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Three-Day Trek For Bulls
Long Trek For Gympie Bulls Going To Alice Springs Show Sale

Three-Day Trek For BullsGood prices are expected at the annual Alice Springs bull sale, the biggest bull sale in the red centre. A strong cattle market and good recent rain mean pastoralists may have to dig deeper into their pockets amid an increased demand for cattle. In the past four years, Droughtmaster bulls from Gympie in south-east Queensland have topped the sale. The Becker family is hoping their bulls can once again get that top price, and the signs are promising.

First New Predator Toxin in 50 Years
The Fight To Stop The Widespread Damage To Agriculture

First New Predator Toxin in 50 YearsThe fight to stop the widespread damage to agriculture and the environment caused by wild dogs and foxes will be fortified with two new poison baits - Dogabait and Foxecute® - now available for use in Australia. This major collaborative research and development investment between Animal Control Technologies Australia Pty Ltd (ACTA), Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and the Australian government through the Invasive Animals CRC has resulted in the first new predator toxin in 50 years becoming available, since 1080 was released on the market.

Dairy Farmers Facing A Tough Year
New Milk Prices Below Cost Of Production

Dairy Farmers Facing A Tough YearAustralian dairy farmers say they will struggle to break even this year with the major milk processors unveiling prices below the cost of production. The industry hit crisis levels earlier in the year when Murray Goulburn, which processes a third of Australia's milk, and New Zealand giant Fonterra suddenly and retrospectively cut the prices they pay farmers.

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The Artificial Insemination Process
West Australian Farm Marks 30 Years Of Artificial Insemination

The Artificial Insemination ProcessBelinda the stud Black Angus heifer has just had a measure of bull semen injected into her cervix. There is a 60 per cent chance she is now pregnant. The artificial insemination (AI) of Belinda and the rest of her herd follows weeks of preparation, including numerous circuits through the cattle yards, and injections to bring on simultaneous ovulation. Matching Belinda to the right bull also meant hours of research and planning for breeder Tony Sudlow, from Kapari Angus Stud, 500km north of Perth.

Farming In 2050
Storing Carbon Could Help Meet Australia's Climate Goals

Farming In 2050Australia's agricultural lands help to feed about 60 million people worldwide, and also support tens of thousands of farmers as well as rural communities and industries. But a growing global population with a growing appetite is placing increasing demands on our agricultural land. At the same time, the climate is warming and in many places getting drier too.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Pimelea
Which Is Poisonous To Cattle, Sheep And Horses And Is Potentially Fatal To Cattle

Keep Your Eyes Peeled For PimeleaProducers are being warned that recent seasonal conditions could lead to growth of the weed Pimelea, which is poisonous to cattle, sheep and horses and is potentially fatal to cattle. It is most common in south-west Queensland, north-west NSW and northern SA. Pimelea poisoning is also known as St George disease, Marree disease, 'big-head' and flaxweed poisoning.

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Chooks And Sugar Cane
All Part Of Farm Diversity For These Ingham Farmers

Chooks And Sugar CaneWhen cane growers diversify, they tend to run a few cattle or grow crops; not many cane farmers run chickens. But Dan and Leanne Cornder are definitely bucking the trend and doing just that. Their property at Braemeadows, east of Ingham in north Queensland, has free-range chickens as well as sugar cane — and they are about to build their own micro-abattoir. "We're starting up a new business growing free range heritage chickens," Mr Corner explained.

Call For Independent Vets
The Push For Independent Veterinarians On Live Export Ships Is Gaining Momentum

Call For Independent Vets THE PUSH for independent veterinarians on live export ships and further review of animal welfare standards on voyages is gaining momentum. Other veterinarians who have worked on live cattle and sheep export ships are speaking out about what they claim is endemic problems with animal cruelty. In the wake of claims by experienced live export vet Dr Lynn Simpson that she was removed from a government position due to pressure from the live export industry after presenting evidence of appalling conditions on ships, at least five vets have said her case was not unusual.

Stock Shortages Blamed For Closure
Queensland's Largest Sheep Abattoir At Wallangarra

Stock Shortages Blamed For ClosureLow stock numbers and difficult global trading conditions have been blamed for the imminent closure of Queensland's largest sheep-processing facility. Thomas Foods International owns the plant located on the state's southern border, and has confirmed in a statement the Wallangarra abattoir will close on Friday for the "near to medium" future.

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The National Farmers' Federation (NFF)
Australia Can Lead The Global Agricultural Marketplace

The National Farmers' Federation (NFF)Australian agriculture stands poised and ready to lead the global marketplace for agricultural products but calls for the review or rewinding of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) must be abandoned and focus placed on removing non-tariff barriers to trade. National Farmers Federation (NFF) Chief Executive Office, Tony Mahar, said technological improvements were rapidly reshaping the way trade and business were conducted but opportunities were being lost to avoidable and unnecessary blocks to trade efficiency.

NSW Farmers
Native Vegetation Act must go

NSW Farmers Demand Action Over Shenhua NSW Farmers attended NSW Parliament for the Government’s release of its much anticipated draft native vegetation law reforms on 3 May. The draft biodiversity legislation package would repeal the Native Vegetation Act as well as make significant amendments to the Local Land Services Act. The package goes a long way in remedying the existing legislation in its more equal approach to the social, environmental and economic considerations that impact upon land management.

The Queensland Farmers Federation
QFF Welcome Coalition Funding To Develop A Northern Australian Rice Industry

The Queensland Farmers FederationThe Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) has welcomed the Coalition’s commitment to allocate $4 million in funding from its R&D for Profit Program towards the development of a rice industry in northern Australia. QFF CEO Travis Tobin described the announcement from the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce as a targeted and practical approach towards developing agriculture in northern Australia.

Primary Producers SA
Pork SA Is The Peak Industry Organisation Representing Pork Producers

Primary Producers SAPork SA recognises that while profitability is critical, it is just as important to have the confidence of the community and consumers in how responsibly the industry operates in areas such as welfare, environmental sustainability and food safety. Pork SA will specifically address such matters and enable the industry to be ahead of the issues rather than reacting in an uncoordinated manner.

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The Western Australian Farmers Federation
Rural Fire Service Establishment A Win In Yarloop Fire Report

Text HereA report outlining 40 recommendations and opportunities for future firefighting processes has been delivered, with WAFarmers pleased a recommendation has been created as a result of consultation with the organisation, and that a rural firefighting service has been suggested as a course of action. Premier Colin Barnett released the long-awaited report in Harvey this morning, stating that the current system for managing bushfires was “failing citizens and the government”.

The Victorian Farmers Federation
Opening Milk Prices Raise Questions Of Pricing Transparency

The Victorian Farmers FederationThe Victorian dairy industry has welcomed Fonterra's next season opening milk price of $4.75 per kilogram of milk solids, but warned that this falls well below the cost of production for most farmers. “This price isn’t as bad as we expected, but it’s still extremely disappointing that it’s taken so long for Murray Goulburn and Fonterra to announce their opening prices,” United Dairyfarmers of Victoria President Adam Jenkins said. “Let’s face it – these two processors made unethical decisions which have left a significant portion industry in Limbo for the last twelve weeks!”

Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association
Incitec Pivot Contributes $50,000 To Help Tasmanian Farming Families

Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers AssociationIncitec Pivot Fertilisers has today donated $50,000 to support Tasmanian farmers in getting their businesses up and running after the recent floods. Gerard Buckle, IPF Vice President Sales & Marketing, said the support would be made through the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) to ensure it was readily available to impacted farmers. “We have been working closely with the farmers over the last two weeks and we’ve heard first-hand from them and their families of the hardships they’re now facing, and we knew it was time to give them a hand,” Mr Buckle said.

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