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NT Cattle Non-Compliant
Study Reveals High Rate Of MSA Non-Compliance For Central Australian Steers

NT Cattle Non-CompliantA pilot study conducted by the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry (DPIF) and Perth's Murdoch University has revealed a Meat Standards Australia (MSA) non-compliance rate of 70 per cent for Red Centre steers. The test used 100 Droughtmaster and Droughtmaster / Brahman cross steers grown on the DPIF's Central Australian research station, Old Man's Plains.


Chinese Investment In Nufarm
A 'Vote Of Confidence' Rather Than Takeover Play, Says CEO

Chinese Investment In NufarmNufarm chief executive Greg Hunt isn't preparing for a takeover after the chairman of one of China's biggest glyphosate producers secured a substantial shareholding in the company. Zhang Hua and the British Virgin Island companies he controls have increased their stake in Nufarm to 5.16 per cent, having acquired shares since last November. Mr Hunt said he viewed Mr Zhang's investment as a "vote of confidence" in Nufarm's management and strategy, which has involved it narrowing its global markets and product portfolio and is set to boost earnings by $116 million during the next two years.


Lambing Density Project
To Pioneer New Lambing Knowledge

Lambing Density ProjectA new research initiative is set to break new ground for sheep husbandry in a bid to further lift lamb survival and improve weaning rates. Recognising the critical importance of reproductive success in the Australian sheep industry, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) are collaborating to examine the effect of mob size and stocking density at lambing in a bid to lift lamb survival and therefore weaning rates.


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Semen Sales Surge
Beef Semen Sales Surge As Farmers Look To Improve Genetic Potential Of Cattle

Semen Sales SurgeThe volume and value of Australian beef semen sales are rising rapidly this year. Domestic and export demand for Australian beef genetics is up, according to seed stock supplier ABS Australia. ABS beef product manager Bill Cornell said Australia's declining cow numbers and positive outlook for beef was behind the surging sales.


Weighing Up The Options
Knowing Critical Mating Weights And Assessing Body Condition Score

Weighing Up The OptionsKnowing critical mating weights and assessing body condition score – why are these skills so important? At the ReproActive workshop in southern Victoria on Wednesday, cattle researcher Dr John Webb Ware, of the Mackinnon Project, explained why and showed producers how they could improve their herds’ reproductive success by using these simple measurements. “A heifer’s first joining (as a 15-month-old to calve down at two) is the most important, it sets her up for the rest of her life,” John said.


Calf Sales
Margins Good As Prices High

Calf SalesThe annual mountain calf sales are always an interesting case study for how the cattle trading sector is performing, and last week appeared to confirm the argument there is more money to be made when prices are high. The sales at Ensay, Omeo and Benambra achieved rec­ord results with the heaviest yearling type Herefords, which weighed over 400kg, selling to a top of $1420. Overall, the main runs of Hereford weaner steers were expected to average more than $1000 or about $200 more than 12 months ago.


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Genomic Semen
On The Rise

Genomic SemenAustralian semen use is now reflecting global trends as more farmers choose genomically evaluated semen. The National Herd ­Improvement Association of Australia’s annual semen market survey showed total semen sales increased 6.7 per cent to 2,061,296 doses last year. This was up on the 4.9 per cent increase between 2013 and 2014 but not as large as the 17 per cent lift between 2010 and 2011.


Solar To Be A Boom For Agriculture
Large Scale Solar Power

To Be A Boom For Agriculture Large scale solar power could begin to transform energy consumption across the agriculture sector in as little as 18 months, according to leading Queensland University scientist, Paul Meredith. “It will be a no brainer as the cost of battery storage comes down dramatically,” said Professor Meredith, whose role as clean energy program director oversees the commercial and research functions of a solar farm at Gatton Campus, the largest of any university in the world.


Chilled Beef
Australian Chilled Beef Gains Foothold In Digital China

Online LivestockAustralian chilled beef is being sold to China for the first time, but it's not hitting shelves; it's hitting the digital stream. Electronic commerce in China is the most rapidly expanding trade sector of its kind in the world and Australian beef export company Sanger has established a foothold, after three months. Sanger Australia chief executive James Campbell said there was still work to be done, such as building volume and ensuring the product suite changed to meet the evolving tastes of Chinese consumers.


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The National Farmers' Federation (NFF)
Farmers Meet Ministers In Backpacker Tax Review

The National Farmers' Federation (NFF)Representatives of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) met with key Australian Government Ministers in Sydney yesterday, as part of the review of the proposed ‘backpacker tax’ announced last week. Minister for Tourism, Richard Colbeck, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Keith Pitt attended the meeting and acknowledged deep concerns across the agriculture sector surrounding the impact of the tax on rural and regional Australia.


NSW Farmers
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is With Inland Rail

NSW Farmers Demand Action Over Shenhua NSW Farmers’ Association has called on the Federal Government to commit funding for the build of inland rail. At the association’s Executive Council Meeting in Dubbo today, the membership voted unanimously that the number one priority is that government should commit to and invest in the inland rail. Association President Derek Schoen said: “In light of the competed inland rail cost-benefit analysis, we are pushing for an immediate decision by the Federal Government.”


The Queensland Farmers Federation
QFF Launch Natural Disaster & Drought Support Website For Farmers

The Queensland Farmers FederationThe Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has launched a new websitefarmerdisastersupport.org.au designed to assist Queensland farmers and primary producers with simplified and localised support during natural disasters and drought. The website is built by industry for industry. It presents the full cross-section of postcode specific financial and social wellbeing support available to farmers and primary producers. It will benefit our member organisations and the entire Queensland agriculture sector.


Primary Producers SA
Input Sought On Night Machinery Movement Review

Primary Producers SASouth Australian farmers are invited to have their say on possible changes to their ability to move machinery on roads at night. Primary Producers SA, in conjunction with the Ag Bureau of South Australia, is currently seeking feedback through an online survey on three options for night travel exemptions. The call for comment is part of the PPSA-initiated 90-day Transport Project. It started in December 2014 when producers were urged to identify transport hotspots and regulatory issues around SA.


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The Western Australian Farmers Federation
Greater Transparency Needed In Freo Port Sale

The Western Australian Farmers FederationThe latest developments in the proposed sale of Fremantle Port have been applauded by WAFarmers, following the WA Nationals’ refusal to back the plan. With enabling legislation brought to Cabinet for the sale earlier this week, the issue has continued to gain increasing opposition, particularly surrounding the disclosure of access and pricing arrangements. WAFarmers President Tony York said the advocacy group was frustrated that there had been lack of transparency in the proposal.


The Victorian Farmers Federation
Meat Industry Urges Caution Around Proposed Packaging Changes

The Victorian Farmers FederationConcerns have been raised by the Victorian meat industry over the State Government’s plan to make changes to the regulatory system safeguarding transportation of packaged meat. In an unprecedented action, displaying the importance of this issue, representatives from across the meat supply chain met earlier this month to discuss the proposed changes and the current regulatory environment in Victoria. Industry spokesperson Ian Feldtmann said the changes could expose stakeholders to increased risk.


Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association
King Island Funding Boost Welcomed

Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers AssociationTasmania’s peak farming organisation has commended the State Government for its continued investment in the King Island agricultural community. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) CEO Peter Skillern said that King Island, like many other small communities in and around the State, had been hit hard by the recent dry conditions. “The new initiatives announced will not only bring extra employment to the community, but assist to ensure the ongoing sustainability of agriculture on King Island,’’ he said.


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