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Targeting Goals in the Field of Genetics


Targeting Goals in the Field of Genetics

Article by: Hari Yellina Les and Jenny Stewart of Victoria were able to achieve their goal of increasing production by using genomic testing and investing in proven high-performance genetics. At Allanjay Holsteins in Newbridge, 30 kilometres west of Bendigo, the Stewarts milk 250 registered Holsteins. Each year, some 140 hectares of perennial pastures and seasonal […]


Benefits of Seaweed Fodder Put on Display

Article by: Hari Yellina An industry symposium this week focused on the newest findings regarding the benefits of using seaweed species as cattle feed to help reduce methane emissions. Dr. Breanna Roque of Future Feed was one of several keynote presenters who addressed an audience of farmers at ABS’ 2022 Beef Conference in Tamworth this week, highlighting […]


Cattle Market Processors Pull Back due to Port Related Issues

Article by: Hari Yellina On the basis of overflowing freezers and reefer storage capacity at the country’s largest beef export shipping facility, the Port of Brisbane, processor grids in Queensland and Northern NSW have plummeted 10 to 15 cents per kilogramme. While shipments are beginning to flow out of the port, they are still at […]


Do Women Farm with Fewer Tools?

Article by: Hari Yellina If women farmers had the same access to opportunities as men, agricultural productivity might rise by 30%, feeding an additional 150 million people. This estimate from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is just one of the little-known, but fascinating, tidbits of information regarding agriculture’s gender gap that was highlighted in a […]


Aldi Tops the List for Best Organic Fresh Produce

Australians appear to prefer the fruit and vegetable selections of a major German supermarket chain. For Supermarket Fruits & Vegetables, Aldi won the Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers honours in 2021. It also chose the ward because of its organic items. Canstar Blue is a consumer review and evaluation website that offers customer satisfaction studies […]


Grains Industry: The Current Overview

Domestic Update After several years of reduced output owing to drought, Australia’s grain production is expected to rebound in 2020-21. The country is a prominent player on the global stage, with many of its grain and oilseeds industries geared toward export. The country’s wheat crop for 2020-21 is expected to be 28.4 million tonnes, increasing […]


VEGOILS-Palm Tracks Weaker Rival Oils

Malaysian palm oil futures dipped on Friday, followed lower-cost competing oils, although speculators profited after the contract hit an all-time high over labour shortage concerns. At the midday break, the flagship palm oil contract FCPOc3 for March delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange fell 71 ringgit, or 1.38 per cent, to 5,090 ringgit ($1,218.14) […]


Are Backpackers Really Safe in Australia?

In a recent court report, serious injuries suffered by UK backpackers working on Bundaberg fields owned by the world’s largest macadamia grower were highlighted. The labourers were hurt in 2018 while working as casuals on Saratoga Holdings Pty Ltd’s plantations. A manager was operating a tractor with a skirting attachment, which had five enormous blades […]


Shipping Companies Make the Most of the Situation: A Global Report

The Indian grape season, which is about to get started, is overwhelmed with challenges. Omicron is posing a serious threat with restrictions and lockdowns, sea freight charges are going through the roof; scarcity of containers is imminent and the cost for packaging material has gone up by around 25%. Samir Singh, business promoter for Indian […]


Shipping Troubles Haunting Almond Growers

Kern County almond growers are facing logistical headaches this year. Industry experts say port congestion, combined with a shortage of truck drivers and other supply-chain problems, are frustrating farmers and processors working to get their product to overseas consumers. The latest official estimates say California’s 2021 almond crop was about 10 per cent smaller in […]


Summer Heat Taking a Heavy Toll on Crops

Summer crop production forecasts are tumbling in South America as drought conditions continue to build soil moisture deficits and crop stress in Southern Brazil and much of Argentina. The La Nina weather pattern threatens to scuttle the production potential of large tracts of this season’s corn and soybean plantings, further tightening global balance sheets. Ironically, […]


Urea Smuggling: A Current Global Challenge

The production of the chemical peaked at an all-time high of 6.3 million tonnes in 2021 thanks to the uninterrupted gas supplies to the urea plants last year on revised government policy. This compared with an annual average demand of around six million tonnes for the last three years. However, the wheat farmers have been […]


Calypso Mango Breaks Records Despite a Tough Season

It has been a tough season for most of Australia’s mango growers, with what some call disappointing yields, combined with labour and input costs challenges. Mango growers expect to produce 7.9 million trays this season, down 20 per cent in some recent years. Although many varieties had disappointing yields, Calypso growers saw a record crop. While […]


Almond Volumes Low Compared to the Supply Available

The pace at which Californian almonds from the new harvest are being received by the huskers is slowing down. The consensus for the final size still remains around 2.8 billion lbs (-10%. vs. N-1). This figure will be confirmed in January because, historically, 96% of the harvest is received by the end of December. Producers […]


A New Boost to Australia’s Biofuels?

With no subsidy, tax credit or mandated usage, biofuels usage in Australia is a small percentage of the overall fuel pool. However, new fuel standards starting in 2022 could significantly increase the ethanol blend rate, according to a report from the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). In 2021, only 1.1% of the […]


Stonefruit Trial Flourishes in the Pilbara

The Pilbara may be an unlikely future stonefruit-producing corner of Australia. A crop of stonefruit was harvested in the eastern Pilbara as part of a proof-of-concept trial by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). While the Pilbara is renowned for its extreme heat, elevated inland areas of the region often achieve the near-freezing overnight […]


Avocados: Deducing its Popularity

It is almost impossible these days to find a brunch menu at an Australian café that doesn’t feature at least one dish with smashed avo on toast. Avocado has been all the rage for a while but when did it become so popular in Australia and why? It is no secret that avocados aren’t the […]


Australian Almonds Continue to Flourish

The Australian industry is forecasted to reach a production capacity of 160,000 tonnes delivering a forecast farmgate revenue of more than $1 billion. Therefore, the almond crop is also known as the crop of increases. According to the Almond Board of Australia, the future of the industry is nothing but glowing. Orchard area planted to […]


Without Backpers, Crops Rot by the Ton

The pandemic has disrupted the rhythms of labour and migration worldwide. In Western Europe, for example, borders were tightened early last year, keeping out seasonal workers from Eastern Europe. However, in isolated Australia, the pandemic has delivered a particularly sharp blow, exposing the unstable foundation of its agriculture industry, a growing $54-billion-a-year goliath that for years has […]


Who rules Australia’s Agricultural Domain?

Who owns the Australian outback is a vexed question. The true answer is First Nations peoples, whose ownership stems back 60,000 years. The legal answer is more complex. It’s a mess of titles – freehold, pastoral leases, crown leases, public land, native title and land held by Aboriginal trusts. Moreover, no two jurisdictions store or […]