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World News: Australia
Australia | 3 August 2015
Northern Territory breeder cattle exported to emerging market in Indonesia

Northern Territory breeder cattle are starting to head to Indonesia, after its government announced it wants to import two million breeders by 2018. The Indonesian government has indicated it is ai...


Australia | 28 July 2015
Australian beef not as free under China FTA, inquiry hears

The free trade agreement (FTA) with China will allow Beijing to reinstate tariffs on some Australian beef and dairy products once imports hit a certain volume, a federal parliamentary committee has be...


Australia | 22 July 2015
Queensland dairy farmer says he is confident in the industry's future

A Lockyer Valley dairy farmer, west of Brisbane, says there is a bright future in front of him and his family, despite the industry struggling with low prices. There have been major falls in the in...


Australia | 21 July 2015
Research on livestock diseases could save human lives

Fifty percent of current research on diseases that can spread from wild animals to livestock and then to humans is focused on just 10 diseases, a study says. In the wake of recent virus outbreaks o...


Australia | 20 July 2015
Indonesia's beef with Australia

At the wet markets on the outskirts of Jakarta, the price of beef shot up by 25 per cent in just three days last week. The Indonesian government's unexpected decision on July 10 to slash the quota ...


Australia | 17 July 2015
More freehold farmland in Western Australia possible to spur investment

The Western Australian Government may sell more freehold farm land to developers to boost investment in the state. Yesterday the government announced it is releasing 5,000 hectares of land in the O...


Australia | 17 July 2015
A billionaire buys $47m worth of Australian cattle ranches

Billionaire Xingfa Ma has just purchased two large cattle stations in Australia, part of China’s growing appetite for beef, and the latest in a string of deals between Chinese investors and Australian...


Australia | 16 July 2015
Beef industry unites against the Minister's failure to allow levies

Australian beef producers are "furious" and "disappointed" they will have no access to their levies to set up a separate united cattle producers' structure. Reacting to the Agriculture Minister Bar...


Australia | 16 July 2015
Tony Abbott says Indonesia's 80% reduction in cattle imports 'a one-off'

The prime minister, Tony Abbott, has moved to reassure Australia’s live cattle industry that a sharp reduction in intake by Indonesia is just a blip and that exports will pick up again soon. On Tue...


Australia | 14 July 2015
Warrnambool warns dairy prices will stay weak until 2016

Dairy producer Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory, which is controlled by Canadian diary giant Saputo, has warned shareholders it expects dairy prices to remain weak for the rest of the year, with an...


Australia | 13 July 2015
Tasmanian dairy farmers urged to go organic as demand surges

Tasmanian dairy farmers are being urged to consider converting to organic production with demand for organic milk expected to grow by 20 per cent every year for the next five years. National organi...


Australia | 9 July 2015
Australian wheat yields to fall as El Nino strengthens

Researchers are warning there is a high risk of reduced wheat harvests across Australia this winter due to an El Niño weather event. University of Queensland Professor of Crop Science, Graeme Hamme...


Australia | 7 July 2015
Roma cattle sale breaks Queensland records again

There was a vibrant atmosphere at the Roma saleyards today, the car park was full and so were the yards, with more than 12,200 head of cattle penned. It was not the biggest sale ever held but it w...


Australia | 6 July 2015
Cattle firm enjoys trade deal benefits

Australia's largest privately owned cattle producer says recent free trade deals with China, Japan and South Korea are already generating benefits. Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC), which operat...


Australia | 6 July 2015
Foreign investors on hunt for Aussie farms

China is on the hunt for new food sources to feed its one and a half billion people and its central government has ordered $3 trillion be spent securing food and farmland overseas. A significant sh...


Australia | 6 July 2015
Drought-hit farmers get even cheaper loans

Barnaby Joyce has vowed to keep working to help drought-hit farmers amid criticism his agriculture blueprint is too little, too late. While the government's agriculture white paper has been broadly...


Australia | 6 July 2015
Feral pigs run rampant, cause $7 million damage to Mackay's cane crops

Feral pigs caused $7 million in damage to cane crops in Queensland's Mackay region last year, up from $6.5 million the previous year. Mackay Area Productivity Services (MAPS) project officer, Shane...


Australia | 3 July 2015
Record prices at Alice Springs Show cattle sale

A pen of 87 hereford-cross-angus steers has set a record price for the Alice Springs Show cattle sale, reaching $2.94 per kilogram. The top price steers were from Lucy Creek Station, north east of ...


Australia | 30 June 2015
Australia tightens rules on foreign ownership of farmland

Australia tightened rules Monday requiring overseas investors to declare holdings of agricultural land in order to strengthen oversight, amid concerns that Australia is losing control of its own food ...


Australia | 29 June 2015
Agricultural land sales reach $14.4b

The value of agricultural land sales across Australia in the 12 months to February reached $14.4 billion, up from $13.72 billion in the year to November with Queensland showing the most solid recovery...


Australia | 29 June 2015
Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia says it is focused despite budget cuts

Director general of the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, Rob Delane, says the department remains focused on the plan to double agricultural production by 2025, despite significant...


Australia | 23 June 2015
150 injured sheep killed after livestock truck crashes in Canberra

A livestock truck carrying some 500 sheep crashed and capsized in the Australian capital of Canberra, forcing local authorities to destroy more than 100 of the animals. The driver, a 44-year-old ma...


Australia | 22 June 2015
Rain brings relief to WA Wheatbelt farmers after dry month

West Australian farmers in the state's south have welcomed the first substantial rainfall in a month. A front brought heavy rain to much of the state's southern half from Saturday afternoon, and th...


Australia | 18 June 2015
Cattle price rise surprise

El Nino may not be making its presence felt just yet but it's making some livestock producers nervous and they're opting to sell while prices are strong. The big numbers of stock flowing through th...


Australia | 17 June 2015
Beston buys out troubled milk processor United Dairy Power

Adelaide-based food company Beston has announced it will buy troubled milk processor United Dairy Power (UPD) and reopen plants in Murray Bridge and Jervois. Up to 130 jobs were lost when UDP went ...


Australia | 16 June 2015
Agriculture paper to look at tax

Proposed changes to the tax treatment of farm investments will be included in the soon-to-be-released agriculture white paper. The issue of negative gearing and farms was discussed at a coalition j...


Australia | 15 June 2015
Beef's next challenge: productivity

Demand for beef seems to have been taken care of for the foreseeable future. Less certain is whether the Australian beef industry has the productivity to fully capitalise on it. Productivity was a ...


Australia | 15 June 2015
Farmland due for bumper crop

Three of Australia's biggest agribusiness investors believe a wave of new capital, both domestic and from overseas, is poised to flood into the sector as global demand grows for wheat, beef, lamb and ...


Australia | 4 June 2015
Cattle industry tests Northern Territory transport regulations

In a bid to increase efficiency and operate under the same rules as Queensland, the Northern Territory cattle industry is testing transport regulations. Cattle industry representatives want the wei...


Australia | 1 June 2015
Rural agents bet on farmland boom

Competition is growing between Australia's major rural land selling agents as farm sales volumes are expected to come out of a trough and major institutional and private investors seek to gain a footh...