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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 »

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?