Spring Newsletter 2017

Welcome to the spring edition of our Newsletter. Please see below for articles in our Newsletter.

Lambing Results

It’s great to witness the increased attention producers are now putting on lamb survival. Of course higher weaning rates is still the main game. But increasingly it’s the producers striving for better results who now appreciate that improving lamb survival rates is...
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Making the most of farm profitability

For the first time in many years the stars seem to be aligning for most farmers. Beef, lamb and wool prices are all strong and seasonal conditions are pretty good for most. Wheat prices are the only real concern, but are looking better in recent months. For most, this...
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Tissue Testing

Why take tissue tests and what can we get out of them? The late winter/ early spring period is when plants have had reasonable pressure from the cold, and potentially the wet depending on where you are in Victoria, and they are now actively starting to grow. This...
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Farm Succession

Regular readers of this newsletter will be aware that Mike Stephens is involved in a study on Family Farm Succession.  Some readers have taken part in this study.  The study, which is supported by the MLA Donor Company, has involved a series of case studies comparing...
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Getting to know our staff – Alistair Cameron

Alistair is a Workplace Health & Safety Advisor with Meridian Agriculture. We asked Alistair to answer a few about himself. 1. You have had a broad exposure to many different workplaces (including farm, pipelines, mines, etc.), which do you prefer to work on and...
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MLA Launches Pasture Trial Network

The Pasture Trial Network (PTN) is a new tool available to southern Australian livestock producers, allowing them unrivalled access to quantitative data about the performance of pasture varieties within southern Australia. The major aims of the PTN are to: Support...
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James Sewell joins the Meridian Agriculture team

The Meridian Agriculture team is happy to announce the appointment of James Sewell as their new Pasture Agronomy Consultant servicing clients in Victoria and across Australia. James is a welcome addition to our existing team of Pasture Agronomy Advisors and brings a...
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Meridian Agriculture welcomes new Non – Executive Director, Robert Adés

Meridian Agriculture Chairman Jim Shovelton and his fellow Directors, Mike Stephens and Andrew Speirs, have great pleasure in welcoming Robert Ades to the Meridian Agriculture Board. Robert has an extensive background in Asset Management, Business Administration and...
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LCI Program Update

As Program Managers for the MLA Donor Company funded Livestock Consulting Internship (LCI), Meridian Agriculture are delighted to be involved in the development of the future growth of the agriculture industry and driving new entrants and graduates into fulfilling...
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Some Comparisions from Succession Case Studies

Some farming families manage to keep a viable farm in the family for generations and keep the non-farmers in the family happy.  Other families don’t. The differences are contrasted in the Farm Success Enabling Case Studies. Some of these case studies illustrate a...
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Are You Making Progress?

How do you know you are making progress towards your breeding objectives when you purchase rams? You might be buying rams which take you in the opposite direction to where you want to go. One of the big barriers to making informed decisions about ram selection is that...
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Farm Safety over the Busy Summer and Festive Period

With harvest, shearing, stock sales and many other activities all happening in this period and many with tight timelines, the general risk of something going wrong on farms increases. Along with this busy time, there are often casual or part time staff, family members...
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Watch China

Any Australian who keeps an eye on world affairs should have concerns that the relationship between our major defence partner, the USA, and our major trading partner, China, appears to becoming increasingly uncomfortable. The reasons for that discomfort and the...
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