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Australia | 1 July 2016
Australia milk price woes force 'negative impact' on listed dairy group

Australian Dairy Farms warned of a "negative impact" into next year on its prospects from lower milk prices, even as dairy giant Fonterra joined processors cutting forecasts for Australian prices. ...


Australia | 30 June 2016
Climate change forces European graziers to consider Aussie cattle

Rising temperatures and variable weather patterns caused by climate change will lead to a growing demand for tropical varieties of cattle in Europe, according to a German breeder. Sylvia Opitz and ...


Australia | 30 June 2016
Fonterra cut another blow to dairy farmers

The latest price cut from a major dairy producer could force some Australian farmers out of the industry as they struggle to break even. Fonterra Australia has joined Murray Goulburn and Bega Chees...


Australia | 29 June 2016
Murray Goulburn slashes milk prices leaving farmers furious

Dairy farmers have reacted furiously to a decision by Australia's largest dairy producer to slash milk prices, as executives and board members were paid nearly $8 million in fees and salaries last yea...


Australia | 28 June 2016
Dairy farmers face tight squeeze

High-cost dairy farmers face a tough outlook after industry behemoth Murray Goulburn set an opening farmgate price for the 2017 season of just $4.31 a kilogram, some 14 per cent below the $5 a kilo on...


Australia | 27 June 2016
Farmers, scientists call for bipartisan leadership to help agriculture adjust to climate change

Farmers and agricultural scientists say they're disappointed that neither major party has outlined a clear strategy for agricultural climate change adaptation in the 2016 election campaign. Norther...


Australia | 24 June 2016
Drought forces Queensland cattle to head to South Australia

The ongoing drought in Queensland is forcing graziers to send their cattle nearly 2,000 kilometres away from home on agistment. The Walker family from Cumberland station, near Barcaldine in central...


Australia | 22 June 2016
Winter rain helps cattle price benchmark surge to new record high

Widespread winter rain across eastern Australia has helped the country's key cattle price index surge to a new high. The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) has jumped significantly over the past...


Australia | 20 June 2016
Farming in 2030: Researchers cast the net for the next generation of farmers

A Queensland plant researcher has crafted a vision for the future of agriculture, which he hopes will help lure a new generation of farmers. Dr Lee Hickey's version of 2030 features robots, drones ...


Australia | 17 June 2016
Farmers slash milk supply to Fonterra following price cuts

The dramatic slashing of farmgate milk prices by Fonterra has had an immediate impact on supply by local farmers, with May milk collection plunging 18 per cent compared to last year’s corresponding pe...


Australia | 16 June 2016
Tasmanian dairy cattle climb stairs and onto farm machinery to survive northern floods

A Tasmanian dairy farmer whose herd was trapped in floodwater has described how his cows climbed onto machinery to escape surging water. Geoff and Anne Heazlewood's Mersey Bank Jersey farm spans th...


Australia | 16 June 2016
Northern Territory cattle station income tipped to almost triple

The national commodity forecaster ABARES is tipping Northern Territory cattle station incomes will be triple the average of the last decade this year. The turnaround is attributed to a rebound in l...


Australia | 15 June 2016
European investors pay $30 million for WA dairy producer Lactanz Dairies

European investors have shelled out close to $30 million for Western Australia's largest dairy producer Lactanz Dairies. The sale puts to an end more than three years of rumour and speculation abou...


Australia | 15 June 2016
Australian Dairy Farmers calls for action, not political rhetoric

Lorraine Robertson always wanted to grow up to be a dairy farmer just like her father. She's a New Zealander and moved to Australia when land prices became too expensive for her. Fast-forward to...


Australia | 8 June 2016
Farmer interest in digital agriculture technology experiencing 'extraordinary' growth this year

While investment in digital technology for agriculture trails all other sectors, especially finance, the industry is sensing a boom in adoption by farmers. Less than $5 million was invested in Aust...


Australia | 7 June 2016
Agriculture minister calls for state labour hire inquiry to hold hearings in Bundaberg

The Queensland Finance and Administration parliamentary committee into the practices of labour hire industry should hold public hearings on worker exploitation in Bundaberg, Minister for Agriculture a...


Australia | 6 June 2016
How can Australian agriculture attract more young farmers?

With the average age of the Australian farmer around 58 years, agricultural exponents are questioning what future production is going to look like. Anecdotal evidence indicates there is still consi...


Australia | 31 May 2016
Dairy loans might be hard to access, but will help farmers face some hard truths

Low-interest loans may be difficult to access, but will also help people face some difficult truths, a rural accountant says. There's bipartisan political support for concessional loans, which form...


Australia | 31 May 2016
Exciting futures in agriculture veiled by dated agriculture stereotypes

There are six figure salaries on offer, and the chance for a fulfilling career producing food and fibre, but persistent and dated stereotypes of agricultural careers mean they're not often the first c...


Australia | 31 May 2016
Cattle worth $8,000 shot dead in northern NSW

Police are appealing for public help after four cattle were shot dead on two separate properties at Cangai, west of Grafton in northern New South Wales. Police believe the two cows and two bullocks...


Australia | 27 May 2016
National Australia sees farmers seeking loans to weather crisis

National Australia Bank Ltd., the nation’s largest lender to farmers, is expecting its dairy clients to seek short-term credit to assist them as slumping milk prices have thrown the industry into a cr...


Australia | 27 May 2016
Full cream crisis for the dairy industry

Cyril Freemantle has been a dairy farmer for 60 years on his small Victorian property north of Bendigo and thinks he understands his business pretty well. But even he is perplexed about who or what...


Australia | 26 May 2016
Australian dairy farmers rally against low milk prices

Struggling dairy farmers and their families have paraded through the streets of major Australian cities to protest against the low milk prices driving them out of business. Hundreds of angry farmer...


Australia | 25 May 2016
South Australia urged to support local dairy farmers

South Australians have been urged to continue supporting local farmers by snubbing home brand dairy items. About 100 farmers rallied in support of the industry outside Parliament House in Adelaide ...


Australia | 24 May 2016
Are robots replacing farmers? Machines could take over jobs of humans

Robots being introduced into the agricultural industry could replace the need for human farmers - with a single machine looking after massive areas of land. The new 'farmbots' are also thought to b...


Australia | 24 May 2016
Victorian Government and dairy industry offer struggling farmers $11.4 million support package

The Victorian Government and the dairy industry have announced an $11.4 million support package to help dairy farmers battling retrospective price cuts. Major processors Murray Goulburn and Fonterr...


Australia | 24 May 2016
This is the robot that will shepherd and keep livestock healthy

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) is no stranger to developing innovative ways of modernizing agriculture. It has previously presented technologies for robots that can measure crop yi...


Australia | 23 May 2016
Milk price cuts make for dairy farm battleground

The dairy industry crisis is shaping as a key federal election issue in the state’s marginal electorates. As details emerged of a bipartisan plan to help farmers hit by retrospective milk-price cut...


Australia | 23 May 2016
Farminator: Robot ranchers replacing humans in agriculture

As technology advances, the future of farming is about to change drastically with the rise of robots being used in agricultural work as alternatives to manpower. “Farmbots” are now being used as sh...


Australia | 23 May 2016
The mystery disease killing cattle in the southern Flinders Ranges

Farmers and scientists are battling to solve the mystery behind hundreds of unexplained cattle deaths in South Australia. It has been nicknamed "the November Disease". Farmers across the souther...