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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 21:15

Weed knowledge

Chaff carts and stubble windrow burning for harvest weed seed control can be just as effective in the Albany port zone as they are in Western Australia’s northern cropping regions.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 21:12

Sustainable Cubbie

As a result of Australian Farms Fund Management Pty Ltd and Lempriere Capital Partners (Lempriere Capital) joining forces, management of the iconic Cubbie Station will now come under the umbrella of AFFM, the manager and trustee of the Sustainable Agriculture Fund.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 21:05

Sheep wellbeing

Improving animal health and well-being, and positioning the sheep industry to meet changing consumer demands relating to animal welfare, will form a key plank of a new research agenda proposed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation.

The Sheep CRC has applied to the Federal Government for a five-year extension, with its proposal built around three key areas of research: to enhance monitoring and management of sheep wellbeing; to introduce value-based trading of sheepmeat; and to deliver affordable DNA-based genetic tools.

Sheep CRC chief executive James Rowe said the objective of the research on sheep wellbeing was to put the sheep industry at the forefront in using genetics in combination with the latest technologies for monitoring and management to improve the wellbeing of sheep managed as flocks under extensive grazing systems. 

“Commercial sheep production in Australia involves managing sheep in large flocks. Under these conditions it is difficult to identify the individual animals that, at any time, are at risk of compromised wellbeing,” Prof. Rowe said. 

“The challenge is to make the transition from flock to individual animal assessment and management without increasing labour requirements or costs. 

“We believe the development of new flock monitoring and management systems can achieve this, while also improving the productivity of the sheep industry through early intervention in animal health issues.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 20:00

Two agricultural Scholarships

Drummuster 2500Australia’s leading provider of agricultural stewardship programs is offering two educational bursary grants to anyone studying or looking to study agricultural related courses next year.

Agsafe and its programs Accreditation and Training, drumMUSTER and ChemClear will offer $2500 to two people looking to further their careers in agronomy, agribusiness, farming, quality management, best practice and financial management or other related agricultural fields.The bursaries are open to everyone. The money can go towards either vocational or tertiary level studies.Entrants are required to fill out the online application form and submit a 500 word essay on how Agsafe and its programs benefit the farming industry and wider community.The two best entries will be selected and awarded the education funding.Agsafe General Manager Martin Shafron said this was the second year that Agsafe has offered the bursary.“We’re very excited to continue this opportunity for passionate people who want to have a career or further their careers in agriculture,” he said.“We know that one of the best ways of boosting Australian agriculture is through education, and providing this bursary will help by taking off some of the financial burden.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 23:38

September cattle overview

While WA received average to above average rainfall throughout September. The majority of the eastern states had average to below average falls, according to Australian Meat and Livestock’s latest cattle industry overview.

Under the seasonal conditions and limited re-stocker demand, cattle prices continued to feel the pressure of surging supply.

The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator averaged 312¢/kg cwt in September, back 3% on August and 14% year-on-year, with interest in young cattle subdued. Losing the least ground across all categories were heavy steers, which averaged 327¢/kg cwt for September, back 4% on the corresponding month last year, indicating limited supply of finished cattle. The medium cow indicator also weakened throughoutSeptember, to average 255¢/kg cwt, back 5% year-on-year. Average eastern states cattle slaughter for September was 152,185 head per week, up 3% on August and 13% year-on-year. Highlighting the steady influx of cattle throughout 2013, average weekly slaughter for the nine months has been 13% higher year-on-year, at 140,972 head. Keeping pace with slaughter, Australian beef and veal exports for September were 94,923 tonnes swt, up 19% year-on-year, and taking the year-to-September total to 799,262 tonnes swt, up 15% on the corresponding period last year. While average chilled grassfed full set prices (552A¢/kg FOB) to Japan improved 4% year-on-year in September, exports declined 4% over the same period, to 21,766 tonnes swt, largely due to competition from the US and more product being exported to other markets. After a sluggish start to the year, shipments to the US increased 10% year-on-year, at 19,560 tonnes swt, assisted by 90CL manufacturing beef prices averaging 421A¢/kg FOB, up 7% over the period. Korea took 12,671 tonnes swt of Australian beef during September, up 8% year-on-year, while China continued to surge, with shipments up 258% over the same period, at 14,522 tonnes swt. Exports to the Middle East also increased substantially for the month, up 93% year-on-year, at 5,339 tonnes swt, and taking the year-to-September total to 49,166 tonnes swt – more than double the volume for the same period in 2012. - See more at: http://www.digitalfarmtv.com/#sthash.BAXjT0lS.dpuf

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 23:15

Cotton Vs CSG

Cotton Australia and the New South Wales Irrigators Council are seeking a meeting with NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to offer solutions on coal seam gas challenges within the State.

Irrigators Council Chief Executive Officer Andrew Gregson says that agricultural water users were greatly disappointed with new planning structures announced this week, but that solutions remain available. "In a meeting earlier this year, the Premier asked us to come up with solutions and to keep talking to them. Whiet the process announced this week simply isn't acceptable, we have developed solutions and we don't believe it is too late to incorporate them. Policy Officer for Coal Seam Gas and Mining at Cotton Australia, Sahil Prasad, says significant exclusions zone have been established in the newly released process but that they don't apply to agricultural water users in the main. "If you live in a town, breed horses or grow wine in the Hunter Valley, the new process has catered to at least some of your demands. If you irrigate crops across NSW, though, you're still faced with significant problems from mines and gas. The groups are seeking comprehensive baseline data on water and soil; critical industry cluster status for irrigation farms; and fulfilment of an election commitment to introduce a binding Aquifer Interference Regulation providing capacity for the Minister for Water to protect water resources absolutely. "We recognise a need for the NSW Government to balance competing demands. We believe that our three requirements will provide a strong, sustainable and fair basis for agriculture, mining and gas to move forward. At the same time, we'll offer the Premier a compromise in the meeting - accept any two and we can all move forward

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 22:29

Chickpea research bid

chick-peasA $2.5 million alliance between the NSW Government and the Grains Research and Development Corporation will seek to develop new chickpea varieties with improved disease resistance, Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, said today.

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Thursday, 05 September 2013 22:29

Oxygenation of Subsurface Drip Irrigation

Plant growth can be slowed through water logging small areas near the roots in subsurface drip systems. By introducing small amounts of oxygen into the drip lines it allows the plants to continue to continue growing while water is being applied. Trials have shown an increase of 26% increase over traditional drip in terms of water use efficiency and yields.

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Thursday, 05 September 2013 21:53

"Why i love agriculture"

Amy's passion for agriculture continues to grow and she would like to work on important issues like food production, climate change and sustainability. She also has an interest in soil science and agronomy.
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