Tag: Community

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

Recruitment: Four handy tips for improving employee engagement

Labour retention and relevant skills continue to be a concern for the industry, so how can agri-business owners and managers engage their current workers to ensure they have the human capital necessary to deliver on each business’s potential? Here’s four handy tips…Read More Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Four handy tips for improving employee engagement

'Slow, lingering death': Reward offered after wallabies shot with bow and arrow

One wallaby has been euthanased and another is yet to be found after the pair were spotted shot with arrows at separate locations near Hobart, with wildlife advocates offering a cash reward for information. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Slow, lingering death’: Reward offered after wallabies shot with bow and arrow

Farmers uncertain of implications of large scale solar operations

NSW Farmers has called for a more stringent oversight of planning approvals, and better compliance and enforcement with respect to the development of large-scale solar on agricultural lands.  ..Read More Source: Beef Central Farmers uncertain of implications of large scale solar operations

Swinging Sixties symbol helps handle tribulations of organic farming

The Mini Minor car was a symbol of the Swinging Sixties and now it is helping one veteran dairy farmer keep a perspective on the rigours of family life and work. Source: ABC Livestock Swinging Sixties symbol helps handle tribulations of organic farming

Restructure model enhances levy payer control: Mackay

The restructure model identified by the Red Meat MoU review taskforce ‘puts control in the hands of the people who pay the money’, Red Meat Advisory Council chair Don Mackay says…Read More Source: Beef Central Restructure model enhances levy payer control: Mackay

Remembering the Top End’s alternate currency, the Stubloon

During the 1960s and 70s, the Top End had its own alternate currency, designed to circumvent liquor licensing laws. Meet the Stubloon Source: Beef Central Remembering the Top End’s alternate currency, the Stubloon

'It's getting a lot of us down': Drought puts pressure on country kids

The children of farming families are juggling schoolwork with the pressure to work on the farm, increasing the stress for some young people on the land. Source: ABC Livestock ‘It’s getting a lot of us down’: Drought puts pressure on country kids

Molly helps drought plight

Molly Hocking is not your ordinary 16 year old. She has spent the past 60 days hand feeding two cattle in order to sell them at Western Victoria Livestock Exchange (WVLX) in Mortlake to raise money for drought affected children. The post Molly helps drought plight appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

‘Building Fences’ – addressing the issues of mental health in rural Australia

In this follow-up to her earlier article, “Are you bogged mate?”, which struck a chord with people all over Australia, Mary O’Brien uses a compelling analogy about “Building Fences” to again highlight the issue of mental health and depression in the bush. The post ‘Building Fences’ – addressing the issues of mental health in rural… Read more »

Tears flow as WA hay donations arrive in NSW

Drought-stricken NSW farmers had tears in their eyes as a convoy of trucks rolled in from Western Australia with a delivery of donated hay. Source: ABC Livestock Tears flow as WA hay donations arrive in NSW

How can I help? The dos and don'ts of drought donation

The devastation of the drought has captured the nation’s attention, and thousands of people want to know the best way to help. Source: ABC Livestock How can I help? The dos and don’ts of drought donation

Drought through the eyes of a 16-year-old

As her family’s farm started being destroyed by what she calls “the disease”, teenager Zara King picked up a camera and drone to record it. Source: ABC Livestock Drought through the eyes of a 16-year-old

Women of Lot Feeding enjoy another ‘Beef, Bling and Bow-ties’ success + PICTURES

Lotfeeding industry stakeholder Hayley Robinson delivered an inspiring address as part of the Women in Lot Feeding annual social event held at Jondaryan Woolshed on Saturday night. The post Women of Lot Feeding enjoy another ‘Beef, Bling and Bow-ties’ success + PICTURES appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Women of Lot Feeding… Read more »

Silo art gets the stamp of approval in new series

After wowing the countryside, some of Australia’s iconic silo art is featured on four new postage stamps. Source: ABC Grain Silo art gets the stamp of approval in new series

NSW Farmers and police unite for rural crime workshops

NSW Farmers and police will co-operate in a series of workshops aimed at reducing rural crime costing the state’s communities millions of dollars annually. The post NSW Farmers and police unite for rural crime workshops appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW Farmers and police unite for rural crime workshops

Outback campdraft competition held 200km from nearest town

While most sporting codes hold grand finals in locations convenient enough to draw large crowds, campdrafting chose to hold its national titles in one of the most remote parts of Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Outback campdraft competition held 200km from nearest town

Sneezes, hands or children: What really spreads the flu?

When it comes to flu, everybody has their own avoidance tactics, but are they in line with how the influenza virus is transmitted between people? Source: ABC Livestock Sneezes, hands or children: What really spreads the flu?

Cattle drive hits Bondi Beach to build regional health awareness

Beachgoers at Bondi share the sunshine and sand with a different kind of tourist — about 40 cattle, brought to the city to raise awareness about the challenges around organ transplants in regional areas. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Cattle drive hits Bondi Beach to build regional health awareness

The abandoned dogs bringing a Wheatbelt community together

A dog rescue centre in the WA town of Northam is aiming to improve the lives of local students, disabled workers and recovering drug addicts — all while helping the abandoned canines at the same time. Source: ABC Livestock The abandoned dogs bringing a Wheatbelt community together

Riverina USA Feedlot & Agricultural Study Tour

For the second time, Riverina has organised a USA Feedlot and Agricultural Study Tour for our customers. Starting on 8th July, 50 of our customers and friends participating on this tour arrived in the US, along with Riverina’s Glen Whitton and Geoff Byers. Our aim in offering this tour is to educate our fellow agricultural community… Read more »

Tiaro Field Day 2017

The Tiaro Field Day Beef event draws large competitor numbers and many schools from the surrounding Cooloola and Fraser Coast every year. Riverina Kingaroy was proud to support its local merchant B&H Rural at this farming and lifestyle event, which brings together farmers and the rural community to this town but also provides education on… Read more »

Recruitment: Eight good reasons to listen to your employees

Gone are the days where agribusiness managers spoke and employees just listened. For one thing, millennials and gen-Ys are taught to question things at school and university. For some, it’s a no-brainer that we should listen to our employees, but sometimes we might get busy or become too distracted. The post Recruitment: Eight good reasons… Read more »

Grains rail project would take thousands of trucks off roads

More than 20,000 trucks would be taken off regional roads if the State Government invested in a proposed grains rail freight project in southern and central Queensland, according to AgForce. The post Grains rail project would take thousands of trucks off roads appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grains rail project would… Read more »

Nominations for Landcare Awards closing soon

Nominations for the 2017 State and Territory Landcare Awards, which recognise Australians who work to protect the environment and deliver sustainable agriculture, are closing soon. The post Nominations for Landcare Awards closing soon appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Nominations for Landcare Awards closing soon

Coonamble Show 2017

For 130 years the Coonamble Show Society have carried on the tradition of bringing the Coonamble community and competitors from near and far to exhibit their livestock in the competitions, which is an achievement in itself. Every year The Coonamble Show celebrates the hard work of farmers and breeders and we are proud to say, the… Read more »

Rural communications coalition charges on Canberra

A broad coalition of regional organisations is converging on Canberra today to press upon politicians the urgent need to ensure regional Australians have access to more reliable and affordable telecommunications services. The post Rural communications coalition charges on Canberra appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Rural communications coalition charges on Canberra

Feedlot supporters rally for big night out, and a worthy cause

Not even rain could dampen the enthusiasm of a large contingent of feedlot industry supporters who gathered for a social event hosted by the Women of Lot Feeding at the Historic Jondaryan Woolshed on Queensland’s Darling Downs on Saturday night. The post Feedlot supporters rally for big night out, and a worthy cause + pictures… Read more »

Young women make up almost half of AACo’s new recruits

Young women make up almost half of Australian Agricultural Company’s rookie recruits for its Northern Territory and Queensland cattle stations. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Young women make up almost half of AACo’s new recruits