THE CLIMATE KELPIE BLOG

Brief background  Jenny and Paul O’Sullivan’s family farm in south Gippsland spreads over three blocks with a total area of 644 hectares (or 1600 acres with around 18% set aside for bush and infrastructure), carrying cattle, sheep and horses.  The couple run 2000 ewes which lamb in August each year for the lambs to enjoy […]
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Improving seasonal Forecasts value for growers   Seasonal Climate Forecasts (SCFs) have the potential to be beneficial to many in the agricultural industries, but they have had variable uptake. Dr. Geoff Kuehne Director of Meaningful Social Research recently completed a report funded by MLA and the Australian Government titled: Insights into Barriers and Bridges to the […]
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South Australian Port Germein farmer Barry Mudge remembers the moment he decided he wanted to farm with more than just intuition. “My dad Laurie made a lot of money on the farm in ’78- we had the best yields we had ever achieved. But he’d only put in 370 acres of wheat. My question was […]
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Peter Hayman, SARDI Climate Applications and Barry Mudge, Mudge Consulting Over the last four years the Forewarned is Forearmed project has worked with Industry Reference Groups from grains, northern red meat, southern red meat, dairy, wine grapes and sugar. These groups are made up of leading farmers and advisers from around the country. It is […]
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What’s with all the rain? Two La Nina’s in a row is pretty unlikely right? Wrong. It’s actually not uncommon for a La Niña to occur in two consecutive years. In fact, since 1958, about half of La Niña events reoccurred the following year. But three in a row, now that’s very, very unlikely! Since […]
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