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World News: Australia
Australia | 16 June 2014
We know little about GM crops

I have a concern about genetically modifying living things. By this I do not refer to selective breeding. I feel there is much we don’t know about GM crops. GM canola I believe is modified by a ...


Australia | 13 June 2014
Protein key in supplementary feeding dry cattle

Cattle producers experiencing a dry start to winter are being urged to add protein to their supplementary feed this season. While Western Australia's south east has had a little bit of rain over th...


Australia | 12 June 2014
Australia cuts wheat hopes, warning over dryness

Australia cut its forecast for its next wheat harvest, cautioning over the El Nino weather pattern, and its potential for causing eastern dryness which has already curtailed output of summer crops suc...


Australia | 6 June 2014
Minimum wage increase a blow for farmers in drought

The National Farmers Federation says a decision to increase the minimum wage will create more hardship for farmers in drought. The Fair Work Commission will increase the minimum wage by 3 per cent,...


Australia | 6 June 2014
Urban fringe agriculture under threat

Agriculture on the fringes of our major cities is some of the most productive in the country, but urban encroachment is putting it at risk. Experts believe now is the time to 'draw the line' and put i...


Australia | 5 June 2014
Vets yet to solve mystery cattle deaths

Vets and scientists are yet to find out what caused hundreds of cattle to die in western New South Wales late last year. The cattle, of all ages, showed symptoms of drooling and diarrhoea before th...


Australia | 3 June 2014
Fire destroys over $100,000 worth of livestock at piggery

A Biloela piggery was left counting the cost, after an early morning fire in a farrowing shed destroyed over $100,000 worth of livestock. More than 60 sows and about 600 piglets died in the blaze, ...


Australia | 2 June 2014
It might look harmless ... but this weed is an agricultural menace

It sounds ominous ... an alert has been issued for North Queensland residents and farmers to be on the sharp look-out for the Giant Sensitive Plant. No, it isn't a replay of the Day of the Triffids...


Australia | 30 May 2014
Australian organic farmer loses lawsuit against GM farmer

The Supreme Court of Western Australia ruled against an organic farmer who sued his former friend after wind carried genetically modified seed heads onto his farm. Steve Marsh's lawsuit alleged har...


Australia | 29 May 2014
GM crops: organic farmer loses court case over alleged contamination

An organic farmer has lost a landmark court case against a neighbour who grew genetically modified food. Steve Marsh was suing his neighbour and former friend Michael Baxter for $85,000 after claim...


Australia | 28 May 2014
Australian livestock industry leading the way in antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance in farming animals is a looming global health issue, but a University of Adelaide national survey indicates that Australia remains in a very favourable position. The survey re...


Australia | 28 May 2014
Cattle exports to China could start this year

The West Australian based agribusiness Wellard Group has expanded its exports into China and believes it may start shipping live feeder and slaughter cattle there within five to six months. The com...


Australia | 23 May 2014
Trade agreements a dud deal for dairy

A federal Liberal backbencher says it's sad her government didn't get a better deal for Australia's dairy industry in recent free trade agreements with Japan and Korea. The dairy industry has been ...


Australia | 23 May 2014
Australian milk sells for 9 dollars a litre in Chinese supermarkets

Fresh Australian milk has hit the shelves in Chinese supermarkets for the first time since a trade deal was struck by farmers to speed up the process of quarantine. With milk selling at up to $9 a ...


Australia | 23 May 2014
Ex Cattle Council boss 'airs grievances' at beef inquiry

Structural reform of the beef industry leadership and a choice about the way in which levies are spent, are the only ways forward for ailing northern cattle industry, according to Greg Brown. The f...


Australia | 21 May 2014
Toxic disease killing western Victorian cattle

Prolonged warm weather in Victoria has prompted the resurgence of a deadly livestock disease. Six heifers in western Victoria died at the weekend from ryegrass staggers, a disease contracted from t...


Australia | 19 May 2014
Qld beef baron Graeme Acton farewelled

The prime minister and the Queensland premier will be among those who will farewell beef baron Graeme Acton on Monday. Mr Acton died on May 9, a week after he was critically injured when he fell fr...


Australia | 15 May 2014
Fodder drive for western farmers

One hundred bales of hay will be delivered to drought affected farmers in the Lightning Ridge district. The hay has been purchased through donations to Rotary clubs from throughout the state and th...


Australia | 15 May 2014
Mice eating western Victoria's new grain crops

Farmers fear mice could threaten what is potentially a bumper grain crop in western Victoria. There's already a mouse plague in South Australia and it's heading east, with mice eating crops as fast...


Australia | 12 May 2014
Imported workers a boon to dairy farmers

Tyrendarra dairy farmer Bruce Knowles is a strong advocate for addressing skills shortages in the regional dairy industry by bringing in migrants. Mr Knowles employs three Filipinos among his staff...


Australia | 6 May 2014
Freight fears for Tasmanian farmers

The Victorian government announced yesterday it would offer a long-term lease for the Port of Melbourne to a private operator to take advantage of a federal government financial incentive for states t...


Australia | 2 May 2014
Gazans mock Australia for cattle ban

Australian media reported on April 7 that Australian government authorities had decided to ban live cattle exports to Gaza after an investigation into footage showing calves being mistreated there. In...


Australia | 30 April 2014
Drought-stricken Queensland farmers still waiting for promised federal relief

Queensland agriculture minister John McVeigh has criticised his federal counterpart Barnaby Joyce for the delay in the rollout of the $280m drought concessional loan package while 79% of his state rem...


Australia | 30 April 2014
Warning to dairy farmers about lower prices

A major rural lender is telling dairy farmers to expect a drop in price next season. International dairy prices have been falling and Rabobank expects that will continue throughout the year.


Australia | 29 April 2014
Dairy demand widens trade surplus

New Zealand's trade surplus has widened as Chinese demand for dairy products continues to soar, driving the monthly and annual export receipts to new records. The trade surplus was $NZ920 million i...


Australia | 28 April 2014
Rising dog attacks push sheep farmer to cattle

Increased attacks by wild dogs have prompted one sheep producer in the Monaro region in southern New South Wales to sell off his flock and move into cattle. Bill Brewis, along with his brother and ...


Australia | 15 April 2014
Dairy industry looks to foreign workforce

In the face of a chronic skill shortages in the dairy industry, Dairy Australia is pushing for widened access to the temporary 457 foreign working visa. Employing foreign labour is pipped as the mo...


Australia | 14 April 2014
Farmers shackled by off-farm costs

Our farmers cannot hope to form the “Food Bowl of Asia”, our only totally renewable export. Take the landed cost of a tonne of wheat into their biggest market, the Middle East – a third of that cos...


Australia | 10 April 2014
Why Australia missed the invite to a 'cattle price party'

The world is after more beef, and global cattle prices have been reflecting this, except in Australia. Aussie cattle producers are getting nowhere near the price hikes being enjoyed by other major ...


Australia | 9 April 2014
Aussie cattle prices to soar on Japan trade deal

Concessions on Japanese beef import tariffs agreed in a free trade agreement between Tokyo and Canberra will, in cutting the appeal of US supplies, drive Australian cattle prices to a record high. ...