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DAMAGING winds of 50 to 60 km/h with
gusts of 90 to 100 km/h hit parts of South
Gippsland on Monday and the State Emer-
gency Service was on full alert.
During high winds the State Emergency Service ad-
vises that people should:
Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard
Keep clear of fallen power lines.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your lo-
cal SES Unit on 132 500.
The wet weather continues this week with more rain
expected today, Tuesday, July 12 with snow forecast to
fall above 1000 metres, lowering to 400 metres during the
There is chance of a thunderstorm and possible hail
in the late afternoon and evening and winds will be north-
westerly 25 to 35 km/h increasing to 30 to 45 km/h in the
Overnight temperatures are expected to fall to between
4°C and 9°C with daytime temperatures reaching between
7°C and 15°C.
Wednesday and Thursday we can expect more of the
same cold, wet and windy conditions so rug up and stay
warm and drive carefully on the wet roads.
Severe weather warning
DAIRY Australia’s Tactics for Tight
Times initiative has released a special
checklist to assist dairy farmers in for-
mulating a plan for winter.
The farm advisory team at Dairy Australia has worked
with dairy farmers and consultants to develop a compre-
hensive checklist that is broken down into manageable
areas of the farm operation.
With recent changes to the milk price in the south east-
ern states finance is a priority. Finances involve more than
just budgets; they also include discussions with all those
people and organisation with which the farm has financial
relationships. This includes banks, suppliers, creditors and
debtors. All have a part to play in helping to ensure the
farm business continues to operate well.
Many farms use a financial advisor whose support will
be at a premium at this time. Others do their own bud-
geting. For many farmers DairyBase (www.dairybase.
com.au) developed by Dairy Australia will be a useful ad-
ditional tool when doing annual budgeting and analysing
“If farmers feel they need more support, they can reg-
ister for Taking Stock through their local Regional Devel-
opment Program,” Dairy Australia program manager Neil
“Taking Stock is delivered one-on-one, over the
kitchen table, to assist farmers to identify where they are
now and what the next, most important decisions are for
With the emphasis firmly on people, the checklist en-
courages dairy farmers to take positive steps to ensure they
and their families and staff are being looked after.
Attending or joining a discussion group can help to
find out what others are doing and how they’re coping.
It is also a good way to see that no one is going through
difficult times alone.
“It’s important to make sure you have a social life,”
Mr Webster said.
“Sometimes when you’re under a lot of pressure it’s
easier to avoid other people. But getting out and talking
or having a meal with others gives you an opportunity to
share your thoughts and feelings. You find you have more
in common with others than you think.”
There is much more on people, on adjusting staffing
arrangements and keeping your people informed. In addi-
tion, the checklist covers the many options for winter feed-
ing including grazing rotations, checking pasture leaf stage
as animals graze paddocks and using nitrogen effectively.
For more information on managing through tough times,
please visit the People in Dairy website.
The hay and grain report commissioned by Dairy
Australia provides an independent and timely assessment
of hay and grain markets in each dairying region. The re-
port is updated 40 weeks per year and is available free at
Other areas covered in the winter checklist include
trimming costs across the business and managing your
herd’s health and welfare.
“The herd is the second largest asset on a dairy farm,”
Mr Webster said.
“Lost herd health can have detrimental consequences
that may take many years to recover from.”
Visit http://tftt.dairyaustralia.com.au/ for more infor-
WATER storage systems across South
Gippsland are nearing full capacity after
extreme rainfall filled dams and flooded
roadways last week.
After having been under Stage Two water restrictions
for most of summer, Korumburra’s Coalition Creek re-
ceived an impressive 72mm of rainfall between Satur-
day, July 2 and Friday July 8. The reservoir has reached
full capacity along with Little Bass, which supplies water
to Poowong, Loch and Nyora.
Battery Creek is not too far behind at 99 percent ca-
pacity after having received the 46mm last week.
Lance Creek is currently at a healthy 92 percent ca-
pacity after having received 71mm.
South Gippsland Water managing director Philippe
du Plessis said Ruby Creek and Deep Creek are filling at
“a gradual rate” and would continue to rise with further
“With heavy winter rainfall in most of South
Gippsland Water’s water supply catchments, all storages
levels are on the increase,” he said.
“Given the time of year, and with more winter rain-
fall likely, we should see these storage levels continue to
rise over the coming months.”
Leongatha’s David Shambook said he recorded
87mm which fell on 15 days in June, however July has
so far received above average rainfall.
“We had another 61mm in the first 10 days of July.
We are well on track to receive average annual rainfall if
we continue to get rain this month,” he said.
“It is quite wet at the moment and we have good soil
moisture. A lot of water is running off into the dams.”
Meeniyan’s Lindsay Fromhold recorded 93.8mm
over 17 days in June, three times the average rainfall for
“We also had three inches of rainfall in the first 10
days of July which is well above average,” he said.
Mr Fromhold’s East Woorarra property received a
whopping 160mm of rain in June.
“It is pretty typical of properties in the hills. We
often receive reports of areas like Foster North and the
Strzelecki Ranges getting rainfall similar to that,” he
Fish Creek’s Neville Buckland recorded 149mm over
18 days, well above the 102mm average for the month.
“In May and June alone I recorded over 300mm and
we had another 47mm fall last Tuesday,” he said.
Stony Creek’s Barbara Dyke recorded 12 days of rain
totalling 109mm in June with “heavy frost”.
“We also had 51mm of rain in the first 10 days of
July,” she said.
Above, Out and about:
Lily, Nena and Chloe Caith-
ness from Koonwarra were
at the VLE Leongatha store
sale last Thursday, keen to
check out some of the ani-
mals on offer.
Left, Buying up: Dennis Bowen-Day and
Sally Land from Officer were looking to re-
stock their property with cattle from the store
sale at VLE Leongatha last Thursday.
Tactics checklist for winter planning
Holiday fun: from left, Katie, Alyssa and
Hayley Blackshaw from Leongatha South
and Tahlia McCormack from Mirboo North
were enjoying some school holiday fun at the
VLE Leongatha store sale last Thursday.
Right, Family outing: back
from left Fiona Indian, Eve-
lyn Indian and Chris Indian
with children Ava Simon,
T.P Simon, Matthew Indian,
Mitchell Indian and Melanie
Indian, from Tarwin Lower
were at the store sale at
VLE Leongatha last Thurs-
day, for a look around.
Downpour fills dams
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