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Thursday, 26 October 2023
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Free financial counselling with RFCS
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Have you been impacted by recent floods, fires or dry seasonal conditions?

The Rural Financial Counselling Service provides a free and confidential financial counselling service to eligible farmers and small related enterprises who are experiencing, or at risk of, financial hardship.

They can help you to access available support, analyse your business situation, negotiate with lenders and develop strategies to improve your financial position.

To find your closest service click here or call 1300 771 741.

23 March hailstorm support – applications closing soon
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Applications close 4pm on 14 November for Concessional Loans available to support producers impacted by the 23 March hailstorm event.

Primary producers in the City of Greater Shepparton and the Yarra Ranges local government areas are eligible to apply for a Hailstorm Primary Producer Concessional Loan of up to $250,000.

For more information, visit the Rural Finance website HERE or call 1800 260 425.

For assistance in applying contact the Rural Financial Counselling Service on 1300 771 741.

Be aware of hydatids

Dr Jeff Cave, Senior Veterinary Officer

You may have recently read that a living roundworm, suspected to have come from the faeces of a carpet python, was pulled from brain of a woman in New South Wales. It was the first documented case of the parasite infecting a human.

Needless to say, she was extremely unlucky. However, there are other, more common parasites that can infect both animals and humans known as zoonotic parasites.

A zoonotic parasite of significant risk to rural communities in south-eastern Australia are hydatids. 

In the past, hydatids were a significant cause of illness in Australian rural communities. This was largely due to the practice of feeding the offal of sheep to farm dogs, the absence of treatment of tapeworm in farm dogs, and the close physical connection between farmers and their dogs.

Abattoir surveillance data has shown that the risk of hydatids is still present, with one peer reviewed study showing that hydatid cysts were found in 8% of cattle carcasses at a major abattoir in eastern Australia.

To understand how you may become infected with hydatids it is useful to understand the hydatid lifecycle, which has two stages.

The adult hydatid tapeworm lives in the intestine of dogs and dingos (and foxes to a lesser extent). The adult tapeworm produces eggs that are passed in the dog or dingo’s droppings.

When sheep, kangaroos and cattle ingest the eggs in contaminated dog or dingo droppings they become infected.

The hydatids then develop into its immature stage as watery cysts in the soft tissues such as the liver and lungs of those animals.

When a dog or dingo ingests raw offal or dead stock that contains the immature cysts, they become infected completing the lifecycle.

Humans can become infected in the same way as a sheep, cow, or kangaroo if they are in close contact with infected dogs.

Children are at particular risk due to their close contact with dogs and their tendency to transfer eggs to their mouths.

When a person becomes infected, cysts may develop in the liver, lungs, or brain. The consequences of this may be fatal. The only treatment in humans is by radical surgery to remove the cysts.

Hydatid disease can be prevented by following several important steps:

  • Worm dogs regularly with an all wormer that is effective against the hydatid tapeworm
  • Never feed raw offal to dogs
  • Promptly dispose of all dead stock
  • Keep dogs kennelled or chained when not working to prevent them finding offal or dead stock
  • Restrict dog’s access to household vegetable gardens and wash all vegetables thoroughly
  • Wash your hands after handling dogs and before eating, smoking etc.

These steps are tried and proven and were used in a coordinated way to successfully eradicate hydatids in both New Zealand and Tasmania.

Rochester/Elmore Farm Business Resilience workshops

Agriculture Victoria is offering farmers in the Rochester and Elmore communities an opportunity to attend a series of free Farm Business Resilience (FBR) workshops.

Agriculture Recovery Officer Elizabeth Alsop said the workshops are designed to help participants better prepare for and manage the impacts of drought and a changing climate.

‘The workshop modules focus on identifying and managing risk and developing farm business plans in relation to financial management, people management, climate and environmental issues with the aim of strengthening farm businesses.

Endorsements from previous participants have demonstrated the value of the program to their farm business planning, for instance:

  • ‘[The program] has shown me that by putting my ideas on paper I can see what my future looks like and pushes me harder to get to where I want to be.’
  • ‘I feel confident that I can now chip away at what needs to be done and I have a better idea of where to turn should I need additional information or support.’

Four modules are being delivered across the 3 workshops, beginning in early November. Participants completing 3 of the 4 modules, will be offered a one-on-one session with ORM Pty Ltd Senior Agribusiness Consultant Jane Foster.

Workshop sessions will cover key farm management topics, including:

  1. Workshop 1: Identifying and managing risks, strategic planning and setting business goals (Friday 3 November)
  2. Workshop 2: Financial management, budgeting and profitable decision making (Wednesday 8 November)
  3. Workshop 3: People success, climate risk and natural resource management (Tuesday 14 November)                                                            ​
  • Managing people on farm, succession planning and farm safety (morning session)
  • Climate risk and natural resource management (afternoon session).

Ms Alsop said the workshops will be facilitated by Agriculture Victoria specialists and Senior Agribusiness Consultant Jane Foster.

To register your interest in the Rochester/Elmore workshops, please complete this short survey HERE 

Primary producers from other regions can also register their interest in future Farm Business Resilience workshops by completing the survey.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Alsop on 0457 838 537 or at

The Farm Business Resilience Program is jointly funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and the Victorian Government’s Future Agriculture Skills Capacity Fund.

Further information about the Farm Business Resilience Program and the Future Drought Fund can also be found on the Agriculture Victoria website

Community plans to bolster regional drought resilience

Agricultural communities in regional Victoria will be in a stronger position to adapt to drought and climate change thanks to the Victorian and Australia governments’ investment in drought resilience planning.

Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Murray Watt and Victorian Minister for Agriculture Ros Spence recently announced the Drought Resilience Plans for the Gippsland, Goulburn and Wimmera Southern Mallee regions have been finalised.

These are the first of 9 regional communities across the state to develop community-led Regional Drought Resilience Plans through the Future Drought Fund’s Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program, jointly funded by the Victorian and Australian governments.

A further 6 plans will be developed and finalised in 2024 for the Barwon, Great South Coast, Central Highlands, Mallee, Loddon Campaspe, and Ovens Murray regions.  An initial funding boost will be available to each region to help kick-start implementation of priority actions identified in their Drought Resilience Plans.

The plans will be coordinated locally by councils, and cover a range of areas including community wellbeing, resilient local businesses and economies, building skills and leadership, landscapes, and collaboration.

The Goulburn Drought Resilience Plan builds on recent experience of both dry seasonal conditions and major flooding to identify actions that support communities, and natural and built environments such as education programs to improve water use efficiency in irrigated agriculture, as well as programs to attract and retain young people in agriculture in the region.

Having been impacted by bushfires and extreme weather events in recent years, the Gippsland Drought Resilience Plan outlines actions such as whole farm planning and knowledge sharing between neighbours to set the region’s agriculture sector and communities up for greater resilience in the face of climate risks.

Communities across the vast agricultural landscapes of the Wimmera Southern Mallee have seen many cycles of dry seasonal conditions and the Wimmera Southern Mallee Drought Resilience Plan includes actions to support the people and economy of the region such as better access to financial and business advice to support income diversification.

To access the Regional Drought Resilience Plans, along with a video showcasing the development of the Wimmera Southern Mallee Plan, visit:

For more information on Victoria’s Regional Drought Resilience Planning program visit:

Victorian farmers seeking drought support are encouraged to contact Agriculture Victoria by calling 136 186 or to

Biosecurity matters for contractors
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Jim Moran - Grains Industry Biosecurity Officer

As the winter crop ripens rapidly in the southern state’s grain belt, thoughts of managing the harvest are front of mind for grain growers.

Contractors employed to assist with your harvest management activities need to be aware of your farm biosecurity standards and expectations, to manage the risk of introducing hitchhiker pests, weeds, and diseases onto your property.

Regardless of the contractor’s expertise in spraying, windrowing, harvesting, transporting, or storage, it’s essential your biosecurity standards are included and agreed to as part of the contracting process.

By including clear and precise wording in the contract it can minimise assumptions about the biosecurity activities to be undertaken, how they will be done, what proof is required, and what penalties apply if they aren’t observed.

Contractors should be committed to maintaining biosecurity practices that protect both your business and theirs from the risk of biosecurity events.

Essential contractor responsibilities include:

  • meeting all state-based quarantine requirements and general biosecurity obligations
  • training their staff in biosecurity awareness and procedures
  • arriving clean and leaving clean
  • supplying agreed-upon evidence (written or photographic) of pre-arrival cleanliness and pre-exit cleanliness of all their machinery and equipment
  • signing in and signing out all staff, equipment, and machinery.

Quotes from contractors should consider:

  • time required for cleaning before arrival on your property
  • time required for cleaning before departure from your property
  • fees and charges relating to required biosecurity documentation and inspections when travelling interstate.

Property owners should consider providing contractors with the location of suitable washdown areas and cleaning equipment to clean footwear, machinery and equipment appropriately.

Have the conversations about biosecurity with contractors early and often to avoid non-compliance with your farm biosecurity expectations. Make it impossible to fail to prevent any nasty surprises.

The promotion of biosecurity practices within the grains industry has resulted in an increase in on-farm and industry wide knowledge about best practice biosecurity management techniques.

With recent examples of how fast a weed, pest or disease can spread there’s every motivation to ensure accountability for anyone visiting and working on your farm to meet your biosecurity practices and standards.

It’s important for grain growers and all land managers to take ownership of biosecurity at their farm. It’s no longer unusual to have conversations about biosecurity with people, before they enter the farming property.

All farmers are encouraged to place a biosecurity sign at the farm’s main gates, as a reminder that biosecurity matters and is everyone’s responsibility. Establishing the requirement for all visitors to contact you prior to entry allows you to enforce your biosecurity requirements.

Grain Producers Australia Chair and WA grain producer, Barry Large, said everyone needs to stay vigilant on biosecurity to help protect vital grain market access and safeguard farm businesses against damaging pests and diseases.

Mr Large said the Australian Custom Harvesters Association, which represents professional contract harvesters across Australia, included biosecurity in recommended standard contracts with a pragmatic and common-sense approach.

‘GPA supports this approach, with biosecurity terms included in contracts, when engaging a contractor to work on your farm,’ he said.

‘This will ensure we lift standards to strengthen biosecurity protections, with greater accountability and shared responsibility, to support the profitability and sustainability of grain producers and our industry.’

For free biosecurity gate signs, Farm Biosecurity Manuals, Monitoring Grain Storage Manuals, and biosecurity fact sheets, please contact Agriculture Victoria on 136 186.

For exceptional biosecurity resources, tactics and other information, please visit:

Parts of this article were inspired by Contractor agreements: A guide to biosecurity, published in VineHealth Australia e-newsletter 25 September 2023.

Beekeepers – know how to do an alcohol wash
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There are 3 tests commonly used to detect varroa mite and other pests, including alcohol wash, sugar shake and drone uncapping.

While sugar shake and drone uncapping are useful detection methods, alcohol washing has been found to be more effective at detecting Varroa mite.

Make sure you understand safe handling techniques before opening a  hive. It's essential that you wear protective clothing when collecting  bees for testing.

Learn more about alcohol testing for varroa mite HERE.

Keeping Victoria safe from emergency animal diseases

Agriculture Victoria’s Significant Disease Investigation program is playing a critical role in protecting Victorian livestock from emergency animal diseases, with subsidies provided to vets for nearly 370 investigations last financial year (2022-23).

First introduced in 2005, the program is a proactive measure that has boosted Victoria’s capacity to detect emergency animal diseases early, with subsidies provided to support private veterinary investigations.

Biosecurity Victoria Executive Director Katherine Clift said the program increases the likelihood of early reporting and helps to encourage ongoing surveillance by animal health professionals.

‘Victoria’s livestock industries are fortunate to be free of most of the serious diseases that affect animals in other parts of the world,’ Dr Clift said.

‘Despite this, the threat of many serious diseases entering Australia is increasing. Ongoing surveillance for new or exotic disease is important to protect our livestock and reassure our trading partners of Victoria’s favourable disease status.

‘It also helps to ensure the early detection of diseases that might impact on trade, public health, biodiversity and farm or regional productivity.’

Early detection of emerging or exotic disease is the key to effective management and this relies on farmers, vets and government working together.

While doing farm visits and treating livestock, veterinarians must remain vigilant and consider the possibility of new, unusual or exotic diseases.

The Significant Disease Investigation program allows veterinarians who investigate and report on outbreaks of unusual or significant animal disease to be paid a subsidy to help cover the cost of the investigation and laboratory fees.

In 2022-2023, Agriculture Victoria subsidised 366 significant disease investigations, including 202 for sheep and goats, 163 for cattle and one pig.

Of these investigations, 89 excluded at least one emergency animal disease (such as anthrax, foot and mouth disease, lumpy skin disease or African swine fever).

The subsidies are paid in part from the Victorian livestock compensation funds through the Livestock Biosecurity Grants Fund Program, which funds programs that prevent, monitor and control diseases.

For more information about Victoria’s significant animal disease program, including eligibility, visit the Agriculture Victoria website.

Prevent parasite impacts on your pig herd health
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Agriculture Victoria has found roundworm (Ascaris suum) in one-third of pig herds tested as part of a free new animal health program.

Agriculture Victoria Principal Veterinary Officer Dianne Phillips and her team have undertaken testing on 45 herds statewide to help raise awareness of the risks to herd health.

‘The large roundworm is found in the small intestine of pigs and left untreated, it can reduce growth rates by up to 10% in piglets, particularly in the 6–12-week-old age bracket,’ Dr Phillips said.
‘Roundworm parasites can block the small intestines and bile duct of heavily infested pigs.’

Roundworm eggs can survive on pastures and even concrete floors for up to 10 years, which presents a further risk to pig herds.

‘The best thing you can do for your herd is to get them tested – we have spaces available and it’s a great chance for pig owners to ask staff any questions they may have,' Dr Phillips said.

Agriculture Victoria aims to test 200 small, medium and largescale herds across the state as part of the biosecurity program funded through Victoria’s Swine Compensation Fund.

Faecal samples are collected for free roundworm and whipworm testing and results reported back with information about treatment and management options.

‘There have been no whipworm detections in the pigs tested to date, which is great news for owners,’ Dr Phillips said.

‘Whipworms (Trichuris suis) are found in the large intestine and can cause bloody diarrhoea, with affected pigs losing up to 20% bodyweight and suffering 10% mortality rate.’

Strongyle eggs, potentially from a number of internal parasites, have been detected in over 50% of the sites tested – if left untreated, they can reach high numbers and impact pig health and welfare.

As well as providing free worm testing, Agriculture Victoria staff have helped pig owners to identify and reduce animal health risks through developing an on-farm biosecurity plan.

‘An effective biosecurity plan is key to keeping out pests, disease, weeds and contaminants from your property, many of which can seriously impact pig health and welfare,’ Dr Phillips said.
‘Implementing an effective biosecurity plan is the key to reducing risks to pig health, including emergency animal diseases such as foot and mouth disease and African swine fever.’

To register your interest for the free worm testing program and gain hands-on help with developing a tailored biosecurity plan, email the team at

For more information CLICK HERE

Australian Women in Agriculture 2023 Conference
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The Australian Women in Agriculture National Conference is coming to Bendigo in November.

Please join us to celebrate the role of women in the agricultural industry. The conference provides a platform for women to connect, learn, and grow.

A variety of speakers that will inform, influence, innovate and inspire.

  • Friday 24 November gala dinner
  • Friday afternoon we will kick off with drinks and canapes from 5 pm and then roll into a gala dinner from 6 pm
  • Saturday 25 November conference 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

The conference features inspiring speakers, informative workshops, and networking opportunities, fostering a sense of community and support among women in agriculture.

It addresses important topics such as leadership, sustainable farming practices, and personal growth.

Ultimately, the Women in Agriculture Conference is a testament to the resilience, innovation, and influence of women in shaping the future of agriculture.


  • Full package (Friday and Saturday) $180
  • Networking evening and gala dinner (Friday 24) $85
  • Conference (Saturday 25) $110
  • AWiA members - 10% discount on ticket prices!

Tickets at:

For more information visit

A taste you can trace – episode 5
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The Implementing Food Traceability Program looks to help and support growers to be the most efficient and cost-effective that they can be when it comes to traceability.

In this episode, Rose Elphick-Darling from Deakin University’s Food Traceability Lab delves into the help that is on offer.

Listen online via the AgVic website:

FINAL 2023 Fox and wild dog bounty collection details for North East, Goulburn Broken and Loddon regions
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Participants are reminded the Victorian Fox and Wild Dog Bounty is now digital.

Agriculture Victoria introduced the new system last year to streamline the application process, reduce wait times at collection centres and allow participants to keep track of bounty applications.

To register for the digital system visit our bounty homepage and follow the prompts.

For assistance, please chat to our bounty collection staff on collections days or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

Bendigo collections – fox only

Address: Corner Midland Highway and Taylor Street, Epsom.

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Monday 30 October.
In case you missed it

Making quality hay

There are two aspects to making quality hay, starting with quality forage, and curing the forage to the appropriate dry matter content in as shorter time as possible.

For the media release click HERE

What's On

Details about Agriculture Victoria events can now be found in one spot on our website.

Log on to to find out what's on.

Loose smut update 2023 and looking ahead to 2024

When: 30 October, 5 — 5:45 pm

Where: Online

Register HERE

This webinar is to provide an update on the current loose smut situation in Victorian and West Australian barley crops and what the best management strategies are for 2024.

Join Andrea Hill (DPIRD), Hari Dadu (Ag Vic), and Geoff Thomas (DPIRD) as they provide the latest information about loose smut, particularly relating to the current situation in Victoria and Western Australia.

Topics include

  • Why 2023 has had higher levels of loose smut compared to other years?
  • What is the carryover risk?
  • What are the best management options/strategies?

For more information contact Luise Fanning at or call 0428 625 236.

Austrade digital services for exporters – online workshop
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Are you a Victorian agri-food business and thinking about or currently exporting?

Join us for an exclusive interactive online workshop for both experienced and new exporters who want to discover Austrade’s digital services.

Register now for a 1-hour online workshop on Monday 30 October at 2 pm. Presented by Agriculture Victoria’s Pathways to Export in partnership with Austrade.

Register your place here.

Exploring exports sessions

Ready to grow your agri-food business by exploring export opportunities but not sure where to start?

Or have you had a bit of export experience but want to take it further?

Agriculture Victoria is delivering a series of in-person workshops to support agri-food and beverage SMEs to navigate the pathway to export.

By the end of the workshop, you can expect to:

  • Understand the key steps of the export process
  • Have identified relevant export risks and ways to protect your business
  • Know how to approach enquiries from international buyers
  • Have heard from experienced agri-food exporters about how they identified demand and have built sustainable international partnerships
  • Have a plan for your next steps on the pathway to export.

Agriculture Victoria is partnering with Shirley Ng from the Australian Industry (Ai) Group to provide tailored, agri-food and beverage specific export information to support your exporting journey.

The workshops are free to attend for one attendee per business, and places are limited. A light lunch will be provided.
Dates and locations, click to register:

For more information, contact Alice Ritchie at or call 0429 386 781.

Workshops – Want to build a stronger more productive farm business?

Agriculture Victoria has the workshop series to help you build more resilience in your farm business.

You will leave each workshop with new skills and an action plan to achieve your business goals.

As a bonus, if you attend all 3 workshops (or workshop 3 and one of workshop 1 or 2) you will secure a business planning one-on-one session with Senior Agribusiness Consultant Jane Foster at the end of the workshop series.

The workshops are free and include lunch.

All 3 workshops will be held at: Pine Grove Fire Station, 2691 Whinfield Road, Lockington

Workshop 1 – Planning for Success
Time: 9 am – 1 pm Date: Friday 3 November

Join Senior Agribusiness Consultant Jane Foster, ORM Pty Ltd for a face-to-face workshop on identifying and managing risks, strategic planning and setting business goals.

Workshop 2 – Business Success
Time: 9 am – 4 pm Date: Wednesday 8 November

Join Farm Business Economist Sam Henty for a face-to-face workshop on financial management, budgeting and profitable decision making.

Workshop 3 – People Success, Climate and Natural Resource Management

Time: 9 am – 4 pm Date: Tuesday 14 November

Extension Officer Michele Joliffe will deliver a face-to-face workshop in the morning on managing people on farm, succession planning and farm safety.

Seasonal Risk Agronomist Dale Grey and Land Management Extension Officer Martin Hamilton will deliver a face-to-face workshop in the afternoon on understanding and identifying
climate risk and natural resource management on farm.

To secure your place, complete the registration form by clicking on the link HERE

Please register for catering purposes.

For more information about the workshop series, contact Elizabeth Alsop on 0457 838 537 or

Yea – Carbon, emissions and ag forum

Globally, as countries commit to carbon neutral targets, agriculture is in the spotlight as both a contributor to emissions, and a solution for carbon drawdown.

This free forum, being held on Thursday, 16 November in Yea, will present information about the global scene, market pull, opportunities for productivity improvements and practical insights into what local farmers are doing.

Come along and hear from:

  • Simon Quilty, Global AgriTrends and Churchill Fellow. Keynote presentation: Carbon in agriculture - Case studies from around the globe focussed on agricultural emissions reduction schemes
  • Chris Taarnby, Elders. Carbon farming inside the farm gate
  • Greg Ferrier, Agriculture Victoria. On-farm Emissions Action Plan Pilot - how farmers are taking action locally and how you can participate
  • Declan McDonald, Regen Soils. Carbon management on-farm - practices and priorities
  • Plus a farmer discussion panel.

Thursday, 16 November, from 9.30 am to 3:30 pm
Oliver’s Upstairs at Country Club Hotel, 18 High Street, Yea

Morning tea on arrival, proceedings start at 10 am. Lunch is provided.

This is a free event but bookings are essential. Bookings will close 5 pm, 9 November. 


Workshop – Creating an animal health plan for sheep
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Join Agriculture Victoria and sheep specialist and veterinarian Dr Frankie Collett from Rochy Vet Clinic for a free workshop.

At this interactive workshop you will identify local health issues and learn about their prevention and treatment option solutions to create an animal health plan for your flock.

An animal health plan is an important tool for farmers to minimise biosecurity risks and increase animal performance.

Date: 16 November
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Where: Rochester Shire Hall, 45 Mackay Street, Rochester.

Light refreshments will be provided, please note dietary needs at registration.

Workshop topics

  • Identify local animal health issues and solutions to prevent and treat them
  • Create an animal health plan
  • Find out how your animal health plan is part of your biosecurity plan
  • Learn about what records you need to keep and the systems you can use to comply with regulation and the Livestock Production Assurance program.

To register please click HERE

Workshop numbers are limited so please register to attend.

For more information, please contact Kirstie Anderson, Project Leader, Innovative Sheep and Beef Networks, on 0437 990 967 or at

MLA updates – Bendigo, 23 November
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Come to MLA Updates 2023. A mixture of presentations and interactive displays will outline MLA investments and progress against the MLA Strategic Plan 2025 at the event.

MLA Updates 2023 will be held on Thursday 23 November at Fosterville Gold Exhibition Centre at the Bendigo Showgrounds, 42 – 72 Holmes Road, Bendigo, Victoria.

The MLA Annual General Meeting will also take place at this venue on 23 November.

For more information click HERE and to register click HERE

Full day workshop - Equiculture - Healthy Horses, Healthy Pastures
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Horse owners are invited to attend a full-day Equiculture workshop with internationally acclaimed author and presenter on best practice ‘equine lifestyle’, Stuart Myers, on Sunday 26 November. 

The workshop focuses on how to manage horses and the land they live on. Learn how to make decisions that will improve your life and the life of your horse/s.

In the workshop horse owners will learn how to use their horse's natural and domesticated behaviours, combined with good pasture management principles to improve and maintain their properties.

This includes how to manage pasture to encourage biodiversity and ground cover and manage horse health issues such as laminitis and obesity. 

It will also cover how to best design your property to maximise outcomes for your horses and the natural environment, including soil health and water quality.

Furthermore, by understanding best practice horse management you will learn about the aesthetic and financial benefits you can gain for your property – i.e. improved ground cover, reduced feed bills, lower parasitic (worm) burdens, and fewer weeds to control.

Everyone is welcome to attend as pasture management principles are similar for large or small horse propertiest.

When: Sunday 26 November, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm

Where: Latrobe University, Wodonga 

To register for the workshop please click HERE

For further information please contact Gervaise Gaunt on 0409 027 115 or

For more information on Stuart Myers, click HERE

Raising the roof 2024 - Save the date!
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Raising the Roof, the Australian dairy industry’s only major event which focuses specifically on intensive farm systems, will be held in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales from 27–29 February 2024.

Hear from international experts who are at the forefront of cutting-edge dairy farming.

Find out about global best practice, and the latest industry breakthroughs that are reshaping the future of dairy.

Learn about the tools and resources you’ll need to thrive in the ever-evolving dairy industry.

Gain invaluable insights that will empower you to make informed decisions about feedpad or contained housing infrastructure.

The line-up of international expert speakers is currently being finalised and tickets will be on sale soon.

Save the date, spread the word, and get ready to elevate your dairy game at Raising the Roof 2024!

  • Learn from international experts about the latest thinking in dairy farming
  • Hear from farmers who have already transitioned to intensive systems
  • Find out about the latest feeding and housing infrastructure resources
  • Forge strong connections with other farmers and industry stakeholders through networking.

EVENT DETAILS 27-29 February, Hunter Valley, NSW

SAVE THE DATE Tickets on sale soon.

For more information email

Australian Dairy Conference in February 2024

Australia’s premier dairy event will return to the Victorian capital of Melbourne from 12-14 February 2024.

Program details and more information to be released throughout 2023.

Find out more here.

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