Tag: Government

NT cattle producers welcome drought hub announcement

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) has welcomed today’s announcement of $8m in funding to support the development of a northern NT/WA drought hub in Darwin. Source: Beef Central NT cattle producers welcome drought hub announcement

Australia backs livestock exports despite NZ sea shipment ban plan

AUSTRALIA’S Government and exporters have backed continuing live sheep and cattle exports despite a New Zealand plan to end all livestock shipments by sea by 2023 being applauded by the RSPCA. Source: Sheep Central Australia backs livestock exports despite NZ sea shipment ban plan

NZ announces ban on live cattle exports, with two-year phase out

The New Zealand Government has this morning announced a ban on live cattle exports by sea, with a two-year period to phase out the trade. Source: Beef Central NZ announces ban on live cattle exports, with two-year phase out

Govt must rule out massive truck rego hike: Trucking Association

Registration charges for about half of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet would increase significantly under a proposal developed by Austroads to lower emissions. Source: Beef Central Govt must rule out massive truck rego hike: Trucking Association

Grants available to assist farmers with flood recovery

Flood recovery grants of up to $75,000 jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales Governments are available to assist farmers revive local food and fibre production in flood affected regions. Source: Grain Central Grants available to assist farmers with flood recovery

Australian Wool Innovation defends evidence to senators

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has declared it has not misled a Senate Estimates committee despite several discrepancies in its evidence to a hearing in Canberra this week. Source: Sheep Central Australian Wool Innovation defends evidence to senators

Live exports being 'regulated into oblivion', says outgoing Cattlemen's president

The NT Cattlemen’s Association’s outgoing president says Canberra’s cost recovery program for regulating the live export industry would cut profits for the entire industry.  Source: ABC Livestock Live exports being ‘regulated into oblivion’, says outgoing Cattlemen’s president

ACCC calls for independent agency to oversee Murray-Darling water markets

The ACCC has called for the establishment of a new independent agency to oversee trading and ensure water markets in the Murray-Darling Basin operate fairly and with integrity. Source: Grain Central ACCC calls for independent agency to oversee Murray-Darling water markets

AWI grilled on 2019 election and agri-political activity claim

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has been grilled over its 2019 board election nomination process and a claim of agri-political activity, at a Senate Estimates hearing yesterday. Source: Sheep Central AWI grilled on 2019 election and agri-political activity claim

Agriculture Victoria boosts biosecurity and animal welfare staff

AGRICULTURE Victoria has boosted the number of authorised officers able to act on biosecurity and animal welfare threats, including the mulesing of sheep without pain relief in the state. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture Victoria boosts biosecurity and animal welfare staff

Farmers call for emergency measures to combat mice outbreak

NSW Farmers has called for urgent action from the NSW Government to support farmers and rural communities in combatting an escalating mice plague. Source: Grain Central Farmers call for emergency measures to combat mice outbreak

End of COVID JobKeeper could further pressure meat processing and retail trade

Smaller red meat processors currently operating under COVID JobKeeper protection could come under additional pressure next month, as the Federal Government’s $90 billion jobs support package comes to an end. Domestic retail and food service demand may come under pressure for the same reason, trade sources suggest. Source: Beef Central End of COVID JobKeeper… Read more »

WTO called on to help settle Australia-China barley dispute

The Australian Government will ask the WTO to establish a dispute-settlement panel in the next phase of the process to resolve anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on Australian barley by China. Source: Grain Central WTO called on to help settle Australia-China barley dispute

Farm tax deferral drought measure under review

A $380-million-a-year government incentive that allows farmers to pay less tax is to undergo a federal review. Source: ABC Livestock Farm tax deferral drought measure under review

Processors welcome Govt decision to extend airfreight export initiative

The Federal government’s decision today to extend the COVID airfreight assistance mechanism until the end of September this year has been welcomed by red meat processors and exporters.    Source: Beef Central Processors welcome Govt decision to extend airfreight export initiative

China’s pork herd recovery still a long way off – despite Govt rhetoric

Independent meat industry analyst Simon Quilty has written-off recent optimistic Chinese rhetoric around its pig herd recovery, suggesting the country’s pork production will remain heavily impacted by African Swine Fever for years to come. He suggests 7-8 million more sows have been wiped-out in China in the past two months, in the latest recurrence of… Read more »

Live exporters: $15 million cost hike calls into question Ag Dept’s efficiency claims

Further scrutiny of proposed cost hikes the Federal Department of Agriculture is planning to impose on livestock exporters has raised new questions about the justification for the scale of the charge increases. Source: Beef Central Live exporters: million cost hike calls into question Ag Dept’s efficiency claims

NSW to lift ban on use of GM crops from July

New South Wales is to lift its moratorium on GM crops in July. The news has drawn mixed but mostly positive responses from voices in industry, research and lobby groups. Source: Grain Central NSW to lift ban on use of GM crops from July

Victorian scheme offers $5000 farm safety equipment rebates

REBATES of up to $5000 for infrastructure and equipment addressing health and safety risks will be available from the Victorian Government until 31 December this year. Source: Sheep Central Victorian scheme offers 00 farm safety equipment rebates

Live exporters facing huge cost surges under Federal cost-recovery plan

The cost of an annual livestock export license in Australia will soar from $25,000 to over $100,000 under the latest round of cost recovery increases planned by the Federal Government. Source: Beef Central Live exporters facing huge cost surges under Federal cost-recovery plan

'Why aren't we cooking them right now?': Risks of importing raw prawns under review

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud responds to warnings that Australia is being left wide open to aquatic disease outbreaks by announcing an independent advisory group to review his own department’s work. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Why aren’t we cooking them right now?’: Risks of importing raw prawns under review

NSW, Vic farmers invited to trial Wi-Fi calling under Federal trial

Australian wireless networking company Zetifi has issued a call out for farmers in New South Wales and northern Victoria to express their interest in trialling Wi-Fi calling as part of a Federal Government-backed program to provide improved phone services for rural and remote areas. Source: Beef Central NSW, Vic farmers invited to trial Wi-Fi… Read more »

NSW Farmers welcomes crackdown on biosecurity breaches

NSW Farmers has welcomed a crackdown on biosecurity breaches, as the Australian Government acts to further bolster protection from growing pest and disease threats. Source: Sheep Central NSW Farmers welcomes crackdown on biosecurity breaches

Government rules out Murray Basin rail gauge standardisation

The Victorian government says standardisation of the Sea Lake and Manangatang rail lines will not happen under the Murray Basin Rail Project, in a blow to farmers and freight operators. Source: ABC Grain Government rules out Murray Basin rail gauge standardisation

New Bill aims for tougher penalties for biosecurity breaches

The Australian Government is cracking down further on those who flout our biosecurity laws, with legislation introduced today giving courts access to higher penalties that reflect the true seriousness of non-compliance.  Source: Beef Central New Bill aims for tougher penalties for biosecurity breaches

Methane-reducing seaweed project scores $1m Govt grant for commercial roll-out

Sydney-based company Sea Forest has received a $1 million Federal Government grant to drive its expansion into the commercial production of the methane-inhibiting aspargopsis seaweed, for use as a livestock feed additive. Source: Beef Central Methane-reducing seaweed project scores m Govt grant for commercial roll-out

Ag emissions targets ‘incoherent’ says Nats senator

With ag industry bodies on one side and the Nationals on the other, net zero emission targets have become a central dividing line among groups representing rural Australia. Source: Beef Central Ag emissions targets ‘incoherent’ says Nats senator

'Ridiculous state of affairs': 15-month wait to get drought assistance

A NSW cattle farmer, who applied for a drought loan more than a year ago, says she’s relieved the funds have finally reached her bank account. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Ridiculous state of affairs’: 15-month wait to get drought assistance

No commitment on dingo introduction from Victorian Government

VICTORIAN farmers will continue to oppose the proposed trial introduction of dingoes into the state’s south-west until they get a government commitment to abandon the plan. Source: Sheep Central No commitment on dingo introduction from Victorian Government

COVID-19 inquiry outlines DHHS delays in abattoir contact tracing

A REPORT into the Victorian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the significant delays in its contact tracing response to an outbreak at Melbourne meat processor Cedar Meats last year. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 inquiry outlines DHHS delays in abattoir contact tracing

Ag bosses say lowering carbon 'ethically right', Nationals call for farm exemptions

Australian agriculture industry bosses vow to continue efforts to lower carbon emissions from farming, despite an opposing push by the Federal Nationals to have agriculture excluded from any net zero emissions target. Source: ABC Livestock Ag bosses say lowering carbon ‘ethically right’, Nationals call for farm exemptions

New CQ meat processing project starts to access $24m govt loan

Central Queensland beef producers Blair and Josie Angus’s ambitious new beef processing project has received a financial close of a $24 million Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility loan that will secure the project. Source: Beef Central New CQ meat processing project starts to access m govt loan

Millions in flood recovery grants for Queensland farmers still on offer

The deadline for North Queensland farmers to claim a share of $300 million in a flood assistance scheme is extended after a “disappointing” take up. Source: ABC Livestock Millions in flood recovery grants for Queensland farmers still on offer

Why Indian farmers are so angry about the Modi government’s agricultural reforms

India’s farmers have been protesting since the autumn, with a growing intensity that culminated in a violent breaching of barriers in the Red Fort in Delhi during India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26. Source: Grain Central Why Indian farmers are so angry about the Modi government’s agricultural reforms

Govt grants aim to build national fuel security

Applications have opened for the Boosting Australia’s Diesel Storage program, a project that will contribute to the Federal Government’s long-term fuel security goal to increase domestic fuel storage to meet industry and community needs during an emergency, and into the future. Source: Beef Central Govt grants aim to build national fuel security

Govt grants aim to build national fuel security

Applications have opened for the Boosting Australia’s Diesel Storage program, a project that will contribute to the Federal Government’s long-term fuel security goal to increase domestic fuel storage to meet industry and community needs during an emergency, and into the future. Source: Grain Central Govt grants aim to build national fuel security

Denmark offers mink farmers up to $4 billion compensation after nationwide cull

Denmark’s mink farmers are to be compensated after the country’s entire herd of about 17 million mink were slaughtered in November amid fears the animals were passing a mutated strain of the coronavirus back to people. Source: ABC Livestock Denmark offers mink farmers up to billion compensation after nationwide cull

WA govt pledges $4M to progress Ord cotton gin

The Western Australian Government has pledged almost $4 million to help ensure a power supply to a gin planned for Kununurra to process cotton grown in the Ord region. Source: Grain Central WA govt pledges M to progress Ord cotton gin

Dan Tehan needs a game plan for China

Despite a lot of chest-thumping in government circles about the need to stand up to “Chinese bullying”, new Trade Minister Dan Tehan’s task will be to find a way to restore a constructive trading partnership with China in the national interest. Source: Beef Central Dan Tehan needs a game plan for China

Encouraging uptake of new National Vendor Declaration

Positive uptake of the latest version of the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declaration, the only version now accepted for all species of livestock being transferred, is being reported by MLA’s subsidiary, the Integrity Systems Company.  Source: Beef Central Encouraging uptake of new National Vendor Declaration

New NVDs needed to sell livestock in 2021

Producers are being reminded they cannot sell livestock in 2021 without the most up to date National Vendor Declaration (NVD) forms. Source: Sheep Central New NVDs needed to sell livestock in 2021

China increases tariff-free wool quota under FTA

CHINA has increased its 2021 tariff-free quota for Australian clean wool imports in line with its commitment under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Source: Sheep Central China increases tariff-free wool quota under FTA

New NVDs needed to sell cattle in 2021

Producers are being reminded they cannot sell livestock in 2021 without the most up to date National Vendor Declaration (NVD) forms. Source: Beef Central New NVDs needed to sell cattle in 2021

GPA urges cautious approach to China barley tariff dispute

Grain Producers Australia says Australia’s WTO dispute with China over barley tariffs won’t be a quick fix that will restore trade overnight but will be a process that may take a number of years. Source: Grain Central GPA urges cautious approach to China barley tariff dispute

Australia to take China to WTO over barley tariff

Australian trade minister, Simon Birmingham, has announced that Australia will tonight refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over its imposition of an 80.5 per cent tax on Australian barley imports in May. Source: Grain Central Australia to take China to WTO over barley tariff

ACCC wants fair trading law to underpin perishable agricultural goods markets

An ACCC report into the agricultural sector released on Friday has highlighted a range of harmful practices including contract terms that inefficiently allocate risk, harmful use of bargaining power, a lack of transparency and instances of commercial retribution against farmers. Source: Beef Central ACCC wants fair trading law to underpin perishable agricultural goods markets

SA govt draws ire over plans to pilfer Waite assets

The SA Government has found itself at loggerheads with the University of Adelaide over its plans to resume part of the university’s Waite Campus for a road-widening project. Source: Grain Central SA govt draws ire over plans to pilfer Waite assets

SA govt draws ire over plans to trim Waite assets

The SA Government has found itself at loggerheads with the University of Adelaide over its plans to resume part of the university’s Waite Campus for a road-widening project. Source: Grain Central SA govt draws ire over plans to trim Waite assets

ALC, JBS Brooklyn still waiting for China access to re-commence

Australia is seeking the resumption of sheepmeat and beef exports from two Victorian abattoirs to China which earlier made self-imposed suspensions due to COVID sickness among staff, as trade tensions between the two countries continue. Source: Beef Central ALC, JBS Brooklyn still waiting for China access to re-commence

Victoria outlays $9.5 million in livestock biosecurity grants

LIVESTOCK biosecurity grants worth $9.5 million have been granted to 25 projects by the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes last week announced the successful projects under the 2020… Source: Sheep Central Victoria outlays .5 million in livestock biosecurity grants

Farmers want Australia-China trade dispute 'kicked off to the WTO'

The National Farmers’ Federation says it will support the Federal Government if it decides to appeal to the World Trade Organization over China’s decision to impose hefty tariffs on barley. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers want Australia-China trade dispute ‘kicked off to the WTO’

China suspends sixth Australian meat processing plant from trade

China yesterday suspended a sixth Australian meat processing plant from export, citing labelling and health certificate issues, as political tensions between the two countries continue to mount. Source: Beef Central China suspends sixth Australian meat processing plant from trade

China trade tensions overshadow grain, cotton outlook: ABARES

Trade tensions with China have created uncertainties for Australian grain and cotton exports, forcing exporters of affected commodities to divert trade to the next highest value markets. Source: Grain Central China trade tensions overshadow grain, cotton outlook: ABARES

Gas-led recovery leaves farmers high and dry: New briefing paper

Australian farmers, and the communities where they live, face negative environmental, economic and social consequences if the Federal Government’s plans for a ‘gas-led recovery’ go ahead, new analysis commissioned by Farmers for Climate Action has found.  Source: Beef Central Gas-led recovery leaves farmers high and dry: New briefing paper

New Victorian animal welfare legislation on the way

VICTORIA’S livestock producers have less than two weeks to give feedback on Victorian Government proposals for a new animal welfare Act. Source: Sheep Central New Victorian animal welfare legislation on the way

Minister Littleproud bows out of Olsson-AWI election dispute

NEW South Wales wool grower Chick Olsson has been told federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud will not get involved in the grower’s dispute with Australian Wool Innovation over his 2019 election nomination. Source: Sheep Central Minister Littleproud bows out of Olsson-AWI election dispute

Should Australia take China to the WTO over barley tariff?

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has given a strong indication Australia will take China to the WTO over its import tariff on Australian barley. The move has prompted a mixed reaction from grain industry leaders. Source: Grain Central Should Australia take China to the WTO over barley tariff?

ICPA calls for offical day to recognise distance education

ICPA Australia is calling on the Federal Government to formally recognise the role that parents play in distance education with the launch of Geographically Isolated Distance Education Day on 1 December. Source: Beef Central ICPA calls for offical day to recognise distance education

Regulator cuts red tape for Class 3 livestock vehicle permits

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is removing the requirement to include registration numbers from Class 3 Livestock Vehicle permits from December 1. Source: Beef Central Regulator cuts red tape for Class 3 livestock vehicle permits

Olsson seeks federal review of AWI election nomination rejection

NEW South Wales wool grower Chick Olsson is seeking a review by the Federal Government of his rejected 2019 nomination for the Australian Wool Innovation board. Source: Sheep Central Olsson seeks federal review of AWI election nomination rejection

Morrison Govt welcomes ‘world’s largest free trade agreement’

The Morrison Government says Australian farmers and businesses are set to benefit from better export opportunities following with the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement between Australia and 14 other Indo-Pacific countries on Sunday. Source: Beef Central Morrison Govt welcomes ‘world’s largest free trade agreement’

Barossa and McLaren Vale winemakers to 'lose millions' from GM decision

The Barossa and McLaren Vale wine regions stand to lose an estimated $44 million in imports, industry representatives say, as their respective councils remain stunned over a decision to allow genetically modified crops in their districts. Source: ABC Grain Barossa and McLaren Vale winemakers to ‘lose millions’ from GM decision

Agriculture Act precedes UK’s departure from EU CAP

Exiting the EU has dealt a fresh hand to UK farmers in new agriculture legislation, replacing Common Agriculture Policy support with payments of public money in exchange for farmers delivering “public goods”. Source: Grain Central Agriculture Act precedes UK’s departure from EU CAP

Dairy exports to China reach new record, set for increased tariffs

Australian dairy exporters achieve record milk powder sales to China this year, but are about to face a doubling in tariffs until the end 2020. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy exports to China reach new record, set for increased tariffs

Shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon quits Labor frontbench 

Opposition agriculture and resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has quit the frontbench, accusing Labor of talking too much about issues like climate change and not enough about the needs of its traditional base. Source: Beef Central Shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon quits Labor frontbench 

Victoria removes workforce level restrictions on meat processors

Removal of workforce level restrictions on Victorian abattoirs and meat processors has been welcomed by the Australian Meat Industry Council. Source: Beef Central Victoria removes workforce level restrictions on meat processors

COVID-19 progress ends worker caps on Victorian meat processors

REMOVAL of workforce level restrictions on Victorian abattoirs and meat processors has been welcomed by the Australian Meat Industry Council. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 progress ends worker caps on Victorian meat processors

Time running out to press charges over death of 1,000 cattle

Western Australia’s Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan flags an overhaul of animal welfare legislation as time runs out to lay charges over the deaths of more than 1,000 cattle from thirst. Source: ABC Livestock Time running out to press charges over death of 1,000 cattle

Government issues 'please explain' to China over trade blockages

China is told it must clear up speculation about the latest round of trade blockages that threaten to disrupt billions of dollars of trade with Australia. Source: ABC Grain Government issues ‘please explain’ to China over trade blockages

SA rejects GM-free council applications, opens way for GM crops

The SA Government has rejected applications from 11 councils that were seeking to maintain GM crop bans in their areas, opening the way for GM crops to be grown throughout mainland SA. Source: Grain Central SA rejects GM-free council applications, opens way for GM crops

SA Government rejects councils' applications to remain GM-free

The South Australia Government has rejected 11 council applications to maintain a genetically-modified crop ban in their area. Source: ABC Grain SA Government rejects councils’ applications to remain GM-free

Farmers for Climate Action backs ANZ bank on carbon

FARMERS For Climate Action has backed the ANZ bank’s support for a low carbon economy, despite opposition from Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and Western Australian graziers. Source: Sheep Central Farmers for Climate Action backs ANZ bank on carbon

Livestock exporters welcome last minute ship stocking rate change

Livestock exporters have welcomed amendments by Agriculture Minister David Littleproud to soon-to-be-introduced industry regulations which will link stocking density allocations on vessels to individual exporter welfare performance.  Source: Beef Central Livestock exporters welcome last minute ship stocking rate change

Cattle ship stocking density rates to remain unchanged from November 1

The Federal Minister for Agriculture has this afternoon confirmed  to industry leaders that amendments to ASEL 3.0 will mean that current stocking densities will now remain in place from November 1. Source: Beef Central Cattle ship stocking density rates to remain unchanged from November 1

ASEL 3.0 changes coming to live export industry

The live export industry is bracing for some big regulatory changes next week, but the biggest change of all has been deferred. Source: ABC Beef Cattle ASEL 3.0 changes coming to live export industry

Long-term NQ flood recovery strategy released

A long-term recovery strategy for communities affected by the 2019 North Queensland flood has been finalised and released this week by the National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency. Source: Beef Central Long-term NQ flood recovery strategy released

Senators told options are being sought to update livestock tag technology

EARLY background research is being conducted into possible alternatives to ‘1990s-era’ animal traceability technology currently in use across the red meat industry, Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Jason Strong told a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra last week. Source: Sheep Central Senators told options are being sought to update livestock tag technology

Screen Australia bias against Aussie beef industry slammed during Senate Estimates

Screen Australia has been condemned by Nationals Senate Leader Bridget McKenzie for funding $625,000 of taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars to “bring down the Australian beef industry.”  Fight for Planet A: Our Climate Challenge is listed as a documentary on both Screen Australia and the ABC’s websites, even though it was factually incorrect and imbalanced in its reporting,… Read more »

NZ Govt introduces new requirements for livestock exports

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has introduced new requirements for the safe transport of livestock by sea, following an independent review launched after the tragic loss of Gulf Livestock 1 in early September. Source: Beef Central NZ Govt introduces new requirements for livestock exports

Alternatives being sought for ‘1990s era’ NLIS technology, Senate Estimates told

Early background research is being conducted into possible alternatives to ‘1990s era’ animal traceability technology currently in use across the red meat industry, MLA managing director Jason Strong told a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra yesterday. Mr Strong was quizzed at length over diverse topics including industry investment in seeking alternate markets in the wake… Read more »