The Federal government’s sudden cancellation of the skilled 457 Visa foreign worker program this week has spread uncertainty and concern among the dairy industry nationally, according to NSW lobby body, Dairy Connect.
Australian Dairy Farmers is seeking assurances that there will not be any changes to the Dairy Industry Labour Agreement, under the new visa arrangements announced yesterday. Interim ADF CEO, John McQueen said access to skilled workers was essential to the continued growth and productivity of the dairy industry, yet there…
There’s always a lot of local media coverage about the price of milk and how it’s hurting farmers. When global dairy trade is discussed it’s all about whole and skim milk powder.
Virtual fencing for cattle is set to hit the commercial market later this year, following a successful $2 million fundraising round by Melbourne-based agri-tech company Agersens.
Paul Weir has seen some bad floods in his time, but none match the latest inundation on his Lismore farm in New South Wales.
Dairy farmers across New South Wales and Queensland are counting the cost of some of the worst floods on record and industry bodies want to make sure they’re not forgotten in relief efforts.
Mixed messages from processors means Western Australian dairy farmers don’t know whether they need to grow or shrink to find prosperity.
People want to invest in Tasmania but it needs to be an easier proposition, delegates at the Tasmanian Dairy Conference in Launceston were told.
A new video produced in south-west Victoria aims to help farmers and their families facing mental health problems. The Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD), in conjunction with South West TAFE, has created the video to support farmers and their families who have mental health problems such as depression…
Murray Goulburn has appointed a non-supplier in John Spark as Chairman of the co-op, less than a month after flagging the idea in its half-year financial report.
Those with an ear to global dairy markets have noticed an unwelcome change in the last few weeks, as the bullish sentiment that propelled commodity prices significantly higher in late 2016 begins to fray.
The 2016 US presidential election and Brexit vote brought a serious reality into our lounge rooms and onto our computer screens: the plague of fake news swaying society in a post-truth world.
Dairy farmers pushed for changes to risk allocation, pricing structures and timing at Australian Competition and Consumer Commission forums around the country.
WILL future dairy farmers wear gumboots or lab coats? Is food production set to be more about engineering and chemistry and less about agronomy and animal husbandry?
WITH blackouts across South Australia’s electricity system both this year and last, it could be said the state is the canary in the coal mine when it comes to the challenges of Australia’s energy system.
WATER prices are already a big issue for many in the dairy industry, but cost hikes in gas and electricity prices are set to cause more input cost headache for processors and farmers alike.
DESPITE THEIR large herd sizes China is still a long way from becoming self-sufficient in dairy and it is highly unlikely it ever will, says Matthew Smith, Alltech’s vice-president Asia Pacific.
Bega Cheese will sell one of its spray dryers at Tatura and its infant formula finishing plant at Derrimut to Mead Johnson Nutrition for $200 million.
Murray Goulburn milk supply fell 20.6% (to 1.6 billion litres) from July 1 to December 31 2016, compared to the same time in 2015.
The balance in global dairy supply and demand has improved markedly in recent months, while closer to home farmers are seeing some improvement in drivers of farm profitability, according to Dairy Australia’s February 2017 Situation and Outlook report released today.
Calendar year 2017 has begun in much the same way as 2016 ended; with a well-balanced global commodity market, and some improvements to (still challenging) margins on farm.
DAIRY farmers can now make more informed, profitable decisions when choosing the best perennial ryegrass for their farming system and forage needs, following the launch of the Australian Forage Value Index (FVI).
A BETTER deal for farmers in contracts, abolition of retrospective “clawback” payments and the impacts of $1L milk were just some of the many topics canvassed in submissions to the two whole-of-sector dairy inquiries currently underway.
The flurry of orders from the desk of Donald Trump as US President while unexpected of an elected world leader, should have come as no surprise: Trump is doing what he promised with the blunt force and lack of consultation that he threatened.
TWO New Zealand companies Lewis Road Creamery and Whittakers have teamed up to deliver what must be every dairy lover’s dream: chocolate butter.
EFFORTS to extend the market for dairy know no bounds, with an American company The Bear and The Rat, creating a yoghurt-based ice cream for dogs.