Tag: Community

Water the key as outback Queensland town strives for reversal of fortune

Suffering from 60 years of population decline, the ambitious Queensland town of Hughenden plans to attract more agricultural investors in order to bolster the district’s economy. Source: ABC Livestock Water the key as outback Queensland town strives for reversal of fortune

Wagyu conference gets green light for April

In further signs that beef industry events are getting back to normal after the disruptions caused by COVID last year, the Australian Wagyu Association will stage its 2021 annual conference on the Gold Coast in April. Source: Beef Central Wagyu conference gets green light for April

Farmers2Founders is looking for your big idea

A UNIQUE innovation program that is helping farmers turn their big ideas into reality is open for new applications. Source: Sheep Central Farmers2Founders is looking for your big idea

Activists and farmers one under the sun as they push for shelter at huge stock saleyard

With the mercury tipped to top 40 degrees in parts of Victoria this weekend, farmers, agents and activists are calling for something to be done about the lack of shade at the Bendigo Livestock Exchange. Source: ABC Livestock Activists and farmers one under the sun as they push for shelter at huge stock saleyard

Sheep meat industry and friends honour Sandy Troup

AUSTRALIA’S sheep meat industry has lost one of its most passionate proponents with the passing of James MacGregor ‘Sandy’ Troup last week. Source: Sheep Central Sheep meat industry and friends honour Sandy Troup

'Drought babies' soak up life-changing wet season after 10-year dry spell

Some farm children are hearing rain on the roof for the first time in their lives, and now can’t get enough of mucking about in muddy puddles as western Queensland gets a good drenching. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Drought babies’ soak up life-changing wet season after 10-year dry spell

Fake online reviews dished out before restaurant even opens

A bad review is hard to swallow at any time, but Saphia Smereka says she is “heartbroken” over fake online reviews that have savaged her new business before she has even opened its doors. Source: ABC Livestock Fake online reviews dished out before restaurant even opens

Cattle groups meet to end industry fragmentation

Representatives of Cattle Council of Australia and Cattle Producers met in Brisbane just prior to Christmas to discuss and settle a forward pathway to end fragmentation and to develop new industry representative arrangements which can achieve unified positions on important issues.  Source: Beef Central Cattle groups meet to end industry fragmentation

School children bake biscuits for pygmy possums devastated by last year's bushfires

When primary school students in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains heard about the devastation caused by the 2019-2020 bushfire season to the endangered mountain pygmy-possum, they put their chef hats on and quickly started cooking up a storm to help. Source: ABC Livestock School children bake biscuits for pygmy possums devastated by last… Read more »

NSW green-lights coal mine despite protests from renowned horse breeders

The proposal is highly contentious among the Upper Hunter community, including intense opposition from horse breeders who believe it will threaten the viability of world-famous stud farms nearby. Source: ABC Livestock NSW green-lights coal mine despite protests from renowned horse breeders

Merry Christmas and happy New Year from Sheep Central

THE Sheep Central, Grain Central and Beef Central teams will be taking a short publishing break over the Christmas/New Year period. Source: Sheep Central Merry Christmas and happy New Year from Sheep Central

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Beef Central team

THE Beef Central, Sheep Central and Grain Central teams will be taking a short publishing break, and we take this opportunity to wish all of our valued readers and advertisers a safe, happy and relaxing Christmas/New Year period. Source: Beef Central Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Beef Central team

Sacred Cow movie: Film maker talks to Aus cattle industry

The independent dietician and food author behind the Sacred Cow film offers her thoughts in an Australian webinar on where the red meat industry should be focusing its public messaging efforts, while it is revealed her own work may be under threat of not being able to continue due to lack of funding support. … Read more »

Victorian primary students lauded for farm safety tips

VICTORIAN primary school students have been recognised for their contributions to a new farm safety campaign set to be rolled out across the state. Source: Sheep Central Victorian primary students lauded for farm safety tips

Victorian farmers elect first female leadership duo

VICTORIAN farmers have elected the first female president and vice president duo in their farmer organisation’s 41-year history under its current structure. Source: Sheep Central Victorian farmers elect first female leadership duo

AgriFutures Australia Horizon Scholarship applications wanted

YOUNG sheep and wool producers in the final two years of an ag-related undergraduate degree are encouraged to apply for the 2021 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship Program. Source: Sheep Central AgriFutures Australia Horizon Scholarship applications wanted

'A licence to dream': Beekeeping offers young men a second chance

Claire Moore’s bees are usually busy collecting honey at her farm, but for the past 10 weeks more than 20,000 of them have been at a youth justice centre. Source: ABC Livestock ‘A licence to dream’: Beekeeping offers young men a second chance

Surveys provide ten-years of insight into changing consumer attitudes about red meat

Through this year’s challenging times, the red meat industry has been able to maintain or grow positive perceptions about its product among consumers, and is starting to hear more positive messages about the industry, a webinar was told this afternoon. Source: Sheep Central Surveys provide ten-years of insight into changing consumer attitudes about red… Read more »

Surveys provide ten-years of insight into changing consumer attitudes about red meat

Through this year’s challenging times, the red meat industry has been able to maintain or grow positive perceptions about its product among consumers, and is starting to hear more positive messages about the industry, a webinar was told this afternoon. Source: Beef Central Surveys provide ten-years of insight into changing consumer attitudes about red… Read more »

Greater supply chain collaboration needed to bridge gap between producers and consumers

The complex nature of Australian supply chains is increasing the knowledge divide between livestock producers and end consumers on animal welfare practices and outcomes, posing significant challenges for the future sustainability and profitability of Australia’s beef industry. That’s according to Thomas Green, 2019 Nuffield Scholar and general manager of TFI’s Iranda Beef Feedlot in South… Read more »

Meat is the New Coal: Demands for greater transparency

Meat is the ‘new coal’ and is in the sights of activists and consumers who are demanding greater transparency of the beef industry. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Meat is the New Coal: Demands for greater transparency

Cowgirl's Lament: Do changing expectations disadvantage businesses?

Changing community expectations have led to stricter rules around animal welfare, the environment, and sustainability. Some farmers say more regulations disadvantage their businesses while others say it’s the only way to keep the community onside. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Cowgirl’s Lament: Do changing expectations disadvantage businesses?

Vale Wagyu pioneer, Dr Simon Coates

One of the true pioneers of the Australian Wagyu beef industry passed away suddenly on Friday. Over three decades, Simon Coates saw the Wagyu industry grow from its infancy to become a powerhouse of the Australian beef industry. Source: Beef Central Vale Wagyu pioneer, Dr Simon Coates

Grassland Society of Southern Australia appoints new chair

The Grassland Society of Southern Australia new chair Meg Bell believes the organisation’s new management structure heralded an exciting era for the body. Source: Sheep Central Grassland Society of Southern Australia appoints new chair

Zoetis hits $500,000 target to support mental health in rural communities

Animal Health company Zoetis has again hit its yearly target, raising $100,000 to support the mental health challenges faced by people living in rural Australia. Through its close partnership with Beyond Blue, the grand total raised since the joint campaign started in 2016 has now reached $500,000. Source: Sheep Central Zoetis hits 0,000 target… Read more »

Zoetis makes target $500,000 to support mental health in rural communities

Animal Health company Zoetis has again hit its yearly target, raising $100,000 to support the mental health challenges faced by people living in rural Australia. Through its close partnership with Beyond Blue, the grand total raised since the joint campaign started in 2016 has now reached $500,000. Source: Beef Central Zoetis makes target 0,000… Read more »

Farmers, graziers alert issued for non-melanoma skin cancer

The Hidden in Broad Daylight campaign is encouraging farmers, graziers and other outdoor workers to get checked for non-melanoma skin cancers which can kill up to 1700 Australians per year. Source: Grain Central Farmers, graziers alert issued for non-melanoma skin cancer

Farmers’ alert issued for non-melanoma skin cancer

Backed by NSW farmer and grazier and former test cricketer Peter Taylor, the Hidden in Broad Daylight campaign encourages farmers and other outdoor workers to get checked for non-melanoma skin cancers which can kill up to 1700 Australians per year. Source: Beef Central Farmers’ alert issued for non-melanoma skin cancer

Research shows rural industries are trusted, but where to now?

RECENT research has found Australia’s rural industries are generally trusted by communities, but AgriFutures Australia managing director John Harvey believes there are still opportunities to grow this trust. Source: Sheep Central Research shows rural industries are trusted, but where to now?

Local farmer consortium outlays $80m for Victoria’s Banongill station

Agricultural fund manager, Laguna Bay has agreed to sell its flagship Victorian Western District cropping and livestock holding, Banongill Station, for a figure around $80 million to a consortium of local farming families. Source: Beef Central Local farmer consortium outlays m for Victoria’s Banongill station

The little town where kindness from strangers comes in the form of 'butt nuggets'

Every day, Canungra vintage store owner Krystal Turner and her young sons Maximus and Finnegan bestow eggs from their 12 chooks on a deserving elderly person outside the local cafe. Source: ABC Livestock The little town where kindness from strangers comes in the form of ‘butt nuggets’

Rural women’s award alumni celebrated in new book

A NEW e-book celebrating the contribution of women who have participated in Australia’s prestigious Rural Women’s Award has been launched to commemorate the International Day of Rural Women. Source: Sheep Central Rural women’s award alumni celebrated in new book

Agrifutures Australia launches #hatsofftoruralwomen

AGRIFUTURES Australia is encouraging the sharing of stories of the nation’s agricultural women with the launch of a social media hashtag #hatsofftoruralwomen in the lead up to the International Day of Rural Women on 15 October. Source: Sheep Central Agrifutures Australia launches #hatsofftoruralwomen

Richard Norton departs Elders

Elders senior executive Richard Norton will leave the national agency and rural services business at the end of October. Source: Beef Central Richard Norton departs Elders

VFF calls for leadership and commodity nominations

NOMINATIONS are being sought for leadership and commodity positions on Victoria’s farmer body, the Victorian Farmers Federation. Source: Sheep Central VFF calls for leadership and commodity nominations

Truckloads of toys bring joy to grazier kids affected by drought

Christmas has come early for children affected by the drought as truckloads of toys are delivered to isolated communities across outback New South Wales. Source: ABC Livestock Truckloads of toys bring joy to grazier kids affected by drought

More outback events to go ahead after successful rodeo and campdraft

A number of socially distanced outback events are in the planning after a cattle station in north-west Queensland last weekend hosted the first campdraft and rodeo in the state since restrictions came into place earlier this year. Source: ABC Livestock More outback events to go ahead after successful rodeo and campdraft

Change to midweek Cowra lamb sales divides farming community

A New South Wales community famous for its lamb has found itself stuck in a debate over which day of the week the livestock sales should be held. Source: ABC Livestock Change to midweek Cowra lamb sales divides farming 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