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SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has been
working closely with other groups and agen-
cies to provide a coordinated response to the
issues that arose in response to the farm-gate
step-down in April last year.
As the show season approaches Council is
continuing to support its dairy farming fami-
lies by providing free tickets to the shows at
Foster and Korumburra through the Dairy
Tight Times program.
South Gippsland Shire Mayor, Councillor
Ray Argento is hopeful that the initiative will
give farmers some respite from what’s been
a tough winter and a very busy hay season.
“This is historically a time when farmers
and their families can get together and cel-
ebrate the best of their herds, flocks and pro -
duce,” Cr Argento said.
“To assist with this when times are tight,
Council is helping farming families who may
not otherwise have been able to attend the
shows this year.
“Council has been working on a number of
fronts to support the region’s farmers,” the
“This has included participation and en-
gagement with the Gippsland Regional Dairy
Leadership Group, which was established by
the Victorian Government with representa-
tives from farming, government agencies, lo-
cal government, dairy companies and health
“Council has also sponsored a number of
community events including a bush dance for
farmers at Meeniyan, free entry for patrons of
the South Gippsland Dairy Expo, an event at
Poowong with Kevin Sheedy as guest speaker,
and a family barbecue at Coal Creek.
“We have also established a section on our
website with relevant information on dairy
issues, supported ‘Tactics for Tight Times’
workshops hosted by GippsDairy and the
‘Look over the Farm Gate’ community mental
health sessions sponsored through United
Dairy Farmers Victoria and GippsDairy.
“Given the recent improvements in the in-
dustry, we are hopeful that 2017 will be a
better year for our farming community,” the
The Dairy Tight Times Support program
has an allocation of $42,000 which included
$20,000 from the State Government. Appli-
cations to the program with funding of up
to $5,000 are available through the Council
website and will be accepted until the 30 May
Phone 0447 331 762
PROOF WITH COSTING
SOUTH GIPPSLAND ASSOCIATED AGENTS
28TH ANNUAL FEATURE
F1 HEIFER SALE
Monday, February 6, 2017 at 10am
Approx. 50 calved heifers, 650 joined
heifers, 600 unjoined heifers.
Fully details new week’s paper.
PROOF WITH COSTING
A/c. A & T Burrowes
Stage 1 Dispersal - Autumn calving herd
50 February calving Holsteins & Holstein
Jersey cross young cows and heifers, A.I.
bred and joined to A.I . medium size cows,
VG udders in excellent bloom.
A/c. Various vendors
30 In milk and springing cows and heifers.
Further entries invited.
Cattle to be yarded by 10am
N.L .I.S. tagged vendor declaration.
Friday, February 3
An established regular market for all
classes of dairy cattle held on the 1st and
3rd Friday in every month.
0438 562 816
0418 595 265
0408 385 872
0419 106 068
5623 4744 5941 0299
FARMERS across South Gippsland are celebrat-
ing a bumper hay and silage season, with many
unable to remember the last time they produced
such a high volume of hay and silage.
Phillip Island farmer Ritchie Davie saw a 20 per
cent increase on a normal year’s hay and silage
round bale production, and he put the success
down to a fantastic spring for farmers.
“It was a good season and we had the rain at the
right time,” he said.
“It’s probably the best we’ve ever done in the last
12 years, which is about as long as I’ve been doing
the figures for.
“This year we did 1200 bales – about 600 silage
and 600 hay. Last year we did 200 silage and 270
Ritchie began baling silage in mid-October, the
typical starting time on Phillip Island. A wet Oc-
tober saw farmers predicting a late start to hay
baling, but the rain stopped and Ritchie began
baling at the usual dates for Phillip Island in mid-
“We were down a lot last year because of the bad
spring so everyone really needed a good year to
try and boost their stocks back up, and it worked
well,” Ritchie said.
“We bought some last winter because we didn’t
have enough and in the end it was a fairly kind
“We only used about 20 or 30 of them so we had
about 80 bales that I’d already bought, so I’ve got
hay coming out of my ears at the moment. But it’s
better to have it than not have it.”
Ritchie suggested another factor to consider for
this year’s hay success was that farmers aren’t
running the amount of cattle they normally would,
due to the exceptionally good market prices.
“They’re a bit short of stock and therefore it’s ex-
pensive to buy back in, so people have decided not
to buy back in and not pay the big money,” he said.
“They’ve probably got more grass and more pad-
docks available than what they normally would,
which is certainly our case.
“We were probably down about 25 per cent in
cattle numbers through the spring, so it left the op-
portunity to cut a lot more grass.”
A Korumburra hobby farmer had a similar
story, with two paddocks yielding 80 square bales
last year. The family was thrilled to pick up 470
square bales last week in another success story.
Hay bonanza for
Phillip Island farmer Ritchie Davie can’t recall the last time he experienced such a thriv-
ing hay and silage season, producing 1200 bales, up from 470 last year. rg020317
Last September, the South Gippsland
Shire helped fund dairy farmer support
events like the visit by Kevin Sheedy, seen
here helping Grant Williams of Poowong
with the milking.
Council offers farmers
free tickets to shows
THERE were 412 head yarded for Wednes-
day’s fat cattle sale and 56 bulls and 364
cows at Thursday’s cow sale at the Baw Baw
Livestock Exchange, Warragul, January 18
This was 40 up on last week’s fat sale and
prices were a shade cheaper on the previous
sale for most categories.
Heifer and steer numbers still remain low
but good vealers sold well.
This week’s yard average was lower on the
previous sale at 314.3 cents per kilo.
Quotes included; 34 heifers made to 293
cents per kilo, 25 steers made to 328c, 298
vealers made up to 370.2c, which was back
9c, and averaged 335.6 cents per kilo, up 1c.
On Thursday, the bull and cow sale saw
good competition, 56 bulls topped at 278.6
cents per kilo, back 24c, they averaged 238c,
with a lot of dairy bulls which brought the
average back 20c on last week.
And there were 364 cows yarded with the
top selling to 297.2 cents per kilo, which is
back 3c and the average back 3c on last week
at 219.6 cents per kilo, with the yard average
back 7c at 222.9 cents per kilo.
Warragul Market numbers low
6 Char GR & LR Jones Warragul Sth 360 370.2 1332
270 369.2 996
1 Limo X J.P OLeary Ferndale
435 362.2 1494
1 Limo E & R Crowe Narracan
370 360 1332
1 Limo X Koyuga Downs Willow Grove 375 360 1350
1 Limo X C & K White Yannathan
385 355.2 1367
15 Limo I & G Parkin Thorpdale
317 350.6 1110
2 Angus A Battista Moe Sth
445 328.6 1462
2 Angus P & A Black Traralgon
443 323.6 1431
6 Hereford James Bros P/L Buln Buln 560 305.2 1709
1 Angus CJ Butler Ellinban
695 289.6 2012
2 B/Baldy P & A Black Traralgon
438 293.6 1285
Export Heifers And Cows
3 Angus Angus Oasis Ellinbank
447 297.2 1327
1 B/Baldy Kevarl P/L Thorpdale
525 289.2 1518
1 Limo Farm Check P/L Trafalgar
645 284.2 1833
1 Char E & R Crowe Narracan
605 273.6 1655
1 Simm A & H Rhodes Shady Creek 565 250 1412
1 Angus Koyuga Downs Willow Grove 730 246.6 1800
1 Frie V & M Zappulla Neerim
670 245 1641
1 Frie M & L Howlett Glengarry
555 238.6 1324
1 Frie RG Pratt Lardner
765 238 1820
1 Frie K Gallatly Airly
595 237.2 1411
6 Frie RD Miller Athlone
706 232 1637
1 Frie McFox P/L Modella
655 226 1480
1 Cley J Quinlan Drouin West
925 278.6 2577
1 Limo Kevarl P/L Thorpdale
770 264.2 2034
1 Gelvie GK & MA Ferguson Shady Creek
845 260 2197
1 Limo Farm Check P/L Trafalgar
765 260.2 1990
1 Angus Blackwood Grazing Trafalgar 885 254.6 2253
1 Frie GW & WL Duncan Hallora
930 252.2 2345
WE ARE reaching the height of our summer and
heat stress in livestock can become a major issue
both for production levels and animal welfare.
Agriculture Victoria Senior Veterinary Officer
Robert Suter said the ideal temperature range for
cattle is between 5c and 25c, and for adult pigs
just 18c to 20c.
“Highly productive livestock, such as dairy cows,
are the animals most sensitive to heat stress, and
poultry have been known to perish due to heat
stress on very hot days,” Dr Suter said.
“As temperatures rise, livestock need to divert
energy away from their ‘normal’ productive func-
tions, to try to keep themselves cool.
“This is done via heat loss through their skin
surface and respiratory tract. Feed intake is also
reduced and a decrease in milk production may
also be observed. “Additionally, humidity plays a
significant role in heat stress. For any given tem-
perature, the degree of heat stress increases as the
relative humidity increases.”
Heat stressed livestock will seek out shade,
drink more, eat less, stand rather than lay, pant,
produce less milk and be less fertile. Deaths can
occur due to heat stroke on very hot days.
Dr Suter said on hot days, livestock must have
access to shade and good quality, cool drinking
water. “If there is a need to yard and move live-
stock, it should be done in the mornings to avoid
the hottest part of the day.
“High quality feed should be given during the
evening when it is cooler and livestock are likely to
have better feed intakes.
“Your fire plan may need to be enacted on such
days. “Heat stress can have significant negative im-
pacts on production and animal welfare, but by
making some minor management changes and
taking a little extra care of your livestock in hot
weather, the effects of heat stress can be substan-
For further information please contact your lo-
cal veterinarian, or animal health officer, or go to
Managing livestock in heatwave conditions
From Agriculture Victoria
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