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LOW stress stock handling is making inroads in Western Victoria, with some of the region’s leading studs radically shifting their approach to herd handling
LOW stress stock handling is making inroads in Western Victoria, with some of the region’s leading studs radically shifting their approach to herd handling
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FIREFIGHTERS plan to take advantage of milder weather on Friday as bushfires continue to burn in Victoria's north-east.
FIREFIGHTERS plan to take advantage of milder weather on Friday as bushfires continue to burn in Victoria's north-east.
EYEBROWS were raised and a muffled buzz of excitement swept the Kyneton saleyards yesterday when a useful pen of 350-kilogram Angus steer weaners made the startling money of $825 a head. EYEBROWS were raised and a muffled buzz of excitement swept the Kyneton saleyards yesterday when a useful pen of 350-kilogram Angus steer weaners made the startling money of $825 a head.
CROPS in the Moolort area of Central Victoria have been judged as just about average as farmers neared an early finish to the 2014-15 harvest. CROPS in the Moolort area of Central Victoria have been judged as just about average as farmers neared an early finish to the 2014-15 harvest.
AFTER a difficult 18 months dealing with pricing wars and trade deals, Australian dairy farmers will welcome a report on income increases. AFTER a difficult 18 months dealing with pricing wars and trade deals, Australian dairy farmers will welcome a report on income increases.
AGENTS are seething over a lack details about producers' costs to use the new Northern Livestock Exchange near Wodonga, which is expected to be operational in February 2015.
19 Dec 14 AGENTS are seething over a lack details about producers' costs to use the new Northern Livestock Exchange near Wodonga, which is expected to be operational in February 2015.
A WEEK after new Environment Minister Lisa Neville said the grazing trial in Wonnangatta Valley would be scrapped, the Mountain Cattlemen Association of Victoria (MCAV) has yet to be contacted by her or her office.
18 Dec 14  1 A WEEK after new Environment Minister Lisa Neville said the grazing trial in Wonnangatta Valley would be scrapped, the Mountain Cattlemen Association of Victoria (MCAV) has yet to be...
Local vendors produced a top yarding of 950 well-bred steers and heifers at Costello Rural’s annual Upper Murray feature sale last Friday at Corryong.
17 Dec 14 Local vendors produced a top yarding of 950 well-bred steers and heifers at Costello Rural’s annual Upper Murray feature sale last Friday at Corryong.
DEMAND soared $20-$30 a head above expectations at the first of Ballarat's annual crossbred ewe sales on Friday.
15 Dec 14 DEMAND soared $20-$30 a head above expectations at the first of Ballarat's annual crossbred ewe sales on Friday.
THE surprise at the Leongatha store sale last week was a big lift in demand for heifers.
15 Dec 14 THE surprise at the Leongatha store sale last week was a big lift in demand for heifers.
GOOD cattle sold to 236 cents a kilogram and prices surged for poor quality stock at the last store cattle sale for the year at Bairnsdale, held today.
12 Dec 14 GOOD cattle sold to 236 cents a kilogram and prices surged for poor quality stock at the last store cattle sale for the year at Bairnsdale, held today.
AN EXCELLENT yarding of cattle went under the hammer at Yea today, with competition strong across the board.
12 Dec 14 AN EXCELLENT yarding of cattle went under the hammer at Yea today, with competition strong across the board.
PRICES were up across categories at Wodonga’s final store sale for the year, with steers selling to 259c/kg and heifers reaching prices over 200c/kg.
12 Dec 14 PRICES were up across categories at Wodonga’s final store sale for the year, with steers selling to 259c/kg and heifers reaching prices over 200c/kg.
WITH the arrival of December last week my Stock & Land colleagues and I took to the roads of cattle breeding country sourcing information for the upcoming January weaner sales.
11 Dec 14 WITH the arrival of December last week my Stock & Land colleagues and I took to the roads of cattle breeding country sourcing information for the upcoming January weaner sales.
THE new State Government will scrap the wild dog bounty but continue aerial baiting to protect wildlife rather than support Victorian agriculture.
11 Dec 14 THE new State Government will scrap the wild dog bounty but continue aerial baiting to protect wildlife rather than support Victorian agriculture.
STRONGER laws to protect farmers from trespassers have been welcomed by Victoria’s peak farming lobby group.
10 Dec 14 STRONGER laws to protect farmers from trespassers have been welcomed by Victoria’s peak farming lobby group.
DESPITE the northwest grain-harvest being all but finished some excellent buying opportunities went begging at Wycheproof store sheep sale on Friday.
09 Dec 14 DESPITE the northwest grain-harvest being all but finished some excellent buying opportunities went begging at Wycheproof store sheep sale on Friday.
STORE cattle were again very 'buy-able' as yearling-age steers averaged 185-188 cents a kilogram and heifers 165-168c/kg during a special sale of 850 head at Casterton on Thursday.
08 Dec 14 STORE cattle were again very 'buy-able' as yearling-age steers averaged 185-188 cents a kilogram and heifers 165-168c/kg during a special sale of 850 head at Casterton on Thursday.
CATTLE presented in good condition at the Elders Black Friday Sale at Euroa on Friday, with yearling steers topping at $970 a head.
08 Dec 14 CATTLE presented in good condition at the Elders Black Friday Sale at Euroa on Friday, with yearling steers topping at $970 a head.
MANY of the cattle at today’s Wodonga store sale were consigned from northern regions including the Riverina, NSW, with one draft coming from as far as Queensland.
04 Dec 14 MANY of the cattle at today’s Wodonga store sale were consigned from northern regions including the Riverina, NSW, with one draft coming from as far as Queensland.
THERE are only two full trading weeks left before an extended Christmas-New Year break, and the supply of cattle has generally been waning.
04 Dec 14 THERE are only two full trading weeks left before an extended Christmas-New Year break, and the supply of cattle has generally been waning.
EXCELLENT quality across all categories of stock pushed up prices by 10-15 cents a kilogram at the Warrnambool monthly store cattle sale on Friday.
02 Dec 14 EXCELLENT quality across all categories of stock pushed up prices by 10-15 cents a kilogram at the Warrnambool monthly store cattle sale on Friday.
FRIDAY's yarding at Bairnsdale of 790 head saw store cattle prices climb to 219 cents a kilogram liveweight.
01 Dec 14 FRIDAY's yarding at Bairnsdale of 790 head saw store cattle prices climb to 219 cents a kilogram liveweight.
STEER prices topped at $1080 a head at the Euroa weaner sale on Friday, with most of the cattle tipping the scales at heavier weights than last year.
01 Dec 14 STEER prices topped at $1080 a head at the Euroa weaner sale on Friday, with most of the cattle tipping the scales at heavier weights than last year.
APRIL-shorn Merino ewes made to $181 a head at end of year Elders Wycheproof store sheep sale yesterday.
29 Nov 14 APRIL-shorn Merino ewes made to $181 a head at end of year Elders Wycheproof store sheep sale yesterday.
YEA agents held the first of their weaner sales today, with quality cattle helping to create a solid outcome.
27 Nov 14 YEA agents held the first of their weaner sales today, with quality cattle helping to create a solid outcome.
FEEDLOTS, processors and local buyers were all active at the special female cattle sale in Euroa earlier today, pushing prices to $1380 for pregnancy-tested-in-calf units.
26 Nov 14 FEEDLOTS, processors and local buyers were all active at the special female cattle sale in Euroa earlier today, pushing prices to $1380 for pregnancy-tested-in-calf units.
SHEEP producers could see livestock payments from processors paid on yield rather than weight, as the industry embraces breeding values that promote eating quality and meat production.
25 Nov 14  5 SHEEP producers could see livestock payments from processors paid on yield rather than weight, as the industry embraces breeding values that promote eating quality and meat production.
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@kermit: There HAVE BEEN long-term studies into GM, also meta analyses aplenty, all published in
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I bet Australian consumers wish they could buy beef @ $8-50/Kg retail
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Believe it or not GM does have something to offer but it is all very complicated and
ANOTHER warning about the misuse of poppies has been issued by Tasmanian growers, after the theft of a small number of heads, or capsules, in the south of the state.16 Dec 14 ANOTHER warning about the misuse of poppies has been issued by Tasmanian growers, after the theft of a small number...
FARMERS in the Dargo, Glenaladale, Walpa and Lindenow district - still recovering from this year’s bushfires and last year’s floods - are protesting against mineral sands exploration for zircon and titanium deposits on private land.10 Dec 14 FARMERS in the Dargo, Glenaladale, Walpa and Lindenow district - still recovering from this year’s bushfires and...