Category: Livestock

Guardian donkeys protecting the herd

A Queensland grazier turns to donkeys to ward off wild dogs and says he hasn’t lost a calf in a paddock patrolled by the feisty guardian asses. Source: ABC Livestock Guardian donkeys protecting the herd

Is Australia's once bountiful supply of dairy products about to turn sour?

Australia is home to some of the best dairy operations in the world, but an analyst has warned that without a drastic increase in production the country could soon become an “import nation”. Source: ABC Livestock Is Australia’s once bountiful supply of dairy products about to turn sour?

Notre Dame's bees keep on buzzing after surviving fire

Footage of the Paris cathedral’s bees after the inferno has been met with joy after it was previously thought the insects could have perished glued together in molten wax. Source: ABC Livestock Notre Dame’s bees keep on buzzing after surviving fire

Notre Dame 'miracle' as cathedral's bees and hives survive fire

After the devastating loss from the Notre Dame cathedral fire, “an ounce of hope” is discovered by anxious French beekeepers, whose hives have survived the inferno. Source: ABC Livestock Notre Dame ‘miracle’ as cathedral’s bees and hives survive fire

Recruitment: Don’t underestimate the value of an exit interview

SOME of the most honest and priceless feedback comes from employees that are leaving an organisation. Although it is typically too late to save that employee, they can provide helpful information for managers to consider improving the work environment for others…Read More Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Don’t underestimate the value of an exit interview

Quad bike accidents focus attention on proposed safety standard

QUAD bike safety is under the spotlight again after two young boys were killed in quad bike incidents last weekend in Western Australia and Tasmania…Read More Source: Sheep Central Quad bike accidents focus attention on proposed safety standard

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 17 Apr 2019

Broad surface troughs and cold fronts triggered thunderstorms and showers with moderate fall across large parts of Western Australia, while onshore flow produced showers in the Cape York Peninsula, parts of the east coast of Queensland and northern New South Wales…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 17 Apr 2019

'Crazy bat lady' spends $1,000 a week to keep her furry charges alive

Rebecca Koller spends four hours a day chopping up fruit for the 600 bats in her care, and that’s not the half of it. But despite the endless toil, she says it’s a very rewarding life. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Crazy bat lady’ spends ,000 a week to keep her furry charges alive

China’s starts big pork imports as ASF-driven protein shortage mounts

Simon Quilty, just back from a US speaking tour, sees evidence the Chinese Government is commencing a major imported pork buy program that will see large quantities of US pork exported to China. ..Read More Source: Beef Central China’s starts big pork imports as ASF-driven protein shortage mounts

Child fatalities turn spotlight on quad bike safety

Quad bike safety is under the spotlight again after two young boys were killed in quad bike incidents on the weekend in Western Australia and Tasmania..Read More Source: Grain Central Child fatalities turn spotlight on quad bike safety

Water price hike could see parched WA farmers' bills triple

WA farmers already resorting to desperate and expensive measures to keep their stock alive are now facing a 200 per cent increase in water costs. Some fear they will be driven to breaking point. Source: ABC Livestock Water price hike could see parched WA farmers’ bills triple

Iced coffee supplies running low as drought hits South Australian icon

Customers have complained about a shortage of a popular iced coffee brand in South Australia, with its maker blaming the shortfall on the drought and increased demand for milk. Source: ABC Livestock Iced coffee supplies running low as drought hits South Australian icon

Agriculture Victoria offers pasture seminars to sheep and beef producers

AGRICULTURE Victoria will support beef and sheep producers affected by difficult seasonal conditions with a phone/online seminar on pasture recovery next week…Read More Source: Sheep Central Agriculture Victoria offers pasture seminars to sheep and beef producers

‘First look’ climate outlook for May-July 2019

May to July is likely to be drier than average over some parts of eastern Australia, but wetter for parts of inland WA, and scattered parts of the northern Australian coastline, acording to the Bureau of Meteorology’s ‘first look’ seasonal climate outlook for May, June and July, released today…Read More Source: Beef Central ‘First… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 10 Apr 2019

The monsoon trough and embedded tropical systems produced moderate falls across northern tropical Australia, while a series of cold fronts tracked across southern Australia, generating moderate falls in Tasmania…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 10 Apr 2019

Anger as bulldozers knock over 'significant' gum trees on NSW farm

A farming group which received a $100 million investment from a Federal Government clean energy fund defends its decision to bulldoze trees and vegetation. Source: ABC Livestock Anger as bulldozers knock over ‘significant’ gum trees on NSW farm

'Did you see the size of that?': Cyclist's near miss with darting deer

A cyclist has narrowly missed hitting a feral deer while on a ride in the Adelaide Hills, as deer populations soar to record levels in South Australia. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Did you see the size of that?’: Cyclist’s near miss with darting deer

Animal activists protest nationwide, storming abattoirs and halting traffic

Animal rights activists block off Flinders Street in Melbourne, as protests escalate across the country with activists chaining themselves to machinery in some abattoirs. Protesters were arrested in Victoria and New South Wales, but moved on in Queensland. Source: ABC Livestock Animal activists protest nationwide, storming abattoirs and halting traffic

Recruitment: Do you have an employee induction program?

Whether yours is a small business or a larger organisation, you’ll need an employee induction program so new employees quickly understand their role and responsibilities. The investment in time will pay dividends as they settle into their new role…Read More Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Do you have an employee induction program?

Free clinic for homeless pets 'fantastic' relief from life on the streets

For many homeless people, an animal companion is their greatest comfort but paying for vet care is financially impossible. Now volunteer vets are offering that care for free. Source: ABC Livestock Free clinic for homeless pets ‘fantastic’ relief from life on the streets

This is what happens if you feed your pet a vegan diet

Animal lovers often believe a vegan diet for their pet is a good choice, but they could not be more wrong, writes Rachel Allavena Source: ABC Livestock This is what happens if you feed your pet a vegan diet

Long road ahead before Budget delivers bitumen for NT cattle producers

How long will cattle producers have to wait for sorely-needed bitumen? ABC Rural takes a look at the Federal Government’s significant budget for Territory roads. Source: ABC Livestock Long road ahead before Budget delivers bitumen for NT cattle producers

Police charge 'organisers' of mass protest at cattle feedlot, Minister condemns 'RSPCA activists'

Almost two weeks after about 100 animal rights protesters stormed a cattle feedlot in southern Queensland, police charge two people described as the main organisers. The charges come hours after the Federal Agriculture Minister condemned animal activists, naming the RSPCA. Source: ABC Livestock Police charge ‘organisers’ of mass protest at cattle feedlot, Minister condemns… Read more »

Why biodynamic farming is labelled a mix of 'witchcraft and science'

Biodynamic farming is often considered as an extreme method of farming but that has not deterred some central Queensland graziers from embracing it as a viable practice for their properties. Source: ABC Livestock Why biodynamic farming is labelled a mix of ‘witchcraft and science’

Meet the city girl who quit her desk job to train 17 sheepdogs

Jenny Whitelock was introduced to sheepdog trials by a man who accidentally sold her a blind border collie — now it’s her biggest passion. Source: ABC Livestock Meet the city girl who quit her desk job to train 17 sheepdogs

Construction starts at Ridley’s new Bendigo mill

The start of construction of Ridley’s mill at Wellsford was marked this week with a ceremony attended by local government and those involved in design and building. The new mill near Bendigo is ideally located in a prime grain-growing region…Read More Source: Grain Central Construction starts at Ridley’s new Bendigo mill

'I have a cemetery, not a farm': Mass deaths of Australian cattle in Sri Lanka

Farmers say they have been left broke and, in some cases, suicidal as hundreds of Australian and New Zealand cattle die in a Federal Government-backed export deal with Sri Lanka. Source: ABC Livestock ‘I have a cemetery, not a farm’: Mass deaths of Australian cattle in Sri Lanka

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 3 Apr 2019

Ex-tropical cyclone Trevor produced heavy falls from western to central Queensland, with heavy falls also over the eastern Top End, while a cold front and pre-frontal trough tracked across southeast Australia, and brought moderate falls to much of eastern Australia…Read More Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 3 Apr 2019

Australia’s first national goat meat operation benchmarking service needs you

AUSTRALIA’S first organised national benchmarking service for goat meat operations is seeking producer collaborators, especially from the rangelands of New South Wales…Read More Source: Sheep Central Australia’s first national goat meat operation benchmarking service needs you

Hay relief delivered to parched pastoralists in WA

A convoy of 13 trucks deliver 1,200 bales of donated livestock feed, and much-needed cheer, to pastoralists battling one of the worst droughts in living memory. Source: ABC Livestock Hay relief delivered to parched pastoralists in WA

Live exports start as mustering ramps up in WA's parched outback

While some pastoralists in WA’s far north are welcoming the deluge of rain from Cyclone Veronica, there are still many who are looking to offload cattle after a “disappointing” wet season. Source: ABC Livestock Live exports start as mustering ramps up in WA’s parched outback

EU and US reach ‘agreement in principle’ on 45,000t beef quota

The United States and the European Union have reportedly reached an “agreement in principle” to restrict a share of the EU’s annual 45,000-tonne hormone-free beef import quota exclusively to US product…Read More Source: Beef Central EU and US reach ‘agreement in principle’ on 45,000t beef quota

Seasonal climate outlook April-June 2019

In a substantial turnaround since last month, BOM’s latest three-month weather outlook suggests the chance of April to June rainfall being above median is close to 50pc across the country, meaning there is no indication that the coming three months will be significantly wetter or drier than average…Read More Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate… Read more »

Confusion over future of kangaroo pet food trial

Anger grows among Victorian farmers as the future of the kangaroo pet food trial remains uncertain. Source: ABC Livestock Confusion over future of kangaroo pet food trial

Feral goats no match for this family and their trusty kelpies

The Riley family is known as the goat chasers, trekking through the New South Wales high country with their pack of kelpies to muster feral goats. Source: ABC Livestock Feral goats no match for this family and their trusty kelpies

Farmer breaks down as cattle left starving by drought succumb to floodwaters

Michael Thompson had gotten used to seeing his cattle starve to death. But seeing his animals drown in the aftermath of the strongest cyclone to hit WA in years is testing the limits of his resolve. Source: ABC Livestock Farmer breaks down as cattle left starving by drought succumb to floodwaters

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 27 March 2019

Severe tropical cyclone Trevor produced heavy falls in the Cape York Peninsula and Gulf Country; also the north tropical Queensland coast. Severe tropical cyclone Veronica approached the northwest coast near Port Hedland, bringing heavy falls to the Pilbara coast…Read More Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 27 March 2019

Moving from the city's 'housing crisis'? Regional SA's not much better

Two huge South Australian meat processors say they would love to hire more people, but there isn’t enough suitable housing to keep up with the growth of the industry. Source: ABC Livestock Moving from the city’s ‘housing crisis’? Regional SA’s not much better

Call for tougher trespass laws after dozens of animal rights activists invade feedlot

The Federal Agriculture Minister has joined cattle industry leaders in calling for tougher penalties to target animal rights activists trespassing on farms, after more than 100 people entered a property over the weekend. Source: ABC Livestock Call for tougher trespass laws after dozens of animal rights activists invade feedlot

Twin cyclones bring rain to outback cattle country

Cattle stations in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland receive significant rain — thanks to not one but two cyclones. Source: ABC Livestock Twin cyclones bring rain to outback cattle country

Farmers with grand designs open modern shearing shed in South Australia

New shearing sheds are no easy task to build, but the McGorman family’s new custom shed on their property in Sanderston, 80 kilometres east of Adelaide, is worth every cent. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers with grand designs open modern shearing shed in South Australia

Salmonella egg contamination could result in slaughter of 200,000 birds

Authorities could order the destruction of hundreds of thousands of chickens at a Victorian poultry farm, after the detection of a rare strain of salmonella at the property sparked a massive supermarket egg recall. Source: ABC Livestock Salmonella egg contamination could result in slaughter of 200,000 birds

How a surgeon and a clinical researcher became outback pastoralists

No phone reception, no reticulated water, no agricultural experience and 2,000 cattle to look after over 700,000 acres — that’s just how John Knight and Caroline Thomas like it. Source: ABC Livestock How a surgeon and a clinical researcher became outback pastoralists

Dairy farmers push for $1.50-a-litre milk

As the supermarkets lift the price of their milk after years of discounting, dairy farmers believe that it is still way too cheap. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy farmers push for .50-a-litre milk

Economics professor says milk should be $1.56 a litre

As the supermarkets lift the price of their milk after years of discounting, there are some who believe that it is still way too cheap. Source: ABC Livestock Economics professor says milk should be .56 a litre

Meet the mother-daughter duo bucking the trend in sheepdog trialling

In a sport historically dominated by men, Josie and Jess Kimpton are regulars at sheepdog trials — a sport they say is ‘the hardest you could ever do’. Source: ABC Livestock Meet the mother-daughter duo bucking the trend in sheepdog trialling

Top End cattle station sells for $58 million

Kalala Station near Daly Waters in the Northern Territory has changed hands in one of the biggest individual sales northern Australia’s cattle industry has seen in years. Source: ABC Livestock Top End cattle station sells for million

Australia’s goat meat exports down, supply and new consumer challenges ahead

AUSTRALIA’S goat meat market supply chain faces challenges, despite positive export prospects, Meat & Livestock Australia’s latest Goatmeat Global Snapshot has indicated…Read More Source: Sheep Central Australia’s goat meat exports down, supply and new consumer challenges ahead

Recruitment: Eight points to note when giving employee feedback

We’ve all been there ourselves. We have received feedback and certainly know the way it’s delivered impacts the way it’s received. For managers of agribusinesses anywhere along the red meat supply chain, there are important aspects to consider when delivering feedback to employees…Read More Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Eight points to note when giving employee… Read more »

How farmers won wild dog war to see lambs thrive for first time in years

Michael and Beryl Ryan used to dread waking up to check their livestock each morning, fearful of the carnage they would find after wild dogs had gone through their property. Source: ABC Livestock How farmers won wild dog war to see lambs thrive for first time in years

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 20 Mar 2019

A coastal trough and associated low produced showers and thunderstorms, with moderate to heavy falls along the east coast of Australia, while a monsoon trough and embedded tropical systems generated moderate falls across northern Australia…Read More Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 20 Mar 2019

New conditions on Middle East live sheep exports proposed

LIVE sheep exports from Australia to the Middle East would be formally banned in June, July and August this year in a new law, as part of proposed conditions released for comment by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources…Read More Source: Sheep Central New conditions on Middle East live sheep exports proposed

‘First look’ climate outlook for April-June 2019

There are ‘near-equal’ chances of a wetter or drier three months for most of Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s ‘first-look’ climate outlook for April to June 2019. ..Read More Source: Beef Central ‘First look’ climate outlook for April-June 2019

'So far from fine': Farmers grapple with trauma from St Patrick's Day fires

Social workers say 12 months on from bushfires that ripped through properties in south-west Victoria, some farmers are only just starting to talk about the effect of the disaster. Source: ABC Livestock ‘So far from fine’: Farmers grapple with trauma from St Patrick’s Day fires

‘First look’ climate outlook for April-June 2019

There are ‘near-equal’ chances of a wetter or drier three months for most of Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s ‘first-look’ climate outlook for April to June 2019. ..Read More Source: Sheep Central ‘First look’ climate outlook for April-June 2019

Why wait for 5G? We're building our own internet, say fed-up WA farmers

Everyone’s familiar with slow internet or mobile-phone dropouts but for the nation’s farmers — often living well beyond the range of fibre optic cables and phone towers — the stakes are a lot higher. Source: ABC Livestock Why wait for 5G? We’re building our own internet, say fed-up WA farmers

Podiatrist creates orthotic for 'Houdini' wombat

A Queensland podiatrist and a prosthetist branch out from their usual patients to help create an orthotic for an injured wombat. Source: ABC Livestock Podiatrist creates orthotic for ‘Houdini’ wombat

CPC sells Queensland cattle station to NT pastoralist

Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC) sells Mimong Station in Queensland’s North West to Northern Territory pastoralist Sterling Buntine, reportedly for $20 million. Source: ABC Livestock CPC sells Queensland cattle station to NT pastoralist

Feedlot definition causes problems for drought-affected farmers

The definition of a feedlot is causing headaches for producers feeding cattle in drought as Queensland cracks down on people who may be accidentally lot feeding. Source: ABC Livestock Feedlot definition causes problems for drought-affected farmers

Recruitment: Why is it important to manage worker fatigue?

Whenever people are working in potentially hazardous environments, which can often be the case in meat and livestock industry, it’s important that a high degree of alertness be maintained in order to minimise the risk of accidents and mistakes. Research shows that factors like failure to use proper equipment or failure by individual workers to… Read more »

Major dairy producer accused of 'severely underpaying' skilled migrant workers

Foreign workers at a Victorian factory are being underpaid, exploited and are too scared to report mistreatment lest they “find themselves on a plane”, a trade union says. Source: ABC Livestock Major dairy producer accused of ‘severely underpaying’ skilled migrant workers

Farm owners 'devastated' after 8,000 chickens die in shed fire

Only a “handful” of birds escape after a fire kills 8,000 chickens at a family-owned business near Launceston in Tasmania. Source: ABC Livestock Farm owners ‘devastated’ after 8,000 chickens die in shed fire

Meet the Australian horse with many changing faces

From early settlements to mustering cattle in the present day and taking centre stage at the Sydney Olympics, the Australian Stock Horse is tough and versatile. Source: ABC Livestock Meet the Australian horse with many changing faces