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A look at regulation
02 Jul 03 AGRICULTURE minister Kim Chance said there was room for a degree of regulation of the WA dairy industry. Mr Chance welcomed State Parliament's decision to conduct an inquiry into the industry's future viability following a motion from Opposition a
August start for ShearExpress
02 Jul 03 THE first ShearExpress mobile wool harvesting truck will be working in a fortnight and will be operating in full force in the field by mid-August, according to AWI director Kevin Bell. Dr Bell addressed woolgrowers at the Hyfield Jaloran Merin
Balaustium mite ravages crops
02 Jul 03 AGRICULTURE Department entomologist Phil Michael has confirmed that the mite causing extensive damage to crops in the Great Southern and south coastal areas is Balaustium. Reports last week that the mite was an unidentified species caused some con
Catch Burando if you can
02 Jul 03 BURANDO Hill has been to the forefront in developing a system for liquid nutrient application at seeding. When CSBP introduced Flexi-N four years ago, Burando was quick off the mark to investigate liquid systems in Canada and sponsored a trip to W
Critics will not single desk: Moffet
02 Jul 03 THE Senate committee inquiry into the WEA has been the last hurrah for critics wanting to bring down the single desk, according AWB Limited and AWB International director Chris Moffet. Mr Moffet, a Morawa farmer, said the inquiry had been used by
Dorber hits back
02 Jul 03 FORMER Australian Wool Innovation chief Col Dorber returned fire and launched some serious allegations of his own about the new board of AWI during a Senate Inquiry into expenditure by the wool research company last week. Mr Dorber had request
Farmers suspicious of Telstraís rural deal
02 Jul 03 THE potential privatisation of Telstra has met with suspicion from WA farmers groups and rural people with inadequate telecommunications. The Federal Government announced it would invest $181 million in rural and regional telecommunications in
Focused feeding boosts flock
02 Jul 03 FOCUSED feeding may hold the key to turning around Australia's declining flock numbers, according to University of Western Australia Professor Graeme Martin. With the Australian sheep flock expected to bottom at 98.5 million in 2004, Merino pr
Friction over Woolpoll rates
02 Jul 03 AUSTRALIAN woolgrowers will have a choice of five levy rates when they vote in WoolPoll 2003 this year, but the 0.5pc rate preferred by the Australian Wool Growers Association will not be among them. WoolPoll 2003 chairman Dr John Keniry said
Hot topics at machinery day
02 Jul 03 A STAR-STUDDED cast will be on stage for the FMDA and WARM conference on Friday, July 25. To be held at the Tradewinds Hotel, East Fremantle, the conference will be of interest to all rural businesses, judging by its title, Planning for Sustainabi
Inspectors ensure Dohne quality
02 Jul 03 IN a further bid to increase their quality control, the WA Dohne Society has appointed two new independent inspectors. Sheep classer Hugh Warden and Nathan King, Wesfarmers Landmark stud stock, Northam, have joined inaugural inspector Bevan Ta
Lean Texels thrive on Rocky Gully pasture land
02 Jul 03 HEAVY muscling and absence of excessive fat drew a Rocky Gully couple to the Texel breed of sheep in 1994. Rob and Jan Higgins farm ³Bangalup², a 1200ha property amid heavily forested country a few kilometres west of Rocky Gully. It's peren
Low maintenance grasses the go at New Norcia
02 Jul 03 IN late April, when subclover and other annual pastures were just germinating at New Norcia, Gordon Palmer was standing waist deep in subtropical perennial grasses. His move to Rhodes and other grasses followed a frustrating and expensive experi
Make a stand on land clearing
02 Jul 03 THE Rural Action Movement of WA (RAM) supports the Pastoralists and Graziers Association in its stand against the Environmental Protection Amendment Bill 2002. It includes proposed land clearing legislation which we believe is nothing more than a
Milk producers suffer as discount war rages
02 Jul 03 THE WA dairy industry was being plunged deeper into crisis as processors discounted milk prices to below the price of bottled water. The battle over market share was another nail in the coffin of the WA dairy industry, which had not recovered
Rain lifts pastoral spirits
02 Jul 03 RECENT rain had provided a psychological boost and welcome relief for pastoralists worst hit by drought in the Pilbara. But in the drought-affected Gascoyne and Murchison regions rainfall had been patchier. Karratha-based Agriculture Depar
Value of Merino on show
02 Jul 03 REBUILDING the ewe flock and the worth of the Merino was highlighted at last week's Hyfield-Jaloran Merino Forum in Kojonup. About 200 producers from across WA attended the day to hear a range of speakers highlight the worth of the Merino and the
WA flock down but not out
02 Jul 03 THERE were some indications the WA sheep flock had begun to increase in defiance of a national trend downward. But these statistics are also in dispute. Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the WA flock had been incre
Water security paramount for wine industry
02 Jul 03 PROPOSED new water resource management fees on licensed dams and uncertainty about water allocations are major concerns for the WA wine industry. The Environment Department is in the process of recommending to State Government that administrat
Young politician has farm dust on his shoes
02 Jul 03 Microbiologist/biotechnologist, CSIRO Land and Water BRENDON Grylls seems very down to earth - for a politician. Certainly, the National Party representative seemed pretty normal when he described the day he decided to have a go at winnin
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Dairy Innovation Day, Busselton, May 4
The cattle industry would not exist but for foreign investment.
Not only are most levy payers never consulted, nobody even knows who most of them are.
Various thin-shelled types are running around like headless chooks over free-range eggs
The case for spending restraint and a rapid return to surplus is as strong as ever
I'm one of the people who want marijuana to be legalized, some city have been approved it but
Medicinal cannabis could be crop option
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Ute muster to raise funds for RFDS
Australia's live animal trade is nothing but a blood stained industry that suits those who
PGA launches live ex campaign
AFGRI has new stock of S700 headers
16 Sep 18
AFGRI Equipment has a limited number of new John Deere S700 Series combine harvesters available for this harvest.
Liberals vow to keep college doors open
28 Aug 18
PARENTS campaigning to save Moora Residential College (MRC) have cautiously welcomed WA Liberals’ announcement it will keep the facility open if it wins the next State election.
Profit down, but rebounding Nufarm is seeking acquisitions
Bayer’s $88b Monsanto merger bites Aussie cotton R&D
Agrium merger makes super-sized fertiliser parent for Landmark
China’s Rifa pays $55m to beef up its NSW estate
GrainCorp syndicate withdraws from CBH bid
Chinese buy into live shipper Wellard
NZ crop tech firm eyes ASX listing
China’s ag investment rush leaves us for Brazil
Tweets from @FarmOnline/fairfax-rural-reporters
China has followed through with flagged plans to resume importing United States beef, lifting a ban that has existed since mad cow disease was found in the States in 2003.
Indonesia has relaxed its trade restrictions on secondary beef cuts, re-opening a market that was worth $42 million to Australian exporters two years ago.
The recent rainfall will lead to a change in the micron profile of the Australian wool clip next spring, while boosting production volume and lamb marking rates.
While the favourable season is spurring lamb prices and providing more marketing options for producers, livestock agents are concerned rates are reaching unsustainable levels.
There will be more cases of sclerotinia in canola in areas that do not traditionally have problems with the disease due to the wet spring.
Chickpea prices have jumped $30 to $50 a tonne above global market values as farmers caught with soggy crops look for alternative grain supplies to fulfill their forward contract commitments.
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