Gippsland Agricultural GroupE- NewsEdition 23 – April 2022

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Edition 23 – April 2022
Welcome to the Gippsland Agricultural Group’s monthly e-newsletter.
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Click Here To Read Results Book

2022 Farmer Research Bus Tour 
19th to 23rd June 2022

The planning has started for this year’s bus tour, which will be travelling across northern Victoria and southern NSW. Booking information will be circulated as soon as possible, just wanted to give members a heads up so they can block out the dates in their diaries. 
Did Top Soils help you try something new on your farm?
Over the past 12 months, Top Soils has worked with many partners to deliver a suite of learning events across Gippsland;
  • Dr Christine Jones virtual paddock walks
  • Kikuyu grass nutritional value and management inc. info sheets
  • Summer fodder varieties
  • High Country soils and filling feed gaps
  • Unpacking soil constraints with machinery demo
  • Gippsland Ag Research Results Book 
  • Soil, plant tissue and biology testing
It is now that time of year when we need to let the “bean counters” know what we have been up to.

If you have made any changes on your farm as a result of a Top Soils activity, can you please take 2 minutes to click the link below and explain what you have done, to show the investors what a great program it is –  MANY thanks in advance!
Click Here To Provide Information
Richard Eckard Presentation on Carbon Neutral Grazing Systems
Click Here To Read the Full Presentation
Click Here To Read the March Newsletter
Road Safety Strategy Now Open for Comment
East Gippsland Shire Council is updating its Road Safety Strategy and is seeking community input from all road users.

The review and updating of the existing strategy will look at areas for improvement and changes to create a new document that is more in line with not only community values but those of other road managers and road safety initiatives. This will support Council working with other road managers and all road users towards the Victorian strategy of “toward zero” (fatalities) on our roads.

As a road manager for a significant geographical area of East Gippsland this document will outline how Council approaches road construction, project planning and the use of the most current best practices with respect to road user safety.

This new document will include:

  • Current crash history data for our region.
  • The role Council plays in the greater strategy of toward zero.
  • Council’s targets and what we do as a community to help achieve this.
  • Council’s action plan to help achieve a reduction in road trauma across East Gippsland.

The new Road Safety Strategy will be launched in 2022.

Click Here To Have Your Say
AGVET Chemical Courses
For more information and to book contact:
Kylie Dann Agriculture Teacher I Agriculture & Animal Sciences
TAFE Gippsland PO Box 3279 GMC Morwell VIC 3841
M: 0428946758 T: 0356228566

ParaBoss Webinar
 Spotlight on Brown stomach worm

19 Apr 2022 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Join the ParaBoss extension team as they focus a spotlight on Brown stomach worm (Teladorsagia [Ostertagia] circumcincta).

In this webinar, join Dr Paul Nilon, a highly experienced veterinarian with a wealth of experience on the subject. Paul will shine the spotlight on all facets of Brown stomach worm, across sheep, goats and cattle.

Click Here To Register
On Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Scheme
** CLOSES 6th MAY **

On Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Scheme eligibility criteria has changed to include farmers in East Gippsland, Wellington and Millewa. Those who received a rebate under the initial scheme, can now apply for the 25 per cent rebate again under round two and receive up to $25,000 (GST exclusive), for costs associated with the purchase and installation of eligible activities that improve resilience to drought.

Click Here To Learn More
AgMove Relocation Fund

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) is offering AgMove, an Australian Government initiative that helps with the costs of relocation to take up short term agricultural work, including harvest work in Australia.
To be eligible
• You must be at least 18 years of age, or 17-years of age if you are relocating to take up a job after 5 May 2021 and have graduated from Year 12,
• Are relocating within Australia to a regional, remote or Harvest Area that is at least 90 minutes from your current place of residence and
• Taking up a short term agricultural work including harvest work that is confirmed by a Harvest Trail Services provider or the Harvest Trail Information Service.
If you have general inquiries about AgMove, call the National Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260 or click link below.

Click Here To Learn More
East Gippsland Shire Council Farm Survey Results

Thank you to all the farmers who participated in the East Gippsland Farmer Survey 2021. Council received 439 responses, which has provided a great snapshot of the agriculture sector in East Gippsland at this time.

Click Here To Read Report
Red Meat Valued+d Workshop
5th May 2022

In the midst of an ever-changing market, there’s no better way to build a brighter and more financially viable future than through a value-added business. And with the Australian food and agribusiness sector predicted to triple in value by 2030, red meat producers are perfectly positioned to reap the rewards of commercialising a value-added product.
The value+d program is a collaboration with MLA, Farmers2Founders and Straight to the Source to deliver a limited number of free workshops across Australia and online, targeted at red meat producers (beef, lamb & goat). Read more here Red Meat Value+d Program (
There is a BIG opportunity for red meat producers to capture significant increases in revenue by pursuing value-adding opportunities:
·        Maximise the value of the whole carcass (in some cases up to 5X) and shift away from commodities
·        Diversify farm revenue and capture the actual benefit
·        Transform waste streams into high value products and ingredients
·        Meet the changing needs of consumers with high value, premium food products
While it can be tempting to stick to the old adage of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, there’s never been a better time for red meat producers to pursue a value-add opportunity. We know that the needs and wants of consumers are changing, and producers who are able to meet these demands through innovative ideas are in the best position to significantly increase revenue.

Bairnsdale Workshop
Bairnsdale RSL 

5 May 2022
10.00am to 11.30am
Lunch and Refreshments included

Click Here To Register
Mistletoe Management
David M Watson, ecologist
In many ways, mistletoe can be considered to have “beaten the system”. As parasites they are far less affected by soil fertility and moisture availability than regular plants, and have developed partnerships with birds to spread their seeds far and wide. They produce abundant seeds, occupy extensive distributional ranges across a wide range of habitats, including mangroves, deserts, cities and other extreme environments. Accordingly, just like starlings, rats and other evolutionary success stories, you might expect to find them everywhere—infecting most trees and dominating entire ecosystems. Yet, mistletoes (as with other parasitic plants) are characteristically rare in undisturbed systems. In terms of number of individuals, number of species and overall dimensions or biomass, they are minor to very minor components of woodlands and forests. But, in agriculture-dominated landscapes and other disturbed systems, mistletoe can become super-abundant. These two situations reflects two sides of the same coin, so determining which processes regulate their numbers in undisturbed systems can reveal how these processes have broken down in disturbed systems.
Click Here To Learn More
Reap the benefits of legumes  
In the right environment and production system, incorporating legumes can significantly boost productivity and provide drought resilience and environmental benefits. 

MLA-funded research has found hard-seeded legumes present an opportunity for mixed farming enterprises to grow a more resilient, flexible, highly productive feedbase and are a suitable replacement for sub‑clover.

MLA have a free eLearning package for mixed farming enterprises, to learn about the benefits of legume-based pastures, choosing the right cultivar and the key management strategies to consider.

At completion of the module, you will:

  • understand the benefits of hard-seeded legume-based pastures
  • understand how to choose the right pasture legume
  • understand where pasture legumes fit within different production systems 
  • be aware of the key management considerations.
Click Here To Learn More
Heads up on Animal Health

Critical Components of Perennial Pasture Establishment

by resident vet Alison Gunn
This year with good soil moisture, it could be a great time to establish perennial pastures. However, good soil moisture also grows good weeds and the results of planting perennials with minimal preparation can be disappointing. The results of the MLA “Growing perennials in a variable climate” PDS are confirming the benefits of long-term planning for perennial pasture establishment.
The keys to a dense persistent perennial pasture are excellent weed control for 1 to 2 years prior to planting; good soil fertility; correct sowing depth and adequate monitoring for pests and weeds after planting.
Click Here To Read Fact Sheet
Click Here To Read More on the Web Page
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