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World News: Australia
Australia | 22 May 2015
Hunter Valley flood damage tops 100m just for agriculture

The damage bill for agriculture in the devastating floods and storms in the Hunter Valley last month is now over $100 million. That is not including other infrastructure losses in roads, bridges an...


Australia | 22 May 2015
Agriculture department on defensive over Vietnam cattle

Fresh claims Australian cattle are being slaughtered with sledgehammers in Vietnamese abattoirs are linked to reports from March. But it's unclear whether the new claims involve the same live expor...


Australia | 21 May 2015
Tony Abbott rules out suspension of live cattle exports to Vietnam

The prime minister, Tony Abbott, says on Wednesday that Australia will investigate claims that cattle in Vietnam are being slaughtered with sledgehammers but insists it will not suspend live cattle ex...


Australia | 20 May 2015
Sacrificing farmland for climate change

It was 2008 when word first surfaced that B.C. farmland was being bought up to grow trees as a European carbon offset. Reckitt Benckiser Inc., a British-based global manufacturer of household produ...


Australia | 20 May 2015
Robot round-up: Cattle herding with drones takes off in Australia

The cattle in Queensland, Australia, are now under attack from drones in a robot round up. With cattle properties 1.5m hectares in size, which can take three months to muster (or herd, to non-muste...


Australia | 20 May 2015
Cattle investigation began in March

Claims Australian cattle were being killed with sledgehammers in Vietnam have been under investigation since March, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says. Authorities launched an investigation af...


Australia | 19 May 2015
New South Wales farmers say drought help should be easier to get

New South Wales Farmers Association president Fiona Simson says federal and state authorities seem to be passing the buck on who sets the drought criteria. Farmers in the north west of the state ar...


Australia | 19 May 2015
Australian cattle 'being killed with sledgehammers in Vietnam'

Australian cattle are being killed with sledgehammers in Vietnamese abattoirs, according to a complaint lodged with the federal agriculture department by an animal rights group. Animals Australia l...


Australia | 18 May 2015
Big dry hits rural economy

Wayne Newton stands in Dalby's main street and can see two major shops shuttered and a handful of places for rent. "A lot of the more significant centres in the grains areas of the state have seen ...


Australia | 15 May 2015
Qld farms left bare in devastating drought

Farmers in drought-stricken Queensland are being forced to sell all their livestock after four years of little rain, and with no end to the big dry in sight. A growing number of cattle and sheep fa...


Australia | 13 May 2015
Surge in boxed beef sales drives profit growth

A 42 per cent increase in boxed beef sales has fuelled a $49.5 million turnaround for Australia's largest cattle producer. The Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) has announced a statutory net p...


Australia | 13 May 2015
Farmers get tax discounts in budget for drought preparedness

Farmers have won generous tax discounts for drought preparedness while rural communities will benefit from an Australia-wide electorate-based funding program called “stronger communities” under change...


Australia | 8 May 2015
Northern cattle roads to get $100m upgrade

Key cattle transport routes in northern Australia will get $100 million of flood-proof road upgrades out of next week's federal budget. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the funding during a vis...


Australia | 7 May 2015
Cattle social behaviour monitored by tracking devices

Researchers in central Queensland are trying to work out whether cows make friends, in a bid to boost reproductive rates in northern Australia's beef industry. Professor Dave Swain from Central Que...


Australia | 6 May 2015
Police warn higher livestock prices could lead to theft spike

New South Wales police are warning farmers there could be a spike in stock thefts as high livestock prices make the crime more lucrative. Police in the state's central west say there have been seve...


Australia | 4 May 2015
Australian dairy industry rejects RSPCA welfare-friendly milk brand

The dairy industry has rejected advances from the RSPCA for an animal welfare approved milk brand. The welfare organisation approached the industry about developing a label for milk produced to wel...


Australia | 4 May 2015
A teenage girl's dream of running a cattle empire

"My brothers and I got money together and we bought a steer," said 13-year-old Rory Fenech. It is a sentence not many teenage girls would have uttered before but it is part of daily life for a chil...


Australia | 29 April 2015
Dairy farmers not aware of botulism threat says Vet

Vets are warning dairy farmers in south-east NSW to be on the lookout for signs of the paralysing disease, botulism. Local Land Services district veterinarian Helen Schaefer, based in Bega, said th...


Australia | 29 April 2015
Hundreds of sheep put down after livestock truck rolls near Bathurst in NSW

A truck driver has been critically injured and about 400 sheep have been euthanased after a livestock truck rolled in New South Wales' central west. Police said the 48-year-old driver lost control ...


Australia | 27 April 2015
Farms could be shut out of next Emission Reduction Fund

Landowners who have sold carbon credits are warning farmers it will be harder to compete against big emitters in the next Emission Reduction Fund (ERF) auction. The Clean Energy Regulator held the ...


Australia | 23 April 2015
Drone bombs crops with beneficial bugs

A lot of agriculture is bug herding. Predators and pesticides keep the bad bugs off, while strategically placed plants attract the good bugs. It’s a lot of work, but a student at the University of Que...


Australia | 23 April 2015
North Queensland port breaks cattle export records

North Queensland's Townsville Port is continuing to crack its records for live cattle exports, but there is concern supply will struggle to keep up. The port exported 207,000 head of cattle from Ju...


Australia | 20 April 2015
New South Wales rain allows farmers to sow crops

Reports of up to 50 millimetres of rain have been welcomed by many farmers in the southern half of New South Wales, with parts of the Riverina seeing the biggest falls. Phil Bowden, an agronomist w...


Australia | 16 April 2015
Farm consultant says cattle prices are at historical lows

A farm consultant, known for being controversial, says cattle prices are at historical lows in dollar terms and selling young, light steers is a disaster. Speaking at the 2015 Rangelands conference...


Australia | 15 April 2015
Analyst forecasts wheat prices could double this year

A US analyst has suggested world wheat prices could double this year, depending on weather conditions. NSW grain trader Mark Martin said US analyst Shawn Hackett, who made the call, had a history o...


Australia | 10 April 2015
Crippling drought forces Queensland graziers to sell livestock

After years of struggling without adequate rain, a young family in Queensland has made the emotional and difficult decision to walk off the land. Nic and Carley Walker struggled to keep their cattl...


Australia | 10 April 2015
S. Kidman cattle business on the block

One of Australia’s largest landholders, S. Kidman & Co, has officially been put up for sale by its family shareholders after testing appetite for a partial sale of its business last year. Adelaide-...


Australia | 9 April 2015
Slaughter rate continues to rise

Australian cattle slaughterings continued their 30-month rise in February, reaching 790,228. Latest Bureau of Statistics figures indicate a small increase in both cattle slaughter and beef producti...


Australia | 8 April 2015
Cattle loose after crash between road train

A collision between a road train and two other vehicles has caused chaos on a busy intersection south of Darwin, with cows running free from the scene. The cattle truck collided with a ute and anot...


Australia | 6 April 2015
Western Victorian farmer growing crops to produce biofuel

Farmers spend thousands of dollars a year buying fuel that comes from the other side of the world. They do so to grow crops in variable, and often difficult, conditions. One farmer, tired of whe...