Tag: Community

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

Online AGIC Asia to speak three languages

Hosted by Grain Trade Australia (GTA), the Australian Grain Industry Conference (AGIC) will present its AGIC Asia 2021 conference as a virtual event on March 3. Source: Grain Central Online AGIC Asia to speak three languages

Opinion: The low hanging fruit putting our industry at risk

As we strive to promote and protect our industry, there are people putting it at risk, people within our very industry, writes Stephanie Coombes. Source: Beef Central Opinion: The low hanging fruit putting our industry at risk

Q Fever sufferers sought for nationwide research survey

Q FEVER sufferers are being encouraged to participate in a nationwide survey to aid research into developing an emergency response plan for the disease. Source: Sheep Central Q Fever sufferers sought for nationwide research survey

Meat processing workers prioritised for COVID vaccine

Meat processing workers have been included in a priority group to receive COVID vaccinations in Australia immediately after the first round of doses for frontline quarantine, health care and aged care workers are rolled out. Source: Beef Central Meat processing workers prioritised for COVID vaccine

Stanthorpe bucks ag show cancellation trend with 'standard setting' event

The Queensland town’s show attracted record entries this year as organisers did their best to “keep it simple” and safe. For workers who’d been off the road for almost a year, it was an emotional return. Source: ABC Livestock Stanthorpe bucks ag show cancellation trend with ‘standard setting’ event

Beef 2021’s Pitch in the Paddock agtech showcase closing soon

Developers of innovative new products and technologies that benefit the beef industry have only days left to apply to take part in the Pitch in the Paddock agtech event taking place at Beef 2021 in Rockhampton in May. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021’s Pitch in the Paddock agtech showcase closing soon

Grants up to $500,000 available in Coles Nurture Fund

SUPERMARKET Coles has opened a new round of its Coles Nurture Fund to provide grants of up to $500,000 for small and medium sized businesses to develop new products, technologies and processes.    Source: Sheep Central Grants up to 0,000 available in Coles Nurture Fund

Dairy plant cuts jobs at Toora

Powdered milk manufacturer Viplus Dairy lays off 31 staff at its Toora factory. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy plant cuts jobs at Toora

Rural achievers recognised in 2021 Australia Day honours list

Victorian meat processor Colin McKenna, Angus cattle industry pioneer and innovator the late Andrew Gubbins, and former secretary of the Federal Department of Agriculture Daryl Quinlivan have been recognised in the 2021 Australia Day Honours List announced this morning. Source: Sheep Central Rural achievers recognised in 2021 Australia Day honours list

Rural achievers recognised in 2021 Australia Day honours list

Angus cattle industry pioneer and innovator the late Andrew Gubbins, Victorian meat processor Colin McKenna and former secretary of the Federal Department of Agriculture Daryl Quinlivan have been recognised in the 2021 Australia Day Honours List announced this morning. Source: Grain Central Rural achievers recognised in 2021 Australia Day honours list

Rural achievers recognised in 2021 Australia Day honours list

Angus cattle industry pioneer and innovator the late Andrew Gubbins, Victorian meat processor Colin McKenna and former secretary of the Federal Department of Agriculture Daryl Quinlivan have been recognised in the 2021 Australia Day Honours List announced this morning. Source: Beef Central Rural achievers recognised in 2021 Australia Day honours list

Fearless livestock emissions crusader to address Beef 2021 gathering

Prominent US animal scientist Frank Mitloehner has been confirmed as one of the keynote conference speakers during Beef 2021 event in Rockhampton in May. He will feature during an information-packed Industry Symposium on the event’s first day, followed by almost 30 seminars on various industry topics over the next four days. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Call to prioritise rural Australians in COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

RURAL Australians should be considered as a target population for prioritisation in the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, according to the National Rural Health Alliance. Source: Sheep Central Call to prioritise rural Australians in COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

Don’t forget country Australia in COVID-19 vaccine rollout: Rural Health Alliance

With the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine formally approved for use in Australia today, the National Rural Health Alliance is urging Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to ensure that vulnerable people in rural, regional and remote Australia are prioritised for vaccination. Source: Beef Central Don’t forget country Australia in COVID-19 vaccine rollout: Rural Health Alliance

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 »