AgVic Talk podcast series

This pilot podcast series delivers knowledge and information in a format that suits the way farmers and agricultural professionals work and live today.

Each episode covers contemporary problems and solutions including bushfire recovery, drought and dry seasonal conditions, weather and climate, as well as some fantastic inspiring stories from young farmers.

All information included in our episodes is accurate at the time of release. Contact Agriculture Victoria or your consultant before making any changes on-farm.

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Clay Gowers a Young Farmer from the Millewa works in his family's broadacre cropping operation. Clay tells us how Agriculture Victoria's Upskill and Invest Young Farmer Scholarship gave him the opportunity to pursue his passion for Ag Tech – specifically using drones on-farm. Having almost completed his three training courses funded by the scholarship, his next step is to invest the second half of his funds into an Ag drone of his own.

Find out more about the Upskill and Invest Young Farmer Scholarship and other support for Young Farmers: vic.gov.au/youngfarmers

Join the Young Farmer Business Network community: facebook.com/groups/youngfarmerbusinessnetwork/

For more on Ag Tech and Digital Mapping: agriculture.vic.gov.au/farm-management/digital-agriculture


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In a first for Agriculture Victoria, we bring you this AgVic Talk podcast series. Follow along as we bring you stories, information and advice from around our great state of Victoria. In our first series we will be covering contemporary problems and solutions for bushfire recovery, drought and dry seasonal conditions, weather and climate as well as hearing some fantastic inspiring stories from our young farmers.

For episodes in this series, find us and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. We would love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment or rating and share this series with your friends and family.

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Sarah McLean a young beef farmer from Purnim, near Warrnambool. Sarah tells us how the Agriculture Victoria's Upskill and Invest Young Farmer Scholarship has helped to make her dream of running a farm a reality. Sarah used the scholarship to complete the Resource Consulting Services (RCS) Grazing and Farming for Profit course and invest in farm safety by installing a new cattle crush. Sarah has been a member of the Young Farmer Advisory Council since 2017 and is the newly elected chair for 2020.

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Kevin Fitzsimmons is a dairy farmer at Merrigum in the Northern Irrigation region. His family has farmed there for three generations, but he says since the millennium drought running profitably has never been more difficult. In this podcast, Kevin discusses how he manages climate variability on his farm.

For more Agriculture Victoria information on dealing with climate variability, you can subscribe to:

The Break: https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/support-and-resources/newsletters/the-break

Milking the Weather: https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/support-and-resources/newsletters/milking-the-weather

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Fiona Baker, extension officer with Agriculture Victoria provides spring management tips for pastures affected by bushfires. Fiona discusses key strategies to assist recovering pastures including assessing pastures, when to think about resowing, fodder conservation, summer fodder cropping, grazing management and the importance of maintaining soil fertility.

For more fire recovery and general pasture information visit the Agriculture Victoria website agriculture.vic.gov.au/farm-management/emergency-management/bushfires.

For information on livestock feed budgeting, visit Feeding Livestock. This page includes links to the Drought Feeding and Management of Sheep and Beef books: feedinglivestock.vic.gov.au/

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Clay Gowers a Young Farmer from the Millewa works in his family's broadacre cropping operation. Clay tells us how Agriculture Victoria's Upskill and Invest Young Farmer Scholarship gave him the opportunity to pursue his passion for Ag Tech – specifically using drones on-farm. Having almost completed his three training courses funded by the scholarship, his next step is to invest the second half of his funds into an Ag drone of his own.

Find out more about the Upskill and Invest Young Farmer Scholarship and other support for Young Farmers: vic.gov.au/youngfarmers

Join the Young Farmer Business Network community: facebook.com/groups/youngfarmerbusinessnetwork/

For more on Ag Tech and Digital Mapping: agriculture.vic.gov.au/farm-management/digital-agriculture


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Craig Dwyer is a dairy farmer at Bullaharre, which is just out of Cobden in South West Victoria. In this podcast, Craig discusses how excessively wet winters can be a real problem when juggling the needs of a dairy herd against maintaining healthy paddocks.

For more Agriculture Victoria information on dealing with climate variability, you can subscribe to:

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For over a decade, a number of soil moisture probes across Victoria, have been gathering real-time soil moisture analysis, to help give farmers confidence in their decision making. To find out how it all works with Dale Boyd, Seasonal Risk Agronomist with Agriculture Victoria and Bec Marshall, a cropping farmer from Normanville in Mallee country.
For more Agriculture Victoria information on managing seasonal risk visit:

Soil moisture monitoring website https://extensionaus.com.au/soilmoisturemonitoring/

Subscribe to the soil moisture monitoring newsletter  https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/support-and-resources/newsletters/soil-moisture-monitoring-in-cropping-regions.

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Peter Young, second generation Gippsland farmers who on their 550-hectare farm at Briagolong, some 60 kilometres west of Bairnsdale, produce wool, lamb and beef. After three tough years, there've finally been some good rains and things are looking up. Peter discusses how being prepared and accessing support systems help them contend with dry seasons and drought.

For drought and dry seasonal conditions support and information, visit the Agriculture Victoria website www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/dryseasons

For information on livestock feed budgeting, visit Feeding Livestock. This page includes links to the Drought Feeding and Management of Sheep and Beef books feedinglivestock.vic.gov.au/

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