Over-herd: NEWS IN BRIEF

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

Dairy gi­ant Murray Goul­burn has an­nounced it will axe 60 jobs as a re­sult of a drop in milk sup­ply. Tanker op­er­a­tor and sup­port roles will be af­fected at Koroit, Leon­gatha, Maf­fra and Rochester plants. Vol­un­tary re­dun­dan­cies are ex­pected to be of­fered first,” ABC Goul­burn Murray.

It’s rain­ing in pas­toral coun­try and there is more to come - that has cre­ated a very pow­er­ful swing in cat­tle mar­ket think­ing and has made the propo­si­tion of a rally very real,” Com­mon­wealth Bank agris­trate­gist, Tobin Gorey, on news cat­tle prices may again head up­wards.

We don’t mind cop­ping con­struc­tive crit­i­cism where it’s war­ranted - but we’ve reached the point now where we need to re­spond and we’re not go­ing to cop com­ments like ‘we’re on the take’, when most of us are do­ing this work on a vol­un­tary ba­sis,” Cat­tle Coun­cil of Aus­tralia pres­i­dent, Howard Smith, hit­ting back at re­cent public crit­i­cism aimed at the pro­ducer group.

The se­cret to grass-fed beef is that there is no se­cret,” sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Wan­garatta cat­tle pro­ducer, Nigel Stephens, on news he would be sup­ply­ing Coles for their lat­est grass­fed beef line, to be known as Graze.

We un­der­stand the im­por­tance of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in build­ing and main­tain­ing ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties - so we’re keen to see peo­ple get back to work in Gipp­s­land,” Green­ham man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Peter Green­ham jnr, after it was an­nounced Green­ham’s had pur­chased the Moe meat­works and would need around 100 staff to re-open the fa­cil­ity that has been closed for two years.

In­stead of a myr­iad of legacy is­sues and a $96 mil­lion debt, we be­queath (GIC share­hold­ers) $20 mil­lion debt free,” GIC chair­man Barry Walker said re­cently after Gra­ziers’ In­vest­ment Com­pany (GIC) en­tered into a Mem­bers Vol­un­tary Liq­ui­da­tion. GIC was estab­lished in 2000, un­der the name Aus­tralian Wool Ser­vices and com­pro­mised two sub­sidiaries – The Wool­mark Com­pany and Aus­tralian Wool In­no­va­tion.

It re­ally de­pends on spring rains, but you could get any­where from one to five tonnes to the hectare, but in gen­eral, we think spring sow­ing leads to about half the yields of au­tumn- sown crops,” Ag Con­sul­tancy Group agron­o­mist, An­nieka Pari­daen, warn­ing to be care­ful with spring sow­ing after news that a higher than av­er­age rate of spring crops were go­ing in fol­low­ing a wet win­ter in some ar­eas of Vic­to­ria.

I feel that this term of the CRC has de­liv­ered some out­stand­ing in­no­va­tions and through the strate­gic lead­er­ship of the board we have placed the Sheep CRC in a strong po­si­tion to tran­si­tion its in­no­va­tions and re­search for a long life after the CRC con­cludes in June 2019,” out­go­ing chair­man of the CRC Board, Dun­can Fraser.

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