News from Australia

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...
18-07-2014 09:59 AM
Parties battle for dairy's affection
NSW Labor has announced a plan to “turbocharge” dairy exports in what State primary industries minister Katrina Hodgkinson described as a “bizarre ann...
18-07-2014 09:57 AM
Farmers not getting any younger
It probably comes as no surprise to anyone working in agriculture, but the stats are in, confirming that Australian farmers aren't getting any younger...
18-07-2014 09:55 AM
Cattle company to keep carbon farming despite market uncertainty
The Tipperary Group will continue its carbon farming project in the Northern Territory, despite the market uncertainty caused by the scrapping of the ...
17-07-2014 08:40 AM
More school students give agriculture a crack
A state-funded program encouraging high school students into agricultural careers has doubled in participation since last year. Dianne Fullelove fr...
17-07-2014 08:35 AM
Global cattle industry looks to Beef Australia 2015
The time is right for beef producers from around the world to plan their visit to Australia’s triennial industry spectacular, Beef Australia 2015. ...
14-07-2014 08:48 AM
Darwin port delays costing livestock exporters millions
Delays in getting a berth at the Darwin port are costing live export companies millions of dollars, with some now looking to other northern ports to l...
10-07-2014 10:22 AM
Potato farmers to take control of abandoned McCain factory
Potato farmers are negotiating a take-over of McCain Food’s abandoned processing plant in the south east of South Australia. About 60 people lost t...
09-07-2014 09:53 AM
Queensland cattle grid accident worth $1.2 million
A mining employee has sued the State of Queensland for a whopping $1.2 million, claiming a broken cattle grid was responsible for a car accident in wh...
09-07-2014 09:52 AM
Person 'deliberately opened gates' to let cattle onto Hume Freeway
Police are investigating reports that someone deliberately let cattle onto the Hume Freeway, putting the lives of motorists at risk. Last month 13 ...
08-07-2014 14:08 PM
Teys calls for greater IR reform
One of Australia's largest beef ­processors says the federal government must tackle industrial relations reform or risk the closure of more ­manufactu...
07-07-2014 09:10 AM
South West shire approves on-farm abattoir
A West Australian poultry farmer has gained approval an on-farm poultry abattoir, which is set to start processing in spring. Poultry farmer Jeff P...
03-07-2014 08:51 AM
Glyphosate poisoning killing SA canola crops
Glyphosate poisoning is killing off some grain crops in South Australia's wheat belt. Glyphosate is a herbicide, sprayed in paddocks to control wee...
02-07-2014 10:00 AM
Gina Rinehart invests in Kimberley cattle stations
Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart has bought a fifty per cent stake in two cattle stations in Western Australia's Kimberley region. Mrs Rinehart has...
01-07-2014 07:40 AM
New dairy season dawns to similar prices
The prices are in for this year's dairy season and unsurprisingly, most processors are offering similar prices. The new season features an array of...
30-06-2014 08:17 AM
Dairy suppliers waiting for milk cheques
Some suppliers of milk processing company, United Dairy Power, say they're still waiting to receive last month's milk cheque. The company, which pr...
27-06-2014 14:45 PM
Young farmers bucking the trend with a commitment to agriculture
A love of the land is something many producers look forward to passing onto their children. But increasingly fewer young people are taking the opportu...
26-06-2014 14:56 PM
Nationals challenged to keep fees down for Agriculture degrees
A rural member of Parliament worries regional areas will be hurt by any hike in University fees, particularly agriculture. Federal member for Indi,...
25-06-2014 10:06 AM
World first farm robot set to revolutionise vegetable farming
A world first robot called the 'Ladybird' is being trialled among the onions, beetroots and spinach rows of a farm in the New South Wales central west...
24-06-2014 03:58 AM
Lion offers milk price rise to some dairy farmers
The food and beverage conglomerate Lion will pay more for milk from farmers in Queensland and New South Wales. The Japanese owned company says the ...
24-06-2014 03:53 AM
Survey reveals foreign ownership of farmland on the rise
Foreign investment in Australian agriculture is vital to its growth Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has declared, just days after a new survey repo...
19-06-2014 01:06 AM
Call to lift tolerance level for GM material in organic crops
WA Agriculture Minister Ken Baston has urged Australian organic regulators to lift the tolerance level for genetically modified (GM) material in organ...
17-06-2014 02:21 AM
China in $1b WA livestock deal
A South West meat processor and a giant Chinese company have joined forces in a $1 billion deal that will create huge demand for WA sheep and cattle. ...
16-06-2014 02:40 AM
We know little about GM crops
I have a concern about genetically modifying living things. By this I do not refer to selective breeding. I feel there is much we don’t know about ...
13-06-2014 04:22 AM
Protein key in supplementary feeding dry cattle
Cattle producers experiencing a dry start to winter are being urged to add protein to their supplementary feed this season. While Western Australia...
12-06-2014 01:30 AM
Australia cuts wheat hopes, warning over dryness
Australia cut its forecast for its next wheat harvest, cautioning over the El Nino weather pattern, and its potential for causing eastern dryness whic...
06-06-2014 03:13 AM
Minimum wage increase a blow for farmers in drought
The National Farmers Federation says a decision to increase the minimum wage will create more hardship for farmers in drought. The Fair Work Commis...
06-06-2014 03:09 AM
Urban fringe agriculture under threat
Agriculture on the fringes of our major cities is some of the most productive in the country, but urban encroachment is putting it at risk. Experts be...
05-06-2014 01:49 AM
Vets yet to solve mystery cattle deaths
Vets and scientists are yet to find out what caused hundreds of cattle to die in western New South Wales late last year. The cattle, of all ages, s...
03-06-2014 03:26 AM
Fire destroys over $100,000 worth of livestock at piggery
A Biloela piggery was left counting the cost, after an early morning fire in a farrowing shed destroyed over $100,000 worth of livestock. More than...
02-06-2014 00:42 AM
It might look harmless ... but this weed is an agricultural menace
It sounds ominous ... an alert has been issued for North Queensland residents and farmers to be on the sharp look-out for the Giant Sensitive Plant. ...
30-05-2014 01:27 AM
Australian organic farmer loses lawsuit against GM farmer
The Supreme Court of Western Australia ruled against an organic farmer who sued his former friend after wind carried genetically modified seed heads o...
29-05-2014 01:35 AM
GM crops: organic farmer loses court case over alleged contamination
An organic farmer has lost a landmark court case against a neighbour who grew genetically modified food. Steve Marsh was suing his neighbour and fo...
28-05-2014 02:27 AM
Australian livestock industry leading the way in antibiotic resistance
Antibiotic resistance in farming animals is a looming global health issue, but a University of Adelaide national survey indicates that Australia remai...
28-05-2014 02:22 AM
Cattle exports to China could start this year
The West Australian based agribusiness Wellard Group has expanded its exports into China and believes it may start shipping live feeder and slaughter ...
23-05-2014 02:47 AM
Trade agreements a dud deal for dairy
A federal Liberal backbencher says it's sad her government didn't get a better deal for Australia's dairy industry in recent free trade agreements wit...
23-05-2014 02:31 AM
Australian milk sells for 9 dollars a litre in Chinese supermarkets
Fresh Australian milk has hit the shelves in Chinese supermarkets for the first time since a trade deal was struck by farmers to speed up the process ...
23-05-2014 02:26 AM
Ex Cattle Council boss 'airs grievances' at beef inquiry
Structural reform of the beef industry leadership and a choice about the way in which levies are spent, are the only ways forward for ailing northern ...
21-05-2014 02:29 AM
Toxic disease killing western Victorian cattle
Prolonged warm weather in Victoria has prompted the resurgence of a deadly livestock disease. Six heifers in western Victoria died at the weekend f...
19-05-2014 07:47 AM
Qld beef baron Graeme Acton farewelled
The prime minister and the Queensland premier will be among those who will farewell beef baron Graeme Acton on Monday. Mr Acton died on May 9, a we...
15-05-2014 01:03 AM
Fodder drive for western farmers
One hundred bales of hay will be delivered to drought affected farmers in the Lightning Ridge district. The hay has been purchased through donation...
15-05-2014 00:57 AM
Mice eating western Victoria's new grain crops
Farmers fear mice could threaten what is potentially a bumper grain crop in western Victoria. There's already a mouse plague in South Australia and...
12-05-2014 02:05 AM
Imported workers a boon to dairy farmers
Tyrendarra dairy farmer Bruce Knowles is a strong advocate for addressing skills shortages in the regional dairy industry by bringing in migrants. ...
06-05-2014 00:18 AM
Freight fears for Tasmanian farmers
The Victorian government announced yesterday it would offer a long-term lease for the Port of Melbourne to a private operator to take advantage of a f...
02-05-2014 02:24 AM
Gazans mock Australia for cattle ban
Australian media reported on April 7 that Australian government authorities had decided to ban live cattle exports to Gaza after an investigation into...
30-04-2014 03:02 AM
Drought-stricken Queensland farmers still waiting for promised federal relief
Queensland agriculture minister John McVeigh has criticised his federal counterpart Barnaby Joyce for the delay in the rollout of the $280m drought co...
30-04-2014 03:00 AM
Warning to dairy farmers about lower prices
A major rural lender is telling dairy farmers to expect a drop in price next season. International dairy prices have been falling and Rabobank expe...
29-04-2014 01:56 AM
Dairy demand widens trade surplus
New Zealand's trade surplus has widened as Chinese demand for dairy products continues to soar, driving the monthly and annual export receipts to new ...