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Australia | 20 February 2017
Farmers angered by Dairy Australia email accusing social media sites of spreading misinformation

A leaked email has set Dairy Australia at odds with the farmers it represents, after it named a number of farmer-based social media accounts and the strategy for dealing with them. A screenshot of ...


Australia | 17 February 2017
GPS-wearing cows may be answer to stopping cattle thieves in their tracks

It is a crime evoking bushrangers and cattle duffers of old, but stock theft has become a modern crime and researchers are hoping to find a technological solution. A team from Central Queensland Un...


Australia | 16 February 2017
Australia - a leader in high-tech agriculture

Parts of Australia’s farming industry are rushing to recruit a new generation of tech-savvy graduates as the sector swaps its bucolic past for a future of drones, robots and automated sensors. The ...


Australia | 10 February 2017
Farmer survives five hours stuck in boggy swamp with nose just above water

A farmer survived five hours with his nose barely above water level after his excavator slid into a boggy swamp. Daniel Miller was riding his machine on his property when the edge of a dam gave way...


Australia | 7 February 2017
Farmer backlash forces land grab backflip

Dozens of Queensland farmers are breathing a collective sigh of relief after the federal government retreated on plans to compulsorily acquire agricultural land to expand two military training bases. ...


Australia | 6 February 2017
Dairy outlook brightens on supply crunch

The end may be in sight for the shake-out in the dairy industry which has pushed milk stocks to 20 year lows as farmers have either exited the industry or slashed supplies, with farmgate prices foreca...


Australia | 3 February 2017
Australian dairy farmers trapped in 'demoralising' industry

"We get up every day knowing that we'll slog it out for 12 to 15 hours, and we're making a loss," Michelle Hamilton says. Michelle and her husband Graeme are fifth-generation farmers from OB Flat i...


Australia | 31 January 2017
Saputo moves to buy remaining 12% of Australia's Warrnambool dairy business

Saputo Inc. is moving to buy out the minority shareholders of an Australian cheese and dairy producer that it acquired in 2014 after a hard-fought takeover battle. The Montreal-based company's Aust...


Australia | 31 January 2017
Incredible images of Australia's vibrant farming landscape

Stunning and vibrant photographs have revealed a side of Australian farming landscape that is rarely seen - kilometres of colourful cotton and sorghum crops, dusty paddocks and desert landscapes from ...


Australia | 27 January 2017
Dairy crisis: Understanding why the bubble burst and what it means for milk in supermarkets

Dollar a litre milk was quick to become the villain of the dairy crisis. For many shoppers, it was why farmers were being forced off their farms. It prompted social media campaigns calling on th...


Australia | 24 January 2017
Bumper year in agriculture won't be repeated, Queensland missed the boom

An unusually strong year of agricultural production in 2016 is unlikely to be repeated this year, according to the Australian Farm Institute's (AFI) latest outlook. It found revenue from agricultur...


Australia | 17 January 2017
Dairy prices predicted to go higher this year in Australia

Dairy prices are expected to increase by the end of the year. Dairyman Association farmer Dave Smith says 2016 was not a profitable year for Midstate dairy farmers. One reason farmers struggled is ...


Australia | 16 January 2017
Mixed results for Queensland rice plantings this summer

There have been mixed results for Queensland rice plantings following heavy rainfall in the north. The late finish to the cane harvest in Mackay has hit farmers hard, with no summer rice crops grow...


Australia | 16 January 2017
Beaudesert cattle prices remain red hot

The strength of the cattle market continues with 713 cattle sold at red hot rates at Bartholomew and Co’s first Beaudesert store sale of the year on Saturday. An outstanding line of feeder steers...


Australia | 13 January 2017
Aussie scientists protect crops with groundbreaking virus spray

It’s like an invisible shield for your plants. You can’t see it or feel it, but a new spray developed by Australian scientists promises to protect crops against viruses. Biotechnology researchers a...


Australia | 11 January 2017
Australian beef: a fight for the prime cuts

Asian consumers have a huge appetite for it. Private equity funds find it irresistible. And billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is investigating how it can help feed the world’s poor. Australian bee...


Australia | 11 January 2017
Queensland cattle producers predict 2017 will see high prices, but good rains needed

Queensland cattle producers are looking forward to the year ahead, although they do not doubt there will be some challenges. This year the state's cattle herd is expected to be the smallest since 1...


Australia | 9 January 2017
Future cattle producers talk about life on Northern Territory stations

What nine-year-old Lachlan Johnson knows about running a cattle station would impress most veteran cattle producers. His father runs Brunette Downs cattle station on the Barkly Tableland in the Nor...


Australia | 6 January 2017
Rural prosperity: matchmaker guides best and brightest into farming

Sam Marwood hears the desperate question more and more frequently: “How do I ever become a farmer?” The Albury-based dairyman’s son knows how it is to be a young person determined to become a farme...


Australia | 2 January 2017
Australian agriculture: Golden era for farmers ahead, says Barnaby Joyce

Australia is on the cusp of a “golden era” in agriculture production. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said national production value this year is expected to exceed $60 billion for the first tim...


Australia | 22 December 2016
Australian dairy farmers owed millions

Antonio Esposito does not look like a man who has worked with Australian dairy farmers for the past two decades. He spends summers on his yacht on the Gold Coast, lives in a A$10 million (NZ$10.5 m...


Australia | 21 December 2016
Dairy boss Antonio Esposito fails to show at meeting with farmers owed millions

Flamboyant dairy broker Antonio Esposito did not face farmers at a meeting in Melbourne on Wednesday, which was set to decide the fate of his debt-ridden company. And, in his absence, those who are...


Australia | 12 December 2016
South Australian family prepares to take over world's largest cattle station

With the long-awaited sale of S Kidman & Co now approved, Australia's most iconic cattle business is entering a new era. Treasurer Scott Morrison on Friday signed-off on a sale that will see Gina R...


Australia | 9 December 2016
Australian-Chinese consortium wins bid for cattle empire

The Australian government on Friday approved the sale of the nation's largest cattle empire to Australia's richest woman and her Chinese business partner, ending a drawn-out battle over foreign owners...


Australia | 7 December 2016
Gold Coast cane farmers' income halved as 'disaster' season continues

Cane farmers north of the Gold Coast will send their cane to a New South Wales mill for crushing as their "disastrous" harvest continues. The Rocky Point Sugar Mill has been barely functioning all ...


Australia | 5 December 2016
Government moves to close cattle DNA loopholes

The Australian government is moving to close loopholes in ­patent laws that appear to allow foreign companies like multinational trading giant Cargill to own the natural DNA genome of cattle and other...


Australia | 2 December 2016
Prison farm turns bush foods into commercial crops

The Townsville Prison Farm is trying to turn Indigenous bush foods into commercial crops. Custodial correctional officer Russell Stanford said it was also helping inmates learn new skills that they...


Australia | 1 December 2016
Victorian farmer dies after being trapped in hay baler for 36 hours

A Victorian farmer has died in hospital after being trapped in a hay baler for up to 36 hours. Don Fagg, aged in his 60s, had to be resuscitated at the Mount Duneed property, near Geelong, before h...


Australia | 30 November 2016
How feeding cows chocolate creates superior wagyu beef

Wagyu beef is the champagne of the meat world. The prime cut, if you will. Thanks to its high percentage of quality fat, the beef has a distinct marbled appearance and is flavoursome, juicy and muc...


Australia | 29 November 2016
Farmer survey reveals concern, shifting attitudes on climate change

A survey of Australian farmers' attitudes to climate change has found many are concerned, and want their politicians and agricultural representatives to do more. More than 1,300 primary producers, ...