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World News: Australia
Australia | 27 October 2014
Chinese covet cattle stations

China's ravenous demand for Australian beef could soon lead to some major cattle station purchases, with one of ­several Chinese importers, Snow Dragon Group, looking to buy land. Snow Dragon, owne...


Australia | 24 October 2014
Australian livestock ear tags allegedly tampered with

A West Australian Senator claims ear tags from Australian livestock exported to the Middle East are being removed and reused in non-Australian animals. Liberal Senator Chris Back claims ear tags be...


Australia | 17 October 2014
Farmers call for help as drought drags on

Drought tours by politicians have been branded "sight seeing tours" as struggling farmers call for help in ongoing dry conditions. "It is a lot more serious than is being talked about... and nobody...


Australia | 15 October 2014
Victorian dairy lobby state election wishlist

Victoria's dairy lobby has compiled its election wishlist, calling on all parties to help double the industries exports in the next ten years from $2.4 billion to $4.6 billion. The United Dairy far...


Australia | 14 October 2014
Farm hopes ‘behind China’s coal tariff’

China is imposing a 6 per cent tariff on imported coal from ­tomorrow chiefly to seek advantage from the Abbott government’s rush to conclude a free trade agreement, opposition agriculture spokesman J...


Australia | 13 October 2014
Beef production headed for record

Adult cattle slaughter during August was again at extremely high levels (up 9 per cent year-on-year) at 796,900 head, fuelled by the ongoing, spreading drought conditions reports Meat and Livestock Au...


Australia | 10 October 2014
Cattle penning and weighing errors plague cattle sales

Western Australian transporters, agents and producers are becoming increasingly frustrated with consistent errors in the weighing and penning of cattle at the Muchea saleyards in the state's Chitterin...


Australia | 9 October 2014
Fungi could help boost crop yields

Imagine a world, just a few decades away, where once-fertile cropland is baked and starved of rain by ongoing climate change. JUST add fungus. Scientists are discovering that microscopic fungi c...


Australia | 9 October 2014
Rain saves northern Mallee grain crops from disaster

Farmers in the Victoria Northern Mallee say recent rain has saved an otherwise disastrous season. Falls of up to 40 millimetres just weeks before harvest, have made an unexpected difference. Mat...


Australia | 9 October 2014
Teen farmer takes on drought to defy trend of young farmers

"To be honest, I don't really care about school that much. Farming comes first." Brittany Skyring is a teenage farmer, based at in the Mary Valley in south-east Queensland. And she wouldn't have...


Australia | 9 October 2014
Record cattle numbers not enough to keep feedlot profits falling

Despite the record number of cattle being fattened in feedlots, profits are down in the grain-fed sector. Don Mackay, president of Australia Lot Feeders' Association and managing director at Ranger...


Australia | 8 October 2014
Uptake of wheat forward contracts at record lows

The uptake of forward contracts for delivery of wheat is at record lows, despite prices earlier in the year in excess of $320 a tonne. Brett Stevenson, from Market Check, says the uncertainty about...


Australia | 8 October 2014
Farmers warn mobile blackspots could put lives at risk

Farmers in central west New South Wales want the lack of mobile service on their farms acknowledged by the Federal Government's mobile black spot program. Landholders to the west of Condobolin say ...


Australia | 7 October 2014
Australian farmers worried about watermelon virus

Western Australian farmers are concerned about the spread of Cucumber Green Mottled Mosaic Virus (CGMMV), which has been confirmed at some farms across the border in the Northern Territory. The NT ...


Australia | 6 October 2014
South west Victorian dairy farmer optimistic about the future

There's been plenty of talk in recent weeks about looming price cuts for milk. The speculation has dairy farmers cautiously planning for the next year. But one farmer still optimistic about the ind...


Australia | 2 October 2014
Crop predictions look bleak in northern NSW

Cropping in the north of New South Wales is under siege from the elements again, with poor moisture levels and plant diseases setting in. Department of Primary Industries manager of Northern Croppi...


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...