Conference round-up, major regional appointment and farewell to our EO ... lots of big news in this edition



5 September 2016

Edition 131

In this issue

- Gippy Agchat gets new editor
- Irrigation Expo to run again
- Opportunity to meet Coles buying team
- Dairy protein made without cows
- Agribusiness Gippsland Chair to address Agri-Food Innovation Summit
- Dairy: we're with you

- Scholarships, grants, funding & awards
PLUS: LOTS of jobs!

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Welcome Madeline!

With this issue of GippyAgChat we are delighted to introduce a new editor, Madeline Toner.
Madeline is a respected newsletter editor who collates the Dairy Regional Development Program EChat newsletter and has roles at La Trobe University, including work in curriculum documentation and teacher training in the UniBridges program. She is also an occasional lecturer and demonstrator in the Outreach program.
Madeline is well known to the Agribusiness Gippsland team. For the last eight years she has worked behind the scenes with Sue Webster to collate GippyAgChat. Madeline surfs websites and publications of our sponsors – the greater Gippsland councils, WGCMA and SFS Gippsland - to get the latest news. She checks the websites and newsletters of other important agribusiness organisations, such as GippsDairy, Southern Rural Water, and Dairy Australia. Madeline identifies other agribusiness news and science articles from a range of sources.
Each addition of GippyAgChat takes around 20-30 hours to collate. Because it is a “news” letter a lot of that work is done close to the deadline for release.
GippyAgChat is much loved by our 10 000 readers and feedback is very positive and it is an important communication channel to raise awareness of Gippsland’s $7bn food and fibre sector. The Agribusiness Gippsland Board are committed to continue its preparation, circulation and continuous improvement.
Welcome Madeline and for our many readers we welcome your feedback. Madeline’s contact details are contained at the end of this newsletter.
Paul Ford Chair Agribusiness Gippsland Board

Ideas are flowing for Gippsland irrigation expo

The volunteer committee that organised the highly successful, inaugural Gippsland irrigation expo have reconvened to plan the 2017 event. More than 500 farmer attendees and 40+ national exhibitors are expected to attend the second Gippsland irrigation expo at Sale Showgrounds on March 15, 2017. The event has free admission and a free lunch. Exhibitors can register for stands here and sponsorships are now being sought. More? or 0402 267 802

Dairy: we are on your side

The Dairy Farmer Central website contains information on a number of dairy farmer support programs, including:
  • Dairy Australia's Tactic for Tight Times and Taking Stock programs, which provide specialist one-to-one farm business support.
  • The Rural Financial Counselling Service, which provides free financial counselling to farmers experiencing financial hardship.
  • The Look Over the Farm Gate program, which provides community wellbeing workshops and community events.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training, which provides support on mental health issues

Mental health first aid training
: Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sought for the Mental Health First Aid Australia Course. The course will help those working with farmers to identify the signs that farmers are struggling and to provide appropriate support. Enliven will run one course in the Shire of Cardinia. This training is free and a mental health first aid manual will be given to participants. The course will run on October 4-5 for six hours per day at Kooweerup Regional Health Service. Numbers are limited. EOIs close on September 16. More? Sharron Anderson 0422 459 733 or

Baw Baw Shire Rates and the Dairy Crisis:
Baw Baw residents impacted by the dairy crisis or experiencing financial hardship regarding your rates payment are advised to contact the council to discuss options. More? Baw Baw Council’s Revenue team 5624 2411 or

A Tactics for Tight Times on farm day on September 15 from 11am-2pm at a location to be confirmed in the Macalister Irrigation District will look at finance management, spring feed management and discuss tactics to manage through the challenging year. Come along to hear farmers talking tactics. Please RSVP for more information. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900

The Victorian Government has announced a $1.5m package for South Gippsland to support affected farmers and the community through more counselling services and grants. More? Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources 136 186

The Department of Human Services also provides a Farm Household Assistance Package for eligible farmers. More? Department of Human Services website.

There are a number of other services that individuals can access if they are unsure of who to go to including:

The Leongatha Rural Financial Counselling Service provides financial counselling to farmers experiencing hardship. More? Anne Gilligan 5662 2566 or or Marshall Scott  0407 898 735

ABS Australia is offering dairy farmers a deferred payment plan on their purchases to help ensure herd improvement programs are not put at risk while milk prices are low. More? ABS Australia website (

Gippslanders have started a Facebook hay donation drive. Yarram-based organiser David Tilley said transport and loading/unloading assistance was also sought as the donated fodder would be delivered across the state. Donations are being accepted on 0409 334 397.

Names in the news

Andrew Mandemaker has joined APAL in the role of Quality Project Manager.
ANDJeanette Severs received two highly-commended awards in the Rural Press club of Victoria awards
ALSOTim Lee from ABC Landline scored a commendation in the Rural Press club of Victoria awards
MEANWHILE… The Russo family of Summer Snow juices at Officer, were named a finalist in the Australian Food and Beverage Awards
WHILEDavid Morcom has been re-appointed as Wellington Shire Council’s Chief Executive Officer

Congratulations to…

Gippsland Strawberries winner of the Food and Wine Production Category in the Gippsland Business Awards.
And…Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, Rhyll, winners of the 2016 Bass Coast People’s Choice Tourism/Attraction Award, and the Environment and Sustainability Award, and to Wattlebank Park Farm, Wattlebank, runner up in the Environment and Sustainability Award.

Meet the Coles buying team

Coles Supermarkets, Food Innovation Australia Ltd and City of Dandenong are holding an industry briefing on the Coles Brand Vision on Wednesday October 5 from 8.30am-3pm at the Drum Theatre, Corner Lonsdale and Walker Sts, Dandenong. Participants will be able to network with Coles Brand General Manager, Michael Lovsin and Coles brand team.
To attend the briefing only, please register your interest by clicking here.
Food and agribusinesses an opportunity to secure a meeting with a Coles Brand buyer. Register here. If selected, you will be notified by email of your appointment time before the event. Please note that if you wish to register for an appointment, you must first register for the briefing session. More? Helen Beekmans  8571 5373 or or click here

Electronic ID tags come without big prices

From January 1, 2017 sheep and goats born in Victoria will require an electronic identification tag, linked to the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), before being dispatched to a saleyard, abattoir or another property. There will be a phased implementation for electronic identification starting with consultation across the sheep and goat industries. The Victorian Government has made a commitment to keep the costs for farmers neutral for the first year of this change.
Agriculture Victoria will run information sessions on the new system. Consultation will also occur on a transition package that includes funding support. To read the draft electronic NLIS sheep and goat standards and find out more on this change, visit
The Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock Group is determined to negotiate the best outcome for livestock producers following the State Government’s decision to introduce mandatory electronic identification (eID) tags in sheep and goats born. More? Click here

Potato imports threat to local industry

A significant rise in potato imports into Australia is forecast for 2016, sparking concern about the profitability and competitiveness of the Australian potato industry in the coming months. New data from Global Trade Atlas has revealed potato imports into Australia have increased by 23% in comparison to the same time last year for a range of potato products, including frozen and non-frozen prepared potatoes. Australian potato exports have also experienced a 6% decline in comparison to the first quarter of 2015, which equates to approximately $290,000 in lost sales. More?

Have you say on climate change plan

Feedback is invited on Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan Directions Paper. This public consultation is open for four weeks and the survey will close 5pm, Friday September. 23. The public consultation is live online at http://haveyoursay.delwp.vic.

Start the discussion at agribusiness summit

The Australia China Entrepreneurs Dialogue is hosting the Australia Agri-Food Innovation Summit 2016 from September 13-15 at the Pullman and Mercure Melbourne, Albert Park. The summit aims to share Australian cutting edge technology and creative business ideas with Chinese and Australians, creating partnership and bridging gaps between the groups. Keynote speakers include:
  • Paul Ford, Chair of Agribusiness Gippsland
  • Dr Mathew Cook, CSIRO Agriculture and Food
  • Dr Dave Henry, CSIRO Agriculture and Food
  • German Spangenberg, Executive Director of AgriBio
  • Timothy Burrow, CEO of Agribusiness Australia,…and more
Registration for the Summit and gala dinner is $400 for members of Agribusiness Gippsland (promotion code AFFIS37582); $590 for general admission. The gala dinner only is $290 for general admission. Click here for a program. Click here for a sponsorship proposal. More? 9631 8100 or

Council meeting to focus on rural land use review

Baw Baw Shire is holding a special council meeting on Tuesday September 6 to hear submissions are part of the Rural Land Use Review. The meeting agenda papers are now available at: More? Baw Baw Shire Council 5624 2411 or

Looking back in order to look forward

The East Gippsland Food Cluster Inc is hosting a business breakfast on Tuesday September 13 from 7-9am at Lindenow Hall, Main Rd, Lindenow. Speaker Chris Egan will reflect on the turbulent history behind East Gippsland’s vegetable processing industry, and the current ‘Vegco’ site prior to 1996. EGFC Members: $45; Non-EGFC Members: $50. Book at: A breakfast featuring East Gippsland produce will be served by the ‘Long Paddock’ More? Nicola Watts 0408 351 475 or

Casey food and wine producers wanted

Casey Council is seeking expressions of interest for stallholders to showcase their wares at the first ever Casey Food and Wine Festival. The event will be held at the Old Cheese Factory in Berwick on Saturday November 5 and organisers are expecting between 3000-5000 people. The event will receive substantial marketing and reach all homes in the municipality. EOI are expected before September 9. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Find out more and submit an EOI

Do you have an idea for a Landcare project?

Expressions of Interest for individuals, landholders and groups in the West Gippsland region are now open. Projects can revegetate land, fence off waterways, conduct land trials, protect remnant vegetation and more. Submit EOIs at: The due date for submissions is September 30. More? Kathleen Brack 5613 5966 or

Climate change adaption project is winding up

The Climate Resilience Project will end on November 7. Agribusiness Gippsland supported the original application for the project, so we are pleased to see the project is highly productive with a number of events approaching (mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter). Federation University has been engaged to evaluate the project and are seeking respondents to a survey. Take the survey at:
The project will close with an event on October 25 with a dinner and short videos showcasing case studies run through the project. More? Jill Vella 5662 9200 or

Spring growth can lead to bloat

Agriculture Victoria is reminding farmers that with the expected flush of growth predicted this spring, livestock should be checked for signs of bloat. The first sign of bloat is a tight, distended abdomen, mainly on the left side or bloated animals may be found dead in the paddock. More? Agriculture Victoria 136 186 or your local vet

Project aims to secure water supplies

South Gippsland Water is undertaking a major infrastructure project that will help secure water supplies for over 60% of its customers for the next 50 years. The Lance Creek Water Connection project will connect the townships of Korumburra,Poowong, Loch and Nyora with the Lance Creek reservoir and water supply system. The pipeline traverses a number of privately-owned farming properties and involves the construction of a 20km pipeline from Lance Creek to Korumburra, a 9km pipeline from Korumburra to Poowong, two water transfer pumping stations and two treatment dosing facilities, as well as mains power and SCADA control upgrades. The project has an estimated cost of $43million. Construction will begin in 2017 and be completed by 2019. More? Click here

Do you manage pests or weeds?

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is conducting a survey on pest animal and weed management. Owners / managers of agricultural properties are asked to complete a short survey before September 30 at

Share your local flooding knowledge

Local information is sought to feed into the West Gippsland Regional Floodplain Management Strategy. West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority’s (WGCMA) Strategy will help the community, government and emergency services better prepare for future flood events. More? Click here

Global dairy price rises

The Global Dairy Trade (GDT) Event 170 concluded with the GDT Price Index up 12.7%. Key results include:
  • AMF index up 8.4%, average price US$4,148/MT
  • Butter index up 14.1%, average price US$3,274/MT
  • BMP index up 18.1%, average price US$1,983/MT
  • SMP index up 3.0%, average price US$2,028/MT
  • WMP index up 18.9%, average price US$2,695/MT
Full results at

Milk proteins made without cows!

In a blow to dairy farmers, scientists have made a milk alternative from yeast-produced milk proteins and a mix of plant-based fats and sugars (so no lactose or cholesterol) and with many of the vitamins and minerals found in cow’s milk. More? Click here

Farm biosecurity is in place!

Designed for primary producers and organisations with a biosecurity responsibility, a practical and informative series of workshops and lectures at will be held at Farm Biosecurity 2016 on Tuesday November 8 from 9am-4:30pm at the newly established Biosecurity Centre of Excellence, Box Hill Institute, Lilydale Lakeside Campus. Workshops include:
  • Implementing a Farm Biosecurity Plan – Dr Jessica Lye, AUSVEG.
  • Phylloxera under the Microscope – Dr Kevin Powell, DEDJTR.
  • Apiary Inspection – Jessica Hartland, DEDJTR.
Keynote Speakers:
  • Dr Simone Warner Research Director Microbial Sciences, Pests and Diseases, Biosciences Research Division
  • Dr Andrea Magiafoglou – 360 AgSolutions on behalf of Cherry Growers Australia
  • Dr Cathy Robinson - Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO
  • Dr Brendan Rodoni - Principal Research Scientist, Microbiology, Biosciences Research Division
Full fee-$200, primary producer-$100, full time student-$50. Book here. More? Mick Blake 8892 2530 or or click here

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Any time is a good time for and irrigation plan!

The Macalister Irrigation District (MID) irrigation incentive application process now allows farmers to apply for an irrigation farm plan at any time of the year. The new approach aims to reduce the time pressures on farmers, farm planners and irrigation support staff. Rebates are available for both new and updated plans and cover 75% of the cost. Farmers may also be eligible for MID incentive rebates to implement on-ground works such as reuse systems, spray irrigation conversion and best practice surface irrigation upgrades. More? Click here

Sale auctions go online!

A first for the new Sale saleyards - online interfaced auctions. Expect to see much more of this technology in Gippsland.…/unjoined-heifers-steer-domina…/

Latrobe seek clarification on national park

Latrobe City Council will seek clarification about the Statement of Intent in connection with the establishment of a new national park in Central Victoria. The Statement was delivered by a ministerially-appointed taskforce. The proposed Great Forest National Park in the Central Highlands is located in an area accessed by Latrobe Valley and Gippsland timber businesses. More? Latrobe City Council 1300 367 700 or

I drive a ute!

The next Southern Farming Systems (SFS) Gippsland ute drive will be held on Wednesday September 28 in the Toongabbie, Winnindoo/Rosedale area and concludes with a BBQ. More? Janice Dowe 0488 600 209

APAL calls on Government to scrap backpacker tax

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) has responded to grower concerns by asking the Federal Government to scrap the proposed 'backpacker' tax. More? Click here

Don’t sit-out your sustainability commitments

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is seeking suitably qualified and experienced people to register expression of interests for the position of Chair of the Sustainability Fund Committee. Applications close September 5. More? or

Advice sought on future port capacity

Infrastructure Victoria is inviting comment on the future capacity of Victoria’s container ports to provide the Special Minister of State with advice on the need, timing and location of a second container port in Victoria. A discussion paper is available. Consultation runs until Thursday September 29. More?

Merry men and women celebrate 30th anniversary

The Merriman Creek Landcare Group, formally known as the Stradbroke-Woodside Farm Trees group, is holding a celebration of 30 years of Landcare in the Stradbroke, Seaspray, Giffard and Woodside areas. Former and present members are invited to commemorate 30 years of Landcare projects and activities across the district at a community celebration on Saturday, September 10 from 7-11pm. More? Melissa Ainsworth 0437 640 634 or

Seed your research

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) invites researchers who require seed of current commercial wheat and barley varieties to register their interest in receiving limited quantities of seed.
Apply at: Wheat click here; Barley click here

Eat, meet, mingle and build connections

The Prom Country Food Industry 'Meet and Greet’ on Tuesday September 6 from 3-6pm at the Dakers Centre, cnr Watt and Smith Sts, Leongatha provides the opportunity to network with other food-based businesses; and for producers and manufacturers to showcase their wares. The free meet and greet is open to all people in the South Gippsland food industry (producers, manufacturers, cafes, restaurants, takeaways, hotels, etc.). Please register here or 0435 261 281

Get on course with learning

The NCDE are running a number of courses in the coming months including: 
  • Farm Chemical Users Course covering safe handling and use of agricultural chemicals. Successful participants gain their farm chemical users certificate (valid for five years) in:
    • Warragul on September 9, 16
    • Yarram on October 7, 14
Enrollment essential. More? Robin Bell 0427 574 229 or Tony Seymour 0429 000 301

Poo power brings power wins!

East Gippsland Water’s Bairnsdale Wastewater Treatment Plant is close to generating most of its power needs in a new facility that uses methane produced from sewage sludge and local food waste. This reduces operational costs at the plant and decreases East Gippsland Water’s carbon emissions. The new facility is producing up to 40 kilowatts of electricity to help power the treatment plant, with any excess energy being fed into the electricity grid. This pilot facility is part of a joint project involving the East Gippsland Food Cluster, Federation University, East Gippsland Shire Council and East Gippsland Water that explores recycling organic waste instead of sending it to landfill. More? Click here

Jono is back!

The final blog instalment from Jono Craven’s Churchill Fellowship adventure is now available at ccc/canada_usa_part_2 and on Jono’s You tube channel- jono craven. More? Jono Craven 0427 215 536 or

ABBA wants you!

Sustainability Victoria is inviting all biomass producers to respond to the Australia-wide biomass for bioenergy assessment (ABBA) survey by completing a 10 minute questionnaire. The survey seeks data from operations that produce:
  • Agricultural and forestry residues
  • Animal slurries and waste
  • Food manufacturing waste
  • Food retail waste (post-consumer)
  • Forestry and sawmill residues
  • Paper and cardboard waste
  • Waste-water biosolids
  • Other organic manufacturing waste
ABBA aims to identify biomass waste streams at the source which are available for recovery into value-add products. It aims to assist organisations convert biomass residues from a cost-to-business into a feedstock with beneficial outcomes. More? Kelly Wickham 8626 8820 or

Make insects work for you

Learn how native vegetation insectariums can increase populations of beneficial insects to improve on-farm integrated pest management (PM).strategy. Sessions will run from 8:45am-3:30pm on:
  • Tuesday September 13 at Main Ridge Community Hall, 441 Main Creek Rd, Main Ridge. Book here
  • Wednesday September 14 at Cockatoo Neighbourhood House, 23 Bailey Rd, Cockatoo. Book here
  • Thursday September 15 at the Jack McKenzie Community Centre, Green St, Bulla. Book here
More? Karen Thomas 0427 480 170 or

Damn! I should have checked the walls!

Agriculture Victoria is reminding landholders to check farm dam walls for cracks and other issues after recent heavy rain has increased the risk of “failure” from leaks and bank collapses. More?

Exposing the potential of women in agriculture

VFF Rural Women Uncovered on September 8-9 at the Ramada Resort, Phillip Island will provide the opportunity to hear from inspirational women who are making an impact in agriculture, gain some business knowledge, tackle important health issues and network with rural women. Book here. More? VFF 1300 882 833 or or visit

The French are coming to Maffra Show!

The Maffra Show will be held on Saturday October 22 at the Maffra Recreation Reserve, McLean St, Maffra. This year the theme is “The French Are Coming!” Horse events commence Friday October 21. There is a food and wine court and all traditional stalls and activities. The cost is $30 per family (including children under 18), single $15. More? Jen McDavitt 5147 2444 or visit

FREE mulch offer for Gippsland landowners

Get a free* 30m3 load of locally-made mulch. No-obligation to buy. Ideal for calf bedding, laneways, vegie/tree mulching. Made in Dandenong from recycled new-home timber offcuts, non-toxic FARMULCH is already popular with local dairy farmers. They find it filters better than sawdust and seems to reduce lameness and mastitis. And at $8m3, it’s much cheaper than sawdust. Dairy farmer, Clyde Jones of Gembrook, said: “FARMULCH makes for a softer, cleaner walk to the milking bails, significantly reducing lameness and mastitis in my cows.”  PLUS: It’s a cost-effective mulch and soil conditioner for vineyards, vegetables and soft/pome fruits. More? Book delivery your free 30m3 trial load – first five callers each week (One load per customer) Ph Andrew 0416 246 256. (*Within 30km of Dandenong or $5/km thereafter). Or DIY collect for free from Dandenong.) Agribusiness Gippsland is proud to bring this offer to its readers through Gippyagchat.

Could worms work for you?

A new three-year project commissioned by Horticulture Innovation Australia, Optimising the benefits of vermiculture in commercial-scale vegetable growing, will identify practical and cost-effective ways vegetable growers can use earthworms and vermiculture products in their growing systems. The project is seeking vegetable growers interested in using earthworms and worm (vermiculture) products to boost soil health and productivity. More? Bill Grant 0407 882 070 or

A win-win offer to students and hort businesses

Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) is seeking businesses to join a program that links businesses with final-year university students from engineering to commerce, marketing and agriculture. Students will undertake an internship with the business, working on a horticulture-focussed project. After the completion of the project and the student’s degree, host businesses have the opportunity to employ the graduate with funding support from Hort Innovation. The recruitment process is managed by Rimfire Resources. More? Mick Hay on 0418 804 600 or click here

Agriculture sector insights go regional

The ABARES Traralgon Regional Outlook conference will be held from 8.30am-4pm on October 5 at the Traralgon Vineyard, 140 Burnets Rd, Traralgon and features leading industry speakers and access ABARES forecasts and industry analysis. The conference themes are: Investing in rural industries - growing our future; Where to now for the dairy industry?; and Operating in a changing environment with speakers from ABARES, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, United Dairy Farmers of Victoria, Fonterra, Rabobank, Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Millring Pastoral and Germano Produce. Registrations are now open. There is no registration fee so download the program and register online. More? Click here

What matters in local roads?

Mornington Peninsula Shire is seeking community feedback to ensure local roads continue to meet their required function and satisfy community’s expectations. The Shire’s Road Improvement Program will identify the highest needs for improvements across the road network and rank under three key areas: road safety; transport; and road condition. Feedback closes September 19. More?

Get the good bulls!

With the August release of Australian Breeding Values (ABVs), the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS) is reminding farmers to look for deals that include bulls carrying the Good Bulls logo. High genetic merit bulls do not always cost more but daughters of these bulls will generate more profit on farm.
ADHIS analysis found there was little relationship between a bull’s BPI and the price of semen. The best semen prices are often offered through package deals and a variety of packages have been tailored to this season’s milk prices.
The Good Bulls App can be used to easily look up the details of individual bulls. More? Michelle Axford 8621-4240 or

AUSVEG throws weight behind Hort Code reform

AUSVEG has supported calls for reform to the Horticulture Code of Conduct by publically calling on the Australian Government to implement all reforms from the independent review of the Code by Mark Napper and Alan Wein. The review of the Code, which regulates sales of fresh fruit and vegetables between growers and traders, released its final report earlier in 2016, including 13 recommendations for targeted reforms. More? Click here

Shark ‘trophy’ hunters land in hot water

Two men who removed the jaws of a dead Great white shark have found themselves in trouble with the law. The men found the shark on the 90 mile beach east of Seaspray and removed the jaws as a ‘trophy’. Great white sharks are fully protected, even when dead, no matter how they have died. The men were given a diversionary order in the Sale Magistrates Court but it still cost them over $300 each. There are heavy penalties for taking, possessing any part of a great white shark. Anyone who sees or suspects illegal fishing activity is urged to call the 24 hour reporting line 13 3474

Start planting and get pruning

Latrobe City Council is launching its inaugural garden competition to find the best gardens in the municipality. All Latrobe City residents, schools, community groups and businesses can enter except private residents who have had their garden developed and maintained by a professional gardener.
There are 11 categories and it’s free to enter. All entries will be judged by a panel of three judges, including a horticulture professional and one community representative. Entries close Friday, October 14. Judging will be held between Monday 17 October and Friday, 4 November and winners will be announced in late November.  More? or

Learn from the scholars at Nuffield

The Nuffield Australia National Conference will be held in Adelaide from September 14-16 and includes presentations from more than 25 Nuffield Scholars presenting the findings of their research projects. The conference also features a range of expert keynote speakers from major agricultural researchers and service providers, including CSIRO, Rabobank, Deere and Co, and Bayer CropScience Australia and New Zealand. More? click here

Make the most of the China FTA

The Australia China Business Council hosting a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) session from 8:45am-2p:30pm on Tuesday September 13 at the West Gippsland Arts Centre, 2 Albert St, Warragul to provide Australian businesses with the expertise and practical knowledge to maximise opportunities under the landmark Free Trade Agreement. The cost is $95. Register here. More? James Scullin

Get in early for quad bike safety rebate

Farmers can claim up to $1200 in rebates on quad bike operator protection devices (OPDs), side-by-side (SSV) and other alternate vehicles as part of the $6 million Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme. The Scheme is being administered by the VFF and will be available for purchases made on and after September 1, with farmers able to lodge applications to claim the rebate from October 1. Rebates of up to $600 can be claimed on the two eligible OPDs: the Quadbar™ and the ATV Lifeguard, as well as a $1200 rebate on alternate vehicles. More?

Doveton shows its stuff!

The Doveton Show from 10am-4pm on Sunday September 18 at Myuna Farm, 182 Kidds Rd, Doveton, features interactive craft stalls, a kids area, food stalls, entertainment and lots more. Entry by gold coin donation. More? Doveton Show Committee

Registrations open for Landcare conference

Registrations are now open for the 2016 National Landcare Conference and Awards, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 21-23. The conference program focuses on Collaborative Communities – Landcare in Action, with keynote speeches being delivered by Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, and Don Bourke, Presenter and Executive Producer of Australia’s beloved Burke’s Backyard. More?

Are you a young grower on a mission?

Expressions of interest are sought for the 2016 Young Grower Industry Leadership and Development Mission to Chile, Argentina and Brazil from September 11-25. More? Visit

Group celebrates local food

A members meeting of the Southern Gippsland Local Food Network will be held on the September 7 at 6-10 Smith St, Leongatha. Please RSVP. More? Skye Radcliffe-Scott 5662 9380 or click here

Soak up the latest information on drenching

Vet Steph Bullen, with a PhD on parasites of dairy cattle in Gippsland, will lead the Young Dairy Network discussion At the Warragul Country Club on Wednesday September 7 from 6:30pm meal and 7pm start. on:
  • An ‘ideal’ annual drenching program/calendar
  • What stock should be drenched and when (milkers, dry cows, yearlings, calves)
  • Faecal egg count
  • Drench resistance
  • Testing for the effectiveness of the drenching program
  • Best types of drenches - white/clear etc.
  • Changing drench types.
The night includes a subsidised two course meal and a soft drink for $17.50. Please RSVP. More? Irene Baker 0428 889 337 or

Shoppers take a fresh approach to vegetables

New research shows that consumers’ fresh vegetable purchasing patterns are shifting dramatically away from a shopping routine towards on-the-spot decisions. The findings from Project Harvest, commissioned by Horticulture Innovation Australia, show that the proportion of Australians who purchase the same fresh vegetables every shopping trip has nearly halved – down from 59% to 30%.
This coincides with a huge increase in the number of consumers who make purchasing decisions spontaneously, based on what’s in-store and available (leaping from 7% to 29%), or who purchase fresh vegetables with specific planned recipes in mind (jumping from 8% to 22%). More? Click here

Dairy farmer works towards sustainability

The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) continues its series on farmers working towards sustainability with an item on Damian Moore who runs a 1500 acre dairy and beef enterprise near Yarram in Gippsland. More? Click here

Is your horse getting a balanced meal?

South Gippsland Equine Landcare group is discussing balanced equine nutrition with Carol Layton on Saturday October 22 from 9am-5pm at15 Lowrys Rd, Fish Creek. The cost is $40 for members. RSVP by September 2 via To download a membership form for the South Gippsland Equine Landcare group visit More?

Take a swing at SGLN’s AGM

South Gippsland Landcare Network’s annual dinner and AGM, on Saturday October 8 from 6.30-9.30pm at Woorayl Golf Club, Leongatha Recreation Reserve, features special guest Brian Nankervis Booking details will be provided next month. The cost is $35 per head and includes dinner and dessert by Muma Van. More? Kate McKenzie 5662 5759 or

Biomass producers asked to take survey

Sustainability Victoria is inviting all biomass producers to respond to the ABBA survey by completing a 10 minute questionnaire. The survey seeks data from operations that produce:
  • Agricultural and forestry residues
  • Animal slurries and waste
  • Food manufacturing waste
  • Food retail waste (post-consumer)
  • Forestry and sawmill residues
  • Paper and cardboard waste
  • Waste-water biosolids
  • Other organic manufacturing waste.
Any data provided by respondents which is noted as being confidential or commercially sensitive will be aggregated in such a way that individual respondent’s results are not disclosed. More? Luke Wilkinson 0427 850 478 or click here

Help save the bees

Landcare has launched a donation campaign to establish specially equipped tracker hives. Visit And if you're an apiarist seeking new bushland for your bees, or you're a landholder will to host hives, visit our hugely popular Wannabee Facebook page

ABS delivers the pick of genomic sires - again

ABS Australia has once again demonstrated it is the leading provider of advanced bovine genetics in Australia with seven of the top 10 available Holstein genomic bulls, and 26 of the top 50, in the August Balanced Performance Index (gBPI). More?

Keep the pugs with the dog breeders

After the wet winter, many dairy farms are noticing at least part of their farm is pugged. Agriculture Victoria has  a range of resources to assist with management of wet soils. More?

Prepare to expand globally and export

A export workshop on Thursday, September 8 from 6pm-7.30pm at the Dandenong Civic Centre, Level 2, 225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong is relevant to any business and will cover the basic principles of exporting and to identify the most suitable regions of export opportunity. The workshop will help participants to compile a simple plan to enter these markets and identify potential government and private resources that may assist. More? click here

Missed the seminar? Watch the video!

The 2016 Global Innovations in Horticulture Seminar brought together expert speakers from around the world to address Australian vegetable growers and industry members at the event. All presentations from the Seminar are now available to view on the AUSVEG YouTube channel

Think you’ve got a Landcare tale to tell?

Landcare is seeking submissions of stories on successes and learnings for the quarterly publication Landcare in Focus.
  • The November issue on Grazing management for improved productivity and profitability, soil resource management and variable rainfall response has a deadline of October 20.
Article submissions must be between 150-600 words saved as a Microsoft Word document or a PDF; have at least one and no more than two or three high resolution images that clearly illustrate the accompanying article. Full captions for each attached image and permission to publish from any people in photos are required. More?

Book in for breakfast

Dates for the 2016 Business Breakfast Series have been confirmed as:
  • Wednesday September 28 at the Cranbourne Racing Centre, Grant St, Cranbourne with food educator Stephanie Alexander
  • Wednesday November 23 at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham with futurist Chris Riddell.
All breakfasts run from 6.45-9am. Cost: $60pp or $700 to sponsor a table. Book online through trybooking. The Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast series is presented by Casey Cardinia Region, Monash University and the Melbourne Football Club. More? Raylene Wilson 9705 5200 or

Plant upgrades to improve water quality

Construction is underway on a major upgrade to South East Water’s Lang Lang Treatment Plant, which will see the former lagoon-based treatment plant deliver Class A recycled water to local farms and industry. The $20m project places the Lang Lang facility at the centre of a regional scheme for Koo Wee Rup, Lang Lang, and the towns of Loch, Nyora and Poowong, and will initially produce up to 800,000 litres (0.8ML) of Class A recycled water per day for use in quarrying, farming and market gardens. Construction will be completed by the end of December 2016. More? Click here

Landcarers to head to the Fish Creek Hotel

The Fish Creek Landcare group AGM will be held on Wednesday September 7 from 7.30pm at the Fish Creek Hotel. More? Merran Wilde

Do you need help with your training budget?

The Industry Skills Fund is an Australian Government initiative that provides grants to up skill/reskill workforces. Eligible businesses with identified growth opportunities or seeking to diversify can receive free independent skills advice, streamlined access to training grants and support services through financial co-contribution. Onsite help is available through the Gippsland area representative. More? Mariah 0438 497 836

Product swaps on one well-viewed map

More than 4000 people have viewed the Google-map-based listing of produce swaps across Gippsland prepared for Agribusiness Gippsland by Dr Graham Moore from the University of Melbourne. You can view and edit the map at:

Forthcoming markets 

Market When Where More?
Bairnsdale Boot Market 3rd Saturday Great Alpine Rd, Bairnsdale  
Bittern Sunday market Every Sunday Bittern Railway Station, Frankston-Flinders Rd, Bittern 0409 417 463
Bruthen Village Market 4th Saturday Mechanics Hall, Bruthen  
Churchill Island Farmers Market 4th Saturday Churchill Island Visitor Centre, Phillip Island 5664 0096
Coal Creek Farmers Market 2nd Saturday Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, Korumburra 0459 629 000
Drouin Craft and Produce Market 3rd Saturday Drouin Civic Park 5625 3360
East Gippsland Farmers Market 1st Saturday Bairnsdale Secondary College Oval, Bairnsdale  
Emerald Community Craft and Produce Market 3rd Sunday Emerald Community House 0419 345 750
Gembrook Market 4th Sunday Puffing Billy Railway Station 0437 664 121
Gippsland Heritage Park Market 3rd Saturday Gippsland Heritage Park, Moe 5127 3082
Heyfield community market 1st Saturday Dr John Graves Memorial 5148 2780
Inverloch Farmers Market 3rd Sunday The Glade. Inverloch 5664 0096
Jindivick Market 1st Saturday Jindivick Harvest Kitchen, 1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick 5628 5227
Jumbunna Bush Market 1st Sunday The Main Hall, Jumbunna 5657 3253
Kongwak Market Sundays Kongwak General Store 0417 142 478
Koowee Community Market 2nd Sunday Cochrane Park, Rossiter Rd, Koo Wee Rup 0418 289 847
Lakes Entrance Surf Club Foreshore Market 1st Sunday The Esplanade, Lakes Entrance 0407 098 805
Lardner Park Market November 22 Lardner Park, Warragul 5976 3266 
Loch Market 2nd Sunday (Oct-April) Loch Village Railway Station, Loch 0418 500 520
Longwarry Fire Brigade Market 1st Sunday Bennett St, Longwarry 0419 158 946
Lucknow Market 4th Sunday Howitt Park, Bairnsdale 5152 4662
Maffra Variety and Farmers market 1st Sunday Johnson St, Maffra 0408 057 772
Mallacoota Artisans and Produce Market 1st Saturday Mudbrick Building, Develling Drive, Mallacoota 0422 988 890
Metung Farmers Market 2nd Saturday Village Green, Metung  
Mirboo North Community Market last Saturday of month Baromi Park in Ridgway (Strez Highway) Mirboo North 5668 2465
Mornington Racecourse Market 2nd Sunday Mornington Racecourse  
Paynesville Market 2nd Sunday Gilsenan Reserve, Paynesville  
Prom Country Farmers Market 3rd Saturday Main St. Foster 0407 543 371
Red Hill Community Market  1st Saturday Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill  
Rokeby Market 2nd Saturday Rokeby Reserve, Main Rd, Rokeby 5626 8523
Sale 3rd Saturday Sale Showgrounds  
South Gippsland Farmers Market 1st Saturday Koonwarra Memorial Park 0408 619 182
Stratford Variety and Farmers Market  4th Sunday Apex Park, Stratford 0408 057 772
Surf Club Market 1st Sunday Foreshore Rotunda, Lakes Entrance  
Toora market 2nd Sunday Jetty Rd, Toora 5688 1237
Traralgon Farmers Market 4th Saturday Kay St Gardens – Kay St, Traralgon 0409 232 715
Warragul farmer’s Market 3rd Saturday Civic Park, Warragul 0435 757 047
Yarragon community craft and produce market 4th Saturday Yarragon Public Hal 5634 2209

Cemetery Trust seeks fresh blood

A number of Cemetery Trusts are seeking expressions of interest from members of the community who would like to serve on the trusts. Appointment to the Trusts is honorary and will be for a term of up to five years. Previous cemetery trust members may apply for reappointment as part of a competitive selection process.
  • Corinella Cemetery Trust Acting Secretary 0438 358 558
  • Paynesville Cemetery Trust Secretary 0417 241 562 or

Want to pack your food?

A packaging performance for food product seminar will be held on Thursday September 8 from 9.30am-3.45pm in the CSIRO Rivett Central Upper Meeting Room, 1st floor Rivett Building, Normanby Rd, Clayton. The seminar, run by the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) and CSIRO's Food Innovation Centre, will provide information and discuss considerations for packaging a range of products. Click here to view program outline and here to book your attendance. More? Bronwyn Graham 0438 017 197

Ellinbank plans a year of seminars

Ellinbank seminars provide a free forum to discuss current research and extension activities. The seminars are held at the Dairy Centre of Excellence, 1301 Hazeldean Rd, Ellinbank, between 12:30-1:30 pm. Please bring lunch. The seminars will be held on:
  • September 14 with Sarah Killury, Dairy and Irrigation Team Leader, South East, Agriculture Services and Biosecurity Operations, Maffra on sustainable irrigation in the MID
  • October 19 with Natalie Nelson, Specialist, Farm Business Economics - Dairy, Leongatha on Dairy Farm Monitor results 2015-16
  • November 16 – TBC
More? Sharon Aarons 5624 2339 or

Make your home healthy and sustainable

The Kooweerup Regional Health Service is running a program to help people make their homes healthy and sustainable places to live. The program will run at Hewitt Eco House, 235 Rossiter Rd, Koo Wee Rup with main presenter David Rasmus “Building Biologist” at Black Diamond Sustainability on:
  • Saturday September 17 on solar electricity and battery storage with guest speakers Ian Southall, EcoHub Gippsland and John Ballis, Gridedge
  • Saturday October 22 on water and waste with guest speaker Tammy Logan, Unwrapped and a representative from Cardinia Shire Council
  • Saturday November 19 on garden sustainability with guest speaker Ella Boyen, Chooktopia
Bookings are essential. Donations accepted for the Koo Wee Rup Men’s Shed Bandicoot Habitat Protection Program. More? Brian Harlow 5997 9687

Make Facebook work for you

A free workshop series for community groups and volunteers will provide an introduction to Facebook and Instagram. Sessions will be held from 5-7:30pm:
  • September 27 in Leongatha
  • October 25 in Foster
  • November 29 in Leongatha
Light refreshments available. RSVP essential. More? Sophie Dixon 5662 9202 or

Country women gather in Pakenham

Country Women's Association Pakenham Branch comes together in friendship and fellowship on the first Wednesday of every month for interesting speakers, fundraising events to raise money to improve conditions for women and children. The next meeting is Wednesday, September 7 from 9:30am- 2:30pm at Guide Hall, 31 Henry St, Pakenham. More? Heather Kleesh 5940 4481 or

Small business mentoring sessions are back!

Small business mentoring sessions offer 45 minutes sessions with a mentor who can provide general business advice and assist in initial steps to overcome an issue or information gap in your business. The free sessions are supported by local councils. Sessions are available at:
  • Mornington Shire Offices 2 Queen St, Mornington on: September 6, 20; October 4, 18.
  • Bass Coast Shire Council Civic Centre, 76 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi on October 11
  • Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Ave, Cowes on September 13, November 8
To book a mentoring session please visit the Small Business Mentoring Service or contact your relevant local council.

Are you making a difference in fire awareness?

The Fire Awareness Awards celebrate Victorian’s who are making a difference in their community by developing and implementing innovative fire preparedness, prevention, education and recovery projects. Applications close September15. Apply here
Additionally, there are three Special Incentive Grants of $2000 to assist individuals, community groups, schools, volunteers or not-for-profit organisations to undertake a new or existing fire projects. More?

Funding to support jobs and infrastructure

The Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund will provide $200 million to strengthen the performance and resilience of the agriculture sector under two funding streams: Infrastructure and Program. Both will look at ways to improve farm productivity, maintain market access and grow exports and jobs through investing in projects and activities typically beyond the farm-gate. More? DEDJTR 136 186

Nominations open for the Rural Women's Award

The Rural Women's Award identifies and supports emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities. A $10,000 bursary is awarded to each state and territory winner and provides the resources to bring to life a project or initiative that will benefit rural industries and communities. Applications close on October 30. More? Visit the RIRDC web site

Heywire competition launched

ABC Heywire is calling on people aged 16-22 to share a story about life in regional Australia. Heywire winners have their voice heard on the ABC and win a trip to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra. Entries close September 16. More? Visit

Project grants offered to young people

Grant applications are now open for the 2017 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The awards are open to people from 18-3 and off a grant of up to $22,000 to fund a project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. Applications close Friday October 14. More?

Nominate an outstanding woman

If you know a standout woman who deserves recognition for her contribution, leadership and achievements, please nominate her for the 2017 Victorian Honour Roll of Women. Nominations are open to all women in Victoria. Nominations close at 5pm on Friday October 7. More? Click here

John Ralph Essay Competition open for 2016

The Australian Farm Institute established the John Ralph Essay Competition to stimulate discussion and debate on topics relevant to the agriculture sector, and to encourage students and the wider community to engage in issues strategically important to the future of the sector. The topic for 2016 is ‘Farm environmental stewardship programs are just subsidies in disguise and should not be adopted in Australia’. Entrants are asked to clearly explain whether they support or oppose the above statement. Entries are open to students in the novice category for persons under 25 years of age. Entries close September 5. More? Click here

Looking for a grant?

The free government Grant Finder helps find grants and assistance programmes that are relevant to your own business. More?

New funding to support projects for women

The  Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship programme aims to encourage more women to take part in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and careers. Funding will support outreach projects that target girls and women to:
  • foster interest in entrepreneurship
  • develop  innovation and entrepreneurial skills
  • build  professional networks.
First round applications close at 5pm October 6. More? 13 28 46 or click here

Move your business into the future

The Future Industries Manufacturing Program is a Victorian Government initiative offering grants of up to $500,000. Victorian businesses implementing new manufacturing technologies and processes that generate new jobs and provide a critical foundation for growth are eligible for the funding. There's a 3:1 funding requirement.

Government releases new funding opportunities

The Victorian Government has commenced a number of new funding programs including: the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund (RJIF) and Food Source Victoria (FSV). More? Graham Scott 5116 7300 or

Do you have a small to medium export business?

Federal Government Export Market Development Grants:
  • encourage small-medium businesses to develop export markets
  • reimburse up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
  • provide up to eight grants to each eligible applicant.
More? Visit

Smoko read

Science has suggested a way of preventing nitrogen from leaching into rivers and lakes.…/researcher-finds-way-keep-c…/7747554

JOBS: A free feature in GippyAGchat

Times being what they are, we are running free job ads. If you’re seeking work, or workers, please flick an email to and we’ll give you a free plug. No large files, no photos, no sales pitches and full contact details, please.
Nursery hands wanted by the Diggers Club, Australia's largest gardening club, based on the Mornington Peninsula. Casual roles with full time hours are available over the spring and possibly longer. The role offers candidates with initiative and a passion for nursery work the opportunity to work in a successful team and learn from leading professionals. More? Elizabeth 5984 7933
Sales Manager -Dairy sought by global, market-leading genetics supplier in a well established business that provides breeding and herd management solutions to Australian dairy farmers. The Sales Manager will develop, implement and manage successful sales and marketing campaigns and to ensure that the business continues to grow and remain relevant to farmer customers. Ideally based in Melbourne, applicants will have proven relationship management skills and be experienced in either sales, marketing or technical roles within the artificial breeding or herd improvement industry. Superior organisational and presentation skills are vital. Applicants will have the ability to work autonomously, communicate effectively and possess a team focus. More? Nigel Crawley 9645 5200
Farm Supervisor/2IC sought by Ingham's Enterprises Pty Ltd for the fertile egg facility in Pakenham. The role supports the Farm Manager in running the farm and providing second in response support to emergency alarm calls; ensuring the farms workplace health and safety is to the highest standard; supervising up to 20 staff; providing training, managing cost and labour efficiencies; ensuring company targets, standards and animal welfare objectives are achieved. Previous experience working in poultry/breeder industry is advantageous. Proficient computer skills, excellent communication skills and team and leadership skills required. Closing date: September 26. More?
Hatchery Labourer sought by Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd. The work can be physically demanding and requires standing for long periods, cleaning, packing fertile eggs and sorting day old chickens. The job has a strong safety focus and high quality standards. Applicants require (ideally) experience in a manual role; a steady work history;, excellent communication skills, ability to work 6am to 3pm, four days per week. Applicants must not have bird or pig species at place of residence and must have the right to live and work in Australia/New Zealand. Closing date: September 15. More?
Farm hand position available in Gippsland on a poultry and beef cattle farm. Duties include: feeding chickens and bobby calves, cleaning sheds/pens, egg collecting, and sales of eggs. Drivers licence and own vehicle are essential. Heavy lifting is involved. The incumbent must be able to work unsupervised and follow instructions. No experience necessary. Owner is willing to train the right applicant. Accommodation will be provided More? Adam 0400 767 342
Fire Management Contractor: The Mornington Peninsula Shire is currently seeking expressions of interest from contractors wishing to be on the Fire Management Contractors List and so responsible for responding to fire prevention notices for properties Council has deemed a fire hazard or likely to be a fire hazard. Inclusion on the Fire Management Contractors List the Shire will make contact details freely available to members of the public so they can obtain assistance with fire management work. Expressions of interest close September 26. More? Visit
Wholesale Production, Leading Hand/Supervisor sought by Eucacia Nursery, Yarragon, in a fulltime position involving assistance with daily operations, and general repairs and maintenance. The successful applicant will have a high aptitude for quality workmanship; numeracy, coordinating high volumes; efficiency and organisation; time management; communication and comprehension; independent problem solving. Generous remuneration on offer. More?
Animal Nutritionist (Sales) sought by Reid Stockfeeds Pty Ltd in the Bairnsdale region to enhance productivity in dairy cattle and strategically advance the company's presence in the animal nutrition market. Applicants require demonstrated experience in agricultural sales, key account management, business development or as an animal nutritionist and should have outgoing personality, strong communication skills and the ability to build relationships. Relevant Tertiary qualifications in agriculture would be highly regarded. Salary is negotiable depending on experience. More? Human Resources Manager 1300 7343 3333
Groundsman sought by Tarrawarra Estate in the Yarra Valley. Responsibilities include: maintaining the irrigation system and water requirements, pest and weed control, chemical application, general grounds and garden maintenance including operation of ride on mowers, brush cutters, edging and whipper snipping, carrying out duties within specifications and timeframes as instructed by Head Groundsman. The ideal candidate will have previous experience working in vineyards including operating machinery. An attractive remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and level of experience is offered. More? Terence Muza
Farm packer wanted in a permanent part-time position with a family business in Devon Meadows. The role involves packing eggs from 6am-2pm on Mondays and Thursdays only. Applicants must have own vehicle and speak English fluently. More? Gina 0419 10 22 44
Regional Supply Manager sought by OneHarvest to establish and maintain competitive, secure and high quality lines of supply of produce to the factory from key growing regions across Victoria and NSW. Regular travel will be required including working closely with a number of our processing facilities. More?
Farm hand/egg collectors sought for day shift (7am start) with Inghams Enterprises P/L at Badger's Creek. Work is conducted in a farm (barn and outdoors) environment and under strict quarantine standards. The roles involve egg collection and farm husbandry duties. Due to quarantine requirements, anyone who has birds, chickens or pigs at their place of residence cannot be considered for this position. Applicants must have the right to work in Australia. A casual hourly rate of $22.64 is offered. More?
Technical Support Representative sought by Precision Agri to provide pre and post-sales support, service and repair to their customer base in a range of products sold by the business. The ideal candidate will have an agricultural background, an understanding of precision agricultural and enjoy customer engagement. Excellent communications skills, experience providing product, strong computer skills in Microsoft Office, and a working knowledge of online database systems are required. Applicants will ideally have an exposure to cloud based software. More? Ryan Hoiberg 9645 5200
Farmhand required for market garden in the Yarra Valley. Applicants should be fit, with experience in tractor operations. Chemical and forklift licence would be considered favourably. More? Rick D'Angelo 0408 416 910
Sampling Officer sought by Hico in Maffra. The sampling officer will conduct herd testing on farms using the electronic milk meters and data handlers. Applicants require proven knowledge of the dairy industry, good interpersonal skills, experience in customer service 'people skills', strong computer skills, excellent record keeping, a manual drivers licence. The successful applicant will work Monday to Friday on split morning and afternoon shifts. More?
Propagation nursery person sought for a fulltime position with JD Propagation, a family-owned company based in Pearcedale. The position requires an enthusiastic, passionate, hands-on person who can work well in a team and wants to achieve results. In return, the incumbent will be offered a stable and progressive career. Vacancies exist in the dispatch team and in the motherstock team. Experience not essential but will be favourably looked upon. More?
Quality Assurance Person wanted for the packing shed at Bonaccord Quality Produce Co., a vegetable production and value adding company in the Lindenow area. This is a full time position based in the packing shed. The position requires skills and experience in: quality assurance (including HACCP); OH&S; staff management/training related matters; various shed operations. The successful applicant must be self-motivated, a good communicator and able to multi task. The ability to work in a team environment is essential. Applications close at 5pm on Monday September 5. More? or
Casual attendants (juniors and one senior) are wanted for the Barn Buddies Mobile Farm based in Loch South for positions from September till April and possibly beyond. The main role of the position is to set up farms (some heavy lifting) and help children hold and pat animals at the wide variety of functions and events in Melbourne and surrounds. The job is on a casual basis and full training is provided. Weekend work involved. More? 0409 247 150
Relief milker sought on 330 cow herd dairy farm in Tinamba. The work is mostly during weekends and is around eight hours/ weekend. The role involves mostly milking and some calf feeding if necessary. More hours can be available during the weeks ahead as calving season progresses. Immediate start. More? Mahesh Singh 0457 506 981
Junior Farm Hand required for boutique farm on the Mornington Peninsula. The position requires the successful applicant to undertake: gardening (trimming trees, feeding, weeding etc), lawn mowing and whipper-snipping, raking and garden keeping, horse feeding, cleaning horse stabling, minimal horse handling. The successful applicant will be required to work unsupervised following instructions given by the farm manager, and feed livestock every second weekend both morning and night, usually taking less than an hour. Immediate start. Accommodation is not provided. Car licencse and vehicle with a tow bar are required. This is a permanent full-time. Pay: $29k-$35k depending on experience. More? Jamie Kloot 0403 506 475
Experienced Farm Hand required in a fulltime position on a dairy farm near Traralgon milking 600 cows through a fifty bale rotary with A.C.Rs and retention bars. The main duties involve milking and animal welfare, feeding out silage and hay, general farm work. This is an opportunity for the right person to further their career in the dairy industry. A large, newly-relocated three bedroom home is available. Salary is negotiable but approximately: $52k + super + package. No backpackers as this is a fulltime position. More? Bruce 0457 777 162 or
Tractor Driver sought by Australian Fresh Salads in Maffra in a permanent fulltime role to start in September. Key tasks include all tractor work including discing, spraying, bed forming, slice hoe and slashing. Applicants require a minimum four years experience in tractor operations, must be physically fit, reliable and a team player, and be able to work up to six days per week during the harvest season (September-May). Previous experience working with baby leaf salads or related crops is desirable. Other skills and training including forklift, excavator and mechanical skills are desirable. Salary: $60,000-$65,000 p.a. plus super. More?
Farmer labourer sought in Narre Warren. Applicants must have experience of farm work, a manual drivers licence and be able do physical work and use hand tools. More? Tony 0404 794 899
Farm assistant sought on Gippsland goat farm. Tractor operation and milking is necessary. Applicants should have a pleasant disposition and able to work in a team environment. More? Ngaire Beckett 0427 267 217
Welding work wanted: A Gippslander is starting a mobile welding business and seeking rural work welding or fabrication More?
Work sought in the cattle or dairy industry. Tammie Burns writes: “I have a current ACUP permit, AI certificate and first aid certificate. I can pregnancy test and look after animal health. I am studying Certificate 4 Agriculture through TAFE. I am looking for relief, part time and casual work until I finish my course.” More? Tammie Burns 0499 776 022 or at
Chemical/Process Engineer - Waste, Water, and Bioenergy: Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux is an experienced chemical/process engineer specialised in water treatment, waste recovery and bioenergy, focussing on the bioremediation of industrial effluents using algae, as well as the subsequent production of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. More? Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux 0432 159 853 or
Students are now available for work: Federation University Australia offers direct access to Gippsland’s students for part-time, casual, full-time/graduate, vacation and volunteer opportunities. Motivated and committed staff are available from accounting, nursing, sciences, engineering, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media courses. More? Liana 5122 6245 or
Employers wanted for agricultural graduates: Employers sought for well-trained, job-ready agricultural and horticultural graduates with nationally recognised post-diploma qualifications, Australian work experience, certifications, permits and licenses. Prospective employers can trial graduates for three to six months.
Environmental planning and vegetation design: Springbank Ecosystems offers flora and fauna surveys, EMPs for sub-division applications, weed/animal management, revegetation plans for extraction companies, specialised native orchid ID and staff training.
More? Libby Lambert 5657 2387 or
Market your business more effectively: Award-winning marketer/business consultant with strong agricultural background can offer strategies to place your business in the public eye.  More? John 0457 065 425
Need staff? Try 12 or six months of cost-effective undergraduate recruits from accounting, sciences, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media. Candidates available for paid full-time or half-time placements. More? Annette or 9214 8753 or Karen or 9215 7136
Fire management planning: Consultant to prepare sustainable fire management plans for your property or small reserve. More? Helen Bull 0400 310 188 or
Seeking admin/clerical work: For any type of administrative/clerical type work (consulting, part time or job share – even if it is only a few hours per week). I have a current ABN and tertiary qualifications in business studies, taxation and financial planning. More? Greg Lewis on 0439 523 871 or

Agritourism dossier available

What are the common factors that determine a successful agritourism venture? What do the failures always do wrong? Agribusiness Gippsland has completed a literature review as part of last year’s study of Gippsland’s agritourism sector. We have compiled the findings into a fascinating, easy-to-read dossier. Drawing on local, Australian and overseas studies, it presents the financials of agritourism, the trends in Gippsland, the challenges, and some early data on regional agritourism operations, along with ideas from existing successful operators. The cost is $30 plus GST. Email orders at or via

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in September: 6-Moe, 11-Sale, 15-Cranbourne, 21-Sale; October: 2-Bairnsdale, 7-Cranbourne, 9-Cranbourne, 13-Moe, 14-Cranbourne, 23-Sale, 25-Cranbourne, 29-Traralgon. More? 1300 139 402 or visit

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Tom Parry: “Red sky at night, shepherd's delight. Blue sky at night, day."

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Gippy Diary

Sep 6 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Sep 6 Baw Baw Shire Rural Land Use Review Submission Meeting Warragul Baw Baw Shire Council 5624 2411
Sep 6 Prom Country Food Industry ‘Meet and Greet’ Leongatha 0435 261 281
Sep 6 Country Race Meet Moe Country Raving Victoria 1300 139 402
Sep 7 CWA Meeting Pakenham Heather Kleesh 5940 4481
Sep 7 Fish Creek Landcare AGM Fish Creek Merran Wilde
Sep 7 YDN Drench Night Warragul Irene Baker 0428 889 337
Sep 7 Southern Gippsland Local Food Network Meeting Leongatha Skye Radcliffe-Scott 5662 9380
Sep 8 Packaging performance for your food product seminar Clayton Bronwyn Graham 0438 017 197
Sep 8 Prepare to expand globally and export workshop Damndenong
Sep 8-9 Rural Women Uncovered 2016 Phillip Island VFF 1300 882 833
Sep 9, 16 Farm Chemical Users Course Warragul Tony Seymour 0429 000 301
Sep 10 Merriman Creek Landcare Group 30th Anniversary Celebration   Melissa Ainsworth 0437 640 634
Sep 11 Country Race Meet Sale Country Raving Victoria 1300 139 402
Sep 13 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Sep 13 East Gippsland Food Cluster Inc Business breakfast Lindenow Nicola Watts 0408 351 475
Sep 13 China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) session Warragul James Scullin
Sep 13 Native Vegetation Insectariums Workshop Main Ridge Karen Thomas 0427 480 170
Sep 13-14 Gippsland Tourism Conference Warragul, Walhalla Destination Gippsland 5668 2141
Sep 13-15 Australia Agri-Food Innovation Summit 2016 Albert Park 9631 8100
Sep 14 Native Vegetation Insectariums Workshop Cockatoo Karen Thomas 0427 480 170
Sep 14-16 Nuffield Australia National Conference Adelaide Nuffield Australia 02 9463 9229
Sep 14 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Sep 15 Native Vegetation Insectariums Workshop Bulla Karen Thomas 0427 480 170
Sep 15 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Raving Victoria 1300 139 402
Sep 15 Tactics for Tight Times on farm day MID GippsDairy 5624 3900
Sep 16 Casey Cardinia Business Awards Gala Dinner Pakenham Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Sep 17 Healthy and Sustainable Home Program – solar electricity and battery storage Koo Wee Rup Brian Harlow 5997 9687
Sep 18 Doveton Show Doveton Doveton Show Committee
Sep 20 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Sep 21 Country Race Meet Sale Country Raving Victoria 1300 139 402
Sep 21-23 2016 National Landcare Conference Melbourne  
Sep 22 2016 National Landcare Awards Melbourne  
Sep 25 Mt Eccles Wild Dog Valley Landcare group working-bee and BBQ Leongatha North Sonia Holt
Sep 27 Introduction to Social Media for Community Groups Leongatha Sophie Dixon 5662 9202
Sep 28 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Sep 28 SFS Ute Drive Toongabbie, Winnindoo/Rosedale Janice Dowe 0488 600 209
Oct 2 Country Race Meet Bairnsdale Country Raving Victoria 1300 139 402
Oct 4 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Oct 4 ABARES Traralgon Regional Outreach Conference Traralgon 1800 900 090
Oct 4-5 Mental health First Aid Course Kooweerup Sharron Anderson 0422 459 733
Oct 5 Coles Industry Briefing Dnadenong Helen Beekmans 8571 5373
Oct 7 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Raving Victoria 1300 139 402
Oct 7, 14 Farm Chemical Users Course Yarram Tony Seymour 0429 000 301
Oct 8 South Gippsland Landcare Network Annual Dinner and AGM Leongatha Kate McKenzie 5662 5759
Oct 9 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Raving Victoria 1300 139 402
Oct 10-14 AusVeg Women’s Industry Leadership and Development Mission to Canada and USA   AusVeg 9882 0277
Oct 11 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Oct 13 Country Race Meet Moe Country Raving Victoria 1300 139 402
Oct 15 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Raving Victoria 1300 139 402
Oct 18 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Oct 19 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Oct 22 Healthy and Sustainable Home Program – water and waste Koo Wee Rup Brian Harlow 5997 9687
Oct 22 Balanced Equine Nutrition Session Fish Creek
Oct 22 Maffra Show Maffra Jen McDavitt 5147 2444
Oct 12 Country Race Meet Sale Country Raving Victoria 1300 139 402
Oct 25 Climate Resilience Project Wind-up Event   Jill Vella 5662 9200
Oct 25 Introduction to Social Media for Community Groups Foster Sophie Dixon 5662 9202
Oct 25 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Raving Victoria 1300 139 402
Oct 29 Country Race Meet Traralgon Country Raving Victoria 1300 139 402
Nov 5 Casey food and Wine Festival Berwick Old Cheese Factory 9702 1919.
Nov 8 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Nov 8 Farm Biosecurity 2016 Lilydale Mick Blake 8892 2530
Nov 16 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Nov 19 Healthy and Sustainable Home Program – garden sustainability Koo Wee Rup Brian Harlow 5997 9687
Nov 23 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Nov 29 Introduction to Social Media for Community Groups Leongatha Sophie Dixon 5662 9202
Mar 15 Gippsland Irrigation Expo Sale
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