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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 Carrâ€™s Organic Fruit Tree Nursery, using the decades of knowledge passed down from Katieâ€™s father Merv (centre).
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 itâ€™s a side income, and itâ€™s a great way for me (Katie) to still have a â€œhands-onâ€? role as a farmer now that Ant is leasing the orchard. What are you farming? Weâ€™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. Weâ€™re in a great position to do that because Merv (Merv Carr, Katieâ€™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
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â€œItâ€™s a common story among farmers our age; weâ€™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,â€? 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 â€“ but they planted more than just vegetables. â€œWe had this great experience working with Gung Hoe â€“ 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.â€? Not long after, the Finlays were approached by Tess Sellar â€“ who wanted to establish a 10 cow micro-dairy, but had no equity to buy her own land. â€œThat was enough to kick us into action, to make us chase this new idea,â€? 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 â€“ to be matched by the co-op farmers â€“ for building infrastructure. â€œCollaborative farming is a bit of a buzz word at the moment,â€? Katie said. â€œWe just happened to come along at the right time, and so there has been a lot of support and help made available to us.â€? 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. â€œWe 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,â€? 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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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
- Iâ€™d say itâ€™s making HOFA conversations a priority as when you are already farming your own business, sometimes meetings to nut it all out seem hard to make time for. What do you hope to achieve over the next 12 months? To have more members in the collective, continue the beautiful culture weâ€™ve already started to grow here and be fully productive on a small piece of the land. Contact details: Facebook is the best way to get a hold of us and see what weâ€™re doing plus instagram - gunghoegrowers and email gunghoegrowers@ gmail.com.
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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.”
ORCHARDIST: Ant Wilson is leasing the original organic orchard.
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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LAMB prices have smashed records across the state â€“ and it may just be the saving grace for farmers doing it tough in New South Wales. Livestock agent Alex Collins works with McKean McGregor out of Bendigo, servicing southern Victoria and into New South Wales. Although he was extremely sympathetic to those in drought affected areas, Mr Collins said an â€œapproaching averageâ€? season in Victoria might mean sustained prices for interstate store stock. â€œVictoria is having an ok season, so theyâ€™ll be able to keep demand for (interstate) store stock reasonably strong â€“ that could work out well for those in New South,â€? he said. 7KHoUVWRIWKHVSULQJODPEVDOHV was brought forward by a month due to seasonal conditions, kicking off in Hay on August 10 where pens â€œsold above expectationâ€?, Mr Collins said. Some 15,000 sheep were penned for the sale, with prices $30 - $50 dearer than predicted. Interstate competition drove demand, with the top price of $202 paid for 482 Dohne Merino ewes, May/June 2017 drop and November shorn. Mr Collins said it was a promising start to the season. â€œThereâ€™s been an increase of store stock on the market through NSW, and weâ€™ve seen early weaning - with a lot of lambs on the market, both online and physical markets â€“
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thereâ€™s certainly been an increase in numbers coming south where the conditions are better,â€? he said. Mr Collins predicts more new VHDVRQ ODPEV ZRXOG oQG WKHP selves on the market this month, saying â€œI think we will be well rewarded for them due to the lack of prime lambsâ€?. â€œThe physical market and over the hooks is very strong â€“ it might just soften a little bit due to numbers over the next few weeks, but itâ€™s still going to be at high levels,â€? he said. Cattle sales are held each Tues-
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Mornington Shire rejects VFFâ€™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€™s $1 billion local agriculWXUHLQGXVWU\ Instead, the Mornington Peninsula Shire have said they would â€œpro-actively audit the complianceâ€? of dwellLQJSODQVLQWKH]RQH Last month, farmers from across the region attended parliament house to launch an awareness campaign â€“ further highlighting the value of Peninsula agriculture in hope of securing its future against XUEDQHQFURDFKPHQW â€œThe Green Wedge zone is a rural zone, not a residential zone,â€? Peninsula VFF branch SUHVLGHQW(GGLH0DWWVDLG â€œWe are disappointed the council didnâ€™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€“ and the VFF LQWHQGVLWWRUHPDLQVR They are concerned plan-
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10 acre block in the Green Wedge, they need to have an DJULFXOWXUDOSXUSRVH â€œWhat they are doing, of course, is lodging the application, accepting permit conditions requiring a genuine agricultural activity, building the home and then forgetting about the rest - and the council just DUHQ WGRLQJDQ\WKLQJDERXWLWy In response, Paul Lewis, manager of planning compliance at the Mornington Peninsula Shire, said they had KHDUGWKH9))VXEPLVVLRQ â€œCouncil strongly supports
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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
June quarter contributed to feedlot cattle inventory reaching the record level, despite demand for feed grain rising and prices trending VLJQLoFDQWO\KLJKHU Wheat ex-Darling Downs averaged $381/tonne, while barley averaged $383/tonne, an increase of 48 per cent and 58 per cent year-on-year respectively. During the June quarter, feeder buyers accounted for 44 per cent of EYCI eligible cattle, a modest decline from the March quarter as opportunistic re-stockers, with feed on hand, took advantage of falling young cattle prices. The domestic feeder steer indicator throughout the June quarter averaged
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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$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€œRural, regional and remote communities are incredible places to live, work and raise families,â€? Natalie Egleton, chief executive ofoFHURI)555VDLG â€œHowever, population size, distance, and remoteness also present challenges and in some cases, greater disadvantage than their urban counterparts. â€œCommunities 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€? 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€œOne of the most underfunded areas that we uncovered in a recent review
of FRRRâ€™s impact over the past 16 years was support to strengthen the resilience and capacity of local, often YROXQWHHUOHG QRQSURoW organisations,â€? she said. â€œWe are delighted that Australia Post has responded to this gap.â€? Australia Post head of strategic partnerships and programs, Catherine McKean, said the organisation was pleased to be involved. â€œWe 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€? 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€œWhat weâ€™re trying to develop is a vaccine that is cross-protective â€“ one that will work against all of the causative bacteria,â€? 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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and also caters for the Yarra Ranges Councilâ€™s service and repairs when requested. Notably, the Agpower team was recently awarded the VACC best farm machinery dealer for 2018; a sign of achievement all at Agpower strive for. The team donâ€™t stop at tractor sales and repairs, but also offer full fleet management services - including farm machinery and implement sales, from 20hp up to 200hp tractors, all at competitive prices with various finance packages. They also stock a complete range of mowers from push to the Toro 5910 wide area commercial mowers. Also in store are chainsaws, edgers, trimmers, vacuum and blowers, sprayers and accessories to suit â€“ there are also all terrain side by side vehicles â€“ petrol, diesel and electric depending on your requirements. All of the above are supported with factory warranties. Agpower also offers full mechanical services and repairs on all products, as well as light
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No plan for the Geelong saleyards
JOEâ€™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€œMy wife was ready to leave me at one stage,â€? Joe said. â€œShe had been asking me to get help for a while. â€œSo I went to seek help and ZLWKLQ WKH oUVW IHZ VHQWHQFHV ,
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Beef industryâ€™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€™s business, Jimâ€™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€™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€“ 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€“ and no clear picture as to why the facility was allowed to continue operating short term instead of shut down. â€œThis has had a UHDOO\VLJQLoFDQW impact on local farm operations â€“ thereâ€™s nowhere to take stock anymore,â€? Graeme Brown, president of the Bellarine VFF branch, said. â€œGeelong was always good for those stragglers or the odd numbers â€“ now youâ€™ve got to make up a load to go to Ballart (saleyards); itâ€™s a pain in the neck.â€? To further exasperate the problem, the new $24 million CVLX saleyard complex â€“ moved from Ballarat to Miners Rest in June â€“ means travelling distances are further depending on individual location. â€œMy neighbour wonâ€™t sell anymore â€“ by the time he loads them, takes them to Ballarat and then comes home itâ€™s a whole day gone â€“ itâ€™s a waste of time,â€? Graeme said. â€œHe is going to sell his stock and slash his paddock â€“ and there are lots of others like him.â€? 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€œWe always have got small numbers of animals that donâ€™t hit the market we are aiming for â€“ a cow that has lost a calf, a mismarked lamb â€“
all those small lots, those small numbers; the Geelong saleyards were ideal,â€? Fiona said. â€œBallarat is too far â€“ if you are only VHOOLQJoYHVKHHSLW V a long way to go.â€? Right now, Fiona said buoyant prices were in the marketâ€™s favour â€“ but worried that it might not last. â€œThe 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€“ DQGWKRVHoYHVKHHS in the trailer are only worth $5,â€? she said. The domino effect of a downturn in prices, Fiona feared, was a rise in private sales â€“ and the risks associated with it. â€œPeople who arenâ€™t prepared to travel are selling their animals on Gumtree and Facebook,â€? she said. â€œIn 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€œWhat itâ€™s done (the closure) is pushed the transactions of a lot of those small lots off the grid in terms of being recorded.â€? 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€“ 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€™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€™s regional development programs attended the invitation-only event to hear researchers present an extended summary of nearly a decadeâ€™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€™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€˜Flexible Feeding Systemsâ€™ 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€™s work went into Ag Vicâ€™s research into the potential benefits of feeding partial mixed rations in a pasture based dairy system.
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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.
AUSTRALIAN distributor of the Italian range of Bondioli and Pavesi PTO shafts and gearboxes, BYPY Transmissions, continues to service the needs of farmers and machinery manufacturers countrywide 40 years on. Still based in Dandenong, they continue to specialise in driveline systems - comprising PTO shafts, ancillary clutches, yokes and gearboxes - both T formation and parallel shaft. Bondioli and Pavesi products have been distributed in Australia since the mid 1960s, serving the needs of the agricultural sector for more than half a century. Its products have been chosen by manufacturers worldwide for their reliability and conformity to the stringent CE Standard. BYPY Transmissions distribute a full range of gearboxes - with horsepower ranging from 12 to 450 HP, with a wide range of ratios available. T-gearboxes under the Bondioli name, and BIMA Parallel Shaft gearboxes,
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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
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REGIONAL SHOWS AND FESTIVALS
ABN 58 084 899 738
31 Forest Street, Whittlesea
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Covering Central South Victoria and West Gippsland
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For more information on country shows visit www.vicagshows.com.au or www.countryshows.com.au
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Judging 12.30pm Monday October 1st SEE THE BEST: The inaugural Boer Goat Show will be held at the 2018 Whittlesea Show.
Boer goats a goer at 2018 Whittlesea Show
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â€œThe 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€? 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
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€™ corner â€“ 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€™ rides, live displays and everything in between.
159th WHITTLESEA SHOW 2018 100 Years since the end of WW1
BOER Goats Australia (BGA) is excited to team up with the Whittlesea Agricultural Society in organising BGAâ€™s inaugural Boer Goat Show, which will kick off on Saturday, November 3 as part of the 2018 Whittlesea Show. Boer goat breeder Joe Dâ€™Andrea of Bailieston Boers in Nagambie, said it would be a not to be missed event. k7KLVZLOOEHWKHoUVWVKRZ in Victoria dedicated to exhibiting animals from all aspects of the Boer goat industry, with all varieties of Boer goats on display, not just stud animals,â€? he said.
ADULTS $20 KIDS $5 (6-14 YEARS)
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Friday 12th & Saturday 13th October, 2018 at Wandin East Recreation Reserve.
THE SHOW WITH SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY!
Featuring Demonstrations, Information and Displays of Horticultural Products & Services and the latest in Farm Machinery.
SATURDAY 3RD & SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 9AM TO 5PM
Enquiries and New Exhibitors Welcome. Phone: 0429 428 537 Enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
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