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World News: Australia
Australia | 31 March 2015
Robotics key to competition

The only way for beef producers to get better farm-gate returns is to reverse the concentration of abattoirs, and robotics could be the key. This was the message Meat and Livestock general manager ...


Australia | 30 March 2015
Crop swap opens new markets

Australian wheat producers may have more opportunities to market their grain given key competitors are switching out of wheat in favour of other higher yielding crops. Sterling Liddell, senior vice...


Australia | 30 March 2015
Cattle will be worth $4 a kilogram within a year

Northern cattle producers could be getting $4 a kilogram in a year or two for their live export cattle, according to beef industry veteran Dr Ross Ainsworth. Live cattle sold to Indonesia out of Da...


Australia | 27 March 2015
Farmers urged to take action against mice

With the grain sowing season about to start across southern Australia, some farmers are taking drastic measures to ensure mice are not a problem this year. Parts of South Australia's Eyre Peninsula...


Australia | 27 March 2015
Outlook for northern cattle industry looking much better

In his final speech as president of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association (NTCA), David Warriner has given a typically blunt and honest assessment of the northern cattle industry. "As this...


Australia | 26 March 2015
Keep a weather eye on biosecurity

Severe storms can have negative impacts on livestock health, welfare and biosecurity, warns the Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN). With the movement of ex-Tropical Cyclone Nathan into the Timor S...


Australia | 26 March 2015
Cattle firm collapses

A live export subsidiary of WA's Carpenter Beef has been put into administration with liabilities of up to $20 million after the failure of a Chinese sales contract. The collapse has stranded 11,00...


Australia | 26 March 2015
Uncertainty over import permits causing issues for the live cattle trade

The uncertainty over how many permits Indonesia will issue for cattle every three months is causing ongoing problems for Australia's live export trade. The industry is hoping Indonesia will issue p...


Australia | 24 March 2015
Disease threat to banana crops

Although not as plentiful as they once were, Coffs Coast bananas may fill a void of lost produce with the cyclone-affected banana industry in north Queensland on high alert after the spread of the pot...


Australia | 23 March 2015
Pastoralist eyes desert crops

On a remote cattle station, a veteran pastoralist is about to find out whether his vision of farming thousands of hectares on the edge of the desert is something more than a mirage. Robin Mills bel...


Australia | 23 March 2015
Farmer confidence hits four year high

Confidence among the nation's farmers has jumped to a four-year high as solid January rains, the falling Australian dollar and soaring beef prices bolster sentiment in the bush. Rural lender Raboba...


Australia | 20 March 2015
Australia's farmers challenged by climate change

From tasteless carrots to sunburned apples, a new report by two University of Melbourne researchers paints a challenging picture for Australia's agricultural sector and the impacts of climate change i...


Australia | 18 March 2015
Australian farmers worry as world dairy price falls

It was a horror night for world dairy prices last night, with the market falling 8.8 per cent. Global Dairy Trade, a bi-monthly auction for dairy, had recorded six straight price rises over the las...


Australia | 18 March 2015
Live cattle prices on the slide as exporters anxiously await second quarter

A shipment of live cattle left Darwin last night bound for Indonesia, in what will be one of the last shipments to that market for the first quarter. Indonesia issued just 100,000 permits for the f...


Australia | 16 March 2015
Farmers caught in epic legal battle over GM contamination

It started in the West Australian wheat belt with tense words between neighbours at a community working bee. It ended up in a "genetically modified (GM) versus organic" court battle that made headl...


Australia | 16 March 2015
Farmers make their pitch to China after FTA

Australian meat, dairy and wine producers will pitch directly to major Chinese buyers and distributors this week as part of the first large-scale agricultural delegation since a free-trade agreement w...


Australia | 16 March 2015
Police stock squad trains to target spike in cattle theft

Queensland police have ramped up efforts to crack down on cattle theft after a spike last year that amounted to millions of dollars in losses to producers. Specialist officers with the Queensland P...


Australia | 12 March 2015
How to cope in dry times: farmers talk drought

At any point in time, somewhere in Australia a farmer is likely to be dealing with drought. What is it like? How do you cope? And is government support for drought affected farmers getting it right...


Australia | 12 March 2015
Government rejects call to suspend live cattle trade to Vietnam

The Federal Government says it will not suspend live cattle exports to Vietnam, despite exporters themselves reporting concerns that Australian cattle may have been subjected to horrific treatment in ...


Australia | 11 March 2015
Scientists investigate how wheat will respond to potential climate change

Scientists at the University of Western Australia say they have uncovered how wheat will respond to potential climate changes. It is hoped this research will allow wheat breeders to develop plant c...


Australia | 11 March 2015
Livestock thefts prompt call for revival of police stock squad

A recent spate of livestock thefts and reports of farmers being threatened have prompted South West MP Mick Murray to call for the reinstatement of the police stock squad. Collie farmer Ken Woods h...


Australia | 11 March 2015
Queensland dairy farms sign milk supply agreement

A Sunshine Coast dairy farmer is the first in Queensland to sign a deal with a major supermarket chain to bypass processors and supply it with milk directly. The scheme, set up by Woolworths, is al...


Australia | 6 March 2015
Australia backs farmers on foreign ownership gripes

The Australian government has sided with farmers who say official data vastly underestimates foreign ownership of the nation's farmland, as it moves to clamp down on overseas purchases of agricultural...


Australia | 5 March 2015
Australian farmers struggle through drought

With hardly any rain for the past three years, farmers in many parts of Western Australia have seen livestock numbers decimated, while a new study forecasts more of the same in the future. On the r...


Australia | 5 March 2015
'Mild' reaction to foreign investment changes for farmland

Some overseas investors are questioning how the Federal Government's foreign investment changes will affect them, but observers say reaction so far has been "mild". The Federal Government's new rul...


Australia | 4 March 2015
Flooded Qld farmers call for extra disaster help to replant crops

Farmers and councillors in cyclone-ravaged parts of Queensland are asking the Federal Government to rewrite disaster assistance to include grants for replanting crops. Neither the Queensland Farmer...


Australia | 4 March 2015
Livestock nutritionist urges farmers to test water regularly

A livestock nutritionist says many producers are not having their water supplies tested enough and this can have an impact on animal performance. Mark Towner has been in South Australia's Eyre Peni...


Australia | 3 March 2015
Saputo buys Australian dairy chain Everyday Cheese

Montreal-based Dairy Saputo Inc. says it will pay $134.4 million in cash to acquire the everyday cheese business Lion-Dairy & Drinks Pty Ltd. based in Victoria, Australia. The purchase price doesn'...


Australia | 2 March 2015
Does Australia's farm sector need foreign investment?

Foreign investment in Australia is rarely far from the headlines with claims offshore buyers are inflating house prices and controlling too much of the country's food production. But when it comes to ...


Australia | 2 March 2015
'Scientific revolution' in agriculture hindered only by Australians' fear of the new

A University of Adelaide professor says science and technology provides all the defence agriculture needs against climate change and a global food shortage. Professor Peter Langridge said Australia...