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The last gift of a young country champion

As a young cattleman and junior sporting champion, Jack Cameron was in a league of his own. Source: Beef Central The last gift of a young country champion

EvokeAg agtech event pushed back to 2022

COVID-19 concerns have pushed back agriculture’s largest annual agtech event, EvokeAg, by 12 months. Originally scheduled to take place in Perth early next year, organisers have this week postponed the next event until February, 2021. Source: Beef Central EvokeAg agtech event pushed back to 2022

Landline: Keeping local community news alive during COVID-19

ABC Landline aired an interesting segment on Sunday, showcasing how small communities are keeping local news alive, during COVID-19 closures. Source: Beef Central Landline: Keeping local community news alive during COVID-19

NSW Rural Womens Gathering postponed until 2021

NEW South Wales’ rural women have had to postpone a popular annual gathering for the first time in 27 years due to COVID-19 restrictions. The NSW Rural Women’s Gathering was to be… Source: Sheep Central NSW Rural Womens Gathering postponed until 2021

JBS to donate A$188m to bolster COVID-19 efforts

Global meat processor JBS has announced a donation worth the equivalent of about A$188 million to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the communities in which its employees live and work around the world. Source: Beef Central JBS to donate A8m to bolster COVID-19 efforts

US colonel outlines why farmers are essential to national security

Food security and national security are one and the same, US Air Force Colonel and veterinarian Sam Barringer told an Australian feedlot conference last October, a message that would be dramatically borne out just a few months later. Source: Beef Central US colonel outlines why farmers are essential to national security

Pandemic sees people seeking regional lifestyle, getting back to basics

If COVID-19 has spawned in you a desire to grow veggies and raise chooks, you might be among a demographic cohort tipped to create a wave of post-pandemic migration. Source: ABC Livestock Pandemic sees people seeking regional lifestyle, getting back to basics

Beekeeper pleads for help in finding stolen hives

A professional beekeeper appeals for public help to find thieves who stole beehives from Toolara State Forest, north-east of Gympie. Source: ABC Livestock Beekeeper pleads for help in finding stolen hives

Vale Jim Litchfield

Prominent Angus breeder and objective measurement pioneer Jim Litchfield passed away at his home, Hazeldean, near Cooma last week, aged 93. Source: Beef Central Vale Jim Litchfield

Beef Australia 'very confident' 2021 event will continue as planned

Organisers of the national cattle industry expo say it’s ‘full steam ahead’, despite not knowing when the ban on mass gatherings will be lifted Source: ABC Livestock Beef Australia ‘very confident’ 2021 event will continue as planned

12-month countdown for Beef Australia 2021 begins

Tomorrow marks the start of the 12-month countdown to Beef Australia 2021, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive beef industry events held in the central Queensland beef capital of Rockhampton every three years. Despite COVID-19, organisers remain optimistic that social distancing and travel circumstances will improve in coming months, to a point where… Read more »

University of New England to go global with rural crime survey

A RURAL crime survey conceived in New South Wales will go global to discover ways to improve the relationship between victims and those responding to criminal activity in country areas. Source: Sheep Central University of New England to go global with rural crime survey

Free public drought forums go online in Qld

Information about feeding and caring for livestock in a drought is now being delivered online in Queensland by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Source: Beef Central Free public drought forums go online in Qld

Agricultural field days go virtual during COVID-19 pandemic

Leading agricultural field days in Australia and New Zealand will stage virtual events as COVID-19 restrictions force the postponement of the physical events until mass gatherings are allowed again. Source: ABC Livestock Agricultural field days go virtual during COVID-19 pandemic

Country parents unhappy with how their children are being taught about agriculture

Many parents across the country are helping their children learn from home for the first time ever, but one man who has been home educating for years warns some parents might not like what they see. Source: ABC Livestock Country parents unhappy with how their children are being taught about agriculture

MLA bushfire recovery support continues online amid COVID-19

MEAT & Livestock Australia is continuing to provide red meat producers impacted by recent bushfires with online support and services to help with their recovery amid COVID-19 restrictions. Source: Sheep Central MLA bushfire recovery support continues online amid COVID-19

NQ sugar mill exporting molasses urged to look after local farmers first

Queensland Senator Susan McDonald and Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch have accused Thai-owned MSF Sugar in North Queensland of “failing famers” after it will send most of the molasses it produces this year to Thailand. Source: Beef Central NQ sugar mill exporting molasses urged to look after local farmers first

Rural leaders urge banks not to bow to activism

Cattle producers would “vote with their feet” against banks which turned their backs on an industry many relied upon, Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association president Chris Nott said in response to recent reports of banks shunning businesses involved in livestock exports. Source: Beef Central Rural leaders urge banks not to bow to activism

Anti-livex activists target rural banks

Campaigns against livestock exports, intensive farming and mulesing are increasingly targeting rural lenders as animal rights groups pressure banks to choke off capital to industries and practices they oppose. Source: Beef Central Anti-livex activists target rural banks

Jim Geltch calls time on years at helm of Nuffield scholarship program

LONG-SERVING guardian of the Nuffield farming scholarship program, Jim Geltch, has retired, leaving a lasting legacy for an organisation that continues to invest in the human capital of agriculture. Source: Sheep Central Jim Geltch calls time on years at helm of Nuffield scholarship program

Retiring Nuffield guardian leaves a lasting legacy

Long-serving guardian of the Nuffield farming scholarship program, Jim Geltch, has retired, leaving in good shape an organisation that continues to invest in the human capital of agriculture. Source: Beef Central Retiring Nuffield guardian leaves a lasting legacy

Ag training for high school students, but not as you know it: AITC

A unique approach to high school education is helping to fill an agricultural training void left by the closure of specialist rural colleges. Source: Grain Central Ag training for high school students, but not as you know it: AITC

AITC: Ag training for high school students, but not as you know it

A unique approach to high school education is helping to fill an agricultural training void left by the closure of specialist rural colleges. Source: Beef Central AITC: Ag training for high school students, but not as you know it

Australian Co-operative Farming Hotline launched

A CO-OPERATIVE Farming Hotline has been launched to support Australian farmers, fishers and foresters in establishing farm co-operatives. Source: Sheep Central Australian Co-operative Farming Hotline launched

Vale Geoff Tancred

Geoff Tancred, who was a towering presence across the Australian meat and livestock industry for more than 40 years, died recently in Brisbane, aged 84. His business interests extended from the Tancred Brothers export and domestic meat processing operations, one of the largest in Australia, to a portfolio of 23 grazing properties scattered across Queensland,… Read more »

Groups propose $4 billion stimulus to create 24,000 land improvement jobs

70 farming and conservation groups are proposing Federal and State Governments provide a $4 billion economic stimulus package to fund 24,000 workers to undertake practical conservation activities across Australia such as weed and pest control, river restoration and bushfire recovery and resilience. Source: Beef Central Groups propose billion stimulus to create 24,000 land improvement… Read more »

Outback roadhouse starts flying beer and pizza to cattle stations in lockdown

A Top End roadhouse has started an aerial takeaway service to help lift community spirits during the coronavirus lockdown. So far, the owner says, the service has received “quite a good response”. Source: ABC Livestock Outback roadhouse starts flying beer and pizza to cattle stations in lockdown

Landmark East Gippsland Facebook post prompts apologies

A FACEBOOK post by a Gippsland Nutrien Ag Solutions franchise referring to Elders staff has been removed after attracting wide criticism on the social media platform. Source: Sheep Central Landmark East Gippsland Facebook post prompts apologies

‘Calm the farm, we’ve got this, have a great day’

Mungindi farmer Sam Heagney’s video message to Australian people: don’t sweat food security, Aussie farmers have got you covered. Source: Beef Central ‘Calm the farm, we’ve got this, have a great day’

New realities of social distancing playing out in the cattle sector

From on-property cattle yards to Australia’s largest meatworks, the coronavirus crisis is forcing changes of behaviour that just a few weeks ago would have seemed impossible throughout the cattle industry. Source: Beef Central New realities of social distancing playing out in the cattle sector

Milk, bar: Country pub's virus response lifts local spirits

A New South Wales hotel is among businesses finding innovative ways to diversify as jobs are cut and coronavirus panic buying continues. Source: ABC Livestock Milk, bar: Country pub’s virus response lifts local spirits

How COVID-19 is affecting rural events

Numerous rural events and conferences scheduled for March and April have been postponed since Friday amid increasing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 cases. Source: Beef Central How COVID-19 is affecting rural events

COVID-19 forces postponement, cancellation of rural events

Numerous rural events and conferences scheduled for March and April have been postponed since Friday amid increasing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 cases. Source: Grain Central COVID-19 forces postponement, cancellation of rural events

Couple's leather shop dream could help breathe life into 'dying' town

Tricia and Jim Pollock realise their lifelong dream to open their own leather shop and hope it will help to revive the tiny Eyre Peninsula town of Minnipa. Source: ABC Livestock Couple’s leather shop dream could help breathe life into ‘dying’ town

Dalby conference next week focuses on intensive ag sector

Following the success of the 2018 Intensive Ag Conference, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise is hosting Protein 2020, bringing the intensive beef, pork, poultry and dairy sectors with the view to share best practice, advocate for common policy change and allow collaboration across the sectors. Source: Grain Central Dalby conference next week focuses on… Read more »

Meat Business Women to launch national gender balance report

GLOBAL networking group, Meat Business Women, hopes to launch a global state of the nation report on current gender balance within the industry at the World Meat Congress in Cancun, Mexico on 12 June. Source: Sheep Central Meat Business Women to launch national gender balance report

EvokeAg 2020: Plant-based and animal protein meat head on

The ‘real meat’ versus ‘plant-based’ foods debate was vigorously aired at this week’s EvokeAg 2020 agri-technology conference in Melbourne. Source: Grain Central EvokeAg 2020: Plant-based and animal protein meat head on

'He was Crocodile Dundee': Tributes flow for 'superb bushman' instrumental in protecting Kakadu

At just eight years old, Peter Pangquee started shooting feral buffalo on the Top End’s coastal floodplains, and later hunted crocodiles. His knowledge of the bush would help him play a major role in Kakadu National Park’s World Heritage listing. Source: ABC Livestock ‘He was Crocodile Dundee’: Tributes flow for ‘superb bushman’ instrumental in… Read more »

I saw people with swine flu. Let's stick to the facts on coronavirus

Despite pleas for calm, the public reaction to coronavirus in Australia has at times been out of proportion with what’s actually happening. We need to avoid undue panic and stick to the facts, writes medical reporter Sophie Scott. Source: ABC Livestock I saw people with swine flu. Let’s stick to the facts on coronavirus

Kangaroo Island Fires: Picking up the pieces after catastrophic bushfires

Agriculture employs more people and generates more economically for Kangaroo Island than any other sector but recent bushfires have hit the industry hard. *THIS STORY CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES* Source: ABC Beef Cattle Kangaroo Island Fires: Picking up the pieces after catastrophic bushfires

RSPCA hits back at claims about accommodating volunteers on Kangaroo Island

The RSPCA has been inundated with thousands of requests from people looking to volunteer on Kangaroo Island, but is being accused by some of seeking handouts from those impacted by the fires. Source: ABC Livestock RSPCA hits back at claims about accommodating volunteers on Kangaroo Island

Greenham donates $250,000 to bushfire recovery

Victorian and Tasmanian beef processor HW Greenham is the latest in a long list of meat and livestock industry stakeholders who have made considerable donations to the bushfire recovery cause.    Source: Beef Central Greenham donates 0,000 to bushfire recovery

PODCAST: Why aren’t producers engaged with industry representation?

Rural journalists Nicole Bond and Jayne Cuddihy explore this question in the latest edition of their popular podcast “There’s an Elephant in My Paddock”. Source: Beef Central PODCAST: Why aren’t producers engaged with industry representation?

‘It suddenly got very real’: Corryong’s devastating bushfire ordeal

Corryong cattle producer and livestock agent Justin Costello describes the isolation property owners felt as devastating fires approached the region over the New Year period, and how the community is fighting to recover in the aftermath. Source: Beef Central ‘It suddenly got very real’: Corryong’s devastating bushfire ordeal

'Dick's Hay' for sale as Kangaroo Islanders help family rocked by tragedy

Kangaroo Island farmers and friends of Dick and Clayton Lang, killed this month fighting the island’s fires, have rallied together to help sell the last bales of the family’s hay. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Dick’s Hay’ for sale as Kangaroo Islanders help family rocked by tragedy

Twittersphere not sheepish after Paul’s mail ram is stolen

POLICE have no leads but social media is doing its bit to help New South Wales wool grower Paul Cocking find his missing ram. Source: Sheep Central Twittersphere not sheepish after Paul’s mail ram is stolen

'Pretty bloody hard': Local businesses in tears as another NSW dairy farm shuts down

With running costs out of control due to the pressure of the drought, a well-known dairy in north-eastern NSW has no choice but to close, and it’s not just the farm workers who will feel the effects. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Pretty bloody hard’: Local businesses in tears as another NSW dairy farm shuts down

$1000 steak – how to start a social media sensation

What are the chances of a butcher making a video of himself carving a piece of steak generating so much interest that it would go viral on Instagram with 10 million views? Source: Beef Central 00 steak – how to start a social media sensation

Vale Ken Coombe

Respected Brahman breed pioneer Ken Coombe has passed away in Rockhampton, aged 87. Mr Coombe left an indelible stamp on the northern Australian beef industry, contributing to the transformation in genetics to tropically adapted cattle from the region’s original British breeds. Source: Beef Central Vale Ken Coombe

Top End empathy for southern counterparts after horrendous fire year

As fierce winds fan huge fire fronts across tinder dry regions of northern NSW and southern and central Queensland, cattle producers who have endured a horrendous fire season further north are watching on with a strong sense of empathy for their southern counterparts. Source: Beef Central Top End empathy for southern counterparts after horrendous… Read more »

Zoetis achieves $100,000 target for Beyond Blue

LEADING animal health company, Zoetis, has hit its yearly target to raise $100,000 to support mental health in rural Australia. Source: Sheep Central Zoetis achieves 0,000 target for Beyond Blue

$1 billion drought package for hard-hit farmers and rural communities

Drought-hit farmers, small businesses and rural towns are set for a $1 billion Federal Government cash injection to keep stock fed and watered, businesses open, locals in work and pump funds into local economies, as part of a major drought stimulus package announced earlier today. Source: Beef Central billion drought package for hard-hit farmers… Read more »

Special report: Is there a future for traditional agricultural colleges?

The model of residential-based agricultural education, which was the preferred training option for budding young farmers for much of the 20th Century, is under threat across Australia. Source: Beef Central Special report: Is there a future for traditional agricultural colleges?

Is there a future for traditional agricultural colleges?

The model of residential-based agricultural education, which was the preferred training option for budding young farmers for much of the 20th Century, is under threat across Australia. Source: Grain Central Is there a future for traditional agricultural colleges?

What does Australia really think about the live export industry?

Beyond what the loudest voices say on social media, what does the middle 90 percent of community think about live exports? A new three year research program has been set in motion to find out. Source: Beef Central What does Australia really think about the live export industry?

Zoetis, AA Co dig deep to support mental health

Animal Health company Zoetis has hit its yearly target, raising $100,000 to support mental health in rural Australia over the past three months. Through its partnership with Beyond Blue, Zoetis has now raised $400,000 since 2016 as the company continues to support the charity. Source: Beef Central Zoetis, AA Co dig deep to support… Read more »

Dammed if you do, damned if you don't: Australia's water infrastructure conundrum

With towns facing “zero day” water crises National Party MPs are frustrated not enough dams are being built, but states are spending billions to fix a system ill-prepared for crisis. Source: ABC Grain Dammed if you do, damned if you don’t: Australia’s water infrastructure conundrum

Vale Bill Loughnan

Bill Loughnan cared deeply for country people and the rural sector, a devotion that was reciprocated in the deep respect in which he was held throughout the industry. Source: Beef Central Vale Bill Loughnan

Recruitment: Research reveals what young ag recruits want

MANY companies along the Australian sheep meat or wool supply chain will look at putting on fresh and young talent as part of their 2020 recruitment strategies, to allow newcomers to learn the ropes from experienced co-workers and build core experience as part of a sustainable business. Here are some insights into how to harness… Read more »

NSW Young Farmer Business Program committee seeks new blood

YOUNG New South Wales farmers are being invited to nominate for the state’s Young Farmer Business Program Advisory Committee. Source: Sheep Central NSW Young Farmer Business Program committee seeks new blood

Family, locals dominate broadacre labour needs

Australian citizens dominate the agriculture workforce, with the latest ABARES farm survey finding broadacre farms were the most dependent on family workers and employed few workers outside the family unit. Source: Grain Central Family, locals dominate broadacre labour needs

New TAFE course launched to develop agri service careers

A unique new course offered through Wodonga TAFE has been designed specifically for people looking for a potential career in service provision fields of agriculture, such as the stock and station agency sector, agri-finance and animal production and health. Source: Beef Central New TAFE course launched to develop agri service careers

Innovate, adapt and engage says Victorian rural show ambassador

AGRICULTURAL shows must innovate, adapt and be relevant to their communities to engage youth, according to Victoria’s new rural ambassador Grace Calder. Source: Sheep Central Innovate, adapt and engage says Victorian rural show ambassador

Farmers condemn 60 Minutes’ portrayal of glyphosate

Farmer groups have expressed concern over the misrepresentation of glyphosate on last night’s episode of 60 minutes on Channel 9 television. Source: Grain Central Farmers condemn 60 Minutes’ portrayal of glyphosate

Old abattoir offers new hope for drought-stricken community

Three years after shutting down and shedding more than 30 local jobs, Binnaway’s abattoir is reopening, offering a much-needed boost. Source: ABC Livestock Old abattoir offers new hope for drought-stricken community

Logged out: Farmers in remote areas are being left behind by the digital economy

Farming families and communities in Qld’s remote north are a good example of people in remote regional and rural areas of Australia being left behind by the digital economy, putting them at significant social and economic disadvantage. A report released this month details the impacts of low levels of “digital inclusion” among farmers in Far… Read more »

30 million Americans watch this massive show — and it's filmed in Australia

Bull riders will still tell you the Mount Isa Rodeo isn’t a social event — they go to win. But as conditions in country Australia worsen, they’re not the only ones hanging on. Source: ABC Livestock 30 million Americans watch this massive show — and it’s filmed in Australia

Recruitment: The importance of workplace culture for success

NOW, more than ever, employees are choosing red meat industry supply chain workplaces where they feel valued and believe in the overall mission of the business. It’s not surprising, then, that the most successful agribusinesses will always have a solid workplace culture in place. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: The importance of workplace culture for… Read more »

Recruitment: Recognising the importance of workplace culture for business success

Now, more than ever, employees are choosing red meat industry supply chain workplaces where they feel valued and believe in the overall mission of the business. It’s not surprising, then, that the most successful agribusinesses will always have a solid workplace culture in place. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Recognising the importance of workplace culture… Read more »

The family-owned butcher that's bucking the retail trend

A butcher shop in South Australia’s Bordertown bucks the retail trend by changing with the times, and staying open for more than 80 years. Source: ABC Livestock The family-owned butcher that’s bucking the retail trend

Meat Business Women network heads to Brisbane

On the back of a successful launch event in Melbourne in April, organisers of the Australian chapter of Meat Business Women have announced the network’s second event this year, to be held in Brisbane in October. Source: Beef Central Meat Business Women network heads to Brisbane

Recruitment: Technology in agriculture is creating job market trends

Changing trends in modern agriculture mean an explosive demand for candidates possessing technology skills to fill the job market. A USDA-Purdue University study conducted several years ago estimated that by the year 2020, more than 15,000 new jobs would be created in US agriculture for people with technology skills, and a similar pattern is emerging… Read more »

Welcome to Sheep Central’s new agtech platform

With the launch of a new standalone AgTech Central website today, the Ag Central team is endeavouring to help farmers and other industry stakeholders to find the information to help drive the uptake of important new efficiency-driving innovations…Read More Source: Sheep Central Welcome to Sheep Central’s new agtech platform

NFF, MLA launch initiative to share Aus Ag’s story

Leading Australian voices have come together to better connect farmers with consumers through the Telling Our Story Initiative. ..Read More Source: Beef Central NFF, MLA launch initiative to share Aus Ag’s story

New Marcus Oldham scholarship for Qld/NT students

A new undergraduate scholarship backed by Queensland graziers, Currawong, will enable Queensland and Northern Territory residents the unique opportunity to study at Marcus Oldham College in 2020…Read More Source: Beef Central New Marcus Oldham scholarship for Qld/NT students

ACCC calls for consultation on Landmark’s proposed rural store divestments

The ACCC is seeking views on a proposed undertaking offered by Nutrien – which operates in Australia under the Landmark brand – in relation to its proposed acquisition of Ruralco…Read More Source: Grain Central ACCC calls for consultation on Landmark’s proposed rural store divestments