Hoop Time win

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

St Paul’s stu­dents set to com­pete at state Hoop Time

Ju­nior school stu­dents at St Paul’s Angli­can Gram­mar School re­cently qual­i­fied to com­pete at the hoop time se­nior all stars state grand fi­nal day.

The team won through af­ter win­ning their game at the re­gional hoop time all stars grand fi­nal.

Lead­ing up to the re­gion­als, the St Paul’s War­ragul ju­nior school years 5/6 boys hoop time basketball team won all of their four pre­lim­i­nary games and then the semi-fi­nal.

The boys played against St Mary’s Maf­fra in the grand fi­nal at the re­gional cham­pi­onships in Trar­al­gon and with the score drawn at full­time, 16–16, they played into ex­tra time and won by three points for a score of 19-16.

They will now play at the hoop time se­nior all stars state grand fi­nal day on Tues­day Novem­ber 27 at Dan­de­nong Sta­dium

While milk prices have con­tin­ued to im­prove, Gipp­s­land dairy farm­ers have been forced to utilise fod­der re­serves and pur­chase ad­di­tional fod­der, the lat­est Dairy Aus­tralia Sit­u­a­tion and Out­look re­port has found.

The Oc­to­ber re­port, re­leased last week, in­di­cated milk prices had in­creased 19 per cent to $5.74 per kilo­gram milk solids.

Re­turn on to­tal as­sets in Gipp­s­land grew three per cent in 2017/18 com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year, which was the high­est growth rate of all Vic­to­rian dairy re­gions.

The re­port in­di­cated the im­me­di­ate chal­lenges for farm­ers were con­tin­ued in­creases in feed prices and tough sea­sonal con­di­tions, while growth in do­mes­tic and global mar­kets in­di­cates sup­port for dairy re­mains strong.

For many dairy farm busi­nesses, the 2018/19 sea­son has shifted from an out­look of re­cov­ery and growth to one of drought, feed short­age and ris­ing pro­duc­tion costs, likely to re­sult in a milk pro­duc­tion fall of five to seven per cent com­pared to 2017/18.

While the feed short­age will have im­pli­ca­tions on milk flows, the re­port said the Aus­tralian mar­ket for dairy prod­ucts had re­mained sta­ble, with all key prod­uct cat­e­gories show­ing growth, point­ing to on­go­ing and strength­ened sup­port for dairy among the Aus­tralian pub­lic.

In Gipp­s­land, very lit­tle rain fell un­til De­cem­ber and then a dry sum­mer and au­tumn led to re­duced amounts of pas­ture avail­able for con­ser­va­tion.

The re­port for Gipp­s­land in 2017/18 showed:

Milk in­come was up 19 per cent to $5.74/kg milk solids

To­tal farm work­ing ex­penses in­creased from $3.74/kg milk solids in 2016/17 to $4.24

To­tal farm gross in­come in­creased from $5.50/kg milk solids in 2016/17 to $6.26

Cost of pro­duc­tion in­creased from $4.85/kg milk solids in 2016/17 to $5.42

Re­turn on to­tal as­sets in­creased from 2.1 per cent in 2016/17 to three per cent

Dairy Aus­tralia se­nior in­dus­try an­a­lyst John Drop­pert said while farm­ers’ key pri­or­ity was to nav­i­gate their way through the im­me­di­ate chal­lenges, on farm de­ci­sions made in the com­ing months will be fun­da­men­tal to the in­dus­try’s abil­ity to seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties when sea­sonal con­di­tions im­prove.

“Do­mes­tic sales growth is ro­bust, de­liv­er­ing in­creases in both vol­ume and value across most key dairy cat­e­gories.

“Aus­tralian milk, cheese and yo­ghurt sales con­tinue to grow, with Aus­tralians pur­chas­ing 1.4 bil­lion litres of milk in su­per­mar­kets, up 0.9 per cent on last year,” Mr Drop­pert said.

The re­port said as an in­dus­try, sup­port for dairy prod­ucts and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties had been felt through­out the chal­leng­ing sea­son, with the en­tire sup­ply chain, govern­ment and the Aus­tralian pub­lic show­ing their sup­port for farm­ers fac­ing drought.

“Dairy de­mand has re­mained ro­bust, with dairy ex­ports from the six ma­jor ex­porters in­creas­ing 3.7 per cent over the past 12 months.

“While farm­ers con­tinue to feel the im­pact of the feed short­age and in­creas­ing cost of pro­duc­tion, do­mes­tic and global mar­ket trends pro­vide a timely re­minder that dairy has an im­por­tant role in Aus­tralian di­ets and im­prov­ing the nu­tri­tion of mil­lions of peo­ple around the world,” Mr Drop­pert said.

The Sit­u­a­tion and Out­look re­port is re­leased three times a year, pro­vid­ing ex­pert, un­bi­ased anal­y­sis and in­sights into the lat­est na­tional and in­ter­na­tional mar­ket trends in the dairy in­dus­try, as well as up-to-date sta­tis­tics and facts.

The St Paul’s War­ragul ju­nior school years 5/6 hoop time Basketball team qual­i­fied to com­pete at the state grand fi­nal day. Pic­tured back row from left Lach­lan Bambridge (coach), Caleb Kriesl, Zach Bambridge, Lach­lan Gil­iam, Oliver Wil­son, Harry Van­schyn­del, Char­lie Tsuchida, front row Wil­liam Brewer, Ri­ley McLeod and Lach­lan Wil­son (coach).

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