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Australia | 22 July 2016
Laws surrounding foreign investment in farmland 'too restrictive'

A government-commissioned report into the regulatory burden imposed on Australian farmers has advised the federal government to lift "red tape" surrounding foreign investment in local agriculture, as ...


Australia | 22 July 2016
Australia's richest woman buys two cattle stations

Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting has snapped up two cattle stations in the Northern Territory, adding to the billionaire's steadily expanding livestock portfolio. Hancock has acquired the Rivere...


Australia | 22 July 2016
Victorian farmers get rebates for quad bike rollover bars

The Victorian government has announced a $6 million subsidy scheme to help farmers buy rollover protection bars for quad bikes. Two people have died on Victorian farms in the past three months as a...


Australia | 21 July 2016
Australia's agriculture exports losing market share

A rural think tank is warning Australia's agriculture export performance is waning in the face of stiff competition from rising agricultural producers. At the centre of the issue is Australia's lac...


Australia | 20 July 2016
Australian farmers left high and dry after report rejects drought insurance

An Australian government commissioned report on Tuesday rejected drought insurance for farmers as uneconomical, dashing landowner hopes of a change in government policy which could help boost output t...


Australia | 19 July 2016
Australian farmers left high dry after report rejects drought insurance

An Australian government commissioned report on Tuesday rejected drought insurance for farmers as uneconomical, dashing landowner hopes of a change in government policy which could help boost output t...


Australia | 18 July 2016
Victorian rural property market stagnant as dairy farmers come to terms with milk price cuts

A Victorian real estate agent says the rural property market has come to a standstill since milk prices were slashed earlier this year. South Gippsland Elders rural sales manager Don Olden said any...


Australia | 18 July 2016
Two live cattle exporters banned

Two live exporters have been suspended from sending cattle to Vietnam following animal cruelty investigations. The Department of Agriculture has issued the notice to the unnamed companies which hav...


Australia | 15 July 2016
Gay and transgender dairy farmers break down barriers in rural Victoria

If you were asked to describe the average dairy farmer, Pauley and Coral probably would not come to mind. The pair is not only openly gay, but Pauley is transgender, and together they are raising t...


Australia | 13 July 2016
Cattle-herding robot Swagbot makes debut on Australian farms

Yee-ha, round ’em up cowboy. Meet Swagbot, the newest member of Australia’s farm robot fleet. Swagbot can herd cows, tow heavy trailers, and traverse rugged terrain and has been designed to manage ...


Australia | 13 July 2016
South Australian blackouts leave dairy cows unmilked for more than a day

Wild weather across South Australia means thousands of homes have been without power, including dairy farmers who rely on electricity to milk their cows. Australian Dairy Farmers acting president D...


Australia | 12 July 2016
Northern Territory farmers believe they will struggle to find labour due to backpacker tax

The majority of Northern Territory farmers believe they will be negatively affected by the introduction of the backpacker tax, a new survey has found. The survey, conducted by the NT Department of ...


Australia | 8 July 2016
Dairy Australia forced to slash budget as prices fall and levies dry up

The peak body representing Australia's dairy farmers has been forced to slash its budget, as low prices wreak havoc on the industry. Dairy Australia said its revenue for this financial year will be...


Australia | 4 July 2016
Big data on the cusp of a revolution in agriculture

Agriculture is on the cusp of a 'big data' revolution that will change the way information is gathered and shared, according to an Australian researcher. Big data is a concept more often discussed ...


Australia | 1 July 2016
Farmers will not last longer than 12 months at current low milk price

There is no clear reason why Australia's largest dairy processor Murray Goulburn is paying farmers significantly less than its competitors this season, according to an industry consultant. Earlier ...


Australia | 1 July 2016
Australia milk price woes force 'negative impact' on listed dairy group

Australian Dairy Farms warned of a "negative impact" into next year on its prospects from lower milk prices, even as dairy giant Fonterra joined processors cutting forecasts for Australian prices. ...


Australia | 30 June 2016
Climate change forces European graziers to consider Aussie cattle

Rising temperatures and variable weather patterns caused by climate change will lead to a growing demand for tropical varieties of cattle in Europe, according to a German breeder. Sylvia Opitz and ...


Australia | 30 June 2016
Fonterra cut another blow to dairy farmers

The latest price cut from a major dairy producer could force some Australian farmers out of the industry as they struggle to break even. Fonterra Australia has joined Murray Goulburn and Bega Chees...


Australia | 29 June 2016
Murray Goulburn slashes milk prices leaving farmers furious

Dairy farmers have reacted furiously to a decision by Australia's largest dairy producer to slash milk prices, as executives and board members were paid nearly $8 million in fees and salaries last yea...


Australia | 28 June 2016
Dairy farmers face tight squeeze

High-cost dairy farmers face a tough outlook after industry behemoth Murray Goulburn set an opening farmgate price for the 2017 season of just $4.31 a kilogram, some 14 per cent below the $5 a kilo on...


Australia | 27 June 2016
Farmers, scientists call for bipartisan leadership to help agriculture adjust to climate change

Farmers and agricultural scientists say they're disappointed that neither major party has outlined a clear strategy for agricultural climate change adaptation in the 2016 election campaign. Norther...


Australia | 24 June 2016
Drought forces Queensland cattle to head to South Australia

The ongoing drought in Queensland is forcing graziers to send their cattle nearly 2,000 kilometres away from home on agistment. The Walker family from Cumberland station, near Barcaldine in central...


Australia | 22 June 2016
Winter rain helps cattle price benchmark surge to new record high

Widespread winter rain across eastern Australia has helped the country's key cattle price index surge to a new high. The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) has jumped significantly over the past...


Australia | 20 June 2016
Farming in 2030: Researchers cast the net for the next generation of farmers

A Queensland plant researcher has crafted a vision for the future of agriculture, which he hopes will help lure a new generation of farmers. Dr Lee Hickey's version of 2030 features robots, drones ...


Australia | 17 June 2016
Farmers slash milk supply to Fonterra following price cuts

The dramatic slashing of farmgate milk prices by Fonterra has had an immediate impact on supply by local farmers, with May milk collection plunging 18 per cent compared to last year’s corresponding pe...


Australia | 16 June 2016
Tasmanian dairy cattle climb stairs and onto farm machinery to survive northern floods

A Tasmanian dairy farmer whose herd was trapped in floodwater has described how his cows climbed onto machinery to escape surging water. Geoff and Anne Heazlewood's Mersey Bank Jersey farm spans th...


Australia | 16 June 2016
Northern Territory cattle station income tipped to almost triple

The national commodity forecaster ABARES is tipping Northern Territory cattle station incomes will be triple the average of the last decade this year. The turnaround is attributed to a rebound in l...


Australia | 15 June 2016
European investors pay $30 million for WA dairy producer Lactanz Dairies

European investors have shelled out close to $30 million for Western Australia's largest dairy producer Lactanz Dairies. The sale puts to an end more than three years of rumour and speculation abou...


Australia | 15 June 2016
Australian Dairy Farmers calls for action, not political rhetoric

Lorraine Robertson always wanted to grow up to be a dairy farmer just like her father. She's a New Zealander and moved to Australia when land prices became too expensive for her. Fast-forward to...


Australia | 8 June 2016
Farmer interest in digital agriculture technology experiencing 'extraordinary' growth this year

While investment in digital technology for agriculture trails all other sectors, especially finance, the industry is sensing a boom in adoption by farmers. Less than $5 million was invested in Aust...