News from Australia

15-04-2014 01:22 AM
Dairy industry looks to foreign workforce
In the face of a chronic skill shortages in the dairy industry, Dairy Australia is pushing for widened access to the temporary 457 foreign working vis...
14-04-2014 00:09 AM
Farmers shackled by off-farm costs
Our farmers cannot hope to form the “Food Bowl of Asia”, our only totally renewable export. Take the landed cost of a tonne of wheat into their big...
10-04-2014 00:58 AM
Why Australia missed the invite to a 'cattle price party'
The world is after more beef, and global cattle prices have been reflecting this, except in Australia. Aussie cattle producers are getting nowhere ...
09-04-2014 01:10 AM
Aussie cattle prices to soar on Japan trade deal
Concessions on Japanese beef import tariffs agreed in a free trade agreement between Tokyo and Canberra will, in cutting the appeal of US supplies, dr...
07-04-2014 02:17 AM
Australian farmland among world's best
The values of farmland worldwide have increased by an average of 20 per cent per year since 2002 with Australia not far off the pace, according to a n...
04-04-2014 03:51 AM
Concern about trenbolone in Australian beef
Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor, published a news item about their concern about regular detec...
03-04-2014 02:53 AM
Concern about trenbolone in Australian beef
Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor, published a news item about their concern about regular detec...
02-04-2014 05:41 AM
Cattle sent south as Central Australia dries up
Central Australian pastoralists have started mustering and shifting cattle off their land about a month earlier than usual. Local stock agent Jock ...
01-04-2014 04:39 AM
Tasmanian farmer confidence on sharp downturn
The latest Rabobank grower confidence survey has farmer sentiment down from 33 to 13 per cent in Tasmania. Forty to fifty Tasmanian producers from ...
01-04-2014 04:34 AM
Victorian farmer optimistic about cattle industry
It's been a tough year for beef producers. First, there was the fodder shortage that sent farmers' bills soaring as they struggled to find feed to ...
31-03-2014 07:19 AM
Changing Indonesian diet to boost Australian wheat exports
Increased competition from global wheat players has the Australian grains industry rethinking its export strategy in Indonesia. Australian wheat do...
31-03-2014 07:16 AM
Qld dairy farmers reach out to Canberra
Queensland dairy farmers could be one step closer to taking control of the state's milk supply after meeting with the federal agriculture minister lat...
27-03-2014 01:46 AM
Dairy farmers urge rethink on Tasmania's GMO ban
Tasmanian dairy farmers fear they could be disadvantaged unless the state's moratorium on genetically modified crops is lifted. Farmers have an amb...
25-03-2014 00:35 AM
Australian farmers hold $3.21bn in farm management deposits
As the drought bites in Queensland and northern NSW for its second year, Australian farmers hold $3.21bn in farm management deposits (Fmds), designed ...
20-03-2014 05:01 AM
Queensland to tighten rules for mining on farmland
Miners will no longer be allowed to start projects on Queensland farmland if they can't strike a deal with a landholder within 40 days under proposed ...
20-03-2014 04:56 AM
Bush businesses welcome export cattle boom
Remote business owners in the Northern Territory say they are benefitting from a recovery in the live cattle trade. Thousands of cattle have been t...
18-03-2014 00:54 AM
Giant Vietnamese agriculture complex ready for Australian cattle
The Red Star Company in Vietnam has spent the last two years, and around $US5 million, building an 'agriculture complex' to cater for Australian cattl...
17-03-2014 05:33 AM
Climate affect on crops worse than thought
Research has found climate change could reduce agricultural crop production sooner than had been predicted. A study published in the Nature Climate...
14-03-2014 02:17 AM
Vietnam investing millions to take Australian cattle
The booming live cattle trade to Vietnam is driving huge investment in Vietnamese abattoirs and feedlots. Companies are spending millions of dollar...
12-03-2014 02:38 AM
Livestock disease readiness to be tested
Australia's preparedness to contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease among affected livestock will be tested in nationwide exercises. The Depa...
11-03-2014 03:38 AM
Farmers opt for sales in face of persistent drought
Sheep yardings in Cooma are doubling as farmers reduce stock in the face of the stubborn drought taking hold across parts of NSW. Multi-storey stoc...
11-03-2014 03:31 AM
Respiratory disease causing export cattle deaths
Researchers from Western Australia's Murdoch University have found respiratory disease to be a leading cause of cattle deaths on long-haul boat voyage...
07-03-2014 01:46 AM
Farmers lobby seeks to influence Tasmanian poll
A week away from Tasmania's polls, could the farm lobby's agenda sway the politicians or the populace? Could the Farmers and Graziers policy progra...
07-03-2014 01:41 AM
Cattle deal to boost investment
Industry leaders expect Indonesia to boost its investment in northern cattle stations in response to moves to open up live exports to China. Indone...
06-03-2014 01:06 AM
Cattle to return to Alpine high country
Cattle will be allowed to graze in Victoria's Alpine National Park in a trial approved by the federal government. Environment Minister Greg Hunt an...
05-03-2014 01:43 AM
Designing the ideal dairy cow for 2050
The term 'designer baby' is often used pejoratively to describe babies selected using genetic screening for desirable traits like sex, athletic abilit...
05-03-2014 01:32 AM
Cattle prices tumble amid eastern Australia's drought
In these drought-hit parts of eastern Australia they pray for rain. The New England region north of Sydney is traditionally some of the nation's best ...
05-03-2014 01:29 AM
Dairy duo to build $12m robot milker
Northcliffe-based Bannister Downs dairy - the only fully vertically integrated family dairy business in Australia - has announced the start of design ...
04-03-2014 03:43 AM
Cattle, sheep slaughter highest since 2003
Drought-hit farmers have been describing for months the pain of being forced to slaughter starving cattle at alarming rates. Now, new data shows th...
28-02-2014 01:08 AM
Australian farmers hit by drought, boom time for meat processors
Normally at this time of year Australian meat processors are operating part time as cattle gorge on summer grass. But a scorching drought has force...
27-02-2014 05:10 AM
Farmers welcome drought package
The farmers' fight for survival has been made a little easier but they still fear for the long term. Thousands of farmers are set to benefit from t...
27-02-2014 04:57 AM
Exporting Australian cattle genetics globally
A cattle breeder in western Victoria says Australia needs to better promote its genetics if it wants to compete globally. The US exported $142 mill...
26-02-2014 02:08 AM
Dairy farm values low due to oversupply in Victoria
The buzz surrounding dairy processor Warrnambool Cheese and Butter has not translated to a boom in dairy farm sales. While unable to be specific, m...
26-02-2014 02:04 AM
Drought-stricken farmers to receive $320m lifeline
Drought-stricken farmers in parts of NSW and Queensland are set to receive a $320m lifeline from the federal government. Prime minister Tony Abbott...
25-02-2014 10:17 AM
Dairy price increase in Tasmania
Smithton based Tasmanian Dairy Products has announced its fourth step-up in farmgate milk prices for the current season, giving farmers an average 2 c...
24-02-2014 04:01 AM
Farmer sued over GM crop contamination
A west Australian farmer is being sued for allowing his genetically modified canola to allegedly contaminate his neighbour's organic land after being ...
24-02-2014 03:53 AM
More rain still needed in much of NSW
The rain over the last week as been very welcome and very timely for some. But it was by no means drought breaking. Many dams are still empty an...
20-02-2014 01:37 AM
Plant scientists receive accolade for drought-proof wheat
Two Australian researchers have become the latest recipients of an award regarded as the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for agriculture. The Canberra ...
20-02-2014 01:26 AM
Sydney family joins massive cattle drive
It's one of the biggest cattle drives in decades in Australia. A 2,000 kilometre journey from central west Queensland to the western Riverina in Ne...
19-02-2014 00:39 AM
Variety of markets emerging for heavy northern cattle
Indonesia's plan to import more slaughter cattle this year, along with extra demand from Vietnam and a new abattoir being built near Darwin, is taking...
18-02-2014 01:30 AM
Producer extends olive branch to dry cattle
As parts of Queensland's South Burnett region approach drought, one producer has found an original and very effective way of feeding his stock. Ron...
18-02-2014 01:26 AM
NSW cattle deaths still a mystery
Landholders affected by a deadly cattle illness in the western and Riverina regions of NSW have been told their properties won't be quarantined. Th...
17-02-2014 03:26 AM
PM brings help to desperate farmers on drought tour
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has praised Australian farmers for their resilience battling drought and their “have a go” ethos, labelling them an iconic ...
14-02-2014 00:52 AM
NSW drought help needed to keep farmers on the land
The news out today is that the Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be visiting drought affected areas of Queensland and NSW over the weekend. If the Pr...
14-02-2014 00:43 AM
Queensland cattle sales forge ahead
As the drought creeps further across the Queensland and meat processors work overtime, many cattle producers are offloading stock through the saleyard...
13-02-2014 02:44 AM
Young dairy farmer optimistic about the future
On paper, it's hardly a glamorous life - very early mornings, late nights and a variable income. But for 24-year-old dairy farmer Paul Howe from Na...
13-02-2014 02:42 AM
Farmers wait for drought relief
A decision on whether to provide more money to drought-stricken farmers appears close with Tony Abbott expected to visit affected communities as early...
10-02-2014 02:38 AM
Farmers face off in court over GM crop
It's being billed as a David v Goliath struggle between a lone organic farmer and the growing global influence of genetically modified foods. On Mo...
10-02-2014 02:37 AM
Farmers urged to look for cattle illness
The Australian Veterinary Association says the attrition of state government staff at diagnostic facilities during recent years is exacerbating the de...
07-02-2014 01:14 AM
Dairy bucks falls in global food prices
Dairy prices have bucked broad falls in global food prices as demand from south-east Asia continues to rise, but the benefit to Australian and New Zea...