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Victorian livestock farmers speak out against abuse from 'aggressive vegans'

Victorian livestock farmers speak out against abuse from 'aggressive vegans'On Ben Falloon's farm outside Kyneton in central Victoria, chickens roam freely during the day before being housed in a mobile shelter at night. But despite that, he has become the target of animal activists, both online and on his farm. Mr Falloon details his farming methods on social media sites such as Facebook and has gained a huge following.


Elders to sell Indonesian feedlot and abattoir, further divesting from live exports

Elders to sell Indonesian feedlot and abattoir, further divesting from live exportsAustralian agribusiness company Elders says it is "still committed to the live export trade" despite confirming it will sell its Indonesian feedlot and abattoir. The announcement comes almost a year after the company sold its live shipping subsidiary, North Australian Cattle Company (NACC), citing poor profit margins.


Happy sheep could be key to understanding why some women face fertility struggles

Happy sheep could be key to understanding why some women face fertility strugglesFew would describe pregnancy as a walk in the park, but a flock of sheep could help answer aspiring parents' questions surrounding the impact stress has on the ability to conceive. By analysing the breeding records of sheep in their study, researchers at The University of Western Australia (UWA) have discovered that happy female sheep had a higher ovulation rate and more successful pregnancies.


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ADIC announces new targets limiting calving induction to 10 per cent in 2018

ADIC announces new targets limiting calving induction to 10 per cent in 2018The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) today announced new targets to limit routine use of calving induction within a herd to 10 per cent in 2018 and 8 per cent in 2019. The revised maximum targets, down from 12 per cent in 2017, reflect ongoing progress towards the industry goal of phasing out routine calving induction.


Seasonal conditions hold back wool production

Seasonal conditions hold back wool production The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee forecasts that Australian shorn wool production in 2017/18 will reach 338 mkg greasy. This is a 0.6% decline from the levels in 2016/17 and is largely the result of more difficult seasonal conditions in many of the major wool growing areas. This has resulted in lower fleece weights. It comes despite the strong wool market conditions which are encouraging producers to retain sheep.


Culinary showcase to celebrate Australian beef

Culinary showcase to celebrate Australian beefAustralian beef’s superior eating quality, taste and versatility will be on show at a series of culinary events supported by MLA during Beef Australia 2018 in Rockhampton. Visitors to Australia’s premier beef industry event in May will have the opportunity to hear from prominent local and international chefs on the many ways Australian beef is eaten and enjoyed by consumers worldwide.


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Multi-Billion-Dollar potential for Western Australia's carbon farming industry

Multi-Billion-Dollar potential for Western Australia's carbon farming industryA new carbon farming pilot project across the Southern Rangelands could signal the start of a new multi-billion-dollar industry for Western Australian pastoralists. This week the State Government gave approvals for WA pastoralists to participate in the Commonwealth's $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) and upcoming reverse auction. Already established in states such as NSW and Queensland, under the scheme land owners are paid for practices that reduce carbon dioxide emissions, like conserving native vegetation on their land.


Cattleman defies horse-riding brain injury to walk for first time in 18 years

Cattleman defies horse-riding brain injury to walk for first time in 18 yearsIt looks easy — standing in the middle of a paddock. But it has taken Michael Ingram almost two decades of hard work and determination to get to this point. The central Queensland cattle breeder acquired a brain injury 18 years ago when he fell off his horse while mustering, leaving him unable to walk or use the right side of his body. "I was unconscious for eight weeks and in hospital for 10 months and when I woke, I thought it was the next morning and I thought, 'Where the bloody hell am I?'," Mr Ingram recalled.


Australian farmers question the future of live sheep exports

Australian farmers question the future of live sheep exportsThe death of 2,400 Australian sheep from overcrowding, heat exhaustion and lack of food and water during live exports to the Middle East has lead to some farmers questioning whether the trade should be banned entirely. "The live export is going to be governed by farmers who are now reconsidering what they do with their livestock," transporter and farmer, Colin Treasure, told 7.30.


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Farmers call time on energy policy consternation

Farmers call time on energy policy consternationThe National Farmers' Federation (NFF) is imploring Federal and State Energy Ministers to meet tomorrow with a genuine appetite to fix the national electricity market (NEM). "Consumers including farmers, demand an end to the political and policy stalemate hampering the development of a national energy policy," NFF President Fiona Simson said.


NSW Farmers welcomes steps to improve environmental laws on farm

NSW Farmers welcomes steps to improve environmental laws on farmNSW Farmers’ Association welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement today to review elements of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act that affect agriculture. NSW Farmers’ President Derek Schoen said the current Act both duplicates and conflicts with NSW biodiversity laws, and prevents effective management of many native invasive plant species and effective viable control of introduced weeds in many instances.


Farmers invited to apply for the next round of audits

Farmers invited to apply for the next round of auditsJoin the farmers that are already saving on their energy costs. The Queensland Government has today invited farmers to apply for an audit in the extended energy savers program with up to 200 more energy audits to be conducted over the next 3 years, and up to $20,000 in matched funding to implement energy conservation measures from the audits.


Review of sheep exports to Middle East during northern summer

Review of sheep exports to Middle East during northern summerMinister for Agriculture David Littleproud has announced the terms of reference for the short, sharp review into sheep exports to the Middle East during the northern summer. Minister Littleproud said the review will consider information including scientific literature, outcomes of recent voyages and reports from observers.


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WAFarmers releases live export recommendations

WAFarmers releases live export recommendationsWAFarmers has released a series of recommendations relating to the future of the live export industry, with the organisation calling for regulators and potential independent observers to be held to account. WAFarmers President Tony York and Livestock Section President David Slade said the recommendations were based on significant member, industry and political feedback, and that implementation of the conditions would work towards re-igniting confidence in the trade.


Infrastructure – a start but a long way from a blueprint Budget 2018

Infrastructure – a start but a long way from a blueprint Budget 2018The Andrews government delivered its 2018 budget with commitments in infrastructure focussed on a blackspot program to improve telecommunications and several water projects. “We welcome the Government’s $11 million commitment to improving telecommunications blackspots,” said David Jochinke, President, Victorian Farmers Federation.


TFGA congratulates re-elected Government

TFGA congratulates re-elected GovernmentThe State’s peak farming organisation has congratulated the Hodgman Liberal Government on its re-election. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association CEO Peter Skillern said that the organisation looked forward to working with the new government on the implementation of its commitments to agriculture.


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