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SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has
applauded changes to Victoria’s plan-
ning provisions that give clearer rules
The planning reforms will include new land
definitions, no increases to red tape and more sup-
port for councils to allow for efficient application
processing and rule enforcement.
Council’s planning manager Paul Stampton said
the shire’s economy was dominated by agriculture,
primary produce manufacturing and associated in-
dustries, and the region would become crucial to
the state’s economy as the climate changed.
“The work being undertaken by the State Gov-
ernment on codes of practice, such as the updating
of the 24 year old Piggery Code of Practice and
more modern definitions around intensive animal
husbandry, will make it clearer for farmers on how,
and where agricultural activities are to be conduct-
ed,” he said.
“Council is required to assess applications for a
variety of agricultural and horticultural land uses.
The State Government’s work should improve
clarity around what practices are allowed without
any permissions from council, as well as guidance
for farmers, council and the community on activi-
ties that require planning approval.”
Mr Stampton said South Gippsland would be
required to provide more of the state’s agricultural
produce over the coming decades and some of this
output would come from more intensive produc-
“It is vital this type of production is undertaken
in the best locations that meet production needs
and community expectations. Council welcomes
these new initiatives from the State Government
that will assist council in its decision making pro-
cesses,” he said.
The State Government set up the Animal In-
dustries Advisory Committee last year to review
planning rules and find ways to bring the planning
system in line with modern farming practices and
The committee’s work included broad consul-
tation and public hearings, drawing 146 submis-
sions and made 37 recommendations.
The government has now released its response
to the committee’s findings, and is working with
councils and industry bodies ahead of the changes,
• support for council’s strategic planning work
through access to specialist expertise and improv-
• clearer rules through new land definitions
which reflect modern farming;
• code reforms to help councils make well-in-
formed and clear decisions; and
• working with councils and the EPA towards
effective enforcement of planning decisions.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said,
“We’re going from a one-size- fits- all approach to
a tailored and well thought out method that takes
into account industry and size of the farm busi-
“Global demand for Victoria’s food and fibre
products is growing and we’re making sure our
industries have the support they need to expand,
while considering the impacts of farming on peo-
ple and the environment.”
THERE were approximately 1290 ex-
port and 200 young cattle penned rep-
resenting a similar overall number week
The usual buying group was present but not all
operating fully in a firm prime sale and a cheaper
Quality was very good in the grown steers and
bullocks and mixed elsewhere. The trade cattle were
mostly yearling heifers which sold firm. Grown
steers sold from firm to 4c/kg dearer while the bull-
ocks and heavy weights held firm. Manufacturing
steers sold from 7c to 10c/kg cheaper.
Cows sold mostly 5c to 10c easier and up to 20c/
kg for plain dairy cows. Heavy weight bulls gained
a few cents.
A couple of vealers suited to butchers reached
353c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade made between
295c and 327c/kg.
Grown steers sold between 308c and 324c/kg.
Bullocks made from 300c to 320c/kg. Heavy weight
bullocks sold from 306c to 314c/kg. Heavy weight
Friesian manufacturing steers made between 263c
and 276c with the crossbred portion between 278c
Most light and medium weight cows sold be-
tween 172c and 228c/kg. Heavy weight cows made
mostly from 207c to 264c after a couple of younger
cows reached a top of 274c/kg.
Heavy weight C and B muscle bulls sold from
257c to 300c/kg.
The next sale draw - November 23 & 24: Phel-
an & Henderson & Co, 2. Elders, 3. Rodwells, 4.
Alex Scott & Staff, 5. Landmark, 6. SEJ.
Prime Sale - Wednesday, November 16
16 C.T. Ferguson, Longford
593.1kg 322.0 $1909.86
8 D. & M. Robertson, Tarwin Lower 612.5kg 321.6 $1969.80
1 B. Woodward, Hazelwood North 615.0kg 320.0 $1968.00
13 D. & M. Robertson, Tarwin Lower 573.5kg 320.0 $1835.08
10 Byfron Park, Wonthaggi
633.0kg 319.6 $2023.07
20 Adval P/L, Anderson
566.0kg 318.6 $1803.28
1 A. & S . Turton, Korumburra South 415.0kg 352.6 $1463.29
1 D. Encel, Wonga Wonga
455.0kg 337.6 $1536.08
1 F. Joseph, Corinella
480.0kg 337.6 $1620.48
1 Nicolas Loupos, Corinella
445.0kg 326.6 $1453.37
2 Jindinook Nominees, Dumbalk
405.0kg 325.6 $1318.68
19 Adval P/L, Anderson
533.2kg 323.6 $1725.30
1 A. & S. Turton, Korumburra South 380.0kg 351.6 $1336.08
1 P.C. & L.E. Turton, Korumburra
345.0kg 351.6 $1213.02
1 P.C. Beale, Toora
280.0kg 330.0 $924.00
2 Nicolas Loupos, Corinella
407.5kg 322.6 $1314.60
11 J.I. & F.E. Quilford, Wonthaggi
388.2kg 321.6 $1248.39
8 Golden Gully Farms, Morwell
391.3kg 318.6 $1246.52
1 G. & S. Couper, Dumbalk
530.0kg 273.6 $1450.08
1 F. Joseph, Corinella
650.0kg 272.6 $1771.90
3 N. Albutt/Strzelecki Red, Yinnar Sth 631.7kg 272.6 $1721.92
1 T. Mowat, Stradbroke
595.0kg 267.6 $1592.22
1 A. & C. Ball, Korumburra
670.0kg 263.6 $1766.12
2 Golden Gully Farms, Morwell
685.0kg 263.6 $1805.66
1 P., D., B. & I. Gale, Waratah Nth 955.0kg 298.6 $2851.63
1 K.F. McRae, Dalyston
1120.0kg $298.6 $3344.32
1 F. Vyner & J. Danuser, Devon Nth 930.0kg 290.6 $2702.58
1 G.W. & G .J . Bland, Yarram
1080.0kg 285.6 $3084.48
1 Melaleuca Pastoral, Meeniyan
975.0kg 285.0 $2778.75
1 S. & L. Bessell, Wonthaggi
970.0kg 284.6 $2760.62
Steers, bullocks lead the way
Council welcomes right to farm clarity
THE Australian Competition and Con-
sumer Commission (ACCC) said its dairy
industry inquiry will examine competi-
tion between milk processors, contracts
between processors and farmers, global
supply markets, and the profitability of
In its Dairy Inquiry Issues Paper published
recently, the ACCC has laid out the key issues it
will look at as part of its 12-month inquiry which
it has been directed to carry out by the Federal
“The ACCC is seeking feedback from interested
parties on issues across all product and geographical
markets in the Australian dairy industry. This inquiry
will closely examine the key competition and fair
trading issues affecting the dairy industry,” ACCC
chairman Rod Sims said.
“As a formal inquiry, the ACCC will also have the
ability to compel information from parties including
processors and retailers. Our aim is to present a really
clear picture of the issues facing the market today, and
make any recommendations to ensure it remains fair
Key issues to be considered include:
• competition between milk processors;
• contracting practices;
Industry probe: the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will investigate
the dairy industry.
Dairy inquiry issues paper released
• the availability of price and other market infor-
• the effect of private label products, including
pricing, on the industry;
• options for supply into global markets; and
• the key factors influencing the profitability of
“The ACCC will hold public forums in a number
of dairy producing regions so we can speak with dairy
farmers about their concerns, and we will release fur-
ther information about these forums in the coming
months,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.
The ACCC must provide its final report to the
Treasurer by November 1, 2017.
By Frank Mickan, Agriculture Victoria
MOULDY hay is usually a result of bal-
ing forage too wet.
Moulds live and multiply by consuming the energy
and protein in the hay so the more mould, the greater
the loss of hay dry matter and nutritive value.
Also if hay is too wet, heat and moisture (plus
carbon dioxide) is produced, compounding the prob-
lem that can lead to spontaneous combustion.
If heat exceeds about 380C in the hay, there is
reaction a between the amino acids in the protein
and the plant sugars (Maillard Reaction) that causes
darkening and it becomes less degradable and/or less
This is referred to as caramelised hay and recog-
nised by brown to dark brown material in the centre
of bales or stacks of bales.
This hay is palatable to stock but the hay has lost
much energyand digestible protein.
Mouldy hay starts in the standing crop. Once
mown the moisture content of the plants decreases.
Conditions in the mown forage allow a new group
of microbes to start multiplying.
Dustiness in hay without visible mould is usually
a result of fungi growing in the windrow.
Once the forage is baled, another new group of
mainly fungi and yeasts start to multiply. These new
fungi out-compete the windrow fungi.
The main concern of mouldy hay fed to cattle is
the total amount of mycelium and spores combined
or the total fungal biomass.
To minimise further mould growth, bale hay at the
recommended moisture contents.
Ted or spread the mown crop as soon as possible
after mowing to increase the rate of water loss while
the stomata are still open in the leaves.
This can reduce the curing period by at least one
to three days, depending on such factors yield, curing
conditions and soil moisture.
Mower conditioners with swath boards left as
wide as possible can also save a day or so. Using
tyned-type tedders in pastures can leave a fluffier
windrow compared to the roller types, although these
are required for stemmy crops such as sorghum and
More commonly used currently is a hay preserva-
tive. These limit microbial growth that contributes to
heating and as well as restricting mould growth.
This allows hay to be baled slightly sooner,
slightly more moist than recommended, with re-
duced concern for heat or mould growth.
The most effective preservatives are organic ac-
ids such as propionate and acetate, or their deriva-
tives such as sodium diacetate.
It is crucial to remember preservatives have to be
added at recommended rates on a fresh weight basis,
but the potential for damage during storage will in-
crease at higher moisture levels.
Mouldy hay poses risks
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