Help­ing farm­ers to pocket the sav­ings

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - FARM SCENE -

Mar­ket re­port for 21st and 22nd Novem­ber Wed­nes­day Fat Sale 314 head. Thurs­day Bull and Cow Sale 44 bulls, 263 cows and 42 steers.

314 head this Wed­nes­day for the fat sale, which is 44 less than last week. Top vealer mak­ing 315 cents per kg, same as last week. There was 209 veal­ers, 80 less with av­er­age 243.7, up 2 cents.

There was 49 heifers of­fered, 11 more with the top 270 , up 7 cents.

There was 56 steers of­fered, 20 more than last week to top at 290, up 20 cents.

The yard av­er­age was 236.1, which was up 5 cents on last week.

The bull sale on Thurs­day had 44 bulls, 24 more than last week. Sold to top of 270.6 cents per kg with de­mand still very strong on bulls. The bull av­er­age was 209.9 cents, down 10 cents with a lot of lighter dairy bulls on of­fer.

Beef cows sold to good de­mand for the bet­ter cows, saw the top cow make 235.2 cents, up 17 cents. 42 steers were yarded to sell to 260 to av­er­age 243.5. The good run of dairy cows sold with good de­mand. The cow av­er­age was 173 cents, up 9 cents. The yard av­er­age was 187.4, up 17 cents. The av­er­age per head of 349 cat­tle yarded was 989.82.

Veal­ers 3 Lim 1 Lim 2 Lim 1 Lim 14 Lim 28 Char Steers 1 M/G 1 Ang 5 Ang 1 Ang 1 Ang 1 Ang Heifers 1 Lim N Amoruso, Mor­well 1 M/G Mrs Be Brown, Nilma 7 Hfd Or­vale Past, Dar­num Ex­port Cows & Heifers 1 Hfd A Smeaton, Drouin West 2 Sim S&M Van Hout, Shady Ck 1 Lim A&L Grif­fen, Lard­ner 1 Hfd T McCor­mack, Drouin 1 Lim P&J Sul­li­van, B/Buln East Dairy Cows 1 Frn D Pat­ten, Lard­ner 1 Frn D Pat­ten, Lard­ner 1 Frn DFP Aust, Laber­touche 1 Frn P McCauley, Cora Lynn 2 Frn NJ&LA Gregg, Poowong 1 Frn R&S Sum­mer­field, B/Vista 1 Frn S&L Fin­ger, Yan­nathan 3 Frn G Bram­ley, Nar Nar Goon Steers 3 Char 4 Ang 2 Ang 2 Frn Bulls 1 Char 1 Lim 1 Lim 1 Hfd 1 Ang 1 Ang

K&W Mar­shall, Glen­garry JH Vick­ery, Drouin G Cum­maudo, Mir­boo Nth WR&LM Heyne, Newry K&W Mar­shall, Glen­garry Parklea, Of­fi­cer

R&L Jarvis, Yar­ragon JH Vick­ery, Drouin MJ&GM Cum­mings, Wgl N Amoruso, Mor­well K&K Vis­tarini, Modella J&C Lan­ge­laan, Drouin K Beale, Dar­num A Micah, Er­ica M&L In­dus­tries, W/Grove D&K Adams, Tynong

Parklea, Of­fi­cer M Fisher, Hazel­wood Sth Hamil­ton Park, W/Grove W&M Arm­strong, B/Vista A&C Bal­four, W/Grove M Wright, Hill End

352 340 400 475 304 470

490 570 584 545 540 505

430 510 451

610 593 650 605 465

755 860 805 765 543 550 590 585

538 710 802 730

1125 860 765 1145 835 820

315.0 310.0 300.0 288.2 288.0 282.7

290.2 278.2 270.9 269.6 267.2 262.0

270.0 269.2 245.0

235.2 234.6 226.0 224.2 222.6

210.0 205.0 205.0 196.6 190.0 186.0 182.0 182.0

248.6 242.6 225.0 212.0

1108 1054 1200 1368 874 1328

1421 1585 1582 1469 1442 1323

1161 1372 1106

1434 1390 1469 1356 1035

1585 1763 1650 1503 1030 1023 1073 1064

1547 1722 1804 1547

270.6 3044 250.6 2155 245.6 1878 234.2 2681 232.6 1942 218.6 1792 1. El­ders, 2.

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Farm­ers who want to cut their fer­tiliser bud­gets are be­ing urged to sign up for a Fert$mart course be­ing of­fered in the Tan­jil River catch­ment.

Glenn Mar­riott and the team from AgChal­lenge Con­sult­ing are de­liv­er­ing Fert$mart in the Tan­jil River catch­ment and im­me­di­ate sur­rounds.

The Fert$mart project aims to as­sist with your soil and fer­til­ity man­age­ment. Ben­e­fits of Fert$mart in­clude:

Up­skill your fer­tiliser and ef­flu­ent man­age­ment;

Re­fine the nu­tri­ent man­age­ment plan on your farm; Dis­cover po­ten­tial sav­ings to your busi­ness; In­crease nu­tri­ent use ef­fi­ciency on your farm; Get free nu­tri­ent anal­y­sis of your dairy ef­flu­ent; and, Sub­sidised soil sam­ples. Dairy farm­ers who have pre­vi­ously par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram en­cour­aged Tan­jil catch­ment farm­ers to sign onto Fert$mart.

An­drew Ba­con, who milks 390 cows at Toora said he had slashed $40,000 from his fer­tiliser bud­get after do­ing the Fert$mart course.

“We have al­ready im­ple­mented the wind­ing back of our phos­pho­rous and potas­sium use and go­ing straight ni­tro­gen. Pre­vi­ously we would run blends all the time,” he said.

“We think we will save at least $40,000 this year over what we used to do.”

For South Gipp­s­land farmer Kate Kirk, the pro­gram helped cre­ate a strat­egy for more cost ef­fec­tive use of fer­tilis­ers.

“It turned out all of our lev­els of ev­ery­thing were high ev­ery­where on our farm, so I thought it would be a good op­por­tu­nity to talk about re­duc­ing our an­nual ap­pli­ca­tion,” she said.

“We kept the urea up, but we re­duced the an­nual ap­pli­ca­tion from about 600 ki­los to 400 ki­los, which is a sav­ing of about 70 dol­lars a hectare.”

Gipp­sDairy re­gional ex­ten­sion of­fi­cer Ash­ley Burgess said An­drew’s and Kate’s ex­pe­ri­ences were typ­i­cal of farm­ers who com­plete the Fert$mart pro­gram.

“The con­sis­tent mes­sage we’ve had from pre­vi­ous par­tic­i­pants is that they have saved money and been able to grow just as much, if not more grass than be­fore,” she said.

“It’s a win-win when farm­ers can im­prove their busi­ness out­comes while re­duc­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects of fer­tiliser ap­pli­ca­tions.”

Num­bers are lim­ited so reg­is­ter early with Ash­ley Burgess on 0438 925 278 or email ash­[email protected]­sdairy.com.au

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