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World News: Australia
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...


Australia | 2 April 2015
New ways of fostering future agricultural innovation

"Take fifty people with energy, drive and great ideas. Get them working together for 12 months and you'll be amazed by the results," says Ralph Ashton, the founder and director of the Australian Futur...


Australia | 31 March 2015
Robotics key to competition

The only way for beef producers to get better farm-gate returns is to reverse the concentration of abattoirs, and robotics could be the key. This was the message Meat and Livestock general manager ...


Australia | 30 March 2015
Crop swap opens new markets

Australian wheat producers may have more opportunities to market their grain given key competitors are switching out of wheat in favour of other higher yielding crops. Sterling Liddell, senior vice...


Australia | 30 March 2015
Cattle will be worth $4 a kilogram within a year

Northern cattle producers could be getting $4 a kilogram in a year or two for their live export cattle, according to beef industry veteran Dr Ross Ainsworth. Live cattle sold to Indonesia out of Da...


Australia | 27 March 2015
Farmers urged to take action against mice

With the grain sowing season about to start across southern Australia, some farmers are taking drastic measures to ensure mice are not a problem this year. Parts of South Australia's Eyre Peninsula...


Australia | 27 March 2015
Outlook for northern cattle industry looking much better

In his final speech as president of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association (NTCA), David Warriner has given a typically blunt and honest assessment of the northern cattle industry. "As this...


Australia | 26 March 2015
Keep a weather eye on biosecurity

Severe storms can have negative impacts on livestock health, welfare and biosecurity, warns the Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN). With the movement of ex-Tropical Cyclone Nathan into the Timor S...


Australia | 26 March 2015
Cattle firm collapses

A live export subsidiary of WA's Carpenter Beef has been put into administration with liabilities of up to $20 million after the failure of a Chinese sales contract. The collapse has stranded 11,00...


Australia | 26 March 2015
Uncertainty over import permits causing issues for the live cattle trade

The uncertainty over how many permits Indonesia will issue for cattle every three months is causing ongoing problems for Australia's live export trade. The industry is hoping Indonesia will issue p...


Australia | 24 March 2015
Disease threat to banana crops

Although not as plentiful as they once were, Coffs Coast bananas may fill a void of lost produce with the cyclone-affected banana industry in north Queensland on high alert after the spread of the pot...


Australia | 23 March 2015
Pastoralist eyes desert crops

On a remote cattle station, a veteran pastoralist is about to find out whether his vision of farming thousands of hectares on the edge of the desert is something more than a mirage. Robin Mills bel...


Australia | 23 March 2015
Farmer confidence hits four year high

Confidence among the nation's farmers has jumped to a four-year high as solid January rains, the falling Australian dollar and soaring beef prices bolster sentiment in the bush. Rural lender Raboba...


Australia | 20 March 2015
Australia's farmers challenged by climate change

From tasteless carrots to sunburned apples, a new report by two University of Melbourne researchers paints a challenging picture for Australia's agricultural sector and the impacts of climate change i...


Australia | 18 March 2015
Australian farmers worry as world dairy price falls

It was a horror night for world dairy prices last night, with the market falling 8.8 per cent. Global Dairy Trade, a bi-monthly auction for dairy, had recorded six straight price rises over the las...


Australia | 18 March 2015
Live cattle prices on the slide as exporters anxiously await second quarter

A shipment of live cattle left Darwin last night bound for Indonesia, in what will be one of the last shipments to that market for the first quarter. Indonesia issued just 100,000 permits for the f...


Australia | 16 March 2015
Farmers caught in epic legal battle over GM contamination

It started in the West Australian wheat belt with tense words between neighbours at a community working bee. It ended up in a "genetically modified (GM) versus organic" court battle that made headl...


Australia | 16 March 2015
Farmers make their pitch to China after FTA

Australian meat, dairy and wine producers will pitch directly to major Chinese buyers and distributors this week as part of the first large-scale agricultural delegation since a free-trade agreement w...


Australia | 16 March 2015
Police stock squad trains to target spike in cattle theft

Queensland police have ramped up efforts to crack down on cattle theft after a spike last year that amounted to millions of dollars in losses to producers. Specialist officers with the Queensland P...


Australia | 12 March 2015
How to cope in dry times: farmers talk drought

At any point in time, somewhere in Australia a farmer is likely to be dealing with drought. What is it like? How do you cope? And is government support for drought affected farmers getting it right...


Australia | 12 March 2015
Government rejects call to suspend live cattle trade to Vietnam

The Federal Government says it will not suspend live cattle exports to Vietnam, despite exporters themselves reporting concerns that Australian cattle may have been subjected to horrific treatment in ...


Australia | 11 March 2015
Scientists investigate how wheat will respond to potential climate change

Scientists at the University of Western Australia say they have uncovered how wheat will respond to potential climate changes. It is hoped this research will allow wheat breeders to develop plant c...


Australia | 11 March 2015
Livestock thefts prompt call for revival of police stock squad

A recent spate of livestock thefts and reports of farmers being threatened have prompted South West MP Mick Murray to call for the reinstatement of the police stock squad. Collie farmer Ken Woods h...