While MoUs are not legally binding, the importance of negotiating the terms under which live export can be conducted, and setting out agreed processes should normal arrangements fail, should not be underestimated. Without MoUs, there will be no formal measures in place between governments in new markets to reduce the potential for rejected cargoes such as the Ocean Drover by Bahrain in 2012, or the Cormo Express by Saudi Arabia in 2003. The dismissal of MoUs is yet another step backwards for animal welfare by the Coalition government.
Won't Bushie Bill have fun with this one. He will have his heavily subsidised Satellite Internet Connection running hot for sure!
Interesting that retailers continue an aggressive bricks-and-mortar strategy in Australia. The 'race for space' is not about real estate. It's about getting into consumers' homes. You don't need to see people in your stores these days to be successful. The 'race for space' should be an e-strategy. $1.1 billion for an on-line strategy to get into peoples' homes would blow the competition out the water. It's being achieved in other countries.
We are forced to pay for advocacy of MLA and the like and are constantly misrepresented by them so why would we pay money we don't have to be misrepresented by the VFF and the like? If these groups want our money do something about our terms of trade, if we are going broke slowly then so can they!
if you cant export profitably now your doomed to failure.patriotic consumers will leave you as soon as the media hype fades.Consumers will buy the cheapest
Seems these announcements are really only there to provide cover for a big announcement on a NSW entrance.
Growers aren't happy, let's grease the people
Absolutely stinks money is going to be thrown at Our competitors.
Australia needs a super coop so we can protect the future of all farmers.
NSW farmers are finding it tough since WA took back its freight advantage with deregulation.
Any help from WA will make sure we can be better able to compete in the future.
It's only fair we all get a share of Australia's grain profits
More competitive means cheaper and obviously our wheat has decreased in value since deregulation.
Less money in the Australian grower's pocket and less for Australia as a whole.
I hope that the Liberal and Labor politicians that roared with laughter when they sat together and abolished the single desk read this article.
Don' forget what China did to our wool industry in the 80s!
What's new? Family farmers are always looking down the track to keep the farm goung.
It's mainly the corporates that have to have a good bottom line each year. One corporate manager planted peas to build soil fertillity. The bottom line that year wasn't so good so he got the sack. The next manager got the benefit though.
That's him, the best Director General that the Department of Agriculture or Primary Industries or whatever it's called now has ever had.
Great article and well done Jeremy. However all agricultural land should be protected from mining as Australia has so little of it - especially if the communities do not want it. Australia cannot afford the loss of productive viable agricultural areas and scarce water resources.
Perhaps we should test whether the "more hot days" are directly linked to the increased hot air coming from agsoc politicians and their sycophantic followers? Could be onto something here, eh?
Climate change is not the problem of a farmer. It is our greatest opportunity. We need high food prices to provide the incentive in invest.
Alternatively we could invest in non polluting alternative energy sources to cap the peak prices
It is O- week, uni challenge maybe??
So we still have to commit 0.05% of our turnover to a compulsory levy that could be contributing to paying off our debt instead of funding 'supposed' R&D?
The imported stuff, whether from Italy or Hungary or the US may be cheaper but I have never bought it, only SPC for tinned peaches or tinned tomato or baked beans.
Its like the vegetable levy. Has anyone calculated what percentage of funded projects goes to Ausveg and its strategic partners? Poor corporate governance and lack of accountability in my opinion from HAL to let this happen.
"What was in the kitchen four years ago isn’t what is there today." Mr Cameron is absolutely right.
Still, SPCA is still churning out 1950s style commodity tinned fruit, where the competition is either cheaper or better. They need a reality check before a cheque.
Here comes the watering down of a system that's better to have in place than not, but requires little more than a guarantee by importing countries to honour their obligations under OIE. The fact that every importing country are signatories to OIE makes one wonder why they bothered signing it if they had no intention of upholding it. Sadly, the animals are about to lose again, the producers will cop the blame again, and animal advocates will be sneered at again. Exporters will see it as a win, but it will be another nail in the coffin for industry. Who cares about the animals anyway? I DO.
More good work by the dept of ag, where would we be without them David leyenholm?, maybe they are EXTRA SPECIAL
Placed extra conditions..whippeee. That will make so much difference to the poor animals.
You lot are absolutely dispicable.
Yes in 10 years you will send your robot to the cattle sale to buy your robotic cattle can't wait.Poor old farmer just needs to be paid a decent dollar and he wouldn't have to do this.
Droughts Tractor pulls washed out twice , all in 2013 everything that can go wrong will go wrong in Queensland .
we plough after canola for wheat
then min till after spring crops for
canola. yields have improved,
weed control giving a better
residual chemical control.
money in bank.
Mr Lower obviously isn't qualified to talk on this issue if he believes the new bike from Polaris is a farm style quad. It isn't an active rider bike, i.e. you cannot move your weight and change the centre of gravity on the machine. This new bike has a seat like a car and steering wheel and is a fun, trail type of bike not a work bike. It's a single seat razor rzr sports bike. I cannot see many farmers purchasing this type of machine. It's not suitable for our needs.
Seeing this is a trade article it would be nice if some costs were discussed.....particularly trade-in costs on his 6 year old unit to give the costs on the upgrade.
Would love to see it stay in aust private hands, not an overseas govt with unlimited money.
Farmers wondering what to sow in summer,try Shirhoe Millet,it can be stripped and the stubble rolled up for a huge crop of hay. The cattle love and thrive on it in dry times.
The Chinese reportedly just paid ten million more than its worth for a sheep farm up the road from me so there is hope for the banks yet. Just a shame as a young farmer trying to get in, land values are still way over return from commodities even at these so called discount rates.
"10 green bottles - hanging on the wall ............" All the best ones go first. They are going broke because of lack of farmgate returns or competition. Vertical integration leaves Australia as nothing more than a rental pad.- no doubt the receivers and commissioned salesmen love it all though .
MIS mugs investing stupidly.Please leave farming for family operations not corporations.There is to many clowns in the industry.
"the UN predicts that with the global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, food production will increase by 70 per cent..." Just how are natural plant/animal physiologies, ecological systems and natural resources meant to meet this challenge? Dr Norman Borlaug, the Father of the Green Revolution in his 1970 Nobel Prize speech, warned of the "population monster", yet nothing has been done in the last 30 years to limit human fertility levels. Our reprieve is over, and the global "food security" issue is a euphemism for a looming Malthusian crisis - yet it is ignored.
Indage was the first winery in India, but the company has since folded - it's last vintage was 2010. The Tiger Hill wines you so liked are largely from bulk wine imported from Australia.
Just to clear up a small error in this advert , Calgary is nowhere near eastern Canada. Calgary is in western Canada , in the province of Alberta . Ottawa is five hours east BY PLANE !
Big surprise people are moving to the Hunter. The Hunter mines are now requiring employees to live local to avoid the FIFO/DIDO costs.
The Garden Route is wonderful. If you are looking for a nice place to stay try Lakeside Lodge http://lakesidelodge.co.za/