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Australia | 17 January 2017
Dairy prices predicted to go higher this year in Australia

Dairy prices are expected to increase by the end of the year. Dairyman Association farmer Dave Smith says 2016 was not a profitable year for Midstate dairy farmers. One reason farmers struggled is ...


Australia | 16 January 2017
Mixed results for Queensland rice plantings this summer

There have been mixed results for Queensland rice plantings following heavy rainfall in the north. The late finish to the cane harvest in Mackay has hit farmers hard, with no summer rice crops grow...


Australia | 16 January 2017
Beaudesert cattle prices remain red hot

The strength of the cattle market continues with 713 cattle sold at red hot rates at Bartholomew and Co’s first Beaudesert store sale of the year on Saturday. An outstanding line of feeder steers...


Australia | 13 January 2017
Aussie scientists protect crops with groundbreaking virus spray

It’s like an invisible shield for your plants. You can’t see it or feel it, but a new spray developed by Australian scientists promises to protect crops against viruses. Biotechnology researchers a...


Australia | 11 January 2017
Australian beef: a fight for the prime cuts

Asian consumers have a huge appetite for it. Private equity funds find it irresistible. And billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is investigating how it can help feed the world’s poor. Australian bee...


Australia | 11 January 2017
Queensland cattle producers predict 2017 will see high prices, but good rains needed

Queensland cattle producers are looking forward to the year ahead, although they do not doubt there will be some challenges. This year the state's cattle herd is expected to be the smallest since 1...


Australia | 9 January 2017
Future cattle producers talk about life on Northern Territory stations

What nine-year-old Lachlan Johnson knows about running a cattle station would impress most veteran cattle producers. His father runs Brunette Downs cattle station on the Barkly Tableland in the Nor...


Australia | 6 January 2017
Rural prosperity: matchmaker guides best and brightest into farming

Sam Marwood hears the desperate question more and more frequently: “How do I ever become a farmer?” The Albury-based dairyman’s son knows how it is to be a young person determined to become a farme...


Australia | 2 January 2017
Australian agriculture: Golden era for farmers ahead, says Barnaby Joyce

Australia is on the cusp of a “golden era” in agriculture production. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said national production value this year is expected to exceed $60 billion for the first tim...


Australia | 22 December 2016
Australian dairy farmers owed millions

Antonio Esposito does not look like a man who has worked with Australian dairy farmers for the past two decades. He spends summers on his yacht on the Gold Coast, lives in a A$10 million (NZ$10.5 m...


Australia | 21 December 2016
Dairy boss Antonio Esposito fails to show at meeting with farmers owed millions

Flamboyant dairy broker Antonio Esposito did not face farmers at a meeting in Melbourne on Wednesday, which was set to decide the fate of his debt-ridden company. And, in his absence, those who are...


Australia | 12 December 2016
South Australian family prepares to take over world's largest cattle station

With the long-awaited sale of S Kidman & Co now approved, Australia's most iconic cattle business is entering a new era. Treasurer Scott Morrison on Friday signed-off on a sale that will see Gina R...


Australia | 9 December 2016
Australian-Chinese consortium wins bid for cattle empire

The Australian government on Friday approved the sale of the nation's largest cattle empire to Australia's richest woman and her Chinese business partner, ending a drawn-out battle over foreign owners...


Australia | 7 December 2016
Gold Coast cane farmers' income halved as 'disaster' season continues

Cane farmers north of the Gold Coast will send their cane to a New South Wales mill for crushing as their "disastrous" harvest continues. The Rocky Point Sugar Mill has been barely functioning all ...


Australia | 5 December 2016
Government moves to close cattle DNA loopholes

The Australian government is moving to close loopholes in ­patent laws that appear to allow foreign companies like multinational trading giant Cargill to own the natural DNA genome of cattle and other...


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...