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Australia | 26 August 2016
Australia to resume live cattle trade with Japan after export ban lifted

Australia has finally been cleared to resume live cattle exports to Japan after a three-month ban was lifted today. Japan temporarily suspended live cattle imports from Australia in May, after a co...


Australia | 25 August 2016
Dairy industry goes under spotlight as Barnaby Joyce signals end to $1 milk

Scott Morrison has asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to investigate the national dairy industry as the agriculture minister, Barnaby Joyce, emerged from a dairy crisis meeting d...


Australia | 25 August 2016
Despite China free trade agreement Australian beef producers are missing out

Despite a free trade agreement dropping tariffs from Australian beef imports to China, Australia’s ability to supply China has gone backwards. In 2014-15, the volume of Australia’s beef exports to...


Australia | 22 August 2016
Grain farmers primed for boom spring harvest

Australia’s grain growers are set to produce a record $14 billion bumper harvest this spring, as rain across most of southern Australia boosts crop yields and farmer confidence. In an ideal winter ...


Australia | 22 August 2016
Beef processors claim new report shows 'no economic case' for tighter regulation

A report commissioned by the meat processing sector argues there is no economic case for tighter regulation of the industry. It follows intense political scrutiny of the sector which has included a...


Australia | 19 August 2016
Australia bars foreign bidders from buying 50.4% of Ausgrid

Australia’s Treasurer Scott Morrison confirmed he will block foreign bidders from buying a majority stake in state-owned power network Ausgrid, saying the more than A$10 billion ($7.6 billion) deal wo...


Australia | 18 August 2016
Australia's biggest livestock movement creates quite the buzz

On utes, trucks and giant semi-trailers, they have been transported to the vast fields of north-west Victoria in mind-boggling numbers. From as far afield as Queensland, South Australia, New South ...


Australia | 18 August 2016
Hunter Valley dairy farmers feeling the pinch of Australian milk crisis

Every day, morning and afternoon at Vacy, in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, dairy farmer David Williams watches his 340 Jersey cows amble into his dairy. He has a long workday — the alarm clock...


Australia | 17 August 2016
Fonterra faces legal action from Aus farmers

Farmers in Australia have joined forces to launch a class action against Fonterra and another dairy company, Murray-Goulburn, which have slashed the price they pay farmers for milk. Two Victorian l...


Australia | 17 August 2016
Sons still dominate family farming inheritance

For farmers the question of 'who gets the property' can be a very complex issue, especially when a daughter shows interest in taking on the property. In Australia it is estimated only 10 per cent o...


Australia | 16 August 2016
Dairy crisis: Farmers unsurprised by poor take-up of concessional loan scheme

Farmers have told the ABC they are not surprised just one dairy concessional loan has been approved since the program was announced in May. The poor take-up revelations come as South Australian Sen...


Australia | 15 August 2016
Australian dairy farmers 'slaughtering 700 cows a week' - because the cost of producing

Struggling dairy farmers are being forced to send their cattle to 'the choppers' rather than be milked because they are being paid less than it costs to produce the milk. The price of the raw produ...


Australia | 12 August 2016
Consumers switch dollar milk for branded product as dairy crisis hits farmers

Australian consumers are spending more money on milk in an effort to support struggling dairy farmers. What has been dubbed as a 'dairy crisis' started in Australia in April when milk companies, in...


Australia | 8 August 2016
Cattle prices highest in years in beef capital

Cattle industry experts say after years of tough conditions, luck has turned for Queensland graziers who are winning at the saleyards with some of the highest prices in years. Elders livestock mana...


Australia | 5 August 2016
Farmers risk losing millions as bankruptcies rise nationally

A lawyer is urging farmers to register important assets with the government, to avoid losing them when business arrangements turn sour. Recent figures from the Australian Financial Security Authori...


Australia | 5 August 2016
Queensland farmers march on Parliament House protesting land clearing legislation

Hundreds of farmers marched on Queensland's parliament house in Brisbane today, chanting for "fair laws for farmers". In a sea of Akubras and to the sound of cow bells, the farmers' protest was an ...


Australia | 2 August 2016
Queensland farmers bulldoze thousands of hectares of native vegetation

Queensland farmers campaigning against stronger tree-clearing regulations – and who have said farmers are “the country’s greatest environmentalists” – have bulldozed thousands of hectares of native ve...


Australia | 1 August 2016
Farmers must embrace big business investment or risk being left behind says specialist

Farming communities must embrace a trend towards commercial investment in agriculture or risk getting left behind, according to a rural property specialist. CBRE Agribusiness regional director Dann...


Australia | 29 July 2016
Price records tumble as buyers battle for cattle in Alice Springs

Prices skyrocketed at the second 2016 cattle sale in Alice Springs amid stiff competition from feedlots and processors. Thomas Foods International paid the top price of $3.68 per kilogram for a run...


Australia | 28 July 2016
Triple target to transform agricultural education in Australia

The United States' framework for agricultural education is inspiring Australian educators to call for a transformation in schools. The 2015-16 winners of the prestigious Hardie Fellowship, Andrew H...


Australia | 27 July 2016
Green tape strangling farmers’ ability to live off the land

The Productivity Commission released a report last week into the regulation of agriculture. It slammed over-regulation of the industry, with the draft report making recommendations to improve efficien...


Australia | 26 July 2016
The last cowboy is going to be this cattle-herding robot

In the Australian outback, a cattle ranch called Suppleback Downs is only slightly smaller than the state of Rhode Island. Unsurprisingly, it can be hard to keep track of cows in such a massive area. ...


Australia | 25 July 2016
Outbreak of deadly disease kills cattle on Northern Rivers

The deadly clostridial disease, blackleg, has been diagnosed on several properties on the North Coast in recent weeks. North Coast Local Land Services district veterinarians said blackleg usually a...


Australia | 22 July 2016
Laws surrounding foreign investment in farmland 'too restrictive'

A government-commissioned report into the regulatory burden imposed on Australian farmers has advised the federal government to lift "red tape" surrounding foreign investment in local agriculture, as ...


Australia | 22 July 2016
Australia's richest woman buys two cattle stations

Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting has snapped up two cattle stations in the Northern Territory, adding to the billionaire's steadily expanding livestock portfolio. Hancock has acquired the Rivere...


Australia | 22 July 2016
Victorian farmers get rebates for quad bike rollover bars

The Victorian government has announced a $6 million subsidy scheme to help farmers buy rollover protection bars for quad bikes. Two people have died on Victorian farms in the past three months as a...


Australia | 21 July 2016
Australia's agriculture exports losing market share

A rural think tank is warning Australia's agriculture export performance is waning in the face of stiff competition from rising agricultural producers. At the centre of the issue is Australia's lac...


Australia | 20 July 2016
Australian farmers left high and dry after report rejects drought insurance

An Australian government commissioned report on Tuesday rejected drought insurance for farmers as uneconomical, dashing landowner hopes of a change in government policy which could help boost output t...


Australia | 19 July 2016
Australian farmers left high dry after report rejects drought insurance

An Australian government commissioned report on Tuesday rejected drought insurance for farmers as uneconomical, dashing landowner hopes of a change in government policy which could help boost output t...


Australia | 18 July 2016
Victorian rural property market stagnant as dairy farmers come to terms with milk price cuts

A Victorian real estate agent says the rural property market has come to a standstill since milk prices were slashed earlier this year. South Gippsland Elders rural sales manager Don Olden said any...