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Australia | 2 December 2016
Prison farm turns bush foods into commercial crops

The Townsville Prison Farm is trying to turn Indigenous bush foods into commercial crops. Custodial correctional officer Russell Stanford said it was also helping inmates learn new skills that they...


Australia | 1 December 2016
Victorian farmer dies after being trapped in hay baler for 36 hours

A Victorian farmer has died in hospital after being trapped in a hay baler for up to 36 hours. Don Fagg, aged in his 60s, had to be resuscitated at the Mount Duneed property, near Geelong, before h...


Australia | 30 November 2016
How feeding cows chocolate creates superior wagyu beef

Wagyu beef is the champagne of the meat world. The prime cut, if you will. Thanks to its high percentage of quality fat, the beef has a distinct marbled appearance and is flavoursome, juicy and muc...


Australia | 29 November 2016
Farmer survey reveals concern, shifting attitudes on climate change

A survey of Australian farmers' attitudes to climate change has found many are concerned, and want their politicians and agricultural representatives to do more. More than 1,300 primary producers, ...


Australia | 24 November 2016
Victorian dairy farmers owed millions, overlooked by government and feeling 'neglected and let down'

Most Australians are aware of the turbulent year Victorian dairy farmers have endured. But few know the plight of Fiona Plant and a small group of others, who not only experienced retrospective pri...


Australia | 24 November 2016
Hot, dry weather could hit recovery in Australia cattle industry

Hot, dry weather is expected to hit Australia's largest cattle producing region over the next three months, potentially curbing the beef industry's recovery from multi-year drought in the world's No.4...


Australia | 23 November 2016
AACo profit dips as live cattle sales drop

Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) has reported a dip in half-year earnings as live cattle sales declined sharply amid a more concerted push around its branded beef business. For the six months...


Australia | 21 November 2016
Longhorn cattle bring taste of Texas life to north Queensland

They say everything is bigger in Texas, whether it is the size of their hats or even the length of the horns on their cattle. It is this larger-than-life attitude that has inspired an Australian co...


Australia | 18 November 2016
Trump and Brexit good signs for beef industry, cattle baron says

A Queensland cattle baron says the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom have boosted his confidence in the international beef market. Peter Hughes, managing director o...


Australia | 15 November 2016
Freak storm wipes out crops at hundreds of north west Victorian farms

Farmers in north west Victoria are counting the cost of a freak storm cell and 'mini tornado' that ripped through the region. Authorities say they're assessing damage to at least 450 farms after th...


Australia | 14 November 2016
Freak storm destroys horticulture and cereal crops, leaving farmers with no income for next 18 months

More than 12 months' production and the livelihoods of some producers across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales has been lost after a freak storm and a 'mini tornado' struck on Friday night...


Australia | 9 November 2016
Grain crops that livestock can eat becoming more popular with farmers

Plantings of dual purpose crops across New South Wales are expected to increase by as much as 10 percent per year in the future. The Department of Primary Industries said farmers were showing more ...


Australia | 9 November 2016
Australian feedlot numbers drop further as cattle prices remain high

As the year quickly comes to a close, Australian's feedlot sector may end on a lower note than it started. The latest survey from The Australian Lot Feeders Association and Meat and Livestock Austr...


Australia | 8 November 2016
Victorian farmer Garry Meek named producer of world’s best wool

The phone call declaring the superfine wool grown on Garry Meek’s farm in western Victoria to be the best in the world came out of the blue. All Mr Meek had done was to shear his flock of 3000 meri...


Australia | 8 November 2016
Chinese ownership of farm land soars

The amount of agricultural land owned by Chinese interests has soared above three million hectares, more than double the 1.46 million declared by the Australian Taxation Office last month, according t...


Australia | 4 November 2016
There's too much bull in the cattle industry

This week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's found that there's too much bull in the cattle industry. Buyers colluding to keep prices down, saleyards altering cattle weights, agents...


Australia | 31 October 2016
New investigations arise from ACCC beef industry report

The competition watchdog has launched new investigations into alleged bid-rigging and attempts to squeeze out livestock buying rivals, arising from its inquiry into the red meat industry. The Austr...


Australia | 28 October 2016
Murray Goulburn apologies to farmers

Murray Goulburn has apologised for the burden on farmers caused by the dairy processor's surprise cut to its farmgate milk price, and will review its board structure and the way its milk prices are se...


Australia | 28 October 2016
Gina Rinehart tightens grip on Kidman cattle empire after all

Australia's richest woman Gina Rinehart has all but snared control of the vast Kidman and Co land and cattle empire after a rival all-Australian bid pulled out. The all-Australian BBHO consortium w...


Australia | 27 October 2016
Australia's beef with China plays out over country-sized cattle farm

A fresh bidding war over Australia's biggest farm has reignited fears of anti-China sentiment and put pressure on Canberra to tidy up its foreign investment rules. The Kidman cattle empire sits acr...


Australia | 26 October 2016
Despite a milk glut, dairy farmers are not leaving the industry as expected

Australia’s dairy farmers are holding on despite a global milk glut cutting prices. Analysis by Rural Bank, owned by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, shows fewer dairy farmers, facing a sharp fall in inc...


Australia | 26 October 2016
Australia may have to import milk if dairy industry crisis continues, farmers claim

Dairy farmers have warned a Senate inquiry that Australia could soon be importing milk from New Zealand and other countries if the crisis enveloping the dairy industry was not addressed. A voluntar...


Australia | 26 October 2016
Defence veterans find fulfilling careers in agriculture

Fighting in a war-torn country is not the most likely of prerequisites for an agricultural job. But the skills gained in the defence forces are very transferable, according to Agri Labour Australia...


Australia | 25 October 2016
Australia's richest woman defends bid for cattle empire

Australia's richest woman Gina Rinehart on Tuesday defended her joint bid with China's Shanghai CRED Real Estate for the nation's biggest cattle empire, after it was trumped by a rival all-Australian ...


Australia | 25 October 2016
Australia ready to compete with Mexico, Brazil on beef

Australia is ready to face competition, namely Brazil and Mexico, which are new players in the Indonesian beef market following Indonesia’s decision to diversify its beef import sources, an Australian...


Australia | 21 October 2016
Local bloc seeks to counter bid for Australian cattle empire

Nationalist lawmakers have teamed up with local ranchers to try to counter a bid involving Chinese buyers for the S. Kidman & Co. cattle empire, in what would be one of Australia’s biggest agribusines...


Australia | 19 October 2016
Australia defends moves to block Chinese bids

Australia has defended the recent blocking of two big Chinese investments in the country’s energy and agriculture sectors, warning that future bids by state-owned enterprises will face tough scrutiny....


Australia | 19 October 2016
16,000 litres of milk is dumped as farmers are forced off the land by global dairy glut

Dairy farmers in Western Australia are pouring thousands of litres of milk down the drain as a global oversupply forces them off the land. Fifth-generation dairy producers in the state's south-west...


Australia | 13 October 2016
Farmers lose hundreds of crops in floods

Farmers in central west NSW are still counting the cost from recent storms which have destroyed hundreds of crops and left whole farms inundated in floodwaters. As water around Condobolin and Forbe...


Australia | 13 October 2016
Price of beef set to soar as Australia's cattle herd hits a 20-year low

The price of Australian beef and cattle is set to soar for the next two years as the national herd hits a 20-year low. The latest quarterly update from Meat & Livestock Australia says the nation's ...