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World News: Australia
Australia | 3 July 2015
Record prices at Alice Springs Show cattle sale

A pen of 87 hereford-cross-angus steers has set a record price for the Alice Springs Show cattle sale, reaching $2.94 per kilogram. The top price steers were from Lucy Creek Station, north east of ...


Australia | 30 June 2015
Australia tightens rules on foreign ownership of farmland

Australia tightened rules Monday requiring overseas investors to declare holdings of agricultural land in order to strengthen oversight, amid concerns that Australia is losing control of its own food ...


Australia | 29 June 2015
Agricultural land sales reach $14.4b

The value of agricultural land sales across Australia in the 12 months to February reached $14.4 billion, up from $13.72 billion in the year to November with Queensland showing the most solid recovery...


Australia | 29 June 2015
Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia says it is focused despite budget cuts

Director general of the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, Rob Delane, says the department remains focused on the plan to double agricultural production by 2025, despite significant...


Australia | 23 June 2015
150 injured sheep killed after livestock truck crashes in Canberra

A livestock truck carrying some 500 sheep crashed and capsized in the Australian capital of Canberra, forcing local authorities to destroy more than 100 of the animals. The driver, a 44-year-old ma...


Australia | 22 June 2015
Rain brings relief to WA Wheatbelt farmers after dry month

West Australian farmers in the state's south have welcomed the first substantial rainfall in a month. A front brought heavy rain to much of the state's southern half from Saturday afternoon, and th...


Australia | 18 June 2015
Cattle price rise surprise

El Nino may not be making its presence felt just yet but it's making some livestock producers nervous and they're opting to sell while prices are strong. The big numbers of stock flowing through th...


Australia | 17 June 2015
Beston buys out troubled milk processor United Dairy Power

Adelaide-based food company Beston has announced it will buy troubled milk processor United Dairy Power (UPD) and reopen plants in Murray Bridge and Jervois. Up to 130 jobs were lost when UDP went ...


Australia | 16 June 2015
Agriculture paper to look at tax

Proposed changes to the tax treatment of farm investments will be included in the soon-to-be-released agriculture white paper. The issue of negative gearing and farms was discussed at a coalition j...


Australia | 15 June 2015
Beef's next challenge: productivity

Demand for beef seems to have been taken care of for the foreseeable future. Less certain is whether the Australian beef industry has the productivity to fully capitalise on it. Productivity was a ...


Australia | 15 June 2015
Farmland due for bumper crop

Three of Australia's biggest agribusiness investors believe a wave of new capital, both domestic and from overseas, is poised to flood into the sector as global demand grows for wheat, beef, lamb and ...


Australia | 4 June 2015
Cattle industry tests Northern Territory transport regulations

In a bid to increase efficiency and operate under the same rules as Queensland, the Northern Territory cattle industry is testing transport regulations. Cattle industry representatives want the wei...


Australia | 1 June 2015
Rural agents bet on farmland boom

Competition is growing between Australia's major rural land selling agents as farm sales volumes are expected to come out of a trough and major institutional and private investors seek to gain a footh...


Australia | 29 May 2015
Australian farmland values experiencing period of stagnation

A Western Australian farmland values index reveals a current period of stagnation, with an average annual growth of 0.5 per cent between 2006 and 2014. That is off the back of a three-year period o...


Australia | 27 May 2015
Farmers in drought meet in Dubbo

The long-term drought in many parts of NSW is "eating away" at communities, and farmers say changes are desperately needed to drought assistance measures. A survey conducted by the NSW Farmers Asso...


Australia | 27 May 2015
Queensland man charged with stealing cattle gallstones

A southern Queensland man has been charged for allegedly stealing cattle gallstones from an abattoir outside Toowoomba. The 38-year-old is accused of stealing the gallstones, which are prized in ea...


Australia | 26 May 2015
Confidence returning as drought lifts in parts of Queensland

A southern Queensland auctioneer says confidence is returning to parts of the cattle industry as the drought lifts in some regions. After a heart breaking couple of years in drought-affected Gympie...


Australia | 25 May 2015
Dairy company milks Asia for millions

Victoria's oldest dairy company increased profits 60 per cent in nine months as Canadian dairy giant ­Saputo bedded down its majority control and ­pushed into growing Asian markets. But it warned i...


Australia | 25 May 2015
Drone designed to treat infected crops has the potential to help farmers

A drone designed to treat infected corn crops has the potential to revolutionise the broadacre crop industry. University of Queensland Agricultural Science student, Michael Godfrey, designed a dron...


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...