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Australia | 23 May 2017
Dairy farmers hold on to bobby calves as beef prices remain high

High beef prices are encouraging dairy farmers to hold on to their bobby calves and fatten them up. Young male dairy cows are usually slaughtered within a week of being born, but some are now being...


Australia | 19 May 2017
How miners turned to agriculture in the Hunter Valley, Australia

Two industries that have often found themselves at loggerheads are now finding ways to work together to get the most out of the land and turn a profit. As the mining boom draws to a close, coal min...


Australia | 11 May 2017
Tasmania's dairy farmers uncertain about the future despite price clarity from Fonterra

Tasmanian dairy farmer's confidence in the major milk processors remains "shaky", despite yesterday's move by dominant player Fonterra to clarify next year's farm gate prices, the state's peak farming...


Australia | 8 May 2017
Carbon farming is the future of agriculture

Drones, measuring fertiliser and new technologies are just some ways farmers are able to embrace carbon farming. The Burnett Mary Regional Group has run a carbon farming project over the past four ...


Australia | 5 May 2017
Live cattle exports to Indonesia slow as beef price pressure takes a toll

High cattle prices continue to make difficult trading conditions for Australian live cattle exporters, as Indonesia looks to cheaper forms of protein. While Indonesia remains the largest importer o...


Australia | 5 May 2017
Milk processor Harvey Fresh 'disappointed' dairy farmers turn back on pain share proposal

A Western Australian dairy processor says it is "disappointed" its contracted suppliers have rejected a "pain share" proposal. Parmalat-owned Harvey Fresh argued the proposal would have allowed the...


Australia | 2 May 2017
From beef to goats: Queensland grazier shifts after 22 years with cattle at Stonehenge

Sheep and beef producer Mike Pratt never thought he would call himself a goat farmer, but the need to move out of cattle has seen him do just that. Mike and wife Sue Pratt operate a three-property ...


Australia | 28 April 2017
Competition watchdog takes legal action over misleading milk price

The competition watchdog is taking milk processor Murray Goulburn to court, alleging it behaved unconscionably and misled farmers on the milk prices they could expect to receive. In April last year...


Australia | 27 April 2017
University crops competition winner takes on the US

The winner of last year's Australian Universities Crops Competition Nellie Evans has just returned from competing in the US universities competition in Kansas. The fourth-year student, studying Sci...


Australia | 13 April 2017
Australia's most expensive farmland sale to foreign investor a step closer

A Chinese company that wants to build a new city on agricultural land between Brisbane and the Gold Coast has handed contracts to local farmers, asking them to sign over their land if it can secure ap...


Australia | 12 April 2017
Pork overtakes beef in consumption in Australia

Australians are putting more pork on their forks, as national beef consumption slides to a record low, but chicken remains king of the kitchen. The latest statistics released by the Australian Bur...


Australia | 11 April 2017
Central Queensland farmers devastated as million dollar crops washed away

Farmers in central Queensland have been left shocked after extensive flooding in the region destroyed millions of dollars worth of crops. Corn, sorghum, mungbean and cotton crops were inundated whe...


Australia | 10 April 2017
Australian dairy production headed for a 20-year low

Australia's dairy production is headed for 20-year lows as the slump in milk prices has prompted farmers to either quit the industry or slash output by cutting the size of their herds. And with fa...


Australia | 7 April 2017
Three more dairy farmers get milk contracts axed

Three more South West dairy farmers have had their contracts axed as the industry struggles to find a response to oversupply problems that would spare individuals. Parmalat-owned Harvey Fresh told ...


Australia | 6 April 2017
Organic farms plant seeds of new co-operative ownership venture

A new model for funding organic farming is set to expand the boom sector, as wealthy local investors and superannuation funds move to grab a stake in the organic food industry and its meaty profits. ...


Australia | 31 March 2017
Australian cabotage criticized in agriculture report

An Australian Productivity Commission report on the regulation of agriculture has called for deregulation of coastal shipping. The report, released to the public this week, says that some regulatio...


Australia | 29 March 2017
Dairy price crash ‘clearly avoidable’

Last year’s dairy crisis was an avoidable catastrophe, two of Australia’s dairy industry leaders told The Australian’s Global Food Forum in Melbourne. Rene Dedoncker, Australian head of the world’s...


Australia | 29 March 2017
Cyclone Debbie hits Australian agriculture and tourism hard

The physical battering sustained by Queensland communities hit by Cyclone Debbie will be followed with an economic hit, as the total damage to the Whitsunday region becomes clear. The tourism, agri...


Australia | 23 March 2017
Australia, China to boost trade with beef making the cut

Australia and China are expected to sign new bilateral agreements on beef exports, energy and security during a four-day visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that began on Thursday. Li, the first si...


Australia | 21 March 2017
Anthrax incident prompts vaccination of more than 4000 sheep in Australia

More than 4000 animals have been vaccinated after an anthrax outbreak in northwest Victoria. Agriculture Victoria yesterday said it was continuing to respond to an anthrax outbreak involving deaths...


Australia | 10 March 2017
Australian dairy production down 8.2 per cent

Dairy production in Australia fell 5.9 per cent in January compared with the previous year, according to the latest figures from Dairy Australia. Year-to-date production was down 8.2 per cent - a s...


Australia | 7 March 2017
World goes nuts for Australian agriculture as records tumble

The world is going nuts for Australian farm produce as overseas markets clamour for locally grown nuts such as almonds and macadamias as well as agricultural stalwarts such as beef, lamb, wool and cot...


Australia | 7 March 2017
Most expensive sale of Australian farmland to foreign investor on the cards if cane land is rezoned

Australia's most expensive sale of farmland to a foreign investor could be on the cards if a Gold Coast property developer can convince the Queensland Government to rezone sugarcane land for developme...


Australia | 6 March 2017
Dairy industry battles plant-based 'milks'

Dairy farmers and makers of plant-based dairy alternatives are squaring off over a murky question: Legally, who’s got milk? Dairymen are lobbying Congress to restrict use of the word “milk” to prod...


Australia | 6 March 2017
Billionaire Rinehart buys cattle station in Australia's north

Billionaire Gina Rinehart has bought a cattle station in Australia’s Northern Territory, expanding her footprint in the agricultural sector. The Aroona cattle ranch, located around 100 kilometers (...


Australia | 3 March 2017
Warning over lead-poisoned cows after livestock theft in Tasmania

Tasmania Police have warned people who have been offered free or cheap beef not to accept it, after cattle believed to have consumed lead were stolen from a north-west property and slaughtered. The...


Australia | 2 March 2017
Australian report shows gender pay gap in agriculture is linked to low rates of women in leadership

Agriculture, forestry and fishing are among the worst industries for equal pay for women, according to a report released on Thursday. The Gender Equity Insights 2017 report also found gender pay ga...


Australia | 28 February 2017
Dairy farmers call for labelling crackdown on the word 'milk'

Australia's dairy farmers are calling for a "truth in labelling crackdown" on the way the word "milk" is used by makers of plant-based milk products. Dairy Connect, a lobby group for NSW dairy farm...


Australia | 24 February 2017
Dairy processor Murray Goulburn posts a $31.9m loss as milk production plummets

Australia's largest dairy processor Murray Goulburn has posted a $31.9 million loss in its half-year results. In an announcement to the stock exchange, the company said revenue had fallen 14.8 per ...


Australia | 22 February 2017
New Australian dairy operation announced to showcase latest Israeli dairy technology

The New South Wales Riverina will host a new dairy operation designed to showcase Israeli agricultural technology and provide a testing ground for Australian entrepreneurs and researchers. Writing ...