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What would a new mandatory code of conduct in the dairy industry look like?

What would a new mandatory code of conduct in the dairy industry look like?The dairy industry may finally get a mandatory code of conduct, but what difference will that really make for farmers? The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission called for a mandatory code earlier this year but key parts of the industry resisted, saying the costs would be too high and what they really needed was less regulation.

Drought bites in the east as ABARES forecasts 12pc cut to grain production

Drought bites in the east as ABARES forecasts 12pc cut to grain productionA rough winter for grain growers on the east coast has led the Australian government commodity forecaster, ABARES, to predict a 12 per cent drop in winter grain production from last year's total. Released this morning, the latest crop report is tipping winter production — including wheat, barley, canola, pulses and oats, among others — to yield 33.2 million tonnes.

Low farm-gate milk price and drought forces an end to 100 years of dairying

Low farm-gate milk price and drought forces an end to 100 years of dairyingAfter almost 100 years of dairying, the combination of low farm-gate milk prices and the drought has forced a Darling Downs farmer to pull the pin. This week Rowan Mengel sent another truck of cows away from his property at Felton, south-west of Toowoomba, in a last-ditch effort to boost his cash flow as the cost of fodder continues to soar.

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Time for young dairy representatives to step forward

Time for young dairy representatives to step forwardI was in Canberra last month and witnessed first-hand the political turmoil that rocked the federal Government and which ultimately led to a change of Prime Minister. Ironically, I was accompanying a group of young dairy industry professionals as part of the Developing Dairy Leaders Program, run by Marcus Oldham College with support from Australian Dairy Farmers and Dairy Australia.

AWI cautions on 36% drop in income

AWI cautions on 36% drop in incomeAWI is cautioning eligible levy payers to strongly consider their vote at WoolPoll, given the recent significant decrease in wool production anticipated in the coming seasons as a result of the drought. AWI Director Don Macdonald highlighted the organisation’s concern that some within the industry are calling for a reduced levy of 1.5%.

Cattle exports gain momentum

Cattle exports gain momentumCattle exports have regained the impetus this year, even in the face of challenging trading conditions, increasing 24% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2018 to 780,000 head. Exports out of Darwin for the calendar year-to-September lifted 29% year-on-year, as a reasonable northern wet season boosted supplies and relieved some pressure on export prices through the first half of 2018.

Do you know the signs of Foot and Mouth Disease?

Do you know the signs of Foot and Mouth Disease?Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is known to affect cloven hoofed animals, including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, deer, buffalo and camelids. Thankfully Australia is lucky enough not to have this highly contagious disease of livestock. In 2013, The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)[1] estimated the cost of an outbreak of FMD in Australia.

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Milk price pushed up in south coast supermarket to support local farmers

Milk price pushed up in south coast supermarket to support local farmersA local supermarket on the New South Wales south coast has increased the price of milk and will donate the extra profit back to local farmers. The store at Milton, near Ulladulla in the Shoalhaven, put the price up by 10 cents a litre, and will take the money back to the farm gates of the four local dairy farmers left in the area. Co-owner of the IGA store Anthony Latter said the decision to increase the price was made in response to requests from the community.

Eggs recalled in Sydney after almost two dozen cases of salmonella poisoning

Eggs recalled in Sydney after almost two dozen cases of salmonella poisoningA line of eggs is being recalled after almost two dozen people in Sydney were diagnosed with salmonella poisoning. Consumers in New South Wales are warned not to eat Glendenning Farm eggs from cartons or bulk trays with best-before dates across September and October 1. The products were sold in small independent supermarkets and retailers in metropolitan Sydney.

Using folk music to fight off drought depression

Using folk music to fight off drought depression A drought-stricken New South Wales farmer is using folk music to fight off the depressing conditions of the worst drought in living memory. The sights of the big dry have become ubiquitous. Arid paddocks, gaunt livestock and dejected farmers are now visuals synonymous with the crisis gripping all of NSW and most of Queensland. The soundtrack of the drought, however, is seldom heard.

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Drought support 'most comprehensive yet'

Drought support 'most comprehensive yet'The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed what it believes is arguably ‘the most comprehensive' set of drought support measures ever extended to farmers, following the Prime Ministerial Drought Summit in Canberra today. "Cynics suggested that the Summit risked being nothing more than a 'talk fest'," NFF President Fiona Simson said.

NSW Farmers’ Association appoints new CEO

NSW Farmers’ Association appoints new CEOThe Board of NSW Farmers has appointed Pete Arkle as the Association’s new chief executive officer. Mr Arkle will join the Association next month following 12 years with agribusiness Syngenta in sustainable agriculture, corporate and public affairs. Mr Arkle has also previously worked in policy roles for the Department of Agriculture and the National Farmers’ Federation. President of NSW Farmers, James Jackson, said he was delighted to welcome Mr Arkle to the team.

QFF celebrates Queensland agriculture

QFF celebrates Queensland agricultureThe Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and industry members are celebrating Queensland’s integral role in Australia’s agricultural story as part of National Agriculture Day, today, 21 November 2018. National Agriculture Day is a chance for all Australians to reflect on the pivotal role agriculture has played in the country’s history, by celebrating its successes and resolving to work towards its bright future.

Key ag issues up for debate at second GROWING SA Conference

Key ag issues up for debate at second GROWING SA ConferenceRegistrations are open for the second GROWING SA conference, featuring an exciting line-up of speakers, including Minister for Primary Industries Tim Whetstone, and receiving huge support from industry sponsors. This year’s conference – hosted by Grain Producers SA and Livestock SA – is set for Friday 14 September at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, Hahndorf, and features core themes in farm business management, policy and advocacy, and industry growth.

Digital Envy Solutions
The Farm Store

Heavy Vehicle Accreditation review: Give us your feedback!

Heavy Vehicle Accreditation review: Give us your feedback!Deloitte are undertaking a review of the Western Australian Heavy Vehicle Accreditation system. As part of WAFarmers due diligence we are looking for feedback from our members through this survey below which will allow us to provide adequate suggestions to Deloitte.

Victorian farmers welcome long-term commitment

Victorian farmers welcome long-term commitmentThe Victorian Farmers Federation today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcements on drought funding and initiatives to underpin long-term preparedness. The Prime Minister today announced a number of drought measures including the establishment of a $5 billion Future Drought Fund, commencing with a $3.9 billion investment, to support farmers and their rural and regional communities.

Guy Barnett Appointment

Guy Barnett AppointmentThe Tasmanian Farmers and Grazier Association welcomes the announcement of the State’s new Minister for Primary Industries and Water Guy Barnett. “We look forward to working closely with the new Minister on behalf of the agricultural community in Tasmania,” TFGA President Wayne Johnston said.

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