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Australia | 16 May 2016
Young farmer makes heartbreaking decision to sell family farm as dairy prices drop

Will Ryan is the face of modern Australian farming. The 26-year-old has an agribusiness degree, he is a member of the Victorian Government Young Farmers Ministerial Council, he has been to China as...


Australia | 16 May 2016
Dairy farmers push for milk levy as Federal Government considers assistance package

The Federal Government has mooted an assistance package for the dairy industry amid criticisms it has taken too long to respond to cuts to farmgate milk prices. Dairy giants Murray Goulburn and Fon...


Australia | 13 May 2016
Desperate dairy farmers call for 50c a litre milk levy

Dairy farmers struggling to cope with savage and unexpected milk price cuts have called for Australians shoppers and latte drinkers to help them stay afloat. A meeting of 500 dairy farmers at Teran...


Australia | 12 May 2016
Victorian dairy farmers call for independent inquiry after milk price cuts

Victorian dairy farmers are calling for a independent inquiry after a decision by two milk manufacturers to cut payments. About 500 farmers gathered at Terang in Victoria's south-west last night, c...


Australia | 11 May 2016
Wet winter a mixed blessing for farmers in Canberra region

Despite significant autumn rains arriving later than usual, farmers in the ACT and southern New South Wales can expect a wetter than average winter, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) says. Falls of m...


Australia | 11 May 2016
Fonterra Australia farmers up in arms over payment clawback

Fonterra has served notice on its Australian farmers that it will claw back payments that have been made since July last year. Mel Williamson, whose parents-in-law run a dairy farm in Victoria, sai...


Australia | 10 May 2016
Dairy farmers’ incomes to crash

Mark Billing wants salaried city workers to imagine walking in the shoes — or muddied boots — of Australia’s dairy farmers. Last week, about 3800 dairy farmers in Victoria, Tasmania and South Austr...


Australia | 5 May 2016
Fonterra follows Murray Goulburn and cuts milk prices for Australian farmer suppliers

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra will cut the price it pays its Australian farmer suppliers this season. The retrospective cut will see prices fall from $5.60 per kilogram of milk solids to $5. ...


Australia | 3 May 2016
Chinese group drops $281m bid for Australian cattle firm

A Chinese-led group dropped its A$371 million ($281 million) offer for Australia’s most iconic cattle ranch after opposition from the government weeks before a general election. The suitors led by ...


Australia | 28 April 2016
Rain expected to boost Australia crops, help farmers

Australia is expected to see higher rainfall than average from May to July, watering crops and boosting the fortunes of farmers in one of the world's top exporters of commodities ranging from grains t...


Australia | 27 April 2016
Australia's biggest dairy producer issues profit warning

Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Ltd, Australia's biggest dairy producer, said its managing director quit on Wednesday as it blamed weaker than expected China sales for a profit warning, sending its sh...


Australia | 26 April 2016
Chinese supermarket chain Winha woos Australian farmers

Three years ago Chinese supermarket chain Winha had no customers. Now it has 800,000. By the end of the year it hopes to have one million, and it has Australian farmers in its sights. Winha says it...


Australia | 22 April 2016
Australia’s largest farm with 160,000 cattle to be sold for €256m

A deal has been struck to sell Australia’s largest farm for AU$370.7m (€256m), media reports in Australia suggest. The farm which is owned by S Kidman and Co will be sold in part to a Chinese buyer...


Australia | 21 April 2016
Farmers in support of stricter laws fear being 'lynched' by peers

Native vegetation laws have long sparked heated discussion, but collective anger from farmers has reached such heights in Victoria that those in support of tighter regulation fear being "lynched" by p...


Australia | 21 April 2016
$60bn Aussie agriculture sector must be wary of ransomware

The FBI has issued a warning about hacker threats to US farmers that applies equally to Australian businesses that introduce networked machinery to agricultural processes. Backend data management s...


Australia | 20 April 2016
Controversial poultry farm gets green light

Scenic Rim Regional Council has approved the controversial development of a new poultry farm at Moorang. The development, which was approved by the newly-formed council on Tuesday, sparked concerns...


Australia | 19 April 2016
Farmers, rural truckers welcome abolition of road safety tribunal

The rural truckers association and farmers have welcomed the abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT). Senate crossbenchers, with the exception of Victorian Ricky Muir, voted with ...


Australia | 19 April 2016
Chinese group to buy iconic Australian cattle rancher

A Chinese-led group agreed to buy Australia’s most iconic cattle company in a deal valued at more than A$370 million ($288 million) after partnering with local investors. The venture, headed by a c...


Australia | 18 April 2016
UQ animal geneticists kicking goals for cattle industry

Australian cattle farming could become safer and cheaper thanks to the work of an animal genetics team at The University of Queensland. The state-of-the-art Animal Genetics Laboratory (AGL) at UQ’s...


Australia | 14 April 2016
Australians buy back the $60m farm from foreigners

Australian owned Archipelago Beef Trust has purchased two cattle stations for more than $60 million from Indonesia's biggest importer of live cattle, Japfa. The deal goes against the trend of over...


Australia | 14 April 2016
Failed global air founder Luke Butler moves into cattle breeding

Sought by police in Ghana, banned by ASIC, bankrupted, sent packing from Darwin, pursued by Japan, disappeared into the US, Luke Butler is back home in Queensland with plans to become Australia’s bigg...


Australia | 14 April 2016
SA dairy farmers Helen and Mark Tyler fined $17,500 for selling raw milk

Two South Australian dairy farmers who sold raw milk through a "cow share" scheme have been fined more than $17,000 for what the magistrate described as a deliberate and sophisticated sham. Mark an...


Australia | 11 April 2016
High price of Australian beef squeezes profitability from Indonesian cattle

Indonesian cattle importers and feedlot operators say their profitability is being squeezed by record high Australian live export prices. Prices for feeder cattle to Indonesia have risen sharply ov...


Australia | 8 April 2016
Kidman board to assess $350m Chinese offer for cattle empire

The board of S. Kidman and Co will meet in Adelaide today to ­finally decide if the world-famous cattle empire will be sold to a local owner or end up in offshore hands. Last-minute bids lodged by ...


Australia | 5 April 2016
Cattle vet says better herd management needed to comply with new dehorning guidelines

A West Australian vet says better herd management is needed if pastoralists are to comply with new animal welfare guidelines for dehorning cattle. Dr Peter Letchford has 20 years of experience work...


Australia | 5 April 2016
ACCC to probe beef and cattle industry

The competition watchdog has launched a study of the cattle and beef industry. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will examine aspects of the industry such as saleyard attendees bid...


Australia | 1 April 2016
Australia's largest dairy firm Van Diemen's Land Company sold to Chinese buyer

The $280 million sale of Tasmanian dairy giant Van Diemen's Land Company (VDL) to a Chinese businessman has been finalised, with talk of expansions and 200 new jobs. The settlement transferred all ...


Australia | 1 April 2016
'Mixed messages' on buying farmland driving away foreign investment, expert says

An Asia-Pacific agribusiness expert says Australia and New Zealand need a coordinated and more decisive approach to foreign investment if they are to attract more overseas capital to the region. Mi...


Australia | 31 March 2016
Aussie dollar next big hurdle for cattle industry

The high Australian dollar is the next big obstacle for the cattle industry said graziers at the Charters Towers cattle sales on Wednesday. They were pleased with prices still hovering at record hi...


Australia | 30 March 2016
Tasmanian agriculture research in top 100 globally

Tasmania's agricultural research has received international recognition. The University of Tasmania is now ranked among the top 100 best universities in agriculture out of over 4200 universities wh...