MURRAY DAIRY E-NEWS
Friday 25th Nov. 2016
Need help in assessing your farm business options?
Taking Stock is a free 1:1 business assessment and support service using a consultant to assist in the collection and analysis of current financial and physical data with the aim of clarifying future farm business options. This is available to all levy paying farmers, regardless of who they supply. Call Murray Dairy on (03)5833 5312. This program is supported by the Australian Government and Gardiner Foundation.
Focus Farm Open Day- Whorouly
John and Elise Pethybridge, the newest Murray Dairy focus farmers, will host an open day on Wed 7 December. Join us, along with Phil Shannon from Shannon Farm Consulting to learn more about the aims of what the Pethybridge family are keen to achieve and to learn their jouney so far.
YDN to be bowled over by Merv Hughes
Come along to unwind and finish off the year with a great social night out with other young people working in dairy, from across the entire Murray Dairy region. This night is a great opportunity to meet new people and catch up with friends before Christmas. The guest speaker for the evening will be Merv Hughes who will be sharing stories from his cricketing career.
Save the Date - Safety on Farm Open Day
If you would like the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in dairy farm safety, save the date for Murray Dairy’s Safety on Farm Day in Tatura on Thursday 15 December. The open day will update you on what is available to make your farm safer for your family, your employees and yourself.
Do you employ staff on your dairy farm? This workshop is for you!
It doesn’t matter if you are already employing staff, looking to employ someone or expanding your business – this workshop is opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the key areas of employment and staff management to ensure your dairy farm business is compliant. Cameron Smith from Farmanco will be running these sessions for farmers in Merrigum and Gunbower.
Occasional Counsellor Workshops
These workshops, facilitated by a psychologist, provide participants who are not employed in a counselling role, with a kit full of tools to assist in times when they are called upon to give others emotional support.
Workshop 1: Rochester, Wednesday 7 December
Workshop 2: Cobram, Friday 9 December
Accelerating Change Agronomy Network
Accelerating Change has formed an agronomy network to work more closely with agronomists and other commercial service providers to support farmers in gaining feedbase efficiencies. For the full write up of the first workshop including tips and resources; http://www.acceleratingchangeproject.com/single-post/2016/11/23/Murray-Dairy-Agronomy-Network.
The next workshop will be held in Echuca on Friday 9 December. Workshop 2 will focus on local research to drive irrigation and feedbase efficiencies brought directly to you. Please click here to see the workshop flyer. To RSVP contact Amy Fay, ph: 0400 911 286 email: [email protected]
Accelerating Change Monitoring and Measurement Update
Monitoring and Measurement will continue on our Partner Farms in 2016-17.
This season, the assessment of different forage types will continue, with sorghum being added to the mix. We will also look at the performance of lucerne at different ages. To complement ongoing monitoring of irrigation practices, we will be expanding our look at the use of different moisture monitoring technologies to assist irrigation scheduling.
International Dairy Week 15 –19 January 2017
IDW is fast approaching. Murray Dairy will be delivering productivity sessions on feedbase and animal health throughout the week. Drop by our stand during the week or call Murray Dairy for more information on (03) 5833 5312.
All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp : IDW 2017-Tatura
This 5 day camp (3 to 7 January, 2017) aims to support young people, aged between 16 and 20, as they develop their skills, plus foster a passion for the dairy industry.
Dairy Support - Financial, health and community assistance
Dairy Farmer Central
Dairy Farmer Central is a website designed to be a central source of information on programs, initiatives and events for dairy farmers and their communities.
Rural Financial Counselling Service.
Free, independent and confidential assistance.
North East Victoria (Goulburn Valley Region): 1300 834 775
North West Victoria: 1300 769 489
Southern NSW: (02) 6452 5820
Rural Financial Counsellors can help you with:
- Farm Household Allowance Applications
- Dairy & Drought Concessional Loans
- Dairy Development Grants
- Assessing and understanding your financial position, identify options and develop an action plan to move forward.
- To find out more visit www.rfcsvicne.org.au or call one of the above phone numbers
Farm Household Allowance.
To apply for the Farm Household Allowance contact the Rural Financial Counselling Service, numbers are listed above.
To find out how your FHA application is going call the Farmer Assistance Hotline on 132 316 (8am- 8pm).
Grants to assist on-farm improvements
The Victorian Government is seeking applications for its Dairy Development Grants program, this aims to assist dairy farm businesses to improve productivity, competitiveness and resilience to market downturns.
The grant offers $5000 per dairy farm applicant to implement on-farm infrastructure improvements that assist business rebuilding, restructure and production efficiencies. Grants are open until June 30, 2017 or until the Dairy Development Grant program funds are fully allocated, whichever occurs first. Contact Rural Finance 1800 260 425 or [email protected].
A number of events and opportunities are on around our region. Please refer to the Murray Dairy website and calendar for more information.
Stanhope's Legendairy status goes down on film
Dairy Australia has celebrated the 2015 LEGENDAIRY Capital, the town of Stanhope in the Murray Dairy region, with the production of a documentary showcasing the dairy farmers and regional communities who participated in the program.
Murray Dairy Mo-tivated in Mo-vember
Movember Foundation is all about supporting men's health, in particular by funding ground - breaking programs that reach men wherever they are. The Murray Dairy Team are keen to shine a light on the work being done and will host a barefoot lawn bowls evening on Wednesday 30 November at the Hill Top Golf & Bowls Club in Tatura.
Pasture and Crop Water Requirements
Feeling a bit confused about when it's best to irrigate? To access a summary of pasture and crop water requirements for the past week and the upcoming week, subscribe to the informative Weekly Irrigation Requirements Summary. The email provides irrigation scheduling information similar to that on the inside cover of the Country News, but for more locations. Email Mr Rob O’Connor, AgVic at [email protected] to subscribe or for more information.
Upcoming public holidays 2016/17
As Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, some states have declared an additional day as a public holiday. Key information regarding this, includes:
- public holidays for your state,
- entitlements for working (and not working) on a public holiday,
- can you require employees to work on a public holiday?
A chance to share your insights for the future of farming
The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is undertaking research about ‘21st Century Farmers’ in partnership with Rural Bank and Rural Finance and invite you to take part in our inaugural survey into the practices of our nation’s farm businesses. To start the survey or for further information please visit web page by using https://www.ruralbank.com.au/21stcenturyfarmer?utm_source=edm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=21stcenturyfarmer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=21stcenturyfarmer&utm_content=21stcenturyfarmer+Preview+CID_ca452dcfaf88e432f80eff786036f5f3&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Learn%20more
The 2016 Regional Wellbeing Survey is now open
The Regional Wellbeing Survey’s mission is to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural and regional Australia. Taking part lets you have your say on issues that affect your wellbeing and the liveability of your community. Do the survey online at www.regionalwellbeing.org.au or call 1800 981 499 if you'd like a paper survey posted to you or for help with the survey.
The Very Fast Break Newsletter
Seasonal climate and risk information for Victorian cropping regions. The newest edition now available.
Updated Seasonal forecast, BOM
BOM is regularly updated and the newest seasonal forecasts are now available.
Events, Courses and Training
Please see the Murray Dairy Events calendar for all dairy related events, training and courses happening throughout the region.
With best regards from the Murray Dairy team.