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World News: Australia
Australia | 2 October 2014
Australian live cattle export records smashed

Australia's live cattle trade smashed records in the last financial year, soaring past $1 billion in value as exporters shipped 1.13 million head of cattle. Live export demand could be even stronge...


Australia | 30 September 2014
Refugee visas may help dairy

The south-west Victorian dairy industry could benefit from the creation of a new visa for refugees willing to work in areas of labour shortages, a regional leader says. Great South Coast group chai...


Australia | 23 September 2014
Farmers look to China to spark a bountiful new age in Australian agriculture

Australian agriculture could be on the verge of "a new age" and should aim to become "the deli" of China by focusing on its premium markets, according to the president of the National Farmers' Federat...


Australia | 17 September 2014
Queensland dairy farmers hopes for China free trade agreement

Queensland dairy farmers say a free trade agreement with China that's expected by the end of the year could deliver major flow-on benefits to the state's farmers. President of the Queensland Dairyf...


Australia | 15 September 2014
Farmers and exporters delighted by drop in Aussie dollar

The Australian dollar is at its lowest in six months and agricultural exporters are rubbing their hands together. The dollar fell 4 per cent cent in the past week and is hovering around 90 US cents...


Australia | 15 September 2014
Cattle supply tightens for live exporters

The live cattle industry may struggle to meet the demand from Indonesia in the fourth quarter, because of a tightening supply across northern Australia. The industry is expecting Indonesia to issue...


Australia | 10 September 2014
Australia agriculture seen luring foreign buyers on food demand

Overseas investment in agricultural assets in Australia, the world’s third-biggest beef and sugar exporter, is set to deepen as countries outside of China step up their push to secure access to farms ...


Australia | 9 September 2014
Aussie wheat crop shrinks, but AWB warns on price

Cargill cautioned over the potential for a pullback in Australian wheat prices even as officials trimmed their forecast for the country's harvest, citing dry weather in eastern areas. Abares, the o...


Australia | 8 September 2014
Australian farmers turn to the hay industry to salvage grain crops

South Australian farmers with massive crop wipe-outs from frost are entering unknown territory to compensate for their losses. A week of intense frosts wiped-out crops across South Australia's mid ...


Australia | 2 September 2014
Farmers wait for rain to fulfill crop potential

Grain crops throughout central Victoria and the Wimmera Mallee are generally looking good at the start of spring, but some districts are struggling after a dry finish to winter. After what was desc...


Australia | 1 September 2014
Cattle numbers up at eastern sales

Eastern state cattle numbers at saleyards reported by Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service rose 54 per cent week-on-week, to 56,861 head as of last Thursday. All east...


Australia | 25 August 2014
Drought forces Qld farmers into huge debt

Another large Queensland farm has gone into receivership and is up for sale either as an individual farm, or four separate properties, each with their own house, sheds and dams. Liquidator PPB Advi...


Australia | 25 August 2014
Cattle slaughter hits 25-year high

The Australian Bureau of Resource Economics and Statistics (ABARES) has found that high stocking rates due to exceptionally good conditions from 2010-12 followed by very bad conditions subsequently wi...


Australia | 20 August 2014
Australian Dairy Farmers in China to get support for free trade agreement

The Australian dairy industry is on a charm offensive in China this week in an effort to get more support for a Free Trade Agreement between the countries. Dairy farmers and dignitaries including t...


Australia | 19 August 2014
As risk of drought rises, Australian farmers struggle to invest

When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers Robyn and Paul Kendal had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and spend around a year of their normal turnover on feed to ...


Australia | 14 August 2014
Australian Dairy Farms float opened to mum-and-dad investors

The first float of an Australian dairy farm is being opened to mum-and-dad investors, after an institutional offering exceeded expectations. Australian Dairy Farms has received commitments of $8.5 ...


Australia | 13 August 2014
Record crops predicted; farmers market carefully

Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which on Tuesday revised upward its estimate of this year's corn c...


Australia | 11 August 2014
Agricultural giant Olam says climate change is 'absolutely a reality'

The head of one of the world's largest agricultural commodity trading companies is warning Australian primary producers to take climate change seriously. Olam International chief executive Sunny Ve...


Australia | 11 August 2014
Murderous dairy farmer had no history of violence

A dairy farmer who snapped in northern Victoria, murdering his partner and shooting two others before killing himself, had no criminal record, no intervention orders against him or a gun licence. G...


Australia | 7 August 2014
Agriculture urged to embrace 'brand Australia'

Entrepreneur and branding expert Craig Davis thinks Australian agriculture has “spoilt supermodel syndrome”. The 'land down under' trades off its abundant natural beauty and features, believing the...


Australia | 7 August 2014
Declaration strengthens Indo-Aus ties

Australian cattle producers have been given assurances that an historic joint declaration - the Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat and Cattle Sector - would set goals for...


Australia | 6 August 2014
Quad bikes study to help reduce accidents in agriculture

Farm workers involved in quad bike accidents are being asked to contribute to a new study aimed at reducing accidents. Quad bikes were involved in 21 deaths and at least 78 serious injuries across ...


Australia | 6 August 2014
Sydney University Dean of Agriculture plans to produce smarter graduates in technology as farming intensifies

Sydney University's Dean of Agriculture says Australia has to shift its education and training if it's to meet the demand for high quality produce. He says Australia is a major exporter of bulk com...


Australia | 5 August 2014
Pacific fisheries net government support

Sustainable fisheries and the financial stability they bring to Pacific island communities were given a financial boost by the Australian Government last month. Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss m...


Australia | 5 August 2014
Untapped water resources discovered in WA's Pilbara 'could drive agriculture expansion'

Huge untapped water sources in Western Australia's Pilbara could drive a bold expansion of towns, agriculture and industry in the region, the State Government has said. A study into underground res...


Australia | 4 August 2014
Commodity prices drive rural appetite

Rural property investors are ­paying close attention to commodity prices as appetite improves for ­agribusiness investments. In its latest Rural and Agribusiness report, Colliers International said...


Australia | 4 August 2014
'Not Asia's food bowl' - Agricultural Minister Joyce

Australia is not the food bowl of Asia, nor should it claim to be, says ­Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. He said Australian farmers now feed ­60 million people in Asia and while the ­potential...


Australia | 30 July 2014
Qld farmers being priced out of business

Will Queenslanders finish up paying more for the food they eat or will we just see production from sugar to fruit and vegetables wither, owing to a lack of water? The dilemma facing farmers in Quee...


Australia | 30 July 2014
Bovine viral disease discussion dominates global cattle congress

Combating poor cattle health and production losses as a result of the debilitating bovine viral disease, known as BVD, has dominated the agenda today at the World Buiatrics Congress in Cairns, far nor...


Australia | 25 July 2014
Heat-seeking drones to combat wild dogs

Graziers up against one of nature’s smartest hunters may now be able to enlist a new age in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology to help them combat the threat of wild dogs. Sydney businessman Marcus...