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in the paddock
Farmers opposed to
Tarrone power plant
Russell Guest, manager of strategic
planning with Moyne Shire, said AGL
had agreed to upgrade Tarrone North
Road as a condition of construction.
"We requested upgrading of the
Woolsthorpe-Heywood road but they
haven't agreed to that. That's some-
thing we will pursue if the project
is approved. We're not going to beat
ourselves around the head until it gets
the go-ahead," Mr Guest said.
He said the council was neither
opposed to or in favour of the project,
but submitted to the panel that its sup-
port was dependent on the amenity
of landholders not being adversely
"There is always some impact but
there are guidelines to protect people
in the area and we will be paying close
attention to these," Mr Guest said.
Fifteen submissions were lodged with
the planning review panel opposing
the development, six of which were
delivered verbally during the week-
The panel will make its decision
within eight weeks and submit its
finding to the Minister for Planning,
Matthew Guy, who will make the final
The initial phase of the proposed
power station would produce between
350 and 620 megawatts and ultimately
generate up to 920 megawatts.
If approved, stage one is scheduled
for completion in late 2012.
The finished plant would boost the
state's electricity supply by about 10 per
cent. It would be about half the size of
the Hazelwood and Yallourn brown coal
generators in the Latrobe Valley.
AGL said it considered various
locations in Victoria, but chose
Tarrone because of its proximity to the
Moorabool-Portland transmission line
and a supply of gas.
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ALL dairy cows, even heifers,
will benefit from good transition
management. This was one of the
key messages from Gippsland
veterinarian Dr Peter DeGaris,
who addressed a large group of
dairy advisors at Allansford last
Dr DeGaris is a recognised
expert in managing the transi-
tion cow. As well as his veteri-
nary training, he has recently
completed his PhD on Effects
of pre-partum transition diets
on subsequent production,
reproduction and health in
The transition period is
defined as the weeks immedi-
ately before and after calving.
Appropriate feeding of the cows
during this period helps reduce
the incidence of metabolic
disease associated with calving,
and adapts the rumen to the type
of diet the cows will eat when
they enter the milking herd.
It is now known that feed-
ing the cows appropriately
around the time of calving has
far-reaching impact on produc-
tion through lactation, as well as
reducing the risk of metabolic
Cows with a well-managed
transition into the milking
herd have a much-reduced
risk of culling. They cycle and
conceive more quickly after
calving and produce more milk
fat and protein.
Heifers have traditionally
been considered at low risk of
metabolic diseases such as milk
fever and are often not offered
the same transition management
as the mature cows.
With improved understanding
of transition management it is
now recommended that the heif-
ers receive the same treatment
as the mature cows.
Dr DeGaris was brought to
the south-west as part of the
Gardiner Foundation Milk Plus
project, which is a collaboration
between Warrnambool Cheese
and Butter and the Department
of Primary Industries.
SOUTH-WEST dairy farmers
have a great opportunity on
their doorstep when the Herd '11
Conference is held in Ballarat
on March 30 and 31.
The themes for the conference
are topical: reproduction and
fertility and data in the dairy
The biennial conference is
a collaborative effort between
the National Herd Improvement
Association, Holstein Australia
and the Australian Dairy Herd
Speakers from America,
Canada, Belgium, New Zealand
and Australia will discuss a
broad range of issues, including
genomics, sire analysis, sexed
semen, herd testing, fertility
and reproduction and robotic
milking. The conference prom-
ises to provide an enjoyable
couple of days of discussion,
networking and socialising.
Registrations can be made for
one or both days.
For the full program and to
register visit www.nhia.org.au,
or call 1800 177 636.
THE Australian Dairy Herd
Improvement Scheme (ADHIS)
with the Department of Primary
Industries (DPI) dairy branch
will hold a series of one-day
Selectabull workshops across the
south-west from April 11 to 15.
Participants will develop or
refine their breeding objectives
for their herd and then learn to
use a simple, computer-based
tool to help select bulls that best
suit the needs of the herd.
Selectabull workshops con-
ducted during 2010 were well
received. Venues for the south-
west workshops will depend on
For more information or to
register, call Ann McDowell
at DPI Camperdown on 5557
FARM TALK by JO CROSBY
Vet says feed the key
to calving success
to farmers in the
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