Agribusiness

Abbott says he will lead the coalition at the next federal election - what a load of bulla.
30/01/15 06:42 AM
When are the RBA and the Australian Banks going to stop propping the Au$ up by having the Australia Interest rates 2% to 3% higher than the rest of the Developed World namely America ( the world's largest economy), Japan, Europe and England?
Australian Businesses that have borrowed and that export are getting three hits to their bottom line - inflated operating costs, inflated Interest costs and deflated income from their sales that are exported.
Australian exports 72% of the beef produced so no wonder Australian Cattlemen are struggling.
What a load of 'cherry picking rubbish'
There are more farms for sale now than ever before. If you want the real story go to the Northern and Eastern Wheatbelts
29/01/15 09:53 PM
Be interesting to find Bankers who understand the whole "Natural Capital" field. Most of them struggle to understand farming time lines (cycles) at the best of time.
28/01/15 02:54 AM
Well, whom would have known? The US has its fair share of ill-informed self-serving rednecks too!
27/01/15 10:16 PM

Cropping

All depends on whether the competition build upcountry at Muchea. It will be all road then. Remember CBH actively discourages direct delivery to Perth during harvest which inflates freight costs local. Wasnt Anthony Salim looking at Muchea? Rail line, 2 highways converge and intensive livestock hub. No brainer youll see some wheat bins there in the future.
30/01/15 12:45 AM
'CBH planned to have the new receival site operating in time for this year's harvest.'
Way too much time been spent on gallivanting around Asia looking for reasons to spend money. Not to mention the waste on the East Coast. CBH has to get back to the core business of reducing costs for its shareholders and if it can't do that then return equity so we have some sense of ownership and reason to remain loyal. There's going to be more choice in the future and a $2 share is no reason to remain loyal.
But it is Kwinana where the big threats are emerging with upcountry competition. Watch this space.
30/01/15 12:32 AM
CBH is currently in a vulnerable position (see article Bunge).
Board and management are going to have to show initiative and be very proactive in the face of direct competition. Unfortunately antics by some board members in playing out issues through the press have, I believe, dealt a major blow to credibility of CBH. If this is repeated maybe it will be time for growers to call for an EGM and demand a spill of regionally elected directors. Personal philosophy and agripolitics have NO place in the board room.
28/01/15 09:45 PM
In the face of competition is CBH s common cooperative pricing model sustainable ?
28/01/15 09:30 PM
We lived with him, we laughed with him, drank, ate, worked, played and prayed with him, a truly amazing man/legend and one of the humblest people to ever walk God's green earth......Goodbye Chief.
29/01/15 04:59 AM

General

Who gives a stuff ?What has it cost us in $'s ? NOTHING !
Move on to REAL problems besetting the nation.
30/01/15 05:48 AM
Australia, you amaze as when Abbott & Lib`s were in Gov;They were never any good,even little Johnnie had to camouflage he`s indifferences & show compassion, but Abbott never did,& he has got worse...HELLO, wake up....
27/01/15 11:16 PM
What! ; more floods?
Flannery told us that that dams were never going to fill again so the Labor Brumby government built a great white elephant called a desalination plant, put in a north south pipeline stealing water from rural Victoria (and South Australians). I do wonder whether these so called experts who make up computer models realise that they only predict from inputed data which is guesswork on behalf of the modeller (garbage in = garbage out). Have they made any allowances for nature to compensate from the extra growth producing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere over the 100 years?
27/01/15 02:26 AM
Something has got to stop both major parties muddling from one episode to another of "Yes Minister"
26/01/15 10:15 PM
There have been plenty of sheep herding and cattle herding nations that have managed without dogs. But that requires the herders to be in better condition than most Australians are. The young blokes will waste all their energy playing football but if you ask them to muster on foot without a dog they are suddenly too tired to move. Since farming has become an occupation almost exclusively for old men, dogs have increased in importance. Even the author quoted here admts to being a "dog lover" and as such is not a reliable source. Yes, I am an old man and rely on my dogs.
26/01/15 07:31 PM

Horticulture

This looks like what we used to call Pine Melon disease back in the fifties and sixties in North Queensland.
Pine Melons used to grow wild and was spread by birds and wild pigs. We used to dig any vines we used to see to try and control the disease.
09/01/15 02:44 AM
I bet an audit of levie funded projects would determine a lot of money is spent propping up supposed peak industry bodies via over funded projects that are given to themselves under the 'selection' process.
Of course the industry bodies that don't do this have nothing to be scared of under the new model?
02/01/15 03:03 AM
Well deserved and an inspiration to others in the manufacturing sector showing that building things in Australia is still possible and that we do not have to become a services and resources based economy.
I do wonder if all the sharing that is going on in regards to plant breeding is not creating a new level of exposure. I noticed a while ago breeders were going into the deep valleys of Khazakhastan (or somewhere like that) to get recently untapped lines of wheat and lucerne. Are we making ourselves vulnerable by decreasing the natural variability that occurs throughout the world over time?
05/12/14 01:55 AM

Livestock

Please get your facts straight.
Dingoes never grow to 50 kg.
That is a wild dog.
I agree , all wild dogs should be killed, preferably by a single bullet to the head, not thru baiting or trapping as that is inhumane, but dingoes should be left alone.
21/01/15 11:14 PM
Pays to remember that the " international animal welfare standards," are not high, and that the measure of a positive welfare outcome is that they survived..hardly good welfare.
now that there's an "ag boom" we might see some farmers with way too much money winning big races............don't hold your breath.
05/01/15 11:59 PM
The same phenomena has been observed in wild pigs in Indonesia.
14/12/14 12:44 AM
Or ... you could look and kangaroos as a resource other than dingo food and harvest their numbers back to a point where their numbers are not impacting on pasture growth. Of cause that is just plain WRONG because that's means someone might be making profit from kangaroos. And something everyone who has ever been any were near our universities knows with absolute certainty, is that - to profit from nature is evil.
12/12/14 08:45 PM

Machinery

Quads already have notices stating children must not ride them. If they do then it is something their parents must live with. Saying that, I rode thousands of km's on a full size quad as a child an never had a problem. From Tony's figures only a handful of people out of the hundreds of thousands riding quads died from a roll over. Hardly a huge danger. Facts are farmers rely on quads to produce food and fibre for this country and our exports. How many people died in their bathroom last year? 100? 300?
26/01/15 08:37 PM

Rural Lifestyle

only when people realize that corporate farms or foreign owned are less profitable in so many ways that the penny will drop' Farmers need more co-ops, farmer owned and controlled,less leeches controlling our produce and communities less tax sink holes for the rich and shameless, as an European man told me just recently (the only thing wrong with your country is you've never been hungry)they are tort the importance of profitable ,sustainable and passion that is required, in school,we have been manipulated into price takers by clever bean counters profiteering and govt requiring cheap food.
great story about my old man! Mick O
25/12/14 01:29 AM

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Typically superficial and simplistic. The WA wheatbelt covers a vast area from north to south to
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That's not a firm date Consolidated, can you tell me when or are you just hoping?
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