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Managing Standing Crops for Grazing

Have you considered using a standing crop to fill the late spring and summer feed gaps? Feeding sheep can be time consuming and often requires extra resources and double handling of feed – especially when you could be taking a break. A ‘Standing Crop’ refers to a cereal crop that has been sown and grown […]

The sum of the parts

Property: “The Ranch”, Scott and Jillian Vaessen, Tabbita in NSW Enterprises: Cropping (wheat, barley, canola, field peas, oats for export hay and vetch) and livestock (trade lambs) The value of hosting some of the nation’s best cropping nutrition researchers on his farm was “the sum of the parts” according to Tabbita grower, Scott Vaessen. Scott […]

Farm in Focus – Andrew Frank

Andrew Frank farms with his wife Nadine and parents Allan and Marilyn. As well as managing their cropping and sheep enterprise, Andrew keeps busy with four young children; Chloe, Ebony, Petria and Charlie and community involvement. Andrew, Nadine and the kids live at the home block at Carron (between Watchem and Donald) and he says […]

Meet the team: Louisa Ferrier

Why did you decide to pursue a career in agriculture? What is it about the industry that attracted you? I struggled to pick a course when I finished year 12 but ultimately I think the decision came from a mixture of nature and nurture. My immediate and extended family are in the farming game and […]

GRDC helps growers make on-farm decisions

Griffith grain grower Phil Bourchier, like many of his peers, bases his on-farm decisions on personal experience, district practice and advice and knowledge from a mix of outside sources, all the while keeping a keen eye on his bottom line. “You have to make ends meet. It is always good to try something new, so […]

On my farm: Jake Gleeson

Jake Gleeson’s post-secondary school ‘gap year’ at BCG has been an eye opening experience, and one that will stick with him for many years to come. A great team member, Jake’s work has consisted of soil sampling, sowing, spraying and harvesting trials, taking hundreds of biomass cuts, being an excellent team player and supporting the team […]

On my farm: Ciara Cullen

The Mallee is a world-away from the lush green hills that surround the western Gippsland farm where BCG extension manager Ciara Cullen grew up. Despite this, a genuine interest in grain growing and a willingness to embrace community life made the transition from Gippsland to the Mallee relatively easy for Ciara when she started working at BCG six […]

Farm in Focus: Gregor Knight

Gregor Knight farms with his father Malcom at ‘Golden Wattle’ in the Quambatook district. His sister Jane helps out on the farm at various stages during the year as well. How’s harvest going? Pretty good. We are happy with the yields so far (as at December 19) and we haven’t had too many machinery breakdowns. […]

Farm in Focus: Greg and Lois Hose, Swanwater

Greg and Lois Hose run ‘Donelle’ – a mixed cropping/livestock farm – with Greg’s son Adam and employee, Ian ‘Dave’ Batters. The farm comprises separate farming blocks at Traynor’s Lagoon, Marnoo East and Swanwater. In 2007 Greg embarked on a business venture with fellow Merino breeder, Scott Nicholson from Campbell’s Bridge who shares similar production […]

On my farm: Janice Kelly, Woomelang

BCG’s finance manager Janice Kelly runs a farm business with her husband Chris at Woomelang. Having grown up in Blackpool, England, obtaining an honours degree in politics and modern history and pursuing a successful career in the UK as a Charted Accountant and then a Chartered Tax Advisor, you might wonder how she ended up on […]

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