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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
07-02-2014 01:11 AM
WA farmer sues neighbour over GM crops in 'landmark' case
An Australian farmer has reportedly become the first person in the world to take legal action against a neighbouring farm for alleged crop contaminati...
06-02-2014 05:27 AM
Australian farmers should not be treated like protected species
Watching rural Liberal backbencher Sharman Stone give the prime minister a free character assessment and troll colleagues over the SPC Ardmona decisio...
06-02-2014 05:24 AM
Dramatic drop in cattle numbers
The number of cattle through saleyards on the northern coastal strip of NSW has dropped dramatically over the last six months.
Lismore livestock au...
05-02-2014 01:00 AM
Dairy company to face court over spilt milk in Brunswick River
Brownes Dairy will face court in Bunbury, Western Australia after up to 140 thousand litres of milk was allegedly spilt into the Brunswick River.
03-02-2014 04:48 AM
Cattle station evacuated on eve of Gulf cyclone
Graziers on a cattle station in north-west Queensland have been evacuated due to forecasts of heavy rain and possible flash flooding.
31-01-2014 07:38 AM
Wild weather continues in north Qld
Storm surges have battered north Queensland towns and parts of an island resort have been swept away in the aftermath of Cyclone Dylan.
30-01-2014 03:45 AM
Australian scientists awarded for spotting water efficient crops
Two Australian scientists have been awarded the British-based Rank Prize for developing an innovative method of identifying crops with superior water ...
27-01-2014 01:26 AM
China pays up big for Australian cattle
Australian dairy and even beef farmers are making the most of Chinese demand for live cattle.
China's dairy industry killed two million cows last y...
24-01-2014 05:40 AM
Demand beefs up cattle prices
WA cattle producers are set to cash in on strong prices and another big jump in live cattle exports this year.
Meat and Livestock Australia tips li...
23-01-2014 02:18 AM
Saputo wins control of Warrnambool in Australian dairy chase
Saputo Inc. (SAP), Canada’s biggest milk processor, won control of Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Co. (WCB) as it secured more than half of the s...
23-01-2014 02:07 AM
Cattle exports projected to total 900,000 head in 2014
Australian live cattle exports are forecast to reach 900,000 head in 2014, up 10pc on the estimated 820,000 head exported in 2013.
Improved market ...
21-01-2014 03:03 AM
Drought tightens grip on Queensland
Queensland is braced for yet another scorcher as the drought continues to take hold across the state.
The Longreach and Barcaldine regional council...
16-01-2014 00:08 AM
Robots lift throughput on Tasmania dairy farms
In the dairy industry, there's a highly ambitious goal of finding technically and economically viable applications for robotics.
And great strides ...
16-01-2014 00:06 AM
Bee sensors take flight to help farmers
Thousands of honey bees in Australia are being fitted with tiny sensors as part of a world-first research program to monitor the insects and their env...
13-01-2014 12:48 PM
Grape growers fear heatwave will destroy crops
Grape growers in the New South Wales Riverina are facing a "depressing" wait to see what damage a heatwave will reap on their crops this week.
13-01-2014 12:40 PM
Family farming vital to ensure world food security
Preserving family farming is the best way to ensure the world's food security, according to Jose Osaba from the World Rural Forum.
In 2008, the Uni...
09-01-2014 07:05 AM
Caring for livestock in a heat wave
With extremely hot inland conditions being experienced and forecast in Western Australia, farmers are warned of potential threats to livestock.
09-01-2014 07:01 AM
Australia's live cattle export to Indonesia goes up over 70%
The Australian live cattle export industry to Indonesia is expected to receive a boost in 2014, resulting in over 70 per cent increase of volume. It w...
05-01-2014 14:00 PM
Australia’s dairy future is bright
Jane Stanley recently painted an unrelentingly bleak picture of Australia’s dairy industry by claiming that milk was now “cheaper than water”. Expensi...
02-01-2014 15:03 PM
2014: International Year of Family Farming
The National Farmers Federation and its members have hailed the start of the new year, encouraging all Australians to join in celebrating the Internat...
23-12-2013 10:33 AM
Hedge funds eye troubled Australian miners and farmers
International hedge funds are increasingly targetting troubled firms in Australia, from cotton or macadamia farms to cattle stations and vineyards, ex...
19-12-2013 10:46 AM
South Australian farmers urged to ask for help
South Australian farmers in financial trouble have been urged to apply for government loans to ease debt pressures.
Local farmers can apply for fun...