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Hay shortage prompts farmers to pay big money at clearing sales

Hay shortage prompts farmers to pay big money at clearing salesHay prices have hit record levels and, as the national supply continues to shrink, there is hot competition for fodder in unconventional markets such as clearing sales. Over the past fortnight, pasture hay at clearing sales — sales held in farmers' paddocks to traditionally dispose of farm tools and machinery — has sold for as much as $450/tonne.


Calls for freight subsidies as Barkly cattle trucked out in 'emergency' destocking

Calls for freight subsidies as 500,000 Barkly cattle trucked out in 'emergency' destockingThe Northern Territory cattle industry is calling for Federal Government assistance as drought-stricken Barkly pastoralists face millions of dollars in "emergency" destocking costs. The NT Cattlemen's Association estimates more than half a million cattle have been trucked out of the region in recent months, following one of the worst wet seasons on record.


Aerial culling keeps feral pigs from breeding in plague proportions

Aerial culling keeps feral pigs from breeding in plague proportions in western New South WalesThe feral pig population in the New South Wales western Riverina has been drastically reduced in a silver lining to the drought that has ravaged the region. The pest that preys on lambs, fouls up waterways, destroys the environment, competes for food, and poses a disease risk to livestock and humans no longer has free range of the Riverina flood plains.


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New farmer survey confirms tough times for dairy industry

New farmer survey confirms tough times for dairy industryA tough season and skyrocketing grain and water prices have had a devastating impact on farmer confidence, according to the latest country-wide poll of dairy farmers. The 2019 National Dairy Farmer Survey, taken as part of Dairy Australia’s June Situation and Outlook Report, recorded just 34 per cent of farmers as being “positive about the industry future”, the lowest in the survey’s history and a 13 per cent drop since last year.


Independent chair for new wool industry consultation model

Independent chair for new wool industry consultation modelAustralian Wool Innovation (AWI) has announced a new, enhanced industry consultation model to provide woolgrowers valuable input into the organisation’s priorities and give them an improved say in the future of the Australian merino wool industry. Under the new model, two consultation forums will replace AWI’s existing Industry Consultative Committee – a core AWI Woolgrower Industry Consultation Panel (WICP) and a broader group of the AWI Woolgrower Consultation Group (WCG).


VIC young cattle premium holds

VIC young cattle premium holdsThe Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) has been bouncing along for the last three months without too much fluctuation. However, while all animals are equal, those in Victoria and those bought by feedlots are slightly more equal than others.


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Review finds more than a dozen West Australian stations at 'high risk' of cattle deaths

Review finds more than a dozen West Australian stations at 'high risk' of cattle deathsA risk assessment of Western Australia's 435 cattle stations has found more than a dozen are at high risk of animal welfare issues in coming months due to a lack of food and water. The review was launched by the Pastoral Lands Board last month out of concern at unusually hot, dry conditions over the past year.


Hendra vaccine spike anticipated as Hunter Valley horse dies

Hendra vaccine spike anticipated as Hunter Valley horse dies from the bat-borne diseaseThe manufacturer of the Hendra vaccine is surprised it has taken this long for the deadly virus to reach the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, and along with a Newcastle equine vet, is encouraging horse owners to vaccinate their animals. Until a 25-year-old mare was euthanased on a property near Scone a week ago, the most southerly case had been at Dondingalong near Kempsey where a horse died in 2013.


Suplejack Station, NT's most isolated cattle property, sells at auction for $21m

Suplejack Station, NT's most isolated cattle property, sells at auction for $21mOne of Australia's most remote cattle properties, Suplejack Station, has sold for $21 million at an auction in Alice Springs. The property, offered for sale for the first time in its 55-year history, was purchased by Robert Savage and his family, who eclipsed the only other bidder, his sister, Lettie Cook and her family.


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NFF welcomes Coles' 'innovation' to improve dairy farmers' fortunes

NFF welcomes Coles' 'innovation' to improve dairy farmers' fortunesThe National Farmers' Federation has welcomed innovative thinking by Coles to improve the farm gate returns of some dairy farmers. The supermarket today announced plans to 'cut out the middle man' and source milk direct from farmers for its Coles Brand Fresh White Milk two and three litre products.


New leader for NSW dairy industry

New leader for NSW dairy industryCentral-West dairy farmer Colin Thompson has been elected as the new chair of the NSW Farmers Dairy Committee following the Dairy Section Annual Meeting in Sydney. Mr Thompson, who owns and operates Silvermere Holsteins at Cowra, has a long history in the dairy industry. He grew up on a family farm in Narooma before moving to the Central West to start a new dairy farming business post deregulation of the industry.


Solar PV on Farm

Solar PV on FarmAfter a 2015 Energy Savers audit, the Condamine Feedlot implemented a number of energy efficiency initiatives and installed a Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) system. The 300 kilo-watt (kW) system has been designed to match the power consumption of the feed mill to ensure that most of the power generated can be used on site.


Hopping onto rabbit control

LiveCorp and ALEC raise $20,000 for charityLandholders and producers impacted by rabbits are being invited to get the latest tips on controlling Australia’s most destructive environmental and agricultural pest. Estimated to cost South Australian primary industries $30 million annually, in collaboration with local NRM boards, PIRSA Biosecurity SA is organising a series of workshops in coming weeks across the state as part of a statewide program to support community and industry groups to maximise their efforts in rabbit control.


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The Invisable Hand Helping Agriculture

The Invisable Hand Helping AgricultureAdam Smith, the famous 18th Century Scottish economist, was the first to recognise that improvements in agriculture is one of the founding drivers of economic growth. His theories which he outlined in The Wealth of Nations around self-interest, specialisation, trade and the invisible hand of the market, have been key to understanding the way the economic world works.


Livestock industries tackle key issues at Annual Meeting

Livestock industries tackle key issues at Annual MeetingMembers of the cattle, sheep, wool and goat industries will gather at the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Livestock Group Annual Meeting to discuss the key challenges facing livestock producers. “Our industry is under increasing scrutiny and many livestock farmers are feeling pressure on all sides.


Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme

Quad Bike Safety Rebate SchemeUnder the scheme, a cash-back rebate of up to 50% of the purchase price (to a maximum of $500) for an approved operator/rollover/crush protection device is available. Rebates are available from 1st July 2019 and are allocated on a first-in, first-served basis to eligible applicants.


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