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Any expansion into China should not be considered without a clear understanding of the country’s capacity to meet animal welfare standards, including a full and transparent compliance audit and evaluation of China’s capacity to comply with ESCAS. Any commercial parties involved should produce evidence of China’s ability to meet Australian animal welfare standards before arrangements proceed. Rather than invest further in an industry known for its high risk animal welfare problems, producers and the government should be developing and investing in the boxed meat trade.
Looking less like investment and more like takeover every day!
17/04/14 12:25 AM
now that the the processors want milk they simplify the payment system. before you needed a law degree to just work out if were not getting a bill at the end of the month. my how things change when the processors want volume.
17/04/14 12:58 AM
We have been struggling with our farm debt. Despite this, we have always repaid our bank loan. It appears that our tripping point is our low equity. We began farming at the start of the great drought, 10 yrs ago. The bank, back at the beginning, assessed us as a viable business. We have just been told by our banker that if we continue to pay the interest only to our farm loan, we cannot be foreclosed. Is that right? If this is really the case, we would have had money for holidays, and a healthier lifestyle over the past 10 yrs.
I could have gone to dreamworld with my daughter when needed.
15/04/14 11:11 PM
Your snookered Tony, the obvious answer is sell the farm, no political party in their right mind would allow workers in. Now your negotiating with big guys, but dont worry soon we will be on their wage conditions in our country and they won't need to import theirs.
14/04/14 10:58 PM

Cropping

Get out the broken record Jock. And where in the world is quality actually increasing? You have had 3 currency crises this year in significant wheat exporting countries Argentina, Ukraine and Russia. Massive debt problems in the US and Europe leading to cuts in breeding resources. China and India well they ust eat what they produce and any surplus goes to the rats. This is a mute argument. All you need to watch is the basis and that is telling everyone that Australian wheat is in demand out of Asia and with the Russian/Ukraine crisis pretty soon the Middle East will be back here buying
16/04/14 10:47 PM
You get the feeling that a whole lot of foreign investors in that part of the world, the great FSU, saviour to satisfy insatiable growing grain demand, are about to get their fingers burnt. Farmers are struggling to get credit to finish this crop off and some would probably be wondering whether it is all worth it if the Ruskies confiscate it anyway.
Australia will be the big winner out of this kind of instability. There is none so safe a place for doing business as here. The biggest risk is having a bar fight with one of the few xenophobes commonly posting on this forum.
16/04/14 06:32 AM
What!! CO2 is not really a fertiliser after all!! Gee, Golly Gosh, who would have thought that that the scientists were right after all??
12/04/14 09:16 PM
Compeition solves a whole manner of market inefficiencies and in this case the winner will be NSW growers in this catchment. Not only will costs be lowered,that also flows through to benefit land prices in those catchments.
11/04/14 05:27 AM
They have no idea our sugarcane crops are much superior.
09/04/14 10:04 AM

General

Looks and smells like a mini version of the UN to me.Get the hell out of there CCA!
14/04/14 09:16 PM
Value adding and being a price maker rather than a price taker defines many of the BAM members who are successfully growing their businesses. These businesses also are flexible in the quantities that they require to be ordered, are able to customise, solve problems for the customer, deliver quick turnarounds, give guarantees and keep in contact with the customer. Businesses competing on price are in a spiral of cutting costs, reducing margins, it is just a race to the bottom and is not sustainable.
Yes, Jan. Agree completely. But surely Australia's consumers will benefit, won't they? Cheaper Japanese whitegoods and such? Well, no. Because of our myopic commitment to free-trade-at-any-cost over the last thirty years or so, our tariffs on such manufactured goods are already at a tiny 5%. Which means that reduced Australian tariffs on imported goods from Japan will have bugger all effect on prices. Seems like a pretty poor deal all round.
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11/04/14 11:07 PM
Good to see some balanced reporting on the "Trade Deal"- the use of the word "Free" is a little fast and loose! When dealing with people whos idea of a short term investment window is some where in the vicinity of a generation, any agreement on change is a victory!
09/04/14 11:31 PM
CSIRO just needs to slim down its bloated head office (communications staff, performance managers, organisational specialists) to pre-2000 levels, and the saving is already achieved.
13/04/14 11:56 PM

Horticulture

I don't think it's accurate to claim that AUSVEG is "Sheltered". In the last 12 months AUSVEG has held 2 annual levy payer meetings. 11 regional levy payer meetings, 6 Enviroveg seminars, 9 potato extension program seminars, attended and promoted 5 veggycation seminars and run a field day to promote the 1800 agronomist program. This is in addition to meetings with Plant Health Australia, Horticulture Australia, the Dept of Agriculture and being involved in working groups for issues such as spray drift or biosecurity.
It is O- week, uni challenge maybe??
24/02/14 06:33 AM

Livestock

I know you won't publish this because you've given this idea a miss once before.
Simply ban livestock exports to countries beyond the Western half of the Pacific Rim. This area could be defined as in Wikipedia. It includes the countries of Malaysia and Indonesia and avoids journeys of great distance through excessive heat and includes those countries which will accept ESCAS because they are used to doing large volumes of other trade with us.
And whilst on a subject that you won't publish, please object to the ads for hormone growth promotants shown to the public during prime time TV.
15/04/14 04:04 AM
Rubbish! This idea farmers need to seek a social licence means industry are giving urbanites with absolutely no concept of what it takes to profitably produce anything a say in how they 'think' we should go about business. Next we will need a social licence to use pesticides, or maybe they think production can occur without using them. Get it out of your head this concept of social licensing can do anything but wreak destruction on long term profitability of all ag industries.
30/03/14 11:03 PM
Saudi Arabia claims that ESCAS is an intrusion on its sovereignty, that is somewhat of the pot calling the kettle black. Saudi Arabia could easily increase the level of chilled and frozen meat exported to the Kingdom from Australia by relaxing import protocols for Australian exporters. Saudi Arabia has a separate listing to most other Arab nations and require processing facilities adhere to their own set of strict guidelines, yet the neighbouring countries are more than satisfied with the regular Australian standards.
13/04/14 11:08 PM
There maybe transparency in the live cattle trade to SE Asia where receipient countries are endeavouring to implement humane slaughter practices but the same cannot be said for the middle east.
Saudi authorities insist they are a sovereign nation and will continue the present barbaric practices and Barnaby failed to insist this will not be tolerated either by producers or the general public. Either they change their inhumane ethical standards or have oil for dinner.
12/04/14 01:19 AM
'a few wealthy pastoralists', Lee Rhiannon obviously doesn't realise that the majority of properties are actually family owned and live export is extremely important to them. As for processing here, AAco haven't received any assistance and its taken over 5 years to get that up. Maybe Lee would be better to look at excessive costs of government regulations and red/green tape, maybe she should look at NSW where many abattoirs have closed due to government costs or excessive costs of operations, nothing to do with supply. What about when US regain market access which is happening now.

Machinery

One thing is for sure, everyone would be a lot more viable with their CBH equity!
blokes would rather go bankrupt out here & leave their CBH share to western districts fat cats
Is the AgEagle any good for mustering large paddocks.
14/03/14 12:18 AM
Droughts Tractor pulls washed out twice , all in 2013 everything that can go wrong will go wrong in Queensland .

Property

Maybe we are better off to zag than zig on foreign investment,me wonders if the Indos may be a better place to go than china who will break us if we become too dependent on them? They already buy a lot off us I think?, plus the wealth effect will spread thru to the rest of Asia perhaps
15/04/14 03:18 AM
Anyone want to go shares
12/04/14 11:56 PM
In Australia we may be getting price and value mixed up again. The biggest contributor to higer prices was easy access to credit, this has almost no correlation with the productive capacity/profitability of an asset class. You don't make a country great by buying and selling farms to each other at massive gains, it becomes great because what you produce is best in class and conditions are equitable for all.
07/04/14 03:25 AM
Some interesting figures here, and not surprised that McBank won't comment. Income of $75m and fees to McBank of $9.4m is a pretty good return for them, maybe not for investors. Even without any operating costs, assuming a $670m investment investors are getting an 8.6% cash yield with falling asset values (if they could actually realise the assets). Would be an interesting article to compare performance against top quartile family farms to see whether Pitt St can do it better - me thinks not. Some open disclosure would be great Macquarie, but highly unlikely unfortunately
07/04/14 01:41 AM
I demand that the current Federal Government buy these properties and give them back to their rightful owners!
30/03/14 09:55 PM

Rural Lifestyle

Well done Amelia and the Farmers Across Borders, great support shown to fellow farmers in times of need. Thanks Bobbie for the article and I look forward to the arrival story.
06/04/14 10:44 PM
Nice promo for the feedlot, but the unprecedented severity of the drought and disappearance of the snow pack is the real story for the tens of millions of people dependent upon it.
13/04/14 07:21 AM

COMMENTS

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Emily, have U seen what is happening to Chinas peasant farmers in their country? Cleared out and
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Hey it is pretty dumb all unifying together to make good progress if you are headed in the wrong
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jillaroo, how right you are. In fact Australian farmers still supply the lowest priced food
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