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SPECIAL DAIRY SALE
Monday 1st May at 11.00 am
KOONWARRA SELLING CENTRE
130 Autumn Calved 130
& Close Holsteins
Featuring Two Outstanding Dispersals
Church Hill Holsteins a/c R & A Jones of Woodleigh.
DECADES OF DAVID JAMES CORRECTIVE MATING.
COMPLETE DISPERSAL SALE OF AUTUMN CALVERS
83 Magnificent Cows & Heifers, all freshly calved or close
• Prod. to 12443 litres 390 kgs protein 455 kgs fat
Backed by massive lifetime production !!
Sired by - Shottle, Bolton, Medallion, Zelgadis,
Mascalese, Beacon, Gerard, Altaiota, Shout,
Dundee, Jeeves, GGJardin, Informer, Dundee.
a/c M & D Robertson of Tarwin Lower
FINAL COMPLETE DISPERSAL LINE
23 Exceptional Close to calving Heifers to Bushlea
• Dams prod to 12738 litres 407 kgs protein
498 kgs fat
Sired by - Guthrie, Golden Dreams, Alta Meteor,
Tremendous heifers - gens of Orchard Mating
JD 7 status.
Those in search of absolute Type & Production
cannot go past this offering.
Further entries invited
Catalogues available - Please contact
DLS Office 03 9338 9259
Terms are cash or cheque on day of sale or
settlement by your Agent - Letter of Introductions
MUST be provided
Brian Leslie 0418 365 934
Andrew Mackie 0419 595 932
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Phone 0447 331 762
0409 583 825
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‘ON FARM MILL PLANTS’
DISC & ROLLER MILLS
A/c. Est HJ & DM Shandley
175 Conrons Rd, Buffalo (Property Leased)
Friday, April 21, 10.30am
Farm Machinery, Fencing & Sundry Items
Please see previous issue for full listing or
Terms: Cash or Cheque on day of sale.
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Number System. GST where applicable.
Light Luncheon Available
Tom Browne 0417 493 263
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A VOLUNTARY code of conduct
is the favoured way to get the na-
tional dairy industry back on track
following last year’s milk crisis,
says Victoria’s peak dairy lobby.
The United Dairyfarmers of Vic-
toria (UDV) has been locked in
negotiations with industry groups
since late last year hashing out
terms of reference for a volun-
tary code, with the aim that farm-
ers will no longer bear the brunt
of poor decisions made along the
dairy supply chain.
“Australian dairy farmers need
to have a say in how our contracts
and supplier agreements are de-
termined and what is reasonable,
and a voluntary code is integral to
achieving that outcome,” Mr Jen-
“This has never been done before
in the dairy industry. The end goal
is to help processors and others
in the supply chain adhere to the
unfair contract legislation brought
in last year by the Federal Govern-
“It is vital that all players in the
dairy industry meet their legal ob-
Mr Jenkins said that commen-
tary over the value of imposing a
voluntary code of conduct over a
mandatory code was counter-pro -
ductive to solving problems across
the dairy supply chain.
“What a lot of people don’t realise
is that it is not compulsory to sign
up to a mandatory code. There is
no capacity to force a dairy compa-
ny to sign onto a mandatory code,”
“It is important we have as many
dairy companies as possible to
sign onto the code and a voluntary
code has a significantly greater
chance of getting this outcome.
“Farmers and processors will be
in a stronger position to apply peer
pressure to ensure our industry
conforms to legal requirements.”
Mr Jenkins said the UDV expect-
ed a voluntary code to become part
of the positive culture of the dairy
sector following the dramatic milk
price cuts that last year rocked the
“It’s an achievement of the dairy
industry that in tough times we’ve
been able to band together to come
up with real solutions to improve
industry practice,” he said.
“No one wants to see the milk cri-
sis repeat itself, so it’s important
we obtain clarity and simple clear
pricing mechanisms in our future
supply agreements and contracts.”
Voluntary dairy code required says UDV
Making grass greener at home
SOUTH Gippsland’s rainfall fed
pastures should be money in the
bank for dairy farmers – but only
if they know how to make the most
Feeding Pasture for Profit (FPFP)
helps develop dairy farmer skills
and decision making in growing
and optimising pasture consump-
The next round of FPFP courses
is about to be delivered in South
Gippsland, with GippsDairy re-
gional manager Allan Cameron
urging dairy farmers to make the
time to participate.
“Feeding Pastures for Profit is
designed to not only help farmers
grow more and better grass but to
also take advantage of that quality
pasture to improve profitability,”
“Past participants have come
away with improved confidence in
managing rotations, more effective
use of pastures, crops and feed
The program involves two days
of classroom style delivery plus
five on-farm group days over the
following 10 to 12 months.
Each participant is entitled to a
one-off farm visit to support pas-
ture rotation decisions.
The first two South Gippsland
FPFP days will be held at Federa-
tion Training, Nerrena Road, Leon-
gatha on April 28 and May 5.
Both sessions will run from
10.15am to 2.30pm.
Places are limited, so contact
Karen Romano on 0417 524 916
or email@example.com to
The popular Feeding Pasture for Profit courses will begin later this
for cattle producers
PRICES for cattle are still at re -
cord highs, despite a blip in the
market prior to Easter, but ac-
cording to local farmer and cattle
buyer, Ross Svenson, it’s getting
“interesting” for producers.
He says that after the initial
flush of funds, which flowed the
farmers’ way, the margins were
getting tight again at the present
high levels, with the big outlay to
buy in young stock a worry for
“A lot of people are running un-
derstocked at the moment, be-
cause of the high prices (of young
replacement cattle) and they’re
looking at other strategies too,
which is why there’s been a lift
in the value of cows, ” Mr Sven-
“But there are a lot of costs as-
sociated with cows and calves.
“If you’ve got 100 females, you
might get 95 calves. You’ve also
got to keep a couple of bulls
and there’s often problems
with them. Getting young cattle
to market isn’t as simple as it
But with store cattle so pricey,
there are choices to be made,
and producers are being forced
to consider their options and the
greater risk associated with car-
rying expensive young cattle.
Mr Svenson said that even the
most inexperienced rural land-
owner had been able to turn a
profit in the past year, due to the
strong lift in prices, but agreed
it would start to get interest-
ing for those who didn’t watch
their costs closely in the months
He was chatting with the ‘Sen-
tinel-Times’ at the end of last
Wednesday’s trade and export
market at VLE Leongatha where
only a small yarding of 330 ex-
port cattle and 145 trade cattle
were entered, a quarter the size
of the previous week’s offering,
and with one less export buyer
Damien Minogue, branch man-
ager at Rodwells and Co in Leon-
gatha, said that while prices had
eased on the day, all of it was
down to a reduction in quality.
“ The quality simply wasn’t as
good today with fewer cattle in
before the Easter break.
“ The job’s still very good, ” he
said as he helped yard young
cattle for Thursday’s store sale.
While prices eased from 10c
to 20c across most categories,
grown steers still sold from
$1335 to $2080 a head, averag-
ing $1829 to $1970 for the heavi-
er types and between $1335 and
$1835 for the medium weights.
It’s still pretty good money.
RIGHT: Damien Minogue of
Rodwells and Co in Leongatha
moves cattle in ahead of last
week’s store sale at Koonwarra.
Cattle buyer and beef producer Ross Svenson chats with Wonthaggi producer Anthony Gheller about the state
of the beef industry at the moment which he says is getting “interesting” at the present high prices. M031617
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