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Animal welfare issues need multiple responses

AUSTRALIA'S livestock industries need to adopt two main strategies to address issues raised by animal rights activists, writes MICK KEOGH.
AUSTRALIA'S livestock industries need to adopt two main strategies to address issues raised by animal rights activists, writes MICK KEOGH.
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ONE couple's ambitions to get a foothold in the northern beef industry has been helped by investor Brett Blundy. ONE couple's ambitions to get a foothold in the northern beef industry has been helped by investor Brett Blundy.
IT'S “business as usual” for the farm machinery market with sales across most product sectors showing only a slight decline after three strong years. IT'S “business as usual” for the farm machinery market with sales across most product sectors showing only a slight decline after three strong years.
ANIMAL activists are harming the hard-earned reputation of the RSPCA by clouding community perception, says NSW CEO Steve Coleman. ANIMAL activists are harming the hard-earned reputation of the RSPCA by clouding community perception, says NSW CEO Steve Coleman.
THE National Wild Dog Action plan launch brought hope to producers – but a collective approach is needed. That’s where we come in. THE National Wild Dog Action plan launch brought hope to producers – but a collective approach is needed. That’s where we come in.
DIALOGUE between apiarists, orchardists, distributors, retailers and consumers is vital for ag's future, says Christian Farrington.
21 Jul 14 DIALOGUE between apiarists, orchardists, distributors, retailers and consumers is vital for ag's future, says Christian Farrington. | A 'net' gain for pollination  | Bees hit in canola virus fight 
CAMERON BLEWETT is a vegan who wants a mature conversation about animal welfare issues - and he’s not impressed by by Aussie Farms.
17 Jul 14  3 CAMERON BLEWETT is a vegan who wants a mature conversation about animal welfare issues - and he’s not impressed by by Aussie Farms. | Back pushes anti-trespass Bill  | Activist's anti-farm mission 
PROTESTERS and activists who paint all farmers with the same brush and seek to demonise them are on the wrong track, writes JAN DAVIS.
05 Jul 14  3 PROTESTERS and activists who paint all farmers with the same brush and seek to demonise them are on the wrong track, writes JAN DAVIS. | 'Ag-gag' laws in train  | Activists continue anti-farm... 
THE trouble with the latest round of government privatisations is that those who oppose them do so for the wrong reasons, says ROSS GITTINS.
30 Jun 14 THE trouble with the latest round of government privatisations is that those who oppose them do so for the wrong reasons, says ROSS GITTINS. | Australia Post rural package... 
JUST like any successful sporting team, active, inclusive and responsive communication is key when running a family farming business.
28 Jun 14 JUST like any successful sporting team, active, inclusive and responsive communication is key when running a family farming business. | Capitalising on trust in farmers  | Bridging the farm-food gap 
BARNABY Joyce waved the white flag on his own job when he said, “I don’t really get myself involved in foreign affairs and trade, it’s all vastly too complicated for me.”
25 Jun 14  11 BARNABY Joyce waved the white flag on his own job when he said, “I don’t really get myself involved in foreign affairs and trade, it’s all vastly too complicated for me.” | Middle East trade row brews 
THERE'LL be a significant shift in agri-politics with the departure of the almost irrepressible Ron Boswell, says BARRY O'SULLIVAN.
25 Jun 14 THERE'LL be a significant shift in agri-politics with the departure of the almost irrepressible Ron Boswell, says BARRY O'SULLIVAN. | Squaretable 'resets' beef course  | Boswell bids Senate farewell 
AUSTRALIAN farmers have again been ranked in the top ten of the Australian Readers Digest’s annual survey of most trusted professions.
22 Jun 14  4 AUSTRALIAN farmers have again been ranked in the top ten of the Australian Readers Digest’s annual survey of most trusted professions. | Corporates can't replace family...  | Govt targets CoOL laws 
TO say that livestock producers have had a rocky ride over the past financial year may be something of an understatement.
22 Jun 14  1 TO say that livestock producers have had a rocky ride over the past financial year may be something of an understatement. | Graziers bolster Jamestown bids 
AN article on FarmOnline stopped me in my tracks this week.
21 Jun 14  1 AN article on FarmOnline stopped me in my tracks this week.
THE proposed inland rail from Melbourne to Brisbane has the power to transform rural and regional communities, writes MARK COULTON.
19 Jun 14  2 THE proposed inland rail from Melbourne to Brisbane has the power to transform rural and regional communities, writes MARK COULTON. | GrainCorp's $200m country upgrade  | Inland rail's war of words 
JAMIE Oliver is used to a hot kitchen but his Woolworths deal has exposed him to a different form of heat, says former senator BILL O'CHEE.
18 Jun 14  18 JAMIE Oliver is used to a hot kitchen but his Woolworths deal has exposed him to a different form of heat, says former senator BILL O'CHEE. | Costs outstripping veg profit  | Extra levy an 'unfair burden'... 
FARMERS are fearful of the consequences should they speak up against 'schoolyard bully' Woolworths, says AUSVEG.
18 Jun 14  2 FARMERS are fearful of the consequences should they speak up against 'schoolyard bully' Woolworths, says AUSVEG. | CoOL change on the cards?  | Growers 'squeezed' for Woolies'... 
THE landmark Marsh v Baxter case in the WA Supreme Court should never have left the starting gate, writes TRENT THORNE.
07 Jun 14  6 THE landmark Marsh v Baxter case in the WA Supreme Court should never have left the starting gate, writes TRENT THORNE. | Baxter win a 'step forward': PGA  | Baxter wins GM case 
WHAT might the outcome of the Baxter v Marsh decision mean for those operating or investing in farming in Western Australia?
04 Jun 14 WHAT might the outcome of the Baxter v Marsh decision mean for those operating or investing in farming in Western Australia? | Baxter wins GM case  | Finding common ground 
CAN agriculture better use communication to build goodwill with consumers and demystify what happens on the farm?
02 Jun 14  17 CAN agriculture better use communication to build goodwill with consumers and demystify what happens on the farm? | An open letter to Michelle Bridges  | Bridges crossed on ag-gags: AFI 
WHEN visiting the second largest seafood market in the world, I was dismayed, to discover not one item from Australia.
01 Jun 14  5 WHEN visiting the second largest seafood market in the world, I was dismayed, to discover not one item from Australia.
ORGANIC marketing rules are the root of unnecessary farmer conflict, writes CropLife Australia's MATTHEW COSSEY.
31 May 14  1 ORGANIC marketing rules are the root of unnecessary farmer conflict, writes CropLife Australia's MATTHEW COSSEY.  | Joyce welcomes GM case verdict  | Baxter wins GM case 
POLLIES have suggested farmers are employers of last resort; out of mind, off your agenda. Well, it doesn’t quite work like that, says JAN DAVIS.
28 May 14  2 POLLIES have suggested farmers are employers of last resort; out of mind, off your agenda. Well, it doesn’t quite work like that, says JAN DAVIS.
AN open letter to Michelle Bridges about so-called 'ag-gag' laws from an Aussie farmer.
27 May 14  46 AN open letter to Michelle Bridges about so-called 'ag-gag' laws from an Aussie farmer.

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As one West Aussie to another, X Ag Socialist, it is clear, as you say, that many bloggers
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Taxpayer, so why wouldn't that logic equally apply to unreasonably charging everyone via a
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Nobody begrudges Bunge from getting their first ship away. Well done. They are as good as any
CBH chief executive officer Andy Crane has helped put co-operative business models and Australian agriculture on the corporate map.2:00 AM CBH chief executive officer Andy Crane has helped put co-operative business models and Australian agriculture on the...
THE farm mechanisation industry has thrown its support behind CBH CEO Dr Andy Crane's call to take direct action over attracting people into agriculture.24 Jul 14 THE farm mechanisation industry has thrown its support behind CBH CEO Dr Andy Crane's call to take direct action...