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DEBENHAM Australia has introduced Calci-
prill to Gippsland and its revolutionising the
way hilly country is fertilised.
Calciprill is a lime product perfect for aerial
applications. It’s a 2-6mm prill made from
finely ground, high purity lime.
It’s dust free and easy to spread by aircraft
or through normal spreading gear.
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based in Leongatha, said Calciprill gives farm-
ers on hilly and steep country the opportunity
to address soil acidity.
“I t’s something many would have struggled
with previously due to physical and economic
“There is a high proportion of hill country in
South Gippsland that has a very good fertiliser
history, however the soils are still very acidic.
“This means poor uptake of applied fertiliser
and often above optimum levels of soil alumin-
ium and iron.
“Raising soil pH will help to alleviate these
problems and improve pasture performance.
“Farmers should now consider building the
use of Calciprill into their annual fertiliser
To ensure your farm has the right balance,
contact Ian Debenham from Debenham Aus-
tralia on 0418 343 013 or 5662 5317.
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balance in the hills
SOUTH Gippsland farmers wondering if
they should attend upcoming Cups On Cups
Off courses should listen to what a farmer
from the other side of the region has to say.
Peter Jennings from Bruthen recently sent
two of his employees to a course in Orbost
and was taken aback by the results.
“I can’t believe how reinvigorated they are
after this course,” he said.
“They now want to do things, not only
properly, but even better than before. I can’t
believe we had such a good result.”
GippsDairy’s Cups On Cups Off (COCO)
courses, which will be held in Fish Creek
during March and Leongatha in April, have
one overriding goal: to help farmers and
milking teams become better skilled in rou-
tine practices to manage milk quality and re-
duce the risk of mastitis.
Mastitis and milk quality affect the bot-
tom line of all dairy farms, with every case
of clinical mastitis costing at least $270 in
treatment costs and lost milk.
COCO is a two -day training course deliv-
ered by the National Centre for Dairy Edu-
cation (NCDE) and Countdown 2020 trained
experts in mastitis and milk quality.
It helps dairy farmers achieve best practice
in milk harvesting, with the emphasis on the
detection, treatment and prevention of clini-
COCO covers the whole of the milking pro-
cess including mastitis management and the
roles of people in the dairy.
The course is suitable for anyone on a
dairy farm who milks cows - from farm own-
ers, managers and sharefarmers to family
members and farm employees.
This training has already helped many
dairy farmers to reduce the spread of mas-
titis and lower the risk of clinical cases of
mastitis in their herds.
• How and why mastitis infections occur
• Practical methods to detect and deal with
• Adapting your milking process to reduce
the risk of infection
For Peter Jennings the course had the un-
expected benefit of boosting enthusiasm and
morale in the milking shed.
“The biggest surprise to me is that they
now feel like they have a skill,” he said.
“They were already good milkers at detect-
ing mastitis and things like that, but going
to a professional course made them feel like
they aren’t just milkers, that they are skilled
employees and that their skills are actually
valued and appreciated. ”
GippsDairy regional extension officer Lou-
ise Sundermann said statistics backed-up
Peter’s experience from the COCO course.
“Dairy Australia has done research that
shows 90 per cent of farms where mastitis
was a major problem reported significant
improvements after doing the COCO course, ”
“It’s a program that, using dairy service
levy funds, puts knowledge and skills into
the hands of farmers that can make a gen-
uine difference to outcomes in the milking
shed and to their bottom line. ”
The Fish Creek course will held on March
16 (Day 1) and March 23 (Day 2), with the
Leongatha course on April 19 (Day 1) and
April 26 (Day 2).
First day programs will run from 9.30am
to 2.30 pm with the second day from 10am
To register your interest in a Cups On Cups
Off course contact Louise on 0428 573 909
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses cost $180, but dairy company
subsidies may be available.
Dairy course improves
skills and milk quality
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