Home' Yarram Standard : January 11th 2017 Contents “THE YARRAM STANDARD” Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - PAG E 3
IT’S been a case of making hay while
the sun shines in the Yarram area where
farmers and contractors have been flat
out harvesting for the last three months.
In the past 13 weeks or so local contractors
and farmers have been rushing from one job to
the next with only a few breaks in between caused
by the odd rainy day.
Paul Haymes and son Thomas were still rush-
ing around on Friday when the Yarram Standard
caught up with the local contractors.
Thomas was heading out the door to bale some
small squares on the family property which they
will shed and sell while Paul was getting ready to
head out Hedley way to do some more baling.
“Our last cutting job will be in the next couple
of days up Blackwarry way and then we can put
the harvest equipment away for a few months,”
“This season has been very busy; we estimate
it is around 70 percent up on last season. All our
clients have had crops well above what they har-
vested last year,” he said.
“The silage crops we harvested were of very
good quality and most of the early hay harvested
was been very good as well, the quality has gone off
a bit now but that is normal for this time of year.”
Paul and Thomas are looking forward to a well
earned break after running two tractors 15 hours
per day for the past couple of months. They are
not the only ones in their family looking to have
some time off, wife Glenys is also looking for-
ward to handing the milking duties back to Paul.
“Glenys runs the diary during harvest time,
she has a young lady who helps her milk morning
and night so she is looking forward to a rest as
well,” Paul said.
Yarram agricultural contractor Wayne Bowden
said his nine tractors had been flat out cutting hay
and silage as well as sowing summer crops.
“There is a big difference between last year’s
hay and silage season and this year,” Wayne
“Although in some areas farmers missed out
on good silage yields because it was too wet and
cold, and growth was hindered or the paddock
was too wet to get the tractors on,” he said.
Some areas including out near Jack River
Wayne said they struggled to get tractors on the
paddocks while other areas down in the South
Gippsland area they got silage but no hay.
In general he said it was really good season.
“At Woodside it was especially good with
good quality and good yields,” Wayne said.
Wayne offers a complete range of services in-
cluding round and pit silage and round and big
baled hay. “Round baled hay is still the most
popular as it is more convenient for a lot of farm-
ers,” he said.
He put the increase in the hay and silage
yields down to the fact that a number of farmers
had lightened their stock load off last year when
it was so dry. “But in general this season was like
the good old fashioned seasons we had 15 years
ago,’ Wayne said.
THE Yarram district was presented to
the general public at the two day Foster
Outdoor Expo on the weekend.
Tarra Territory Tourism Association in con-
junction with the Tarra Festival Committee set
up an excellent display which depicted the many
and varied activities available to visitors who
come to Yarram area.
Nigel Shaw was one local tourist business
operator who volunteered his time to tell people
about what the local area has to offer.
“The Foster Outdoor Expo consisted mainly
of caravan and camping gear, we were the only
tourist people present, it was extremely hot and
I think the crowds may have been down a little
but we were still busy and the organisers seemed
to be very happy with the weekend overall,” Mr
“We were representing the Tarra Territory
Tourism Association which is a collaboration of
many service groups in the town including the
Balook and District Resident Association,” he
“It was a huge collaboration creating pack-
ages to provide a link between Prom Country
and Wellington Shire.
“It was mainly for the public to enjoy what
we have to offer, promote upcoming events,
and get the word out about Port Albert’s Aus-
tralia Day celebrations and the Tarra Festival
“We had some great feedback, one local from
the Fish Creek area said he always came down
to the area for the Port Albert Australia Day cel-
ebrations and was looking forward to the big two
days of celebrations this year.
“Others said they had visited Tarra Bulga and
did not realise we had so much else to offer.
“Our aim was to let people know what is on
offer down this way and I think we did that.”
Nigel thanked the Yarram Lions Club for the
loan of its gazebo stall and Tarra Festival presi-
dent Kim Hatton for all her work before and dur-
ing the expo.
Spreading the word on Tarra Territory
Bumper harvest has farmers smiling
Working together: Paul Haymes and son Thomas are looking forward to washing the hay
balers, rakes and mowers and putting them away in the shed for a few months after a big
harvest season which saw them working 15 hour days for the past few months in one of the
biggest and best hay and silage seasons seen in the district.
YARRAM Police are searching for a
2007 Red Dodge sedan, registration
number YVQ410, reported stolen from
outside the Regent Theatre on Saturday
night around 9pm.
Police have described the theft as brazen
The owner of the vehicle, Regent Theatre man-
ager Susan McMillan was on duty at the theatre
at the time as the first of the year ’s Saturday night
movies were being shown.
“Ms McMillan reported that she had placed her
handbag in the car and returned inside the theatre
to get her phone, when she came out she saw her
car being reversed out of the car space and headed
off towards Sale,” Senior Constable Rob Coles
Police would like to speak to a man wearing a
blue singlet who was seen in the area about the same
time. “If this person could come forward he may be
able to help us with our enquires,” SC Coles said.
SC Coles would like to remind all motorists
to make sure they lock their cars when they leave
them and not have valuables visible.
“We urge everyone to lock their cars, especially
at this time of the year when there are a lot more
people in the area,” he said.
Anyone with information or who may have
seen the Red Dodge sedan can call Yarram Police
51825033 or crimestoppers 1800 333 000
Car stolen from Commercial Road
Good news: reverend Jo White shares her knowledge with a visitor to the Foster Outdoor
Expo on Saturday. She gave information on the Yarram district and what it has to offer day
trippers and holiday makers.
Rub down: Peter Griffin showed off the
massage machines available at the Foster
Outdoor Expo to Frank Miller from Toora
who was ready for some relaxation after a
morning of milking on Saturday.
Toys galore: Josephine, Sophie, Kieran, Ka-
trina, and Kaitlyn Slocombe from Yanakie
loved the new animal toys they bought at the
Foster Outdoor Expo on Saturday.
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