Month: September 2016

Highlights from Grain Central: Farmer builds his own on-farm wireless solution

Here’s our pick of recent articles appearing on our new Grain Central website…  DETERMINED to do something about having half his farm, including the family home, in a blackspot for NBN coverage, southern NSW farmer Murray Scholz decided to take matters into his own hands, setting up his own relay station to beam the signal… Read more »

Weekly property review: Is the final chapter in the Kidman saga getting closer?

Steers on Kidmans’ Channel Country holdings IN April 2015, Australia’s biggest private landholder S. Kidman & Co was listed for sale. Including the world’s largest cattle station, Anna Creek, the Kidman portfolio of properties was valued at the time at $390 million. Since that time, two sale offers were rejected by the Federal Government over national… Read more »

Movement at the Station: A roundup of rural property briefs

Minnamurra offers quality Gunnedah, Dirranbandi assets Leinster mixed enterprise to go under the hammer Clermont’s Doongmabulla highly regarded Eidsvold Station remains in good hands, after unconventional succession plan Minnamurra offers quality Gunnedah, Dirranbandi assets The well-known Minnamurra Pastoral Co is selling its 11,330ha Glenrowan aggregation in northern New South Wales, together with its 12,053ha southern… Read more »

Foreign land register reveals China ‘takeover’ is heavily over-stated

FEARS that China is threatening to dominate agricultural land ownership in Australia are heavily over-stated, statistics released in the Federal Government’s much-anticipated Foreign Owned Agricultural Land Register this morning reveal. The report suggests that as at June 30, almost 14 percent of Australia’s farmland is in foreign hands — with more than 50pc of that… Read more »

Opinion: Foreign ownership report shows signs of significant flaws

WHILE this morning’s much-anticipated Federal Government report sheds some valuable light on both the width and depth of foreign interest in Australian agricultural land assets, it is not without its flaws, it seems. The Registry of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land was introduced in a bid to provide transparency about Australian land bought and owned… Read more »

Industry reaction: NFF welcomes foreign land register, but calls for more detail

The National Farmers Federation has welcomed this morning’s release of the registry of foreign ownership of agricultural land, but has urged the Federal Government to provide more detail. The report (click here to access) shows the United Kingdom as the leading overseas owner of farming land in Australia, followed by the United States, the Netherlands,… Read more »

Roma Store 6 Sep 2016: Restockers, lot feeders more selective

Andy Douglas, Springfield, Mitchell, sold Droughtmaster steers to 414c/kg for 270kg to return $1118/head at Roma’s Store Sale on Tuesday. Yarding 2769 Change 703 It was another small store sale again this week with most cattle drawn from the usual south west supply areas. Good quality steers and heifers continued to sell well, but restocker… Read more »

NVLX Wodonga 6 Sep 2016: Prices dearer in rain-affected yarding

Heavy rain across much of NSW and Victoria had an immediate effect on prices at NVLX in a smaller larger yarding of 1,240. Meat & Livestock Australia said cattle prices tracked at dearer levels over most trade categories. Vealers were limited and all buyers were eager to capture a market share which pushed price 11c… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 7 Sep 2016

Today’s 14-day rainfall outlook – scroll to bottom of article Early Spring rainfall was received in large parts of the country with best falls from the Kimberley and throughout much of the Northern Territory to most of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, also central and northeastern parts of South Australia. Rain over the past… Read more »