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Solar power struggle

Solar farm applications totalling more than $300 million will be addressed at a Greater Shepparton City Council meeting this month.. But two councillors say the proposals are problematic for the council to determine and fear a situation where

by
Rodney Woods
Feb 09 2018
Dairy

Price issues spur move

Issues over water and the milk price crisis were the reasons for Invergordon dairy farmer Darren Crawford leaving the industry.. Mr Crawford, as a Murray Goulburn supplier, said he was not pleased about how he was treated.. ‘‘It was

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Rodney Woods
Feb 07 2018
Water

Worm turns for waste

Worms are turning waste into water at a Strathmerton treatment plant in what will be an Australian first.. ‘‘We are using worms as the engine of our waste and water treatment plant,’’ Booth Transport project manager Brendan

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Rodney Woods
Feb 06 2018
News

Hay runners keen to deliver

Kialla’s Frank Fitzpatrick, who travelled with the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners last year for the first time at age 76, has done it again.. Mr Fitzpatrick, along with Gippsland’s Bill Batty, left from Tallygaroopna on the eve of Australi

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Rodney Woods
Feb 01 2018
Dairy

First up tops Holstein sale

In a sale mostly of calves, it was Lot 1, Eclipspeirce Modesty Canto-ET, that was sold for the top price at Wednesday night’s World Wide Sires Evolution Sale.. Conducted by Dairy Livestock Services, the showpiece Holstein sale at International

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Rodney Woods
Jan 31 2018
News

Worming around the waste

In a first for Australia, Strathmerton company Booth Transport is using worms to purify water.. And the project is expected to create 77 jobs in Moira Shire.. Common in Chile, the technology allows the business to clean 125million litres of waste

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Rodney Woods
Jan 31 2018
News

Farmer Moira’s Citizen of Year

A promise made to a young family member who died in 2008 from a super-bug after seven weeks in the Royal Children’s Hospital, has been followed through by St James farmer Neil Lonie.. Mr Lonie pledged at his niece’s funeral that on Good

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Rodney Woods
Jan 30 2018
News

Naring is latest stop on solar farm roll-out

The solar farm train in northern Victoria continues to roll on, with Naring now jumping on board with a $55million project.. British solar project developer Lightsource is building a 60MW solar farm on 122ha at 3405 Katamatite-Nathalia Rd, which

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Rodney Woods
Jan 30 2018
News

Wool prices hit new high

Wool prices reached a record high of more than 1800¢/kg recently thanks to strong demand from China.. Prices have been on the up since October, and Fox & Lillie Rural Victorian wool brokerage manager Eamon Timms said China made up 80 per

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Rodney Woods
Jan 24 2018
News

Early start to duck hunting challenged

Changes to the 2018 duck hunting season have been made due to the illegal behaviour of some hunters on the opening weekend of the 2017 season.. The start of last year’s season saw animal welfare groups collect 1246 dead waterbirds from

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Rodney Woods
Jan 23 2018
News

Time change for opening weekend of duck season

The 2018 duck hunting season begins on Saturday, March 17, with the Victorian Government making changes to a number of things including the starting times for the opening weekend.. Instead of starting at the standard time of half an hour before

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Rodney Woods
Jan 19 2018
Dairy

Holsteins to go under hammer

Fifth generation dairy farmer Darren Crawford has owned his own farm since mid-2012 and he has been dairying ever since he left school at the end of 2000.. But after five years of ownership, the Invergordon farmer and his young family have decided

by
Rodney Woods
Jan 18 2018
News

Victoria, NSW warmer than usual

If rain and cooler temperatures are what you enjoy, NSW and Victoria were not the places to be in 2017, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Annual Climate Statement.. Last year was the warmest on record for NSW, while 2017 was

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Rodney Woods
Jan 16 2018
Cropping

Environmental watering events a positive: NIC CEO

The National Irrigators’ Council has urged ministers to take a balanced and constructive approach to the basin water ministers meeting in Albury on December 19.. ‘‘Recent media coverage on the basin has tended to focus on an overly

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Rodney Woods
Dec 18 2017
Cropping

Blue-green algae warning

Goulburn-Murray Water is warning the public to avoid direct contact with water in Lake Eppalock and Cairn Curran Reservoir after monitoring detected high levels of blue-green algae.. Warning signs will be positioned at major recreational areas

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Rodney Woods
Dec 15 2017
News

Synergies between rice and frog breeding discussed in upcoming session

Partnerships between ecology and food production will be highlighted at a field trip and workshop in Deniliquin next month.. The main discussion point will be the ecological benefits of rice growing, in particular the synergies between rice and frog

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Rodney Woods
Dec 14 2017
Cropping

Downpour makes it too wet to work

At this time of year you would be surprised to see a header not out in the paddock during harvest but after rain drenched parts of the region at the start of December, this is becoming a more familiar sight.. And for Miepoll farmer Albert Gough this

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Rodney Woods
Dec 12 2017
Dairy

Dairy reaching water tipping point

If more water is taken away from the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District, the trend of farmers leaving the dairy industry will continue, according to Katunga dairy farmer and Australian Dairy Industry Council Water Taskforce chair Daryl Hoey.. Mr

by
Rodney Woods
Dec 12 2017
Water

Environmental flood levels criticised

Environmental targets set out in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan for the lower Goulburn River will not be met under new constraint projects.. That is according to Goulburn Valley Environment Group president John Pettigrew, who says the Victorian

by
Rodney Woods
Dec 12 2017
Water

Interim board for water body

Murray Irrigation has announced an interim board comprising six shareholders and two independent directors.. An interim board had to be elected after the permanent board members all stood down over issues about their election.. Interim board member

by
Rodney Woods
Dec 08 2017
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