Tag: Community

Charters Towers locals dig deep for grieving family

Cattle donated for auction have helped raise more than $60,000 for the family of a cancer victim who left behind a husband and five children. Source: ABC Livestock Charters Towers locals dig deep for grieving family

Episode 32: Grace Brennan, founder of Buy from the Bush

In this week’s episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat on Grace Brennan, founder of ‘Buy from the Bush.’ In 2019, drought in NSW was devastating rural livelihoods and communities. In response, rural-dwelling, self-employed mum, Grace, started a social media campaign, #buyfromthebush, and online marketplace connecting talented makers, creators,… Read more »

Baked on a farm with sourdough love

When Amie Kalleske was looking for a new project she turned to baking. It’s a hobby that has brought joy to the local community.  Source: ABC Grain Baked on a farm with sourdough love

Nominations open for live exporter young achiever award

NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2021 Australian Livestock Exporters Council and Nutrien Ag Solutions Livestock Exporter Young Achiever award. Source: Sheep Central Nominations open for live exporter young achiever award

Nominations open for Livestock Exporter Young Achiever award

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Australian Livestock Exporters Council and Nutrien Ag Solutions Livestock Exporter Young Achiever award, which comes as ALEC and Nutrien announce a new three-year corporate partnership . Source: Beef Central Nominations open for Livestock Exporter Young Achiever award

Meet the donkey that's king of the kids

Jack the donkey becomes king of the kids after watching the birth of twin goats on a Queensland farm. Source: ABC Livestock Meet the donkey that’s king of the kids

Family farewells 11,254ha farm after 157 years

Booligar has been sold to a NSW family for an undisclosed amount as the Dirranbandi community says goodbye to the Crothers clan. Source: ABC Livestock Family farewells 11,254ha farm after 157 years

Cattle Queen: Why life on the land was the only option for Jodie

Running a 15,000-acre cattle station single handedly is more than a full-time job, but it’s just one of Jodie Muntelwit’s responsibilities as she juggles being a mum to three children and managing a popular tourist destination all on her own. Source: ABC Livestock Cattle Queen: Why life on the land was the only option… Read more »

Chasing new adventure while homeschooling

Homeschooling can be full of distractions. But when you’re adventurous and your backyard stretches for hundreds of acres, it’s full of opportunity. Source: ABC Livestock Chasing new adventure while homeschooling

AgriFutures opens revised rural women’s award and new grant

RURAL development body AgriFutures Australian has opened applications for two important complementary programs for women in agriculture. Source: Sheep Central AgriFutures opens revised rural women’s award and new grant

Webinar series to explore northern supplementation options

QLD Department of Agriculture extension leaders Mick Sullivan and Kylie Hopkins will host an upcoming three-part webinar series discussing the management and practicalities of sensible supplementation in northern Australia, covering considerations, planning and actions. The webinar is part of the ongoing Beef Connect series, representing a collaboration between FutureBeef and Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Finalists revealed in countdown to Feedlot of the Year competition

Nine finalists have been named in four categories in the countdown to the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association’s coveted 2021 Australian Feedlot of the Year Competition. Source: Beef Central Finalists revealed in countdown to Feedlot of the Year competition

Beef, bling and bowties on show at Women in Lot Feeding Ball + PICS

The Beef Bling and Bowtie Ball sponsored by Protein Production Vets and hosted by Women of Lot Feeding (WOLF) has become a popular annual event for people passionate about the feedlot industry.   Source: Beef Central Beef, bling and bowties on show at Women in Lot Feeding Ball + PICS

Students take a virtual farm excursion

Free online sessions that give students the opportunity to talk directly with a farmer, complete quizzes and learn more about where their food comes from will be delivered as part of Australian Good Meat’s ‘Smart Farming’ virtual classroom program for Term 3 2021. Source: Beef Central Students take a virtual farm excursion

Recruitment: Showcasing top butchery talent of the future

SEVEN up-and-coming young retail butchers from across Australia have been shortlisted to compete in the World Skills National Championships Butchers competition in Perth next week. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Showcasing top butchery talent of the future

Recruitment: Showcasing top butchery talent of the future

Seven up-and-coming young retail butchers from across Australia have been shortlisted to compete in the World Skills National Championships Butchers competition taking place in Perth next week. Three of the finalists this week shared their personal insights about their meat industry careers in butchery Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Showcasing top butchery talent of the… Read more »

Story campaign aims to reconnect community with what takes place on farms

A new series of stories showing how a range of Australian farmers are responding to climate change has been launched the National Farmers Federation (NFF). The ‘Australian Farms: Where REAL… Source: Beef Central Story campaign aims to reconnect community with what takes place on farms

Call for army of workers to enlist for forthcoming harvest

With the international border closed, local grey nomads, university students and rural residents are being encouraged to join this year’s expected bumper harvest for 12 weeks between October and December. Source: Grain Central Call for army of workers to enlist for forthcoming harvest

A young country mum balancing motherhood and farm life

Heywire winner, Cindy-Lee from Donnybrook, WA is determined to prove that young mums from the country can have successful careers too. Source: ABC Beef Cattle A young country mum balancing motherhood and farm life

Aussies urged to ‘choose your own #AgVenture’ on AgDay

THE NFF is offering to support Australians planning to host an event on National Agriculture Day or AgDay on Friday 19 November. Source: Beef Central Aussies urged to ‘choose your own #AgVenture’ on AgDay

AgDay 2021 challenges Australians to choose an #AgVenture

THE NFF is offering to support Australians planning to host an event on National Agriculture Day or AgDay on Friday 19 November. Source: Grain Central AgDay 2021 challenges Australians to choose an #AgVenture

AgDay 2021 challenges Australians to choose an #AgVenture

THE National Farmers Federation is offering to support Australians planning to host an event on National Agriculture Day or AgDay on Friday 19 November. Source: Sheep Central AgDay 2021 challenges Australians to choose an #AgVenture

How long would you look before giving up on your best mate?

One man spent a week in the Kimberley outback looking for his lost dog and was just about to give up when the power of social media helped him find his beloved Jack.  Source: ABC Livestock How long would you look before giving up on your best mate?

Welcome to the little NSW farming town that grows dreams

Powered by volunteers — and a bumper sorghum crop on the edge of the airstrip — Farming for Kids nurtures young dreams through scholarships and donations. Source: ABC Grain Welcome to the little NSW farming town that grows dreams

Mapping changes a relief for emergency services, residents

The removal of impassable, non-existent roads from official maps will make life easier for road users and emergency services thanks to a partnership between an agricultural lobby group and the state government. Source: ABC Livestock Mapping changes a relief for emergency services, residents

Sharing love through flowers: One young boy's mission to summon smiles

Most ten-year-old’s pocket money goes straight into their piggy bank, saving for the latest Lego kit or new toy, but that’s not the case for one boy in the NSW Hunter Valley. Source: ABC Livestock Sharing love through flowers: One young boy’s mission to summon smiles

Beyond Blue partners with Zoetis to aid rural women in need

MENTAL health and wellbeing support body Beyond Blue has joined forces with animal health company Zoetis to focus on women’s mental health this year. Source: Sheep Central Beyond Blue partners with Zoetis to aid rural women in need

Young farmer challenge resources get funding boost

YOUNG farmer challenge resources for agricultural shows will be boosted across Australia with a $75,000-plus grant announced this week. Source: Sheep Central Young farmer challenge resources get funding boost

Zoetis, Beyond Blue shine light on rural womens’ mental health issues

Animal Health company Zoetis continues to support the mental health challenges faced by people living in rural Australia, and, this year is shining a light on women’s mental health though its partnership with Beyond Blue. Zoetis is committing to raise up to $100,000 to support the mental health organisation in 2021. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Applications now open for Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program

Are you a farmer or rural professional interested in connecting with others to share your experience and knowledge to support the resilience and growth of individuals, farming operations, the agriculture sector and communities? Source: Beef Central Applications now open for Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program

Vale John (Jack) Hughes

John Hughes, who had a profound influence on industrial relations reform across the Australian red meat processing over almost 40 years, passed away on Wednesday, aged 78. Source: Beef Central Vale John (Jack) Hughes

The 2024 International Wheat Congress to be held in South Australia

The 2024 International Wheat Congress will be held in Adelaide following a successful bid from the University of Adelaide, Adelaide Convention Bureau and South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI). Source: Grain Central The 2024 International Wheat Congress to be held in South Australia

Want to support your local farmers? Just click 'subscribe'

Would you be interested in having your meat delivered weekly from a farm up the road — bypassing the supermarkets and making connections with a farming community? Source: ABC Livestock Want to support your local farmers? Just click ‘subscribe’

Applications open for first virtual global Youth Ag Summit

People aged 18-25 are invited to apply for the 2021 Youth Agricultural Summit in November to help find ways to feed a hungry planet. Source: Grain Central Applications open for first virtual global Youth Ag Summit

Global meat sector to engage in UN Food systems summit

The global meat sector will be holding a Food Systems Dialogue next Wednesday 26 May to inform the first-ever United Nations Food Systems Summit which will take place in New York in September. Source: Beef Central Global meat sector to engage in UN Food systems summit

Farmers for Climate Action welcome biodiversity trading initiative

FARMERS For Climate Action has welcomed a Federal Government commitment for a trial platform enabling the trading of biodiversity and emissions abatement credits from revegetation. Source: Sheep Central Farmers for Climate Action welcome biodiversity trading initiative

NFF finalises 2021 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership cohort

SUCCESSFUL participants in the National Farmers Federation’s popular 2021 Diversity in Agriculture Program have been finalised. Source: Sheep Central NFF finalises 2021 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership cohort

Beef Bank helping the cattle industry to give back

The kindness of strangers is well known to rural families in times such as drought, flood and fire. But when the tables turn and good times return to agriculture it is through organisations like Beef Bank that farming businesses are able to return the generosity. Source: Beef Central Beef Bank helping the cattle industry… Read more »

Producer input sought for survey into 2019-20 busfires’ impact on industry

An online survey for beef and sheep producers affected by the devastating 2019–20 bushfire season will help scientists develop advice and a manual to help farmers recover from fires and mitigate the effect of future fire seasons. Source: Beef Central Producer input sought for survey into 2019-20 busfires’ impact on industry

Producer input sought for survey into 2019-20 busfires’ impact on industry

An online survey for beef and sheep producers affected by the devastating 2019–20 bushfire season will help scientists develop advice and a manual to help farmers recover from fires and mitigate the effect of future fire seasons. Source: Sheep Central Producer input sought for survey into 2019-20 busfires’ impact on industry

NSW Local Land Services seeks feedback on local strategic plans

NEW South Wales landholders can now have their say on local strategic plans developed by Local Land Services, with all 11 regional plans on exhibition until early June. Source: Sheep Central NSW Local Land Services seeks feedback on local strategic plans

National Farmer’s Federation Towards 2030 Forum Series to start in Darwin

The National Farmers Federation, the NT Farmers Association and the NT Cattlemen’s Association are pleased to host the Towards 2030 Forum in Darwin on the 20th of May 2021. Source: Beef Central National Farmer’s Federation Towards 2030 Forum Series to start in Darwin

NFF’s Towards 2030 Forum Series to start in Darwin

The National Farmers Federation, the NT Farmers Association and the NT Cattlemen’s Association are pleased to host the Towards 2030 Forum in Darwin on the 20th of May 2021. Source: Grain Central NFF’s Towards 2030 Forum Series to start in Darwin

Fixing fences and restoring spirits after Cyclone Seroja

With a mission to repair hundreds of kilometres of fences and mend battered spirits, volunteer rural fencing organisation BlazeAid establishes a base near Geraldton in Western Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Fixing fences and restoring spirits after Cyclone Seroja

'It's great to be appreciated': Meet the volunteers and staff behind Beef Australia

More than 800 volunteers, staff and contractors have put in thousands of hours of work to ensure Beef Australia 2021 went off without a hitch. They say closing the gates on the final day will be bittersweet. Source: ABC Livestock ‘It’s great to be appreciated’: Meet the volunteers and staff behind Beef Australia

Australian farmland values: it’s the time of the neighbour

AUSTRALIAN farm land prices are expected to continue to rise in the current low interest rate-high commodity price environment, according to industry analysts. Source: Sheep Central Australian farmland values: it’s the time of the neighbour

Beef 2021 commercial trade exhibits: Your guide to what’s new, and what’s hot

Commercial trade displays at Beef 2021 will cover every conceivable aspect of the meat and livestock supply chain in Australia. While there will be a heavy emphasis on agtech in many exhibits this year, commercial displays will cover everything from animal health and nutrition to genetics, stock handling and fencing, animal ID and traceability, finance,… Read more »

National survey to inform future of agricultural education

What do Australian students know about agriculture? This is the question being posed by CQUniversity agri-tech education researchers, who today launched a national agricultural awareness survey. Source: Grain Central National survey to inform future of agricultural education

Sheepvention scaled back to Sheep Connect event

HAMILTON’S popular Sheepvention expo will be replaced with a smaller single event over two days in August, organisers said today. Source: Sheep Central Sheepvention scaled back to Sheep Connect event

Vale Lex Heinemann

Rural property marketing legend Lex Heinemann passed away suddenly yesterday after a heart attack, aged 80. Spanning more than 50 years, Mr Heinemann forged a career as a deal-maker without peer in the northern Australian rural property marketing space Source: Beef Central Vale Lex Heinemann

800 entries in Beef 2021 carcase competition, exceeding expectations

Australia’s largest carcase competition being staged next month has attracted 804 steer and heifer entries from 84 exhibitors located in all states. Source: Beef Central 800 entries in Beef 2021 carcase competition, exceeding expectations

Young Farmer Business Conference to focus on innovative thinking

INNOVATIVE thinking and skills will be explored at the second annual NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Young Farmer Business Conference in Dubbo next month. Source: Sheep Central Young Farmer Business Conference to focus on innovative thinking

Warakirri looks beyond dryland in farm fund

Warakirri Farmland Fund (WFF) was launched this week to capitalise on Australia’s growth path in the global food supply chain. Source: Grain Central Warakirri looks beyond dryland in farm fund

Is carbon farming destroying small communities while fighting global warming?

It has been touted as a way to combat climate change on a vast scale, but for one small south-west Queensland community carbon farming is irreparably eroding its foundations. Source: ABC Livestock Is carbon farming destroying small communities while fighting global warming?

Vale Greg “Whippy” Smith

Our great mate Greg Smith was tragically killed on the 2nd of April 2021 as a result of an accident while discharging cattle in the port of Belawan in north Sumatera, Indonesia. Source: Beef Central Vale Greg “Whippy” Smith

Rise Up program gives Indigenous workers path into pastoral industry

Aspiring young stockman Chris Mandigalli has a dream. And an Aboriginal-run program is putting him and young people like him on the right path to achieving it. Source: ABC Livestock Rise Up program gives Indigenous workers path into pastoral industry

Former agribusiness execs steer investment opportunities

Two former agribusiness executives are applying their knowledge and experience to helping small to medium sized businesses to grow, while identifying investing opportunities at the same time. Source: Beef Central Former agribusiness execs steer investment opportunities

High profile judges announced for Beef 2021 Pitch in the Paddock agtech event

Senior executives from Microsoft and John Deere will participate on the judging panel assessing entries in Beef 2021’s Pitch in the Paddock agtech incubator event in May. Source: Beef Central High profile judges announced for Beef 2021 Pitch in the Paddock agtech event

Vale Tony Wharton

Former AusMeat chairman and processing industry identity Tony Wharton passed away last month after a battle with cancer. He was 78. Source: Beef Central Vale Tony Wharton

Service to mark Ian McIvor’s passing

Service arrangements have been finalised to mark the passing of live export industry identity, the late Ian McIvor. Source: Beef Central Service to mark Ian McIvor’s passing

How checking your pantry for bugs could help Aussie farmers

A citizen science project is asking members of the public to monitor their food pantries for insects over a four-week period and report everything from annoying moths to exotic pests. Source: ABC Grain How checking your pantry for bugs could help Aussie farmers

Meat Business Women launches mentorship initiative

A NEW mentorship initiative aims to improve career opportunities for women in the global meat industry and help meat businesses develop a strong pipeline of future female leaders has been launched. Source: Beef Central Meat Business Women launches mentorship initiative

Flood appeal launched as torrential rain batters east coast

NSW Farmers has launched a Flood Appeal through its Natural Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) to assist farmers with recovery efforts as a one-in -a-hundred year weather event continues to batter the east coast region.  Source: Beef Central Flood appeal launched as torrential rain batters east coast

Wool women urged to unite and challenge unacceptable behaviour

WOMEN in Australia’s wool industry have been urged to challenge any unacceptable behaviour in their industry by Australian Wool Exchange chair Robyn Clubb. Source: Sheep Central Wool women urged to unite and challenge unacceptable behaviour

Classic Wallabies line up against Bush Barbarians team during Beef 2021

The Classic Wallabies – a team made up of former legends of Australian Rugby – is set to light up Rockhampton’s Victoria Park with fancy foot work and quick wit, when they tackle the Beef Barbarians, during May’s Beef 2021 event in Rockhampton. Source: Beef Central Classic Wallabies line up against Bush Barbarians team… Read more »

Ag groups call for Office of Science Integrity for Reef

THE agricultural industry is united in its call for the Federal Government to establish an Office of Science Integrity to guarantee quality assurance of the science behind Great Barrier Reef… Source: Beef Central Ag groups call for Office of Science Integrity for Reef

Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program seeks participants

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day 2021 today has been marked with the opening of applications for the National Farmers Federation’s fourth annual Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program. Source: Sheep Central Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program seeks participants

Recruitment: Don’t overlook ‘Baby Boomers’ to boost your workforce

Employing the right staff can be a challenge for small agribusinesses. Getting the right cultural fit, using the relevant recruitment tools and knowing how much to pay are just a few of the hurdles when it comes to expanding your team. Many businesses have started benefiting from employing staff aged over 50, the so-called ‘Baby… Read more »

Women In Wool zoom into second International Women’s Day conference

WOMEN in Wool will be celebrated with a special International Women’s Day Zoom conference this week. The second annual Women in Wool conference to be held online on 5 March… Source: Sheep Central Women In Wool zoom into second International Women’s Day conference

Thieves undermine time-honoured honesty system of roadside farm stalls

The honesty box for roadside farm produce is a common sight across the countryside, but not everyone is “honest” — and that could mean fewer of the boxes are seen in future. Source: ABC Livestock Thieves undermine time-honoured honesty system of roadside farm stalls

Sheep Central’s response to Facebook’s ban on news

FACEBOOK’S arrogant and unconscionable decision last week to block Australian news sites from its pages will hurt a lot of information providers, including some rural and regional media. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Central’s response to Facebook’s ban on news

Beef Central’s response to Facebook’s ban on news

Facebook’s arrogant and unconscionable decision last week to block Australian news sites from its pages will hurt a lot of information providers, including some rural and regional media. However Beef Central’s core strategy has always been to focus heavily on building our own audience through email subscribers, and direct-to-website traffic -hence its impact on readership… Read more »

Powerful message for meat in major UN-Oxford University consumer survey

Results from the largest ever opinion poll on climate change have just been released by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Oxford University – and buried deep in the report is a fascinating statistic. Source: Beef Central Powerful message for meat in major UN-Oxford University consumer survey