Tag: Community

'It's pretty good': Rodeo brings Kimberley town back to life

After months of lockdown, a Kimberley town has been brought back to life with dancefloors of red dust, frocks and flannelettes at one of the only rodeos and race meets the region will see this year. Source: ABC Livestock ‘It’s pretty good’: Rodeo brings Kimberley town back to life

'I feel free': Work camp breaks cycle of crime by teaching at-risk kids bush skills

Kids falling through the cracks of the education system or getting tied up in crime are heading to a new Indigenous-run youth work camp in the Top End to learn life lessons classrooms can’t teach. Source: ABC Livestock ‘I feel free’: Work camp breaks cycle of crime by teaching at-risk kids bush skills

What do vegans and livestock producers have in common?

UNDERSTANDING the shared animal welfare values of livestock producers and vegans could be the solution to industry sustainability, a Charles Sturt University researcher proposed today. Source: Beef Central What do vegans and livestock producers have in common?

What do vegans and livestock producers have in common?

UNDERSTANDING the shared animal welfare values of livestock producers and vegans could be the solution to industry sustainability, a Charles Sturt University researcher proposed today. Source: Sheep Central What do vegans and livestock producers have in common?

UN removes ‘meat worse than oil’ tweet

The United Nations has quietly removed a tweet posted earlier this week which claimed meat produces more greenhouse gas emissions than the world’s biggest oil companies. Source: Beef Central UN removes ‘meat worse than oil’ tweet

COVID a community and public health issue, not a meat industry issue, says AMIC

COVID was a public health issue and a community-transmitted virus, not a meat industry or food safety issue, AMIC argued in a statement this afternoon, as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews warned that entire industries could be shut down in the state if people continued to go to work with symptoms Source: Beef Central COVID… Read more »

Zoetis targets $100,000 to support mental health in the bush

Animal Health company Zoetis continues to support the mental health challenges faced by people living in rural Australia through its crucial partnership with mental health organisation Beyond Blue. The company is lining up for its fifth consecutive year of fundraising activity, aiming to raise up to $100,000 to support the cause in 2020. Source:… Read more »

Zoetis targets $100,000 to support mental health in the bush

Animal Health company Zoetis continues to support the mental health challenges faced by people living in rural Australia through its crucial partnership with mental health organisation Beyond Blue. The company is lining up for its fifth consecutive year of fundraising activity, aiming to raise up to $100,000 to support the cause in 2020. Source:… Read more »

CWA, NSW Farmers’ launch legal action on Inland Rail

NSW Farmers’ Association and the Country Women’s Association of NSW have joined forces to progress legal action with respect to the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s handling of the Inland Rail Project. Source: Grain Central CWA, NSW Farmers’ launch legal action on Inland Rail

Farmers need to ditch ‘old hat’ image to attract best and brightest

Next-generation farmer, Sam Heagney, says farmers need to lift their image and promote the many great benefits of an agricultural career to attract new, enthusiastic people to the industry. Source: Grain Central Farmers need to ditch ‘old hat’ image to attract best and brightest

Opportunity for agribusinesses to capitalise on positive outlook: CBA

While the impacts of coronavirus have been widespread across the economy, the outlook for many parts of Australia’s agribusiness sector is strong and growing, according to Commonwealth Bank’s Regional and Agribusiness division. Source: Grain Central Opportunity for agribusinesses to capitalise on positive outlook: CBA

AgQuip Field Days latest to cancel due to COVID-19

The giant AgQuip Field Days at Gunnedah in north west NSW are the latest to fall victim to COVID-19 uncertainty with organisers announcing today the event has been cancelled. Source: Grain Central AgQuip Field Days latest to cancel due to COVID-19

ifarmwell podcast launched to help with farming’s challenges

FARMERS and those working in agriculture have even more ways to take control of their lives and reduce the impact of negative situations with the launch of the ifarmwell podcast. Source: Sheep Central ifarmwell podcast launched to help with farming’s challenges

Updated: COVID-19 changes to rural events

Here’s the latest list of agricultural conferences and events that have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Source: Grain Central Updated: COVID-19 changes to rural events

Ag sector joins forces to enhance trust in rural industries

Trust in rural industries is high, but there are areas of community uncertainty that present risks and opportunities for the sector, according to a joint rural industries program. Source: Grain Central Ag sector joins forces to enhance trust in rural industries

Bega Cheese cuts 74 jobs as processed cheese sales decline

Bega Cheese will slash 12 per cent of its workforce in its Bega Valley factories, citing the “shrinking market” of processed cheese slices. Source: ABC Livestock Bega Cheese cuts 74 jobs as processed cheese sales decline

NSW Young Farmer Business Program expanded

NEW South Wales’ Young Farmer Business Program is being expanded to give more producers an opportunity to work with coach Richard Groom. Source: Sheep Central NSW Young Farmer Business Program expanded

Don't worry Brisbane, you won't miss out on your Ekka sundae this year

Four tonnes of strawberries and 10 tonnes of fresh ice-cream will be used to serve up 60,000 iconic Ekka strawberry sundaes at pop-up stalls throughout Brisbane, with DIY packs available for delivery to your workplace too. Source: ABC Livestock Don’t worry Brisbane, you won’t miss out on your Ekka sundae this year

Search starts soon for 2021 Zanda McDonald Award winner

Young industry stakeholders aged 21- 35 who are living and working in the agriculture sector in either Australia or New Zealand are invited to nominate for the 2021 Zanda McDonald Award. Source: Beef Central Search starts soon for 2021 Zanda McDonald Award winner

'We can't compete with billionaires': Outrage over sale of $30m cattle station

The battle for ownership of a huge cattle station in Australia’s north has angered the area’s native title holders who wanted to buy the property for themselves to protect the culturally significant Fitzroy River. Source: ABC Livestock ‘We can’t compete with billionaires’: Outrage over sale of m cattle station

Agricultural shows to receive $36m lifeline

The Federal Government will fund a $36 million support package for agricultural shows to help them deal with cash flow pressures caused by COVID-19-related cancellations. Source: Beef Central Agricultural shows to receive m lifeline

'Our community deserves better than this': Trio of women launches country paper

The closure of her local newspaper in Yass, NSW spurs former TV journalist and mum of five Jasmin Jones to join forces with two other women intent on giving their community a voice. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Our community deserves better than this’: Trio of women launches country paper

Traditional owners look to agricultural development to help close the gap

An Aboriginal corporation in West Australia’s far north, hopes a proposal to create an irrigation project on Roebuck Plains cattle station, can help “close the gap” for traditional owners near Broome. Source: ABC Livestock Traditional owners look to agricultural development to help close the gap

Police searching for man who attacked stockman near Mungindi

Queensland police are seeking public assistance to locate a man or utility after a man was stabbed in the face on Sunday morning while mustering cattle near Mungindi. Source: Beef Central Police searching for man who attacked stockman near Mungindi

Peak equestrian body placed in voluntary administration

The peak body for equestrian sport in Australia has been placed in voluntary administration by its board to avoid a “disastrous” tumble into involvency. Source: ABC Livestock Peak equestrian body placed in voluntary administration

Grassland society goes online with webinar series

A SERIES of weekly webinars, including a virtual farm tour, are being planned for the Grassland Society of Southern Australia’s 61st annual conference. Source: Sheep Central Grassland society goes online with webinar series

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