April average rainfall levels reached in just one weekend

A large dumping of rain over the past weekend was a welcome sight for farmers.

Farmers are on track for a strong autumn break with rainfall over the weekend already at average April levels. The first month of autumn saw 47.2mm of rain recorded in Warragul, below the 115 year March average of 65mm. But,

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Locals get behind hay drive for farmers impacted by fires

As bushfire smoke clouds the district, Warragul Lions Club members (from left) president Peter Hammond, vice president Tom Nunan, retired farmer Brian Kennedy and past president Brian Grist gather hay for East Gippsland bushfire farmers.  They are urging further hay and monetary donations to continue its hay appeal efforts.

A local hay drive for drought stricken farmers in East Gippsland has quickly escalated in response to the bushfire crisis. Warragul Lions Club president Peter Hammond said it was devastating to see the impact of the East Gippsland fires and

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Last pens of cattle sold at Warragul Saleyards

A new saleyards development at Longwarry will be recommended for refusal when presented to Baw Baw Councillors next week.

“It’s a sad day” echoed repetitively across the Warragul Saleyards on Wednesday as the last pens of adult cattle were sold. For some of the saleyards “characters” it was the end of more than 70 years going to the yards,

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Locals rally for drought stricken Gippsland farmers

A brainwave of local businessman Michael Daniels (right) quickly took shape last week when he sought assistance to provide some much-needed relief to struggling East Gippsland farmers.  With the assistance of (from left) Warragul Lions Club including members Tom Nunan and Peter Hammond, as well as local contractor Duncan McNeil, they have been able to convert grass to much needed fodder and deliver the hay to East Gippsland. 

Drought stricken farmers in East Gippsland are set to receive some much-needed assistance following a brainwave by a local businessman. For Michael Daniels, watching a documentary on the current drought sweeping Australia brought back memories of his Wimmera-born mother. After

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Longwarry residents hold public meeting regarding proposed saleyards

Longwarry residents Mike Sloan and Pam Hall with a map which was on display at a public meeting in Longwarry indicating the number of properties within 1000 metres of a proposed saleyards development.

A public meeting called to discuss proposed saleyards at Longwarry showed a divided community – those affected by living in close proximity, farmers keen to see yards built in Baw Baw Shire and local residents still undecided. The meeting was

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VLE defends Warragul Saleyards imminent closure

Farmers from around the region said they will be impacted by the closure.

Issues with the sale of chopper cows, dairy cows and calves was the focus of a meeting called to discuss the imminent closure of the Warragul Saleyards. Nearly 300 people packed into the Darnum Hall on Thursday night for the

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Calendar breaks stigma

Joe Meggetto at his Warragul South dairy farm after speaking out about his struggles with mental health and how he sought help. Photograph: Ruth Burleigh

For Sallie Jones, a calendar telling the mental health stories of farmers was part of her own healing journey following the suicide of her dairy farming father two years ago. A calendar featuring the mental health stories of 12 Gippsland

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