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World News: Australia
Australia | 10 February 2016
Anonymous hay donation helps keep cattle alive on a West Australian beef property after bushfire

A West Australian farmer says an anonymous hay donation has helped keep her cattle alive after her entire property was burnt during a bushfire. Robyn Allingham and her husband Paul run a farm in Co...


Australia | 8 February 2016
New 'backpacker tax' will devastate Australia's agriculture industry

Fruit and vegetable growers are getting increasingly anxious about a new tax on the backpackers they rely on to pick their crops. The current system means people on working holiday visas pay no tax in...


Australia | 8 February 2016
Better times ahead for Australian agriculture this year

Further depreciation of the Australian dollar will this year act as a “tail wind” for Australian agriculture, while low oil prices will help ease input cost pressures but are also likely to weigh on a...


Australia | 5 February 2016
Research finds grain growers are seeding winter crops earlier

New research has confirmed that Australian grain growers are planting winter crops a month earlier than they were 30 years ago. In the mid 1980's, the national mid point of seeding was June 10th, w...


Australia | 29 January 2016
Trespassing pig hunters under police microscope as incidents increase on Sarina farmland

An increasing number of hunters have been illegally 'pigging' on farmland near Sarina without permission from the landholders, often leaving damaged property behind them. Pigging involves using hun...


Australia | 29 January 2016
Tasmanian footrot protocols prevent sheep exports to China

Tasmanian farmers say footrot protocols are preventing them from exporting to China, and are calling for a change in the policy to change. Tasmanian stud sheep breeder Rodney Summers says the proto...


Australia | 28 January 2016
Cattle lead poisoning sparks warning for farmers

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) says the deaths of three cattle on different properties in the state has been linked to lead poisoning. The department ha...


Australia | 25 January 2016
Crippling tax rates drive 'hobby' dairy farmer from land

A surgeon who spent millions creating a sophisticated dairy business has been forced to sell his herd and land because of federal tax laws that pushed his effective tax rate to more than 80 per cent....


Australia | 25 January 2016
Southern beef producer buys two Northern Territory cattle stations

A family-owned beef company from South Australia has purchased two cattle properties in the Northern Territory. The Delmore Downs and Delny pastoral leases, 200 kilometres north-east of Alice Sprin...


Australia | 19 January 2016
Whangarei Korean dairy farmer sees potential in free trade deal

A Northland man is a rare breed of dairy farmer in New Zealand. Minsu Choi, in his mid-30s, moved here from Korea eight years ago. Statistics NZ figures show 15 people who identify as Korean lis...


Australia | 19 January 2016
New cattle tax surprises live export trade to Indonesia as first shipments arrive

The live cattle trade between Australia and Indonesia is coming to terms with a surprise decision by the Indonesian Government to introduce a new tax on cattle imports. The year's first shipment of...


Australia | 14 January 2016
Australian cattle prices hit all time high

The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) has cracked 600¢/kg cwt for the first time on record today (Wednesday). The EYCI is a seven-day rolling average and is the general benchmark of Australian...


Australia | 12 January 2016
Weaker Australian dollar and good cattle prices boost demand for foreign investment in beef properties

Beef producing properties could be at the top of foreign investment wish lists. Property agents have forecast that the weaker Australian dollar, Asia's ever increasing demand for meat and good catt...


Australia | 11 January 2016
Dairy farmers hope to get milk moving today

Dairy farmers already forced to tip tens of thousands of litres of milk on the ground are hoping tankers can start moving in and out of their properties today. Wagerup dairy farmer Tony Ferraro sai...


Australia | 11 January 2016
Live export sheep and cattle die on ship stranded in Perth for 10 days

More than 30 livestock died on a ship while it was stranded in Perth for 10 days, but authorities still gave the vessel the all-clear to travel to south-east Asia with the cattle. The MV Ocean Outb...


Australia | 4 January 2016
Farmers fight back from $50m storm damage bill

Despite a $50 million damage bill, the region's farmers have welcomed recent rainfalls which have gone some way to setting them up for a positive season. A fierce storm which tore through parts of ...


Australia | 30 December 2015
Billionaire dairy man works in Malaga

The Chinese billionaire buying Australia’s biggest dairy spends most of his time in this country working from an office block in the Perth suburbs. Lu Xianfeng shuns the spotlight at the Malaga hea...


Australia | 29 December 2015
Australian Dairy Farm Group's share price jumps more than 100 per cent

Investors are buying up shares in Australian Dairy Farm Group, after the corporate farming company announced acquisition of processing facilities in western Victoria. ADFG, which is listed on the A...


Australia | 28 December 2015
What the TPP means for agriculture

Federal Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has helped to secure another historic trade deal that will dramatically cut import tariffs and deliver vastly improved market access for Australian fa...


Australia | 28 December 2015
El Nino batters pacfic rim agriculture

While the climate phenomenon called El Niño has brought near-ideal growing conditions for many farmers throughout North America and South America in 2015, it has wreaked havoc on the agriculture of ot...


Australia | 22 December 2015
Perth cattle fraudster jailed for seven years after cheating Indonesian farmers

A Perth man who cheated Indonesian farmers out of more than $600,000 by falsely claiming to sell Australian cattle "greatly tarnished" business relations between the countries, a judge says. Paul G...


Australia | 21 December 2015
Farmers rejoice as rivals’ export subsidies axed

Australian farmers are celebrating an historic breakthrough in international trade talks that puts an end to agricultural export subsidies. The agreement between more than 160 members of the World ...


Australia | 18 December 2015
Livestock nutritionist warns producers of rain-related threats to stock

A livestock nutritionist is warning graziers in drought-affected areas to keep an eye out for poisonous weeds and other rain-related threats. Desiree Jackson said there had been cases of stock dyin...


Australia | 18 December 2015
Buoyant beef prices set up farmers for a strong finish to 2015

How do you sum up 2015 in the livestock industry? It is hard to capture it in a word because the year has been so varied for producers across the country. Those who had animals to sell certainly...


Australia | 14 December 2015
'Exciting time to be a farmer': PM

Malcolm Turnbull says opportunities for Australian farmers have never been greater with innovative technologies set to underpin booming food exports into Asian markets to potentially grow the industry...


Australia | 14 December 2015
Dick Smith's $1m donation to farmers

Dick Smith Foods today presented a record donation for $1 million to Aussie Helpers – the national charity assisting farmers who are battling to stay on the land. It is the biggest single donation ...


Australia | 11 December 2015
Vodafone partners on digitising agriculture

Vodafone Australia has announced a partnership that will see the telecommunications provider help develop an online platform for Australian farmers as part of an effort to "digitally transform" the ag...


Australia | 9 December 2015
VDL sale: Chinese buyer of Tasmanian dairy to bring 'enormous benefits' to state

The Chinese buyer of Tasmanian dairy Van Diemen's Land (VDL) will breathe new life into the company and the state's north-west region, an agribusiness specialist has said. Yesterday, a legal injunc...


Australia | 9 December 2015
Cattle producers turn to online auctions to sell livestock

E-commerce has unexpectedly extended its reach to the Upper Hunter's cattle industry. Upper Hunter cattle producers are increasingly turning to online auctions to sell their livestock, with recent ...


Australia | 8 December 2015
VDL sale: Chinese buyer of Tasmanian dairy to bring 'enormous benefits' to state

The Chinese buyer of Tasmanian dairy Van Diemen's Land (VDL) will breathe new life into the company and the state's north-west region, an agribusiness specialist has said. Yesterday, a legal injunc...