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Cattle Station Demands Answers after Cattle Found Shot

Article by: Hari Yellina After cattle carcasses were discovered on a farm north-west of Alice Springs, a 47-year-old man was issued with a notice to appear in Yuendumu Court for one count of theft next month. The individual, who was on an Aboriginal Lands Trust [property], is accused of stealing livestock from a nearby station, […]

2022-05-13

Tanami Road to be Sealed as Leaders Predict Economic Transformation

Article by: Hari Yellina With WA’s budget stating that construction on closing the Tanami Road would finally begin, a vast area of the Australian desert might be economically revolutionized in decades to come. The Halls Creek Shire has long encouraged the Commonwealth and state governments to establish a highway out of the key outback road […]

2022-05-13

Indonesia Grapples with Foot and Mouth Outbreak as Aussies Remain in Fear

Article by: Hari Yellina A vet warns that holidaymakers returning from Bali run the risk of bringing back a deadly animal sickness that may decimate Australia’s cattle sectors. Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is an illness that causes cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats in Indonesia. Thousands of cattle are thought to be afflicted in East Java and […]

2022-05-13

NSW Lake Completely Filled with Water by Rice Farmer

Article by: Hari Yellina A river in southern New South Wales is currently overflowing, but it is not due to recent severe rain. Jeremy Morton of Moulamein has diverted 1,675 megalitres of irrigation water into the ephemeral lake on his parent’s land, where the family farms rice and other crops, so far, this financial year. […]

2022-05-13

Half of Western Australia Expects Rain in the Next Two Days

Article by: Hari Yellina Heavy rain and damaging winds are expected to hit parts of Western Australia starting this evening, as two systems combine to send a blast of wintry weather to half of the state. Rainfall totals of up to 60 mm have already been recorded in portions of the state’s west coast and […]

2022-05-12

Workers Shortages and Other Troubles Haunt Eden-Monaro

Article by: Hari Yellina Eden-Monaro was considered a bellwether district until Labor’s Mike Kelly won it in 2016. It had been won by the party that established government at every federal election since 1972. Mr Kelly retired in 2020 owing to ill health, and Labor won the by-election, with Kristy McBain winning by a razor-thin […]

2022-05-12

Pink Lady Apple Creator Dies Aged 95

Article by: Hari Yellina John Cripps, a Western Australian entrepreneur most known for breeding the Pink Lady apple, died at the age of 95. Those who knew him characterised him as a quiet guy who was passionate about plant breeding and dedicated his life to it. The British-Australian horticulturist conducted his studies at the Department […]

2022-05-12

Can Beef Become the New Coal?

Article by: Hari Yellina Eleven Madison Park, a prestigious Manhattan restaurant, is eliminating meat off its menu. Epicurious.com has stopped publishing new beef recipes. “Plant-forward” cuisine are promoted by the Culinary Institute of America. Several universities, including Harvard and Stanford, are switching to “climate-friendly” meals. If this tendency continues — and the Boston Consulting Group […]

2022-05-12

WA Producers Want Disease Management Plan in Detail

Article by: Hari Yellina Livestock farmers in Western Australia are afraid that the state is unprepared in the event of a catastrophic animal disease epidemic, such as lumpy skin or foot-and-mouth disease. More than 1,000 cases of the highly infectious foot-and-mouth disease had been identified in Indonesia, according to representatives of Australia’s $17 billion livestock […]

2022-05-12

More Than Half of Queensland now Drought-Free

Article by: Hari Yellina Given the considerable and continuous wet season, it comes as no surprise that approximately half of Queensland is still in drought. After a good wet season in some regions, State Agriculture Minister Mark Furner told parliament today that Local Drought Committees had recommended the drought annulment of another six shires and […]

2022-05-12

Close to Expire Meat: Is it Safe to Buy?

Article by: Hari Yellina If you’re looking for ways to save money on groceries, start with the meat in your shopping basket. One money-saving technique is to purchase meat on sale and freeze it. However, you might be concerned about food safety, especially if the meat is priced down because it’s over its expiration date. […]

2022-05-11

Floodwaters Recede but Emotions Run High for Vets

Article by: Hari Yellina Veterinarian for large animals Shayne Ross never anticipated his job would entail racing the water to evacuate his employer’s surgery, kayaking to consultations, or the emotional toll of attempting to aid so many damaged animals and traumatised farmers in the aftermath of Gympie’s flood last month. “As a direct result of […]

2022-05-11

Genetically Modified Wheat Finally Approved for Sale

Article by: Hari Yellina Although farmers cannot grow it, a new form of genetically engineered wheat has been allowed for sale in Australia for the first time. Trigall Genetics’ application for “the sale and use” of food created with gene technology IND-00412-7, also known as HB4 wheat, has been accepted by Food Standards Australia New […]

2022-05-11

Pipeline Project to Commence at Mitiamo

Article by: Hari Yellina With government funding granted for a new $29 million pipeline to be constructed by Goulburn-Murray Water, landowners in the Mitiamo township and surrounding territory will soon enjoy enhanced water quality and delivery. The Victorian government has paid $10.2 million, while the Australian government has committed up to an extra $14.5 million […]

2022-05-11

Farmers Hit Pipelines: Who is to Blame?

Article by: Hari Yellina With 13 occurrences already this season, South Australia’s electricity supplier is “irritated” by the number of farmers damaging powerlines and electricity poles when sowing crops. It’s a big jump from previous years, when there were only three and four instances at the same period in 2021 and 2020, respectively. SA Power […]

2022-05-11

Grazers Relish Drenching as Rain Hits

Article by: Hari Yellina After a second downpour in little over two weeks, the mood in drought-stricken outback Queensland is changing. Graziers are quietly optimistic that the recent rains may help them end a decade-long drought. However, the rain has forced the cancellation of the historic Longreach Show, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. […]

2022-05-11

Does Australia Have Enough Vets to tackle Foot and Mouth Disease?

Article by: Hari Yellina According to an industry spokesperson, Australia’s dearth of veterinarians in rural and remote areas could jeopardise national biosecurity as livestock diseases like lumpy skin disease and foot-and-mouth disease become more prevalent. Since Friday, when Indonesia announced the discovery of more than 1,000 cases of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in cattle, Australia’s livestock […]

2022-05-11

Food Trade Mission Attempts to Revive Exports

Article by: Hari Yellina Since the pandemic closed borders in March 2020, a party of 17 international delegates has arrived in remote Western Australia for Australia’s first premium food and drink trade trip. On Monday, they met with 25 agribusinesses in Denmark, where they were shown wagyu beef, truffles, edible saltbush, wine, and spirits, among […]

2022-05-11

App Helps Australia Battle Stink Bug Pests

Article by: Hari Yellina CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, is developing an app to help keep brown marmorated stink bugs out of the country, an invasive species that has the potential to wipe out more than 300 different plant species if it gets through quarantine. The app, which is being developed for the Department of […]

2022-05-10

Foreign Investor Appetite Cools Due to Unwanted Circumstances

Article by: Hari Yellina In 2020-21, the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) authorised $5.8 billion in planned foreign investment in Australian agriculture, fishery, and forestry, down from $8.3 billion the previous year. Chris Meares, a long-time rural property specialist in New South Wales, believes the drop is mostly due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “I believe […]

2022-05-10