Dohnts have their hands full…

Mary may have had a little lamb, but the Dohnt family near Snowtown has five! Yes, quintuplets! Michelle and Chris Dohnt were out feeding cows last week and checking on their ewes which were lambing. “As we were driving around, I noticed a ewe with twins, and it looked like one lamb was having trouble […]

A beef bonus for Burra

Burra’s Princess Royal Station beef cattle feedlot expansion will bring an estimated $32.1 million into the economy and generate 25 new jobs during construction, with a further 20 jobs once the work is complete. Approval for the project was granted in August by the State Planning Commission and has been welcomed by the Regional Council […]

Rotation as important as what you grow each year

When it comes to making cropping decisions, rotation should be up there with crop choices according to Canadian plant pathology researcher Dr Kelly Turkington who will present at the Hart Field Day on September 19. “My take home message will be for farmers to recognise the inherent riskiness of short rotations, and understand the issues […]

Sarah scoops Rural Ambassador award

Agricultural teacher from Orroroo, Sarah Hazel was announced winner of the 2017 State Rural Ambassador Award last Tuesday, at the State Rural Ambassador Awards dinner run by the SA Country Shows Association. Ms Hazel, 26, said she was truly honoured to represent such a motivated and passionate group of ambassadors and the show societies of […]

Mallala Ag Bureau

Mallala Ag Bureau recently held its annual dinner meeting with special guest, Michael Angelakis. Michael spoke on his life in the seafood industry, his early days with Angelakis Bros Ocean Catch, his passion for agriculture and his TV show Out of The Blue. Michael and his family originally lived and fished on the West Coast […]

Top tips for long term productivity

While crop production on cracking clay soils can be relatively resilient to agronomic management changes such as rotations and tillage in the short term, decisions made now can have a major impact on productivity, profitability and soil resources in the long term. That is one of the key messages from Agriculture Victoria Research senior scientist […]

Top tips for early sown canola

Farm productivity can benefit from early sowing of canola if clear management guidelines are followed, according to CSIRO chief research scientist Dr John Kirkegaard who will present at the Hart Field Day on September 19. Dr Kirkegaard from CSIRO Agriculture and Food says advantages to whole farm productivity from canola sown around mid-April (in South […]

Young and Clements crowned

HUMMOCKS’ Sarah Young claimed her fourth A1 Plains Producer Medal on Saturday night, while Mallala midfielder, Jordan Clements, stole the A grade football medal with a best on ground performance in the final round. Balaklava’s Lachlan Michael and Virginia’s Brad Hoepner made the early running and Hoepner pulled away in the middle part of the […]

Lifestyles of Burra and Peterborough to be aired

Channel Seven lifestyle program, SA Weekender was in the area last week filming at prominent heritage sites around Peterborough and Burra. Reporter, Kelly Golding, and crew, shot two days in Peterborough focusing on the town’s mining history, and in particular as one of the stops on the Heritage Rail Trail and the Steamtown Sound and […]