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the power to grow
“GRAHAM’S Seeds’ total indepen-
dence within the seed industry means
we can supply our customers with
the very best product, 100 per cent
of the time,” managing director Frank
“We have had to work hard to devel-
op and maintain this independence,
which sees us deal with all the ma-
jor seed wholesalers and allows us to
access all the latest products coming
into the market.
“We take these products, trial them
and have to be totally happy with
them before we will recommend them
The Graham’s Seeds team has been
working hard preparing for the com-
This means having their Graham’s
Seeds Specialty Blends freshly mixed
and ready to go, minimising the wait
time for clients between ordering and
delivery of the product.
The added bonus of using these
blends is the Graham’s Seeds com-
munity sponsorship program which
has been running now for the past
five years – for every bag purchased
they will donate $5 to the customer’s
nominated not-for-profit sporting
club or organisation.
Graham’s Seeds’ research farm ‘Ry-
elands’ operates as a commercial dairy
at Darnum, allowing varieties to be tri-
alled in ‘real world’ situations. A pas-
ture evaluation site has also been estab-
lished at Flynn on the Princes Highway.
Both sites will be sown to perennial
species in autumn.
The Graham’s Seeds agronomy
team, Nicole Frost, Camilla Hart and
Frank Templeton are involved in the
monitoring of these sites, passing on
the information they collect at the
sites to their clients.
Nicole Frost will be focusing her
time in South Gippsland this autumn.
As part of the Graham’s Seeds
team, Nicole prides herself on her on
farm service, providing a complete
support system right through the
pasture renovation process.
Her aim is to provide the best pos-
sible results for the farmer, offering
everything from soil testing and tai-
lored fertiliser recommendations to
appropriate seed selection.
Graham’s Seeds now also stocks a
full range of herbicides and insecticides.
This means that the Graham’s
Seeds team is with you every step
of the way, monitoring newly estab-
lished pastures for weeds and pests
and advising on appropriate treat-
The past 12 months has been
branded as the beginning of the “gold-
en era” for agriculture in Australia
with production expected to exceed a
value of $60 billion for the first time.
It is a rare occurrence that a major-
ity of farming commodity prices have
peaked simultaneously including
beef, live cattle, lamb and wool.
The dairy industry is also on the
road to recovery.
With these prices having been
around for 12 months, now is the
perfect time to improve pastures to
help increase production and really
gain benefit from the “golden era”.
This autumn, put the extensive
knowledge of the Graham’s Seeds
team to work for you.
With their guidance you’ll be sure to
achieve all of your feed requirements
for the coming season.
THE Victorian Farmers Federation has hand-
ed out more than $1 million in safety rebates
since October in a major milestone for the
Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme.
The $6 million State Government program,
which is being jointly managed by the farmer
group and WorkSafe Victoria, opened five
months ago and aims to improve farm safety
by offering a rebate to primary producers who
fit operator protection devices (OPDs) to their
VFF vice president Brett Hosking urged peo -
ple to take advantage of the program before the
money runs out.
“With $1 million already spent on the pro-
gram it’s not going to last very long, so you bet-
ter get in quick if you want to fit an OPD or
upgrade to a safer vehicle,” Mr Hosking said.
“The fact that we’ve seen such a fantastic up-
take in the rebate shows how seriously farm
safety is being taken by Victorian primary pro -
ducers, because OPDs are vital to protect farm-
ers, their families, and their workers from the
risks of using quad bikes.”
According to WorkSafe statistics, almost 30
per cent of workplace deaths in Victoria occur
on farms, despite a mere three per cent of work-
ers being employed in the agriculture industry.
“Ten farmers every week are injured serious-
ly enough to make a worker’s compensation
claim,” Mr Hosking said.
“It’s incredibly serious and this program
encourages farmers to take proactive steps in
safeguarding against the risks of injury while
using quad bikes.”
All rebates will be available for two years or
until the funds are exhausted.
Rebates will also be allocated on a first-in
first-served basis to eligible applicants with
Farmers can tap into the VFF’s www.bequad-
safe.com.au website to claim up to $1200 (GST
exempt) in rebates on OPDs, side-by -side (SSV)
and other alternate vehicles.
“The scheme is open to all farmers and we’re
hoping to process more than 5000 applications
over the lifetime of the program,” Mr Hosking said.
“This is a great indication of how the program
is being received.”
Further information is available by calling
the VFF on 1300 945 030 or emailing bequad-
Quad safety rebates
zoom past $1 million
Graham’s Seeds agronomists Nicole Frost and Camilla Hart along with business owner Frank Templeton are
available to help with all your questions and decision making this autumn.
Best of the best from Graham’s Seeds
NUMBERS increased last week for the
Wednesday fat sale at Warragul.
Vealers bucked the trend as demand remained
firm to dearer with vealers selling to 385.6c/kg.
There were more heifers too and their price
reaching to 339.2c/kg.
Steers saw more interest from processors
selling to 324.6, although the overall yard aver-
age was back 9c to 313.7c/kg.
The 81 heifers made to 339.2c/kg, up 30c, and
averaged 270.9, up 7, while the 44 steers made
to 324.6c/kg, firm, and averaged 291.8, up 18.
The 267 vealers made to 385.6c/kg, up 4c,
and averaged 342.2, back 4.
At the bull and chopper sale on Thursday,
there were 20 bulls with more beef breeds on
offer than the previous week.
The top was down 18c to 264.2c/kg but the
average was up 19c/kg.
The 282 cows reached a top of 277.6, up 14c
and the cow average was 13c better at 196.7.
Below is a list of prices supplied by selling agents.
1 Limo J & M Phoraoh Labertouche 390 385.6 1503
1 Limo Steadfast Transport Yannathan 335 385.2 1291
3 Limo NJ & ME Braitwaite Bena
382 383.6 1464
1 Limo X R Hopkins Yinnar
375 381.6 1431
3 Limo N & O Mason Jindivick
436 380 1656
8 Limo J & L Oldhan Neerim South 395 380 1501
2 Red Angus G Varsaci Thorpdale
558 306 1705
3 Angus JL & OJ Currie Bona Vista 570 305 1738
2 Red Ang PJ & RJ Dowling Loch Vally 533 305 1624
3 Angus JL & OJ Currie Bona Vista 495 300 1485
1 Ang Benvale Beef Neermin South
442 329.4 1456
1 Hereford WG & FM Manley Wgl Sth 455 300 1365
Export Cows and Heifers
1 Limo Solney Farms Gainsbough
545 265.2 1445
1 Limo A & L Griffin Lardner
560 262.2 1468
1 B/Baldy G Varsaci Thorpdale
725 257.6 1867
1 B/Baldy N & O Mason Jindvick
790 240 1896
1 Red Ang J Fanning Seaview
660 240 1584
1 Frie MPH Farming Labertouche
700 240.6 684
1 Frie C & S Russell Neerim Sth
620 237.2 1470
1 Frie S & L Finger Yannthan
585 220 1287
1 Frie N & A Campbell Yannthan
540 215 1161
1 Frie M Moyes Shady Creek
560 210 1176
1 Limo K & K Vistarini Modella
840 264.2 2430
1 Limo Wheeler Logging Hill End
885 259.3 2293
1 Fres J & J Tekema Shady Creek
890 229.6 2043
1 M/Grey SW & CE Coster Cloverlea 670 223.6 1498
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