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If you haven’t started planning for the year ahead, now is a great time
- what are the things you want to improve or accomplish this year?
- what bills need to be paid and when?
- where do I start?
We can help...If you are a farmer or own a small rural business in south
eastern Victoria, the Rural Financial Counselling Service can provide you
with free, independent and confidential assistance that will help plan for
your future. Call to arrange an appointment to
discuss your options. Eligibility criteria
Planning for the future
Rural Financial Counselling Service
Leongatha (HEAD OFFICE)
(03) 5662 2566
PO Box 362 LEONGATHA 3953
Planning for the future
Now is a perfect time to plan for the year ahead; the kids have
gone back to school and Christmas is now a distant memo-
ry. But planning can be difficult, especially if you are unsure
where to start.
The Rural Financial Counselling Service Gippsland (RFCS-
Vic Gippsland) provides free, confidential and independent
assistance for agricultural farms and businesses at risk of fi-
nancial hardship. Previously, the RFCS–Gippsland was limited
to providing assistance only to the agricultural industry, but
the service has recently expanded to include other small rural
The Rural Financial Counselling Service’s Executive Officer,
Kylie Holmes, hopes that small business owners across all in-
dustry sectors as well as farmers will contact the RFCS if they
begin to feel overwhelmed by their financial situation.
“Sometimes it can help to have someone look at a situation
objectively and to propose a course of action. Early planning
and negotiation may assist in the management of bills and
loan repayments, but it can be difficult to do this alone. That’s
where we can help.”
“T he Rural Financial Counselling Service has been support-
ing farmers for over thirty years. Our experienced counsellors
can help you to understand and manage your financial posi-
tion, or work with you to develop financial plans. We can also
assist our clients by providing referrals and access to govern-
ment programs. We want to let our farming communities and
small business owners know that there is support available for
The RFCS-Vic Gippsland has four offices across south east-
ern Victoria with the main office located at 1 Peart Street, Le-
ongatha. The service is fully independent and all services are
free and completely confidential. Interested farmers and small
rural business owners are encouraged to phone 5662 2566 for
Media Enquiries: Kylies Holmes, Executive Officer:
THE life of a pork farmer can be challenging
and time-consuming – just ask Moyarra’s Tim
Tim moved to a farm in the hills three years ago
with his wife Kirstin and three year-old daughter
A career change from the IT industry saw Tim
start Moyarra Fine Foods, raising pure bred
Berkshire pigs in a free range environment.
It’s become a full-time job and around 200 pigs
keep the family on their toes.
“It’s challenging. They’re very destructive but it’s
been really good,” Tim said.
“There’s a lot to do and most of it is fixing every-
thing that they’ve broken.
“We weigh them all once a week, because of
their fat. We try and make sure they’re not too
“They all get weighed and we adjust their food.
We have a nutritionist who helps us with that. It’s
a formulated diet and they all get fed accordingly.
“Whether it’s a cold week or hot week it fluc-
tuates as well, and through their life cycle it de-
pends how much you feed them and what you
Berkshire pigs are a rare breed with rich, juicy,
sweet and succulent meat.
The farm has 33 breeding sows, with two lit-
ters per year producing about six to seven piglets
The pig’s lifecycle is about five and a half months
from birth, and the farm produces around 450
pigs per year.
Tim said the farm has now obtained a permit
to increase to 50 breeding sows, and production
will continue to grow.
“We found it hard to get Berkshire pigs to start
with and we could only get two,” he said.
“They’re classified as a rare breed but they’re
starting to come out of that category.”
The farm provides meat for a few butchers in
Melbourne and has started supplying Hogget
Kitchen, formerly Wild Dog Winery at Warragul.
Tim would love to supply more pork to the lo-
cal area and if you’re interested, he can be con-
tacted on 0410 456 521.
Tim Anderson and his family moved to a Moyarra farm three years ago and are now running a thriving pig farm, with about 450 produced
per year. Rg011317
Sweet, succulent and destructive
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