Category: Livestock

Minister blasts 'slippery' Coles, tells Aldi to 'go jam it' over milk levy

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud launches a scathing attack on Coles over its handling of the 10c milk levy for drought relief, calling it a “media stunt”, and accusing German-owned rival Aldi of doing “bugger all” for Australian farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Minister blasts ‘slippery’ Coles, tells Aldi to ‘go jam it’ over milk levy

Shooting high-powered firearms on remote station a tourism drawcard

A remote pastoral station in Western Australia is attracting firearms enthusiasts from around the world who are keen to spend time in the outback shooting high-calibre rifles. Source: ABC Livestock Shooting high-powered firearms on remote station a tourism drawcard

'Take no passenger' year for Murray River dairy farmers facing cull pain

Drought conditions are beginning to affect farmers in northern Victoria, who say they are selling cows for meat due to the pressure of rising feed and water costs. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Take no passenger’ year for Murray River dairy farmers facing cull pain

'Devastating' hail kills hundreds of chickens in Queensland town

Thursday afternoon’s wild hail storm leaves egg producer Leanne Geri from Tansey with the unenviable task of composting hundreds of chickens who were pelted to death. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Devastating’ hail kills hundreds of chickens in Queensland town

Making the queen and other mail bees comfortable for an overseas posting

Tarantulas, dung beetles and queen bees — while many of us routinely collect letters from the mailbox, there are people who eagerly await living parcels. Source: ABC Livestock Making the queen and other mail bees comfortable for an overseas posting

Recruitment: What makes an effective leader – can you tick these boxes?

Some lucky people are born to lead, with skills and values either instinctive, or instilled in them from an early age. However, for the rest of us who don’t naturally possess leadership qualities, thankfully there are methods and qualities to learn that can help anyone become a better leader. How do you measure up? The… Read more »

Donkeys: Where science, religion and pop culture collide

Scientists, storytellers and Christians have all tried explaining why donkeys around the world have a peculiar marking resembling a cross. Source: ABC Livestock Donkeys: Where science, religion and pop culture collide

Feedgrain Focus: Rain flattens market in limited volume ahead of new-crop

Hay cutting in the south remained active and recent scattered falls of rain renewed hope of pasture growth. Little consumer activity was seen in feedgrain markets in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. The post Feedgrain Focus: Rain flattens market in limited volume ahead of new-crop appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

‘First look’ climate outlook released for Nov 18-Jan 19

The ‘first-look’ November 2018 to January 2019 rainfall and temperature outlook forecast issued today suggests below-average rainfall will be likely for much of eastern Australia, with warmer than average temperatures for much of the continent. The post ‘First look’ climate outlook released for Nov 18-Jan 19 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Should plant-based food be called 'meat' or 'milk'?

The Federal Government wants to change food standards to stop plant-based products being labelled ‘meat’ or ‘milk’. Source: ABC Livestock Should plant-based food be called ‘meat’ or ‘milk’?

Pastoralists left reeling after 'show-cause' notice issued to major exporter

A question mark over the licence of one of the main cattle exporters out of northern Western Australia, has left pastoralists in the Kimberley and Pilbara feeling nervous for the future of the industry. Source: ABC Livestock Pastoralists left reeling after ‘show-cause’ notice issued to major exporter

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 10 Oct 2018

WELCOME rain over the past week in parts of New South Wales experiencing rainfall deficiencies, while low pressure systems and associated troughs produced rainfall for south west and south east Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 10 Oct 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain… Read more »

Pilbara partnership turns booms into beef and bucks

Wastewater from the production of explosives is being used as a valuable fertiliser for a pastoral station in the Pilbara. Source: ABC Livestock Pilbara partnership turns booms into beef and bucks

Australia at risk of losing valuable EU beef access

Australia is in danger of losing prized access to one of its highest value beef export markets as the United States moves to assert its trade weight in Europe. The post Australia at risk of losing valuable EU beef access appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australia at risk of losing valuable EU… Read more »

Fundamental shift occurring in Australia’s beef exports, feedlot conference told

Australia may never rebuild its lean manufacturing beef exports to the US to historic levels around 350,000 tonnes, as more diversified and segmented product is diverted into Asia and other markets, delegates attending this morning’s BeefEx 2018 feedlot industry conference in Brisbane were told. The post Fundamental shift occurring in Australia’s beef exports, feedlot conference… Read more »

Keeping crocodile farming sustainable and on trend

The International Crocodile Farmers Association is working on a new global standard to ensure the humane treatment of crocodiles and provide information to fashion houses about the ethics of production. Source: ABC Livestock Keeping crocodile farming sustainable and on trend

Plucky youngster cracks global chook fashion market, donates to good cause

Eleven-year-old Max Cosgrove has a growing business selling his homemade chicken clothing across the world, and he’s giving some of the proceeds to a charity close to his heart. Source: ABC Livestock Plucky youngster cracks global chook fashion market, donates to good cause

Bureau of Meteorology releases 2018-19 Tropical Cyclone Outlook

The Bureau of Meteorology’s 2018-19 Tropical Cyclone Outlook released this morning shows fewer tropical cyclones than usual are likely for the coming cyclone season from October through to April 2019. The post Bureau of Meteorology releases 2018-19 Tropical Cyclone Outlook appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Bureau of Meteorology releases 2018-19 Tropical Cyclone… Read more »

Why grazing land values continue to rise despite years of drought

Despite being officially drought declared since 2013, outback grazier Rick Britton’s land values have increased dramatically in the last three years. Source: ABC Livestock Why grazing land values continue to rise despite years of drought

Goat meat prices lift as lower slaughter undermines export volumes

EASTERN states goat slaughter in 2018 has continued to track below both the five-year average and year-ago levels as hook prices steadily increase, Meat & Livestock Australia said. The post Goat meat prices lift as lower slaughter undermines export volumes appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat meat prices lift as lower… Read more »

Recruitment: Three things to consider when a key employee resigns

It is often inevitable that an invaluable employee will one day leave a business, whether to pursue another role or because they need a change from their current position. While it can be difficult for a manager or team leader to accept and deal with, there are some strategies that can lessen the blow to… Read more »

Could the drought drive up the cost of Christmas lunch?

The drought across parts of Australia has driven up the cost of grain which is not only bad news for farmers, but also for consumers looking forward to tucking into turkey at Christmas. Source: ABC Livestock Could the drought drive up the cost of Christmas lunch?

No rest for rural kids as burden of drought continues

With all of NSW in drought the children of farming families must roll up their sleeves and work on their farms as they return home from boarding school for the holidays. Source: ABC Livestock No rest for rural kids as burden of drought continues

Want to accurately test the purity of your honey? You can't, scientists say

You’ve heard the news about how some Australian honey samples are fake and you’re wondering — how pure is the “pure” honey in the pantry? Google has plenty of suggestions for tests you can do at home, but scientists say “don’t bother, they’re not accurate”. Source: ABC Livestock Want to accurately test the purity… Read more »

Drought levy on milk 'a little bit of a trick', dairy farmers say

A drought levy on milk to help drought-affected farmers is a “con job” because it could draw customers away from branded milk, which provides a higher return to farmers, the Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation says. Source: ABC Livestock Drought levy on milk ‘a little bit of a trick’, dairy farmers say

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 3 Oct 2018

A series of surface level troughs produced moderate falls and thunderstorms across southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales, while complex low pressure systems in southern Western Australia generated moderate falls along the west and south coasts and southern Goldfields District. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 3 Oct 2018 appeared… Read more »

Almost one in five Australian honey samples found to be fake

Just weeks after the honey industry was put under the spotlight over using adulterated imported honey, the pressure is now on authorities to start testing local honey after nearly one in five samples was revealed to be not pure. Source: ABC Livestock Almost one in five Australian honey samples found to be fake

Victorian Government to increase sheep and goat EID tag read requirement

VICTORIA’S sheep and goat saleyards and processing facilities will have higher electronic tag-reading standards imposed on them next year. The post Victorian Government to increase sheep and goat EID tag read requirement appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian Government to increase sheep and goat EID tag read requirement

Top End's Margaret Downs Station sold to NT pastoral family

A Northern Territory family buys Margaret Downs Station, south of Katherine, in the region’s second pastoral transaction in a week. Source: ABC Livestock Top End’s Margaret Downs Station sold to NT pastoral family

Solar-powered abattoir plan approved for central Queensland

The Queensland Government has given the nod to a plan to build an abattoir in Gladstone that will be powered by its own renewable energy facility. Source: ABC Livestock Solar-powered abattoir plan approved for central Queensland

High-tech abattoir project floated for Gladstone

An ambitious new greenfield export abattoir project has been floated for the Gladstone region in coastal Central Queensland. If it goes ahead as planned, the first stage of the project would see the construction of a facility capable of processing 600 head per day in a single shift, with the ultimate aim to process 2400… Read more »

'Toxic' drought grain takes heavy toll on NSW poultry farm

An inability to source “top notch food” in dry times is seen as a key reason for the loss of a large number of award-winning heritage birds on a NSW poultry operation. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Toxic’ drought grain takes heavy toll on NSW poultry farm

Decision to allow NT cattle to graze invasive weed under fire

The NT Government has allowed several cattle stations to graze stock on gamba grass, a highly-flammable weed that’s easy to spread and hard to get rid of. Source: ABC Livestock Decision to allow NT cattle to graze invasive weed under fire

Push for more women in dairy despite drought crisis

Even as the big dry brings home the uncertainty and isolation of life on the land, the dairy industry is encouraging women to “get out there and do it”. Source: ABC Livestock Push for more women in dairy despite drought crisis

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 26 Sept 2018

Rainfall was generally restricted to coastal areas of the east and south of the country, and Tasmania. Cold fronts and onshore flow produced moderate falls in western Tasmania, southern VIC, and the north coast of NSW, while isolated thunderstorms brought light falls in the Kimberley in WA and the NT’s southwest. The post Weekly rainfall wrap +… Read more »

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

RAINFALL was generally restricted to coastal areas of the east and south of the country, and Tasmania. Cold fronts and onshore flow produced moderate falls in western Tasmania, southern Victoria, and the north coast of New South Wales, while isolated thunderstorms brought light falls in the Kimberley in Western Australia, and the south west of the Northern… Read more »

About 1 million bees killed by poison in NT

A Northern Territory beekeeper says about 1 million of his bees have been deliberately killed with an insecticide, in the second suspected poisoning of commercial bee boxes near Katherine in a year. Source: ABC Livestock About 1 million bees killed by poison in NT

Holland’s ‘floating farm’ showcases urban agriculture

A Dutch company is launching the world’s first floating farm to meet demand for local food. The farm, built as an offshore facility in Rotterdam’s Merwehaven harbour will house 40 cows and deliver 800 litres of milk per day collected by robots. The post Holland’s ‘floating farm’ showcases urban agriculture appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

'The fire was roaring': Battling flames in a bushfire with a leaf blower

When a bushfire came to Woolooga near Gympie in south-east Queensland last week, Ilse Heidegger was alone. She watched the small flames in one corner of the landscape rush “like a freight train” across the horizon. Source: ABC Livestock ‘The fire was roaring’: Battling flames in a bushfire with a leaf blower

School dux surprises teachers by taking on her family's dairy farm

Sally Downie’s teachers knew she had a bright future, but the school dux’s move to take on her family’s dairy farm was unexpected by some. Source: ABC Livestock School dux surprises teachers by taking on her family’s dairy farm

Abattoir roof protest over

Activists have moved off of the roof of a South Australian abattoir after earlier protesting footage they allege shows sheep, cattle and pigs being killed inhumanely at the site. Source: ABC Livestock Abattoir roof protest over

Sixth-generation farmer leaves industry after ongoing stress from dairy crisis

A Victorian dairy farmer whose family has been farming for 164 years walks away from his Gippsland farm because of ongoing stress from the dairy crisis, which led to his late diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome. Source: ABC Livestock Sixth-generation farmer leaves industry after ongoing stress from dairy crisis

Recruitment: Is automated farming a threat to job security?

Will the pace of implementation of automated farming technologies threaten or enhance the job opportunities in agriculture in the future? Agricultural Appointments’ Dr Ray Johnson offers some questions and answers … The post Recruitment: Is automated farming a threat to job security? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Is automated farming… Read more »

Henty field days showcase + PICS

Dry conditions were the prevailing topic of conversation and a key source of inquiry and buying interest at the Henty Machinery Field Days in southern NSW this week. The post Henty field days showcase + PICS appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Henty field days showcase + PICS

Should drought-affected farmers get a water rebate?

Livestock SA president Joe Keynes says the State Government should investigate a water rebate for pastoralists struggling with the drought. Source: ABC Livestock Should drought-affected farmers get a water rebate?

Dairy farmer gets Woolies and Coles to help with milk levy

Following an impassioned plea by a Kyogle farmer and calls by the dairy industry, Woolworths and Coles lift the price of home brand milk which will go directly to drought-affected dairy farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy farmer gets Woolies and Coles to help with milk levy

Size matters when it comes to loaded hay trucks

Trucking load regulations are relaxed at state borders to get animal feed to drought-affected farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Size matters when it comes to loaded hay trucks

Inflatable field hospital for animals launched ahead of SA fire season

An inflatable veterinary field hospital that will help animals injured by natural disasters is launched in South Australia just weeks out from the state’s annual fire danger season. Source: ABC Livestock Inflatable field hospital for animals launched ahead of SA fire season

Steel post straightener big hit at Henty Machinery Field Days + VIDEO

Many people would like to re-use steel posts recovered from old fences, but finding a way to successfully and efficiently straighten them has always been a challenge. A newly released machine showcased at Henty allows bent posts to be restraightened and re-used in a matter of seconds. The post Steel post straightener big hit at… Read more »

What would Australia look like without live exports?

ABC Rural takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding a polarising industry that nonetheless contributes $1.8 billion in direct benefit to those at Australia’s livestock farm gate. Source: ABC Livestock What would Australia look like without live exports?

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 19 Sept 2018

Cold fronts and troughs produced light to moderate falls over southern coastal regions of Australia, while moderate falls were recorded across western Tasmania, due to a series of strong cold fronts and associated low pressure systems. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 19 Sept 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Dog eats rat poison hidden in mince at popular Sydney walking spot

A Sydney woman issues a warning to pet owners after her dog was poisoned by rat bait hidden inside meat at a popular inner-west dog-walking spot. Source: ABC Livestock Dog eats rat poison hidden in mince at popular Sydney walking spot

The conversation: Why yet another visa for farm work makes no sense

Rumours have circulated for months that the National Party and National Farmers Federation are pushing for a new so-called agricultural visa for temporary migrants. Now they have gained momentum, and reports indicate an announcement early next week. What does it mean for farmers? The post The conversation: Why yet another visa for farm work makes… Read more »

Bronco branding returns to the red centre for national competition

The Bronco Branding National Championships have returned to Alice Springs, more than 30 years after the sport first began in the town. Source: ABC Livestock Bronco branding returns to the red centre for national competition

Thunder, lightning, rain? Perfect weather for crocodile sex

A Queensland crocodile farmer says without thunder and lightning, love won’t easily blossom for crocodiles looking for a mate this season. Source: ABC Livestock Thunder, lightning, rain? Perfect weather for crocodile sex

Could Aboriginal cat-hunting be the key to saving the bilby?

A leading biologist says one small community’s strong traditions of cat hunting and fire management are literally making the difference between life and death for the region’s bilbies. Source: ABC Livestock Could Aboriginal cat-hunting be the key to saving the bilby?

'Not in public interest': Request for information on pony deaths blocked

A right to information request about the investigation into the deaths of 13 polo ponies in January is blocked on the grounds it’s not in the public interest. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Not in public interest’: Request for information on pony deaths blocked

Charities inflating fodder market, says independent advisor

Rural Aid, the charity behind Buy a Bale, rejects claims by an independent advisor that they are inflating the fodder market. Source: ABC Livestock Charities inflating fodder market, says independent advisor

Recruitment: Keeping your most valuable employees happy and productive

In light of today’s economic landscape, it’s more important than ever for agribusiness companies to have happy and productive employees. When employees are loyal and engaged in the business, productivity, returns and profits tend to be higher. Here’s some hints to keeping staff in the right frame of mind. The post Recruitment: Keeping your most… Read more »

Qld communities donate to school after dogs attack sheep

Two acts of generosity, one from the city and one from the country, help the Livingstone Christian College’s agriculture department recover from a devastating dog attack. Source: ABC Livestock Qld communities donate to school after dogs attack sheep

How 'Catholic' cattle are protecting Australia from foreign invaders

In the far north of Australia a herd of cattle owned by a Catholic mission is protecting Australia from virus and bacteria travelling from overseas. Source: ABC Livestock How ‘Catholic’ cattle are protecting Australia from foreign invaders

Independent observers on every livex shipment from October: Littleproud

Paying $1300 a day for an independent observer to accompany every live export voyage is about to become the new cost of doing business for all livestock exporters, as part of the Federal Government’s crackdown on the trade in response to the Awassi Express sheep welfare crisis earlier this year. The post Independent observers on… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 12 Sept 2018

Onshore flow brought moderate falls to the east coast between central Queensland and northeastern New South Wales at the start of the week, while a low and a cold front produced moderate falls over southeastern Australia mid-week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 12 Sept 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Dairy farmers hope mandatory code will improve milk price

The dairy industry may finally get a mandatory code of conduct, but the question is what difference it will make for farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy farmers hope mandatory code will improve milk price

Milk price and drought force an end to 100 years of dairying

After 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. Source: ABC Livestock Milk price and drought force an end to 100 years of dairying

Supermarket charges more for milk to support local farmers

A supermarket on the NSW south coast has increased the price of milk by 10 cents a litre and will donate the extra profit back to the farm gates of dairy farmers in the area. Source: ABC Livestock Supermarket charges more for milk to support local farmers

Eggs recalled in Sydney after cluster of salmonella cases

The NSW Food Authority is investigating 23 confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning as Glendenning Farm eggs are recalled from small independent supermarkets and retailers in Sydney. Source: ABC Livestock Eggs recalled in Sydney after cluster of salmonella cases

The drought-affected farmer using music to fight depression

Allen Walsh’s farm has been bone-dry for 18 months and has had to sell his livestock, but using the power of folk music he has been able to stay positive through the devastating drought. Source: ABC Livestock The drought-affected farmer using music to fight depression

Agricultural careers perfect fit for people with autism

In Australia only about 40 per cent of autistic adults have a job, yet for one Australian pig farm a new program helping them employ people with autism has been a major boon. Source: ABC Livestock Agricultural careers perfect fit for people with autism

Queensland police aren’t kidding about warning to rangeland goat duffers

QUEENSLAND Police has issued a warning to goat duffers after a man was recently imprisoned for two years for fraudently selling wild goats he had taken unlawfully. The post Queensland police aren’t kidding about warning to rangeland goat duffers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Queensland police aren’t kidding about warning to… Read more »

Recruitment: How to make sure your next hire is right for the role

Recruiting for a new role on a team anywhere in the meat and livestock supply chain can be an arduous process, so making sure it is the right person for the team dynamic and the business is extremely important. While it is impossible to hire the right employee every time, there is a greater chance… Read more »

US food fight over what is meat

Missouri has become the first US state to pass a law preventing food producers from marketing products as meat if the food does not come from harvested livestock or poultry. Source: ABC Livestock US food fight over what is meat

Sweet potato donations help farmers in drought

Sweet potato farmers are making the best of a market glut by sending surplus produce as livestock feed to aid drought-stricken farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Sweet potato donations help farmers in drought

Dead cows found in paddock with udders, ears and tongues removed

A north Queensland couple has been left baffled by a bizarre finding on their property, which seems like something straight from a horror film. Source: ABC Livestock Dead cows found in paddock with udders, ears and tongues removed

Victoria’s subsidised EID sheep and goat tags set at 55 cents for 2019

VICTORIA’S sheep and goat producers will continue to enjoy the cheapest electronic sheep and goat ear tags in Australia in 2019. The post Victoria’s subsidised EID sheep and goat tags set at 55 cents for 2019 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victoria’s subsidised EID sheep and goat tags set at 55… Read more »

ACCC launches 'high-priority' investigation into 'fake' honey

The competition watchdog has launched an urgent investigation into Australia’s honey industry, saying the allegations of “fake” honey are “very concerning”. Source: ABC Livestock ACCC launches ‘high-priority’ investigation into ‘fake’ honey

Consumer levy on milk gets nod from Agriculture Minister

You might soon be paying 10 cents more for a litre of milk after federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud throws his weight behind the idea of a levy to help drought-stricken farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Consumer levy on milk gets nod from Agriculture Minister

Neogen’s $5m livestock genomic testing lab opens at University of Queensland

AUSTRALIA’S largest commercial livestock genomic testing laboratory – Neogen Australasia — has been opened in Gatton Queensland after a $5 million investment in new facilities and equipment. The post Neogen’s $5m livestock genomic testing lab opens at University of Queensland appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Neogen’s m livestock genomic testing lab… Read more »

Former QLD deputy police commissioner to head ALEC

Former Queensland Police deputy commissioner Brett Pointing has been appointed as the Australian Live Exporters Council’s new chief executive, starting in the role in early October. The post Former QLD deputy police commissioner to head ALEC appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Former QLD deputy police commissioner to head ALEC

Beekeepers' sweet gift to goldfields town solves growers' crisis

When an unwanted beehive in a roof was removed, gardens in WA’s Laverton began to struggle, so in swooped some accidental heroes. Source: ABC Livestock Beekeepers’ sweet gift to goldfields town solves growers’ crisis

Drought-ravaged farmers cop backlash over Facebook images

A ‘heartbroken’ Queensland grazier found herself under investigation over a confronting social media post she hoped would drive home the harsh reality of the big dry. Source: ABC Livestock Drought-ravaged farmers cop backlash over Facebook images

Former QLD deputy police commissioner to head ALEC

Former Queensland Police deputy commissioner Brett Pointing has been appointed as the Australian Live Exporters Council’s new chief executive, starting in the role in early October. The post Former QLD deputy police commissioner to head ALEC appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Former QLD deputy police commissioner to head ALEC

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 5 Sept 2018

At the start of the week, a strong cold front followed by a complex low pressure system tracked over southwestern parts of WA, with the associated cloudband and embedded thunderstorms generating moderate falls in the South West Land Division and Goldfields District in WA. The cold front and a weak low moved through SA, and… Read more »