Agribusiness

Now that the not so difficult process of calulating everyone comitment to the project has been verifed as achieving. Where would that be leading communities ravaged by the wine industries down turn motivated by conversion of low security water to high security water for planting wine or permanent planting (tripling value of water licnces)and wheel chairing of water buy backs.
" RSPCA's stance against live exports in evidence to the inquiry hearing last week." The RSPCA are doing their job of being advocates for animals, and livestock welfare. If the WA farmers are objecting to them, it's clear they are uncomfortable about the live export trade being exposed for what it is! Blatant cruelty and animal abuse. Unfortunately it's worth so much $$$, and there's even the threat of ag-gag laws to tighten the lips of the public too. Such extremes are not for nothing!
27/08/15 10:16 PM
The anti grower deregulation juggernaut rolls on and the winners are?- you guessed it - the merchant middlemen with the grower running a very poor last.
27/08/15 12:11 PM
The current draft of the Aust/China FTA does not protect Australian workers and does not impose mandatory laws which force companies to properly advertise before seeking workers offshore. Chinese electricians for example will be able to work here with no local competency test and no language test. The Coalition is way out of kilter with the public mood about free trade agreements. Yes for free trade but not at the expense of local standards and local workers, particularly young skilled workers.
27/08/15 12:33 AM
We would expect the NFF to support the free trade deal with the Chinese because they are more than happy for us to sell our farms and business' to the Chinese government.
Besides,in the main the Canberra centric NFF has only been an arm of the government.
26/08/15 09:24 PM

Cropping

The bigger question is Why does grain need two producer based groups? . It's time GPL, and GPA joined for the common good of the industry - Get on with it!
27/08/15 07:41 PM
Flinders doesn't cop a mention yet it will dominate the Kwinana zones within 3 years because it's a dwarf, is powdery resistant and doesn't have screenings issues. Just given our Baudin a 4th fungicide! It's out the door. Just placing resistance pressure on the fungicides and for those growers not using enough fungicide, the disease burden is producing unnecessary in inoculum which could break down other naturally resistant varieties.
25/08/15 09:39 PM
Revert to a three year rotation incorporating a mechanical fallowing phase that will starve any fungus.
It is a no brainer.
24/08/15 12:52 AM
The non current candidates will have a real struggle to gain a seat on the board.
All members regardless of where they live vote for the directors of any region.
How or why would a Western Australian grower make an informed vote in a Northern NSW and Queensland regional election?
Imagine if we elected our state and Federal politicians under this scenario?
This process is so poor and open to cronyism that it is almost laughable except that it reflects badly on GGL and grain farmers in general.
20/08/15 08:18 PM
Why is Mark Allison the CEO of Elders a major input supplier and merchant/agent on the board of a grain producers' organisation?
This is a clear conflict that must be addressed.
20/08/15 08:09 PM

General

Most favoured nation status is obviously an Chinese accolade for having urban elite politicians who are willing to sell off our farms and other key strategic assets to them.
27/08/15 11:32 PM
The E and the F on Barnaby's forehead stands for 'epic fail' in regard to animal welfare.
Suggesting that we are world leaders in animal welfare when we scored a 'C' on the world animal protection index is delusional.
Perhaps he could explain how sledgehammer slaughter, upside down fully conscious slaughter in a full inversion box, flooding, eye gouging and all the other cruelty inflicted on our cattle is improving animal welfare?
Why did the govt. scrap the OIE funding and disband all AW committees if we are world leaders? This rhetoric is just getting so tiresome.
25/08/15 11:42 PM
$26.5b extra- doesn't sound anywhere near as bad as $26,500,000,000.00 extra- don't you think?
25/08/15 07:49 AM
This government is not known for its wisdom, but subsidising this development when the global appetite for coal is diminishing more rapidly than even the most pessimistic investors forecast is plain stupidity, and makes "Choppergate" look like responsible use of public monies. Surely if banks aren't touching this dog of a project, the government shouldn't be either. The CEFC has had fantastic financial returns on investment, but the LNP is attacking this with everything it has to put money into coal? This is stupid and looks like Abbott is paying for the lavish dinner hosted by Adani.
25/08/15 03:39 AM
Should be given a bloody medal for all those foxes & dogs. Luci-jet rocks.
25/08/15 02:35 AM

Horticulture

Fruit bruising by customers is one factor, but variety is another.
The industry is pushing Hass, an inferior variety that browns easily, has unsightly dark strings and has a very narrow window of edibility between hard and spoiled. Green-skinned varieties tend to be superior on all these counts and often have better taste too.
09/08/15 10:56 PM
This is a fabulous article. You can't have a nice skin without eating right. The carotenoids will give you a lovely healthy glow.
04/08/15 06:38 AM

Livestock

All the crap the experts ply us with and one old cow beats the odds.. ain't nature wonderfully unpredictable ?
30/07/15 07:53 AM
What a beaut focus on only one aspect of pig raising - too bad about the survival and well being of so many piglets which is the reason for the introduction of the stalls in the first place.
How about coming up with a solution instead of just being negative prohibitionists of the protection of innocent babies.
29/07/15 03:48 AM
For half the cost of 1 lamb per light Mr Mc Farlane could deploy some Foxlights ( Ausie invention) around his lambing ewes and find his lamb survival rate increase far more dramatically than by trying to shoot all the foxes as he can never get them all. They work!
12/07/15 09:53 PM
I am disgusted that live export continues. There has to be an enormous market for onshore processing and boxed or frozen meat exports. Our government has a duty to Australia to maintain our standards. I would not be alone in wanting to see the humane treatment of livestock over a cheap TV any day of the week.
10/07/15 12:11 AM

Machinery

The scary bit is what it costs per hectare to use this machine.nearly the price of the farm.
09/08/15 11:37 PM
Really!! How many farmers have you seen wearing a helmet while riding an ATV? How many farmers use seat belts in utes when in the paddock? Good idea in theory,but rarely practiced.
05/07/15 05:15 AM

Property

Makes a welcome change from the family's plans to put 2.4 million chickens next to the Namoi River at Manilla, upstream of the Keepit Dam.
30/07/15 03:28 AM
You can see the stupidity of trying to do business with Gas Co's & why landholders have so much trouble with them with some of the conditions above. They have no understanding of how a rural property needs to function /Work Place Health & Safety,Weed blame QGC 's properties in the Wandoan area have African Lovegrass on them. Gas Co's should never be allowed to buy properties
27/07/15 02:57 AM
OPPORTUNITY lost - in snubbing of my PPP Plan by LNP in Ag "smoke& mirrors" paper on Saturday. ALL we primary prods need is "fair&open competition" @ our farmgate.My PPP plan would have been a transparent portal for all the unseen-primary/secondary commerce happening now to be listed on AUDA -offerboard where the PRICE will find the PRODUCT- not the produce finding a secret uncompetitive price! If this were enacted - it wouldn't matter about foreign investment- as they would be actively competing- not vertically integrating or"Transfer Pricing " their profits back to their mother country SHAME
07/07/15 01:06 AM

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Pleased that common sense has prevailed. Being close to the policy makers cannot be underestimated
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JohnCarpenter, The lamb and mutton job is going okay- we must be doing some things right.
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Spot on X. Let the Chinese buy as long as we can buy freely in China
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