Very disturbing article by Geoff Burrowes on a weekend spent with indiginous fire man Victor Steffenson in the Mt Nunniong region in Eastern Victoria. Click here for more
The Mountain Cattlemen will hold their annual Get together at Merrijig on the 8/9/10 January 2016. Ned Kelly armour to be copied by Blacksmith and independent senator... Click here for more
Download a copy of the 2016 MCAV Get Together at Merrijig . Download Here
Fire Stick Ecology is fair dinkum science, written in plain English. Vic Jurskis is renown as one of Australia's eminent Eucalypt scientists, the information contained in this book will leave you... Click here for more
High Country Cattlemen by Melanie Faith Dove is released. In this stunning book, photographer Melanie Faith Dove takes a contemporary look at the High Country families proudly carrying on their long-held bush traditions, and training the next generation to become the custodians of the land. The book photographed over two years... Click here for more
: IT’S permanent, cattle will not be allowed into Victoria’s Alpine National Park and the River Red Gum national parks ever again. Legislation passed in the Victorian Parliament’s Upper House late yesterday to amend The National Parks Act so that no cattle grazing can take place, for any reason, in a Victorian National Park. Click here for more
A ban on cattle grazing in national parks will take effect after the Andrews government secured enough numbers to pass the laws in the Victorian Parliament's upper house late on Tuesday. The passage of the law – which prohibits grazing for any reason in the Alpine and a number of other national parks – came after a last minute scramble...Click here for more
The Mountain Cattlemen are very disappointed that cattle have now been banned for any reason in Victoria’s National Parks This move by the Government was unnecessary. In December the Minister had the powerClick here for more
The MCAV requested noted expert, David Packham OAM MAppSci, for an opinion on the issue of the science surrounding Grazing and Fuel reduction.Mr Packham said he is more than happy to publically stand by his opinion which is attached.Click here for more
Charlie Lovick talks to the media about the advantages of grazing as a tool to reduce burning in the High Country.Click here to watch the video
A gusty north wind blows over Mount Buller, sweeps across the Howqua Valley and rushes through the skeletal remains of a mass of burnt alpine ash and snow gum trees clinging to the north face...Click here for more
At a rational level, banning cattle grazing in national parks in Victoria does not make any sense. At a political level, it is obvious that the Mountain Cattlemen have been a thorn in Labor’s side since the Nunawading by- election in 1985.Click here for more
Lisa Neville MP has introduced a bill into Parliament to ban cattle grazing. The MCAV has been expecting this. This government’s actions are regressive. When grazing is being used as a tool for restoring land health around the world, the Victorian government is removing it as a solution. Labor is locking up all public land to the detriment of the land and Victorians. Ministers press release here
Mountain Cattlemen and their supporters met last weekend to discuss the State Government’s decision to stop the Alpine Grazing trial at Wonnangatta. Click here for more
Cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park is over, with the new Labor government fulfilling a long standing election promise to ban the practice. Read more Click here for more
The decision to cancel the Wonnangatta grazing trial was short sighted and did not allow for benefits to be fully considered, according to Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull. Read more Click here for more
Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie has called on new Premier Daniel Andrews not to shut down the trial, which began last year, for political reasons and instead await the results. Click here for more
The Mountain Cattlemen and supporters were very disappointed to learn on rural radio today that the Trial in Wonnangatta Valley has been cancelled. They say the way it was announced by the Minister was.... Click here for more
The Mountain Cattlemen's Association of Victoria has completely dismissed the latest VNPA plan, calling it irresponisble and shortsighted. Read article here
The MCAV has met with both the Government and the Opposition regarding their policies on Alpine grazing and what may occur after the election in November.. Click here for more
Picture slideshow of the Mountain Cattlemen delivering a mob of cattle to the Wonnangatta alpine grazing trial site. Click here for more
BY the time the mountain cattlemen and women had trotted, walked and cantered their way on to the floor of the Wonnangatta Valley, the three-day ordeal by horseback had driven them close to exhaustion. Read more: Read the article here.
Cows escaped from the site of the Napthine government's grazing trial in the Alpine National Park just hours after they were first brought in this week marking the official beginning of the program. Read more: Read the article here.
CATTLE have returned to the Alpine National Park for the first time in three years, with animals released in recent days under the Napthine government's grazing trial... Read more: Read the article here.
Victoria’s Mountain Cattlemen led about 60 head of Angus and Hereford cattle into the Wonnangatta Valley from the Mansfield side of the Great Dividing Range following... Read more: Read the article here.
We woke in the stilled high country dawn to the nickering of horses and their hooves stamping at the frost. Another autumn muster on the Bogong High Plains a long time ago… Read more: Read the article here.
FEDERAL approval for an Alpine National Park grazing trial in Victoria's Wonnangatta Valley has been praised by Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie. Many Australians view… Read more: Read the article here.
CANBERRA, Australia—Scores of wildfires that ravaged much of Australia in the past few months have prompted the government to try an unusual experiment to help combat future blazes: cows. The trial will however be subject to strict conditions, with... Read more: Read the article here.
Moutain Cattlemen discussed on national radio ABC PM Listen Here.
CATTLE will graze in the Wonnangatta Valley for the first time in 26 years after an alpine grazing trial application was approved. The trial will however be subject to strict conditions, with... Read more: Read the article here.
Cattle will be allowed to graze in Victoria’s Alpine national park in a trial approved by the federal government. Read more: Read the article here.
Victoria's cattle grazing trial in the Alpine National Park will face an assessment under the federal environment laws, scuppering any chance of cattle grazing the park this summer. Read more: Read the article here.
James Tobin from Sunrise joins Graeme Stoney at Bluff Hut and presents the national weather on sunrise. Watch the video here.
Read the MCAV submission here.Click here for more
Cattlemen must remain an active part of Victoria's High Country and not be assigned to legend.... Click here to download the article (.pdf 183kb), or
AERIAL baiting of wild dogs in Victoria will be open for public consultation in another win for producers fighting against the feral pests. Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh announced at the annual Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria (MCAV) gathering at the weekend that the Federal Government had approved the latest application for aerial baiting. Click here to download the article (.pdf 183kb), or
Graeme Stoney, Executive Officer of MCAV puts the case as to why cattle must return to Wonnangatta Click here to download the article (.pdf 183kb), or
Graziers and environmentalists share a love of Victoria's high country, when it comes to how to best protect it, the love stops. Click here to download the article (.pdf 223k), or click here to go to The Age Good Weekend
The Victorian government says it will consider the controversial reintroduction of cattle grazing in the state’s alpine regions if given the go-ahead by federal environment minister Greg Hunt.The state government has sought approval from Canberra for a three-year grazing trial in the Wonnangatta Valley, in Victoria’s alpine region. Click here to download the article (.pdf 123k), or click here to go to The Guardian
A THREE-year alpine grazing trial in the Wonnangatta Valley will he assessed under federal laws by Envirnnment Minister Greg Hunt. The Victorian Government’s application seeking permission for a trial as early as January has been received by the Federal Government. Click here to download the article (.pdf 75k)
RENEWED calls for alpine grazing trials have been answered by the Victorian Government this week. A permit has been lodged with the Federal Government for a three-year cattle grazing trial in the Wonnangatta Valley, with environment minister Greg Hunt to have the final say on the issue. A spokesperson for Environment Minister Ryan Smith said the referral was sent on Monday and they await the decision. Click here to download the article (.pdf 78k), or click here to go to Stock and Land
This week a delegation of Mountain Cattlemen gathered overnight at the high country’s iconic Wonnangatta Station to meet with and again press the case for a return to high country grazing to Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Ryan Smith MP and Member of the Legislative Council, the Hon. Philip Davis MP.Click here for more
The cattlemen from Snowy River country have been given their final chance to graze their charges deep in the granite heart of Australia's alpine wilderness. The Victorian Government is backing a three-year trial of cattle grazing in the Wonnangatta Valley, once the most remote of the high country stations. Click here to download the article (.pdf 223k), or click here to go to The Australian