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World News: Australia
20 March 2014
Queensland to tighten rules for mining on farmland

Miners will no longer be allowed to start projects on Queensland farmland if they can't strike a deal with a landholder within 40 days under proposed laws. The laws, due to be passed by parliament ...


20 March 2014
Bush businesses welcome export cattle boom

Remote business owners in the Northern Territory say they are benefitting from a recovery in the live cattle trade. Thousands of cattle have been trucked to the Darwin Port in recent months, creati...


18 March 2014
Giant Vietnamese agriculture complex ready for Australian cattle

The Red Star Company in Vietnam has spent the last two years, and around $US5 million, building an 'agriculture complex' to cater for Australian cattle. At a meeting last week with delegates from t...


17 March 2014
Climate affect on crops worse than thought

Research has found climate change could reduce agricultural crop production sooner than had been predicted. A study published in the Nature Climate Change journal has found global warming of two de...


14 March 2014
Vietnam investing millions to take Australian cattle

The booming live cattle trade to Vietnam is driving huge investment in Vietnamese abattoirs and feedlots. Companies are spending millions of dollars on infrastructure, so they can cater for the ext...


12 March 2014
Livestock disease readiness to be tested

Australia's preparedness to contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease among affected livestock will be tested in nationwide exercises. The Department of Agriculture will conduct a series of exe...


11 March 2014
Farmers opt for sales in face of persistent drought

Sheep yardings in Cooma are doubling as farmers reduce stock in the face of the stubborn drought taking hold across parts of NSW. Multi-storey stock trucks from Adaminaby, Jindabyne, Berridale and ...


11 March 2014
Respiratory disease causing export cattle deaths

Researchers from Western Australia's Murdoch University have found respiratory disease to be a leading cause of cattle deaths on long-haul boat voyages. A study of 215 cattle, which died on live ex...


7 March 2014
Farmers lobby seeks to influence Tasmanian poll

A week away from Tasmania's polls, could the farm lobby's agenda sway the politicians or the populace? Could the Farmers and Graziers policy program actually influence the vote? "As far as polit...


7 March 2014
Cattle deal to boost investment

Industry leaders expect Indonesia to boost its investment in northern cattle stations in response to moves to open up live exports to China. Indonesia Institute president Ross Taylor and Pastoralis...


6 March 2014
Cattle to return to Alpine high country

Cattle will be allowed to graze in Victoria's Alpine National Park in a trial approved by the federal government. Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced on Thursday he had granted the Victorian g...


5 March 2014
Designing the ideal dairy cow for 2050

The term 'designer baby' is often used pejoratively to describe babies selected using genetic screening for desirable traits like sex, athletic ability, or intelligence. In the dairy industry selec...


5 March 2014
Cattle prices tumble amid eastern Australia's drought

In these drought-hit parts of eastern Australia they pray for rain. The New England region north of Sydney is traditionally some of the nation's best farming country, producing some of its finest beef...


5 March 2014
Dairy duo to build $12m robot milker

Northcliffe-based Bannister Downs dairy - the only fully vertically integrated family dairy business in Australia - has announced the start of design and planning for what will be the most modern robo...


4 March 2014
Cattle, sheep slaughter highest since 2003

Drought-hit farmers have been describing for months the pain of being forced to slaughter starving cattle at alarming rates. Now, new data shows the extent of the damage: the worst in more than a d...


28 February 2014
Australian farmers hit by drought, boom time for meat processors

Normally at this time of year Australian meat processors are operating part time as cattle gorge on summer grass. But a scorching drought has forced farmers to cull cows as pastures wither, driving...


27 February 2014
Farmers welcome drought package

The farmers' fight for survival has been made a little easier but they still fear for the long term. Thousands of farmers are set to benefit from the government's $320 million drought package which...


27 February 2014
Exporting Australian cattle genetics globally

A cattle breeder in western Victoria says Australia needs to better promote its genetics if it wants to compete globally. The US exported $142 million dollars worth of bovine semen in 2012, while i...


26 February 2014
Dairy farm values low due to oversupply in Victoria

The buzz surrounding dairy processor Warrnambool Cheese and Butter has not translated to a boom in dairy farm sales. While unable to be specific, managing valuer Chris Ryan, of Optean Properties in...


26 February 2014
Drought-stricken farmers to receive $320m lifeline

Drought-stricken farmers in parts of NSW and Queensland are set to receive a $320m lifeline from the federal government. Prime minister Tony Abbott has unveiled an assistance package which includes...


25 February 2014
Dairy price increase in Tasmania

Smithton based Tasmanian Dairy Products has announced its fourth step-up in farmgate milk prices for the current season, giving farmers an average 2 cents a litre increase. CEO of TDP Tony Catania ...


24 February 2014
Farmer sued over GM crop contamination

A west Australian farmer is being sued for allowing his genetically modified canola to allegedly contaminate his neighbour's organic land after being "reckless" in how he planted and harvested his cro...


24 February 2014
More rain still needed in much of NSW

The rain over the last week as been very welcome and very timely for some. But it was by no means drought breaking. Many dams are still empty and the cropping regions are still short of sub soil...


20 February 2014
Plant scientists receive accolade for drought-proof wheat

Two Australian researchers have become the latest recipients of an award regarded as the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for agriculture. The Canberra duo was awarded the 2014 Rank Prize for crop husba...


20 February 2014
Sydney family joins massive cattle drive

It's one of the biggest cattle drives in decades in Australia. A 2,000 kilometre journey from central west Queensland to the western Riverina in New South Wales. South Australian pastoralist Tom...


19 February 2014
Variety of markets emerging for heavy northern cattle

Indonesia's plan to import more slaughter cattle this year, along with extra demand from Vietnam and a new abattoir being built near Darwin, is taking the pressure off a lot of northern cattle produce...


18 February 2014
Producer extends olive branch to dry cattle

As parts of Queensland's South Burnett region approach drought, one producer has found an original and very effective way of feeding his stock. Ron Hanson, from Bindaree Brangus, north of Murgon, h...


18 February 2014
NSW cattle deaths still a mystery

Landholders affected by a deadly cattle illness in the western and Riverina regions of NSW have been told their properties won't be quarantined. The state's animal health agencies haven't confirmed...


17 February 2014
PM brings help to desperate farmers on drought tour

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has praised Australian farmers for their resilience battling drought and their “have a go” ethos, labelling them an iconic part of the national consciousness. Visiting Mt...


14 February 2014
NSW drought help needed to keep farmers on the land

The news out today is that the Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be visiting drought affected areas of Queensland and NSW over the weekend. If the Prime Minister came to his drought affected region R...