Gippsland Agricultural GroupE- NewsEdition 24 – May 2022

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Edition 24 – May 2022
Welcome to the Gippsland Agricultural Group’s monthly e-newsletter.
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Welcome to the Team
Gippsland Agricultural Group are pleased to welcome Nicole White to the team, as the Chief Financial Officer.

Nicole was born and bred in the High Country, on a merino and hereford breeding farm. Nicole left the farm after school to study a Batchelor of Commerce and has many years experience in financial management and business administration. Several years ago, Nicole returned back to her farming passion and purchased an Angus beef farm just outside of Bairnsdale.

Nicole is excited about Gippsland Agricultural Group’s various projects and the group’s capacity to set up the region’s farms for future drought events.
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Producing More in Varying Seasons
A workshop to develop flexible farming systems with Jason Trompf
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Are you joining the Carbon Club?

Richard Eckard gave a talk on ‘Carbon, Carbon & Carbon’ on the 10th of March in Bairnsdale. He talked about the importance of reducing a farms carbon footprint via several methods and empathised the importance of the MLA carbon neutral 2030 decision. From that day a group of farmers have got together to create the Gippsland Carbon Club. The Carbon Club is an informal group of farmers that are trying to find a clear path through the confusion of carbon farming. 
The club had its first meeting on the 3rd of May to discuss what it is Gippsland Farmers want to know more about in this Carbon Farming space. The Gippsland Carbon Club is only a small group now, but we are looking for more members. If interested in learning more about the following, please contact Emma Orgill on or 0400 467 921.
1. carbon credits (extra income stream)
3. carbon mitigation (feed additives, etc)
4. tools and calculators for carbon footprint (carbon neutral)
5. trees and vegetation (validation and accreditation)


Historical Soil Data Capture Payments Program

The $21 million Historical Soil Data Capture Payments Program is a key measure under the National Soil Package. The program pays farmers and land managers to share their historical soil test data with the Australian Government.

Farmers and land managers may be eligible to receive payments up to $10,000 in exchange for sharing their historical soil information through the program.

The department has engaged a panel of data brokers to engage with data owners, collate soil test data, and share the data with the Australian Government.

The Program will be open from April 2022 to 30 June 2023.

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New dung beetle species on Australian soil

The third and final dung beetle species imported to Australia as part of the Dung Beetle Ecosystem Engineer project is finally here – but how does it differ from the other two species?

The MLA-supported Dung Beetle Ecosystem Engineer (DBEE) project reached a major milestone last month – the arrival of a new dung beetle species, Gymnopleurus sturmi, on Australian shores.

Originally expected to arrive in Australia in 2021, the G. sturmi beetles have been biding their time in CSIRO’s lab in France due to COVID-19-related delays. As the pandemic swept across Europe, border closures restricted the movement of researchers and beetles alike.

However, with the world now well and truly out of lockdown, the research team has worked hard to roll out the red carpet for the new beetles on the block.  

Here, CSIRO project lead Dr Valerie Caron introduces the G. sturmi species and outlines next steps.

How are G. sturmi dung beetles different to the other two species Australia has already imported through DBEE?

There’s a distinct difference between this species and the two that preceded it, Dr Caron said.

“The first two species [O. vacca and O. andalusicus] are tunnellers, which burrow dung straight into the ground to house eggs and feed larva,” she said.

G. sturmi is a roller, which takes a chunk of dung, shapes it into a ball and rolls it away to bury it.”

While both of these behaviours reduce surface dung, the two different types of beetles working in synergy speed up the process.

“Tunnellers focus on the middle of a cow pat; rollers take dung from the sides,” Dr Caron said.

“Working together, both types of beetles disperse dung more quickly, deterring flies from laying eggs…and because G. sturmi aggregate on the surface in search of a partner, they trample the cow pat, too. This should further deter flies.”

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You are invited to attend this free soil science seminar, sponsored by SoilsWest, DPIRD and Murdoch University.

Date: Monday 06 June 2022
Time: 3.30 – 4.30 pm
Post-Seminar Networking 4.30-5.30 pm

Location: Building 460.3.030 (ECL3), Murdoch University Perth campus….or Online via Teams

On farm soil acidity and nutrient management

Soil acidity impacts on nutrient-use efficiency and therefore agricultural productivity through two main mechanisms. In the topsoil (0–10 cm) low soil pH (high acidity) decreases the availability of key nutrients. In the subsurface layer (below 10 cm) toxic levels of aluminium at low soil pH reduce crop root growth and access to moisture and nutrients. Better nutrient-use efficiency in the topsoil reduces runoff and potential contamination of waterways. Improved crop root growth in the subsoil increases the available area of crop roots to access water and nutrients. Applying agricultural lime is an effective method of managing soil acidity, to increase the soil pH. Current lime use in WA agriculture is at 60 per cent of the estimated annual requirement to address current and ongoing soil acidification. This project works with growers to investigate soil pH levels at both topsoil and subsoil levels across their farm providing more precise and long-term lime recommendations, as well as gaining valuable insight into the current state of soil acidity in the Avon River Basin.

About the Speaker

Alice studied Environmental Science at UWA, graduating in 2013 and began her career at SEPWA, a grower group based in Esperance, working on a precision agriculture project. She moved to Albany for two years to work with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) on a graduate agronomy program. This provided her with a good grounding in agronomy, specifically weeds, pests and diseases that affected growers within the Albany Port Zone. Alice now works part time for DPIRD in the Soil Science and Crop Nutrition portfolio and part time for Farmanco as a Precision Ag consultant.

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In the right environment and production system, incorporating legumes – either as standalone pasture or in mixes – can significantly boost productivity and provide drought resilience and environmental benefits. 

This hub has been created to help build the capacity of producers and advisors to assess and rank limitations to legume growth and then develop management approaches to improve sub-clover content on their properties. It also provides a simple diagnostic approach to assess legume pastures, identify the leading reasons for possible legume decline and what management practices are available to address these limitations.    

This resource hub covers five ways legumes could help your business:

  1. More feed, less fertiliser
  2. Faster weight gains and healthier animals 
  3. A more resilient feedbase 
  4. An ally against dieback 
  5. Towards carbon neutral 2030 (CN30)
This video helps you develop basic skills in sub-clover cultivar identification and narrow down what sub-clover cultivars are growing in your paddocks.
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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.

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Heads up on Animal Health

Animal emergencies – How to treat a bloated cow

by resident vet Alison Gunn
I have had a few phone calls re bloated animals recently from producers wanting to know if they should stab a bloated animal so here are some guidelines for treatment of these cases
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