ALEC conference set for Melbourne

AUSTRALIAN livestock exporters will hold their annual industry showcase in Melbourne at the end of next month.
AUSTRALIAN livestock exporters will hold their annual industry showcase in Melbourne at the end of next month.
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SENATOR Sean Edwards says beet western yellow virus has “blindsided” croppers, but a potential solution is being stifled by political gamesmanship. SENATOR Sean Edwards says beet western yellow virus has “blindsided” croppers, but a potential solution is being stifled by political gamesmanship.
NSW dairy co-operative Norco will more than double sales of fresh milk to China, a sign of how Australia's reputation for high-quality and safe food is helping it sell produce at premium prices overseas. NSW dairy co-operative Norco will more than double sales of fresh milk to China, a sign of how Australia's reputation for high-quality and safe food is helping it sell produce at premium prices overseas.
INSIDE a small white house, surrounded by bright yellow fields of canola, police found a short, scribbled note. INSIDE a small white house, surrounded by bright yellow fields of canola, police found a short, scribbled note.
COUNTRY kids are punching well above their weight in the big city. COUNTRY kids are punching well above their weight in the big city.
THE most recent fodder prices, according to Dairy Australia, were mixed across the reported regions in comparison to last year.
16 Sep 14 THE most recent fodder prices, according to Dairy Australia, were mixed across the reported regions in comparison to last year. | Water-borne feed helps drought...  | Welfare 'myths' damaging ag 
WITH the cropping season slightly more unpredictable this year, Esperance producers have turned their attention to bolstering their sheep enterprises.
14 Sep 14 WITH the cropping season slightly more unpredictable this year, Esperance producers have turned their attention to bolstering their sheep enterprises.
SUCCESS was certainly the order of the day at the annual Challara Merino and Poll Merino stud sale at Badgingarra last week.
13 Sep 14 SUCCESS was certainly the order of the day at the annual Challara Merino and Poll Merino stud sale at Badgingarra last week.
THE strength of the wind roaring through Tammin on Monday had nothing on the Manunda Poll Merino on-property ram sale, which was strong all day and finished with an outstanding average of $1435.
12 Sep 14 THE strength of the wind roaring through Tammin on Monday had nothing on the Manunda Poll Merino on-property ram sale, which was strong all day and finished with an outstanding average...
THE Victorian Government will abolish the 3km buffer zone on dogmen trapping and baiting for wild dogs on crown land, but the move is just 'vote bait' say some farmers.
11 Sep 14 THE Victorian Government will abolish the 3km buffer zone on dogmen trapping and baiting for wild dogs on crown land, but the move is just 'vote bait' say some farmers.
PRODUCERS have welcomed Barnaby Joyce's move to reduce red tape for livestock exporters without compromising animal welfare standards.
11 Sep 14  1 PRODUCERS have welcomed Barnaby Joyce's move to reduce red tape for livestock exporters without compromising animal welfare standards.
IMPORTERS who breach biosecurity laws will not be tolerated, the Department of Agriculture said after a WA ruling this week.
10 Sep 14 IMPORTERS who breach biosecurity laws will not be tolerated, the Department of Agriculture said after a WA ruling this week. | US-Aus agreement on avian influenza  | CSIRO cuts animal health research 
SENATOR Bridget McKenzie says on-farm trespassers who gather video footage covertly are vigilantes not animal rights activists.
10 Sep 14  28 SENATOR Bridget McKenzie says on-farm trespassers who gather video footage covertly are vigilantes not animal rights activists. | 'Not condoning illegal acts': RSPCA  | PETA: we did the right thing 
KAROO Angus, Meadow Flat, made another top price at its annual sale today, topping at $30,000.
08 Sep 14 KAROO Angus, Meadow Flat, made another top price at its annual sale today, topping at $30,000.
A MASSIVE new livestock sales exchange outside Yass, NSW, will see more than 1.2 million sheep and 150,000 head of cattle pass through every year.
08 Sep 14 A MASSIVE new livestock sales exchange outside Yass, NSW, will see more than 1.2 million sheep and 150,000 head of cattle pass through every year. | EYCI steady through winter - so far  | Winter sheep results ease 
AUSTRALIA'S biggest kangaroo meat exporter has a message for Moscow: hooroo and hop off.
08 Sep 14  5 AUSTRALIA'S biggest kangaroo meat exporter has a message for Moscow: hooroo and hop off.
THE “Ardnai” flock carries the high-fertility Booroola gene which was introduced with ewes Julie Brien bought from Victoria in the mid 2000s.
08 Sep 14 THE “Ardnai” flock carries the high-fertility Booroola gene which was introduced with ewes Julie Brien bought from Victoria in the mid 2000s.
THE organic sector in the EU is expanding by around 500,000ha each year, yet still represents only 5.4pc of the total ag area.
05 Sep 14 THE organic sector in the EU is expanding by around 500,000ha each year, yet still represents only 5.4pc of the total ag area. | Marsh v Baxter appeal still up... 
STRONG demand from local and international markets is driving the goat market, which agents say should last into the new year.
04 Sep 14  1 STRONG demand from local and international markets is driving the goat market, which agents say should last into the new year.
AUSTRALIAN Pork Limited’s new strategic plan will target greater transparency on animal welfare standards to improve consumer confidence.
28 Aug 14 AUSTRALIAN Pork Limited’s new strategic plan will target greater transparency on animal welfare standards to improve consumer confidence. | Not stalled on industry change  | White meat still Australia's choice 
WHEN it comes to animal welfare, veterinarian Geoffry Fordyce has seen a dramatic shift in attitude amongst cattle producers over the past few decades.
27 Aug 14 WHEN it comes to animal welfare, veterinarian Geoffry Fordyce has seen a dramatic shift in attitude amongst cattle producers over the past few decades.
MANSFIELD Zoo has welcomed its newest resident, a male blackbuck antelope, after it was captured in Victoria’s south-west.
25 Aug 14 MANSFIELD Zoo has welcomed its newest resident, a male blackbuck antelope, after it was captured in Victoria’s south-west.
RECENT heavy rain, and other special store sales, both past and forthcoming, saw a small and very mixed quality offering at Bairnsdale on Friday.
25 Aug 14 RECENT heavy rain, and other special store sales, both past and forthcoming, saw a small and very mixed quality offering at Bairnsdale on Friday. | Cold weather woes  | Northern dry hits lamb rates 
THE pig industry's move to sow stall-free housing is expensive and awkward, but it hasn't created the productivity losses many feared.
25 Aug 14  3 THE pig industry's move to sow stall-free housing is expensive and awkward, but it hasn't created the productivity losses many feared. | Welfare 'myths' damaging ag 
THE RSPCA is calling for mandatory reporting of animal cruelty from workers expected to understand animal welfare legislation.
22 Aug 14  11 THE RSPCA is calling for mandatory reporting of animal cruelty from workers expected to understand animal welfare legislation. | Welfare 'myths' damaging ag 
COLAC Otway Shire has $23.3 million reasons for retaining its municipal saleyards in council hands.
22 Aug 14  1 COLAC Otway Shire has $23.3 million reasons for retaining its municipal saleyards in council hands.
WELLARD Group CEO Fred Troncone has told producers they must boost livestock numbers now, or risk missing the boat in terms of higher prices.
21 Aug 14  5 WELLARD Group CEO Fred Troncone has told producers they must boost livestock numbers now, or risk missing the boat in terms of higher prices.
AT UQ's Pinjarra Hills campus, a 250,000-litre microalgae farm is busy developing a sustainable livestock feed supplement.
20 Aug 14  2 AT UQ's Pinjarra Hills campus, a 250,000-litre microalgae farm is busy developing a sustainable livestock feed supplement. | National beef production boost 
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We welcome Bunge with open hands. At last some serious investment coming our way. The agrarian
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Great work, well done AACo, your abattoir will compete with and compliment the live export
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NEWDEGATE farmer Nick Kelly described his trek through the wilderness of the Fitzgerald River National Park as akin to something out of the Lord of the Rings movie.21 Sep 14 NEWDEGATE farmer Nick Kelly described his trek through the wilderness of the Fitzgerald River National Park as akin...
WELLARD Rural Exports is looking at long-term plans to open the lines of communication between export customers and producers.
18 Sep 14  1 WELLARD Rural Exports is looking at long-term plans to open the lines of communication between export customers and...