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The Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day on Sunday 25 May is shaping up as a key event for 2014, featuring a wealth of information and displays tailored specifically for existing and prospective small property owners.
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 A key factor in minimising risk to stock during a bush fire is to identify safer areas on the farm where livestock can be moved.

The area you choose will depend on the type of livestock you are farming and their expected behaviour during a fire.

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Visitors to the Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day on Sunday, 26 May will be treated to a wide variety of information tailored specifically to small landholders or those wishing to purchase a small property.

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 DPI Animal Health Officers have investigated an increased number of lead poisoning cases in cattle across Victoria in recent months.

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 With hot and dry weather conditions being experienced across Victoria, the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is reminding cattle producers to be on  the lookout for pinkeye.

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 With summer upon us, livestock producers are reminded to ensure horticultural by-products fed to their animals are fit for purpose and free from  unacceptable chemical residues. Horticultural by-products used as stock feeds can jeopardise valuable livestock markets if they are contaminated with  chemicals not intended for livestock consumption.

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 Farmers and beekeepers alike are being urged to get hold of a new guide aimed at helping them improve communication and work together to manage the  risk to honeybees from farm pesticides.

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 Farmstyle Australia was proud sponsors of the Berry small farm field day held at the beautiful Berry show-grounds in Berry NSW last month on September  8 and 9th. Organised by the Rotary Club of Berry-Gerringong, it had been 5 years since a previous small farm field days had been held at Berry.

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 With bushfire season fast approaching, construction of the first bushfire resistant straw bale house tested by CSIRO has begun in rural Victoria. Conceived  by sustainable designer Joost Bakker, the house is based on design principles that minimise environmental impact and it is set to withstand temperatures  equal to that of a worst case bushfire scenario.

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A new kit containing everything needed for a sheep worm drench resistance test has been developed by researchers at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA.

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