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Australia | 17 July 2017
Australian dairy takes a hit in Chinese crackdown

China’s recent suspensions of milk products from factories in South Australia and Victoria reflect a rapid increase in interventions by the country’s food and drug administration. In October last y...


Australia | 17 July 2017
Australian dairy farmers feel pressure to sign 'devastating' new contracts

Struggling dairy producers in Western Australia's South West say they hold concerns for the future of their farms, after receiving new contracts from milk processor Brownes. Documents provided to t...


Australia | 14 July 2017
Banks face farmer fury

Angry farmers could not hold back their frustrations and tears as they pleaded with senators to recommend a royal commission be held into the banking sector at a special public hearing in Charters Tow...


Australia | 14 July 2017
Australian cattle worker gets toe for a thumb after attack by bull

A 20-year-old cattle worker in Australia whose thumb was severed by a bull had it replaced by his toe during an unusual eight-hour surgical procedure. Zac Mitchell, who works on a remote farm in We...


Australia | 12 July 2017
Australian farm feeds chocolate to cattle to make the tastiest Wagyu beef

It's the only flight I've ever been on where the attendant walked down the narrow aisle holding a notepad asking, "Does anyone need a taxi booking for when we land?" As introductions go to this qui...


Australia | 11 July 2017
Aussie agriculture reaches new highs

Agriculture Census data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics highlights opportunities for institutional investors as the total value of Australia's agriculture production continues to rise. Dur...


Australia | 30 June 2017
Dairy code of practice launched to stop retrospective cuts of farm price

The dairy industry has launched its plan to stop retrospective price cuts being imposed on farmers again. A voluntary code of practice for contractual agreements between farmers and processors has ...


Australia | 23 June 2017
Better year expected for dairy farmers

Australia's dairy farmers can expect a better year ahead as the farmgate milk price partly recovers, seasonal conditions improve and input prices remain affordable, a new report says. Agribusiness ...


Australia | 21 June 2017
Why is China snatching up Australian farmland?

At the wine tasting room of Taylors Wines in Sydney, Australia, bottles are uncorked, poured, swished, sniffed and sipped. There's a lot for employees to toast this year. "The Australian wine secto...


Australia | 20 June 2017
When blackout risks a wipeout for poultry farms

A failure in Victorian poultry farmer Allan Bullen’s diesel back-up generators could devastate his 300,000 chickens if blackouts hit his Lang Lang farm next summer. Mr Bullen, president of the Vict...


Australia | 13 June 2017
Australian farmers increasingly becoming optimistic about the future

Australian farmers are increasingly optimistic about the year ahead, with much of this riding on positive sentiment sweeping the sheep and beef sectors, as graziers fetch historically high prices for ...


Australia | 13 June 2017
Beef, lamb prices lift rural confidence

Farmers are feeling better about the year ahead as they fetch high prices for lamb, mutton, wool and beef. The outlook for prices of dairy products and cotton have also boosted optimism, according ...


Australia | 9 June 2017
Dairy war: MG faces farmer exodus as Bega lifts price

The battle for milk supply in Australia’s dairy industry grew fiercer yesterday, with listed Bega Cheese announcing it would pay its farmers an increased price of $5.50 for every kilogram of milk soli...


Australia | 8 June 2017
MLA reveals the four megatrends impacting our beef industry

The latest consumer research has identified four major red meat consumer megatrends influencing our beef industry. During a speech at Queensland Country Life’s Food Heroes event on Tuesday, Meat...


Australia | 7 June 2017
Tough season hits dairy confidence

The difficult 2016-17 season experienced by many Victorian dairyfarmers has hit farm cash-flows, farmer confidence and overall milk production, according to Dairy Australia’s latest Situation and Outl...


Australia | 5 June 2017
Farmland values on the way up

North East farmland values increased by 14.1 per cent in 2016, according to a new report released last week by Rural Bank. The report features a comprehensive analysis of Australian farmland proper...


Australia | 31 May 2017
45pc of dairy farmers expect 2016-17 profit

New survey data reveals that only 45 per cent of dairy farmers nationwide are anticipating making a profit this financial year. Dairy Australia managing director Ian Halliday revealed the gloomy fi...


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...