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Wild dogs of the high country take toll on sheep and mental health of farmers

Wild dogs of the high country take toll on sheep and mental health of farmersWild dog attacks near Benalla, in Victoria's north-east, are taking a serious toll on livestock numbers and the mental health of farmers, according to a local wool producer. Terry Ring is forking out thousands of dollars for electric dog-proof fencing, to put an end to the upward trend of maulings in his area. Mr Ring has counted seven attacks on his flock in the past year, the most frequent since moving to his Upper Ryans Creek property 33 years ago.


New Zealand to slaughter thousands of cows

New Zealand to slaughter thousands of cowsPoliticians and industry leaders announced the ambitious plan on Monday, saying it will cost $NZ886 million ($813 million) and, if successful, it will be the first time an infected country has eliminated Mycoplasma bovis. Farming is vital to the economy in New Zealand, whose isolation has helped protect it from some diseases which affect herds elsewhere. Last July, Mycoplasma bovis was found in the country for the first time.


Victorian farmers call for action on rural crime following a spike in stock theft

Victorian farmers call for action on rural crime following a spike in stock theftA spike in stock theft and rural crime in Victoria is testing the patience of farmers who want tougher penalties and more powers for police to address the growing problem. More than $1.5 million worth of livestock is stolen from across the state every year but police said that due to under-reporting the real number is likely to be much higher. Central Victorian sheep farmer Rebecca Hamilton said livestock had been stolen off her property six times over the last decade.


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Leaders urged stay course on Basin Plan

Leaders urged stay course on Basin PlanThe Murray Darling Basin Plan has been subjected to countless reviews and inquiries since its inception, but the message from irrigators remains clear – we cannot abandon the plan. A recent inquiry by the Murray Darling Basin Authority recommended slashing the water recovery target by 70 gigalitres (GL) – 18 per cent – to lessen the impact on irrigation communities.


Calcium-Magnesium investigated to boost lamb survival

Calcium-Magnesium investigated to boost lamb survivalResearch into the role of calcium and magnesium is looking to boost ewe health and increase lamb survival. Funded by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and conducted by the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation at Charles Sturt University (CSU), a team of researchers has focused on the relationship between calcium and magnesium deficiencies in pregnant ewes and lamb survival.


US demand for chilled grassfed beef on the rise

US demand for chilled grassfed beef on the riseIn the fiercely competitive market that is the United States, Australian chilled grassfed beef is making significant inroads as the demand from health-conscious consumers for ‘all natural’ products is on the rise. The US is our second largest beef market after Japan, with Australia exporting 234,112 tonnes shipped weight of beef to the US in 2017.


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Selective breeding led to a fast-growing, no-shearing 'lamb master' sheep

Selective breeding led to a fast-growing, no-shearing 'lamb master' sheepMargaret River, known for wine and surf, seems an unlikely place for a new breed of sheep. But just as surprising is the man behind a 25-year breeding program which has led to the new "lamb master" meat sheep. Neil Garnett made his name in the fine wool industry. He was once Australia's most successful merino breeder, setting an industry record that has stood for 30 years of $450,000 for a ram.


Red Centre cattle station finds market for feral camels

Red Centre cattle station finds market for feral camelsA central Australian cattle station has decided to start trucking camels off the property to manage numbers, selling the animals to contractors. Aileron Station, about 135 kilometres north of Alice Springs, recently trapped about 35 camels, which were then trucked to a multi-species abattoir in South Australia. Feral camels are a common sight on many stations in the red centre, and pastoralists are required to control the populations, which often results in culling.


Farmers adapt to the dry with rainfall well below normal

Farmers adapt to the dry with rainfall well below normal For those with even the greenest of thumbs, keeping a backyard garden or front lawn alive when rain doesn't fall is a struggle. So how do Australian farmers plan to keep the country fed? According to the Bureau of Meteorology, it was the eighth-driest April on record with rainfall across grain, sheep and cattle heartlands in southern Australia well below normal. At 63 per cent below average, April rainfall across Western Australia was the lowest since 1994.


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NFF Report Card scores Federal Budget a 'B'

NFF Report Card scores Federal Budget a 'B'The National Farmers' Federation (NFF) has awarded the Federal Budget a B grade, awarding top marks for the Government's investment in trade, market access and biosecurity but deducting marks for overlooking regional telecommunications. Speaking from Parliament House, NFF Chief Executive Tony Mahar said the Budget recognised agriculture's contribution to the national economy, especially in terms of exports. "The agriculture sector exports about three quarters of what we produce.


Farmers owed millions following collapse of Red Lea Chickens

Farmers owed millions following collapse of Red Lea ChickensThe first edition of The Farmer magazine is reaching the mail boxes of NSW Farmers members from this. The May edition cover story is a special report into the energy sector and the costs of electricity in regional NSW.


Preparing Queensland Agriculture for a Digital Future

Preparing Queensland Agriculture for a Digital FutureThe agriculture sector is an important contributor to state and national economies, and particularly significant to driving growth and sustainability in regional areas. The sector has a bright and promising future. Enablers of the possible opportunities rely on a collaborative approach to innovation inclusive of the education, government, industry and investor communities.


Livestock SA welcomes government commitment to wild dog control

Livestock SA welcomes government commitment to wild dog controlLivestock SA has welcomed today’s announcement by Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone that the State Government will deliver the equivalent of two full time wild dog trappers to protect South Australia’s $4.7 billion livestock industry. Wild dogs are an increasing threat to livestock production, with a significant increase in the number of wild dogs shot or trapped in SA last year.


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WAFarmers responds to McCarthy Review findings

WAFarmers responds to McCarthy Review findingsWAFarmers has welcomed the recommendations made from the Federal Government review into live sheep exports which will see major improvements to the industry. WAFarmers President Tony York said the changes to the monitoring, measurement and stocking rate guidelines will ensure meaningful changes to improve the welfare of the animals being shipped within the trade.


Victorian Farmers Federation stands up for naturally grown meat

Victorian Farmers Federation stands up for naturally grown meatVictoria's peak livestock body urges industry and government to act immediately on the mislabeling of meat substitutes, to protect the livelihood of farmers and the expectations of consumers. Last week, the Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock Council resolved to support peak industry bodies and government in reinforcing legislation to ensure that meat vocabulary is reserved for protein products derived from the traditional and natural husbandry and slaughter of livestock.


Updated Cattle Health Declaration now available

Updated Cattle Health Declaration now availableAnimal Health Australia have revised the Cattle Health Declaration (CHD) making it cleaner and easier to read. Cattle Council of Australia took on board feedback from many interested stakeholders in revising the document.


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