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World News: Australia
Australia | 25 August 2015
Farmers confident rural economy will improve

Strong commodity prices have boosted rural confidence to a four-year high, despite continuing drought in parts of eastern Australia, according to a national survey. Agribusiness bank Rabobank says ...


Australia | 20 August 2015
Livestock Disease danger worsening

The Victorian Auditor General has criticised a drop in funding of the state’s agriculture department for contributing to a lack of biosecurity preparedness. Victoria is lacking in its ability to fi...


Australia | 20 August 2015
South-west WA cattle killed by tick-borne disease

In recent months, cattle have died in Denmark and Walpole in Western Australia's south-west after contracting a disease carried by bush ticks. The disease, known as BATOG (Bovine Anaemia and Theile...


Australia | 18 August 2015
New gene editing technology helps to beef up livestock nutrition

A Brisbane scientist is employing the latest gene editing techniques to beef up livestock nutrition and cut costs to farmers. Associate professor Robert Speight, from the Queensland University of T...


Australia | 13 August 2015
China signs protocols to allow live imports of cattle from Australia

China has ratified an export agreement which gives unprecedented market access to the Australian live cattle industry. Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says China's signature on the cattl...


Australia | 10 August 2015
Facilities needed to prevent livestock effluent spills

It is the by-product that no-one wants to take responsibility for. Livestock effluent is fast becoming a hot button issue, causing tension between livestock carriers, processors and road authoritie...


Australia | 10 August 2015
Australian beef export values to EU hit new high

Australian beef and veal exports to the EU were valued at $285 million in 2014-15, up 17 per cent year-on-year and a new fiscal year record. The rise in value was underpinned by higher volumes ship...


Australia | 10 August 2015
Quarantine islands for imported cattle being assessed by Indonesian Government

The Indonesian Government is assessing a plan to set up "quarantine islands" as it looks to import cattle from countries not entirely free of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). The Indonesian Parliament...


Australia | 6 August 2015
Food additive reduces methane emissions in dairy cattle

A new chemical food additive has been proven to reduce methane emissions in dairy cattle by 30 per cent, even prompting the animals to gain weight. In a win-win for the environment and farmers' ban...


Australia | 6 August 2015
Tasmanian farmers fear flow-on effect from global dairy price slump

Tasmanian farmers are being urged to budget carefully this season amid fears a plunge in the global dairy price could affect local farm gate prices. On Wednesday, global prices fell for the 10th co...


Australia | 6 August 2015
Incomes fatten up for Australian beef farmers

Surging demand overseas for Australian beef, drought in the United States, rising cattle prices and the forced sale of huge numbers of stock because of dry conditions in northern Australia have delive...


Australia | 5 August 2015
New Zealand dairy advisor cautions Australian red meat producers

Livestock producers are being cautioned by the dairy industry to separate fact from fiction while red meat prices remain buoyant. The global trade in dairy foods has delivered another sign of major...


Australia | 5 August 2015
World's dairy farmers do it tough as prices fall further

Overnight global dairy prices fell for the tenth consecutive time. On the Global Dairy Trade, the price index fell 9.3 per cent at a bimonthly auction. Prices are the lowest in the history of tradi...


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...