Tag: Government

Investigation launched into Aceh cattle slaughter footage

The Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has launched a new investigation into Australian livestock export supply chains in Indonesia  in response to new footage from Animals Australia. Source: Beef Central Investigation launched into Aceh cattle slaughter footage

Live export probe triggered by new 'distressing' inhumane slaughter footage from Indonesia

New “distressing” images have not been made public, but allegedly show Australian cattle restrained with ropes and having their throats cut without prior stunning in export-approved Indonesian abattoirs. Source: ABC Livestock Live export probe triggered by new ‘distressing’ inhumane slaughter footage from Indonesia

Vic Govt clarifies COVID processing limitations

Small Victorian meat processors will be exempted from workforce cuts being enforced as part of Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions coming into force across the state after midnight Friday, as Premier Daniel Andrews provides further detail around tighter processor operating conditions across the state. Source: Beef Central Vic Govt clarifies COVID processing limitations

Small Victorian meat processors exempt from COVID-19 cuts

SMALL Victorian meat processors will be exempted from workforce cuts being enforced as part of Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions coming into force across the state after midnight Friday. Source: Sheep Central Small Victorian meat processors exempt from COVID-19 cuts

Allenden Seeds upgrade to respond to Qld grower demand

A Queensland Government grant will enable Allenden Seeds at Goovigen to expand and better service demand from growers in Central and North Queensland. Source: Grain Central Allenden Seeds upgrade to respond to Qld grower demand

Vic Premier proposes ‘tailored approach’ to COVID processor restrictions

VICTORIAN Premier Daniel Andrews today indicated the State Government was working on tailoring its required workforce cuts to different meat processing sectors under the state’s new Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions, which come into effect at midnight on Friday. Source: Beef Central Vic Premier proposes ‘tailored approach’ to COVID processor restrictions

Hutt River Province to rejoin Commonwealth after 50-year stand-off

Australia’s most infamous micronation, the Principality of Hutt River, is set to rejoin the Commonwealth of Australia after going it alone for half a century. Source: ABC Grain Hutt River Province to rejoin Commonwealth after 50-year stand-off

Victorian meat processors to cut output under new COVID-19 rules

VICTORIAN meat processors will have to cut back production by a third and implement significant workplace safety measures after midnight Friday this week under new Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions announced today. Source: Sheep Central Victorian meat processors to cut output under new COVID-19 rules

Victorian processors limited to two-thirds of capacity, under tight new Govt rules

VICTORIAN meat processors will have to cut back production by one third and implement significant workplace safety measures after midnight Wednesday this week under new Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Premier Daniel Andrews this afternoon. Source: Beef Central Victorian processors limited to two-thirds of capacity, under tight new Govt rules

Wool growers want a government director on the AWI board

WOOL growers want the Federal Government to have a seat on the board of the industry’s research, development and marketing body – Australian Wool Innovation — to assist with ongoing governance issues. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers want a government director on the AWI board

Are JobKeeper payments creating an unlevel playing field in the cattle market?

Suggestions have been raised this week that Government JobKeeper payments being received by some processing industry personnel are helping to distort competition for livestock – in what is already an incredibly competitive slaughter cattle supply environment this year. Source: Beef Central Are JobKeeper payments creating an unlevel playing field in the cattle market?

RDC shakedown on cards

A rationalisation of Australia’s research and development corporations (RDCs) and a framework in which Australian producers can be rewarded with premium pricing if they use exemplary stewardship are in the pipeline, according to Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud. Source: Beef Central RDC shakedown on cards

AGIC hears stewardship reward, RDC shakedown on cards

A rationalisation of Australia’s research and development corporations (RDCs) and a framework in which producers can be rewarded with premium pricing are in the pipeline, according to Ag Minister David Littleproud. Source: Grain Central AGIC hears stewardship reward, RDC shakedown on cards

Murray-Darling Basin water markets need major changes: ACCC

Water markets in the Murray-Darling Basin need major changes to allow for open, fair and efficient water trading that benefits water users, communities and the economy, the ACCC has found. Source: Grain Central Murray-Darling Basin water markets need major changes: ACCC

Call for government to back grain industry through COVID uncertainty

The Federal Government needs to get behind Australian farmers and help them through the challenges of the COVID pandemic by addressing trade, market and regulation issues, according to GrainGrowers Ltd. Source: Grain Central Call for government to back grain industry through COVID uncertainty

Tensions rise over WA Government's Fitzroy River election commitments

With less than eight months until the upcoming WA election, tensions are rising between a farm lobby group and traditional owners in the Fitzroy Valley over the future of the Fitzroy River. Source: ABC Livestock Tensions rise over WA Government’s Fitzroy River election commitments

‘Reckless’ UN blasted for meat misinformation campaign

Cattle Council of Australia is calling out the United Nations for its over-simplified claims regarding the impact the meat industry has on climate change. Source: Beef Central ‘Reckless’ UN blasted for meat misinformation campaign

Greater quality assurance needed in reef science, Dr Peter Ridd tells inquiry

Former James Cook University scientist Dr Peter Ridd tells a Federal Senate inquiry that higher levels of quality assurance are needed to check the science used to underpin new water quality controls on agriculture in the Great Barrier Reef catchment. Source: Beef Central Greater quality assurance needed in reef science, Dr Peter Ridd tells… Read more »

AgForce urges action on Q Fever vaccine access

QUEENSLAND’S AgForce has called on its State Government to invest in and improve access to the vaccine for Q fever, a little-known infectious disease that causes significant lifelong health issues for farm workers. Source: Sheep Central AgForce urges action on Q Fever vaccine access

Red meat sector supports Premier Andrews’ ‘stay at home’ message

AUSTRALIA’S red meat industry has supported Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ message for workers to stay at home if they develop COVID-19 symptoms, but urged against any industry shutdowns. Source: Sheep Central Red meat sector supports Premier Andrews’ ‘stay at home’ message

New 15-year Great Artesian Basin strategic management plan released

The next 15-year strategic management plan for Great Artesian Basin water has been released today, focusing on improving alignment of Basin management with nationally agreed strategies and frameworks. Source: Grain Central New 15-year Great Artesian Basin strategic management plan released

New 15-year Great Artesian Basin strategic management plan released

The next 15-year strategic management plan for Great Artesian Basin water has been released today, focusing on improving alignment of Basin management with nationally agreed strategies and frameworks. Source: Beef Central New 15-year Great Artesian Basin strategic management plan released

New Victorian farm safety officers to lead industry change on-farm

VICTORIAN farmers will get two farm safety officers and increased online resources to improve on-farm health and safety after a $3million State Government grant. Source: Sheep Central New Victorian farm safety officers to lead industry change on-farm

ACCC considers proposal to increase fuel security

The Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP) and major oil refineries will be allowed to continue to cooperate on measures to ensure the security of fuel supplies in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic, under a proposed authorisation from the ACCC.  Source: Grain Central ACCC considers proposal to increase fuel security

Additional $2 billion approved for RIC drought loans

The Federal Government has approved an additional $2 billion this financial year to meet demand for the Regional Investment Corporation’s drought-related loans, with an additional $50 million in operational funding for the RIC over four years. Source: Beef Central Additional billion approved for RIC drought loans

Federal Government decision on live cattle export appeal

THE Federal Government on Wednesday night announced it will not appeal the Federal Court decision declaring the live cattle export ban illegal. Source: Beef Central Federal Government decision on live cattle export appeal

Unprecedented demand for concessional loans: Littleproud

Demand for concessional loans through the Regional Investment Corporation has reached unprecedented levels, according to Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud, as an additional $2 billion in loan funding to the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) for 2020-21 is announced. Source: Grain Central Unprecedented demand for concessional loans: Littleproud

Interest-free period to end for popular drought loan

Huge interest in a interest-free drought loan prompts Federal Government to extend deadline, top up program by $2 billion and employ more people to help farmers fill out applications. Source: ABC Livestock Interest-free period to end for popular drought loan

Preparing Australia to manage fall armyworm

The Australian Government has provided a grant of $600,000 to Plant Health Australia (PHA) to coordinate research to address gaps in management of fall armyworm. Source: Beef Central Preparing Australia to manage fall armyworm

McLachlan, Robb and McGauchie call on Morrison not to appeal livex ruling

Three Liberal Party heavyweights and foundation members of the Australian Farmers Fighting Fund have publicly urged the Morrison Government to accept the Federal Court’s decision last month declaring the Gillard government’s ban on live exports illegal. Source: Beef Central McLachlan, Robb and McGauchie call on Morrison not to appeal livex ruling

Preparing Australia to manage fall armyworm

The Australian Government has provided a grant of $600,000 to Plant Health Australia (PHA) to coordinate research to address gaps in management of fall armyworm. Source: Grain Central Preparing Australia to manage fall armyworm

Funding for plant biosecurity research renewed

Funding for the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI)  has been renewed in 2020, the International Year of Plant Health, which will strengthen coordination across the Australian plant industry sector on biosecurity research, according to minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud. Source: Grain Central Funding for plant biosecurity research renewed

Regional manufacturing focus needed for COVID-19 recovery – NFF

A FOCUS on a renaissance of regional manufacturing must form part of ‘regionalisation’, regional deals and the Federal Government’s plan for COVID-19 recovery, National Farmers Federation president Fiona Simson said yesterday. Source: Sheep Central Regional manufacturing focus needed for COVID-19 recovery – NFF

Dept of Agriculture issues reprimand to livestock exporter

A livestock exporter has received a reprimand from the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment for failing to ensure cattle assembled for a shipment to China last year were sourced in accordance with the importing country’s requirements. Source: Beef Central Dept of Agriculture issues reprimand to livestock exporter

NSW farmers urged to speak up on sheep mulesing ban bill

NEW South Wales sheep producers have been urged to have their say in an Upper House inquiry on whether to mandate pain relief for mulesing and/or ban the flystrike prevention practice in the state. Source: Sheep Central NSW farmers urged to speak up on sheep mulesing ban bill

Farmers worry new laws will shrink working dog gene pool

WA Farmers are concerned that it will be too hard to breed working dogs under the WA government’s new puppy farming legislation, which will require all breeders get approval. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers worry new laws will shrink working dog gene pool

Govt grant will help drive Western Meat Processors’ yields, market access

Western Australia’s Western Meat Packers Group has welcomed last week’s WA Government grant which will help deliver further processing of offals and other products at the company’s Cowaramup abattoir operation, as part of a $10 million expansion of operations. Source: Beef Central Govt grant will help drive Western Meat Processors’ yields, market access

Elanco’s acquisition of Bayer’s animal health business not opposed

The ACCC announced today it will not oppose Elanco’s acquisition of Bayer AG’s animal health business, after Elanco provided a court-enforceable undertaking to divest four animal parasite treatment brands. Source: Beef Central Elanco’s acquisition of Bayer’s animal health business not opposed

DPI works with farmers to keep NSW cattle tick-free

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has urged north coast producers to be on the lookout for cattle tick with 170 infestations recorded in the past 12 months. Source: Beef Central DPI works with farmers to keep NSW cattle tick-free

Border restrictions won’t impede agricultural movements

This week’s closure of borders with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19 should have minimal impact on essential agricultural cross-border movements. Source: Grain Central Border restrictions won’t impede agricultural movements

SA Government is considering allowing interstate kangaroo processors

South Australian kangaroo processors are worried a change in industry regulations could put them under pressure or even out of business due to drought and COVID-19. Source: ABC Livestock SA Government is considering allowing interstate kangaroo processors

Australian beef faces tariff hike in China market, as Safeguard triggers

Tariffs on Australian beef exports to China will rise to 12 percent for the remainder of 2020, as surging beef exports again trigger the country’s Safeguard market protection provisions. Source: Beef Central Australian beef faces tariff hike in China market, as Safeguard triggers

China increases tariffs on Australian beef, milk powder

Tariffs on Australian beef into China will jump from less than 5 per cent to 12 per cent for six months, with increases also expected on whole milk powder as preferential tariffs are withdrawn. Source: ABC Livestock China increases tariffs on Australian beef, milk powder

Federal Court awards $2.94m damages to Brett Cattle Company

The Brett Cattle Company, the lead applicant in the successful class action against the Federal Government’s June 2011 decision to temporarily suspend cattle exports to Indonesia, will receive almost $3 million in damages, the Federal Court judge ruled on Monday. Source: Beef Central Federal Court awards .94m damages to Brett Cattle Company

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

How the Gillard government’s live cattle ban created a headache for Scott Morrison

The Federal Court’s finding that the Gillard’s government’s controversial 2011 live export ban was unlawful is not a problem for the former government who imposed the ban, it is one the current Morrison government has to grapple with. Source: Beef Central How the Gillard government’s live cattle ban created a headache for Scott Morrison

Victorian Government culls wild dog advisory committee

There are fears more livestock will die and the industry will lose millions of dollars after the Victorian Government scraps its wild dog control advisory committee. Source: ABC Livestock Victorian Government culls wild dog advisory committee

An open letter from Tom Stockwell to the PM

The Federal Government should be hailing the recent Federal Court decision which declared the 2011 live export suspension unlawful, as a guiding principle for good governance for its Ministers in future, instead of protecting bad decisions and under performers, writes cattle producer and former Northern Territory Cattlemens’ Association president Tom Stockwell in an open letter… Read more »

Victorian farmers protest wild dog advisory group’s demise

VICTORIAN farmers are concerned they might not be consulted on wild dog control issues, and especially aerial baiting, with the dissolution of a ministerial advisory committee. Source: Sheep Central Victorian farmers protest wild dog advisory group’s demise

Banned exporters' beef with China continues as compliance issues addressed

Four abattoirs suspended from exporting to China have taken a step towards resuming business, but one grazier says these kinds of problems don’t happen with other trading partners. Source: ABC Livestock Banned exporters’ beef with China continues as compliance issues addressed

Farmers confused on COVID-19 saleyard lockouts, despite Government directive

Farmers keen to go to the saleyards to watch their livestock be sold or to do their own bidding are being urged to find out if it is open to the public before turning up on sale day. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers confused on COVID-19 saleyard lockouts, despite Government directive

Livestock exporters meet with Minister to address “regulatory overkill”

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council says it will be conducting a series of roundtable meetings with the Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud in coming weeks with the aim of finding ways to ‘lift bureaucratic red tape and regulatory overkill’ on the livestock export trade. Source: Beef Central Livestock exporters meet with Minister to address… Read more »

Livestock exporters target ‘red tape and regulatory overkill’

AUSTRALIAN live sheep and cattle exporters will conduct a series of roundtable meetings with the Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud in coming weeks to find ways to lift ‘bureaucratic red tape and regulatory overkill’ imposed on trade. Source: Sheep Central Livestock exporters target ‘red tape and regulatory overkill’

Live Export: Court victory for northern cattle industry

The Federal Court judgment that the Commonwealth Government’s 2011 live-export ban to Indonesia was unlawful, has been a major victory for the northern cattle industry. Lucy Barbour speaks to Lead Plaintiff in the case, Emily Brett. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Live Export: Court victory for northern cattle industry

Five more Australian beef plants suspended by China

Another five large Australian beef processing plants have been suspended by China, in the latest trade retaliation against Australia’s support for an independent international investigation into the source of COVID-19 in China. Source: Beef Central Five more Australian beef plants suspended by China

Highly charged days that brought an industry to its knees

For those with the inclination and the time to read it, Justice Rare’s 496 paragraph judgement (which can be read in full here) provides an absorbing and objectively detached account of how the controversial saga unfolded, including details on highly-charged behind-the-scenes meetings, Government communications and the standpoints of various key identities on all sides of… Read more »

Unbalanced report led to irreparable damage: Dick Slaney

Nine years on Dick Slaney who ran Elders feedlot and abattoir in Indonesia said there are many emotions “still close to the surface” when he thinks about the ban. Source: Beef Central Unbalanced report led to irreparable damage: Dick Slaney

Nine, long years …

‘Justice delayed is justice denied’ is a well-known legal maxim.  To state the bleeding obvious, nine years is a long time to wait for justice – let’s hope common sense prevails and the Government does not appeal and draws a line under the epic 2011 live export debacle, writes Trent Thorne Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Aussie farmers have low levels of ag support compared to rest of world

Australian farmers are among the least subsidised in the world, according to analysis by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). Source: Beef Central Aussie farmers have low levels of ag support compared to rest of world

Changes to streamline National Vendor Declaration system

A suite of changes to the National Vendor Declaration are being released this year, providing an easier, more efficient and cost-effective system for producers and supply chain stakeholders to interact with Australia’s red meat integrity system. Source: Beef Central Changes to streamline National Vendor Declaration system

Sheep lice product concerns over proposed Elanco-Bayer deal

AUSTRALIA’S competition regulator is seeking market feedback on the sheep lice and pet worm control product implications of Elanco’s proposed acquisition of Bayer’s animal health business. Elanco has entered into… Source: Sheep Central Sheep lice product concerns over proposed Elanco-Bayer deal

Cattle Council calls for biosecurity funding commitment

Cattle producers are calling for the Fedeeral Government to find a new and fair way to increase biosecurity funding after it shelved plans to introduce new onshore biosecurity levy on importers last week.  Source: Beef Central Cattle Council calls for biosecurity funding commitment

China’s barley tariff explained: diplomacy the way forward

Australia should use a diplomatic approach to defusing the bilateral tensions arising from China’s imposition of a tariff on Australian barley. Source: Grain Central China’s barley tariff explained: diplomacy the way forward

NT proposes starting an 'army' to help fight the war on weeds

The Northern Territory Government has flagged the creation of a ‘gamba army’ to help stimulate the economy and protect the Top End from the invasive weed. Source: ABC Livestock NT proposes starting an ‘army’ to help fight the war on weeds

Livestock producers miss out on bushfire funding

The NSW Farmers Association demands explanation of decision to leave livestock producers out of $140 million bushfire aid program. Source: ABC Livestock Livestock producers miss out on bushfire funding

China and Australia — who really holds the power?

Once the major driving force behind Australian prosperity, China is now using trade as a retaliatory weapon. But Beijing needs us as much as we need them, at least for the next few years, writes Ian Verrender. Source: ABC Livestock China and Australia — who really holds the power?

Sheep meat and wool risk concern with China trade issues

AUSTRALIA’S Federal Government risked escalating its agricultural trade issues with China into wool and sheep meat if they were not handled diplomatically, a wool exporter said today. Source: Sheep Central Sheep meat and wool risk concern with China trade issues

Australian barley growers are the victims of weaponised trade rules

Some deduce China’s recent trade impositions on Australia stem from Australia’s advocacy for an investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is a longer history of simmering tensions between the two nations. Source: Grain Central Australian barley growers are the victims of weaponised trade rules

Feedgrain Focus: Barley firms after China announcement

Grain markets ploughed through the damage of tariffs while drivers, as complex as the poultry sector shrunken by COVID-19 and inconsistent moisture across Australia’s grainbelt, saw domestic new crop markets edge higher. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Barley firms after China announcement

Australia to hold the line on rules-based trade in China dispute: Birmingham

Australia will continue to apply the principles of a rules-based global trading system in response to recent moves by China to impose a tariff on Australian barley imports and suspend four Australian meat processing plants. Source: Grain Central Australia to hold the line on rules-based trade in China dispute: Birmingham

Federal Government abandons biosecurity levy plan

The Federal Government has abandoned plans to introduce an onshore biosecurity levy, which had been a central plank of its strategy to boost resourcing of border security to protect the multi billion dollar agricultural sector. Source: Beef Central Federal Government abandons biosecurity levy plan

Lobbyists thwart Government levy plan designed to tackle pests and diseases

After more than a year of lobbying by cement, minerals and freight industry groups, the Federal Government abandons a promise that would raise millions of dollars to protect Australian farmers from pests and diseases. Source: ABC Livestock Lobbyists thwart Government levy plan designed to tackle pests and diseases

China puts 80pc tariff on Australian barley

China has imposed a five-year tariff on Australian barley which is effective immediately and lifts its price by 80 per cent. Source: Grain Central China puts 80pc tariff on Australian barley

Australian Agriculture Minister told China has no time to talk with him

The Federal Agriculture Minister confirms he’s been unable to speak with his Chinese counterpart on the eve of an expected tariff being formally imposed on Australian barley. Source: ABC Grain Australian Agriculture Minister told China has no time to talk with him

China not returning Trade Minister's calls amid escalating tensions

High-ranking calls to China have gone unanswered amid an escalating trade dispute with Australia that has been fuelled by requests for an investigation into the origins of COVID-19. Source: ABC Grain China not returning Trade Minister’s calls amid escalating tensions

China-Australia trade tensions

Trade tensions between Australia and China are threatening a number of local export industries. Beijing has targetted imports of Australian beef and barley, just weeks after our Prime Minister called for an international inquiry into the origins of COVID-19. Source: ABC Beef Cattle China-Australia trade tensions

Indonesia trade deal to come into effect July 5

Indonesia has completed the domestic ratification process for the free trade deal with Australia, clearing the way for the bilateral agreement to come into effect on July 5. Source: Beef Central Indonesia trade deal to come into effect July 5

Palaszczuk writes to Morrison over China's blacklisting of Queensland abattoirs

Queensland’s Premier is writing to the Prime Minister in a bid to stop a “full-blown trade war” with China, which she says could threaten thousands of the state’s beef processing jobs. Source: ABC Livestock Palaszczuk writes to Morrison over China’s blacklisting of Queensland abattoirs

'Trade war' or a technicality? China beef bans add to rising tensions

In a move that’s been dubbed by many as an escalation of Beijing’s trade war tactics, China has today imposed a ban on beef exports from four Australian abattoirs, citing issues with labelling and health certificate requirements. Source: ABC Beef Cattle ‘Trade war’ or a technicality? China beef bans add to rising tensions

Trace mineral warning with first green pasture

A PASTURE flush expected after recent rain has prompted Agriculture Victoria to remind sheep producers of the potential for trace mineral deficiency diseases to affect lambs this year. Source: Sheep Central Trace mineral warning with first green pasture

Federal grants to fund ag show sheep, wool and shearing upgrades

SEVERAL agricultural shows across Australia will upgrade sheep, wool and shearing facilities as part of $20 million in grants announced by Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud last week. Source: Sheep Central Federal grants to fund ag show sheep, wool and shearing upgrades