Category: Livestock

Milk recalled over cleaning product contamination fears

Eight popular milk brands sold in supermarkets across Victoria and southern New South Wales are being recalled over fears a cleaning solution made its way into the batch. Source: ABC Livestock Milk recalled over cleaning product contamination fears

Live: NSW Now: Urgent recall over milk contamination, Silverwater inmate murdered

MORNING BRIEFING: Eight varieties of milk sold in southern NSW are recalled over fears they may contain cleaning solution and a prisoner at Sydney’s Silverwater Jail is charged with the murder of another inmate. Source: ABC Livestock Live: NSW Now: Urgent recall over milk contamination, Silverwater inmate murdered

ACCC scrutinises proposed Landmark/Ruralco deal

The ACCC has raised concerns about Landmark’s proposed acquisition of Ruralco, asking for stakeholder comment on the competition impact a merged national agency business might have on the agriculture sector…Read More Source: Grain Central ACCC scrutinises proposed Landmark/Ruralco deal

Hendra virus claims horse in NSW, further south than ever before

The potentially deadly Hendra virus has spread further south, with a case confirmed in the heart of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest thoroughbred breeding region. Source: ABC Livestock Hendra virus claims horse in NSW, further south than ever before

RIC launches natural disaster loan for NQ flood victims

FEDERAL Government-backed specialist finance provider, the Regional Investment Corporation, is this week launching a new loan product specifically for livestock producers struggling to recover for north-west Queensland’s February flood event…Read More Source: Sheep Central RIC launches natural disaster loan for NQ flood victims

Farmers hail heavy rain in SA, but 'worst season so far' continues for many

Heavy rain has fallen over parts of South Australia, providing desperately-needed relief for some of the state’s farmers — but unfortunately some areas have missed out. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers hail heavy rain in SA, but ‘worst season so far’ continues for many

Strong hay demand at clearing sales

Hay prices hit record levels and, as the national supply continues to shrink, there is hot competition for fodder in unconventional markets such as clearing sales. Source: ABC Livestock Strong hay demand at clearing sales

Warning of lantana 'catastrophe' as poisonous weed spreads unchecked

A lantana removal expert claims the spread of the poisonous weed is a “catastrophe” on a scale that has not been properly recognised or resourced. Source: ABC Livestock Warning of lantana ‘catastrophe’ as poisonous weed spreads unchecked

Carrots destined for landfill used to produce new 'wagyu' lamb

A West Australian company converting thousands of tonnes of carrots destined for landfill into animal feed is hoping to produce a new type of lamb with the same marbling as wagyu beef. Source: ABC Livestock Carrots destined for landfill used to produce new ‘wagyu’ lamb

Tackling activism and telling red meat’s story are important, says MLA

With anti-meat extremism attracting more attention in the media recently, the Australian red meat and livestock industry has been working to inform consumers about the health, welfare and environmental credentials of red meat and share the story of its production – however producers want industry leaders to do more in this space and give them… Read more »

Flammable panels force up insurance costs

Food processing plants with expanded polystyrene panels are having to shop around for insurance due to skyrocketing premiums. Source: ABC Livestock Flammable panels force up insurance costs

Abattoir to employ thousands after old plant gutted by fire

It was a South Australian town’s biggest employer before a huge fire gutted it. Now, 18 months on, a new abattoir will be built promising up to 2,000 jobs for locals. Source: ABC Livestock Abattoir to employ thousands after old plant gutted by fire

CCA CEO Margo Andrae resigns to take on pork leadership role

Cattle Council of Australia president Tony Hegarty has today announced the Council will initiate a leadership transition process ahead of CEO Margo Andrae’s commencement as the new CEO of Australian Pork Limited…Read More Source: Beef Central CCA CEO Margo Andrae resigns to take on pork leadership role

Coles to deal directly with farmers, cutting out milk processors

The supermarket giant announces it will bypass processors and contract milk directly from dairy farmers in New South Wales and Victoria from July 1. Source: ABC Livestock Coles to deal directly with farmers, cutting out milk processors

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 5 June 2019

A SURFACE and upper-level trough generated moderate falls in southeastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales, while strong cold fronts produced moderate falls in southeast Australia…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 5 June 2019

How Instagram is bridging the gap between consumers and producers

Life on the Station started out as a way to catalogue Emma Moss’s photos of the spectacular landscape she works in every day. But in no time at all, the social media account turned into something more. Source: ABC Livestock How Instagram is bridging the gap between consumers and producers

CPC strikes multi-million-dollar deal on NT property

CPC has agreed to sell one of its NT properties to an investment group with foreign interests, and lease it back, in a deal understood to be worth more than $25 million. Source: ABC Livestock CPC strikes multi-million-dollar deal on NT property

'It's demoralising': Farmers fork out tens of thousands to feed cattle

Helen White’s cattle are bellowing at her because they’re hungry — while her Tasmanian farm has just had rain, it won’t be enough in the face of forecast dry conditions ahead. Source: ABC Livestock ‘It’s demoralising’: Farmers fork out tens of thousands to feed cattle

Recruitment: Digital transformation broadens work roles in ag

Digital technology is transforming farming at a rate that might be faster than at any time in history, opening up new frontiers of possibilities for agriculturalists. ..Read More Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Digital transformation broadens work roles in ag

Outback vets look to interns to help fill shortages

In the cattle industry’s busiest season, outback vets are turning to interns to help fill a shortage of qualified staff. Source: ABC Livestock Outback vets look to interns to help fill shortages

Escaped dog leads to police finding 'uninhabitable' puppy farm

Police rescue a dozen neglected dogs and puppies from what they describe as a “horrible and uninhabitable” puppy farm in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. Source: ABC Livestock Escaped dog leads to police finding ‘uninhabitable’ puppy farm

$60m Bourke goat abattoir closes, five months after launch

Drought and recent rain have been blamed for the closure of the Bourke goat abattoir in northwestern NSW, but its operators have refused to speculate when it could resume operations…Read More Source: Beef Central m Bourke goat abattoir closes, five months after launch

Bourke council is confident goat abattoir closure is short-term

DROUGHT and recent rain have been blamed for the closure of the Bourke goat abattoir in western New South Wales, but its operators have refused to speculate when it could resume operations…Read More Source: Sheep Central Bourke council is confident goat abattoir closure is short-term

Smaller cattle businesses 'left behind' for disaster funding

Smaller cattle businesses that downsized in drought are now struggling to apply for disaster assistance following February’s floods. Source: ABC Livestock Smaller cattle businesses ‘left behind’ for disaster funding

Feral camels cause havoc on Central Australian cattle stations

Pastoralists west of Alice Springs haven’t seen this many camels on their station in years, and say their neighbours should be doing more to prevent a boom in the feral population. Source: ABC Livestock Feral camels cause havoc on Central Australian cattle stations

Pigs are being buried alive as China's African swine fever crisis deepens

Amid international efforts to find a vaccine for the deadly pig virus, Australian authorities and industry are bracing for an outbreak that some pig farmers fear is “inevitable”. Source: ABC Grain Pigs are being buried alive as China’s African swine fever crisis deepens

Goat meat pricing helps TFI as sheep and lamb supplies drop

RECORD goat meat pricing has helped major meat processor Thomas Foods International maintain its usual winter slaughter schedule despite waning lamb and sheep supplies…Read More Source: Sheep Central Goat meat pricing helps TFI as sheep and lamb supplies drop

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 29 May 2019

ONSHORE air flow produced showers along Queensland’s north tropical coast, while a series of cold fronts, troughs, and lows produced moderate falls in southeast Australia…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 29 May 2019

Inside the social media 'war' between animal activists and farmers

Australian farmers and animal activists alike are being targeted with online threats of violence and death, an ABC investigation finds. One cyberspace expert describes it as “cyberhate” and “a new kind of workplace bullying”. Source: ABC Livestock Inside the social media ‘war’ between animal activists and farmers

Rain brings insects in latest blow to drought-hit graziers

Graziers living in central-west Queensland are devastated they won’t benefit from rainfall earlier this year after a boom in insects decimates their properties. Source: ABC Livestock Rain brings insects in latest blow to drought-hit graziers

Potentially life-changing discovery made in outback valley

Outback drillers find water 90 metres below the surface of SA’s APY Lands in an underground valley millions of years old, and remote communities are hoping it will provide a much-needed economic boost. Source: ABC Livestock Potentially life-changing discovery made in outback valley

Wild dog fence underway after decades of sheep being 'ripped apart'

It has taken almost 20 years of campaigning from farmers and today the first post of a new $11 million wild dog fence in WA has been driven into the ground. Source: ABC Livestock Wild dog fence underway after decades of sheep being ‘ripped apart’

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 22 May 2019

RAINFALL over the past week was recorded in southern Western Australia, the eastern half of the Top End and the Northern Territory’s south, far north and coastal South Australia, south-western and central Victoria, western and northern Tasmania, far north-eastern New South Wales and along the east coast and northern interior of Queensland…Read More Source:… Read more »

Activists aside, how does the general public view farm animal welfare?

A STUDY of public attitudes about farm animal welfare suggests that, while a majority of the public think Australian farmers do a good job, consumer attitudes are shifting and Australian agriculture has work to do to ensure its commitment to high animal welfare standards is understood…Read More Source: Sheep Central Activists aside, how does… Read more »

Coalition election win met with relief across livestock export trade

The Coalition Government’s federal election win has been met with relief, but not complacency, by supporters of Australia’s livestock export trade…Read More Source: Beef Central Coalition election win met with relief across livestock export trade

It took a farmhouse burning down for this father and son to speak again

When Tim Marwood left his parent’s dairy business it triggered a feud between his dad that lasted years. It was not until the family farmhouse caught fire that the men had cause to reunite and make amends. Source: ABC Livestock It took a farmhouse burning down for this father and son to speak again

'Ideas salesman' Joel Salatin champions holistic approach to farming

American farmer Joel Salatin is in Australia advocating for farming methods that “can feed the world” without the use of chemicals or genetic modification. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Ideas salesman’ Joel Salatin champions holistic approach to farming

'We were the industry joke': Farmers turn back time to increase biodiversity

A growing number of farmers are rejecting modern agricultural practices, instead relying on more natural methods to improve their land, increase biodiversity and lower costs. Source: ABC Livestock ‘We were the industry joke’: Farmers turn back time to increase biodiversity

Recruitment: Do you need an employee induction program?

Whether yours is a small wool or lamb-producing business or a larger organisation somewhere along the food and fibre supply chain, you’ll need an employee induction program. When a new employee commences, it’s important that they quickly understand their role and responsibilities – and a good induction program gets them off to a great start…Read… Read more »

‘First look’ climate outlook drier for some in June-August 2019

WINTER is likely to be drier than average for much of Queensland, NSW, Victoria, southeast SA, northern Tasmania, the NT, and northern and far southwest WA according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s ‘first look’ forecast for the period released today. ..Read More Source: Sheep Central ‘First look’ climate outlook drier for some in June-August… Read more »

Thomas Foods International offers record $10/kg goat meat price

LEADING Australian meat processor and exporter Thomas Foods International has announced it will pay a record $10 a kilogram for goat meat to supply a new value-adding initiative in the United States…Read More Source: Sheep Central Thomas Foods International offers record /kg goat meat price

Water deficiency declared on WA's south coast amid animal welfare concerns

The Western Australia State Government will now supply water to affected farms where, in some cases, record-low rainfall has persisted, and damaging floods in early 2017 were the last significant rainfall event. Source: ABC Livestock Water deficiency declared on WA’s south coast amid animal welfare concerns

Ruralco diversification drives half-yearly growth, profit and dividend

Ruralco has attributed its three per cent growth and after tax of $16.6 million for the half year ended 31 March 2019 to its diversification strategy…Read More Source: Grain Central Ruralco diversification drives half-yearly growth, profit and dividend

Horse 'bright as a button' after being rescued from mud pit

A vet, his parents and a band of volunteers perform the delicate operation of rescuing a horse which found itself stuck in mud in a paddock at a property south of Adelaide. Source: ABC Livestock Horse ‘bright as a button’ after being rescued from mud pit

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 15 May 2019

A cold front brought light to moderate falls to southern parts of South Australia at the start of the week, while a vigorous cold front and a complex low pressure system produced moderate to locally heavy falls to parts of southeastern Australia, including Tasmania during the middle of the week…Read More Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

Victorian sheep and goat producers get EID tag rules reminder

VICTORIAN sheep producers and traders have been reminded of their electronic tagging responsibilities as the lambing season gets underway in the state…Read More Source: Sheep Central Victorian sheep and goat producers get EID tag rules reminder

ACCC investigates allegations of rotten conduct in WA's free-range egg industry

Australia’s peak consumer and competition body is investigating allegations of fraud in the egg industry, with reports of fertilised and caged eggs being trucked into WA to be sold at top-dollar in free-range packaging. Source: ABC Livestock ACCC investigates allegations of rotten conduct in WA’s free-range egg industry

Vets perform world-first brain surgery on endangered NZ parrot chick

Surgeons take inspiration from human medicine to save the life of kakapo chick Espy 1B, one of just 144 of the flightless native New Zealand parrots left in existence. Source: ABC Livestock Vets perform world-first brain surgery on endangered NZ parrot chick

Bull semen sells for $67k at auction

Bull semen is not something that sounds all that desirable, but some people are prepared to pay a lot for it — sometimes tens of thousands of dollars. Source: ABC Livestock Bull semen sells for k at auction

Recruitment: Starting off new employees on the right foot

When you find the new recruit you believe is truly a great fit for your business – regardless of whether it is a small grazing property with only a couple of staff, or a feedlot employing 30 – it’s only then that the hard yards really begin. Welcome to the concept of ‘on-boarding.’..Read More … Read more »

Goat meat prices lift as rainfall limits market supplies

GOAT meat prices have gained further momentum recently as supply levels tighten following recent rainfall in the eastern states…Read More Source: Sheep Central Goat meat prices lift as rainfall limits market supplies

Famous outback races cancelled as drought continues to bite

One of the outback’s most iconic race meetings has been cancelled as drought conditions worsen in the Northern Territory. Source: ABC Livestock Famous outback races cancelled as drought continues to bite

Hay exporters, domestic buyers hit hard by drought-driven shortage

Australia’s livestock feed supplies are under threat due to the drought, which is putting pressure on both domestic customers and the export market. Source: ABC Livestock Hay exporters, domestic buyers hit hard by drought-driven shortage

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 8 May 2019

A cold front and an associated complex low pressure system produced moderate falls over parts of southern Australia and New South Wales, while a surface trough, extending from the Top End to southeastern Queensland, produced thunderstorms and moderate falls…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 8 May 2019

Where do the major parties stand on the live animal export trade?

Labor says it will ban the live export of sheep, but when it comes to trading live cattle, the major political parties have been trying to outdo each other in their support for the industry. Ahead of the election, we find out their policy positions, and see what the industry and animal welfare groups have… Read more »

Rain, hail or shine, weather forecasting is about to enter a new era

The weather serves as both a great unifier and obsession for most Australians and now the Bureau of Meteorology is about to bring in the next generation of online forecasting technology. Source: ABC Grain Rain, hail or shine, weather forecasting is about to enter a new era

Could online marketing be a lifeline for the goat industry?

Once an everyday staple, the number of goats found in outback Australia is dwindling but producers are encouraging newcomers to enter the market. Source: ABC Livestock Could online marketing be a lifeline for the goat industry?

Why a bad honey season is casting fear on pollination, food production

Beekeepers have lost up to 70 per cent of honey production because of “horrendous” conditions, and the effects of another bad season could be felt by other food crops. Source: ABC Livestock Why a bad honey season is casting fear on pollination, food production

Live export industry braces for the cost of fewer cattle on ships

The number of cattle allowed onboard live export ships is about to be reduced. Industry says the new rule makes no sense and will cause financial pain. Source: ABC Livestock Live export industry braces for the cost of fewer cattle on ships

50,000 descend on Warwick for Polocrosse World Cup + photos

More than 50,000 polocrosse fans from across the globe descended on Warwick in southern Queensland over the Easter Week for the Polocrosse World Cup held at Morgan Park – the first such event held in Australia in 12 years. Here’s some faces from the event…Read More Source: Beef Central 50,000 descend on Warwick for… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 1 May 2019

SURFACE and upper level troughs produced widespread moderate falls in eastern, central and southern Queensland, and a series of cold fronts tracked across southern Australia, producing moderate falls in western Tasmania…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 1 May 2019

Gene editing of plants and animals gets green light. Is CRISPR bacon next?

After a government decision not to regulate some types of gene editing, used to breed animals and plants, many researchers may be breathing a sigh of relief. But what are the implications? Source: ABC Livestock Gene editing of plants and animals gets green light. Is CRISPR bacon next?

Merino sheep and goats continue to sell well online

MERINO wether lambs sold to $135, Merino ewes made to $151.50 and Boer bucks sold for $250 ahead in a reduced AuctionsPlus offering last week…Read More Source: Sheep Central Merino sheep and goats continue to sell well online

'Everest of shearing' conquered as 16yo world record clipped

Lou Brown used meditation and shear effort to clip about one sheep a minute for eight hours and claim the new world record. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Everest of shearing’ conquered as 16yo world record clipped

Farmers concerned about hot air balloons landing in paddocks

Organisers of an annual hot air balloon festival in New South Wales work with farmers to find out which paddocks pilots should avoid landing in, so that the balloons do not scare livestock or damage crops. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers concerned about hot air balloons landing in paddocks

Seasonal climate outlook May-July 2019

Most of eastern and southern Australia have no strong tendency towards eitehr above or below average rainfall for the three months from May to July, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest seasonal climate outlook released today. ..Read More Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook May-July 2019