News from Australia

24-10-2014 02:13 AM
Australian livestock ear tags allegedly tampered with
A West Australian Senator claims ear tags from Australian livestock exported to the Middle East are being removed and reused in non-Australian animals...
17-10-2014 02:08 AM
Farmers call for help as drought drags on
Drought tours by politicians have been branded "sight seeing tours" as struggling farmers call for help in ongoing dry conditions. "It is a lot mor...
15-10-2014 05:15 AM
Victorian dairy lobby state election wishlist
Victoria's dairy lobby has compiled its election wishlist, calling on all parties to help double the industries exports in the next ten years from $2....
14-10-2014 01:24 AM
Farm hopes ‘behind China’s coal tariff’
China is imposing a 6 per cent tariff on imported coal from ­tomorrow chiefly to seek advantage from the Abbott government’s rush to conclude a free t...
13-10-2014 01:21 AM
Beef production headed for record
Adult cattle slaughter during August was again at extremely high levels (up 9 per cent year-on-year) at 796,900 head, fuelled by the ongoing, spreadin...
10-10-2014 01:27 AM
Cattle penning and weighing errors plague cattle sales
Western Australian transporters, agents and producers are becoming increasingly frustrated with consistent errors in the weighing and penning of cattl...
09-10-2014 00:10 AM
Fungi could help boost crop yields
Imagine a world, just a few decades away, where once-fertile cropland is baked and starved of rain by ongoing climate change. JUST add fungus. S...
09-10-2014 00:09 AM
Rain saves northern Mallee grain crops from disaster
Farmers in the Victoria Northern Mallee say recent rain has saved an otherwise disastrous season. Falls of up to 40 millimetres just weeks before h...
09-10-2014 00:06 AM
Teen farmer takes on drought to defy trend of young farmers
"To be honest, I don't really care about school that much. Farming comes first." Brittany Skyring is a teenage farmer, based at in the Mary Valley ...
09-10-2014 00:03 AM
Record cattle numbers not enough to keep feedlot profits falling
Despite the record number of cattle being fattened in feedlots, profits are down in the grain-fed sector. Don Mackay, president of Australia Lot Fe...
08-10-2014 00:48 AM
Uptake of wheat forward contracts at record lows
The uptake of forward contracts for delivery of wheat is at record lows, despite prices earlier in the year in excess of $320 a tonne. Brett Steven...
08-10-2014 00:40 AM
Farmers warn mobile blackspots could put lives at risk
Farmers in central west New South Wales want the lack of mobile service on their farms acknowledged by the Federal Government's mobile black spot prog...
07-10-2014 05:18 AM
Australian farmers worried about watermelon virus
Western Australian farmers are concerned about the spread of Cucumber Green Mottled Mosaic Virus (CGMMV), which has been confirmed at some farms acros...
06-10-2014 02:45 AM
South west Victorian dairy farmer optimistic about the future
There's been plenty of talk in recent weeks about looming price cuts for milk. The speculation has dairy farmers cautiously planning for the next y...
02-10-2014 01:57 AM
Crop predictions look bleak in northern NSW
Cropping in the north of New South Wales is under siege from the elements again, with poor moisture levels and plant diseases setting in. Departmen...
02-10-2014 01:51 AM
Australian live cattle export records smashed
Australia's live cattle trade smashed records in the last financial year, soaring past $1 billion in value as exporters shipped 1.13 million head of c...
30-09-2014 02:59 AM
Refugee visas may help dairy
The south-west Victorian dairy industry could benefit from the creation of a new visa for refugees willing to work in areas of labour shortages, a reg...
23-09-2014 02:23 AM
Farmers look to China to spark a bountiful new age in Australian agriculture
Australian agriculture could be on the verge of "a new age" and should aim to become "the deli" of China by focusing on its premium markets, according...
17-09-2014 01:13 AM
Queensland dairy farmers hopes for China free trade agreement
Queensland dairy farmers say a free trade agreement with China that's expected by the end of the year could deliver major flow-on benefits to the stat...
15-09-2014 05:06 AM
Farmers and exporters delighted by drop in Aussie dollar
The Australian dollar is at its lowest in six months and agricultural exporters are rubbing their hands together. The dollar fell 4 per cent cent i...
15-09-2014 04:58 AM
Cattle supply tightens for live exporters
The live cattle industry may struggle to meet the demand from Indonesia in the fourth quarter, because of a tightening supply across northern Australi...
10-09-2014 02:38 AM
Australia agriculture seen luring foreign buyers on food demand
Overseas investment in agricultural assets in Australia, the world’s third-biggest beef and sugar exporter, is set to deepen as countries outside of C...
09-09-2014 06:24 AM
Aussie wheat crop shrinks, but AWB warns on price
Cargill cautioned over the potential for a pullback in Australian wheat prices even as officials trimmed their forecast for the country's harvest, cit...
08-09-2014 04:15 AM
Australian farmers turn to the hay industry to salvage grain crops
South Australian farmers with massive crop wipe-outs from frost are entering unknown territory to compensate for their losses. A week of intense fr...
02-09-2014 02:57 AM
Farmers wait for rain to fulfill crop potential
Grain crops throughout central Victoria and the Wimmera Mallee are generally looking good at the start of spring, but some districts are struggling af...
01-09-2014 04:51 AM
Cattle numbers up at eastern sales
Eastern state cattle numbers at saleyards reported by Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service rose 54 per cent week-on-wee...
25-08-2014 03:45 AM
Drought forces Qld farmers into huge debt
Another large Queensland farm has gone into receivership and is up for sale either as an individual farm, or four separate properties, each with their...
25-08-2014 03:41 AM
Cattle slaughter hits 25-year high
The Australian Bureau of Resource Economics and Statistics (ABARES) has found that high stocking rates due to exceptionally good conditions from 2010-...
20-08-2014 04:21 AM
Australian Dairy Farmers in China to get support for free trade agreement
The Australian dairy industry is on a charm offensive in China this week in an effort to get more support for a Free Trade Agreement between the count...
19-08-2014 02:05 AM
As risk of drought rises, Australian farmers struggle to invest
When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers Robyn and Paul Kendal had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and spend ...
14-08-2014 02:19 AM
Australian Dairy Farms float opened to mum-and-dad investors
The first float of an Australian dairy farm is being opened to mum-and-dad investors, after an institutional offering exceeded expectations. Austra...
13-08-2014 04:28 AM
Record crops predicted; farmers market carefully
Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which on Tuesday...
11-08-2014 01:12 AM
Agricultural giant Olam says climate change is 'absolutely a reality'
The head of one of the world's largest agricultural commodity trading companies is warning Australian primary producers to take climate change serious...
11-08-2014 01:04 AM
Murderous dairy farmer had no history of violence
A dairy farmer who snapped in northern Victoria, murdering his partner and shooting two others before killing himself, had no criminal record, no inte...
07-08-2014 14:31 PM
Agriculture urged to embrace 'brand Australia'
Entrepreneur and branding expert Craig Davis thinks Australian agriculture has “spoilt supermodel syndrome”. The 'land down under' trades off its a...
07-08-2014 14:26 PM
Declaration strengthens Indo-Aus ties
Australian cattle producers have been given assurances that an historic joint declaration - the Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in th...
06-08-2014 13:15 PM
Quad bikes study to help reduce accidents in agriculture
Farm workers involved in quad bike accidents are being asked to contribute to a new study aimed at reducing accidents. Quad bikes were involved in ...
06-08-2014 13:09 PM
Sydney University Dean of Agriculture plans to produce smarter graduates in technology as farming intensifies
Sydney University's Dean of Agriculture says Australia has to shift its education and training if it's to meet the demand for high quality produce. ...
05-08-2014 11:34 AM
Pacific fisheries net government support
Sustainable fisheries and the financial stability they bring to Pacific island communities were given a financial boost by the Australian Government l...
05-08-2014 11:09 AM
Untapped water resources discovered in WA's Pilbara 'could drive agriculture expansion'
Huge untapped water sources in Western Australia's Pilbara could drive a bold expansion of towns, agriculture and industry in the region, the State Go...
04-08-2014 09:16 AM
Commodity prices drive rural appetite
Rural property investors are ­paying close attention to commodity prices as appetite improves for ­agribusiness investments. In its latest Rural an...
04-08-2014 09:06 AM
'Not Asia's food bowl' - Agricultural Minister Joyce
Australia is not the food bowl of Asia, nor should it claim to be, says ­Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. He said Australian farmers now feed ­...
30-07-2014 00:25 AM
Qld farmers being priced out of business
Will Queenslanders finish up paying more for the food they eat or will we just see production from sugar to fruit and vegetables wither, owing to a la...
30-07-2014 00:23 AM
Bovine viral disease discussion dominates global cattle congress
Combating poor cattle health and production losses as a result of the debilitating bovine viral disease, known as BVD, has dominated the agenda today ...
25-07-2014 12:50 PM
Heat-seeking drones to combat wild dogs
Graziers up against one of nature’s smartest hunters may now be able to enlist a new age in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology to help them combat the...
25-07-2014 12:36 PM
Six jobs for each agriculture studies graduate
“We are told all the time the minute we finish our degree, there are six jobs instantly per graduate.” There aren’t too many industries where that ...
24-07-2014 10:49 AM
Robb defends Japan trade deal
Trade Minister Andrew Robb has hit back at fresh criticism of the outcomes for agriculture in the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEP...
23-07-2014 10:53 AM
Poor roads costing agriculture, compromising safety
The terrible standard of roads in Victoria’s South Gippsland region is costing businesses dearly and compromising public safety. That's the overwh...
22-07-2014 09:52 AM
Fonterra to keep investing, despite dairy decline
Dairy giant Fonterra will invest $100 million into its Australian business to keep a hold on domestic supply. The global producer will keep invest...
18-07-2014 10:01 AM
Hunter dairy farmers eager to see carbon tax go
Hunter dairy farmers are applauding the scrapping of the carbon tax, with the move freeing up tens of thousands of dollars for individual farming ente...