Going to 9918 Gippsland-interested people world-wide. Last edition had eight readers in Germany. Sehr gut!



20 October 2014

Edition 99

In this issue

• We bring CSIRO boss to our Gippy forum
• Sweet dreams: donate in your sleep ... for free
• LOTS of winners: firms, families, schools
• Dandenong - part of the Gippsland food chain
• Names in the news ... new firms and CFA hero

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Brain-stretching speakers at our next forum

One-woman ag-powerhouse Jane Bennett is the brilliant keynote speaker at our mind-stretching techAG14 conference next month. Book a seat for this one-day insight into the future of farming, November 12 at Sale Greyhound Racing Club.
Jane is a director of CSIRO and the ABC as well as the Australian Farm Institute. She was the 1997 Australian Rural Woman of the Year and 1998 Regional Development winner of the Young Australian of the Year. In 2010, she was named Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman of the Year. She was founder and managing director of the Ashgrove Cheese.
Simone Tilley, ANZ Bank’s head of regional banking for Victoria and Tasmania and a former Young Rural Australian Ambassador, will bring insights into future farming trends.
Other speakers include Telstra’s David Quirk who will introduce us to the possibilities of Cloud technology on farm and Wuk Wuk’s Peter Treasure to explain how he developed a value-add business by investing in packaging technology to create shelf-stable meals.
Amy Fay from Dairy Australia will discuss the major findings of national dairy farm energy assessments and Dr Charles Kovass will introduce a possible crop of the future, industrial hemp.
There’s plenty more on offer and, at only $220 for the day (half price for students) it’s a great investment in your farming outlook. There’s a complimentary cocktail networking function included in that price too! Visit the Facebook page or go direct to We thank the support of ANZ, Regional Development Australia and the RASV.

Going away for Christmas?

Next time you book a motel, help raise funds for us! Simply book your accommodation online with Quickbeds and they make a donation to keep Gippyagchat going.
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!)

Food strategy is great for Dandenong

Our chair Paul Ford helped launch the City of Greater Dandenong food strategy in mid-October. The strategy recommends, among many things, establishing a pilot city farm on under-utilised land in the heart of Central Dandenong. While Dandenong has a relatively small proportion (1.1%) of businesses involved in primary production, food exports for 2012/13 totalled $686m. The city has 6916 jobs in the food sector. Once implemented, the strategy could enable increases in exports in the vicinity of $135m and increases in the number of business operating could see more than 15 new food manufacturers, and 150 food retailers within five years.

Can we crack the 10K? Say cheese!

The popularity of Gippyagchat has seen phenomenal growth in our recipients' list over the past six years - from about 100 to 9918. We want to crack five digits before the end of the year. 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.

Gippsland foods feature as finest

Gippsland featured conspicuously in this year’s RASV Melbourne Fine Food Awards.
Dan Drougas of Jack River, with his wife Cath and kids, is celebrating being named champion lamb small producer. Farmer Dan runs beef, sheep and pigs on his 60ha and, in a decade, has turned it around into a profit-making business.
The multi-awarded Berrys Creek Cheese win its category of champion blue cheese with its Tarwin Blue. We’re expecting a big celebration when the new enterprise opens at Fish Creek next year.
Meanwhile the enterprising Kiwi, John Gommans of Trafalgar claimed the champion sheep, goat and buffalo yogurt section with the Caprilac Goat Strawberry Yoghurt.

From East Gippsland, Fred Koch and Neroli Hadfield’s organic garlic Ontos Purple, grown at W Tree near Buchan, named champion garlic. The couple has sold out of the 2013 crop and will be offering two new products - dried garlic flakes and organic non-hybrid popping corn.
Peter Treasure’s Grassvale beef enterprise was named champion small producer branded beef.
And from the other end of Gippsland the Mornington Peninsula provided the champion bottle-fermented cider Matt Gallace has reinvented his grandfather’s Main Ridge strawberry farm with offerings such as his winning Rebello Wines Cheeky Rascal Methode Traditionelle Apple Cider.

Do sleep and work demands affect mental health?

Farmers and agricultural workers are asked to complete a short survey to contribute to research at the University of Newcastle. The research investigates sleep patterns, work demands, on mental health in Australian farming. The study aims to understand how farmers cope and how better support can be given to those who don't manage as well. For each survey completed, $5 will be donated towards beyondblue. Visit

Names in the news

Orchardist (and friend of Gippyagchat) Susan Finger has joined the board of the newly formed Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd which will undertake national R,D and marketing.
And: Peta Ward, Westpac's Head of Commercial and Agribusiness in Gippsland, will take up a new role as Westpac Agribusiness state manager for Queensland in October.
Also: Gippsland dairy farmer and NMIT student Will Ryan has been appointed to the state's Young Agribusiness Professionals board. And, last month, as a member of the Mirboo group CFA, he tackled a charity run contested between the CFA, MFB, Rural Fire Service and their Kiwi peers. The competitors dashed to the top of Crown Towers in Melbourne … all 24 floors … in full CFA gear, including breathing apparatus. Will came second in the 19-39 year-old category, raising more the $1000 for the Alfred Hospital burns unit. Onya Will!
Meanwhile: Marcus Satchell is now owner of Dirty Three Wines and Satch Wines.
Next: Congrats to the kinda-Gippslander Zeb Broadbent, recent winner of the young Victorian stock agent auctioneer title held at Pakenham.  Zeb, 23, won from 10 auctioneers, all judged on diction and clarity, chosen initial price and relative result. He moved to Gippsland for two years. Althought he has since moved, he said: “I would have regretted it if I hadn't have made that move to Gippsland." He will represent the state at the 2015 Sydney Royal Easter Show.
While: Heyfield’s Vince Hurley, chief executive of Australian Sustainable Hardwoods, has been appointed to the 12-member Forest Industry Advisory Council. Six councillors and observers are from Victoria, including the chief of Hancock Victorian Plantations, Linda Sewell.
And: Fred Vanderslik is now a regional Director Industry Skills Programs for Federation Training.

Moovalicious make-over gets top spot

St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School in Traralgon has been named the Victorian state champion of Dairy Australia’s Picasso Cows Make-Over program, defeating 29 schools. They are in the running for the $1500 national cash prize announced in November.

Hooray to all the winners…

The Trevaskis family of Wairewa and their business Beef@theFarmGate scored the judges’ award at the recent East Gippsland Business Awards. (We count them as one of our own success stories. Sonia and Roseanne attended one of workshops in 2009 and never looked back.) Miranda Dale Organic Dairy won the agribusiness award and Snowy River Vet Clinic won the regional business prize. Agribusiness Gippsland was again among the 15 judges assessing the record 169 entries.

WTF is this forum all about?

A forum on understanding weather trends and forecasting (WTF) will be held on October 31 from 10am-2pm at the Inverloch Hub, 16 A'Beckett St with speakers:
  • Jane Bunn, TV weather presenter, discussing the forecast for the next six to nine months.
  • Graeme Anderson Seasonal Climate Scientist DEPI, describing the key drivers of seasonal climate variability and options for farm responses.
 Cost $10 (lunch provided). RSVP More? Jill Vella 0408 208 350

Golden Oils excel in national awards

Congratulations to Lyn and Andrew Jamieson of Golden Creek Olives in Fish Creek whose Arbequina/Picual blend scored gold, their Frantoio variety won silver and their Coratina variety a bronze in the recent national extra virgin olive oil competition.

Grazing trial at Gunns Rd on target

The Orbost pasture grazing trial results will be explained on October 28 from 10:30am-2pm at the Gunns Rd trial site in Jarrahmond. RSVP. More? Penny Gray 5154 2843

Tour visits cryptic fauna of red gum plains

A talk and torch tour of cryptic fauna of the red gum plains will be hosted by the Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network from 7-10pm on November 5 in Traralgon (details upon booking) with a pizza dinner. Bookings essential. More? David 0488 035 014 or

Food Cluster wins collaboration award

East Gippsland Food Cluster traineeship program won the industry collaboration category of the 2014 Victorian Training Awards. The three-year program involves Federation Training, Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network, Link Employment and local business.

2015 - a year to get down and dirty!

2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils, serving as a platform for raising awareness on the importance of sustainable soil management as the basis for food systems, fuel and fibre production, essential ecosystem functions and better adaptation to climate change.

ADHIS board positions open

The Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS) has called for applications for two board positions. A committee will review applicants who possess required skills and who have:
  • Passion for dairy herd improvement, preferably with practical experience
  • Demonstrated ability to understand complex technical issues
  • Recognised expertise in genetics/genomics, data management, extension/education, finance or business strategy.
Applications including detailed resume should be submitted by CoB Friday October 24.
More? or Daniel Abernethy 8621 4240 or

What’s your view on ag export fees and charges?

Canberra is reviewing cost recovery for ag exports and imports. See details and comment at

Help feed a hungry planet

Young international ag leaders are invited to apply to attend the 2015 Youth Ag-Summit, to be held in Canberra from August 24-28, 2015. Application is through an essay outlining underlying causes of food insecurity and the effect it can have on a population. Deadline January 30. Submissions can be made at

Make a success of succession

East Gippsland Regional Landcare is holding financial/succession planning forums with Peter Pauwels from Rural Financial Counselling and chartered accountant Colin Wright, 10am-noon at Buchan Neighbourhood House, October 29 and Dargo Hotel, October 30. More? Emma 5154 2067 or

Cash in on a field day at the Cashin's

A Focus Farm field day will be held 10.30am-2.30pm on November 14 at Tim and Grit Cashin’s property on Cashins Rd (off Whitelaws Track), Leongatha South. BYO lunch, tea/coffee provided.
More? John Gallienne 0407 863 493

Change the way you look at farming

An introduction into permaculture will be held November 15-16 at Gippsland Free Range Eggs, 43 Francis Rd, Glengarry West. Cost $295/person including meals, course notes, and a 198-page manual. Limit 30 people. More? Marnie  0438 261 540 or

Workshops lead to path for better ag

AgPath Laboratories, 105 Gunn Rd, Garfield, is hosting two workshops in November:
  • A small microscope course, presented by Dr Mary Cole, 8.30am-5pm on November 15. Identify microbes in soil, compost and compost tea
  • A biological farming practical workshop, presented by Alan Cole, 8.30am-5pm on November 16. Making thermal aerobic compost, compost tea and the Yeoman’s plough. More? AgPath P/L AgPath P/L 5629 1253 or

Start thinking about fire prevention

Wellington Shire is starting its annual fire prevention inspections in early November with a free green waste disposal weekend on November 1-3. Take green waste to transfer stations between 9am-5pm in Kilmany, Maffra, Rosedale, Loch Sport, Seaspray, Heyfield, Stratford or Yarram. More? Wellington Shire FPO 1300 366 244 or or

Tarwin develops over roundtable luncheon

The Tarwin Valley Development Committee is hosting the inaugural Tarwin Valley Business Roundtable Luncheon on October 31 from 12-2pm at the Fish Creek Hotel. South Gippsland Shire Council Mayor, Cr Jim Fawcett, will moderate a panel discussion following presentations from:
  • Steven Hibbard, Director - Destination Gippsland
  • Max Jelbart, Director - Devondale Murray Goulburn
  • Paul Crock, Director - Gippsland Natural Meats .
Supported by Tarwin Valley Development Group, Victorian Government, South Gippsland Shire Council and Advancing Country Towns Program. Cost $60. Book by October 26.

Upper Avon Landcare group to reboot

Upper Avon Landcare Group plans to spring back into action with a meeting on Thursday October 23 from 7.30-9pm at the Supper room, Briagolong Hall. More? Garry Rose 5145 4428

GRDC wants opinions on growers’ digital needs

The GRDC is undertaking market research to understand attitudes and information needs for a new GRDC website and other digital products and services. The survey is estimated to take 15-20 minutes to complete.  Email to request a unique survey URL.

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

Help is available for farmers in need

A new government assistance program offers help for eligible farmers and their families experiencing financial hardship. To be eligible you must:
  • be a farmer and contribute a significant part of your labour and capital to the farm enterprise based on specific criteria
  • meet an income and assets test
  • enter into a Financial Improvement Agreement.
More? Department of Human Services (Centrelink) 132 316, or

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:

Oh me oh my! Show us your stuff!

Omeo and District Agricultural and Pastoral Show will hold its 129th event on November 15 at the Omeo Recreation Reserve, with the Swift's Creek Pony Club Gymkhana following on November 16. The event features  show bags, sheep dog trials, fleece and shearing competitions, animal nursery, harness events, emergency services display, pavilion exhibition, woodchop, whip cracking, show jumping and horse events, sideshows and displays.  Entry $10 adults and $3 for children U16; family (two adults, three children) $25.  More? Peter 5159 1209

Get practical about weed management

A practical weed management workshop at the Main Ridge Hall, 431a Main Creek Rd from 8.30am on November 8 will cover blackberry and other problematic weeds. Bring plants along for ID. RSVP by November 5. More? Gillian 5950 1833 or

Old batteries wanted for Turkish tour

Drop off your old batteries (lawn mower to truck batteries) at Brown Wigg in Meeniyan to help Lauren Redpath raise funds for a Turkish exchange program in 2015. More? 0447 834 919

Trees looking for a place to set root

Far East Victoria Landcare has about 1000 free manna gum seedlings, believed to be from the Snowy catchment. More? Penny 5154 2843 or

Increase production with a lower cost business

Grazing management educator Dick Richardson will run a workshop on increasing animal production, running a lower-cost business, improving soil health and boosting biodiversity from 9am-4pm on November 6 at 227 Woodcote Rd, via Stratford. Cost $35 for one person or $50 for two. Booking essential. More? Darren 0457 786582 or

Maffra shows what it’s got

The Maffra Show is a true country show and will run October 24-25. It features the inaugural international food festival to complement the food and wine court at the Maffra Recreation Reserve, McLean St. Family $30, adult $15, children $5. More? 5141 1235 or or

Take a drive on the wild side

The Maffra and Districts Landcare Network is holding a wildflower bus trip departing from the Landcare office/WGCMA depot in Malmo St on November 9 at 10am and returning at about 4pm. Local plant expert, John Topp, will he the guide and lunch will be provided. Bookings essential. More? Darren 0457 786 582 or

Don’t miss the bus!

The Small Business Bus provides free business mentoring and face-to-face assistance. It will be in the car park, Narre Warren Public Library, Overland Drv, October 23 from 10am-4pm. More? 13 22 15 or or

Do people factor in the future of grains?

The GRDC has commissioned the Australian Farm Institute to undertake 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?

Take precautions when making hay

It's National Hay Safe Day on October 25. The Australian Fodder Industry Association is seeking pictures of hay safety. Photos can be shared  #haysafeday on Twitter - @ausfodder and facebook Ausfodder with great prizes for top photos. More? AFIA 9530 2199 or visit

GCCN to hold AGM

The Gippsland Climate Change Network Annual General Meeting will be held on October 27 from 10am-12:30pm at the DEPI office, 71 Hotham St, Traralgon with guest speaker Dr Robert Faggian. Lunch will be provided. More? Tia Navanteri 0427 528 013 or

Tour and taste tapas

Peppermint Ridge Farm, 540 Tynong North Rd, is hosting open garden days with tours and tapas on October 26; November 30. Tours at 11am or 2pm. Lunch at 12.30pm. Cost $30. Please book.
More? Peppermint Ridge Farm 5942 8580 or

Pony club show open to all

The Balnarring Pony Club Cup Day Show will be held on November 4 from 6:30am-5pm at the Woolleys Rd Equestrian Reserve, 89 Woolleys Rd, Crib Point. The show is open to pony club members, open riders and the general public. Classes include all open sections, thoroughbred class, pony club classes and fun ring. $4 entry. More? Balnarring Pony Club or

Exhibitors sought at farm and lifestyle expo

Exhibitors are sought for the Small Farm and Lifestyle Expo at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on November 22-23. More? 5952 2710 or or visit

Are you exporting?

The Export Council of Australia is offering the first 200 respondents to an online 15-minute survey a free one-year online subscription to the Export Handbook. Participants also receive a benchmark report and be invited to participate in an exclusive business forum for the launch results in 2015. More?

Learn to manage your natural environment

Main Creek Catchment Landcare Group is hosting a free presentation by Tony Rinaudo, World Vision’s Natural Resource Advisor, discussing farmer-managed natural regeneration, from 10.30am on November 22 in Main Ridge Community Hall. More? Bernie 5989 6408 or

Move beyond organic

A ‘Beyond Organics’ session for biological gardening will be held at the Eco Living Display Centre, The Briars, 450 Nepean Hwy, Mount Martha on November 8 from 1-2.30pm. Cost $15. More? The Briars 5974 3686 or

Training to assist with rescue of large animals

A large animal emergency rescue workshop will be held on Saturday, November 29 from 9am-3.30pm at Wandarrah Estate, 145 Split Rock Rd, Beaconsfield Upper. Aimed at SES and CFA volunteers, veterinarians, RSPCA inspectors and horse owners, it offers information on common mistakes and basic and advanced rescue techniques. Cost $160 includes morning tea (BYO lunch) and a copy of Equine Emergency Rescue. More? 0411 848 643 or

It’s a free giveaway for green waste

Mornington Peninsula Shire will hold a free green waste disposal weekend on November 15-16  for Shire residents only, for residential vehicles and trailers. No commercial vehicles or commercial green waste. More? Mornington Peninsula Customer Service 5950 1000

Coffee time read

Here’s how one US city has forced its citizens to eat their greens…

Can you open your garden?

Organisers of the Meeniyan Open Gardens are searching for one more garden for the event, to be held on November 1. More? Robin 5664 6557

Taste, swill and watch the swell

South Gippsland’s most reclusive winemakers will be on show at RACV Inverloch Resort from 2-5pm on Sunday, October 26. The  free showcase features Tarwin Valley Wines, Mount Macleod, Harman Wines, Lithostylis, and well as Golden Grove olive oil and dukkah, Prom Country cheese and live music by Daniel Calabro. More? 045 806 0025 or

Business advice is the first step

Mornington Peninsula Small Business Sessions provide free one-on-one sessions funded by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Economic Development Unit. Sessions are held at the shire offices, 2 Queen St, Mornington between 11am-3pm on Tuesdays: October 14. Book at More? Kerri 5950 1842 or

Package assists small exporters

The Department of Agriculture has announced a $15m package to assist small exporters across the meat, seafood, eggs, grain and horticulture sectors. The package covers three key areas: export rebates; projects to improve market access; and a review of export fees and charges. To be eligible for the rebate on export registration charges in 2014-15, you must:
  • Have an export registered establishment in 2014-15
  • Complete and submit the application form by  October 31
  • Have annual revenues from export activities of less than $10m in 2013-14 and less than $20m total revenue (domestic and export) in 2013-14.
More? Visit

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

Muesli mantra for ag engagement

Get'em while they're young was the mantra over muesli during the Agrifood Skills Australia breakfast we joined in Melbourne in early October. Some of our suggestions were: Fee-help for degree/diploma-holders transitioning to ag courses (think of the nurse or teacher who marries the farmer and wants to do a Cert III in ag...) We also suggested nudging small business-assisting agencies to extend their vision to farm businesses as well asx the need fo national accreditation for ag-training.  Via Ross Ingram of Bonaccord Farms came the idea for hands-on ag training earlier in the secondary school curriculum- year nine. A couple of other good ideas were to make on-farm application a criteria of R&D funding and to seek more opportunities for ag to interact with trainee teachers. Read more

Sail on down to the Sale Show

Sale’s annual agricultural show will be held from October 31 to November 2 at the Sale Showgrounds, Sale-Maffra Rd. Cost $40 family ($36 pre-purchased). More? Lynne Rapson 5144 2603 or or visit

Hey! Exhibit your sustainable products in the field

Exhibitors are sought for Heyfield's Sustainable Living Festival from 9am-3pm on November 1. About 2000 people attended last year. More?

Link websites for a better tourism experience

Tourism-related businesses can link their own websites to the Visit Baw Baw website. More? 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 November 5. More? Vicky 5940 4651 or

Spring down to the SFS field day

Southern Farming System's Gippsland Spring Field Day will be held at the trial site, Bengworden Rd, Bairnsdale from 9.30am-3.30pm on October 30. More? Janice Dowe 0488 600 209 or or visit

Clinics support small business

Bass Coast Shire Council and the Small Business Mentoring Service are offering free business mentoring sessions.  Sessions are limited to one session/business /year. Four sessions per day on November 4, Wonthaggi Civic Centre, Customer Service Centre, Meeting Room, 76 McBride Ave. More? Emilie Barkley 1300 226 278 or

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in October: 20-Bairnsdale, 26-Sale, 30-Bairnsdale.  More? 1300 139 402 or visit

The importance of being educated

Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) is offering a $10,000 scholarship for fees for a Diploma of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College, Geelong. Anyone working in the apple and pear industry in a nursery, orchard, pack house or cool store can apply. Download the scholarship brochure or get more information about the Diploma of Agribusiness. Applications close Friday, January 16. More?

Innovative ideas sought for science week

The 2015 National Science Week grant round totalling $500,000, offers individual grants of up to $25,000. Applications close 4pm, October 23. The grant selection committee will be looking for ideas that help engage new audiences in a range of locations in different facets of science, technology, maths and engineering. National Science Week will be held from August 15-23 in 2015. More?

Program aims to inspire women

The inspiring women program to support women in science through partnerships with government, industry, community and academia is accepting applications for industry internships. More? Visit

Grant helps businesses meet R&D needs

The Research Connections component of the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme provides eligible firms with expertise, technology and advice. More? 13 28 46 or

Grant to fund 20 million trees

The 20 million trees grant programme offers funding to individuals, organisations and community groups such as schools, landholders and conservation groups to plant trees and re-establishing native vegetation, provide habitat for threatened species, sequester carbon from the atmosphere and help to create greener spaces to improve the liveability of Australia’s cities and towns. Round one applications close 2pm, October 30. More? Visit:

Award for rural women who make a difference

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) is seeking nominations for the 2015 Rural Women's Award. If you know a rural woman with a commitment and a desire to make a real difference, nominate her for the 2015 RIRDC Rural Women's Award. Applications close on October 31. More?'s-award

Your wish might be granted…

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

Nominations open for Australia Day Awards

Nominations are now open for local council Australia Day Awards for 2015. The awards give residents the opportunity to recognise and reward individuals who make an outstanding contribution to the local community.
Nominations for Cardinia close at 5pm on Friday November 14. More? Cardinia Council’s Community Strengthening Team 1300 787 624
Nominations for Mornington Peninsula Shire close on Friday, November 14. More? or Christine Aslanidis 5950 1137 or
Nominations for Casey Shire close on Monday October 27 at 4pm. More? City of Casey Customer Service on 9705 5200 or
Nominations for Baw Baw Shire close on November 30. More? Melanie Coulter 5624 2411 or
Nominations for East Gippsland Shire close on November 28. More?
Nominations for Wellington Shire shire close on October 31. More?

Once? Twice? Three times a baby (cow)

Is there benefit in feeding dairy calves three times a day instead of two? Don Sockett thinks so. Here’s his presentation to the World Dairy Expo held in Madison, Wisconsin, last week.

Plan to have an effective business

Small Business Victoria’s business planning basics seminar from 10am-12pm Saturday, October 25 at the Toomah Community Centre, 1 Golden Green St, Pakenham. Cost of $20. Event Id: 12929 More? Living Learning Administration Team 5941 2389 or or visit

Riding of the Bounds is back for its 25th year!

Horse riders will gather on October 26 to honour a tradition which began in Casey’s sister city, Berwick upon Tweed in the UK, more than 500 years ago. Riders on horseback and horse-drawn vehicles will ride 10km to inspect the boundary between the municipalities of Casey and Cardinia. The ride will start at Hillcrest Christian College, 500 Soldiers Rd, Clyde North from 8.30am when riders can register before the ride at 10.30am. Riders must register by Friday October 17. More?  City of Casey

GippsDairy makes dairy employment easy

GippsDairy offers free online advertising for farmers in Gippsland looking for workers. Farmers can advertise through the "Employment Made Easy" portal at People seeking work can also register. More? Jeanette White 5629 3400 or visit

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.
Farm Manager: Pasture focus sought for a large dairy operation. You will lead a small, dedicated team. Responsibilities include: management of day-to-day in-paddock operations; strategic management/planning; staff management; working within financial constraints; general asset management. Farm offers excellent state-of-the-art facilities. Very attractive package, including family accommodation on-farm. Applications by October 25. More? 0428 495 691
Experienced herd manager sought: Family-run, 500-cow irrigation dairy farm seeks experienced herd manager to oversee day to day running of the milking herd and dairy. New, 54 stand rotary will be completed in November. Comfortable home is available and salary commensurate with experience. More? Karen 0408 641 014
Dairy farm or processing work sought for Abigaël Taurou, 26, currently in Australia and available til mid-February. He has studied electrotechnics and energy, with experience on a vegetable farm, a farm with 40 goats/10 dairy cows that processed cheese, and in a vineyard. More? Jean Marie Poirier 0033 243 085 312 or or

Dairy farm work sought for Alexandre Quarré, 27, to February 2015. He has a technical diploma in agriculture and an undergraduate diploma in farm management. His parents are dairy farmers with 80 dairy cows on 105ha farm. Experienced in dairy and cropping. More? Jean Marie Poirier 0033 243 085 312 or or visit
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 from accounting, nursing, sciences, engineering, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media courses. More? Liana 5122 6245 or
Accounting and book-keeping work sought: Work is sought assisting Gippsland farmers and rural small businesses with accounting and bookkeeping, including the calculation and lodgement of quarterly or annual BAS/GST and payroll work. Will travel to your farm. Very reasonable prices and 25 years experience. More? Liz Boughton 0408 305 624
Employers wanted for agricultural graduates: Employers sought for well-trained, job-ready agricultural and horticultural graduates with nationally recognised post-diploma qualifications, Australian work experience, certifications, permits and licenses. Prospective employers can trial graduates for three to six months.
Environmental planning and vegetation design: Springbank Ecosystems offers flora and fauna surveys, EMPs for sub-division applications, weed/animal management, revegetation plans for extraction companies, specialised native orchid ID and staff training.
More? Libby Lambert 5657 2387 or
Market your business more effectively: Award-winning marketer/business consultant with strong agricultural background can offer strategies to place your business in the public eye.
More? John 0457 065 425
Need staff? Try 12 or six months of cost-effective undergraduate recruits from accounting, sciences, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media. Candidates available for paid full-time or half-time placements. More? Annette or 9214 8753 or Karen or 9215 7136
Fire management planning: Consultant to prepare sustainable fire management plans for your property or small reserve. More? Helen Bull 0400 310 188 or
Seeking admin/clerical work: For any type of administrative/clerical type work (consulting, part time or job share – even if it is only a few hours per week).  I have a current ABN and tertiary qualifications in business studies, taxation and financial planning. More? Greg Lewis on 0439 523 871 or

Agritourism dossier available

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

The pick of the festivals is on in Poowong

The Poowong Pickers Festival is on again on October 25. Visit or

Quote of the week

Paddy Lennox: "I was watching the London Marathon and saw one runner dressed as a chicken and another runner dressed as an egg. I thought: 'This could be interesting'."

Just in case you are travelling next year…

We've received an email from the Azerbaijan Flower Expo for March 12-14 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. More? Tansu Karabulut +90 212 2731 888 or

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Gippy Diary

Oct 20 Country Race Meet Bairnsdale 1300 139 402
Oct 21 Macalister Demonstration Farm AGM Maffra Sandie Brown 0488 175 366
Oct 22 Casey Cardinia Business Group Cranbourne
Oct 23 Upper Avon Landcare Group meeting Briagolong Garry Rose 5145 4428
Oct 23 Small Business Bus Narre Warren Small Business Victoria 13 22 15
Oct 24-25 Maffra and District Agricultural Show Maffra Maffra and District Agricultural Society Secretary 5141 1235
Oct 25 Poowong Pickers Festival Poowong  
Oct 25 Business Basic Seminar Pakenham Living Learning Administration Team 5941 2389
Oct 26 Garden Tour and Tapas Tynong North Peppermint Ridge Farm 5942 8580
Oct 26 Riding of the bounds Clyde North City of Casey Customer Service 9705 5200
Oct 26 Budswell – South Gippsland Wine Showcase Inverloch 045 806 0025
Oct 26 Country Race Meet Sale 1300 139 402
Oct 27 Agriculture Industry Transformation – Gippsland project  presentation Traralgon Tia Navanteri 0427 528 013
Oct 27 Gippsland Climate Change Network Annual General Meeting Traralgon Tia Navanteri 0427 528 013
Oct 28 Orbost Pasture Grazing Trial Results Open Day Jarrahmond Penny Gray 5154 2843
Oct 29 Succession Planning Workshop   Emma Orgill 5154 2067
Oct 30 Succession Planning Workshop   Emma Orgill 5154 2067
Oct 30 Southern Farming System Spring Field Day Bairnsdale Janice Dowe
Oct 30 Country Race Meet Bairnsdale 1300 139 402
Oct 31 Tarwin Valley Business Roundtable Luncheon Fish Creek
Oct 31-Nov 2 Sale Show Sale Lynne Rapson 5144 2603
Nov 1 Sustainable Living Festival Heyfield Heather Coleman 5148 2100
Nov 1-3 Wellington Shire Free Green Waste Disposal Weekend Wellington Shire 1300 366 244
Nov 1 Meeniyan Open Gardens Meeniyan Robin 5664 6557
Nov 4 Business Mentoring Session Wonthaggi Bass Coast Shire Council 1300 226 278
Nov 4 Balnarring Pony Club Cup Day Show Crib Point Balnarring Pony Club
Nov 5 Talk and Torch Tour of Cryptic Fauna of the Red Gum Plains Traralgon David 0488 035 014
Nov 5 Country Women's Association Pakenham branch meeting Pakenham Vicki Birch 5940 4651
Nov 6 A Date with Dick Richardson – Resilient Farming Systems Stratford Darren Williams 0457 786582
Nov 8 Practical Blackberry and Weed Management workshop Main Ridge Gillian Stewart 5950 1833
Nov 8 Beyond Organics Mt Martha The Briars 5974 3686
Nov 9 Wildflower Bus Trip Malmo Darren 0457 786 582
Nov 12 TechAG14 – Technology Forum Sale Sue Webster 0402 267 802
Nov 12 Small Business Clinics Program Warragul Baw Baw Shire Council 5624 2411
Nov 13 TechAG14 Field Tour Sale Sue Webster 0402 267 802
Nov 14 Focus Farm Field Day Leongatha South John Gallienne 0407 863 493
Nov 15-16 Permaculture Glengarry West Marnie  0438 261 540
Nov 14-15 Free Green Waste Disposal – Mornington Peninsula Mornington Peninsula Mornington Peninsula Customer Service 5950 1000
Nov 15 Omeo and District Agricultural and Pastoral Show Omeo Peter 5159 1209
Nov 15 Small Microscope Course Garfield AgPath P/L 5629 1253
Nov 16 Biological Farming Practical Workshop Garfield AgPath P/L 5629 1253
Nov 16 Swift's Creek Pony Club Gymkhana Omeo Peter 5159 1209
Nov 22 Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration Main Ridge Bernie 5989 6408
Nov 22-23 Small Farm and Lifestyle Expo Phillip Island 5952 2710
Nov 29 Large Animal Emergency Rescue Workshop Beaconsfield Upper Wandarrah Estate 0411 848 643
Nov 30 Garden Tour and Tapas Tynong North Peppermint Ridge Farm 5942 8580
Mar 12-15 Azerbaijan Flower Expo Baku, Azerbaijan Tansu Karabulut +90 212 2731 888
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