MG opening price and other local ag-news PLUS 52 jobs on offer - this news from Agribusiness Gippsland



29 February 2016

Edition 122

In this issue

  • IoT ... you read it here first
  • MG pegs opening price
  • Gipps-wide wild dog campaign
  • Major awards for dairy and hort families
  • Want to grow medical poppies?
  • Dry-times roundup: irrigation smarts
  • Calf syndrome detected
  • Names in the news
  • Scholarships, grants, awards...
  • ... AND LOTS of jobs ...
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You heard it here first ...

If you’ve never heard the phrase IoT … you need to learn about the Internet of Things. It was one of the insights shared with more than 60 guests attending the Agribusiness Gippsland Inc (AGI) and KPMG Agribusiness Insights Forum in Melbourne on February 16.
Invitees came from across Victoria for the event, held at KPMG’s Collins St HQ. Among those addressing the day were James Flintoft, CEO, Regional Development Victoria and Ian Proudfoot, KPMG’s Global Agribusiness Leader who flew in from NZ for the event.
See all the presentations here
The afternoon’s ‘Food for thought’ panel included Dr Chris Downs, Research Director, Food Innovation CSIRO; Dr Christine Pitt, General Manager Value Chain Innovation, Meat and Livestock Australia; Peter Liddell, KPMG ASPAC Supply Chain & Operations Leader and Piers Hogarth-Scott, KPMG Director Digital Consultingled by Tim Ada, Executive Director – Sector Development, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, as facilitator.
AGI chair Paul Ford said: “Regional partnerships presents us with a way of mobilising a whole-of-Government response to emerging issues unique to Gippsland. An ‘agribusiness agenda’ would integrate the voice of the regional agribusiness value chain that derives $7bn per annum in economic value for Victoria.”
Ben van Delden, KPMG’s Head of Markets said: “KPMG and Agribusiness Gippsland are committed to turn this vision to action in the form of initiatives that will grow the sector, grow jobs and grow prosperity across Gippsland. We believe the deeply embedded networks Agribusiness Gippsland has in the sector and the mix of high-end consulting skills from KPMG is a partnership that can make a difference.”
AGI worked with KPMG’s corporate caterers to deliver Gippsland-sourced refreshments. We also presented each of the speakers with a ‘Taste of Gippsland’ hamper.

Poppies for your farm?

TPI Enterprises Ltd is holding a number of information sessions about growing poppies, associated contracts, and regulatory guidelines. The sessions will be held:
  • Warragul RSL, 94 Albert St, Warragul Thursday March 10 at 6pm
  • Sale Greyhound Club, Sale-Maffra Rd, Sale on Thursday March 17 at 5pm
Fingerfood and refreshments provided. Please RSVP. More? TPI 9301 0800 or

Come and meet some of ag's most important people

Two of the most important women in Australian agriculture will address the Agribusiness Gippsland 2016 roundtable ... technology>change>future on July 28.
Judith Swales is Fonterra's managing director Oceania, having previously served as the firm's Australian MD. The daughter of a milkman, she grew up helping her father on his daily milk run. She was the MD of Heinz Australia and CEO and MD of Goodyear Dunlop, Australia and NZ. Judith was also the MD of Angus and Robertson Australia, and has served as a non-executive director on the DuluxGroup Board. 
Dr Christine Pitt is General Manager, Meat & Livestock Australia, Value Chain Innovation and has held a number of senior positions in retail, manufacturing and financial service companies. She now oversees MLA's extensive off-farm R&D and client innovation programs. 
Keynote speaker will be Harold Mitchell, the Trafalgar-born son of a sawmiller and high-school drop-out who has risen to become the nation’s foremost ad guru. A BRW Rich-Lister and major national philanthropist, he has interests in various farm enterprises.
There will also be real-life insights from leading farmers.  Precision pasture management will be explained by west Victorian award-winning farmer, Mark Billings.
This will be the region’s major annual agri-event, held at Lardner Park on July 28.
1. Book the date now.
2. Email for a registration pack.
Tickets for the full day, including a free networking cocktail session, are only $150 (plus GST). And there’s a 50% concession for farmers and students.

Read more at the Facebook page....
Sponsorship packages are now available. Email for details. Plus trade stands are just $400 (plus GST). Outdoor sites are available for equipment displays. Email to book a place.
The Agribusiness Gippsland 2016 roundtable … it’s where your business needs to be.

Calf deaths being investigated

Victorian vets and DEDJTR staff are investigating a disease that has affected about half-a-dozen Gippsland dairy calves over the past 18 months. Upper alimentary ulceration syndrome is linked with weight loss, diarrhoea and death in weaned calves up to eight months old. The disease is characterised by ulcers in the mouth and throat and inflammation of the gut. Affected animals only occasionally improve with antibiotics. Beef breeders are also warned to be aware of the condition. If you think your calves might be affected by this condition, or for more information, talk to your vet or local DEDJTR district veterinary officer.

Get some Gippy traction ... soon

If you need to target Gippsland's agri-community and the services they use, consider highly targeted Gippyagchat for your advertising. You'll also get the satisfaction of supporting Agribusiness Gippsland, the region's not-for-profit group helping support our important ag sector. Want to get some ad traction? More info? Sue 0402 267 802

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For the summer season we will compile all the drought news from across Gippsland in each edition ... we hope it will be a short campaign.

Surface irrigated pastures
are becoming overrun by couch, paspalum, nutgrass and distchium, mostly due to small bay outlets that result in very slow watering times or leaking bay outlets. Spraying out and resowing new pastures will not deal with the root of the problem. Make sure underlying problems like irrigation layout and poor bay outlets are part of pasture improvement plans. 
Weather outlook for Gippsland (Friday February 26 to Thursday March 3): Predicted weekly pasture water use for the Macalister Irrigation District is 30.5mm/ha (0.30 ML/ha), a pasture water use rate of 4.4mm/day/ha (March average = 3.8 mm/day). Natural inflows have risen slightly to 61ML/day but as this just meets the required Macalister River environmental flow, no water can be harvested to increase Low Reliability Water Share. Channel flows have been around the 1,087 ML/day reflecting the ongoing dry, and demand for irrigation water to keep pastures growing.  More? Gavan Lamb MG technical sales agronomist 0497 005 389

Seasonal update webinar
: DEDJTR's Seasonal Risk Agronomist, Dale Grey, will present the latest seasonal climate update and soil moisture trends for Victoria from 12-12:45pm on Friday March 4. All you need is a computer with a reliable internet connection and a headset or, if no headset you can phone in.  Advanced registration is essential. Log in at least five minutes before the webinar start time. More?

has a seasonal conditions webpage at The page includes information on water, feed, climate, animal welfare, key contacts and seminars.

Climate and water outlook: BOM's climate and water outlook for the period from February to April. Watch it here

Farmer resources: Dairy Australia has a range of resources aimed at helping farmers in the hot and dry conditions including: Drought loans: Drought concessional loans are now on offer to eligible farmers in Victoria.  This scheme, managed by Rural Finance, is designed to assist farming operations that have experienced significant financial impact as a result of the drought. Eligible businesses must have been operating for at least three years and have good long-term prospects of returning to profitable trading with sustainable debt levels. More? Visit or 1800 260 425

Register for the heat stress alerts service at

When should you get financial help? Jenny Mason from the Gippsland Rural Financial Counselling Service Victoria (RCFS) offers independent, cost-free and confidential rural financial counselling to farms and other small rural businesses facing hardship. More?

Want to trade water?: SRW is asking farmers to consider water trading with the free online Watermatch register which connects those wishing to buy or sell water licences. A temporary trade can just be for a single year and means no lose of water licence. A permanent trade can provide a good one-off income. Anyone looking at improving longer-term water supply options such as building new dams or bores that they need to discuss licensing requirements with Southern Rural Water first. More?

Ag-news round-up

BREAKING NEWS: MG this morning announced it will hold its $5.60/kgMS opening price, citing a weak global dairy market  due to  oversupply .
Gippy winners in the Weekly Times/Coles Farmer of the Year awards announced last night were: Dairy - Toby, Lyn and Nick Leppin; Horticulture - Chris, Adam and Ben Schreurs, Schreurs and Sons and FARM Magazine Outstanding Farmer - Damien and Bess Noxon, Main Ridge Dairy.
...ALSO: Leongatha North herb grower Freshzest plans to build 2ha of greenhouses, a $9m investment creating 30 permanent jobs. The greenhouses will be on Freshzest’s 110ha farm which already has field crops of kefir, bay and curry trees.
... PLUS: Bairnsdale's Patties Foods has reported an 11.8% net profit drop for the half year ending in December 31. Revenue from its frozen fruit business fell 62%. Chairman Mark Smith said all fruit assets would be sold by May and the company would now focus on bakery foods.
...MEANWHILE: Receivers Ferrier Hodgson is seeking urgent expressions of interest for the sale of Dalys Feed, Seed and Fertilisers, at Tinamba West.
...PLUS: The Lakes Entrance Forestec facility is reopening and starting clases from March 7.
... AND: Cooper Energy has set a June deadline to secure partners and customers for its three-part $1bn Gippsland gas project, partnered by Santos in the onshore gas plant at Orbost and in the Sole gas field, and by Beach Energy in the Manta gas field.
... FINALLY: Karen Baum is now Workforce Support Coordinator at Devondale Murray Goulburn.

Reduce the impact of wild dogs

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Wild Dog Program will be holding community field days and workshops focussing on:
  • recognising signs of wild dogs
  • how and where to set wild dog traps and establishing bait stations
  • the Canid Pest Ejector (CPE)
  • AWI Community Wild Dog Group information
  • the current 2015/16 Wild Dog Management Zone (WDMZ) work plans and development of the 2016/17 work plans.
The workshops/field days will be held:
  • Tuesday March 8 from 8.30-11am at Delegate River CFA Shed, Bonang Hwy, Bonang
  • Wednesday March 9 from 10am-1pm at Graham Connley’s property, Tonghi Creek, 8km west of Cann River
  • Thursday March 10 from 10am-1pm at Peter Sutton’s property, Buchan
  • Thursday March 17 from 10am-1pm at the DELWP Office, Erica
  • Wednesday March 30 from 12-3pm at Kevin Dean’s property, Tambo Crossing
  • Wednesday March 30 from 6-8pm at Ron Shelton’s shearing shed, Factory Ln, Swifts Creek
  • Thursday March 31 from 10am-1pm in Omeo/Benambra region
  • Tuesday April 12 from 10am-1pm at Glenmaggie Memorial Hall, Glenmaggie
  • Wednesday April 13 from 10am-1pm at the Dargo Hall, Dargo
  • Thursday April 14 from 10am-1pm at Iguana Creek, Dargo Rd, Glenaladale.
The events include a BBQ breakfast, lunch or morning tea. Please RSVP. More? Barry Davies 5152 0642 or

Growing Gippsland  from farm gate to dinner plate

Agribusiness Gippsland was delighted to help secure funding last year for the 'Farm gate to dinner plate - Growing Gippsland Program,’ funded by Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS). We're even more pleased that this highly successful program us continuing for another year.  Year two of the program is about to start with the free information sessions on Registration for the program (valued at $2500) is just $145 per participant and covers five three-hour workshops/mentoring sessions, five one-hour private mentoring sessions and an initial year of full membership in the Small Business Institute. Additional stand alone workshops will be available in Baw Baw and South Gippsland later in 2016. More? Anthony Turner 9879 4486 or

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 246 258. (*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.

Japanese come to see farming in the heat

Tuesday will see Agribusiness Gippsland hosting an AUSTRADE delegation of Japanese dairy farmers through south Gippsland. Madeline Toner, our executive assistant, is a fluent Japanese speaker (and holds a Bachelor of Ag Science). She will be the tour host and translator as the visitors travel from Melbourne to see three dairy farms and a sheep property. They visitors are from Kushiro in northern Japan where the February mean temperature is - 4degC. On Tuesday the forecast in South Gippsland is 33degC.

Gippsland presents a winning cheese board

Gippsland is starting to reclaim its soft white cheese supremacy and there’s a very big hurrah headed to newcomer Pangrazzi Cheese of Fish Creek for grabbing a silver with its Hoddle Camembert in the 2016 Royal Agricultural Society of NSW’s Cheese and Dairy Produce Show.
Paul and Carolyn Pangrazzi's offering edged ahead of the Jindi double-cream Brie. Jindi scored a clutch of bronzes: for its triple-cream and double-cream brie, and its camembert and President camembert lines. The Emporium triple cream brie won bronze.
Moyarra’s Prom Country Cheese scored a gold for its matured Kongwak Reserve and Picnic Point sheep milk cheeses, and a bronze for its mould-ripened Venus Blue.
Brilliant Berrys Creek cheese of Fish Creek had wins with Riverine Blue named champion sheep, goat and buffalo milk product and was included on the champion cheeseboard. It also scored a bronze for its Roweford Blue. In the cow milk section, a gold went to Oak Blue while silver went to Tarwin Blue and a bronze to Bellingham Blue.
Another Gippy winner was Caprilac, scoring a gold in the milk category and blitzing the flavoured yogurt class with silver for its passionfruit and strawberry and a gold for its berry delight flavour. It also won bronze in the cultured milk beverage category with its dark berry and berry lines and in the non-fat class with its Heartpro twin-pack.
Maffra Cheese Company scored a bronze for the Wensleydale with cranberries offering made for Coles and a silver for its veteran performer, the cloth aged cheddar.
Meanwhile, two Dandenong South cheese makers using Gippsland milk scored wins. Moondarah Cheese scored silver for the Westacre Manhattan Apricot and almond infused cream cheese while gold went to the organic haloumni made by Lemnos.

Women from farms to gather off farm

The 27th annual Women on Farms Gathering will be help in Hopetoun from March 18-20. Topics and workshops include:
  • National Centre for Farmer Health
  • Investment, super and financial planning
  • International Year of the Pulse cooking demonstration
  • Regional highlights and landmark tours
  • The national success of a local grower group
  • Agricultural success stories from the region
  • Stress reduction for farming families
  • Healthy living - food intolerances
  • Effective ‘accidental’ counselling
  • Water, women and farming stories plus much more fun and education
The event features a range of guest speakers including: Susan Brumby, NCFFH; Simon Bryant, Ambassador chef for IYOTPulse; Mary Raynes, Pulse Australia; Emma Kealy MP; Cr Susan Riley, Dep. Lord Mayor of Melbourne; Senator Bridget McKenzie; Jill Whelan, WHO; Carmel O’Kane, Wimmera Health Care Group; Dr Sally Norton, Australian Grains Genebank; Dr Sarah Hely, Agriculture Research Manager, Victorian Govt. The cost for attendance is $160. More?

Spending the day in the shed is justified!

GippsDairy is running a series of Shed Days which are designed to assist farmers to capitalise on the autumn break following a dry spring summer with tips for:
  • renovating/resowing paddocks
  • Feeding options and income effect
  • managing remaining water reserves for maximum effect
  • cash flow strategies/ coping with debt
  • young stock development
Shed days will be held on:
  • Cope's Property, 91 Stewarts and Dunlop Rd, Middle Tarwin, March 2 from 12-2pm and facilitated by Matt Harms
  • Les and Lyn Hornby’s property, 110 Axford Rd, Outtrim on Wednesday March 9 from 12.30-2.30pm
  • Damian and Trudy Murphy’s property, 680 Farmers Rd, Dumbalk North on Thursday March 10 from 7-9pm.
More? John Gallienne 0407 863 493

Eat, drink and be merry in Tinamba!

The Tinamba Food and Wine Festival will be held on Sunday April 3 from 11am-4pm at Tinamba Main St, outside the Tinamba Hotel, Tinamba-Seaton Rd, Tinamba. The cost is $10 per head, including a wine glass. More? Kellie Willis 0429 329 989 or

Dairy farmers, your brains are needed!

Dr Nicholas Lyons needs help to get some futuristic thinking happening and has asked for answers to the following questions. Although he’s a NSW-man, we think Nico’s OK.
  1. Which technologies or innovations adopted on-farm over the last 15 years have had a positive impact on farm productivity, profitability or sustainability (e.g. genomics, AI, cup removers, rotary sheds, sexed semen, etc)?
  2. Which farm duties, task or activities that are not currently automated would you like to see automated in the next 15 years (such as herding cows, book keeping, AI, health checks)?
  3. If you could have a look, or imagine, dairy farming in 2030…..what would it look like (small/large farms, robotics, computers, more supplements, younger generations involved, integrated industry, better animal welfare, consumer more involved, etc)?

Landcare groups can help stop extinction

Landcarers are being called on to help cease wildlife extinctions caused by feral cats. To help track efforts, a new, easy-to-use phone app has been designed to log sightings of feral cats and work done to control them. The data feeds back to the Australian Government to help build a national picture of what is happening and what needs to be done. More?

Don’t let pasture management go past ya

David Stewart, Pasture and Small Farming Specialist, is leading a pasture management course on Sunday March 6 from 10am-4pm at 535 Bass Valley Rd, Loch (Mark Walter’s property). BYO lunch. RSVP essential. More? South Gippsland Landcare Network 5662 5759 or

Community input sought on drought funding

The Victorian Government believes that the communities affected by drought are best placed to inform how the $10 million Drought Response Fund should be allocated. Community input is sought:

Feedback sought on wastewater management plan

Baw Baw Shire Council is seeking community feedback on the draft Domestic Wastewater Management Plan following consultation sessions held in November. Eight high-risk towns (Darnum, Nilma, Walhalla, Neerim Junction, Noojee, Erica, Rawson and Thorpdale) were determined based on topography, proximity to waterways and the size of allotments. Submissions are open until 5pm on Monday February 29. Feedback can be provided via the online feedback form at or More? Robyn Duffy 5624 2411

Thinking of stepping in or stepping back?

The Stepping In or Stepping Back sessions are for dairy farmers looking to step back from farming and farmers looking to step into more responsibility. A session will run at the Maffra DEDJTR Office on March 16 from 10am-3pm. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900

Workshops to explain the R&D tax incentive

The Victorian office of AusIndustry is running a series of workshops to aid companies and advisors understand the R&D Tax Incentive Program. The sessions cover the annual registration process, core and supporting activities, the registration form, and the compliance process undertaken. Sessions will run:
  • Bairnsdale, East Gippsland Shire Council Corporate Centre, 273 Main St (Princes Hwy) on April 7
  • Trafalgar, Baw Baw Technology Centre, 107 Princes Hwy on April 7
  • Narre Warren at the Casey Cardinia Business Hub, Victor Cres, on April 14.
More? 13 28 46 or

Improve orchard harvest efficiency

At the Summer 2016 Future Orchards® walks, AgFirst’s Craig Hornblow shared some tips on how to improve harvest efficiency this year, and how to plan to improve it in future years too. More? Watch the video...

Dairy region funding open

The 2016 ‘Working in Dairy Communities’ Small Grants Program, run by the Gardiner Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, offers grants of up to $5000 toward projects that improve infrastructure and address local issues to strengthen the small rural communities that underpin Victoria’s dairy industry.  A total of $100,000 is available. Not-for-profit community groups with an ABN or incorporation certificate that operate in dairy regions can apply. Applications close March 16. More?

Winter crop summary released

The Victorian Winter Crop Summary provides information on current varieties of the major winter crops grown in Victoria and prompt growers to ask themselves, 'Am I growing the best variety for my situation?' Use it as a guide for discussion with consultants, advisers and marketing agents. More?

Food and fibre matters

Presenters, sponsors and participants are sought for the 2016 Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA) Conference to be held in Canberra from the May 1-3. More?

Tour visits innovation in the Otways

Landcare follows the harvest trail tour on May 2-4 with an exploration of innovative farms and marketing in the Otways. The tour involves:
  • Day 1: Ravens Creek Farm - pork, berries, beef; Moriac Farmstead – dairy goats, cheese; Tarndwarncoort Homestead - one of Australia’s oldest family farms
  • Day 2: Corunnaire Produce - truffles and walnuts; walk up Red Rock; Special Effects Nursery – bush foods; Otway Forest - shiitake mushrooms; Forrest Brewing Company
  • Day 3: Andrew Stewart - sheep, cut flowers and agroforestry; Rowan Reid - agroforestry and funder of Master Treegrower program.
RSVP by March 31. The cost is $385 (shared accommodation, breakfasts and dinner and two lunches included in price). More? Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377 or

Paddock to Plate gets students back to work

Federation Training will deliver Paddock to Plate training that connects horticulture and hospitality at the Bairnsdale, Morwell and Leongatha Campuses whilst connecting students, employers and the wider community. Students will gain real skills and ‘hands on training’ and work placement to get them ‘Back to Work’. Each campus has a slightly different focus for paddock to plate. Leongatha is predominately hospitality focused, Morwell is horticulture and hospitality and Bairnsdale and Sale students do both of these and also access the farm at Sale. More? Bairnsdale/Sale: Chris Kleine 5143 5703 or; Morwell: Robyn Stanton-Long 5120 4543 or; Leongatha: Lisa Kuhne 5662 6808 or

Global prices, dry conditions impact milk farmers

Lower global dairy prices, dry conditions and high input costs are tightening margins for Australia’s dairy farmers and reducing national milk production, according to DA's latest Situation and Outlook report. DA is expecting an overall drop in milk production for 2015/16 after a slow spring and summer. The national volume was down 0.2% for the season at the end of December. More?…/Market-situation-and-out…

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 April (special edition technical supplement) issue on drought resilience has a deadline of March 4
  • The May issue on revegetation and integration of biodiversity with food/fibre production has a deadline of April 8.
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?

Farm World to focus on productivity

Farm World 2016 “Farm Productivity” will be held from April 7-10 at Lardner Park, 155 Burnt Store Rd, Lardner. In its 54th year Farm World is Victoria’s largest regional agricultural event with 700 exhibitors. It provides a unique platform for farm machinery manufacturers, suppliers and distributors to launch new products, to showcase their ranges and highlight technological changes. More? Lardner Park Events 5626 1373 Lardner Park Events

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

Take charge of cow fertility

InCharge fertility workshops focus on improving herd fertility including heat detection, heifer management, transition management and bull management and feature a number of expert speakers The course will run for five days over five weeks in:
  • Maffra starting March 30
  • Ellinbank starting March 31.
More? Ash Michael 0428 307 250 or

Looking for seasonal workers?

The National Harvest Labour Information Service assists agricultural/horticultural industries find seasonal labour at critical times for fruit picking, but can be used for pruning, weeding, packing, tractor driving, spraying, planting etc. Register vacancies on the government’s Harvest Trail website More? 1800 062 332

Pitch for international success

The Victorian Invitation Program is running a number of free export training workshops at the Investment Centre Victoria, Level 46, 55 Collins St, Melbourne, including:
  • Export Skills 101 on Monday March 7 from 9am-2pm at. The DuMonde Group will help participants pursue export opportunities and develop an export strategy. More? Click here
  • Asian Capability Workshop on Tuesday March 8 from 9.30am-3.30pm - Asialink will give participants practical tips and market insights to build relationships with potential partners in Asia. More? Click here
  • Pitching for International Success on Thursday March 10 from 8.30am-1pm – The Export Council of Australia will run a practical session on engaging with potential buyers for export success. More? Click here
All workshops are free, by places are limited and registration is essential.

Grayling make a splash in the Latrobe River

Evidence of an endangered fish species, the Australian grayling, breeding in the Latrobe River has been found near Fulham for the first time. More?

Have your say on waste and resource recovery

The Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group is currently developing a major plan for waste management and resource recovery in Gippsland over the next decade. Comment is sought on issues, challenges and opportunities in waste management and resource recovery to help inform the plan. Business, industry and community sessions will be held across the Gippsland in the next few months. Details of engagement sessions across Gippsland are listed on the website  More? Ian Needham 0438 963 559 or

Suburbia meets the country at the show

Parklea Pakenham and District Agricultural and Horticultural Show on Saturday, March 19 from 9am-5pm at PB Ronald Reserve, cnr John and Henry Sts, Pakenham, provides an engaging agricultural, horticultural and multicultural experience for the whole family. More? Anita Rover 0408 117 709 or or visit

Pleased to meet you!

An introduction to permaculture on Saturday, March 5 from 1:30-3:30pm at Summerhill Farm/Santosha Permaculture, 264 Barkers Rd, Main Ridge covers the basics of ethics and principles, zones and sectors. Book at: More? Fleur Baker 0425 785 233 or

What is limiting pasture production?

Healthy Soils Sustainable Farms is holding a pasture trial field day on Ross Batten, Madeline and Bernard Buckley’s property “Quatro Bras”, 160 Buffalo-Waratah Rd, Buffalo on Friday April 29 from 2-4.30 pm. The pasture trial looks at methods to deal with acid mat, low fertility and explore options to improve production. Results of sowing Soilkee renovator in autumn and spring will be discussed. Please RSVP. More? Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377 or

Plan for better business

A business planning essentials workshop will be held on March 21 at the Bairnsdale Library Meeting Room, 22 Service St, Bairnsdale. The workshop will help participants to develop a business plan to identify and avoid future issues and explore new opportunities. The cost of the two-hour course is $20. More? Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500 or

Who needs a drone when you've got a dog?

Dogs are now being trained to sniff out weeds. More?…/learn-how-dogs-can-help-you-tackle-…/

Book in for breakfast

Dates for the 2016 Business Breakfast Series have been confirmed as:
  • Wednesday March 9 at the Cranbourne Racing Centre, Grant St, Cranbourne with business coach Holly Ransom
  • Wednesday June 15 at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham
  • Wednesday September 7 at the Cranbourne Racing Centre, Grant St, Cranbourne with Gerry Ryan, Melbourne-based businessman and entrepreneur
  • 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

Plan to make a better business

A business planning workshop from 12-2pm on Saturday March 19 at Toomah Community Centre, 18 Golden Green St, Pakehnam, will help participants to navigate through the business planning process, create a clear, one-page business plan and introduce business frameworks to fast-track success. The cost is $20. Click here to book. More? Linda Penman 5941 2389 or

Workshops support local business

Latrobe City Council is hosting a number of workshops including:
  • Employing People the Right Way on March 10 from 5:30-9:30pm at Latrobe City Council Headquarters, Morwell will teach participants how to find, contract, induct and manage people in line with good management practice and legal requirements.
  • Starting Your Business Right on March 17 from 5:30-9pm at Latrobe City Council Headquarters, Morwell and covering evaluating business-readiness, market-analysis, best structure, business planning and registration.
More? Latrobe City’s Eventbrite page or Business Development Team 1300 367 700 or

Have you discussed DairyBase?

GippsDairy is offering to present sessions on DairyBase to dairy discussion groups operating in Gippsland. Sessions can range from an introduction to the DairyBase tool through to running a comparative analysis session with real group member farm data. More? Tony Platt 0477 440 339 or

Planning to break into Asian exports?

Two trade missions are open to Gippsland food producers keen to get an Asian footprint under the aegis of the Victorian Government.
  • Food and Hotel Asia 2016 Exhibition - Singapore from April 12-15: FHA2016 Hotel Asia is widely regarded as Asia's most established trade exhibition. Visit:
  • SIAL CHINA 2016 – Shanghai May 5 is the largest food and beverage exhibition in Asia, the 17th edition of SIAL CHINA 2016 will welcome 66,000 visitors and more than 2900 exhibitors from 65 countries. Visit: More?
... PLUS: The Japanese food trade show FOODEX is in early March and among the attendees will be Bulmer Farms' Andrew Bulmer. Also attending is East Gippsland foodie Simon Friend. He has a stand there, along with another ex Lakes Entrancian Peter Anthony from The Age news desk, who will be reporting and cooking (he used to run restaurants in the US). Useful people to know. More? 0405 424 860

Weed the good from the bad on the web

Weed Smart are holding a webinar series on summer weed control and pre-emergent herbicide mixing strategies hosted by Pete Newman.
  • Webinar 1 on Tuesday, March 8 from 10:30 – 11:30am features Colin McMaster, Cropping Agronomist, NSW DPI, discussing controlling summer weeds for yield and profit
  • Webinar 2 on Tuesday March 15 from 10.30-11.30am with Prof. Patrick Tranel, Uni of Illinois discussing increasing pre-emergent efficacy through the mix and rotate strategy.
Register at More? Ellen McNamara 0429 897 129 or

Discover the benefits of whole farm planning

A whole farm planning- FarmPlan21 course, led by Nick Dudley from (DEDJTR) and other specialists, is a series of six workshops on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm-9.45pm from April 13 to May 18 at the DEDJTR Office in Peart St, Leongatha. The cost is $150. More? SGLN 5662 5759 or

Be prepared for emergency

Victoria State Emergency Service in partnership with all other emergency services encourage businesses to build a preparedness plan. Plans should be: written down, duplicated, and understood by staff and key stakeholders. Plans should consider:
  • risks, focusing on those that are most likely to affect business, considering individual business location and operation
  • the effect on your staff, customers, suppliers and operations
  • risks will vary and could include sudden illness of a key staff member to robbery, flood, bushfire, electrical fire, data loss or heat stress.

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

Botanic Gardens offer more than plants

The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Cnr of Ballarto Rd and Botanic Dr, Cranbourne, is hosting the Australian Textile Exhibition from Saturday March 5 – Monday March 14. More? RBG 5990 2200 or or

Farm diversification made easy

Green tea, lemon aspen and Christmas Bush are some of the less-obvious crops suitable for the Warragul region according to this new RIRDC website. But the Bairnsdale region is a whole heap more exciting: Fennel oil, parsley oil, teff, muntries, redclaw ... the range is dizzying ... Go on, you know you want to try it!

Take a Gippsland food adventure

Paul and Jenny O’Sullivan open the gates for a farm tour and meal at “Malabar Farm” 720 Buffalo-Waratah Rd, Tarwin Lower - 640 hectares, running 1000 cattle and 5500 sheep and – the home of Gippsland Food Adventures, near Walkerville. They supply prime cattle to Gippsland Natural and Enviromeat brands, and have produced lambs for Coles for over 16 years. The tour includes paddock driving, a bush walk and sheep yard activities. Bookings essential. The tour and lunch will run on Saturday April 2 from 9.30am-2pm for lunch and 4-8.30pm for evening tour and dinner. Cost: $120 per person, $55 per child 4-14 years. More ? Paul  O’Sullivan 5663 2386 or

Creative women show their wares

The Country Women’s Association (CWA) Bass Group is holding its annual Creative Arts Exhibition on April 9-10 at the Public Hall, 11 Smith St, Loch. Members’ cooking, preserves, needlework, knitting, crochet, flora and photography will be displayed. Craft demonstrations will be given on rug making, beading, lace making, crochet, spinning, felting and more. Morning/afternoon tea and light lunch available. Admission: $3. More? Annie Graham 5678 8037

Can the FTA benefit your business?

Austrade is hosting a number of seminars to explore the opportunities created by the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with China, Korea and Japan. The seminars will discuss: market opportunities, access and tariffs, grants and assistance, managing risk, legal compliance, FAQs and success stories. The seminars will run on:
  • Friday March 4 from 8.30-12pm at the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron, The Foreshore, Beach Rd, Beaumaris
  • Thursday March 10 from 9am-12pmat 2 Cardinia St, Berwick
More? Austrade Direct 13 28 78 or

Bag a copy of the 2016 Hunting Guide

Victorian game hunters can gain information about bag limits, season dates and safe and responsible hunting in the new Victorian Hunting Guide. The guide is posted online and mailed to all 48,000 licensed game hunters, and covers updates to hunting arrangements for the 2016 seasons. This year, bag limits have been reduced for duck season – eight birds can be taken on opening day, March 19, and four birds per day after that, while the Blue-Winged Shoveler cannot be hunted.
Hunters of deer, Stubble Quail and introduced game birds will also find details of season openings and closings, locations and bag limits. More?

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

Cemeteries seeking trust members

A large number of Class B cemetery trust members have a term of office expiring in July 2016 and new members are sought. These are not remunerated positions. Phone the cemetery secretary to discuss the requirements to apply:
  • Omeo 5159 1405
  • Pakenham 0488 478 707
  • Phillip Island 0418 368 67
  • Stratford 0427 456 829

Baw Baw Business Awards open for applications

The 2016 Baw Baw Shire Business Excellence Awards celebrate local business excellence, innovation, development and success. Businesses and business people are recognised for their contribution to the lifestyle and economy of the Baw Baw Shire. The 2016 awards will see the return of the Business Person of the Year Award and the introduction of the People’s Choice category for retail businesses. Applications close March 18. More?  Baw Baw Shire Council’s website or Stacey Clark 5624 2411 or

Worldwide agriculture event coming to Latrobe

Latrobe City will host the World Wide Agriculture conference (WWAG) in July 2016. Around the 200 delegates are expected to event. The WWAG will be held at Federation University in Churchill from July 20-21 and on 22 July the delegates will tour local regional growers. Additionally, one of the speakers will host an intensive course on feeding the soil at the Century Inn in Traralgon from July 25-27. More?

Pakenham goes on show!

The Parklea Pakenham and District Agricultural and Horticultural Show will be held on Saturday, March 19 from 9am-5pm at PB Ronald Reserve, Henry and John Sts, Pakenham. The Show is an engaging agricultural, horticultural and multicultural experience for the whole family. More? Anita Rover 0408 117 709 or or visit

Clean up Australia

Registrations are now open for next year's Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday March 6. Register a local site including streets, parks, sporting grounds, beaches, bushland and waterways. More?

Don’t miss the business bus

The Victorian Government’s Small Business Bus, that offers free mentoring with an experienced business professional, is coming to:
  • Grantville on March 24 outside the Grantville Pantry, 1509 Bass Hwy, Grantville
  • Cowes on April 11 at 91-97 Thompson Ave
  • Inverloch on April 12 at 16 A'Beckett Street
  • Wonthaggi on April 13 at 71-73 McBride Ave
  • Cowes on April 14 at 91-97 Thompson Ave
More? 13 22 15 or

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:
  • March 23 with Kohleth Chia, Research Scientist, Biometrics, Parkville on 10 analyses you didn't know a Biometrician can do
  • April 20 with Doug Crawford, Research Scientist, Spatial Information Sciences, Ellinbank on rapid analytics: applying new spectrometric technologies for quicker cheaper analysis of soil
  • May 18 with Josie Thornhill, Research Scientist, Animal Production Sciences, Ellinbank on validation of genomic breeding values for heat tolerance in lactating dairy cows
  • June 15 with Dr Thabo Kumaran, Senior Research Scientist, Landscapes and Water, Parkville on extending “SafeGauge for Nutrients” to rainfed dairy systems in Victoria
  • July 20 with Dr Innocent Rugoho, Research Scientist, Soil Sciences, Ellinbank on winter feed systems in New Zealand South Island dairy farms
  • August 17 with Claire Lewis, Research Scientist, Animal Production Sciences, Ellinbank on valuing trait improvements in pasture species
  • September 14 with Sarah Killury, Dairy and Irrigation Team Leader, South East, Agriculture Services and Biosecurity Operations, Maffra on sustainable irrigation in the MID - progress to date
  • 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

Show promises to paint the hill red!

The Red Hill Show will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 8:30am-5pm at the Red Hill Showgrounds, Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill. The Show features art, craft, cooking, flowers, produce and livestock competitions, face painting rides and more. The Grand Parade is at 2.45pm. Admission: family ticket (2 adults, 3 children 6-18 years) $50; adults $15; children 6 to 18 years $10 (5 years and under free); students and pensioners $10. Free parking. More? Rebecca Davis 5989 2357 or  or visit

Prepare yourself for climate change

James Whitmore, co-author of The Handbook: Surviving and living with climate change, will discuss what you can do as individuals to survive and thrive on Tuesday, March 1 from 6-7pm at the Emerald Library, 400A Belgave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald . From fire, flood and heat proofing your home, to growing your own food, James shares how you can prepare yourself physically (and mentally) for a changing climate. Bookings essential. More? 5949 4600 or

Monbulk meeting is more than an AGM

Monbulk Landcare is presenting a half day program with speakers David Rothfield from Beyond Zero Emission, and Ian Conibeer from Energy Connections on Saturday March 5 from 9.45am at The Hub, cnr Main and Moores Rds, Monbulk. The program includes an overview of renewables, technical aspects of battery storage systems and the AGM. More? 0430 214 696

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: March 8, 22; April 5, 19; May 3, 17, 31; June 14, 28; July 12, 26; August 9, 23; September 6, 20; October 4, 18.
  • Bass Coast Shire Council Civic Centre, 76 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi on March 8, May 10, August 9, October 11
  • Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Ave, Cowes on April 26, June 14, September 13, November 8
  • Grantville Transaction Centre, 1504-1510 Bass Hwy, Grantville on July 12
  • Toomah Community Centre, 15 Golden Green St, Pakenham on March 22.
To book a mentoring session please visit the Small Business Mentoring Service or contact your relevant local council.

Are you pest-smart?

The Invasive Animals CRC has launched the Pestsmart Connect website providing contact details of agencies, organisatins and groups active in pest animal management. More?

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)

Investing in agriculture – growing our future

Registrations are now open for the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Outlook 2016 conference on March 1-2 in Canberra which will explore ‘Investing in agriculture – growing our future’. More?

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in March: 3-Pakenham, 4-Cranbourne, 10- Pakenham, 11-Cranbourne, 12-Omeo, 13-Stony Creek, 17 Pakenham, 19 Woolamai, 20-Yarra Valley, 29-Stony Creek, 31-Pakenham. More? 1300 139 402 or visit

Novel forages can inhibit methane production

Ellinbank scientists have found some low-greenhouse gas plants suitable for cow forage - chicory, broccoli and plantain could help mitigate methane production. Together with scientists from the University of WA, the researchers reported the highest methane emission came from cows grazing Winifred rape. Lowest methane production, 30% less than that of Winifred, was observed in Plantago lanceolata L. cv. Tonic and Cichorium intybus L. cv. Choice. “Selected novel forages have some advantageous fermentability profiles in the rumen and, in particular, inhibit methane production,” they reported in the CSIRO journal Animal Production Science. They studied 10 alternative forage species, measuring total gas production, methane production and concentrations in ruminal fluid of volatile fatty acids and ammonia.

Learn about on-farm fertility

A RegenAG® Biofertiliser Course will be held on Tuesday, March 29 from 8am-5pm at Peninsula Fresh Organics, 6 Henderson Rd, Baxter. This very popular hands-on workshop will re-define the role that bio-fertilisers and organic inputs can play on your property in addressing soil health, plant nutrition, pest control, fungal disease control, equipment and processes. Course fees apply – see website. More? Kym Kruse 0447 054 466 or or visit

Incursion opportunities arise from Target 100

Target 100 has developed three 45-minute video conference lessons that are curriculum linked with key messages in science and sustainability. The lessons can be conducted through interactive whiteboards. Students can meet a cattle and sheep farmer and ask questions about how they produce beef and lamb. The themes are: More? Click here

Need help with record keeping?

A short workshop on effective record keeping for small business will be held from 6-8pm on April 13 at the Baw Baw Shire Council Offices, 33 Young St, Drouin. $20 per person. Bookings Essential at  Effective Record Keeping for Small Business. More? Aaron Campbell 5624 2438 or

Rabbit baiting to protect native reserves

Bass Coast Shire Council undertook rabbit baiting in council-managed native vegetation offset sites at Inverloch and Smiths Beach. The areas included the Smiths Beach Drainage Reserve and Screw Creek Offset Site in Inverloch. Signage will be displayed on all access tracks and areas which will be affected. The foreshore baiting program is being conducted to minimise the impacts of rabbits on the indigenous vegetation in these conservation reserves, as well as reducing the effect on the nearby properties. More? Diana Whittington, on 1300 226 278 or

It’s more than just good scones!

The Country Women's Association Pakenham Branch meets monthly for friendship, fellowship, and fund raising to help local organisations and/or people in need. There are speakers at monthly meetings, bus trips and monthly craft get-togethers. The next meeting is on Wednesday, March 2 from 9.30am-12.30pm at Guide Hall 31 Henry St, Pakenham. More? Vicky Birch 5940 4651 or or

Save the date to celebrate sustainability

The 2016 Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival will be held on Sunday April 3 at Coal Creek, Korumburra. More? Lyndal Peterson 5662 9324 or

Cooperation solves water problem

Some very good news for farmers from Gippsdairy and SRW:…/farmers-unite-t…/2751539.aspx

Care about the coast?

Applications are now open for Coastcare Victoria’s 2016 Community Grants Program that supports community organisations to take practical local action to protect and enhance the coastal and near-shore marine environment. Applications for small grants of up to $7,500 are sought. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2017. Applications close at midnight on April 17. More? Click here

Organically rid your business of waste

Local businesses can claim up to $150,000 from the State Government to install technology which will assist to efficiently break down organic matter. While the program is targeted at food manufacturers and local governments, all small-to-medium businesses who produce organic waste as a by-product and currently have an anaerobic digestive solution are encouraged to apply. Closing date for applications is March 21. More? Click here

Thinking of doing business with China?

Applications for the Australia China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) programme funding round are now open for projects and trade missions that develop Australia’s agricultural trading relationship with China. 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?

Research scholarships on offer

Applications are sought for the 2016 Bill Borthwick Student Scholarships, worth $500 to $2500, for tertiary students undertaking research projects relating to public land in Victoria. Deadline 5pm on March 4. Applicants must be enrolled in an Australian university in 2016, undertaking an Honours, Masters or PhD research project. Relevant fields of study include natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, economics, law and politics. More? Joan Phillips 1800 134 803

Funding helps make businesses greener

Sustainability Victoria is offering grants to eligible business cover 50% of the cost to engage a consultant to conduct a resource assessment of their operations. Grants are capped at $5000 for an energy assessment and $10,000 for a materials or combined materials and energy assessment. Applications for materials assessments and combined material and energy assessments close at 4pm on Friday May 13. More?

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? Darren Charman 5116 7301 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

The first-ever global nitrogen footprint, encompassing 188 countries, has found the US, China, India and Brazil are responsible for 46% of the world’s nitrogen emissions. The economic modelling, which grouped the nitrogen footprint into top-ranking bilateral trade relationships, noted a trend for increased nitrogen production and found developed nations largely responsible for emissions abroad for their own consumption. Read more here


Beef farmers are invited to Lawsons Angus Autumn 2016 Production Sale. March 17: open day, from 1pm; March 18: 100 females from 10am and 220 bulls from 1pm. 4175 Melba Hwy, Glenburn. More? Harry Lawson 0407 101 145.

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.
CEO sought for Lardner Park Events. The position would suit a sales, marketing and PR-savvy executive, ideally with events management, venue management or rural industry experience. The incumbent must be: willing to live in West Gippsland, able to work under pressure in a small team environment, strategic yet hands-on, comfortable dealing at board level, a strong relationship builder, flexible re working hours, an excellent communicator and prepared to become actively involved in the West Gippsland community. More? or Richard 0418 148 771
CEO sought for Abalone Victoria (Central Zone) Ltd for three days/week. Salary $102,000/year (pro rata equivalent of package $170,000). Applicants will have exceptional interpersonal skills, superior communication, advocacy and negotiation skills, coupled with strong financial acumen and strategic planning capabilities. Experience in high-level government dealing would be advantageous. This Melbourne-based role includes travel between Warrnambool and Lakes Entrance. Deadline midnight: March 7. More?
Regional extension officers sought by GippsDairy. The position is suitable for self-starters with strong planning and organisational skills and capability to build effective relationships with the region's dairy farmers, service providers, other extension providers and training organisations. Extensive travel within the region is required. An attractive salary package including a fully maintained motor vehicle provided. A position description is available at Deadline: March 11. More? 0439 555 322
State manager sought at Conservation Volunteers. The incumbent is responsible for the expansion and implementation of financially viable, community-based programs throughout Victoria and will be a commercially savvy professional who is results-oriented, with a proven track record of business development. Deadline: March 6. More?
Nursery production/propagation supervisor wanted for indigenous plant nursery at Bangholme to manage all aspects of production and ensure plant survival rates of at least 95%. Applicants will have at least five years experience working in a similar role, a current Chemical User Permit and drivers licence. Computer skills in Excel, Outlook and Word preferred. More? Cassie 0434 624 506 or

Project manager wanted for Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) to develop, manager and deliver initiatives that will support businesses to innovate and take advantage of market opportunities in local or overseas markets. This is a full-time role for three years. The candidate must be able to travel as this role has a national focus. Applicants will be able to work independently, have experience managing and delivering several projects at the same time, have a passion for project management, easily build rapport with stakeholders, leadership skills but comfortable preparing reports and marketing collateral. A degree or Masters in food, agribusiness or a related discipline, and a degree or other qualification in project management are desirable. Deadline: 5pm March 14. More? 9731 3422

Logistics manager wanted by an east Gippsland food manufacturer to lead distribution/warehousing operations, manage a team of about 25 and foster a culture of zero tolerance for workplace injuries and increased ownership of OH&S. Applicants will be tertiary qualified logistics professionals or have strong logistics backgrounds and a thorough knowledge of warehouse and transport operations. Immediate start required. Salary: $125,000. More? Sarah 9823 7405
Project administrator wanted by Peninsula Hot Springs on the Mornington Peninsula for a part-time position to track project programs, budgets and the administration of contracts. Applicants will have demonstrated experience in the preparation of contracts for the delivery of capital works projects; hold tertiary qualifications in project administration, or a minimum of five years relevant experience. More? Jaimie Chick 5950 8777
Community Resilience Co-ordinator sought by SES Moe. Salary $74,962 - $85,052 + 9.5% super to develop/deliver community education programs, including programs for the CALD and Koori communities, business engagement, communication of emergency warnings and information and to develop emergency plans. You will have sound knowledge, understanding and experience in community development, capacity building and risk management, facilitation/networking skills and high level oral and written communication skills including conference/workshop, presentations and public speaking. Training and assessment qualifications highly regarded. Some after-hours work and travel within Gippsland using pool vehicle. Deadline: March 6. More? 0417 673 453

Marketing Manager
sought for Arthurs Seat Skylift. Applicants require formal qualifications in marketing, PR or communications and experience directly creating social media content, managing the digital presence and digital measurement platforms and processes as well as design/production of marketing collateral, hosting famils and metrics to measure the value of PR activities. Experience working with international travel and trade partners and attending trade missions and other sales functions would be beneficial. This role may require international and interstate travel and weekend work. Deadline: March 4. More?

Sampling officer for Hico, Maffra to conduct herd testing on farms. You will have proven knowledge of the dairy industry, strong computer skills and a manual drivers licence. The successful applicant will need to be able to work Monday to Friday on split am/pm shifts. More?
Maintenance assistant sought by Murphyfresh Hydroponic Tomatoes. Salary $65K-$75K/year. This is a hands-on role to undertake all break down, preventative and routine maintenance, operate agriculture machinery and maintain buildings and grounds. Applicants will have experience in a similar role in the horticulture and with agricultural machinery maintenance. Experience with welding electric and gas, an understanding of pumps and plumbing operations, and a relevant trade qualification or equivalent experience are essential. A forklift licence would be an advantage. More?
HR advisor sought by Flavorite tomatoes, Warragul, to deliver operational HR advice and provide a full range of general HR services and activities. Applicants will have a bachelor degree in business, HR or similar, as well as extensive practical experience in a generalist HR role. More? Click here
Regional co-ordinator (voluntary) wanted for Gumtree Greys greyhound rehousing program. Applicants will have experience in, or understanding of, a NFP environment, a demonstrable love of animals and previous experience in animal rescue and a current drivers licence/appropriate vehicle. As this is a home-based role, a computer and mobile phone are essential. Deadline: March 14. More?
Capability Coordinator wanted by MG Leongatha to work three days/week managing a comprehensive learning and development program. Applicants will have certificate IV Training and Assessment, an undergraduate degree and experience with e-learning programs design, Sharepoint and Learning Management and have at least three years experience in a similar role with experience in contemporary learning and development within FMCG. More? 5662 9666
Compliance Training Coordinator wanted for MG Leongatha to work three days/week and contribute to the development of the MG Learning Strategy and co-ordinate the delivery of training with internal and external training providers. Applicants will have a certificate IV Training and Assessment, an undergraduate degree, planning / scheduling compliance training and be Microsoft suite-competent. IT /training systems capability (SharePoint, Learning Management System) are essential and two years experience in a similar role ;experience in contemporary learning and development within FMCG is desirable. More? 5662 9666
Supervisor Green Life Stock Department wanted at Greenhills Propagation Nursery in Tynong to monitor plant health and administer nutrition programs, ID pests/diseases, ensure cutting material is ready, schedule maintenance, research and problem solving. Nursery industry experience is required. More?
Maintenance assistant wanted for Pro-Ride Racing Australia which manufactures installs and maintains thoroughbred racing and training tracks around Australia. Applicants require a truck licence and bobcat experience, all other training will be provided. Interstate travel required. Deadline: March 11. More? Ian
Labourer wanted for plant nursery at Clyde North and a retail nursery in Richmond. Applicants should be strong and fit, understand basic horticultural practices, have a current drivers licence and be capable of driving a manual vehicle. More?
Winter staff for ticket sales, retail and ski hire, car parking, cleaning, food/beverage service and kitchen staff, ski patrollers and administration wanted at Lake Mountain. The position involves weekend and school holiday work. Deadline: March 18. More?
Production nursery hands wanted for wholesale nursery at Dromana, casual positions up to 38 hours/week, outdoors work and previous experience well-regarded. Applicants must have own reliable transport. More?
Commercial sales manager sought by Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. This is a permanent full time position by part-time (min 0.6) will be considered. The role is to maximise revenue growth for the Royal Melbourne Show and Melbourne Showgrounds. The incumbent will have significant commercial sales experience and a record of achievement ideally for a venue and/or within events/exhibitions. More?
Dog groomer sought for Drouin salon. Applicants will have a minimum of three years salon experience, experience in breed-specific clips and excellent dog handling skills. Certificate III - IV in Pet Styling/Grooming and/or equivalent an advantage. An average day will see five or more dogs per groomer. Applicants must be available weekdays 9am-5pm (most days finished by 3pm) and one Saturday a month 9am-3pm. Mature age preferred. More? or 5625 5660
Farm hand/milker wanted for progressive South Gippsland farm. Payment made through hourly rate plus overtime. Applicants will be motivated, willing to get dirty and enjoy working to a routine. This position can accommodate couples and people traveling together. More? 0428 495 691
Vineyard manager wanted to oversee a team of contractors at Levantine Hill in the Yarra Valley. Starting package is from $65K-$70K (including superannuation)/year. A mobile phone allowance and a car for on-site use will be provided. Applicants require sound knowledge and competency in all vineyard duties, and have AQF Certificate 3 qualifications including Chemcert. Experience in driving and operating agricultural machinery, a forklift and a drivers licence are essential. Necessary computer skills include purchase orders and tracking, baumé level recording, yield estimation and weekly reports. More? 8602 0850
Senior manufacturing accountant sought for Leongatha food manufacturer to take complete ownership from a finance perspective of all plant-related matters. Salary up to $130,000 package. Applicants must be fully CPA/CA qualified, have a minimum six years experience in an accounting role within an FMCG or manufacturing organisation and have experience using a large ERP system. More? Rosie 9982 8462
Gippsland ruminant salesperson wanted for global animal health nutrition manufacturer. Applicants will have one to three years sales experience with relevant tertiary qualifications desirable. Salary base: $60k + car + super + commission. More? or Shannon 0400 850 040
Coordinator, business services sought for Regional Development Victoria’s Gippsland Branch of the Economic Development, Employment and Innovation Group. This is a fulltime, Traralgon-based position. Salary: $74,962 - $85,052 (plus superannuation). The Coordinator will provide executive support to the Regional Director and manage business administrative systems and projects. Well-developed written and oral communication skills, with experience in project planning and management are essential. Deadline: midnight March 10. More? Leigh Kennedy 5116 7302
Qualified/experienced landscaper sought by JGS Landscapes to manage small team, mentor apprentices, control OH&S systems, order materials and keep records. Applicants will have: leadership, planning and problem-solving skills, MR driver’s licence; bobcat/excavator licence (must be a skilled operator); white/red card; minimum six years experience in all aspects of hard and soft landscaping and minimum two years experience in staff/project management; competent reading/interpreting plans and able to mentor apprentices. More? Justin 0419 563 764
Technical grower wanted by Flavorite in Warragul for inspection of crop health and irrigation requirements, maintenance/repairs of irrigation lines and equipment, undertake PH and EC calibrations and use computer based program to control greenhouse environment plus mix fertiliser to procedure and OH&S standards. Applicants will have previous experience or a strong desire to develop a career in horticulture with a willingness to participate in a comprehensive six-month training program. This is a fulltime, ongoing position on a rotating roster which includes weekends. Penalty rates apply for any weekend work. More?
Production nursery assistant sought by wholesale outdoor production nursery in the Yarra Valley for a full-time position from Monday to Friday. The incumbent will be self motivated, punctual, genuinely interested in horticulture, prepared to work in all weather conditions, and have a current drivers licence and own transport. More?
Course foreman wanted by Portsea Golf Club. The incumbent will be a qualified greenkeeper who has completed Certificate 3 or higher in turf grass management, hold a Chemcert certificate or equivalent and a current Victorian drivers licence and have experience in the operation of turf machinery, and maintenance of irrigation systems. More?
Senior agronomist wanted by Australia's third largest manufacturer of poppy straw concentrate. Applicants will have postgraduate qualification or Bachelor of Agriculture/Plant Science with honours in agronomy for row crop(s) and a minimum four years' experience in agronomy, preferably for poppies. More?
Nursery hand wanted for Premier Plants in Cranbourne South for permanent full-time position. Duties include working in despatch, maintenance of stock, and delivery of stock several days a week. Experience in a production nursery and a manual car licence are essential and MR truck licence would be an advantage. More? 9775 6544
Animal foster care officer sought for full-time, 12-month fixed-term position at RSPCA to help coordinate animal foster care program for the Burwood East, Peninsula and Epping shelters and support regional shelter supervisors. The role is 38 hours/week including some weekends. Knowledge in animal handling and husbandry preferred and qualification in animal care advantageous. A valid Victorian drivers licence is essential. More?
Ag yard person wanted for CAT Traralgon branch. A will have previous experience with agricultural equipment and mechanical ability/aptitude. Deadline March 4. More? 5175 6200
Despatch staff sought for Diggers Club, Dromana. Casual positions available for picking/packing, unpacking and driving tractors and forklifts. Previous experience, flexibility in work availability and a good eye for detail are essential. More? 5984 7933
Production supervisors wanted for MG Maffra plant for Monday to Friday day shift positions but will be required to provide annual leave relief for other shifts. Applicants will have past experience working in a supervisory role, be able to work to deadlines and meet targets in a structured lean systems environment. Practical knowledge of SAP or other ERP systems would be highly regarded, along with a high level of computer literacy. More? 5147 1994
Barge driver wanted to run between Corinella and French Island for an initial six weeks of work. A master 5 ticket is essential. More? 0429 146 672
Warehouse store worker sought by Superior Food Services in Pakenham for full time day shift. Applicants must be fit and have experience working in a busy warehouse and cold temperature environment, hold a current high reach forklift licence and a valid drivers licence. Experience in foodservice and an understanding of HACCP requirements beneficial. More? 9561 0222
Greenkeeper/groundsman wanted for Portsea Golf Club. The role includes some overtime and weekend work. Applicants will have experience with the operation of turf machinery and a current Victorian driver’s licence. More?
Dairy farm hand/relief milker wanted or 50 unit rotary near Maffra, milking 650 cows with ACRs. Salary minimum $21/hour plus super. Applicants will have previous dairy farm experience, be able to work as part of a team and have own transport. Accommodation may be available after a three-month probationary period. More? 0439 451 277
Senior farm hand wanted for full-time second-in-charge role at Yanakie on 1000-cow dairy. More? 0428 495 691
Assistant farm manager sought for commercially operated hydroponic facility in west Gippsland. Duties include crop management, including fertigation, glass house and environmental control system management, record keeping/analysis and staff supervision. Applicants will have a horticultural background (studying or graduated). This is a fulltime role, but a student could be accommodated. Weekend work required. More?
Parts interpreter wanted for CLAAS Harvest Centre, Warragul to undertake stock ordering/receipt, picking and packing freight, stocktaking and security and warehouse maintenance. Applicants will have a passion for farming; excellent customer service and communication skills; attention to detail and mechanical aptitude/experience. More?
Administration support sought for national timber products manufacturer located in Morwell to provide reports to management based on the analysis of information and other data from SAP on plant and maintenance performance. Applicants will have experience with Microsoft Office packages, knowledge of SAP within a manufacturing, heavy industry/resources environment and document management/ administration support, ideally with tertiary qualifications or studying. More? 5136 9300
Gippsland territory manager sought by Rivalea Stockfeed to reach budgeted sales volumes and provide strong customer service. Applicants will have tertiary qualifications in agricultural science or a related field and previous experience in the commercial agricultural sector with a thorough understanding of nutritional requirements of farm animals (including dairy) and a current drivers licence. Deadline: March 7. More? 02 6033 8268
Part-time lab technician sought by MG Maffra for a 12-month contract. Applicants will have a tertiary qualification in food science or demonstrated experience, including significant experience in a similar role in a dairy, food or microbiological laboratory. More? 5147 1994
Packing team members wanted for the Lion Morwell team. The role involves flexible working hours, with some shift work. Experience required in machine operation in a high-speed food production environment and HACCP training and GMP principles. Applicants should be physically fit and able to use computer-based software. A science, engineering or trade background would be highly regarded. More? 5128 3100
Electrician wanted for MG Leongatha for a Monday to Friday day shift, plus occasional additional, paid 12 hour rotating shift. Applicants will have Australian-recognised Electrical Trade Certificate, troubleshooting experience with Allen Bradley PLC and Danfoss VSD systems, good knowledge and experience in steam systems, conveyors, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, food equipment, basic refrigeration operations, packing and processing machines and competency in the use of CMM Systems and Microsoft Office applications. A minimum of two-three years post-trade experience in a similar role in the food, dairy or related industries is desirable. More? 5662 9666
Seed product manager wanted to oversee all seed purchasing for The Diggers Club on the Mornington Peninsula. Applicants will have demonstrable experience working with seeds or in a similar product management role, qualifications in horticulture or related discipline; a strong knowledge and passion for seeds and gardening as well as a working knowledge of the international seed industry with an established network within the industry. A sound working knowledge of quarantine import requirements and procedures is advantageous, but not essential. More? 5984 7933
Employment Made Easy (eME) connects dairy farm businesses with willing workers and is free to use. More? Visit

Work sought on dairy farm: Crystal recently graduated from the University of Guelph  with a General Agriculture Diploma. She came to Australia with Semex and has been working on a 700-cow rotary farm in NSW for the past five months. She is now seeking work on a smaller farm (200-300 cow) and is interested in herd management and calf rearing. She would like to start work in early March. More? Crystal

Internship placements of 80 to 200 hours are sought for undergraduate Bachelor of Agriculture students and graduate students in agricultural sciences, agribusiness, food science and food packaging. Students usually undertake the placement during the summer (Jan/Feb) or winter (July) holidays and are covered by the university’s insurance policies. More? Alana Marriner 8344 3849 or
Work sought in agriculture: Ashlee writes: “Having farmed for more than five years in all areas from dairy, beef and station work, I would like to specialise in breeding and genetics. I have completed a Cert 3 in agriculture and am doing my Cert 4. I have a Chemical Users certificate, AI ticket and pregnancy testing ticket. I am booked in to do a HR truck licence and ET course. I'm interested in semen sales, herd improvement, AI, pregnancy testing, marking calves, dehorning, breeding plans, heat detection, etc.  Seeking temporary, casual, part or full-time work or work placement. Willing to travel.” More? Ashlee 0407 855 670
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

Seminar to support E-trade with China

The Victorian Government and Australia Post are hosting an E-commerce into China Seminar on Wednesday March 11 from 9am-5pm at Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton. The seminar will provide an understanding of the Chinese economy and opportunities in the market. Registration closes March 9. More? George Di Scala

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

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Green tea, lemon aspen and Christmas Bush are some of the less-obvious crops suitable for the Warragul region according to this new RIRDC website. But the Bairnsdale region offers fennel oil, parsley oil, teff, muntries, redclaw ... the range is dizzying ...

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Grants help businesses use resources efficiently

Resource Efficiency Grants offers to cover 50% of the cost to engage a consultant to conduct a resource assessment of business operations. Grants are capped at $5000 for an energy assessment and $10,000 for a materials (or combined materials and energy) assessment. A $3000 implementation support bonus is available if one or more recommendations from the assessment are implemented.  Closing dates for energy assessments is March 31. More? Click here

Gippy Diary

Mar 1-2 ABARES Outlook Conference Canberra
Mar 1 Preparing for Climate Change Emerald 5949 4600
Mar 2 CWA meeting Pakenham Vicky Birch 5940 4651
Mar 2 Shed Day Middle Tarwin John Gallienne 0407 863 493
Mar 2 From farm gate to dinner plate –Growing Gippsland Phillip Island Anthony Turner 9879 4486
Mar 3 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
Mar 4 FTA seminar Beaumaris Austrade Direct 13 28 78
Mar 4 DEDJTR seasonal climate update - webinar
Mar 4 Country Race Meet Cranbourne 1300 139 402
Mar 5 Monbulk Landcare AG and information day Monbulk 0430 214 696
Mar 5 Introduction to Permaculture Main Ridge Fleur Baker 0425 785 233
Mar 5-14 Australian Textile Exhibition Cranbourne RBG 5990 2200
Mar 6 Clean Up Australia Day Australia 1800 282 329
Mar 6 Pasture management Course Loch South Gippsland Landcare Network 5662 5759
Mar 6-10 Don Campbell Memorial Study Tour Tasmania Irene Baker 03 5624 3900
Mar 7 From farm gate to dinner plate – Growing Gippsland Bairnsdale Anthony Turner 9879 4486
Mar 7 Export Skills 101 Melbourne
Mar 8 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Mar 8 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Mar 8 From farm gate to dinner plate – Growing Gippsland Morwell Anthony Turner 9879 4486
Mar 8 Wild Dog Program Field Day Bonang Barry Davies 5152 0642
Mar 8 Asian Export Capability Workshop Melbourne
Mar 8 Webinar –Controlling Summer Weeds for Yield and Profit   Ellen McNamara 0429 897 129
Mar 9 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Mar 9 From farm gate to dinner plate – Growing Gippsland Sale Anthony Turner 9879 4486
Mar 9 Shed Day Outtrim John Gallienne 0407 863 493
Mar 9 Wild Dog Program Field Day Cann River Barry Davies 5152 0642
Mar 10 Pitching for International Success Melbourne
Mar 10 Employing People the Right Way Morwell Latrobe Business Development Team 1300 367 700
Mar 10 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
Mar 10 Shed Day Dumbalk North John Gallienne 0407 863 493
Mar 10 FTA seminar Berwick Austrade Direct 13 28 78
Mar 10 Wild Dog Program Field Day Cann River Barry Davies 5152 0642
Mar 10 Poppies Information Evening Warragul TPI 9301 0800
Mar 11 E-commerce into China Seminar Melbourne  
Mar 11 Country Race Meet Cranbourne 1300 139 402
Mar 12 Country Race Meet Omeo 1300 139 402
Mar 13 Country Race Meet Stony Creek 1300 139 402
Mar 15 Webinar – Increasing Pre-Emergent Efficacy through the Mix and Rotate Strategy   Ellen McNamara 0429 897 129
Mar 16 Stepping In or Stepping Back Maffra GippsDairy5624 3900
Mar 17 Wild Dog Program Field Day Erica Barry Davies 5152 0642
Mar 17 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
Mar 17 Poppies Information Evening Sale TPI 9301 0800
Mar 17 Starting Your Business Right Morwell Latrobe Business Development Team 1300 367 700
Mar 18-20 Women on Farms Gathering Hopetoun
Mar 19 Business Planning Workshop Pakenham Linda Penman 5941 2389 
Mar 19 Parklea Pakenham and District Agricultural and Horticultural Show Pakenham Anita Rover 0408 117 709
Mar 19 Country Race Meet Woolamai 1300 139 402
Mar 20 Country Race Meet Yarra Valley 1300 139 402
Mar 21 Business Planning Essentials Workshop Bairnsdale Marlene Rickhuss 5153 9500
Mar 22 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Mar 22 Small Business Mentoring Service Pakenham 1300 787 624
Mar 23 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Mar 24 Small Business Bus Cowes 13 22 15
Mar 26 Red Hill Show Red Hill Rebecca Davis 5989 2357
Mar 29 Country Race Meet Stony Creek 1300 139 402
Mar 29 RegenAG® Biofertiliser Course Baxter Kym Kruse 0447 054 466
Mar 30 InCharge Workshop – Day 1 Maffra Ash Michael 0428 307 250
Mar 30 Wild Dog Program Field Day Tambo Crossing Barry Davies 5152 0642
Mar 30 Wild Dog Program Field Day Swifts Creek Barry Davies 5152 0642
Mar 31 InCharge Workshop – Day 1 Ellinbank Ash Michael 0428 307 250
Mar 31 Country Race Meet Pakenham 1300 139 402
Mar 31 Wild Dog Program Field Day Omeo/Benambra Barry Davies 5152 0642
Apr 2 Gippsland Food Adventures Tour of Malabar Farm Tarwin Lower Paul  O’Sullivan 5663 2386
Apr 3 Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival Korumburra Lyndal Peterson 5662 9324
Apr 3 Tinamba Food and Wine Festival Tinamba Kellie Willis 0429 329 989
Apr 5 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Apr 7 Faba and Broad Bean Best Management Practices Training Course Maffra Mary Raynes 0408 591 193
Apr 7 R&D Tax Incentive Program Information Session Bairnsdale 13 28 46
Apr 7 R&D Tax Incentive Program Information Session Trafalgar 13 28 46
Apr 7-10 Farm World 2016 Lardner Lardner Park Events 5626 1373
Apr 7, 14, 28 Feeding Pastures for Profit MID Ash Michael 5662 9901
Apr 9-10 CWA Creative Arts Exhibition Loch Annie Graham 5678 8037
Apr 11 Small Business Bus Cowes 13 22 15
Apr 11-16 AusTimber 2016 Latrobe City 9533 4250
Apr 12 Small Business Bus Inverloch 13 22 15
Apr 12 Wild Dog Program Field Day Glenmaggie Barry Davies 5152 0642
Apr 12-15 Food and Hotel Asia 2016 Exhibition Singapore
Apr 13 Small Business Bus Wonthaggi 13 22 15
Apr 13 Effective Record Keeping for Small Business Workshop Drouin Aaron Campbell 5624 2438
Apr 13 Wild Dog Program Field Day Dargo Barry Davies 5152 0642
Apr 14 Business Innovation Summit Warragul Economic Development Team 5624 2411
Apr 14 R&D Tax Incentive Program Information Session Narre Warren 13 28 46
Apr 14 Small Business Bus Cowes 13 22 15
Apr 14 Wild Dog Program Field Day Glenaladale Barry Davies 5152 0642
Apr 19 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Apr 20 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Apr 26 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Apr 29 Pasture Trials Field Day Buffalo Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377
May 1-3 2016 Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA) Conference Canberra Mr Ben Stockwin 02 6198 3230
May 2-4 Landcare Tour of Innovation in the Otways   Jenny O’Sullivan 0419 153 377
May 3 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
May 5 SIAL CHINA 2016 Shanghai, China
May 10 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
May 17 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
May 18 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
May 31 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jun 14 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Jun 14 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jun 15 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Pakenham Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Jun 15 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Jun 28 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jul 12 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Jul 12 Small Business Mentoring Service Grantville 5951 3384
Jul 20 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Jul 20-21 World Wide Agriculture Conference Churchill +64 3 318 0133
Jul 22 World Wide Agriculture Conference Tour Churchill +64 3 318 0133
Jul 26 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Aug 9 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Aug 9 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Aug 17 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Aug 23 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Sep 6 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Sep 7 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
Sep 13 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Sep 14 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Sep 20 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Oct 4 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Oct 11 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Oct 18 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Kerry Polites 5950 1842
Oct 19 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Nov 8 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5671 2211
Nov 16 Ellinbank Seminar Ellinbank Sharon Aarons 5624 2339
Nov 23 Casey-Cardinia Business Breakfast Cranbourne Raylene Wilson 9705 5200
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