s of interested farmers and ag enthusiasts.

in the shearing shed, and the popular Ag Art Wear Competition is back for its 18th year where designers will again create artistic garments from materials found on the farm or land. There will also be live music, buskers, food stalls, crafts and bits and pieces for every family member in the General Interest

Pavilion, while the Agribusiness Pavilion is not to be missed with stacks of exhibitors. One of the unique elements of Elmore is the on-site airstrip, allowing visitors to land, taxi up and walk straight up to the gate – no long drives or hours spent trying to keep the kids amused on the road.

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FIELD FASHIONS: Elmore’s Ag Art is one of the most popular shows over the Field Days, with a catwalk daily at 11am and again at 2pm.

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year one to over 50, and people from all over the nation are starting to get involved. Lorraine Trewick, Elmore’s general interest and ag art chairwoman, created the competition after seeing something similar in New Zealand 20 years ago, and she believes the ingenuity of the RXWoWVDUHLQFUHGLEOH “The imagination people have to put it together every year just blows us away,” said Ms Trewick.

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FUN FOR ALL: This year, the Elmore Field Days falls in the school holidays – and Elmore is celebrating with free entry for those aged under 12.

Kids are covered at this year’s Elmore Field Days EVERYONE knows Dad and Mum love the annual Elmore Field Days, but this year there is a special focus on fun for the young and young at heart. Falling in the school holidays, families are encouraged to come along and have some fun – with free entry for under 12s across all three days of the show; not to mention the free entertainment. A roving favourite with families is Mr Balloon Man, whose talent for balloon artistry precedes him. No one can manipulate

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daily creepy crawly display with the reptile awareness display. If ponies are your passion there are plenty of sites – from trough displays to plastic fencing, retail outlets to new stable complexes – but perhaps the most exciting display is the heritage horse demonstrations; get along and watch these gentle beasts in action – cuddle up afterwards for a photo. For more information YLVLW ZZZHOPRUHoHOGGD\V FRPDXRUFRQWDFWWKHRIoFH on 5432 6176.

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while eliminating any complexity. Performance conscious farmers, like livestock manager Mark Howard from Duaringa Station, are provided with an innovative system that is reliable, accurate but also very simple to use. “The TW-3 is not one of these where you have to spend three or four days in the office after you’ve finished mustering,” Mr Howard said. “The screen is huge and clear - the unit is really good if you don’t know something too: you can click on screens and it will actually take you through it – and you can’t muck anything up; it’s unreal that way.”

Geoff Oliver, from Englewood Park in Victoria, finds the accuracy of the Gallagher weighing and EID range to be unbeatable. “With the HR5, there are no mistakes… your accuracy is tremendous,” he said. “Moving to EID tags means we can easily manage individual animal data - it gives us a way to very quickly identify the sheep that aren’t producing.” For expert advice on the full range of Gallagher products, including I Series Energizers and Westonfence, visit the team at site 336 at this year’s Elmore Field Days and speak with their territory managers about a Gallagher solution to suit your needs.

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“If the blades strike a rock, they are able to deflect, greatly reducing the kick back, and minimising the stress on the brush-cutter,” he said. “This makes the Weedwakka Heavy Duty ideal for clearing scrub in rocky country.” There are two models of Weedwakka – the Weedwakka Heavy Duty and Weedwakka Multicut. The Weedwakka Multicut has flexible nylon blades that cut cleanly through much heavier vegetation than nylon cord will handle. The blades are clearly visible when rotating, and can be used around trees without

damaging the bark. The MultiCut is ideal for cutting along paths, walls and netting fences, as it eliminates the constant breakage and rapid wear common to nylon cord. When the blades are worn, they can be replaced in seconds without the use of tools. Both Weedwakka models are designed for straight shaft brush-cutters, and are easily attached in exactly the same way as a conventional steel blade. The Weedwakka complies with Australian Standard AS3575-1995 and meets Work Cover requirements.

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without needing to recharge. Put simply, a KTI Safety Alert PLB can save your life. "Mobile telephones just don’t work when they are in black-spots or out of cell tower range and of course, they are totally useless when the battery has run flat or when they’ve been damaged," Kinetic Technology spokesman, Mark Knowles, explained. "A two-way radio is of little use if there is nobody else in range - and if often limited in hilly terrain. "The other option is a satellite phone these are bulky, heavy, very expensive, offer unreliable coverage and have limited battery reserve. Unlike other options, a KTI Safety Alert PLB is lightweight, can be worn on the arm and is, literally, the one thing that could save your life in an emergency situation. The KTI Safety Alert PLB meets all requirements of the Australian Standard, including self-buoyancy if dropped in water; and is waterproof to a depth of 3 metres. It comes standard with a 10 year battery standby life, a 10 year warranty and best of all, is made right here in Australia. The KTI Safety Alert PLB is supplied with a durable carry case, a lanyard with whistle and a mirror style reflector. So do yourself and your loved ones a favour and invest in your own safety; buy a KTI Safety Alert PLB today. For your nearest stockist go to www.kti. com.au.

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Elmore Field Days exhibitor’s list 2018 Ag Skills Victoria ......................................................................................1 Solar On Electrical ....................................................................................2 Murray's Water & Mining Drilling ...........................................................3 Pioneer Water Tanks..................................................................................5 Wodonga TAFE .........................................................................................7 Young Aussie Farmers ............................................................................10 Intrain Assessors .....................................................................................11 LOGOSOL Chainsaw Mills and Woodworking Equipment ...............................................................................................13 Polymaster Group ...................................................................................15 Harvest Tyres (Australian Tyre Traders) .................................................20 Redback Agri ..........................................................................................23 Boss Built ................................................................................................26 Prestige Engineering, /Fabrication & Welding Pty Ltd ......................................................................................28 WaterStore Poly Tanks ............................................................................34 RPM ........................................................................................................38 TriTech Lubricants Pty Ltd .....................................................................42 St Marys Super Tools Australia...............................................................44 Stainless Steel Tanks Pty Ltd ..................................................................47 On The Go Safety ...................................................................................48 BK Farming Supplies ..............................................................................51 Tyrepliers Engineering ............................................................................51 Bendigo Hat Shop P/L ............................................................................54 Patch's Canvas Manufacturing Pty Ltd ...................................................56 ProWay Livestock Equipment.................................................................58 Good As Gold Buggies ...........................................................................61 Brazzen Bendigo .....................................................................................63 Trans Tank International .........................................................................69 Ruband Tyres ..........................................................................................72 Event Scooter Hire ..................................................................................76 Peter McRobert Machinery .....................................................................77 BSC Bearings ..........................................................................................85 Ahrens Group Pty Ltd .............................................................................88 Now Buildings ........................................................................................93 Tools Unlimited.......................................................................................95 Solartronics Gate Openers ......................................................................99 FMR Group Limited .............................................................................100 Tool Trucks Australia ............................................................................104 Norton Livestock Handling Solutions...................................................106 Ark Tarps...............................................................................................109 Weedwakka ...........................................................................................110 Hose Factory .........................................................................................111 MaxiTRANS .........................................................................................114 Central Steel Build ................................................................................118 Fair Dinkum Fertilizers .........................................................................119 Subaru ...................................................................................................126 Tool King ..............................................................................................130 Eureka Garages & Sheds ......................................................................133 Peter McRobert Machinery ...................................................................144 Thunderbird Ag .....................................................................................147 Victory Equipment by Safelift Solutions ..............................................149 Southern Cross Industrial Supplies .......................................................151 Karcher Center LTS Equipment ............................................................155 Ag-Crete Industries ...............................................................................162 Polytex Tarpaulins.................................................................................162 Pacific Telecommunications .................................................................167 GenTech Seeds Pty Ltd .........................................................................169 Smyth Seeds ..........................................................................................171 Global Tuning & Performance ..............................................................173 I R Sheepskin & Wool Products............................................................177 Riverina Poly.........................................................................................179 OPS Country Tanks ...............................................................................181 Solar Water Pumps Australia Pty Ltd....................................................184 Bushmans Tanks....................................................................................186 EZ Machinery .......................................................................................191 Fence Line Solutions.............................................................................193 Everset Mousetraps ...............................................................................195 Waste Not Stockfeeders ........................................................................195

R W Cocks ............................................................................................201 AAA Quality Socks ..............................................................................203 Agri Tune Australia ...............................................................................209 A & N Hardworking Machine ..............................................................211 Aus-Sharp .............................................................................................214 Nutrifert Australia .................................................................................216 Horsley Wholesale / Engineering..........................................................217 Khouri Workwear P/L ...........................................................................218 Rural Product Marketing Pty Ltd ..........................................................221 Hardwood Mills/Norwood Sawmills ....................................................224 Artu Drill Bits .......................................................................................227 Peter Hodge Camels..............................................................................229 Recharge Battery Revitalizer ................................................................231 Professional Nibbler..............................................................................232 Power Hound Attachments....................................................................234 Oceanic Direct Pty Ltd..........................................................................236 Belpard Australia ..................................................................................239 Perry's Lemon Myrtle Rainforest Products ...........................................242 Australian Shearing Supplies ................................................................244 Rosenow Industries ...............................................................................252 Wobble-Tee ...........................................................................................253 Shepparton Mowers & Marine..............................................................254 Country Hearing Care ...........................................................................262 Milne Water Bores ................................................................................264 Biomix Pty Ltd......................................................................................268 Grow-Fresh Greenhouses Australia ......................................................269 Neangar Nursery ...................................................................................272 Goldfields Revegetation Native Nursery ..............................................273 Portabreeze Evaporative Cooling ..........................................................274 Grip On Safety ......................................................................................276 Solar Rental Pty Ltd ..............................................................................277 Dean & McCabe Windmills & Solar Pumps ........................................278 Fire Ready Trailers................................................................................280 Sproutwell Greenhouses .......................................................................282 Isuzu Engines ........................................................................................284 DTB Pumps...........................................................................................286 ShedFast ................................................................................................287 Irrigation Group Australia .....................................................................288 Ky General Engineering........................................................................288 Bacchus Marsh Seedling Farm P/L.......................................................292 Bamawm Roller Mills ...........................................................................294 Yardboyz ...............................................................................................296 Elmore Football Netball Club Inc. .....................................................296A Turbo Reel Irrigation.............................................................................297 Clark Tanks ...........................................................................................301 Australian Waste Engineering ...............................................................305 BR Reeve Engineering ..........................................................................305 G & M Poly Irrigation...........................................................................308 Rubicon Water.......................................................................................312 Cummins ...............................................................................................315 GoGetta Kelpie Stud .............................................................................317 Davey Water Products ...........................................................................321 Rodwells Total Eden .............................................................................323 Upper Murray Seeds .............................................................................327 Moto Shack ...........................................................................................329 Bayer Australia......................................................................................331 Te Pari Products ....................................................................................333 Points Direct P/L ...................................................................................335 Gallagher Australia ...............................................................................336 Easydrive Post Co. ................................................................................339 Autotech Tools ......................................................................................341 CV Bearings ..........................................................................................346 Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources..........................................................................349 Department of Enviroment, Land, Water & Planning ............................................................................................349 DrumMuster ..........................................................................................349 Environment Protection Authority Victoria ..........................................349 Murray Darling Basin Authority ...........................................................349

North Central Catchment Authority ......................................................349 Queensland Fruit Fly.............................................................................349 Stephen Pasture Seeds...........................................................................357 Ozatts ....................................................................................................359 Biomax Green Australia Pty Ltd ...........................................................364 Challenge Implements ..........................................................................365 ANU Tools ............................................................................................367 SLTEC Fertilizer ...................................................................................371 YPM Tools Australia .............................................................................373 Central Vic Isuzu Ute ............................................................................375 Pasture Genetics ....................................................................................381 Leicht's Country Industries Australia ....................................................386 Nuseed...................................................................................................391 BUTE DISCS, Bute Engineering ..........................................................395 Hartwigs Trucks Pty Ltd .......................................................................397 Dissy Machinery ...................................................................................399 Techgrow International .........................................................................403 North Star Transport Equipment ...........................................................408 Rochester Motorcycles..........................................................................413 95.3 Triple M ........................................................................................418 GE Silos ................................................................................................419 'Yes' Optus Bendigo Market Place & Shepparton .................................423 Primary Sales Australia .........................................................................425 Reptile Awareness Display....................................................................427 Knuckeys Winchelsea Pty Ltd ..............................................................429 PJ Green Agricultural Engineering .......................................................429 Metalcorp Steel .....................................................................................437 Blackwoods ...........................................................................................443 BTE .......................................................................................................448 Milcast...................................................................................................452 Steeline..................................................................................................454 JT & EN Close ......................................................................................462 Magnum Welders Pty Ltd .....................................................................484 Action Steel Industries Pty Ltd .............................................................486 Advantage Feeders ................................................................................489 Load Restraint Systems.........................................................................492 Goulburn-Murray Water........................................................................493 Telstra Country Wide ............................................................................495 Bendigo & Adelaide Bank ....................................................................497 Rural Bank ............................................................................................497 Kingspan Rhino Water Tanks ................................................................500 Shepparton Newspapers Pty Ltd ...........................................................502 Uniform Essentials ................................................................................503 Discount Cable Ties ..............................................................................504 TDT Training Australia Pty. Ltd. ..........................................................506 Schinckel Hayrakes ...............................................................................507 Watershift Group Pty Ltd ......................................................................507 Seymour Rural Equipment ....................................................................511 Farm Pro................................................................................................515 Harrisons F-Trucks ...............................................................................522 EGR Trailers .........................................................................................528 Farm Tender "Prime" ............................................................................530 TASCO Petroleum ................................................................................531 The Weekly Times.................................................................................534 Victoria Police .......................................................................................544 Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation ..............................................544 Elmore Fire Brigade ..............................................................................549 CFA North West Region .......................................................................550 Crime Stoppers......................................................................................550 Toyota Material Handling Australia ......................................................555 Batesford Quarry ...................................................................................558 Wimmera Hearing Society Inc. ..........................................................559A W & P Pumps & Dairy Services ...........................................................560 Vaughan Irrigators .................................................................................563 Rich River Irrigation Developments Pty Ltd ........................................566 Watson Drilling .....................................................................................568 Agmac Automation ...............................................................................572 TecaLink Pty Ltd...................................................................................574 Hogan Poly Irrigation / Mick Hogan Excavations ................................576

Hydraulink Australia .............................................................................578 Milka-Ware Total Dairy Systems ..........................................................580 Bendigo Market Place ...........................................................................582 Roto Pumps Ltd. ...................................................................................584 Hodgco Australia ..................................................................................585 Airtec Corporation ................................................................................588 Rural and Outback Trailers ...................................................................591 Lister Petter, Kirloskar and Doosan Diesels .........................................592 Ultimate Engineering Moama ...............................................................594 AirPlant Services Pty Ltd......................................................................595 Dumac Pumps .......................................................................................596 Ballarat Trailers & Towbars ..................................................................598 Paterson Pumps .....................................................................................600 Noel Simmons Irrigation Pty Ltd ..........................................................602 Archard Laser & Hydraulics Pty Ltd ....................................................606 Carine's Merchandise ............................................................................609 Eagle I Machinery Pty Ltd ....................................................................609 Bison Engineering.................................................................................616 2QN .......................................................................................................618 Diggers Clothing Co. ............................................................................619 Ellerton Seed Cleaning .........................................................................620 McCullochs Hydraulic Engineers .........................................................622 Waratah Fencing ...................................................................................628 Smallaire ...............................................................................................632 Veolia ....................................................................................................634 All Sheds & All Storage Systems .........................................................636 Bendigo Woodturners Inc. ....................................................................638 Bunnings Kids Activities ......................................................................638 WICKED (Waste In Campaspe- Know, Educate, Do) .........................................................................................638 Poyser Trucks Bendigo .........................................................................646 Totally Fun Stuff ...................................................................................659 Duncan Stockcrates ...............................................................................662 Machines4U ..........................................................................................666 Eastern Spreaders Pty Ltd .....................................................................668 Thompson Holden.................................................................................674 Vehicle & Equipment Finance ..............................................................685 Muckrunner Pty Ltd ..............................................................................686 Rabobank ..............................................................................................688 Drovers Saddlery...................................................................................690 High Power Torches ..............................................................................691 LED Lights............................................................................................691 Obsesssion Spinnerbaits........................................................................691 Ravco Generators ..................................................................................691 Set & Forget Rod Holders .....................................................................691 Lubke Engineering/North Vic 4x4 Fabrications ...................................694 Bendigo Country Clothing ....................................................................695 Gold & Relics Gold Prospecting Adventures .......................................698 Ringers Western ....................................................................................699 Kustom Kegs Wine Barrel Furniture.....................................................700 Callipari / Ned Kelly Red......................................................................701 Australian Caravan Hire........................................................................702 Hip Pocket Workwear & Safety ............................................................704 Aussie Fire Buckets ..............................................................................705 Ballarat Plant Sales ............................................................................705A Boats & More Shepparton & Echuca....................................................707 Commando Campers Australia .............................................................709 Pat Kearins Menswear...........................................................................710 Extend Security .....................................................................................711 RedGum Products .................................................................................712 Dust N Boots .........................................................................................713 Transport Safety Victoria ......................................................................715 Campbell Floats ....................................................................................716 Fraser Metal Fabrication .......................................................................718 Outback Sam Camper Trailers ..............................................................719 Creswick 4WD Centre ..........................................................................720 Bendigo TJM.........................................................................................722 Burke & Wills Outdoors .......................................................................724 Lynmac Metal Art .................................................................................725

Supafit Seat Covers Pty Ltd ..................................................................726 Showcase Horse Floats .........................................................................727 Lyal Eales Stores ...................................................................................729 BBQ Spit Rotisseries ( Auspit) .............................................................730 Kimberley Wild Expeditions.................................................................731 Conquest Pools......................................................................................732 Scania Australia ....................................................................................735 Bob Healey Deniliquin..........................................................................738 Peak Hill Industries ...............................................................................741 Mech-Elec Air & Automation Pty Ltd ..................................................744 Clark Equipment ...................................................................................746 TISCA ...................................................................................................755 Emmetts ................................................................................................757 Waterpool Co-Op ..................................................................................762 Venus Packaging ...................................................................................763 Echuca CIH Sales & Service ................................................................765 Agrimac.................................................................................................771 O'Connors Farm Machinery ..................................................................771 AusEquip and YTO Tractors .................................................................778 Antonio Carraro Oceania ......................................................................782 Bendigo Tata & Bendigo Mahindra ......................................................784 Power Systems Australia.......................................................................787 Ozvalue Ag Machinery Pty Ltd ............................................................789 Gendore Tractors & Machinery P/L .....................................................808 El-Gra Engineering ...............................................................................810 Fix Engineering.....................................................................................827 Graham Wood Machinery .....................................................................827 Landaco Equipment ..............................................................................830 Yeoman's Plow Co P/L..........................................................................835 Deleccas Pty Ltd ...................................................................................839 Bendigo Truck Centre ...........................................................................846 Topline Industries..................................................................................850 ASQ.......................................................................................................857 Maxi-Tankers ........................................................................................861 Armstrong Trailers ................................................................................867 Vennings................................................................................................871 Nelson Silos ..........................................................................................879 Harbergers .............................................................................................885 CASE IH ...............................................................................................892 John Berends Implements Pty Ltd ........................................................897 Bertoli Farm Machinery P/L .................................................................899 Grainline Augers ...................................................................................899 Kubota Tractors Aust ............................................................................899 Walker Mowers .....................................................................................899 New Holland Aust .................................................................................905 Echuca Rural .........................................................................................912 KV Equipment Pty Ltd .........................................................................957 AWD Group - The Capital Equipment Specialists ...............................965 Dunstan Farmers Engineering...............................................................969 Melbourne Tractors ...............................................................................973 Dean Trailers .........................................................................................976 MG Trading (Murray Goulburn Trading) .............................................979 Genetics Australia .................................................................................987 Bale Up Hayfeeders ..............................................................................989 Farm Automation Australia ...................................................................989 Northern Feed Systems .........................................................................989 DeLaval Pty Ltd ....................................................................................991 Think Livestock ....................................................................................994 Ruakura Pty Ltd ....................................................................................995 Semex Pty Ltd .......................................................................................997 Padman Stops ........................................................................................999 Ultimate Fasteners.................................................................................999 Lavorwash Australia............................................................................1002 Maxifeeder ..........................................................................................1004 Walker Mowers/BOB-CAT Mowers/Razorback Brushcutters ........................................................................................1004 Vitafarm ..............................................................................................1006 Heritage Water Tanks ..........................................................................1007 WISA Irrigation Solutions P/L ...........................................................1009

ANFF Discount Nursery - Australian Native Farm Forestry ......................................................................................1010 Hillview Bore Pumps ..........................................................................1012 Midlands Murray Grey Group ............................................................1014 Northern Limousin Group...................................................................1016 Letzgetwired .......................................................................................1017 Violet Town Rural & Hardware ..........................................................1018 Atlex Stockyards .................................................................................1022 Envisage Furniture ..............................................................................1025 Enviropro Alternatives ........................................................................1026 Puredrop Desalination.........................................................................1027 Express Sharpening.............................................................................1028 Corry Marketing - 2WP ......................................................................1029 Emo's Leather Goods ..........................................................................1029 Easy Dairy Automation Systems ........................................................1041 Daviesway Pty Ltd ..............................................................................1044 GV Dairy Yard Safety Grooving .........................................................1045 Feedomatic ..........................................................................................1046 Coprice ................................................................................................1047 Onetrak Pty Ltd ...................................................................................1049 Arrow Farm Quip (Pakenham Produce) .............................................1054 Spitwater Victoria................................................................................1058 JN & R Engineering ............................................................................1062 MCE Lasers ........................................................................................1062 Kanga Loaders ....................................................................................1067 Eddington Engineering .......................................................................1072 Pyramid Hill Welding Supplies...........................................................1072 Croplands ............................................................................................1077 Precise Farm Solutions........................................................................1077 Precision Control Australia .................................................................1077 Muddy River Agricultural ...................................................................1080 FarmTech Machinery ..........................................................................1089 Advantec Australasia P/L ....................................................................1093 Midstate Machinery ............................................................................1096 Haeusler's ............................................................................................1102 Kuhn Australia ....................................................................................1116 Integrated Packaging ...........................................................................1150 Grizzly Engineering ............................................................................1169 Graintec Scientific...............................................................................1172 Shepparton Lasers ...............................................................................1173 Moose Industries .................................................................................1178 Lightwave Technology ........................................................................1180 Elliott Bros of Bendigo MPE ..............................................................1184 Tow & Farm ........................................................................................1190 LED Light Co .....................................................................................1193 Armour Group.....................................................................................1194 Bendigo Yamaha .................................................................................1198 WBR Echuca Yamaha .........................................................................1198 Yamaha Motor Australia .....................................................................1198 Bond Batteries.....................................................................................1200 Rally Badges .......................................................................................1202 Chris Lauder Wool ..............................................................................1204 Exotic Filled Candy & licorice ...........................................................1215 AAA Kracht Dist-Water Purifiers .......................................................1216 Adele's Shoe Gallery ...........................................................................1217 Penfold Home Improvements .............................................................1218 Easyklip...............................................................................................1219 Mansfield Tools ................................................................................1220A The Jolly Lolly Trolley .................................................................... 1220B OZ Mobile Phone Accessories ............................................................1224 Vagabond Travel & Swagman Outback Safaris ..................................1225 Whites Rural .......................................................................................1226 Commander AgQuip ...........................................................................1229 Ultrabond/Karma Rub.........................................................................1232 Shearwell Australia Pty Ltd ................................................................1233 Leehane Rural Fabrications ................................................................1234 Red River Stockyards..........................................................................1238 Coolabah Turf .....................................................................................1244 Bendigo Forklift Sales ........................................................................1245





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Kawasaki Motors Australia .................................................................1250 Riverina Belting Co ............................................................................1254 Stihl Australia P/L ...............................................................................1256 Cox Mowers ........................................................................................1259 Lucas Mill ...........................................................................................1263 Bendigo Mower Service......................................................................1267 John Shearer ........................................................................................1273 Konigs Shepparton ..............................................................................1273 Grainrite Augers ..................................................................................1279 Burder Ag Attachments .......................................................................1283 Grogans Machinery .............................................................................1286 AGCO Australia Ltd ...........................................................................1293 CLAAS Harvest Centre Echuca..........................................................1303 Trac Mac Farm Equipment Pty Ltd ....................................................1303 William Adams AG .............................................................................1311 Michaels of Donald .............................................................................1317 Giltrap/Duncan Ag ..............................................................................1320 Tenpack P/L ........................................................................................1324 Burando Hill........................................................................................1328 Wahroonga Enterprises Pty Ltd ..........................................................1328 Anderson Aviation...............................................................................1351 Great Western Tillage Gyral Excel AgPoint .......................................1383 The Ultimate Hayfeeder ......................................................................1393 Richard Renato "Polaris" ....................................................................1396 Richard Renato Polaris .......................................................................1396 Talbot Power .......................................................................................1400 Highside Motorcycles, Mowers & Marine..........................................1401 Stihl Shop Echuca ...............................................................................1408 Toro Australia......................................................................................1408 Healy Group ........................................................................................1412 Hoselink ..............................................................................................1414 AJ's Motorcycles .................................................................................1416 Statewide Sewing Superstore ..............................................................1419 Linhai Quads & UTVs ........................................................................1425 Hereford Cattle 'Strathvalley' ..............................................................1431 Australian Brahman Breeders Association Ltd ...................................1432 Clipex - Fencing & Stockyards ...........................................................1441 Ardene Australian White Sheep Stud..................................................1448 Hillsdale Rural ....................................................................................1448 Event Scooter Hire ..............................................................................1452 Australian Corriedale Association Inc. ...............................................1454 D & J & F MacDonald ........................................................................1454 S & A Baker ........................................................................................1454 Australian Poll Dorset Association .....................................................1456 Southern Region Dorper Sheep Society of Australia ..........................1458 Nutrisoil Biological Liquid Fertislier..................................................1460 Nutrimol ..............................................................................................1462 Two Fat Wombats................................................................................1464 SOTA Tractors Pty Ltd........................................................................1466 Hecton Products ..................................................................................1474 Austral Wire Products Pty ...................................................................1476 Whitlands Engineering........................................................................1479 Electrodip ............................................................................................1481 Statewide Irrigation Castlemaine ........................................................1482 Combi Clamp PTY Ltd .......................................................................1486 Landmark ............................................................................................1489 Rambo Wool Work Socks ...................................................................1489 Valton Feeding Solutions Pty Ltd .......................................................1490 Sunrise Ag ...........................................................................................1507 Manutec Pty Ltd..................................................................................1510 Berrima Hay Rakes .............................................................................1511 Alltech KEENAN ...............................................................................1515 Smale Farm Equipment.......................................................................1520 North East AG & Industrial ................................................................1523 Nendy Enterprises P/L ........................................................................1528 Colbrook Industries.............................................................................1537 Hard Metals WearMaster ....................................................................1541

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Elmore Field Days site map OFFICE / INFORMATION

PARENT CENTRE

AGRIBUSINESS PAVILION

TOILETS

ATM

FIRST AID

GENERAL INTEREST PAVILION

RECREATION & LEISURE EXHIBITS

DISABLED TOILETS

PARCEL PICKUP

POLICE

PUBLIC BAR

HERITAGE HORSE DISPLAY

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296A

PUBLIC BAR

WAT E R

20 ɻ 33

FOOD COURT

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834 ɽ 817

816 ɽ 796

735 ɻ 756

757 ɻ 774

775 ɻ 795

6th Avenue

6th Avenue

689 ɽ 668

666 ɽ 650

606 ɻ 627

628 ɻ 645 MEETING PLACE

PUBLIC ENTRANCE

1

FOOD COURTCATERING 5 PAVILION

WAT E R

OFFICE

PARCEL OFFICE

317 ɻ 338

196 ɽ 177

176 ɽ 155

34 ɻ 53

54 ɻ 75 1st Avenue

1st Avenue WEST PARCEL PICKUP

PICK UP A BUNDLE OF CASH TO SPEND ON AN

INSTORE REBATE STOP IN AND SEE US AT THIS YEARS ELMORE FIELD DAYS!

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5th Avenue

646ɻ647 519ɽ518

497 ɻ 514 FOOD COURT 4

419 ɻ 436 3rd Avenue 416 ɽ 399

437 ɻ 457 3rd Avenue 398 ɽ 378 357 ɻ 377

2nd Avenue

2nd Avenue

154 ɽ 137

PUBLIC ENTRANCE

GATE 4

4th Avenue 478 ɽ 458

339 ɻ 356

136 ɽ 116 95 ɻ 115

77 ɻ 94

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AGRIBUSINESS PAVILION 517

515ɻ516

4th Avenue

FOOD COURT

6th Avenue

649ɽ648

537 ɽ 520

496 ɽ 479

1st Avenue

1st Avenue

2

PUBLIC ENTRANCE

ENJOY AN INSTORE REBATE ON ALL T-SERIES TRACTORS

$

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Machine accessories

+

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Machine servicing (parts & labour)

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So for a fair go visit your local New Holland dealer today.

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Avonmore Drive

Bonn Drive

856 ɽ 835

2nd Avenue

2nd Avenue

1st Avenue 14 ɽ 1

897 ɻ 917 7th Avenue

559A PICNIC AREA

297 ɻ 316

282 ɻ 295 210 ɽ 197

VINTAGE TRACTORS

938 ɽ 918

7th Avenue

WAT E R

PICNIC AREA 296B

8th Avenue

956 ɽ 939

7th Avenue

ATM

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8th Avenue

1143 ɽ 1123 1102 ɻ 1122

879 ɻ 896

559 ɽ 545

581 ɽ 560

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857 ɻ 878

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15 ɻ 19

8th Avenue

1161 ɽ 1144 FOOD COURT 8

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211ɻ 251

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252ɻ 271

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1183 ɽ 1162

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1062 ɻ 1083

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1352 ɽ 1332 1311 ɻ 1331

9th Avenue

1013 ɽ 979

14 3-7 71

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1370 ɽ 1353

Bonn Drive

8th Avenue

8th Avenue FOOD COURT

GATE 5

1293 ɻ 1310

FOOD COURT

1036 ɻ 1061

1523 ɻ 1542 10th Avenue

1392 ɽ 1371

Burnewang Drive

1209 ɽ 1184

9

GATE 6

1271 ɻ 1292

417

AUDITORIUM

GATE 7

1507 ɻ 1522 10th Avenue

76

1025ɻ1035

SHEARING SHED EXHIBIT

GUN CLUB

1489 ɻ 1506 10th Avenue

PARENT CENTRE

1220ɽ1210

1014 ɻ 1024

FOOD COURT

GATE 8

538 - 544

9th Avenue

9th Avenue 1231 ɽ 1221

11

1418 ɽ 1393 1245 ɻ 1270

1244

1243

SHEARING SHED

POLICE FIRST AID

GENERAL INTEREST 1419 PAVILION

1232 ɻ 1242

GATE 9

Burnewang Drive

1464 ɻ 1488 10th Avenue

1452 ɻ 1463 10th Avenue

1430 ɽ 1420

AUDITORIUM

Heritage Horse Display

EAST PARCEL GATE PICKUP 10

Corop Drive

1431 ɻ 1440

1441 ɻ 1451

FOOD COURTS & PICNIC AREAS

418

11

PUBLIC ENTRANCE

FOOD COURT

+ BABY CHANGE TABLE

Corop Drive

PUBLIC GATES

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Check out what’s happening across each day with our daily program list TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 z 9.30 Shearing of Ewes for the Future Trial - Shearing Shed z 10.00 Sheep Nutrition – Feeding in Tough Times - Shearing Shed z 10.30 Shearing / Wool Handling Demonstration - Shearing Shed z 10.45 Shearing of ewes for the Future Trial - Shearing Shed z 11.00 Sheep Nutrition – Feeding in Tough Times - Shearing Shed z 11.00 Elmore National Ag Art Wear Competition – Auditorium z 11.45 Overview: Ewes for the Future Trial - Shearing Shed z 12.00 Livestock Crime – Challenges & Opportunities. Presented by Narelle Beer, Superintendent – Western Region Operations Support - Auditorium z 12.20 Spot on Vaccination Presentation - Shearing Shed z 12.30 Shearing in the Past – including blade shearing - Shearing Shed z 12.30 Quirky Tales (Children’s Entertainment) - Auditorium z 1.00 Coolabah Turf Presentations - Auditorium z 1.30 Shearing of ewes for the Future Trial - Shearing Shed z 2.00 Elmore National Ag Art Wear® Competition Parade - Auditorium z 2.30 Shearing / Wool Handling Demonstration - Shearing Shed z 2.45 Shearing of ewes for the Future Trial - Shearing Shed

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3: z 9.30 Shearing of Ewes for the Future Trial - Shearing Shed z 10.00 Sheep Nutrition – Feeding in Tough Times - Shearing Shed z 10.30 Shearing / Wool Handling Demonstration - Shearing Shed z 10.45 Shearing of ewes for the Future Trial - Shearing Shed z 11.00 Sheep Nutrition – Feeding in Tough Times - Shearing Shed z 11.00 Elmore National Ag Art Wear Competition – Auditorium z 11.45 Overview: Ewes for the Future Trial - Shearing Shed z 12.20 Spot on Vaccination Presentation - Shearing Shed z 12.30 Shearing in the Past – including blade shearing - Shearing Shed z 12.30 Quirky Tales (Children’s Entertainment) - Auditorium z 1.00 Coolabah Turf Presentation - Auditorium z 1.30 Illegal Tobacco Cultivation. Presented by Jason Hare, Detective Senior Constable, Campaspe CIU – Auditorium z 1.30 Shearing of ewes for the Future Trial - Shearing Shed z 2.00 Elmore National Ag Art Wear® Competition Parade - Auditorium z 2.30 Shearing / Wool Handling Demonstration - Shearing Shed z 2.45 Shearing of ewes for the Future Trial - Shearing Shed

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 z 9.30 Shearing of Ewes for the Future Trial - Shearing Shed z 10.00 Sheep Nutrition – Feeding in Tough Times - Shearing Shed z 10.30 Shearing / Wool Handling Demonstration - Shearing Shed z 10.45 Shearing of ewes for the Future Trial - Shearing Shed z 11.00 Sheep Nutrition – Feeding in Tough Times - Shearing Shed z 11.00 Elmore National Ag Art Wear Competition – Auditorium z 12.00 Farm Security. Presented by Dan O’BREE. Leading Senior Constable - Western Region AGLO $JULFXOWXUDO/LDLVRQ2IoFHU  z 12.20 Spot on Vaccination Presentation - Shearing Shed z 12.30 Shearing in the Past – including blade shearing - Shearing Shed z 12.30 Quirky Tales (Children’s Entertainment) - Auditorium z 1.00 Coolabah Turf Presentation - Auditorium z 1.30 Shearing of ewes for the Future Trial - Shearing Shed z 2.00 Elmore National Ag Art Wear® Competition Parade Final Auditorium z 2.30 Shearing / Wool Handling Demonstration - Shearing Shed z 2.45 Shearing of ewes for the Future Trial - Shearing Shed ON EACH DAY: Everybody’s favourite librarian, Narelle Stone, will perform her show, Quirky Tales, each day at 12.30pm in the Auditorium.


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Fence more than your stock with Waratah FENCE IT TIGHT: Waratah fencing will be at site 628 at this year’s Elmore Field Days, with plenty of information on how to keep your stock in – and the pests out.

YOU don’t get a reputation like Waratah fencing without spending years in the industry. Known for their long-lasting, innovative fencing solutions, Waratah have proven themselves a favourite with Australia’s farmers; and not only for what they keep in, but what they keep out. Waratah’s fencing system is an innovation designed to keep your stock on one side and pests on the other. Using Waratah Jio posts and Longlife wire and accessories, this combined fencing solution allows for quality and consistency in products

to give you the best fencing result. This fencing solution has been particularly popular with exclusion fencing, especially in Victoria. A property near Barham, run by Ken O’Brien, has utilised Waratah’s fencing system to protect his Angus cattle and pasture from kangaroos. The combination of Waratah Stocksafe-T 15/150/15, Jio Star and Maxy posts topped off with a line of high tensile barb at the bottom - has stopped the kangaroos from bouncing over the top.

Waratah is the leading Australian fencing brand, and are proud to be involved in this year’s Elmore Field Days, where their Jio Star, Jio MaxY and Stocksafe-T will be on show. Waratah welcome guests to come and watch the onsite demonstrations happening each day. Try out some of the Waratah Jio post clips, designed to easily clip plain, barb or prefabricated wire to a Jio post. Their 2018 site will be on the corner of Burnewang Drive and Fifth Avenue, number 628.

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