News from Australia

25-11-2014 01:02 AM
Fonterra board director says milk price most competitive in history
Australian and New Zealand dairy farmers are now being paid the same price for milk as their major international competitors. Fonterra New Zealand ...
24-11-2014 00:54 AM
Dairy farmers upbeat about mining magnate building milk processing operation
Dairy farmers hope the Queensland industry will be revived by mining magnate Gina Rinehart's plan to build one of the biggest dairy operations Austral...
21-11-2014 01:11 AM
China done, now let's move on EU
Blair Angus is exhausted after a long day processing heifers in the yards on Carpentaria Downs in Queensland's Gulf, but the seasoned cattleman and Be...
20-11-2014 00:36 AM
Dairy drags NZ producer prices lower
New Zealand producer input prices have fallen as lower farmgate milk prices reduce input costs for dairy manufacturers, adding more evidence that infl...
17-11-2014 00:34 AM
Booming live cattle trade leads to major hay shortage
There's barely a bale of hay left in the Northern Territory. A record year for live cattle exports out of Darwin has put unprecedented pressure on ...
12-11-2014 03:18 AM
Northern cattle 'coming out of the woodwork'
Live cattle exporters are rising to the challenge of meeting unprecedented demand from Indonesia in the fourth quarter. Record high prices has help...
11-11-2014 01:01 AM
More cattle will suffer under Australia-China live export deal
The number of animals exported live out of Australia is set to increase as Australia prepares to enter into a A$1 billion trade agreement with China. ...
10-11-2014 00:04 AM
Queensland farmers face new fees and more responsibility
Queensland's Department of Agriculture wants farmers to take on more responsibility for the management of pests and diseases that pose a threat to the...
07-11-2014 01:29 AM
Grower says fungicide is not stopping the spread of a virulent mildew
A north west Tasmanian poppy grower says increasing fungicide treatments is not stopping the spread of a virulent strain of mildew in his crops. Ra...
07-11-2014 01:25 AM
Tasmanian livestock have been bumped off pastures to harvest lucrative seed
Pasture seed production is increasing on a rapid scale in Tasmania with a dual purpose for farmers looking to fatten livestock and harvest a crop. ...
06-11-2014 00:03 AM
Fence set up to separate crocodiles from cattle
A fence designed to separate cattle and crocodiles in the Kimberley is proving a success and has been extended in time for this year's croc-breeding s...
04-11-2014 00:49 AM
Unused drought loan cash tipped to be redirected to farmers
The Federal Government is expected to reallocate $100 million in low-interest loans to farmers in the most drought affected parts of the country. T...
03-11-2014 02:11 AM
Australian farmers fight new gold mine
It's almost harvest time on the Yorke Peninsula, a boot-shaped strip of land on Australia's central-southern coast. A week from now, farmers will head...
03-11-2014 02:02 AM
Exporting Australia's dairy herd to overcome poor milk prices
Australian dairy farmers are embracing live cattle exports to overcome poor milk prices. The industry says that a third of all Australian dairy far...
31-10-2014 00:04 AM
Opportunity of cattle trade to China inching closer
The live export industry is eyeing the opportunity of sending feeder and slaughter cattle to China, as a delegation of Chinese tour Australia as part ...
30-10-2014 00:17 AM
Dairy farmers hope new China deal will boost market growth
Australian dairy farmers are hoping a free trade deal (FTA) with China will help them deal with plummeting milk prices. An trade agreement is tippe...
30-10-2014 00:14 AM
NSW crops going backwards due to heat and lack of rain
The New South Wales crop is continuing to deteriorate due to record hot weather and lack of rain. Below average rainfall in the grain belt in Augus...
29-10-2014 00:06 AM
Exotic strain of wheat disease confirmed in Australian crops
Scientists have discovered an exotic strain of a wheat disease in Australia that, when serious enough, can reduce yields by more than 20 per cent. ...
28-10-2014 00:17 AM
Slim pickings for northern summer crop
Chances of a large summer crop around Northern and Central NSW are slim, with a lot of areas needing large amounts of rain before they'd think of incr...
27-10-2014 00:00 AM
Chinese covet cattle stations
China's ravenous demand for Australian beef could soon lead to some major cattle station purchases, with one of ­several Chinese importers, Snow Drago...
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 ...