News

Abattoir staff to stand down

Up to 350 employees at JBS Australia’s Cobram abattoir are set to be affected by a minimum four-week stand-down of workers at the plant.. Announced on Friday, the decision was made ‘‘due to a shortage of suitable small livestock’’ as per

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Shepparton News
Mar 23 2017
News

Timber mill shuts after supply cut

Victoria’s Heyfield timber mill will close next year, putting 250 people out of work, after the owners rejected a government lifeline to keep it open.. Australian Sustainable Hardwood chief executive Vince Hurley said the Gippsland-based mill

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Shepparton News
Mar 23 2017
Rural

Riding success

The Kerang Pony Club 2017 Gymkhana was held last month with five rings of competition taking place.. Of the major prizes, the Sanda-Rae Perpetual Trophy for Best Educated Mount was won by Kilburns Mary Poppins, ridden by Steph Horton, and the Most

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Shepparton News
Mar 23 2017
Viticulture

We killed the Flamingo!

Queenie and I have been putting up with this Flamingo, an interloper, all summer. The Boss's grandkids like playing with it more than they like playing with me.. You could say I'm jealous, but I've always thought it was too big for its boots.. It's

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The General
Mar 23 2017
Cropping

Advanced solution...

Gooram beef producer Andrew Douglas was looking for a new pasture solution for his 240ha property.. As is typical of farmers in Gooram Valley, Mr Douglas took on the challenges of soil acidity and pushing stocking rates high enough to make a good

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Shepparton News
Mar 23 2017
News

VFF rewards a tireless...

As a long-time member of the VFF, Bob Watters has held his fair share of positions.. From being actively involved with the VFF’s Numurkah branch to being on various committees and sitting on the VFF board as its vice-president, Mr Watters has

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Rodney Woods
Mar 23 2017
Dairy

Base AR37 tops index

PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Base AR37 perennial rye-grass has topped the charts in the new Australian Forage Value Index, recently released by Dairy Australia.. The Forage Value Index has found Base AR37 perennial rye-grass to be the highest performing

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Shepparton News
Mar 23 2017
Dairy

Family affair for semi-retired trio

Daryl Stacey has lived on his family's Tungamah property since 1982. In that time he has only had six dogs, and three of them are still there. There three kelpie-border collie crosses - Lou, 14, and Ned and Tess, both 12 - although semi-retired

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Shepparton News
Mar 23 2017
Cropping

Lost nutrients must be restored

South-west Victorian farmers might have experienced their best growing season for years, but now they’re being urged to replenish their paddocks after a long growing season of high pasture yields.. A Pasture Update seminar in Stawell on March 27

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Shepparton News
Mar 23 2017
Viticulture

Widespread rain events on the way

The continuation of the current warm to hot spell in our regions which has persisted since the end of February is now expected to lead up some widespread moderate to heavy rain events, with thunderstorms in the next few weeks. . Some places have

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Peter Nelson
Mar 23 2017
Water

River heights ready to...

Murray River communities downstream of the Goulburn River junction have been told flows and river heights are expected to drop noticeably over the next two to three weeks into early April.. Murray-Darling Basin Authority river operations head David

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Shepparton News
Mar 23 2017
News

New twist on CWA...

At a table in the front room of the local pub in Nathalia, the women of the Nathalia Night Watch Branch of the Country Women’s Association laugh and chat over a beer on a balmy country evening.. These women represent the next generation of CW

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Alana Christe...
Mar 23 2017
Cropping

Last year’s rain...

Victorian grain growers are being presented with a unique suite of challenges and opportunities as they factor the impact of a wet 2016 into this year’s cropping programs.. While subsoil moisture is at varying levels across Victoria, the legacy of

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Shepparton News
Mar 22 2017
Cropping

Shepparton firewood collection area closing

. The designated firewood collection area at Darcy’s Bend, Shepparton, will close at midnight tonight.. High public demand has depleted the planned supply of firewood before the end of the autumn collection season. . The nearest open designated

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Rodney Woods
Mar 22 2017
News

Fire care urged with machinery

The CFA is calling on landholders to take precautions after a jump in the number of fires started by machinery on dry grass in recent weeks.. CFA operations manager Rob Van Dorsser said the number of fires that had begun from hot machinery in recent

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Shepparton News
Mar 22 2017
News

Education on the farm

Mooroopna Secondary College’s Year 9 students had a hands-on experience at University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus during a three-day camp last week.. The new program funded by a university grant is aimed at showing — and getting students

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Shepparton News
Mar 22 2017
Cropping

Don’t forget...

Graziers are being urged to consider the need for other essential nutrients when they order superphosphate for their pastures this autumn.. While super is the mainstay of beef and sheep pasture production systems, it doesn’t supply all the

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Shepparton News
Mar 22 2017
Cropping

Dairy focus for Lely

International family-owned company Lely plans to sell its forage business, which produces forage harvesting machines, to AGCO Corporation.. The intended sale of its forage activity will allow Lely to fully concentrate on the dairy segment and the

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Shepparton News
Mar 22 2017
Cropping

Share seeds for success

In a response to rising input costs, Australian Grain Technologies is encouraging farmers to join the organisation’s Seed Sharing program to diversify their crop programs.. The initiative involves a licensed farmer-to-farmer seed trading scheme

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Shepparton News
Mar 22 2017
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