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2 March 2015

Edition 105

In this issue

• MG holds to $6 forecast
• Abattoir expansion planned 

• SBS Tassie farmer for breakfast
• Thinking of bees? 
• Quentin @ Farm World
• Sale irrigation expo & free bus
•  Names in the news
•  NEW ... expanded jobs section

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Investment-smarts needed for agribusiness growth: ANZ

Gippsland’s farm and financial advisors are key to attracting capital into regional agribusinesses – but they need to hone their investment-smarts, according to ANZ State Manager of Regional Banking Victoria and Tasmania Simone Tilley. She was addressing a high-level meeting convened by Agribusiness Gippsland in Melbourne’s CBD on February 19, attended by recently appointed State Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford. See the full story at

Wannabee? Make contact and make honey!

The new Wannabee Facebook page is an initiative of South Gippsland Landcare and Agribusiness Gippsland to help beekeepers looking for cropland, orchards or bush to place hives to find landowner hosts.  The site has already attracted three landholders and one apiarist. More?

Lance Creek abattoir plans $26m expansion

The Tabro Meat Abattoir at Lance Creek, near Wonthaggi, in Gippsland, is planning a $26 million expansion. Last year, Tabro Meat was taken over by Chinese-owned HY Holdings Australia. Bass Coast Shire councillors are considering the company's application to upgrade the 30-year-old abattoir. If approved, full-time jobs at the site will double from 160 to 320 and meat products are expected to triple.

Women On Farms brings women off farms

Women will be coming off farm to attend the Women On Farms gathering on March 20-22.  Agribusiness Gippsland’s executive officer Sue Webster is among the speakers at the Healesville event. More than 180 women have registered; workshops and tours are filling rapidly. More?

Wise-up to the latest in water systems

3D drainage modelling, farm-scale solar set-ups shifting massive amounts of water, variable rate pivots, advanced telemetry and all the latest in pipes, pumps and precision irrigation – it’s at Sale showgrounds, on March 18. Exhibitors are coming from across Gippsland, northern Victoria/northern NSW as well as Melbourne and Adelaide for the free Gippsland Irrigation Expo from 8.30am-4.30pm. Maffra Rotary will be providing free refreshments, sponsored generously by the Bendigo Bank. There is a free bus running from Foster, collecting from Yarram and Longford, and return. Contact Gavan on 5147 0848 or 0428 387 869, The event is organised by DEDJTR (formerly the DEPI) supported by Dairy Australia, Wellington Shire and SRW. It's free but please register at  or phone Gavan 03 5147 0848  or 0428 387 869. More?

MG holds to $6 full-year forecast

Murray Goulburn has released its half-year results on Friday, confirming its full year forecast milk price of $6kgMS.  Raw milk collections were up 6.8% from the first-half FY14 and growing ahead of national milk pool. Half-year sales revenue of $1.3bn was down 1% from previous corresponding period and half-year net profit after tax (NPAT) was $12.9m. The company issued a full-year NPAT guidance of $20m to $30m, broadly in line with last year.

Names in the news

Congrats to Jason Bermingham, dairying on the Macalister Irrigation District, named in the 2014 Rural Water Awards in the Irrigation category.
ALSO… Asparagus growers Vizzarri Farms of Koo Wee Rup have been named Horticulture Farmer of the Year in the Weekly Times Coles awards.
AND… Fred Vanderslik is now business partnership consultant at Federation Training.
ADDITIONALLY… William Ryan has been appointed product consultant at Aussie Compost Company.
ALSO …Pieta Bucello has started as Coordinator Healthy Communities at Latrobe City Council. 
WHILE… Karen Cox is now administrative assistant at Monash University.
MEANWHILE… Caitlin Scholfield has accepted the position as business manager at the Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation.

Agribusiness Gippsland is going to Sydney

We're going to Sydney mid-year to address Agriworld Australia 2015. Agribusiness Gippsland will present its experiences in optimising human capacity. The two-day conference at the Sydney showgrounds is the only B2B agrifood supply chain forum in Australia and backed by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. More?

Landowners warned to watch for giant pine scale

Giant pine scale has been found in the Casey, Yarra Ranges and Cardinia municipalities, on both private and public land. More?

Develop and share your sustainable idea

The Western Port Catchment Landcare Network can assist farmers to establish demonstration sites on up to 40 farms within the Western Port or Yarra catchments to showcase sustainable farming practices through the Demonstrating Sustainable Farm Practices Project. EoIs are due by Thursday April 30. More? Gillian Stewart 0459 177 363 or or visit

Entries flock in for sheep awards

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria’s (RASV) Flock of the Year competition, supported by Merino Victoria, will be staged in Gippsland in March.
Commercial Merino producers will compete for the prestigious award which celebrates and assists with improving the quality of Victoria’s Merino flocks and, includes a $1500 cash prize. The Flock of the Year also offers the opportunity to view other production systems and learn best practice management with competing properties open for official judging, as well as viewing by fellow producers, on Friday 13 March. More? Fiona Looker 9281 7412 or or visit

TV farmer star for breakfast

Matthew Evans the SBS Gourmet Farmer, former chef and food critic turned Tasmanian smallholder will be addressing the next Casey–Cardinia Business Breakfast on Wednesday March 11 from 7-9am at Cranbourne Golf Club. Cost $55pp or $700/table. More? Raylene Wilson 9705 5200 or

Equipment focus at Farm World 2015

Farm World 2015 focuses on initiatives and products to improve on-farm productivity at Lardner Park from Thursday March 26-Sunday March 29. There'll be tractors, front-end loaders, telehandlers and utility vehicles within a controlled demonstration area and watch demonstrations of a portable sawmill, compost turner, plasma-cutting machines, ‘Jacksons View Animal Nursery’, ‘Animals of Oz’ and sheep dog yard trials.
Visit the health and wellbeing area for free dental assessments, hearing tests and 'pitstop' health checks.
Farm World salutes women in agriculture with its annual pre-field days lunch on March 26 from 12-2pm at Lardner Park. Guests are Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO, former Governor-General of Australia and Governor of Queensland and Natalie Collard until recently CEO of the Australian Dairy Farmers. Cost $40 includes entry to Farm Word, light lunch and drinks. Book:  More? 5626 1373

Ellinbank plans a year of seminars

Ellinbank seminars provide a free forum for scientists, extension staff and external stakeholders discuss current research and extension activities. All are welcome.  The seminars are held at the Dairy Centre of Excellence, 1301 Hazeldean Road, Ellinbank, usually Wednesdays between 12:30- 1:30 pm. Please bring your lunch. The seminars will be held on:
  • March 18 with Dr Lori Phillips, Agribio on the role of microbial nitrogen cycling in productive agriculture soils
  • April 22 with Dr Cameron Gourley, DEDJTR Ellinbank on useful indicators for measuring nutrient efficiency on dairy farms
  • May 20 with Graeme Ward, Dairy Australia NRM Technical Specialist on composting in dairy farming systems
  • June 17 with Kerry Stott, Farms System Economics, Parkville on nitrogen use efficiency on Victorian dairy farms
  • July 22 with Dr Peter Moate, Ellinbank on  methane mitigation
  • August 19 with Dr Abdur Rab, DEDJTR on understanding dairy soil water properties
  • September 16 with Dr Matthew Deighton, DEDJTR Ellinbank  on new and traditional forage species
  • October 21 with Natalie Nelson DEDJTR Leongatha on the Dairy Farm Monitor results
  • November 18 with Dr Alice Melland, University of Southern Queensland on links between dairy land management and catchment water quality – Australian and Irish perspectives.
More? Sharon Aarons 5624 2339 or

There’s no fight about the role of endophytes

Michael Norriss, plant breeder for PGG Wrightson Seeds, will give an overview of endophytes and their place in pasture systems and insights into the future on Tuesday March 17 from 9.30am for morning tea, 10am start at Ellinbank Dairy Research Centre, 1301 Hazeldean Rd, Ellinbank. Lunch provided at the conclusion of the presentations. For catering purposes please RSVP by March 11. More? Darrel Rowe 0427 150 278 or

Scientists want to make drugs from dirt

A citizen science project led by researchers at Rockefeller University in New York is interested in mapping the genetic riches of soil from around the world. The objective is to discover new bacteria in unexpected (and hard to reach) places, which could lead to the development of new types of antibiotics and other drugs. More?

Leadership program to run agrain

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) are running the Resilient Grain Leaders national capacity building program for grain growers and industry professionals. The course runs for five days (plus travel) over a 12 month period. Places are strictly limited. More?

Feedback sought on Regional Coastal Plan

Comments on the draft Regional Coastal Plan are invited by Friday March 20. To download a copy of the Gippsland Regional Coastal Plan, register your interest in attending consultation activities and making a submission at: More? or 5172 2543

Comment sought on foreign investment framework

Canberra is seeking public comment on proposed reforms to strengthen Australia's foreign investment framework, particularly around agriculture. More? Australia's Foreign Investment Framework

New dairy indices explained in two minutes

ADHIS has released animations explaining the two new indices for dairy cows. See them here at

Water shares cause a splash!

Southern Rural Water sold all available water shares at its recent Macalister auction. Purchasers bought 261.7ML of paired high-reliability water shares and low-reliability water shares for an average $1835/ML while 261.7ML of high-reliability only water shares sold for $1842/ML.  The highest price for either product was $1900/ML. This compares to the 2014 average of $1808 and the 2010 peak of $2286. The 24 registered bidders were mostly dairy farmers although there were some beef, cropping and lifestyle property owners. SRW intends to offer a further 200ML at a shelf price. The sales follow water savings made through automation works. Revenue from the auction is returned back into further works for the district.

Warning given to watch for facial eczema

GippsDairy is warning that the recent warm, humid weather has increased the likelihood of facial eczema outbreaks in Gippsland this season. Dairy Australia and GippsDairy are again supporting a pasture spore monitoring service across a series of sentinel farms in Gippsland. Early intervention is critical. Farm should monitor their own pasture spore counts and implement facial eczema control and prevention strategies. More?

Show in Pakenham to Pack ‘em in!

Pakenham and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society Show will be held from 9am-5pm on March 21 at the P.B. Ronald Reserve, cnr Henry and John Sts. The free-entry show provides a platform to showcase the Pakenham and district agricultural and horticulture produce, while offering and promoting the importance of tourism to the region. More? Anita Rovers 0408 117 709 or or visit

Group takes swift action on biodiversity

SWIFFT is a network of natural resource management (NRM) organisations, community groups and members of the public who share an interest in nature conservation. SWIFFT is hosting a number of biodiversity video conferences at DEPI offices across Victoria including the Bairnsdale, Traralgon and Yarram offices start at 9.45am on:
  • Thursday April 30 on migrations
  • Thursday July 30 on moths and butterflies
  • Thursday October 29 on mapping technology and its application.
More? Kylie Singleton 5172 2123 or or visit

Organic food trial commences on Phillip Island

The Phillip Island Community Orchard site in Wimbledon Heights is home to a community-based organic food trial. The innovative horticultural trial will use Class A recycled water and no-dig and permaculture design principles. More? Adrian James 0429 001 214

Weed out impediments to crop success

Learn about pre-emergent herbicides and tackling weed resistance at this free GRDC webinar with Christopher Preston from the University of Adelaide at:

Evening for the next-gen farmers

Our supporters Phillipsons is staging its Next-Gen farming forum to Sale on March 25.from 6-8.30pm. It features Kain Jackson, Footprints Foundation and Stuart Wenn, NAB senior manager and  AFL umpire at Laurels, Sale Racecourse, Sale-Maffra Rd. RSVP: More? NextGenFarmingForum

Livestock heat stress lessons

Learn about the effects of temperature stress on animals and practical ways to improve shade and shelter on Tuesday March 3 from 9:45am-2:30pm at Ken Anderson’s property,1839 Princes Hwy, Flynn. . Speakers include District Veterinary Officer Dianne Phillips and Land Management Extension Officer Kylie Macreadie. Lunch provided. Bring a chair and suitable outdoor clothing. To register, go to More? Sam Shannon 5613 5978 or

Festival offers sack-loads of laughs

The Thorpdale Potato Festival returns after 12 years on March 8 in Thorpdale. There’s a potato mash-eating competition, picking-and-packing comps and the Vin Rowe Mr Potato Head challenge – running 350m carrying a 50kg bag of … yep, you guessed it….For kids there’s potato decorating, potato/spoon racing and sack races. And drag out the sewing machine to fashion a winner in the “Hessians on the Field” contest. More? Visit

Get advice for export success

Two export workshops will be held on April 29 at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, 40 Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham. The first workshop, from 10am-12.30pm offers tips to start and grow a successful export business. The second workshop from 1-4pm will show how to better position your website to sell your exports. Cost $30 each or $50 for both workshops, including a light lunch. Bookings are essential. RSVP by 5pm Friday April 24. More? Jeannie Clark 5945 0401 or

Festival offers something fishy

The San Remo Fishing Festival will be held on the San Remo foreshore from 9am on March 8. The festival boosts food and market stalls, fishing displays, rides and more. More? Chris Milton 0408 304 716 or

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 1st 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 20 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

Taste test helps predict climate change impacts

Climate change could see livestock preferentially grazing different plants.  Scientists from the University of Western Sydney, ANU and the University of Utah reported: “Recent work suggests that ambient temperature can be a major determinant of the toxicity of plant secondary metabolites, largely through effects on liver function. These effects are likely to be of major importance in predicting the impact of global climate change on herbivores.”

How healthy is tourism in Gippsland?

Destination Gippsland and Urban Enterprise are asking tourism businesses to complete an anonymous online survey about changes to employment levels, capital investment, turnover, visitor markets, constraints to business growth and marketing activities. Each participating business will be emailed the full report. Participants will go into the draw for a $150 Gippsland gourmet hamper. Visit More? Destination Gippsland 5668 2141

Are you stepping in or stepping back?

Stepping In, Stepping Back is a workshop discussing options for new entrants into dairy farming and farmers looking to step back from the day to day farming tasks. The workshop will be run in:
  • Inverloch on April 1
  • Maffra on April 2
More? GippsDairy 5624 3900 or

Trade mission to Indonesia seeks participants

The Victorian Government is seeking expressions of interest from the Victorian food and beverage organisations interested in participating in a trade mission to Food and Hotel Indonesia (FHI) from April 15-18. The Victorian Government will host a pavilion at FHI and participants will be introduced to potential qualified importers, distributors and end users. Eligible companies may be entitled to a grant of up to $2000. More? Darrin Vouch 9651 9498 or

Tinamba celebrates food and wine!

The Tinamba Food and Wine Festival will be held from 11am-4pm on April 12, outside the Tinamba Hotel. The festival showcases the best of East Gippsland food and wine. More? Sarah Gray 0427 011 966 or

Workshops to explain R&D tax incentive

AusIndustry – Business Services is running workshops on the R&D Tax Incentive Programme. Sessions include discussions on the annual registration process; self-assessment of core and supporting activities; and the compliance process undertaken by AusIndustry. The workshops will be held from 10am-12pm on:
  • March 16 at Baw Baw Technology Centre, Level 1, 107 Princes Hwy, Trafalgar
  • March 19 at Casey Cardinia Business Hub,L1, 64 Victor Cres, Narre Warren.
To register please go to our website More? Tim Wills 5633 3436 or

Share your woolly feelings

A new study aims to understand experiences of using Australian sheep breeding values among prime lamb breeders or farmers selling rams for prime lamb production. Participants will be asked to join a focus group discussion taking two to three hours. The study is by Erica Schelfhorst, a Bestwool/BestLamb facilitator who is also a PhD research student at the University of Melbourne. More? Erica 5430 4560 or

Do the bus stop

The Victorian Government's small business bus coming to Worrell Reserve, 369 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald on Monday March 16 from 10am-4pm. The bus offers free mentoring and information on Small Business Victoria's programs and services as well as tools and tips to help you start or grow your business. Bookings are essential for the mentoring sessions. More? 13 22 15 or

Toora shares a pear

Toora Heritage Pear Orchard is host to a Pear Party from 10am-4pm on Sunday March 15. More? or 0428 864 520

Celebrate soil

It is the UN International Year of the Soils in 2015 and West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority will be working with Soil Science Australia, Landcare networks and other organisations. More? Visit and

I’ll pack-a the knives…

Several south Gippsland alpaca folk are looking for someone to provide a butchery service. Any suggestions? Phone Sue 0402 267 802 or email

2015 Archibull Prize is now open

Secondary and primary schools are invited to take part in this year’s ag-based art prize the Archibull Prize. More?

Feed pastures for profit

The principles of grazing management and supplementary feeding for profitability will be discussed at a Feeding Pastures for Profit course to be run in April by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI). The course, a mix of theory and multiple farm walks, will run in South or West Gippsland depending on demand on April 9 and 16, plus on farm days. More? Frank Mickan 5624 2259

Attract young people to your trade

The South East Careers Expo and Try a Trade will be held on Tuesday, April 21 from 9am-3pm at the Cranbourne Racecourse, Grant Street, Cranbourne. More? Lydia Rophia 9705 5125 or

What limits action on invasive animals?

The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) hopes to identify and resolve strategic problems that limit invasive animal control. People who are involved in natural resource management issues are invited to provide feedback on a 33-page discussion paper at: An easy-to-use feedback form can be found at:

Get the most from your human resources

An HR management program will be held at the Toomah Community Centre to assist small businesses with HR fundamentals, staff development and legal responsibilities. The program will run from 9:30am-1pm on: Term 1: Fridays, March 13, 27 and Term 2: Saturdays, May 9, 23 and June 6 and Fridays May 22, June 5, 19.  Cost $20 (plus materials). More? 5941 2389.

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:

Grains research update to be held in Sale

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will hold a grains research update at Sale Greyhound centre on March 18. More? Visit

Beef up your bull

A series of one day training sessions presented by Brian Cumming and Claire Harris, in partnership with 4upskilling, will cover beef bull selection and management to maximise its financial contribution to your cow herd while minimising risk. Topics include:
  • The cost of getting live calves
  • Assessing bulls for longevity, ability to sire, and value of progeny
  • Using performance information
  • Bull health - vaccination programs and preventing transferable diseases
  • Joining management - single sire joining or multi sire joining?
The course will run from 9am-3.30pm n:
  • Monday March 30, 574 Main St, Bairnsdale
  • Tuesday March 31, 1301 Hazeldean Rd, Ellinbank
  • Wednesday April 1, 12 Peart St, Leongatha
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding. The cost is $50 per person for those eligible for education funding or $75 for ineligible. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea are included in the cost. RSVP by Friday March 19.
More? Claire Harris 5663 9908 or

Export-related regulatory burden is under review

Vegetable growers and others involved in exporting vegetables are invited to participate in a five minute survey about issues faced when attempting to access various export markets. More? Visit

Graze the bays

The inaugural free Graze the Bays – Land and Sea festival will be held at Mount Eliza on March 15 from 10am to 4pm. There will be master classes in gin, craft beer, cupcake decorating, wine and larder essentials. Gold coin donation for parking. More?

Sign honour for veterans

South Gippsland Shire is naming previously unnamed roads after WWI veterans, and proposes naming a bridge on the Leongatha-Yarragon Rd at Hallston after Cecil Marks, an early dairy pioneer and WW1 western front survivor. His grand-daughter Sue Webster will be attending the March 4 meeting of Hallston Landcare Group to offer insights into the man behind the name. More? 0402 267 802

South Gippsland celebrates sustainability

The 2015 Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival will be held on March 29 at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine. The festival hosts displays of alternative energy, local produce, self-sufficiency skills and a range of sustainable products. More? Roslyn Jenzen 5951 3317 or or

Garden group sowing seeds of knowledge

Wellington Community Gardens Group will stage a herb workshop on March 3 at 4pm and a seed saving workshop on April 2 at 7pm. More? Visit the group's Facebook page

Hold on to your horses!

The Omeo Rodeo will be held on Easter Saturday at the Omeo Rodeo Grounds, Park St, Omeo from 8.30am on April 4. The event is affiliated with Australian Professional Rodeo Association. More? 5159 1420 or

Market for growth

A marketing for growth workshop on April 15 from 6-9.30pm at the East Gippsland Shire Office, 273 Main St, Bairnsdale will help participants use market research, online marketing and marketing strategies.  Cost $30 includes light supper. More? Marlene Rickhuss, 5153 9500 or

Country women gather in Pakenham

The Country Women's Association Pakenham branch will meet at the Guide Hall, Henry St, from 9.30am-2.30pm on March 4. More? Vicky 5940 4651 or

AI course produces A-1 inseminators

The National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDEA) is running AI courses in conjunction with the National Herd Improvement Association of Australia (NHIA). The course comprises one day of theory (Part A) followed by two days of intense, practical training on live cows (Part B). Part A is on April 22 in Warragul, Part B practical training takes place on April 29-30 at Salesian College, Sunbury in facilities which are custom-designed for the purpose. More? Robin Bell 5667 4505 or

Plan for a better business

A business planning basics workshop will be held from 6-8pm on March 4 at the East Gippsland Shire Offices, 55 Palmers Rd, Lakes Entrance. Cost $20 includes a light supper. More? Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500 or

Do people factor in the future of grains?

The GRDC has commissioned research into the 'people factor' in the future of the Australian grains industry. Farm workers including full-time, part-time and casual farmhands, independent contractors and employees of contractors are asked to complete a short, online survey.  A report of the group survey will however be provided to respondents. More?

Landcare lays a green carpet

Twenty five of the West Gippsland region’s most active and innovative Landcare volunteers will take to the green carpet to showcase the work done to improve the environment. West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority will host the event. The green carpet will be held at Traralgon Vineyard from 1-4pm on the Friday, April 24. The green carpet will showcase categories including: individual landcarer, innovation in sustainable practices, landcare group, young landcarer or sustainable agriculture leader and partnerships. A high tea will be provided. RSVP is essential. More? Kathleen 1300 094 262 or or

Rare plants at Jindi

The Gippsland Rare and Unusual Plant Fair will be held from 10am-4pm on Saturday April 11 at Jindivick Public Hall. More? Jindivick Country Gardener 5628 5316 or

Food forum at Bass Coast

A Bass Coast Food Forum will be held on Tuesday 3 March from 10am - 1pm at the Bass Coast Council Chambers, Ballieu St, Wonthaggi. The meeting is the second of two community forums that will present an overview of the key findings of the Connect/Food/Action Project. This is a free event with lunch provided More? Adrian James e: or 5674 6407

Take you business planning back to basics

A business planning basics seminar will be held at the Living and Learning Inc, 6B Henry St, Pakenham on:
  • Saturday, March 7 from 9:30am-1:30pm .
  • Saturday, April 18 from 10am-12pm
Cost $20. More? Pakenham Living Learning Centre 5941 2389 or

Don’t forget to duck!

This year will see a full-length duck hunting season of 12 weeks with restrictions to the daily bag limit. The season will commence on Saturday March 21 at 7.10am in the eastern zone, 7.20am in the central zone and 7.30am in the western zone, and closes half an hour after sunset on Monday June 8. Below average rainfall for the past two years has reduced duck numbers and habitat. As a result, the Game Management Authority recommended that a reduced bag limit. More?

Mentoring sessions to support small business

Bass Coast Shire Council, in conjunction with the Small Business Mentoring Service, is offering free business mentoring sessions to support businesses located within Bass Coast Shire.  Sessions will be held at the Wonthaggi Customer Service Centre, 76 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi and are limited to one session per business per year.
Sessions will be held on: March 10, May 12, August 11 and October 13. Sessions will run: 10.30-11.15am; 11.30am-12.15pm; 1-1.45pm; and 2-2.45pm.
More?  Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278 or

Heavy horses go on show

The Red Hill Clydesdales and Heavy Harness Show will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 8am at the Boneo Park Equestrian Centre, 312 Boneo Rd, Boneo. More? Red Hill Agricultural and Horticultural Society 5989 2357 or or

Sponsorship opportunities open

The Victoria Jiangsu Business Placement (VJBP) program is a 16-day residential program in Jiangsu Province, China, May 7–22. View the full itinerary. The cost is $6500, plus return airfare and personal insurances. The program is valued at $17,160. It is suited to current and future business owners, senior executives and directors of Victorian businesses. Eligible businesses must:
  • be based or headquartered in Victoria
  • be financially viable and not insolvent
  • have a sound interest for doing business with China
  • be able to commit the time required to attend the program.
The program is developed by the VECCI in collaboration with the Jiangsu Federation of Industry of Commerce with support from the Victorian Government and City of Melbourne. Places are limited. Visit the VECCI website to apply.

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in March:  1-Sale; 6-Cranbourne; 7-Omeo; 8-Stony Creek; 9-Balnarring; 13-Sale; 13-Cranbourne; 14-Woolamai; 15-Yarra Valley; 26- Pakenham.
More? 1300 139 402 or visit

Business mentoring is available in Bass Coast

Bass Coast Shire Council in conjunction with the Small Business Mentoring Service is offering free business mentoring sessions to support businesses which are located within Bass Coast Shire. Sessions are limited to one session per business per year. The free sessions are held at the Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Ave, Cowes at: 10.30-11.15am; 11.30am-12.15pm; 1-1.45pm; and 2-2.45pm on April 14; June 9; September 8; November 10. More? Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278 or

Fancy a cup of compost tea?

Learn how to make high quality thermal aerobic compost suitable for compost tea at a biological farming practical workshop and small microscope course in Garfield on March 28-29. Registration form on:

Planning a trip?

Do us a BIG favour and book online through Quickbeds … they make a donation to keep Gippyagchat going and it costs you nothing. Zilch. Nada. Zero  … you can hum the rest … HOW TO DO IT: Click on this link:, then find the hotel you want and book it. That's it. They charge no booking fees and no credit card fees. (Hooray!) Quickbeds is an accommodation search and booking website owned by the Flight Centre Travel Group. They offer a price beat guarantee - if you find a cheaper price they'll beat it. They have a HUGE range of hotels, apartments, resorts and B&B's in Australia and around the world. There’s also a 24/7 Australian customer support centre. Click on the link now and see for yourself. And please forward the booking code to your friends and family. If they click on the link and book, a donation goes to Agribusiness Gippsland. (double hooray)

Eureka! Award to be given in new rural category

New to the science-based 2015 Eureka Prizes is the category for Rural Innovation sponsored by the rural RDC. The $10,000 is for excellence in the scientific research, development or innovative application of agricultural practices that have improved, or have the potential to improve, the productivity and sustainability of Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries. More?

Grants come full circle

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Creating Inspiring Rural Community Leadership and Engagement (CIRCLE) grants aim to strengthen leadership and build capacity in rural, regional and remote Australian leadership programs and community foundations. Grants of up to $25,000 are available. Applications close 5pm on March 17 March. More?

Grow your business

Victorian businesses with $500,000+ annual turnover can apply for Grow Your Business grants. Visit

Gardiner grants to strengthen dairy communities

The Gardiner Foundation Working in Dairy Communities small grants offer funding of up to $5000 to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities, help build their capacity to deal with local issues, and enhance existing community infrastructure. Applications close 5pm March 13. More?

Government invests in manufacturing technology

The Investing in Manufacturing Technology (IMT) program offers grants of up to $250,000 for eligible firms to purchase and integrate new technologies into manufacturing operations to improve business productivity and competitiveness. Expressions of Interest are now open. More? Business Victoria 13 22 15 visit

Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grants are now open

The Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grants program is offering funding of up to $1000 to schools and youth groups to help create gardens in their grounds and communities. Applications close March 27. More? Visit

Got a project to benefit your rural community?

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) are offering small grants of up to $5000 for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer. Applications close at 5pm on March 27. More?

Applications open for farm managers program

Applications are now open for up-and-coming farmers looking to undertake the Rabobank Farm Managers Program in 2015, which will be held near Melbourne in June.  Applications close on April 27. More? Nerida Sweetapple 02 8115 4139 or

Develop your sustainable project idea

The  Demonstrating Sustainable Farm Practices project is seeking Expressions of Interest for new projects from farmers or community groups with ideas will benefit the region’s agricultural industry. Submissions due by April 30.  More? Joel Geoghegan 5678 2335 or

Grants aim to strengthen value chain

The Food and Fibre Marketing Cooperatives Initiative is providing grants to encourage co-operation between Victorian farmers and value chain members, to increase their collective capability to generate improved access to markets and customers. Grants of up to $50,000 are available to eligible groups for a range of approved activities including, feasibility and business plans, legal costs, market research, business and technical advice and some marketing capability activities. The program is open until June 30. More? Mark Hincksman 5954 4004 or Melly Pandher 5833 5358 or visit

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

Grants help repair, restore, renew

The RRR 2013 program provides grants of $100-$15,000 to support the medium-to-long term recovery of communities impacted by natural disasters, including the 2013 bushfires at Seaton, Heyfield, Glenmaggie and Dawson. Applications close at 5pm on March 10. More?

Your wish might be granted…

A range of grants are available for food and fibre industries including:

Red Hill goes on show!

The Red Hill Show will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 8:30am-7pm at the Red Hill Showgrounds, 180 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill South. More? Red Hill Agricultural and Horticultural Society 5989 2357 or or

Wind down with a wine on the Peninsula

Peninsula Piers and Pinots is a wine tasting event with 20-25 Mornington Peninsula wineries, food and live music on March 8 from 12-3pm on the Flinders Foreshore, The Esplanade, Flinders. Cost $30/head. More?  5989 2377 or  or

Employment is easy!

Employment Made Easy (eME) connects dairy farm businesses with willing workers and is free to use. More? Jeanette White 03 5624 3900 or visit

It isn’t exactly agriculture but …

Richard Uglow’s a Gippyagchat friend and he’s in South Gippsland revitalising the Civic Guide noticeboards.  He is meeting with traders’ associations and local businesses securing mentions on the boards, which are refreshed biennially. More? or 0408 574 453

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


Hay for sale: Approximately 40 round rolls of dry cow hay for sale at $40 each plus GST in Phillip Island. Delivery can be arranged. More? 5956 9318 (AH)

Quote of the week

Chris Turner: “I’m good friends with 25 letters of the alphabet … I don’t know why.”

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.
Operations manager sought, preferably tertiary qualified. Applicants should have significant management experience in the operation of large scale, power generation facilities or considerable operations management experience in high level roles within complex, large-scale manufacturing organisations and/or have senior operations/ production experience within the mining and related industries. More? Mark Holden 8606 0397
Yarra Valley winery seeking a Mandarin-speaking staffer for the cellar door team and full and part-time professional floor staff for our busy restaurant. Availability to work weekends is essential. More?
Mulgowie Farming Company is seeking a diligent person with material management skills. Based in Boisdale, this position requires high levels of attention to detail and demonstrated ability to plan and prioritise. Applications close March 6. More?
Mulgowie Farming Company is seeking a cultural co-ordinator to actively promote and ensure compliance with work, health and safety; quality, HR and food safety systems, processes and standards. Relevant experience in food safety and the fresh produce sector will be highly regarded. Applications close March 6. More?
Soil lab technician sought at the at GHD laboratory in Morwell (soon to relocate to Traralgon). The work involves a mix of laboratory and field-based work in various locations in south east Victoria. This role suits an experienced individual with a background in soil laboratory testing, and/or field-testing and sampling experience. Certificate III or IV in laboratory skills/techniques would be highly regarded. More? Visit
Administration Assistant - full time/part time wanted at Massoni Wines at Dromana to help with accounts, export orders, wine production and vineyard operation scheduling, social media and sales (retail and wholesale). Candidates should possess excellent communication, Quickbooks, MYOB , advanced spreadsheet skills and general software. Fluency in Mandarin would be a major advantage. Students studying part time will also be considered. More?
Green Army project opportunities: The Green Army programme seeks Australians aged 17-24 years to help control weeds and revegetate the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail from April. The team needs a supervisor and up to nine participants. More?  
Agronomists or horticulturalists with experience in delivering improvements in product quality, shelf life and new products for fruit and vegetable lines sought. Candidates required to have project management experience and good communication skills. A competitive remuneration package, a company car and growth opportunities on offer.  More?  Voula Triantafillou 9864 6050
Sessional horticultural teachers sought by Holmesglen TAFE at Waverley. Qualified and experienced industry professionals to prepare, deliver and assess units of competency. Subject content may include soils, diagnosis of plant health problems, and propagation. Applications close 9am, Thursday March 5. More? Elizabeth Jansz 9564 6273
Propagation nursery hands wanted for casual leading position with permanent a possibility. Performance will be measured on speed and quality. Experience not essential but preferred. More?
General Manager wanted to lead a subsidiary company of a major international innovator with a seed industry focus. Candidates should have extensive senior commercial management experience including bottom line profit and loss responsibility combined with a sales and marketing background (preferably within the seed, fertiliser or crop protection industry) and a sound working knowledge of the distribution channels within agribusiness. More? Nigel Crawley 9645 5200
Sales representative sought for global animal health company ( in Victoria’s East to represent the companion animal business unit to veterinarians. More? quoting reference number ZOEJ167
Office administrator sought for Mornington Peninsula winery for 20-25 hours/week for general office duties and assisting with phone and cellar door inquiries with experience using MYOB, Microsoft, publisher and Excel. Wine knowledge and cellar door experience beneficial. More?
Sales manager wanted for feedlot and corporate key accounts across southern Australia with more than five years of sales experience in the Australian cattle/beef animal industry. The position is based in Traralgon/ La Trobe Valley. Tertiary qualifications in science, agriculture or business highly regarded. More? Simone Fitzsimon 0439 242 452 or quoting reference VRN0365
Cranbourne Racing Precinct seeks a Marketing Manager to develop and implement communication plans. The position requires a degree qualification in relevant marketing or business discipline and demonstrated experience in marketing, communication or PR. More? Joanna Xiradakis 9864 6040
Turkey breeders/farm hands needed for immediate start in the Wandin area. Applicants must be physically fit, have a drivers licence and handle a dusty workplace, face masks provided. Working weekdays 6am to approximately 11am. More? 9761 5282
Horticulturalist needed at Tarrawarra Estate, Yarra Valley, to coordinate works/projects, maintain irrigation systems, pest/weed control, chemicals and general maintenance on 368ha of bush, vineyards and gardens. Requires current Victorian manual drivers licence, chemical user's certificate and minimum level three qualification in horticulture. More?
Full-time, permanent tractor operator required for large-scale Wandin East cut-flower farm. Experience is required in row cropping, crop spraying, general tractor operation and farm maintenance and to be flower picker/general farm hand when required. More?
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

Can we crack the 10K? Say cheese!

The popularity of Gippyagchat has seen phenomenal growth in our recipients' list over the past six years. We want to crack five digits soon. So, we are shamelessly offering a bribe ...  (alright, an inducement) to recruit more readers. The 10,000th person to join the Gippyagchat list will receive a waxed block of Maffra Cheese's award-winning cheddar. It's 1.2kg of multi-award winning cheese craftsmanship from the Maffra Cheese Company, who are exceptionally generous to us. We thank the legendairy Ferial, Sam and the dogged Rebecca for their donations of cheese.

Anyone we’ve forgotten?

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Gippy Diary

Mar 3 Connect→Food →Action Community Forum Wonthaggi Adrian James 5674 6407
Mar 3 Shade and Shelter for Livestock Production Field Day Flynn 0459 177 363
Mar 3 Herb Workshop Sale 5144 5747
Mar 3-4 ABARES Outlook conference Canberra 02 6272 3933
Mar 4 Business Planning Basics Seminar Lakes Entrance Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500
Mar 4 Casey Cardinia Business Group Networking Night Hallam Tamara Ekanayake 9705 5200
Mar 4 Country Women’s Association Pakenham branch meeting Pakenham Vicky 5940 4651
Mar 6 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 6 South East Business Networks International Women’s Day Breakfast   SEBN 8571 1576
Mar 6-7 Warragul Show Warragul Warragul Show Committee 5623 1005
Mar 7 Country Race Meet Omeo Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 7 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Mar 7 Starting Your Business Workshop Pakenham Pakenham Living Learning Centre 5941 2389
Mar 8 Thorpdale Potato Festival Thorpdale
Mar 8 San Remo Fishing Festival San Remo Chris Milton 0408 304 716
Mar 8 Country Race Meet Stony Creek Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 8 Peninsula Piers and Pinots – Wine Tasting Flinders Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association 5989 2377
Mar 9 Country Race Meet Balnarring Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 10 Small Business Mentoring Sessions Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278 
Mar 10 PBN Mix and Mingle night Hastings Cameron McDermid 0487 151 097
Mar 11 Casey–Cardinia Business Breakfast series featuring Matthew Evans Cranbourne North Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Mar 12-15 Azerbaijan Flower Expo Baku, Azerbaijan Tansu Karabulut +90 212 2731 888
Mar 13 Country Race Meet Sale/Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 14 Country Race Meet Woolamai Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 15 Graze the Bays, Land and Sea Festival Mt Eliza
Mar 15 Country Race Meet Yarra Valley Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 15 Toora Pear Party Toora 0428 864 520
Mar 16 R&D Tax Incentive Workshop Trafalgar Tim Wills 5633 3436
Mar 16 Small Business Bus Emerald 13 22 15
Mar 16-28 New Holland Mouse Survey Providence Ponds Flora Reserve Jim Reside 5152 6367
Mar 17 Endophyte Information Session Ellinbank Darrel Rowe 0427 150 278
Mar 17 FMP Business Breakfast Mornington Frankston City Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire 9781 1422
Mar 18 Gippsland Irrigation Expo Sale
Mar 18 GRDC research update Sale
Mar 18 Ellinbank Seminar – role of microbial nitrogen cycling in productive agriculture soils Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Mar 19 R&D Tax Incentive Workshop Narre Warren Tim Wills 5633 3436
Mar 20-22 Women on Farms Gathering Healesville 0418 301 614
Mar 21 Pakenham and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society Show Pakenham Anita Rovers 0408 117 709
Mar 23-25 Paddock to Plate tour of West Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula   Gillian Stewart 0459 177 363
Mar 26 Women in Agriculture Lunch Lardner Lardner Park Events 5626 1373
Mar 26 Country Race Meet Pakenham Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 26-29 Farm World 2015 Lardner Lardner Park Events 5626 1373
Mar 28 Red Hill Show Red Hill South Red Hill Agricultural and Horticultural Society 5989 2357
Mar 28-29 Biological Farming Practical Workshop and Small Microscope Course Garfield 5629 1253
Mar 29 Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival Wonthaggi Roslyn Jenzen 5951 3317
Mar 29 Peninsula Picnic Mornington Stephanie Jones 5975 3310
Mar 30 Beef Bull Selection Course Bairnsdale Claire Harris 5663 9908
Mar 31 Beef Bull Selection Course Ellinbank Claire Harris 5663 9908
Apr 1 Beef Bull Selection Course Leongatha Claire Harris 5663 9908
Apr 1 Stepping In, Stepping Back – Dairy Business Transition Workshop Inverloch GippsDairy 5624 3900
Apr 1 Country Women’s Association Pakenham branch meeting Pakenham Vicky 5940 4651
Apr 2 Stepping In, Stepping Back – Dairy Business Transition Workshop Maffra GippsDairy 5624 3900
Apr 2 Seed Saving Workshop Sale 5144 5747
Apr 4 Omeo Rodeo Omeo 5159 1420
Apr 4 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Apr 9, 16 Feeding Pastures for Profit TBA Frank Mickan 5624 2259
Apr 11 Gippsland Rare and Unusual Plant Fair Jindivick Jindivick Country Gardener 5628 5316
Apr 11 Red Hill Clydesdales and Heavy Harness Show Borneo Red Hill Agricultural and Horticultural Society 5989 2357
Apr 12 Tinamba Food and Wine Festival Tinamba Sarah Gray 0427 011 966
Apr 14 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278
Apr 18 Business Basics Seminar Pakenham Pakenham Living Learning Centre 5941 2389
Apr 19 A Day Out at Lardner Park – Craft Market Lardner Craft Markets Australia 5976 3266
Apr 21 South East Careers Expo and Try a Trade Cranbourne Lydia Rophia 9705 5125
Apr 22 Ellinbank Seminar- useful indicators for measuring nutrient efficiency on dairy farms Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Apr 24 Landcare Green Carpet Traralgon Kathleen 1300 094 262
Apr 29 Export Seminars (Introduction and Online Marketing) Pakenham Jeannie Clark 5945 0401
Apr 30 Biodiversity Video Conference – Migrations   Kylie Singleton 5172 2123
May 2 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
May 12 Small Business Mentoring Sessions Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278 
May 20 Ellinbank Seminar- composting in dairy farming systems Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Jun 6 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Jun 9 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278
Jun 17 Ellinbank Seminar- nitrogen use efficiency on Victorian dairy farms Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Jun 25-27 National Horticulture Convention Gold Coast 9882 0277
Jul 4 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Jul 22 Ellinbank Seminar- methane mitigation Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Jul 30 Biodiversity Video Conference – Moths and Butterflies   Kylie Singleton 5172 2123
Aug 1 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Aug 11 Small Business Mentoring Sessions Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278 
Aug 19 Ellinbank Seminar- understanding dairy soil water properties Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Aug 24-24 Youth Ag-Summit Canberra
Sep 5 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Sep 8 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Bass Coast Shire Council 1300 226 278
Sep 16 Ellinbank Seminar- new and traditional forage species Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Oct 3 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Oct 13 Small Business Mentoring Sessions Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer 1300 226 278
Oct 21 Ellinbank Seminar- Dairy Farm Monitor results Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Oct 29 Biodiversity Video Conference – Mapping Technology and its Application   Kylie Singleton 5172 2123
Nov 7 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
Nov 10 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Bass Coast Shire Council 1300 226 278
Nov 18 Ellinbank Seminar- links between dairy land management and catchment water quality – Australian and Irish perspectives Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Dec 5 Bellbird Corner Working Bee Maffra Christine 5141 1198
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