Newsletter September 2021

Gippsland Agricultural Group e-News September 2021

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Edition 15 – September 2021
Welcome to the Gippsland Agricultural Group’s monthly e-newsletter.
If you would like to see something added, please let us know.
Unfortunately COVID-19 restrictions (inside venue number limitations) have resulted in the Conference being postponed again until early next year. Contact Event Manager Craig Bush if you have any further queries on In place of the Conference originally planned on the 26th October, the Gippsland Agricultural Group will be holding their annual Spring Field Day.

Click Here To Register To Attend
We are pleased to introduce you to
Gippsland Agricultural Group’s new Communications Manager
Lyric Anderson
Lyric grew up on a cattle property and veggie farm in East Gippsland, attending Lindenow Primary and Nagle College. She then went to Dookie Ag College and completed a Bachelor of Applied Science – Agribusiness.
Her first job in journalism was at The Land newspaper in the North Richmond office, traveling across NSW. She then returned home and worked at the small tv program On The Land in Sale, before working at The Gippsland Farmer newspaper.
Lyric and her husband Lance moved back to NSW and worked on sheep and cattle properties, then Lance managed a cattle property in the Upper Hunter.
Once again returning home to East Gippsland in 2018, they live in Bengworden with their two children and plenty of horses, also helping family members with their stockwork. Lyric and her family also compete at camp drafts and polocrosse carnivals together.
Lyric is looking forward to spreading the great work at the Research Farm further than the Bairnsdale Advertiser, where she also works part-time.

Gippsland Research Farm Photo Update
Top Soil Macro Nutrient Omission Trial, Winter Fodder Variety Trial, Barley & Wheat Variety Trials, Growing Pastures in a Variable Climate (double crop prior to pasture sowing), Micro Farm Demonstration (cattle now included in the demo)
Top Soils Micro Nutrient Omission Trial (spraying trace elements (Zn, Mn, Cu),  one more week and the fencing will be completed, investigating the impacts of summer cover crops on the next season’s cash crop
Gravel in the gateways and a new shelter on the auto drafter

The Perennial Pasture Systems (PPS) group was formed in mid 2007 and has had 159 farm businesses across Central Victoria and the Southern Wimmera join the group since its formation. PPS members are heavily involved in prime lamb & mutton production. PPS also has 30 members involved in agribusiness and agronomic services.​

The aim of the group is to push the boundaries of perennial pasture research in our area and provide information on productive pasture management to members.

Click Here To Read Their Latest Newsletter
Prioritising Better Mobile and
Broadband Connectivity in Victoria

Closes 20 September 2021

The Victorian Government is collecting information that will form the basis for improvements to the mobile and internet coverage network. The Connecting Victoria web site states: “The program will focus on getting more Victorians access to business-grade broadband and upgrading mobile coverage, improving 4G mobile coverage, helping more places become 5G ready, and improving access to safety information during bushfires and other emergencies.”
Follow the Connecting Victoria link (belwo) and scroll down the page to add an address or location on the map that you think needs attention.

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New Household Fruit Netting Regulations
Commenced 1 September 2021

From 1 September 2021, netting used to protect household fruit-trees, vegetable gardens, or other fruiting plants must have a mesh size, of 5mm x 5mm or less at full stretch.

If you use netting to protect your household fruit or vegetable harvest you will need to comply with this new mandatory requirement introduced under Victoria’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019 (POCTA Regulations).

Any existing household fruit netting that does not meet this specification must be replaced with appropriate netting from the 1 September 2021 commencement date.

Don’t forget that old netting, when discarded, can still be an entanglement risk. If you plan to dispose of old netting to landfill it is recommended that you place it into a strong biodegradable bag first.

The regulation applies to both the sale and use of household fruit netting. It does not apply to sale or use of netting in commercial circumstances.

Failure to comply with this regulation could result in a fine under the POCTA Regulations. The maximum penalty for using fruit netting that does not comply or for advertising or offering non-compliant netting for sale for household fruiting plants is 15 penalty units ($2726.10 as at 1 July 2021). Infringements of two penalty units ($363.48) and four penalty units ($726.96), as at 1 July 2021, can also be issued for use, or sale, of non-compliant netting, respectively.

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Peak Predictions
Red Meat Industry Market Overview

Join commodity market analyst Simon Quilty to gain an insight into the global meat market, local trends and forecasts.


  • Australian herd and flock numbers – what are the trends
  • Global demand and supply factors such as Indian buffalo and South American supply and influence on global meat forecasts.
  • Grass fed, grain and live market trends.
  • African Swine fever in China and influence on demand.
  • Free trade agreements – UK.
  • Consumer buying trends, fake meat and what opportunities are there for red meat.
  • Australian cattle and lamb price forecasts for the 2021–22 year


Simon Quilty is an independent meat and livestock market analyst with 30 years’ experience in the sector. He provides detailed analysis on meat and livestock prices, and the trends influencing key global markets. As well, Simon brokers physical meat products around the world (namely from Australia, NZ and India) working with large international companies with interests in China, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the US. In 2020, Simon established Global Agritrends Downunder, a subscription business with the US parent company, Global Agritrends which looks at beef, pork and poultry trends.

WHEN: Thu, 23 September 2021 – 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM AEST

COST: Free

RSVP: Registration is required to attend

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On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme Round 2

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments are offering the On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate to drought affected farm businesses in East Gippsland and Wellington Local Government Areas. The rebate can be used to invest in on-farm water infrastructure that addresses the needs of grazing livestock or assists in maintaining existing permanent horticultural plantings.
How much can I apply for?
The Scheme provides a one-off 25 per cent rebate up to $25,000 (GST exclusive) for costs associated with the purchase and installation of eligible activities that improve resilience to drought (for example if your eligible project cost $100,000 plus GST you would receive a rebate of $25,000 excluding GST). The availability of rebates is subject to funds being available.

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Private Overhead Electric Line (POEL) Scheme

Victorian Government, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has allocated $5 million to replace bare-wire private overhead powerlines in Victoria’s highest risk bushfire areas. Interested applicants who wish to apply for the POEL Scheme must meet the following requirements: The POEL must be bare wire, the type of conductor which presents the highest risk (not insulated more than 50 per cent).
There must be no defect notice attached to the POEL, except where the defect notice relates to damage caused by the 2019/20 bushfires.

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Solar for Business Program

The Solar for Business Program is a new initiative designed to support Victorian small businesses to reduce their energy costs by accessing the benefits of renewable energy.   
This initiative will bring down energy bills for small businesses by reducing the upfront cost of the installation of an approved small-scale solar PV system up to 30kW.    
To support the economic recovery of Victorian small businesses and the broader solar sector, 15,000 solar PV rebates will be available over the next three years.  

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Lucas Mill Project

A partnership project between Rotary and Lions (supported by DELWP; Dwyers; Riviera Trailers; Bendigo Bank and BJ Crane).
The project is to mill into useable timber (fence posts; stockyard fencing and shed timber etc) logs from trees that have been felled or fallen as a result of the 2019 / 2020 fires – using a Lucas Mill (portable sawmill). Logs need to be at least approx. 450mm in diameter and can be up to 6m length.
The logs will be milled at no cost to the landholder. The team operating the mill are currently being professionally trained and the project will observe all OH&S issues as well as having comprehensive public liability insurance. Those registering will be placed on a waiting list.

Anyone wanting further information is welcome to contact Debbie Brient 0456 603 98.

Smart Farms Small Grants
Soil Extension Activities

The program will run from February 2022 to 30 June 2023. Available grants are over 2 years for a minimum of $100,000 ($50,000 per year) or a maximum of $250,000 ($125,000 per year), up to a maximum of $2 million.
Extension activities must be provided by a suitably qualified person, with qualifications in soil science or a similar field, demonstrated experience in soil management, or in the process of attaining qualifications or experience.
Eligible extension activities will be delivered to farmers, land managers and the wider network of farm advisers. They will promote management practices that leads to better soil health including promoting the National Soil Monitoring and Incentives Pilot Program, soil testing and interpretation of results, and lead to improved sustainable soil management practices through the development and promotion of communication products, education awareness and training sessions, and on-ground trials and demonstrations.
The grant round will support soil extension activities that contribute to achieving the program outcomes outlined in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines. 


Applications Close: 9pm, 12th October 2021

Click Here For Grant Guidelines
Click Here For Grant Application
Farm First Aid Training
Bruthen Neighbourhood House – 28 September 2021

On-farm accidents are a major concern, incidents involve workers and bystanders (including children) and occur in a range of circumstances on a variety of farm and agricultural enterprises. Learn first aid skills to provide support in an emergency and improve farm and rural workplace safety by enrolling in the Red Cross Farm First Aid course delivered by an accredited First Aid trainer. Participants are provided with the knowledge and skills to assist themselves, and others, to cope with accidents and injury both from a physical and mental wellbeing perspective.

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The Victorian Government is calling on female leaders who are passionate about making a difference in rural and regional Victoria to apply for the 2022 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.

The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award acknowledges and celebrates the essential role women play in rural and regional businesses, industries and communities.

The Victorian winner will receive a $15,000 bursary to bring to life a project that benefits rural industries, businesses or communities, as well as an opportunity to take out the national award and a further $20,000 in project funding.

The bursary can be used for activities such as formal education and training courses, establishing business plans or pilot programs, developing or testing new business concepts and publishing books.

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Grants for AgTech Pre Accelerator Programs

Supporting Early-Stage AgTech Startup Creation

AgTech can have a significant impact on Australia’s agricultural sector’s growth. The total value of the global AgTech market is expected to reach $22.5 billion by 2025 (an estimated growth rate of 150% from 2020). Despite Victoria having all the elements to be a national leader in AgTech, the sector is still small and immature, with AgTech startups accounting for less than 2% of total startups in Victoria.

This grant program aims to increase support for aspiring AgTech entrepreneurs by funding experts to deliver Pre-Accelerator programs. The Pre-Accelerator programs will play a pivotal role in growing the AgTech sector in Victoria, enabling new founders to access the best possible support, advice and networks to build new businesses that will help shape our future economy and grow jobs.

This initiative will provide eligible organisations with grants of up to $600,000 to run pre-accelerator programs which provide support for early-stage startup founders who need help developing their product, honing their business model and connecting with investors.

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 CSIRO Seeks Participants for New Study!
Animal scientists at CSIRO are setting up a new Numnuts study

This time the team are researching the potential benefits of Numnuts for both ring castration and tail docking.

CSIRO Agriculture and Food are looking for 40 to 60 commercial producers in NSW, SA, VIC, TAS and WA who’d like to take part. It’s a single day’s involvement, and there’s an incentive payment of $1000 to cover costs.

Do you know someone who might be interested?

Who can take part?

The scientists are looking for 40 to 60 sheep producers who aren’t currently using pain relief for marking, but who’re interested in trialing a new approach on around 60 of this year’s lambs.

The lambs can be of any breed, but will need to be either non-mulesed, or due to be mulesed at a later date.

On trial day, two 4×4 metre pens need to be set up near marking yards. The farmer needs to separate the lambs into treatment groups, and then note down some of their behaviours after the procedures.

CSIRO will provide all the instructions and what’s more, will be arranging for a sheep vet or research technical support to be present all day. The incentive payment of up to $1000 will be made to cover the additional time and materials needed for the trial to take place.

Sounds interesting?

Please pass this information on to anyone you know who might want to take part. For more details, please contact the CSIRO team:

Jim Lea:, phone 0407 137 466

Dr. Alison Small:

Dung beetle FAQs: Ask the expert
  • Are dung beetles capable of helping producers achieve carbon emission reductions?
  • How do dung beetles reduce the effects of intestinal worms?
  • If a producer came to you asking “how do I increase the benefit from dung beetles in my livestock enterprise”, what would you suggest?
  • What’s the best practice grazing scenario for enhancing dung beetle populations?
  • Do you have any economic data on the impact of dung beetles, particularly on animal health costs?
  • How do producers know what species they may already have on their property
  • How do producers get hold of new species of dung beetles?
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Heads up on Animal Health
Focus on reproduction
How to change or tighten your calving period

by resident vet Alison Gunn
Over the drought, many farmers have moved to a more spread‐out calving pattern. Some have
allowed heifers and cows to mate for longer due to poor conditions. Others have bought in cows that
did not quite fit into their current calving pattern. With good conditions and as herds rebuild, this is
an area that many farmers are looking to address. Moving your calving pattern later is generally not a
problem. The challenge occurs when people want to move the mating date forward or reduce the
length of the join.

If you want to move or tighten your calving pattern by a number of weeks, this needs to be a planned
process over several years. Do not try to move your calving pattern earlier by more than two weeks
at a time unless you can cope with a significant number of empties, or there are only very few late
calving cows.

A tight calving pattern will result in all heifers being a similar age and size, allowing them more chance
to reach target weight before joining. It should also produce a more even line of steers. Just reducing
the length of the join can result in too many empties when herds are still trying to rebuild. Tightening
the calving period needs to be a planned process that preferably starts well before calving and
incorporates one or all of these techniques….
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