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Wild dog 'sentinel' gives farmers high-tech warning when flock is in danger

Wild dog 'sentinel' gives farmers high-tech warning when flock is in dangerNew technology is emerging that will detect wild dogs and send an alert to the farmer, helping to protect valuable livestock. In the frosty New England highlands of New South Wales, researchers have been trialling an invention that looks like it could have come from the set of Dr Who. Currently at the prototype stage, the Wild Dog Alert Node combines some of the most innovative modern technology available to oversee the welfare of livestock.


Two chickens 'set alight', RSPCA hunts for those responsible

Two chickens 'set alight', RSPCA hunts for those responsibleThe RSPCA is calling for public assistance in relation to an incident where it believes two chickens have been "deliberately set alight" in a South Australian park. The chickens were found in a skate park within Collins Reserve at Kidman Park in Adelaide on Sunday afternoon.


Bees are dying. What can we do about it?

Bees are dying. What can we do about it?Social media is abuzz with photos of bees drinking sugar water from teaspoons, after a post on a fan page dedicated to British naturalist Sir David Attenborough drew attention to the dwindling population of bees worldwide. Since 2013, bee populations in some parts of the world have fallen by a third, with phenomena ranging from the spread of the varroa mite to climate change identified for blame.


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Farmers prepare for milk price index

Farmers prepare for milk price index Anticipation is mounting over a commodity milk price index, with work on the index well underway and a mid-year timeline now set for its release. Peak advocacy group Australian Dairy Farmers last week received a briefing on key elements of the index, a major election commitment of former Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce that aims to help farmers better understand and interpret price signals.


It’s Ewe Time forums focus on lifting productivity and profitability

It’s Ewe Time forums focus on lifting productivity and profitabilityOne of the sheep industry’s most popular extension and adoption programs, It’s Ewe Time, returns in July and August, designed to increase producer awareness of the principles, practices and tools of sheep enterprise productivity and profitability. A joint initiative of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the forums are part of the flagship Making More From Sheep program.


Research targets dark cutting

Research targets dark cuttingThe impact of lairage timing and duration on the meat colour of feedlot cattle is the focus of new research aimed at reducing rates of dark cutting in the industry. Feedlot veterinary and nutrition consultants, Matt and Melissa George, Bovine Dynamics, are undertaking the project, funded by grainfed levies through Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA).


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Record shipment of alpaca fleece to China signals new industry for Australia

Record shipment of alpaca fleece to China signals new industry for AustraliaRecord volumes of alpaca fleece are being shipped to China in what is hoped will set the industry up as a major new arm of Australian agriculture. A regular fixture of bed-and-breakfasts, wineries and boutique hobby farms, the long-necked animal is more likely to be associated with the cottage industry than big-scale farming.


Graziers in Queensland, New South Wales go into 'survival mode'

Graziers in Queensland, New South Wales go into 'survival mode' The drought in western Queensland has been an oppressive reality for years and now it is spreading towards the coast forcing graziers to travel further to find feed for their stock. Graziers Robert and Jane Sherry said at this time of year they would normally have long and lush grass for their cattle to eat on their property at Clarke Creek, two hours north of Rockhampton.


Horses euthanased following deadly accident sparks NSW review

Horses euthanased following deadly accident sparks NSW reviewA NSW Government review has been ordered into the decision to euthanase eight horses after a truck crash near Dubbo amid allegations that some of the animals had not suffered serious injuries. The vehicle overturned at Brocklehurst on the morning of May 26 while transporting 17 horses to a competition in Tamworth.


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NFF welcomes Farm Household Allowance extension

NFF welcomes Farm Household Allowance extensionNFF President Fiona Simson said the news would be a welcomed relief to farmers battling consecutive years of drought. “Farmers in parts of Queensland, for example, have encountered up to seven years of drought. “Until today, farming families receiving assistance through the FHA program were required to transition away from the allowance after three years, this is despite many still grappling with the financial pressures prolonged drought imposes."


Drought and infrastructure commitments stand out for farmers

Drought and infrastructure commitments stand out for farmersThe NSW Farmers’ Association commends the NSW Government for a budget that has delivered for regional and rural communities, in challenging times due to drought conditions across most of the state. NSW Farmers’ President Derek Schoen said the Association has worked closely with the government to establish the parameters of the $250 million Farm Innovation Fund.


Tough times continue for Pork industry

Tough times continue for Pork industryProducers are urged to consider their finances and opportunities for support as many face challenging times due to the depressed market for pig meat combined with high feed costs. While producers draw on reserves from better times, Queensland producers face the highest feed costs in Australia and nothing looks like changing any time soon!


Growing SA to highlight policy impacts on-Farm

Growing SA to highlight policy impacts on-FarmSouth Australia’s only forum to debate grains and livestock advocacy, research and farm business issues is back. Growing SA will return in 2018, following the success of last year’s inaugural event. Grain Producers SA and Livestock SA will again partner to host the conference on Friday 14 September at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, Hahndorf.


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WAFarmers Livestock Council questions Ministers intentions

WAFarmers Livestock Council questions Ministers intentionsThe WAFarmers Livestock Council understands designated welfare officers raided the offices of Emanuel’s yesterday and confiscated a large amount of equipment, which could have in fact jeopardised the welfare of sheep on board a vessel approved to sail by Federal regulators recently.


VFF Livestock Council holds election

VFF Livestock Council holds election VFF CEO and Returning Officer, Stephen Sheridan, has announced elections for the VFF Livestock Council. Nominations were called for Livestock President and Vice-President. Nominations were also called for regional councilors in Wimmera, Corangamite, North East, East Gippsland and an additional councilor. No opposing nominations were received for President and Vice-President.


Energy and irrigation initiatives welcome

Energy and irrigation initiatives welcomeThe Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) has warmly welcomed the outstanding suite of initiatives announced by Energy Minister Guy Barnett and Minister for Primary Industries and Water Sarah Courtney today at Longford. TFGA CEO Peter Skillern said that energy and irrigation were key pillars of the organisation’s State Election Policy Platform released earlier this year.


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Helping Our Local Farmers - Feel Free To Contact Us And See If We Can Help

Helping Our Local Farmers - Feel Free To Contact Us And See If We Can HelpOnline Livestock is dedicated to helping our local Aussie farmers. If you have a product or service that you would like us to help you promote please contact us today. We have many options that are cost free and simply done on a good will basis. We believe strongly in building a passionate community that supports each another in tough times.



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