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farmer performing caesarean sections on pregnant cows too weak to deliver

Drought-affected farmer performing caesarean sections on pregnant cows too weak to deliverOn rain-starved properties across Australia, farmers are having to make tough decisions to keep their stock and businesses alive. For farmer and grazier Scott Richardson, that has meant euthanasing four cows before performing caesareans on each of them at his recently deceased father's property, 100 kilometres south-west of Dubbo in central-west New South Wales. He said he had performed the caesareans to try and save the unborn calves.

Bushfire crisis costing Queensland and northern NSW millions

Bushfire crisis costing Queensland and northern NSW millionsThe damage bill from bushfires burning through Queensland and northern New South Wales has hit $145 million. The Insurance Council of Australia said insurers had handled 1,340 bushfire-related claims so far for the November disasters. "This is for the entire November bush fire area, which stretches from the New South Wales mid north coast into the Gold Coast in Queensland and also the Yeppoon region," spokesman Campbell Fuller said.

NAB will no longer lend to businesses breaching animal welfare standards

National Australia Bank will no longer lend to businesses breaching animal welfare standardsNAB is the first of the big four banks to crack down on poor treatment of animals by implementing animal welfare principles that will guide future lending decisions. The principles apply to any businesses involving animals and were announced as part of the 2019 NAB Sustainability Report, which sets out the major bank's performance and approach to animal welfare and environmental issues.

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ADF clarifies comments on Murray Darling Basin Plan

ADF clarifies comments on Murray Darling Basin PlanADF welcomes the opportunity to respond to questions around our recent Dairy Insight column in the Stock & Land and other newspapers. The situation facing farmers in the Murray Darling Basin must be addressed before we lose more farmers. Fodder and water are trading at untenable prices and we recognise the impact at the family, farm and community level.

Australian Wool Production falls as dry conditions continue

Australian Wool Production falls as dry conditions continueThe Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee’s third forecast of shorn wool production in 2019/20 is 272 mkg greasy. This is a 9.2% decline on 2018/19 that is attributable to lower sheep shorn numbers and lighter average fleece weights due to continuing dry conditions in key wool growing regions. The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee (AWPFC) has updated its forecast of shorn wool production for the 2019/20 season.

Rising from the ashes

Rising from the ashesHave you ever wished you could start with a clean slate and design your paddock layout, yards and pastures from scratch? For Troy and Nette Fischer, extreme circumstances led to a fresh start. In November 2015, a fire engulfed 80,000ha in SA, including the Fischers’ property, where it destroyed 650 White Suffolk stud sheep as well as 1,000 rolls of hay, sheds, machinery and 35km of fencing.

A new era of leadership for AHA

A new era of leadership for AHAIt was the end of an era at Animal Health Australia’s (AHA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 26 November, as the company said farewell to Chairman Peter Milne AM and welcomed incoming Chair, Sharon Starick alongside new Board Director, Renata Paliskis. Mr Milne is AHA’s longest serving Board member, appointed as Director in 2002, before becoming Chairman in 2011. During his tenure, Mr Milne has had a profound impact on AHA and the broader agricultural community.

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Quamby backyard chooks are a new breed made in Tasmania

'Critical' water for struggling WA farmers cut to save town supplyThe new breed named Quamby is both a prolific egg producer and meaty bird which is good for Sunday roasts. A former biochemistry lecturer from Tasmania has spent the past seven years of his retirement, full-time, developing the new breed. Dr Gil Stokes said the modern poultry industry over the past 50 years has hybridised chickens, developing them separately for their eggs and meat.

African swine fever lab has scientists working to stop its spread

African swine fever lab has scientists working to stop its spread behind airlocked doorsBehind the airtight walls and doors of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), a group of scientists is working away on infectious diseases. Everyday they undress, walk naked through an airlocked room to a change room on the other side. There, a fresh set of clothes is waiting for them. On the return journey they have to shower, wash their hair, and cannot take out anything that entered the secure area.

leading pastoral industry attempts to drought-proof WA's north

Centre-pivot irrigation leading pastoral industry attempts to drought-proof WA's northThere are more centre-pivot irrigation systems along Western Australia's Kimberley coast than any other region in Australia, as pastoralists attempt to grow the northern cattle industry. However it's not just about turning more beef into bucks, but also an attempt by pastoral stations between Port Hedland and Broome to drought-proof their properties. As farmers around the country debate the best way to prepare for dry times, northern WA's unique groundwater availability has been highlighted as a genuine opportunity to grow fodder on-farm.

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New Trade Agreements One Step Closer

New Trade Agreements One Step CloserThe Federal Parliament today passed the enabling legislation for Australia's free trade agreements with Indonesia, Peru and Hong Kong. The passage of this legislation means that Australia's farmers are one step closer to reaping the benefits of these trade agreements. NFF CEO Tony Mahar said that access to international markets is critically important for Australian agriculture.

Farmers welcome biosecurity boost

Farmers welcome biosecurity boostNSW Farmers has welcomed the Australian Government’s focus on improving the national biosecurity system, including the establishment of a Biosecurity Futures group and increased screening operations at entry points. Biosecurity Committee chair Ian McColl said the Government has responded to the threat of African swine fever and other pests and diseases by consulting with industry, increasing surveillance, and demonstrating agile detection of biosecurity risk.

Roots of most land access disputes

Roots of most land access disputesThe Office of the Land Access Ombudsman (OLAO) is nearing the end of their first full calendar year as a free, independent alternative to legal action for landholders and resource companies in the midst of land access disputes. Ombudsman Jane Pires says that in that time, the questions she and her team have been most frequently asked are about commonly recurring causes of disputes. “Understandably, everyone wants to know what the recurring issues are, examples of what a potential breach might look like, or where these problems stem from,” Ms Pires said.

South Australia’s top MSA producers announced

South Australia’s top MSA producers announcedBeef producers from throughout South Australia have taken out the top awards at the 2019 Meat Standards Australia (MSA) Excellence in Eating Quality Awards for the State, presented at Naracoorte last night. Hosted by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the Awards recognise beef producers who have achieved outstanding compliance rates to MSA specifications, as well as high eating quality performance, as represented by MSA Index results for MSA graded cattle during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years.

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WAFarmers Pushing for Improvements to the State and National Drought Programs

WAFarmers Pushing for Improvements to the State and National Drought ProgramsThe state and federal governments have been slowly easing farmers and pastoralists off government drought support for the past thirty years. In 1989 the government removed drought from the list of natural disasters such as cyclone and floods which marked the beginning of the end for on farm financial support for when the rains don’t come.

Time for Transparency on Inter Valley Water Trades

Time for Transparency on Inter Valley Water TradesThe Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is calling on the Victorian Government to announce the closing date for tagged water trades from the Goulburn to the Murray system. It comes on the back of Water Minister Lisa Neville’s announcement of an interim operational regime for the Goulburn River with all trades from the Goulburn system including tagged accounts being treated consistently with Inter-Valley Trade (IVT) rules from December.

Future Drought Fund Consultation

Future Drought Fund ConsultationThe Future Drought Fund consultation process is now open and you can have your say on how the fund should invest in drought resilience projects to assist farmers and farming communities. The Consultative Committee is leading the consultation process which includes online submissions and public meetings across Australia. Together the Consultative Committee has a wealth of experience in agricultural economics, climate risk, rural and regional development and natural resource management.

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