Category: Livestock

Traditional owners concerned by ILC's exit strategy on NT cattle station

Traditional owners are concerned about the exit strategy of the Indigenous Land Corporation as it looks to handover the running of a cattle station in the Northern Territory. Source: ABC Livestock Traditional owners concerned by ILC’s exit strategy on NT cattle station

Hey honey! Want to keep bees? Here's what you need to know

Before going out to buy your first colony, here are some tips, tricks and common mistakes novice beekeepers make. Source: ABC Livestock Hey honey! Want to keep bees? Here’s what you need to know

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 15 August 2018

Two cold fronts generated moderate falls in southwestern and southeastern Australia, while Western Tasmania had wet and windy conditions throughout the week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 15 August 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 15 August 2018

Goat restockers help push Dubbo sale prices up $15

STRONG demand from restockers helped push goat prices up to $15 higher at Dubbo’s quarterly sale on Tuesday. The post Goat restockers help push Dubbo sale prices up $15 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat restockers help push Dubbo sale prices up

Grain prices drive commodities higher in July

Higher grain prices drove the National Australia Bank’s Rural Commodities Index up 1.3pc in July, with prolonged dry conditions across Eastern Australia continuing to push feed prices higher. The post Grain prices drive commodities higher in July appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Grain prices drive commodities higher in July

Scarcity of cottonseed restricts Cargill’s Narrabri crush

Headaches loom for specialist livestock feeders using cottonseed meal and hulls in their rations as cottonseed crushers, amid droughty market demand, strive to increase production. The post Scarcity of cottonseed restricts Cargill’s Narrabri crush appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Scarcity of cottonseed restricts Cargill’s Narrabri crush

Why did a chicken cross 6,400km of roads?

Nathan Watson lives for his prized pedigree chickens and an epic road trip with his birds just scratches the surface of his commitment. Source: ABC Livestock Why did a chicken cross 6,400km of roads?

Defying the drought: Farmers who braced for the big dry

There is a drought spreading across eastern Australia and it is severe, but it is not our worst — at least not yet — and many farmers are prepared. Source: ABC Livestock Defying the drought: Farmers who braced for the big dry

Top End's best beef country battles big dry

Large cattle properties in the NT’s Barkly region, often thought of as the ‘engine room’ behind the Top End beef industry, de-stock as dry conditions take hold. Source: ABC Livestock Top End’s best beef country battles big dry

For the first time ever, Dennis has run out of hay

Victorian Dennis Walker and his wife Judy are making the journey to Barraroo Station in western New South Wales to deliver the very last of their hay. The trip is an emotional one. Source: ABC Livestock For the first time ever, Dennis has run out of hay

Farm ownership is moving away from being a family business in Tasmania

Foreign ownership throws up a lot of challenges for farmers across the country but the north-west Tasmanian community of Circular Head is embracing the change and starting to see the benefits. Source: ABC Livestock Farm ownership is moving away from being a family business in Tasmania

Recruitment: Five ways to build loyalty, not turnover

High employee turnover is costly for any agribusiness. It typically costs thousands of dollars in advertising charges, interview costs, training time and other expenses every time an employee decides to leave your business. Here’s five tools that can help with retention and reducing turnover. The post Recruitment: Five ways to build loyalty, not turnover appeared… Read more »

Cats don't just kill with their claws; 'toxo' hitting native wildlife hard

Two years ago, Kevin Knowles was releasing possums, bettongs, bandicoots and quolls trapped during his annual survey in the Tasmanian bush. This year, not a single native animal was found — something experts blame on a disease known as ‘toxo’. Source: ABC Livestock Cats don’t just kill with their claws; ‘toxo’ hitting native wildlife… Read more »

Dairy farmers plan to walk away from industry

Low milk prices and high input costs are pushing dairy farmers to the brink with some saying despite farming for generations they cannot remain in the industry. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy farmers plan to walk away from industry

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 8 August 2018

Thunderstorms produced moderate falls in western, central and northeastern Victoria, elevated areas of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, and in northwest Tasmania, while another cold front moved north over the South West Land Division, bringing cold southwest to southerly winds in the wake of the front and further moderate falls to the South West… Read more »

Beekeeping industry abuzz over new biosecurity safeguards

A major biosecurity incident in the bee industry could cost Australian agriculture billions, which is why beekeepers must get on board with a new code of practice, according to the Apiary Alliance. Source: ABC Livestock Beekeeping industry abuzz over new biosecurity safeguards

‘Pocket shepherd’ online tool delivers predictive sheep management

An online tool that provides timely and accurate predictions for sheep wellbeing and productivity using climate, stock and pasture information is now available online for sheep producers throughout Australia. The post ‘Pocket shepherd’ online tool delivers predictive sheep management appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central ‘Pocket shepherd’ online tool delivers predictive sheep… Read more »

Crops and livestock 'polluted' by plastic' along major SA highway

Farmers are considering their legal options after rubbish associated with trucks offloading at a dump in Adelaide’s north is blamed for polluting grain and potentially causing the death of livestock. Source: ABC Livestock Crops and livestock ‘polluted’ by plastic’ along major SA highway

Farmers speak out against starving stock drought stereotype

Farmers are concerned the media is focusing too heavily on drought disaster stories that are damaging the reputation of Australia’s livestock industry. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers speak out against starving stock drought stereotype

State farm organisations welcome $190m Federal drought support package

Farmers and graziers impacted by drought will receive up to an additional $12,000 in financial support, under a $190 million support package announced by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning. The post State farm organisations welcome $190m Federal drought support package appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central State farm organisations welcome 0m… Read more »

Deputy PM throws support behind live export industry

Michael McCormack is in WA on a fact finding tour, just weeks after his predecessor Barnaby Joyce delivered a speech to more than 1,000 local farmers in defence of the live export industry. Source: ABC Livestock Deputy PM throws support behind live export industry

Why is it so hard to get local steak in the so-called 'beef capital'?

A bizarre situation has long perplexed steak lovers in the self-proclaimed “beef capital of Australia”. Now central Queensland graziers are trying to bring back local beef. Source: ABC Livestock Why is it so hard to get local steak in the so-called ‘beef capital’?

Hay growers can't meet demand as prices triple

North Queensland hay growers are receiving calls from farmers thousands of kilometres away looking for feed to keep their stock alive. Source: ABC Livestock Hay growers can’t meet demand as prices triple

Recruitment: Four hints to help give constructive feedback to employees

Any effective agribusiness leader needs the ability to give constructive feedback and criticism to their staff. While everyone should be able to handle a certain amount of constructive feedback, the way it is delivered can be the difference between offending someone and motivating them to do a better job next time. The post Recruitment: Four… Read more »

Drought, over-harvesting sees goat numbers plummet

Free-ranging goats have provided an alternative, easy income for arid-land graziers in NSW, but due to drought and large-scale mustering the goat numbers are drying up. Source: ABC Livestock Drought, over-harvesting sees goat numbers plummet

How can I help? The dos and don'ts of drought donation

The devastation of the drought has captured the nation’s attention, and thousands of people want to know the best way to help. Source: ABC Livestock How can I help? The dos and don’ts of drought donation

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14-day rain outlook, 1 August 2018

Rainfall deficiencies over 6 months have increased both in extent and severity for most of New South Wales, agricultural and east pastoral regions of South Australia, northern Victoria and southern coastal Western Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14-day rain outlook, 1 August 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall… Read more »

Before you stump up for 'hormone-free' steaks tonight, read this

Organic farming and grass feeding are promoted as having some social and environmental benefits compared with conventionally produced red meats, but are they any healthier? Leah Dowling and Louise Dunn investigate. Source: ABC Livestock Before you stump up for ‘hormone-free’ steaks tonight, read this

Drought through the eyes of a 16-year-old

As her family’s farm started being destroyed by what she calls “the disease”, teenager Zara King picked up a camera and drone to record it. Source: ABC Livestock Drought through the eyes of a 16-year-old

NSW Premier announces $500m drought subsidies package

A $500 million emergency drought relief package has been welcome by New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian today has been welcomed by farmers. The post NSW Premier announces $500m drought subsidies package appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW Premier announces 0m drought subsidies package

Last drinks as Darwin meatworks mothballed

Workers at the AACo abattoir near Darwin have clocked off for the last time. But is this really the end of the $100 million facility? Source: ABC Livestock Last drinks as Darwin meatworks mothballed

The big dry: 'See us, hear us, help us'

Ninety-eight per cent of NSW and 57 per cent of Queensland is in drought or is drought-affected. Farmers and communities are facing ruin and say it’s time their plight was recognised. Source: ABC Livestock The big dry: ‘See us, hear us, help us’

Drought-stricken farmers urged to apply for financial assistance

Drought has ravaged large swathes of Queensland and New South Wales for years, but about half the farmers eligible for an assistance payment have not applied for it, with many citing bureaucratic red tape. Source: ABC Livestock Drought-stricken farmers urged to apply for financial assistance

A ram for Ronald as Eyre Peninsula family gives back

A family on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula will donate the money made from one of its stud rams to Ronald McDonald House in Adelaide, after they stayed there when their daughter was born prematurely. Source: ABC Livestock A ram for Ronald as Eyre Peninsula family gives back

Managers of McArthur River Station retire after 25 years

The managers of McArthur River Station in the Northern Territory are retiring after 25 years at the property. Source: ABC Livestock Managers of McArthur River Station retire after 25 years

Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2018

August to October is likely to be drier than average for most of mainland Australia. Chances are highest in the southeast, where there is a greater than 80pc chance of a drier season for northern Victoria and southern NSW. The post Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Farmers plead for bullets to put down emaciated stock

The harsh reality of drought continues to be felt across New South Wales, with some farmers claiming they don’t have enough ammunition to euthanase starving stock. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers plead for bullets to put down emaciated stock

Dry drives farmer to feed sheep onions

A South Australian farmer feeds onions to his sheep because of a shortage of feed caused by the dry conditions. Source: ABC Livestock Dry drives farmer to feed sheep onions

'Scruffy' alpacas 'probably targeted' for abduction, Tasmanian police say

Three alpacas stolen from a property in north-west Tasmania have about three years’ wool on them and are “quiet scruffy in appearance”, police say. Investigators believe the animals were targeted for abduction after their owner died. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Scruffy’ alpacas ‘probably targeted’ for abduction, Tasmanian police say

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 25 July 2018

A series of cold fronts and troughs embedded in a vigorous westerly flow brought moderate falls to the north and west of Western Australia’s South West Land Division and southern Goldfields and southeastern South Australia, parts of western Victoria and northern Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 25 July 2018 appeared… Read more »

Hogwash! NSW farmer produces soap from pigs

Declaring his own war on waste, a NSW pig farmer uses fat from his heritage pigs to make soap and help fill the purse. Source: ABC Livestock Hogwash! NSW farmer produces soap from pigs

Farmers turn to fruit to keep cattle alive during drought

A farmer near Gunnedah is feeding his cattle orange peel, donated by a juice factory, in a bid to keep them alive as the drought wears on. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers turn to fruit to keep cattle alive during drought

The rodeo girls proving they are just as tough as the boys

They are only 11, but these girls prove gender is no barrier in the rodeo arena, pulling on their boots and giving the boys a run for their money. Source: ABC Livestock The rodeo girls proving they are just as tough as the boys

'They are headed to destruction': Premier blasts live export industry

Mark McGowan launches a stinging attack on the live export industry, likening it to a drowning person attacking their rescuer and blasting farmers for “attacking” a State Government he says is trying to help them. Source: ABC Livestock ‘They are headed to destruction’: Premier blasts live export industry

Barnaby Joyce attacks live export 'zealots' at heated rally of WA farmers

Barnaby Joyce issues a rallying call to defend Australia’s embattled live sheep export trade to a rally of about 1,000 farmers, but WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan hits back, warning the crowd he is no friend of theirs. Source: ABC Livestock Barnaby Joyce attacks live export ‘zealots’ at heated rally of WA farmers

Honey bee industry calls for greater forage access in conservation parks

With the almond industry expecting to need about 100,000 more hives to pollinate crops in coming years, beekeepers are hoping to gain better access for bees to ‘rejuvenate’ in national parks. Source: ABC Livestock Honey bee industry calls for greater forage access in conservation parks

Bega Cheese buys milk-drying plant in move set to boost competition

Bega Cheese expands its dairy footprint in western Victoria by acquiring Saputo’s Koroit processing facility in western Victoria for $250 million. Source: ABC Livestock Bega Cheese buys milk-drying plant in move set to boost competition

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 18 July 2018

A weak low pressure system over Victoria produced moderate falls in southeastern South Australia and western Victoria, while a series of cold fronts tracked across the south, generating moderate falls along the South West Land Division in Western Australia, and in western and northern Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 18… Read more »

Australian Alpaca Association welcomes new CEO

FORMER wool industry policy director Amanda Olthof has been appointed as chief executive officer of the Australian Alpaca Association. The post Australian Alpaca Association welcomes new CEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian Alpaca Association welcomes new CEO

Saputo backs mandatory code of conduct for dairy industry

Australia’s largest dairy processor, Saputo, comes out in support of a mandatory code of conduct for the industry and calls for milk price step-downs to be illegal. Source: ABC Livestock Saputo backs mandatory code of conduct for dairy industry

Lack of public information on polo pony deaths worries vet, horse breeder

Almost six months on from the mysterious deaths of 16 polo ponies after the Barnbougle polo event, a vet and a breeder are concerned that the lack of public information could affect Tasmanian events and breeding programs. Source: ABC Livestock Lack of public information on polo pony deaths worries vet, horse breeder

Saying goodbye: when is it time to put down your dog?

Deciding to put down your best mate is never easy. But there are helpful considerations that can provide guidance during this emotional time. Source: ABC Livestock Saying goodbye: when is it time to put down your dog?

City-based refugees go bush for first time

A group of 35 new arrivals from Iraq who live in western Sydney have visited regional New South Wales for the first time, many experiencing their first close encounter with kangaroos and other native animals. Source: ABC Livestock City-based refugees go bush for first time

Milking consumer demand for organic milk has its curds and whey

Organic milk now has its place among the wide variety of milk available on the supermarket shelf, but what is it like to go organic for a dairy farmer? Source: ABC Livestock Milking consumer demand for organic milk has its curds and whey

They're bred to race, so can greyhounds still make good family pets?

They’re becoming increasingly popular as pets but an animal behaviour expert is warning that adopted greyhounds may be in a chronic state of fear and ready to lash out. Source: ABC Livestock They’re bred to race, so can greyhounds still make good family pets?

US sheep and goat meat granted access to Japanese market

SHEEP and goat meat from the United States will be allowed into Japan for the first time in more than 14 years, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced. The post US sheep and goat meat granted access to Japanese market appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central US sheep and… Read more »

'Keep 'em locked up or they're dead,' grazier warns

A traumatised grazier makes an emotional appeal for people to lock up their dogs, warning she will shoot to kill what she believes are a pair of pets attacking and killing cattle on her property. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Keep ’em locked up or they’re dead,’ grazier warns

Cottonseed stocks tighten as drought demand intensifies

Drought-stretched graziers and feedlot operators across eastern Australia are putting unprecedented demand on cottonseed supplies, drawing off stocks from the current ginning program almost as quickly as it can be processed. The post Cottonseed stocks tighten as drought demand intensifies appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Cottonseed stocks tighten as drought demand… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 11 July 2018

A series of cold fronts tracked across southern Australia during the week, producing moderate falls, while a vigorous southwesterly airflow resulted in damaging winds and moderate falls in Tasmania, the Victorian Alps and Snowy Mountains in New South Wales. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 11 July 2018 appeared first on… Read more »

Scandal-plagued live export operators seek to resume shipping to Middle East

A live sheep trade company which had its license suspended last month after more than 2,000 sheep died from heat stress on board one of their ships is trying to resume exporting through a subsidiary firm. Source: ABC Livestock Scandal-plagued live export operators seek to resume shipping to Middle East

Undie run honours aerial muster pioneer

Marble Bar’s Mixed Breed Clothing Optional Race honours a local legend and aviation pioneer, killed in a helicopter crash in 2015. Source: ABC Livestock Undie run honours aerial muster pioneer

Hay shortage bites for drought-stricken farmers

The price and quality of hay doesn’t matter and the usual haggling has gone out the window as desperate farmers scramble for anything they can get. Source: ABC Livestock Hay shortage bites for drought-stricken farmers

Coles drops imported honey from shelves

Coles will no longer sell controversial Allowrie branded honey, which contains mostly imported product. Source: ABC Livestock Coles drops imported honey from shelves

TFI moves to make slaughter grids public

A second large meat processor  has moved to increase its beef, lamb, sheep and goat price transparency by listing its slaughter grids on the company’s website. TFI’s decision is in line with a recommendations made in ACCC’s Cattle and Beef Market Study. The post TFI moves to make slaughter grids public appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Thomas Foods International puts up meat, beef and goat grids

AUSTRALIA’S largest fully family owned meat processor Thomas Foods International has moved to increase its lamb, sheep, goat and beef price transparency by listing its weekly grids on the company’s website. The post Thomas Foods International puts up meat, beef and goat grids appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Thomas Foods International… Read more »

Recruitment: How one-on-one meetings with staff can boost performance

Effective management stems from quality relationships and open communication with staff. Yet so many managers and employers avoid regular one-on-one sit-downs and meetings with their personnel, blaming factors such as not enough time, not finding them beneficial or having to discuss complaints or sensitive topics that they would prefer not to. The post Recruitment: How… Read more »

The Carters' Castle: One family's decade-long fight to keep its own slice of serenity

Five generations of the Carter family have lived on their patch of land for nearly 100 years but over the past decade, like the Kerrigans in classic Australian movie The Castle, they’ve been battling to keep it. Source: ABC Livestock The Carters’ Castle: One family’s decade-long fight to keep its own slice of serenity

Dingo reintroduction proposal causes concern for Victorian farmers

Dingoes could once again roam state and national parks in central Victoria if a new land management plan goes ahead, raising concerns from farmers about livestock security. Source: ABC Livestock Dingo reintroduction proposal causes concern for Victorian farmers

Emanuel still confident of shipping WA sheep, but Harmony not an option

WESTERN Australian exporter Emanuel Exports is still confident it can ship 60,000 sheep held in a feedlot to the Middle East, despite negotiations breaking down with a licensed export company. The post Emanuel still confident of shipping WA sheep, but Harmony not an option appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Emanuel still… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14-day rain outlook, July 4 2018

A SURFACE and upper level trough produced moderate falls in southern Queensland and central New South Wales, while a cold front tracked across west and southern Australia, with moderate to heavy falls recorded near the west coast of Western Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14-day rain outlook, July 4 2018 appeared first on Sheep… Read more »

AAM Investment Group looks to net Legune Station

A buyer emerges for Legune Station in the NT and is happy to work with a company wanting to farm prawns there. Source: ABC Livestock AAM Investment Group looks to net Legune Station

Deadly snake discovery all in a day's work in outback NT

Having just moved up from down south, an NT station worker a few months into the job gets a big surprise when he finds two death adders during a remote bore run. Source: ABC Livestock Deadly snake discovery all in a day’s work in outback NT

Bovine blood products illegally smuggled into Australia in international conspiracy

The Department of Agriculture confirms it seized 13,000 litres of foetal bovine serum which it says “pose an unacceptable biosecurity risk”, in an international conspiracy to profit from blood products illegally smuggled into Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Bovine blood products illegally smuggled into Australia in international conspiracy

New website launched to tell farming community’s side of live sheep exports

AUSTRALIAN farmers and friends have taken their fight to save the beleaguered live sheep export trade online with the launch of a new website. The post New website launched to tell farming community’s side of live sheep exports appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New website launched to tell farming community’s side… Read more »

Dogs and cats can donate blood — and vets need it now more than ever

Just like humans, fur babies can need blood transfusions too, and demand for donations is increasing. When an owner brings their pet in to donate blood, this is what they can expect. Source: ABC Livestock Dogs and cats can donate blood — and vets need it now more than ever

Steve McCutcheon to lead ASEL review

Senior public servant Steve McCutcheon will chair a comprehensive review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL), Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud announced this morning. The post Steve McCutcheon to lead ASEL review appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Steve McCutcheon to lead ASEL review

Fears 'creeping cancer' pasture dieback is on the move

Graziers say unexplained pasture dieback has become a ‘creeping cancer’ and is moving into some of Queensland’s best cattle country, yet researchers are still clueless about what is causing it. Source: ABC Livestock Fears ‘creeping cancer’ pasture dieback is on the move

New chairman appointed to lead Australian live export standards review

EXPERIENCED agricultural industry bureaucrat Steve McCutcheon has been appointed to lead the review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock. The post New chairman appointed to lead Australian live export standards review appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New chairman appointed to lead Australian live export standards review

Spike in kangaroo deaths alarming

Wildlife carers call for more protections against development pressures, alarmed at a spike in kangaroo deaths on the Sunshine Coast. Source: ABC Livestock Spike in kangaroo deaths alarming

Lacklustre milk price forces dairy farmers out

Drought, feed costs and fatigue compound, forcing dairy farmers to weigh up their future as milk prices remain low. Source: ABC Livestock Lacklustre milk price forces dairy farmers out

Australia's legendary outback stock routes in danger of collapse

It’s known as “the Long Paddock” — an iconic network of travelling stock routes made famous by Australia’s bush poets. But cattle drovers say these livestock highways are falling into disrepair. Source: ABC Livestock Australia’s legendary outback stock routes in danger of collapse

Mite that could wipe out Australian bees detected in Melbourne

A wooden crate infested with the deadly varroa mite, which could decimate the Australian beekeeping industry, is detected on a ship in Victoria. Source: ABC Livestock Mite that could wipe out Australian bees detected in Melbourne

Recruitment: Three tips on how to manage a team more effectively

A good leader will not only steer (no pun intended) a red meat supply chain business in the right direction, but also motivate and inspire their team at the same time. Here are some tips on effective management for any business in the red meat industry. The post Recruitment: Three tips on how to manage… Read more »

Cafe in drought-stricken Cunnamulla cooks up camel burger

An outback cafe in south-west Queensland is hoping to help diversify the livestock industry by creating a market for camel products. Source: ABC Livestock Cafe in drought-stricken Cunnamulla cooks up camel burger