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World News: Australia
23 January 2015
Qld farmers want to see parties' plans

The Liberal National Party and Labor have no new plans for agriculture, Queensland farmers say. Agriculture is one of the four key sectors of the state's economy the Newman government has promised ...


16 January 2015
Red hot prices as Victorian beef cattle head north

The surge in cattle prices is continuing to surprise agents and producers as new records are set with each sale. Agents say they'd never seen anything like the annual store sale at Wodonga in Victo...


15 January 2015
Southern Tasmania farmers assess rain damage to fruit crops

Farmers in southern Tasmania are assessing damage to fruit crops following heavy overnight rain. Parts of the Huon Valley received more than 70 millimetres in the deluge, which hit cherry growing a...


12 January 2015
Competition heats up and prices jump at Queensland cattle sales

Strong competition between cattle buyers saw a substantial price jump at the Toowoomba saleyards. Quotes rose 25 per cent from the last sale of 2014, with medium-weight, yearling steers averaging $...


9 January 2015
Rain in Australia increasing weaner cattle prices

Optimism is returning to Victoria's weaner cattle sales after rain in Queensland and New South Wales. At the annual January weaner sales, prices are up by 40 cents a kilogram compared to last year....


8 January 2015
Tasmanian cattle to be entered into carcass competition

More than 100 head of Tasmania's finest grass-fed cattle are being entered into one of the biggest carcass competitions in Australia. Held only every three years in Queensland, the Rockhampton Beef...


8 January 2015
Exporters relax minimum cattle weight requirements

Fat cattle are in short supply across Queensland's north-west, but this hasn't stopped producers from making the most of high export prices. The Northern Territory cattle supply slowed in December,...


7 January 2015
Sheep farmers take hit as demand for hides falls

Australian and New Zealand farmers are having a tough time selling lambskins as China’s tanneries face slowing demand for the products, particularly from Russia, and as Beijing cracks down on some che...


6 January 2015
Low cattle numbers and high prices at first livestock sale

Despite ongoing drought cattle prices are beginning to creep up in the north west of New South Wales. Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek. Numbers were low at ...


6 January 2015
Why Australians are using sunblock to protect grape crops

Slip, slop, slap. It was a cartoon seagull wearing shorts, t-shirt and a hat that famously urged sun-loving Australians in the 1980s to protect themselves from damaging ultraviolet rays. While sunb...


5 January 2015
Moyston bushfire kills more than 1000 sheep in western Victoria

Initial reports suggest that more than 1,000 sheep died in the weekend's bushfires in western Victoria. Authorities expect the sheep death toll will increase when the extent of the fire is realised...


1 January 2015
Australian producers to benefit from short supply of both cattle and sheep

South Australian beef and lamb producers will continue to benefit from a tight supply in 2015, according to a livestock industry veteran. Massive slaughter numbers for both cattle and sheep, as wel...


23 December 2014
2014 record-breaking year for cattle industry

Drought and low commodity prices have made 2014 a tough year for Queensland's cattle producers and that's meant a record number of cattle sent to market. This year is also expected to break live ex...


18 December 2014
Australian organic regulator pushes for GM-tainted crops to retain certification

One of the bodies that regulates Australian organic standards is pushing to allow crops that are accidentally contaminated with genetically modified material to retain their organic certification, in ...


17 December 2014
Dairy incomes on the rise

After a difficult 18 months dealing with supermarket pricing wars, disruptive takeover bids and trade deals, Australian dairy farmers are overdue for some good news. That news was delivered in a re...


15 December 2014
Meat and Livestock Australia seeks endorsement

Meat and Livestock Australia is rationalising its international marketing offices. As part of its 10 per cent cut to the research and marketing corporation, MLA managing director Richard Norton say...


11 December 2014
Tasmania urged to help farmers tackle workforce drug use

Tasmania's peak body for the dairy industry is being urged to help farmers tackle illicit drug use should it occur among their workers. Some north-west farmers say they don't feel equipped to ident...


11 December 2014
Change raw milk bottles: Dairy Australia

Dairy Australia is backing calls from health authorities to sell 'bathing' milk in distinctive bottles with more prominent warnings. A child has died in Victoria after drinking contaminated unpaste...


11 December 2014
Aussie cattle on a Thai beef roll

Returns to Australian cattle producers are set for a boost under new market access into Thailand for feeder and slaughter cattle, according to federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. According ...


4 December 2014
Mysterious cattle condition sees rosy-red steak downgraded

Scientists are working to unravel a mysterious cattle condition that means beef from areas of southern Australia is often downgraded from a premium-priced steak to a cheaper mince product. The mark...


2 December 2014
Water dries up for irrigated agriculture in central west NSW

Irrigated agricultural production along the Belubula and Lachlan Rivers in central west New South Wales will be a fraction of what it could be this year. This is due to some significant logistical ...


2 December 2014
Hunter beef industry seeks protection from mining

The value of beef breeding to Australia from the New South Wales Upper Hunter and New England regions has been acknowledged by the new owners of the Scone meat processing plant, prompting a call for t...


1 December 2014
Tasmanian beef producers show surge in confidence

Tasmanian beef producers have had a surge of confidence on the back of stronger prices and improved prospects in international markets, a farmer survey to be released today says. Also, prospects of...


1 December 2014
Chinese eye farmland to broaden their horizons

Chinese property developers are charging into Australian agriculture in a bid to limit their exposure to the residential property market. Chinese-backed property groups Greenland Holding Group, Cou...


1 December 2014
Australia sweats over extreme hot weather

Australia has always suffered from bouts of extreme hot weather but the number and intensity of heatwaves is on the rise, prompting a rethink of how the country lives, works and plays in the sun. S...


27 November 2014
Bank report finds northern Australian cropping unprofitable

Developing grain and oilseed crops in northern Australia would be an unprofitable venture at current prices, according to a research report from the ANZ Bank. The bank crunched the numbers on retur...


25 November 2014
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 director, Blue Read, who's been touring Australia,...


24 November 2014
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 Australia has ever seen in the Mary Valley, near Gympie. ...


21 November 2014
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 Beef Australia chairman can still muster enough ener...


20 November 2014
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 inflation in the local economy is subdued. INPUT pr...