Direct-contract warning

DIRECT contracts between producers and processors are threatening market transparency and will affect industry negotiating power within five years.
DIRECT contracts between producers and processors are threatening market transparency and will affect industry negotiating power within five years.
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OUTSTANDING feeder demand drove steer and heifer prices to extremes at Ballarat’s monthly store cattle market on Friday. OUTSTANDING feeder demand drove steer and heifer prices to extremes at Ballarat’s monthly store cattle market on Friday.
COVERAGE of foreclosure tensions at farming properties in WA’s wheatbelt on 60 Minutes has come under fire on social media.
COVERAGE of foreclosure tensions at farming properties in WA’s wheatbelt on 60 Minutes has come under fire on social media.
A PLANNED anti-live export demonstration in the US will feature a stuffed animal display of chickens, pigs, cows and a mammoth. A PLANNED anti-live export demonstration in the US will feature a stuffed animal display of chickens, pigs, cows and a mammoth.
OPINION: THE style in which Richie Benaud executed his basic cricketing craft is integral to how he became such an icon. OPINION: THE style in which Richie Benaud executed his basic cricketing craft is integral to how he became such an icon.
UPDATED: A PORKIN’ good effort by the team at Australian Pork Limited (APL) this morning has resulted in a Guinness World Record.
14 Apr 15  1 UPDATED: A PORKIN’ good effort by the team at Australian Pork Limited (APL) this morning has resulted in a Guinness World Record.
MORE more than 500kg of pork will be cooked, hand-pulled and served at Sydney's Martin Place today for a shot at a Guinness World Record.
14 Apr 15 MORE more than 500kg of pork will be cooked, hand-pulled and served at Sydney's Martin Place today for a shot at a Guinness World Record. | Cleaning up with 'dirty' work  | Paddock-to-plate: swallow the cost 
TWENTY agricultural science students from universities in Indonesia are due to arrive at Katherine Rural Campus this week to receive vital skills training before they relocate to pastoral properties across northern Australia.
13 Apr 15 TWENTY agricultural science students from universities in Indonesia are due to arrive at Katherine Rural Campus this week to receive vital skills training before they relocate to...
A PLANNED anti-live export demonstration in the US will feature a stuffed animal display of chickens, pigs, cows and a mammoth.
11 Apr 15  4 A PLANNED anti-live export demonstration in the US will feature a stuffed animal display of chickens, pigs, cows and a mammoth. | Have your say on animal welfare  | Beef looking for the real rise 
QUESTIONS have been raised whether Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) will continue to focus on research after a $6 million budget cut, the axing of 30 staff, the resignation of a top scientific mind and the redesign of its research focus.
08 Apr 15  4 QUESTIONS have been raised whether Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) will continue to focus on research after a $6 million budget cut, the axing of 30 staff, the resignation of a top...
WHEN Debbie McBryde took over the running of her mother's central Queensland cattle enterprise five years ago, the only emotion she felt towards cattle was fear.
07 Apr 15  1 WHEN Debbie McBryde took over the running of her mother's central Queensland cattle enterprise five years ago, the only emotion she felt towards cattle was fear.
NEW research is being conducted to lift the amount of omega-3 in red meat and boost its value to the consumer.
05 Apr 15 NEW research is being conducted to lift the amount of omega-3 in red meat and boost its value to the consumer.
IT'S back to business as usual next Tuesday when JBS Swift re-opens its Rockhampton meat processing plant after cyclone damage.
01 Apr 15 IT'S back to business as usual next Tuesday when JBS Swift re-opens its Rockhampton meat processing plant after cyclone damage.  | Asbestos closes JBS plant...  | Wacka confronts ACCC on JBS 
AUSTRALIAN livestock producers have today been given a new alternative to selling seedstock with the launch of www.livestock.com.au.
01 Apr 15 AUSTRALIAN livestock producers have today been given a new alternative to selling seedstock with the launch of www.livestock.com.au.
A NEW risk rating system will see livestock facilities deemed 'poor performers' audited for animal welfare issues more closely under ESCAS.
24 Mar 15  35 A NEW risk rating system will see livestock facilities deemed 'poor performers' audited for animal welfare issues more closely under ESCAS. | ESCAS reports ‘sanitised’, says...  | New plan for ESCAS reporting 
THREE months ahead of a RIRDC kangaroo meat export report, Barnaby Joyce has announced the addition of Peru to Australia's export network.
24 Mar 15  4 THREE months ahead of a RIRDC kangaroo meat export report, Barnaby Joyce has announced the addition of Peru to Australia's export network. | Roo market potential knows no...  | Stiff competition for roos 
THE city of Wuzhong plans to become China's biggest domestic and international industrial zone for halal products, says the China Daily.
23 Mar 15 THE city of Wuzhong plans to become China's biggest domestic and international industrial zone for halal products, says the China Daily.
REFORMS to animal feed regulations will cut red tape for livestock producers, says Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.
20 Mar 15  2 REFORMS to animal feed regulations will cut red tape for livestock producers, says Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. | More rules for agricultural FDI  | Red tape cuts help govt back to... 
EFFECTIVE biocontrol of wild dogs can be ruled out as a current option for farmers, due to delivery obstacles and welfare concerns.
18 Mar 15 EFFECTIVE biocontrol of wild dogs can be ruled out as a current option for farmers, due to delivery obstacles and welfare concerns.
A DEADLY poultry disease spreading through poultry-producing states in the US has the potential to impact the US domestic beef market.
18 Mar 15 A DEADLY poultry disease spreading through poultry-producing states in the US has the potential to impact the US domestic beef market. | IFFCO Poultry sells AACo stake 
AUSTRALIAN pork producers face stiff competition from overseas counterparts, with many beating on the door, asking for the rules on fresh meat imports to be relaxed.
09 Mar 15  1 AUSTRALIAN pork producers face stiff competition from overseas counterparts, with many beating on the door, asking for the rules on fresh meat imports to be relaxed.
SOUTH-east NSW has received a $100,000 boost for its wild dog management programs.
05 Mar 15  1 SOUTH-east NSW has received a $100,000 boost for its wild dog management programs.
FRUSTRATED producers pointed the finger at agents at a public meeting in Barnawartha, questioning the knee-jerk reaction to switch to post-sale weighing at the Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange.
05 Mar 15  2 FRUSTRATED producers pointed the finger at agents at a public meeting in Barnawartha, questioning the knee-jerk reaction to switch to post-sale weighing at the Northern Victoria... | Wacka confronts ACCC on JBS  | Hockey approves JBS takeover of... 
SENATOR Chris Back has returned fire at “vitriolic” attacks over his Bill to curtail extended delays in reporting evidence of animal cruelty.
04 Mar 15  16 SENATOR Chris Back has returned fire at “vitriolic” attacks over his Bill to curtail extended delays in reporting evidence of animal cruelty.
CENTRAL Queensland's three major meatworks are swinging back into action following the impact of Cyclone Marcia.
26 Feb 15 CENTRAL Queensland's three major meatworks are swinging back into action following the impact of Cyclone Marcia.
A FUNDING submission for a proposed $1.4 million new multi-species abattoir on King Island has been knocked back by a Federal Government committee.
26 Feb 15 A FUNDING submission for a proposed $1.4 million new multi-species abattoir on King Island has been knocked back by a Federal Government committee.
CHANGES to reporting investigation results of ESCAS breaches will not reduce industry transparency, according to live exporters.
26 Feb 15  1 CHANGES to reporting investigation results of ESCAS breaches will not reduce industry transparency, according to live exporters. | ESCAS reports ‘sanitised’, says...  | New plan for ESCAS reporting 
DEALING with the image problems of harvesting an icon species is one of the challenges for a new kangaroo export market analysis.
25 Feb 15 DEALING with the image problems of harvesting an icon species is one of the challenges for a new kangaroo export market analysis.
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Well said Alison Penfold! That is a terrific and well deserved egg in the face of the
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Max & Bigfoot, readers might wonder why you resort to ridiculing people who don't agree with you
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Oh dear. The law of unintended consequences is never far away. If you think that Coles and
LANDMARK, John Mooney & Co, and Boller & Co, combined to offer a good quality yarding mostly of 2014-drop steer and heifer calves at last week's Cooma cattle sale.20 Apr 15 LANDMARK, John Mooney & Co, and Boller & Co, combined to offer a good quality yarding mostly of 2014-drop steer and...
AUSTRALIAN farmers and consumers, working closely together, would have tremendous power over the supermarket duopoly and animal activists, the head of the National Farmers Federation (NFF) says.
17 Apr 15  5 AUSTRALIAN farmers and consumers, working closely together, would have tremendous power over the supermarket duopoly...