Category Archives: Features

Diseases, pests and weeds

I spy with my little eye, something beginning with diseases, pests and weeds. Two of the simplest, cheapest and most effective biosecurity actions you can take are monitoring and keeping a record of the health of your crops and livestock. What’s even better is that with the right planning, stock and crop monitoring can be…
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Dairy farmer’s call of duty

When you milk cows before the sun comes up, the last thing you need is an emergency in the middle of the night. But for Legendairy farmers and Country Fire Authority volunteers, like Evan Bourchier, answering the call for help is just part of living in a rural community. Evan is captain of Strathmerton CFA,…
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Michael helps dairy fly high

Michael Newton may have taken one of the AFL’s legendary marks, but these days he’s kicking goals as a Legendairy farmer. The former Melbourne Demons player is back home on the family dairy farm in north east Victoria, more than a decade after being drafted to the big league. Playing for Melbourne and the South…
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Workshop helps drive flock’s genetic gain

A focus on breeding values and ewe nutrition has helped Central West NSW Merino producers, Chad and Louise Taylor, achieve a 15 per cent lift in lamb numbers while fast-tracking improvements in all key traits of their flock. From fleece weight and staple length, through to fat cover and muscling, the Taylors have seen significant…
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